By Danya Hooker, firstname.lastname@example.org
Former Bolingbrook police sergeant Drew Peterson does not know why a lie detector test indicated he was deceptive on questions relating to the disappearance of his fourth wife, he told CBS News’ Maggie Rodriguez Monday.
Peterson took two lie detector tests at the request of author Derek Armstrong in preparation for Armstrong’s book, “Drew Peterson Exposed,” due out Wednesday.
Peterson and his attorney, Joel Brodsky, appeared on the Early Show Monday to respond to the results of the lie detector tests, which indicated his answers to three questions were deceptive.
When asked, “On Sunday October 28, 2007, did you last see your wife Stacy in your home before going to bed after coming home from work,” Peterson answered “yes.”
When asked if he knew where his wife was, he answered “no,” and when asked if Stacy called him the night of her disappearance to tell him she was leaving him, he answered “yes.”
Peterson failed the test on all three of those answers.
“I answered the questions truthfully and why it showed up deceptively, I have no idea,” he said.
The tests included a battery of other questions regarding Stacy Peterson’s disappearance and the March 2004 drowning of Drew Peterson’s third wife, Kathleen Savio, whose death was recently reclassified as a homicide.
Police have named Peterson a suspect in his wife’s disappearance, which police are calling a “potential homicide.” Although police have not named a suspect in Savio’s death, scrutiny immediately fell on Peterson when investigators learned of their contentious divorce. At the time of Savio’s death, the couple’s marriage had already been dissolved but were about to finalize their financial settlement, which Savio stood to gain from substantially.
Peterson has denied any involvement and has not been charged with a crime in either case. Other questions administered during the polygraph seem to back up many of Peterson’s claims, Brodsky said. Peterson’s answers to whether he was involved in removing Stacy from their home, whether he harmed her when she disappeared, and whether Stacy called to tell him her car was at a nearby airport the night she disappeared, all came up as true on the polygraph.
“I don’t find (polygraphs) to be reliable,” Brodsky said, adding that they are not admissible as evidence in court. “But if you like polygraphs, the one thing the polygraphs confirm is that Drew had nothing to do with either Kathleen’s death or did no harm to Stacy.”