Drew Peterson calls Rob Lowe's portrayal of him 'hysterical'
Drew Peterson (left) in 2008 and Rob Lowe (right) as Drew Peterson in Lifetime movie. (Peterson photo: John Smierciak, Chicago Tribune; Lowe photo: Michael Yarish/Lifetime)
His missing fourth wife's family, meanwhile, was stunned by the inaccuracies and jumbled timeline.
The cable TV movie, "Drew Peterson: Untouchable," depicts the retired Bolingbrook police sergeant as a loutish misogynist who killed his third wife, Kathleen Savio, and caused his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, to disappear.
As with any Hollywood production, the film has a few fabricated parts, including a scene in which the Peterson character -- played by a mustachioed Rob Lowe -- opens his neighbor's garage, stares her down and declares: "I'm untouchable, bitch."
"He thought it was hysterical," said Peterson's lead defense attorney, Joel Brodsky. "He chuckled at all of the inaccuracies and things that never happened."
Brodsky said the movie could play an important role in jury selection and whether the defense asks for a change of venue.
Prosecutors also have said they had a professional obligation to watch it.
Stacy Peterson's family watched the movie at Springhill Suites in Bolingbrook, the same hotel where Drew Peterson met and began an affair with Stacy when she was 17.
Her sister Cassandra Cales had difficulty recognizing the character modeled after her.
"It's so inaccurate, I had to laugh," she said. "It was so far-fetched and off-the-mark. I was sad about it before it aired, but it wasn't my sister's story."
Peterson, 58, is charged with murdering Savio, who was found dead in a dry bathtub in 2004. Officials initially ruled the death an accidental drowning, but authorities reopened the case after Stacy Peterson vanished in October 2007.
Peterson has not been charged in her disappearance, though he remains a suspect. He denies wrongdoing in both cases.
Peterson did not seem overly worried about the movie's impact on prospective jurors, Brodsky said.
"Obviously he is concerned people might be influenced by the movie's inaccuracies," Brodsky said. "But we agreed that anyone who thinks a Lifetime movie is factual shouldn't be on a jury in the first place."
Peterson remains in jail on $20 million bail. His case is on hold while an appellate court considers the admissibility of some hearsay statements at trial.