Peterson: Not easy being a 'national pastime'

August 16, 2010 (CHICAGO)

It's one of several observations Peterson has made from behind bars in a letter that was printed by the Chicago Sun-Times.

It's 10 pages long, handwritten, and was given to the Sun-Times by a confidential source. In the letter, Peterson cracks jokes, taunts prosecutors, and talks about life behind bars -- everything from the food to the temperature of his cell.

Of his first court appearance in May 2009, Drew Peterson writes:

"It drives the officers nuts when the other inmate [sic] call out my name or ask for autographs. I just laugh."

Fifteen months later it seems Peterson is still laughing...

"Those people who don't like Drew Peterson that thought that locking him up was going to get him down or beat him, they're sorely mistaken," said Joel Brodsky, Drew Peterson's attorney.

Peterson says his days at the Will County Jail are spent mostly alone in a cell described as cold.

"It almost took an act of God to get a second blanket and a thermal shirt," he writes. "My only human contact is with the guards who view me regularly and the inmate pod worker who bring [sic] me my meals, clean clothes, and linen passed through a chuckhole."

In his letter, he says the jail staff is professional, the food not bad.

Of being strip-searched by guards, he jokes: "I hummed the stripper song as I tossed them my clothes one piece at a time."

But he turns serious when he writes of his kids.

"I don't let my children visit me here. This is just a childhood memory I don't want them to have." "I think the guy's trying to make everyone feel sorry for him," said Nicholas Savio.

Savio is the brother of Peterson's third wife, Kathleen, whom he is accused of murdering.

"How can you feel sorry for a monster who went on TV before and made jokes about everything? Want me to feel sorry for you now? No, no," said Nicholas Savio, Kathleen Savio's brother.

The former Bolingbrook Police sergeant goes on to criticize prosecutor James Glasgow, who appealed a judge's ruling on hearsay evidence, delaying the start of his trial.

"I can't believe I spent 32 years defending the United States Constitution with my life," Peterson writes, "which now doesn't seem to apply to me."

Peterson offered no real comment on the substance of the case against him. And a spokesman for the prosecution called the letter an effort to distract attention from the very serious charges he faces.

Peterson is also critical of the media, saying news reports have turned him into a "national pastime," though it's an interesting statement given the fact that he wrote this letter to the sun-Times.

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