Behavior: Was It Hypnosis or Hype?

In the "Hillside Strangler"case, shrinks, as usual, differ

By the time his lawyer began plea-bargaining last October, the hard evidence was there. Kenneth Bianchi, 27, a Bellingham, Wash., security guard was in deed the Hillside Strangler, responsible for the murder of ten young women in Los Angeles from September 1977 to February 1978 — as well as two later killings in Washington that resulted in his arrest.

Did Bianchi act cold-bloodedly? Or was he the victim of a Jekyll-and-Hyde dual personality? Psychologist John Watkins, recommended by the defense, put Bian chi under hypnosis and elicited...

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