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Ted Bundy was convicted of Aggravated Kidnapping. But was he violent?
In 1976, a young man walked down the halls of the 90-Day Evaluation Unit of Utah State Prison, extended his hand, and said, “Hi, I’m Ted Bundy. You must be Dr. Carlisle.”
Earlier that spring, Ted Bundy was convicted of Aggravated Kidnapping. Since he was a law student and involved in politics, the court was uncertain about Bundy’s potential for further violence. A psychological assessment had previously been given to the court but the conclusion regarding Bundy’s potential for violence was uncertain.
Bundy was sent to the 90-Day Evaluation Program where a psychiatrist, social workers, and Dr. Carlisle as the psychologist evaluated Bundy’s potential for violence. Violent Mind: The 1976 Psychological Assessment of Ted Bundy recounts that evaluation.
Many books have been written about Bundy, but rarely have we had the opportunity to understand the inner workings of his mind. Now, Dr. Al Carlisle shares the step-by-step psychological assessment process regarding how he determined that Bundy was a very violent person and would likely continue to kill victims if he was set free. The assessments that led to Bundy’s incarceration are being published for the first time.
In addition, Violent Mind contains a letter written in 1976 by Bundy to Dr. Carlisle that has never been published, as well as a new interview with a friend of Bundy's from Washington that will be published here for the first time.