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May 8, 2009

Dr. Phil Speaks with Parents of Missing Teen Brittanee Drexel and Ex-Husband of Susan Smith on Monday
Dr. Phil Speaks with Parents of Missing Teen Brittanee Drexel and Ex-Husband of Susan Smith on Monday, May 11, 2009

(Los Angeles, CA, May 8, 2009) – Peter Brozowitz, one of the last people to see Brittanee Drexler, the Rochester, NY teen who disappeared while on a spring break vacation in Myrtle Beach, SC, speaks publicly for the first time on Monday’s DR. PHIL (check local listings).

“I was there with four other people and I’m the one who is singled out,” claims Peter Brozowitz, who is also from Rochester. "My family is going through hell right now. People look at me differently walking down the street. You can just imagine how I feel.” Dr. Phil also speaks with Brittanee's distraught parents who confront Peter in a heated exchange with the question, “If you are a gentleman, why wouldn’t you walk my daughter to her hotel or drive her there?”

Also on the episode, Dr. Phil examines what mothers do when they are pushed too far—first in a conversation with Susan Smith’s ex-husband David, and then in an examination of the Madlyn Primoff case, the Westchester, NY woman who made national news after she left her bickering children on the side of the road and drove away without them.

“It’s almost like [she] started some epidemic with women murdering their children,” Smith tells Dr. Phil of his ex-wife Susan, who drowned their two young children in 1994. “I want to educate people with warning signs [what] to look for. Susan talked about being depressed, but no matter what your problems are, you don’t murder your children.” He goes on to recount the emotional difficulties he has faced as a surviving victim of this horrific crime.

Dr. Phil also delves into the recent case of Primoff. While the Westchester prosecutors declined to press charges for child endangerment against her, Rikki Klieman, former prosecutor and defense attorney, when asked by Dr. Phil if she would have prosecuted the woman, says, “Without a second thought,” and then explains why.

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