Drew Peterson, the former police sergeant who is suspected in the disappearance of his fourth wife and possibly the murder of his third, had yet another fiancee who now says he stalked her and arrested her on false charges.
With Peterson "it was always a power thing, it was always a control thing," said Kyle Piry, an Illinois woman who was engaged to the police officer in the 1980s. She talked about Peterson's "smirky smile," his charms and his sudden bouts of anger.
"I was engaged to Drew some 20 odd years ago and I broke it off for various reasons," Piry, 53, told ABCNEWS.com. The Bolingbrook, Ill., officer resigned last week from the force amid a mounting investigation.
After she left Peterson and returned the engagement ring, she said he harassed, stalked and arrested her on false charges and threw her against a coffee table.
"After I broke up with him I went to his house to get some things. He started calling me names and pushed me over a coffee table. He sat on me and straddled me with legs, yelling… No one had ever done anything like that to me and I didn't know what to do," she said.
Piry said she called the police, but friends of Peterson in the department "swept it away."
Piry began dating the then 27-year-old police officer when she was 20 years old, working as an attendant at a gas station and going to beauty school.
"He was quite a bit older. I was 20 and he was 27. He had two kids from a previous marriage and never wanted me to go out with my friends… There were a bunch of kind of creepy things and somewhere along the line, I realized I didn't want to be with him," she said.
Soon after the couple broke up, Peterson would routinely pull her car over for unreasonable infractions and one day while working in a beauty parlor in 1983 Peterson and another officer arrested her.
"He told me I was being arrested for having too many parking tickets. He put me in the squad car and arrested me. The thing is, I never got those parking tickets. I think he wrote them and never gave them to me… Through the whole thing he always had that smirky smile. He thought it was a game," she said.
Peterson didn't return calls seeking comment, but the Chicago Sun-Times confirmed with him that he had been engaged to Piry.
"You guys are reaching," he told the Sun-Times. "I remember her. I was engaged to her."
Bolingbrook police confirmed Piry's 1983 arrest, but provided no further details.
Piry said she cannot claim she had any inkling that Peterson would later be the prime suspect in the disappearance of a woman or accused of perhaps playing a role in the death of another.
"I can't say this is something I would have expected at 20. Sometimes I worried, but I never felt afraid for my life. He gave me ticket and he'd stalk me. Looking at him now at 46 and realizing that that it could have led to who-knows-what, I'm glad I left when I did."
Peterson's fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, 24, went missing Oct. 28. The 53-year-old sergeant has become the prime suspect in an investigation and the center of a media storm for his blasé attitude about her disappearance.
Since Stacy went missing, investigators have exhumed the body of Peterson's third wife, Kathleen Savio, who died in a mysterious bathtub drowning.