It’s apparently a life of luxury for convicted murderer Drew Peterson, who said he is "living the dream" after being found guilty of killing his third wife.
The 65-year-old former Bolingbrook police sergeant said the maximum security prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, he now calls home is far better than the state prison in which he was held, he told WFLD-TV in a phone interview.
“It was dirty,” he said of the state prison in Menard. “The mattresses I had, the pillow I had, you wouldn't put your dog on it. It was terrible.”
But in federal prison, Peterson makes $20 a month working in the prison laundry, watches sitcoms and movies, stays in touch with his children and follows politics.
“It's comparatively like a day care center,” he said of his current digs.
Peterson has become accustomed to life behind bars, having been arrested in 2009 for the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.
Savio, 40, was found dead on March 1, 2004 in a waterless bathtub.
Peterson was sentenced to 38 years in Savio’s killing and was sentenced to 40 more years for plotting from prison to murder Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow.
Savio was not the last wife of Peterson’s believed to have met her end at his hands.
At the time of his arrest, nearly two years had passed since his fourth wife, Stacy, had last been seen alive. Peterson claimed Stacy, 23, left him for another man in October 2007.
But Stacy’s pastor, Rev. Neil Schori, testified she told him that Peterson had killed Savio and made it look like an accident, that he coached her on how to lie to police, and that she was afraid of him.
It has been almost 12 years since Stacy disappeared.
"I didn’t murder Kathy and I didn’t murder Stacy," Peterson told WFLD-TV.
In addressing Stacy’s disappearance, he told the station: "Well, there’s been all kinds of cases of a woman coming back years after, as much as 10 or 12 years afterward."
When asked if he’d do anything different in his life, Peterson said he would have remained single.
"It's just like every time I fell in love with somebody and tried to make a life with them, things didn't work out," he said.