Peterson Was 'Doting,' First Wife Says

But murder suspect also had a controlling side, cheated
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 18, 2007 8:24 AM CST
Peterson Was 'Doting,' First Wife Says
Fernando Arrozal, a member of the Illinois Police Reserve, searches for clues in the disappearance of Stacy Peterson, the 23-year-old missing wife of Bolingbrook police officer Drew Peterson, at a construction site near the missing woman's home Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007 in Bolingbrook, Ill. Peterson was...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – The first wife of Drew Peterson says her ex was "doting and supportive" during their 6-year marriage in the late '70s ? but with a controlling side, reports the Chicago Tribune.
The husband Carol Brown describes contrasts with the portrait of a violent, manipulative man now suspected in the murder of his third wife and the disappearance of his fourth wife.

"He didn't really like me going out with friends," Brown said of the ex-Illinois cop she divorced when he cheated while she was pregnant with their second child. "But he wouldn't hold me hostage and say, 'No you can't go out.' " As the search for Stacy Peterson goes on, Brown couldn't answer whether Peterson was involved. (Read more Stacy Peterson stories.)

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