Dottie Sandusky guilty of child abuse too?
Dr. Keith Ablow explains
- Duration 5:27
- Date Jun 26, 2012
Dr. Keith Ablow explains
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While former Penn State assistant coach Jerry sandusky settles into his new prison cell the focus is turning to his wife.
-- a lengthy trial featuring testimony from eight separate victims.
Dottie sandusky swearing under oath that she did not see or hear anything inappropriate.
Under her roof.
Now -- -- has been sentenced for unspeakable crimes against children critics are asking.
How she failed to notice what was going on for more than a decade right under her notes.
Practically tableau is a psychiatrist and a member of our Fox News -- a team that -- a welcome back.
And and thank you know we talked about her a little bit last week and we get a ton of emails from the viewers who had thoughts about Dottie sandusky.
Who is in the mind of some a co conspirator in this case for a living out with the serial rape best.
And doing nothing to protect the little boys.
Who she says we're liars.
And making things up about her husband.
You know they can have those questions especially given that Dottie sandusky was seen joking with her husband.
Even after a rendition of grueling testimony about what one of these young men.
Or as a boy went through.
And so look I think here we have to separate what is operating there are certainly people with pathological.
They've always had their heads in the sand they grew up in dark circumstances perhaps with dramas around them they didn't want to believe it.
And so what do they do they reproduce this same life.
When they get married and which is to bury their heads in the sand deny that any thing bad is happening and sets women are easy marks for the likes of Jerry sandusky but there are other possibilities to -- where you write it.
In in your piece of -- at -- that she may be somebody in this is it unique to Dottie sandusky -- many people choose this way when they married.
To to to find somebody who creates.
A similar conflict in their marriage to the one they grew up with so that they can.
You know create the same trauma and hope for a better result this time around.
Sure look you know I don't know Dottie sandusky but if she grew up with an abusive -- around her in the household.
She might attempt to do better as a wife and she did as a daughter let's say as an example or as a sister of an abusive brother whatever.
Certainly possible there's a darker possibility.
There are people who are possessed of terribly violent fantasies.
Of real desire to do others harm.
You know -- put this in quotes is good enough to perpetrate these acts themselves they aren't.
Willing to put themselves on the line instead what -- they -- they become assailants by proxy they find -- kind of guided missile to live with.
And then they're able to deny they're on a very good person and what Jerry was doing that's -- Jerry and I don't even believe it -- up.
Meanwhile it's filling some very dark need that's inside them that may be unconscious which they -- What would that mean.
Who knows that seems out there -- but but is it possible that she is just.
A woman in denial you know who.
Who -- I think that's a lacy Peterson case remember her husband Scott Peterson killed her while she was pregnant yet and would put -- -- now -- three days in jail facing the death penalty on California.
And she live with this monster for years and didn't know the person to whom she was married expecting his baby.
Was this so see if pat had no like yeah the -- and at the monster that she was looking -- it is that possible here.
Well look at lacy Peterson after -- was somebody who if you rented an in room with her she would bring potted flowers and plant them on the path to your room.
That you did with Scott Peterson she walked in on Scott Peterson with other women and still stayed with them.
And so look could it be the Dottie sandusky is lacy Peterson her head in the sand pathological denial shore happen how does that boys were in the basement.
I don't have -- that's -- -- really nothing they weren't they it was all happening right underneath -- nose and her husband is going down the young boys have been amazed that he was always the wonders of the net always never her.
How Jerry how can it be that you're that much in denial is it.
It with all due respect or is it stupidity is it willful blindness and why would you have that when you're talking about the rape of young boys.
Well it can certainly be on willful blindness in the sense that look if you want to believe that your parents love you and that you're safe.
Could you is a little girl turn a blind -- -- your father going your brother's room late at night.
And hearing sounds that are disturbing to you and say I'm putting that outside my mind and eight years old they can't possibly fathom that and I don't want -- You can carry that with you into adulthood and turn that same blind guy and deaf -- to your husband going down to the basement.
But I will reserve the right to say it's possible it is possible that inside Dottie sandusky.
Is a desire to do some harm and that rather than do it herself she finds an assailant.
To do so should that she.
Has these impulses.
-- husband expresses them for her.
No different than the serial killer wives who say -- what there was blood on the tell when he came home what was I didn't know that that was a problem.
Well it's an interest in peace you present -- dot -- you talk about how.
Male predators usually choose their mates for -- yes.
And his selection of herb may not have been any accident keep that -- thank you sir.