The Amazing Kreskin wants to move fast on Peterson case

By Danya Hooker
dhooker@mysuburbanlife.com

The Amazing Kreskin, a well-known mentalist, wants to meet with those close to the investigation of Stacy Peterson’s disappearance.

In particular, Kreskin would like to talk one-on-one with Drew Peterson and one of Peterson’s family members who said he believes he may have helped dispose of Stacy Peterson’s body.

“The only way I can be effective is to meet with people alone,” Kreskin said. “I would love to take a long walk with Drew Peterson, just a quiet walk about 30 to 35 minutes with him.”

Stacy 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 turned 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.

Kreskin said he doesn’t expect to break the case open but simply wants to talk with persons of interest to see if he can help them recall important details that may be stuck in their subconscious. He pointed to a murder investigation in Reno, Nev., where he was able to help two truck drivers, who passed the scene while the murder was being committed, re-create an image of the killer, which was then broadcast to local media.

“It shows you how the unconscious mind can come through with details,” Kreskin said. “The important thing is I have to work with people.”

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 said he’s worked on more than 80 crime cases, and has been able to provide information in about half of them.

So far, Illinois State Police have said they will not work with Kreskin.

Drew Peterson’s lawyer Joel Brodsky said he’s never been involved in a case that has used alternative investigative methods such as mentalists or psychics but is curious to see what kind of help Kreskin might be able to provide.

“I’m more than happy to talk to him,” Brodsky said. “We welcome anything that would put an end to this.”

As for Drew Peterson, Brodsky said the only way his client could talk to Kreskin is with legal counsel present.

Stacy Peterson family spokeswoman Pamela Bosco said she had not heard of Kreskin before his offer to help. She said the family appreciates the offers that have come from Kreskin and several psychics but cannot offer any assistance.

“If they have tips and leads they can bring forth, continue to offer it to the Illinois State Police,” Bosco advised.

In the meantime, Bosco said police are focusing their efforts on the investigative side of the case until the weather allows for more searches.

“This is not a cold case. It’s very ongoing,” Bosco said. “I talk to Illinois State Police every day and there’s a full force still doing this case.”

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