By Danya Hooker
The Amazing Kreskin, a well-known mentalist, announced this week his intention to help investigators in their search for Stacy Peterson.
“Sometimes in cases like this there may be people involved, some elements involved, where I can bring information to the surface,” Kreskin said. “I don’t mean to break the case but in some way be an aid in a case like this.”
Peterson, the 23-year-old mother of two, has been missing from Bolingbrook since Oct. 28. Her husband Drew Peterson, a retired Bolingbrook police sergeant, has been labeled a suspect in her disappearance.
The investigation into Stacy Peterson’s disappearance also caused police to reopen an investigation into the March 2004 death of Kathleen Savio, Drew Peterson’s third wife.
Savio’s body was found in a bathtub in her Bolingbrook home just weeks before she and Peterson were supposed to finalize the financial terms of their divorce settlement.
Drew Peterson, who turns 54 Saturday, has denied any wrongdoing in either case and has maintained Stacy Peterson left him for another man. He has not been charged with a crime.
While the case has attracted tremendous media attention, Kreskin said he will come into the case with an open mind.
“This has become almost a tabloid subject matter,” Kreskin said. “It’s already been tried in the tabloid media. I am not going into this with any judgment about whether someone is guilty or not guilty.”
Kreskin said he has worked on more than 80 crime cases in the past but has always chosen to keep a low profile in the cases and is not interested in working full-time on the gritty and sometimes harrowing details of crimes.
“My work is dealing with picking up how people are thinking and feeling,” Kreskin said. “I don’t think I could do this (crime cases) every day.”
Kreskin is perhaps most well-known for his 1970s television show “The Amazing World of Kreskin” and has since been a regular guest on television and radio programs.
He declined Friday to detail exactly how he might be of service to investigators but said he plans to spend the weekend thinking about the case and will release a statement Monday outlining his plan to help.
So far, Kreskin said, investigators have indicated they are not interested in using his services.
“I hope the reason is because they have so many clues now that they don’t need any alternative methodology,” Kreskin said.
Nonetheless, Kreskin said their cooperation will not be necessary for him to work on the case, but it would be preferable.
Pam Bosco, spokeswoman for the Stacy Peterson family, said no one in the family has been contacted by Kreskin or his agent to her knowledge. The family has, however, been contacted by numerous psychics offering information. While she appreciates the help Kreskin and others have offered, she encouraged them to pass all information on to the Illinois State Police.
“If they have tips and leads they can bring forth they should continue to offer it to the Illinois State Police,” Bosco said. “However, outside of that, we can’t offer any other support. This is a lot of information out there, and we don’t know which is right and wrong and our searchers don’t know which to follow through with.”