Ted Bundy was convicted of Aggravated Kidnapping. But was he violent?
In March 1976, Ted Bundy was convicted of the aggravated kidnapping of a young woman near Salt Lake City, Utah. Bundy had not been accused or convicted of any violent crime except this one. No one knew then how many women Bundy had murdered, and many thought him incapable of doing so.
Dr. Al Carlisle was part of the 90-Day Diagnostic team at the Utah State Prison when Bundy was sent there after the trial. Dr. Carlisle’s assignment was specific: Determine to the best of his ability, without being biased by any of the reports previously done, whether Ted Bundy had a violent personality. The judge would use this information in deciding whether Bundy should serve time or be released on probation.
In Violent Mind: The 1976 Psychological Assessment of Ted Bundy, Dr. Carlisle takes the reader step by step through this previously-unpublished evaluation process, and shows how he concluded that Bundy had the capacity to commit aggravated kidnapping, and perhaps much worse.
Violent Mind contains never-before-seen interviews with Ted Bundy and those who knew him, including a letter Bundy wrote to Dr. Carlisle that has been locked away for more than 40 years.
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Table of Contents
Chapter One: The 90-Day Diagnostic and Evaluation Unit 1
Chapter Two: The Psychology of the Crime 9
Chapter Three: What is a Psychological Assessment? 15
Chapter Four: The TWIST Assessment 20
Chapter Five: Ted’s Early Childhood 28
Chapter Six: Ted’s Teenage Years 43
Chapter Seven: Two Concerns 49
Chapter Eight: College 55
Chapter Nine: Marjorie and the University of Washington 57
Chapter Ten: A Conversation with Sybil Ferris 62
Chapter Eleven: A Conversation with Marjorie 70
Chapter Twelve: Ted’s First Trip to Philadelphia 79
Chapter Thirteen: Liz Kendall and the Fall of 1969 84
Chapter Fourteen: Graduation from College and Seattle Harborview Hospital 88
Chapter Fifteen: Kimberly 91
Chapter Sixteen: Confirmation of Ted’s Violent Personality 96
Chapter Seventeen: Fall of 1972 101
Chapter Eighteen: The Return of Marjorie 105
Chapter Nineteen: Spring 1974; End of UPS 112
Chapter Twenty: The Salt Lake Period 118
Chapter Twenty-One: Finding Religion 123
Chapter Twenty-Two: Thematic Apperception Test 128
Chapter Twenty-Three: Putting It All Together 145
Chapter Twenty-Four: Summary of the Findings 151
Chapter Twenty-Five: Compartmentalization 167
Chapter Twenty-Six: Aftermath 173
Chapter Twenty-Seven: Epilogue 178
Appendix I: A Conversation with Ted 186
Appendix II: A Letter from Ted 196
Appendix III: An Interview with Dan Clark 213
Appendix IV: The Divided Self 226