Al Carlisle, born and raised in Utah, got his BS and MS from Utah State University and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Brigham Young University. The majority of his career has been as a psychologist at the Utah State Prison from which he retired as the head of the Psychology Department in 1989. He was a consultant for the Salt Lake Rape Crisis Center for several years and he has conducted workshops on serial homicide and other crime topics. He has done extensive research on serial killers and has interviewed Arthur Gary Bishop, Westley Allan Dodd, Keith Jesperson, the Hi-Fi killers, Ted Bundy, and many others.
In 1976, while working in the 90-Day Diagnostic Unit at Utah State Prison, Dr. Carlisle met and interviewed a man who forever changed his life: “Hi, I’m Ted Bundy. You must be Dr. Carlisle.”
Dr. Carlisle’s fourth book, Violent Mind, details the encounter with the serial killer and the assessment process he went through to determine that Bundy was violent at a time when many people felt that he was wrongly convicted of aggravated kidnapping.
Dr. Carlisle passed away in May 2018. He is deeply missed.