December 18, 1990 |
A judge in Oshkosh, Wis., overturned the conviction of a man accused of sexually assaulting a woman who doctors say has 46 personalities, ruling a defense psychiatrist should have been allowed to examine her. Judge Robert Hawley signed an order for a new trial for Mark Peterson, 29, convicted of sexual assault under a state law that makes it a crime to have sex with someone who is mentally ill and cannot understand the consequences of the behavior.
November 9, 1990 |
A man was convicted Thursday of sexually assaulting a woman who doctors say has 46 personalities after he testified that she consented to sex and he learned only later that she was mentally ill. Mark A. Peterson was convicted of second-degree sexual assault and could be sentenced to 10 years in prison. He remained free on $5,000 bond. Sentencing was scheduled for Dec. 10 and he said he will appeal.
November 25, 1989 |
A Denver murder suspect at the center of a controversy over multiple-personality disorder has died of complications from leukemia. Ross Carlson's leukemia was diagnosed just three weeks ago, the day after a state judge ruled him competent to stand trial for the 1983 slayings of his parents. Carlson, who died Thursday, had spent six years in the state mental hospital as the courts and doctors argued over whether he had multiple personalities or whether he was faking the disorder to avoid trial.
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November 23, 1989 |
In an unusual legal move, a Garden Grove woman sued her brother Wednesday, contending she has become a multiple personality because he raped and molested her repeatedly during her childhood and adolescence. The woman contends in her lawsuit that her older brother molested her so often that her psychological defense mechanisms took over. She said the assaults continued from the time she was 6 years old until she was 16.
November 7, 1989 |
A judge has ruled that Ross Carlson, 25, who claims he suffers from multiple personality disorder, is competent to stand trial in the 1983 execution-style shooting of his parents. For six years defense doctors have testified that Carlson has as many as eight separate personalities; doctors for the state have accused him of faking. Meanwhile, Carlson has been hospitalized at University of Colorado Medical Center in Denver, diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
October 20, 1989 |
One thing is immediately apparent about Chris Costner Sizemore: she notices everything. From the Beverly Hills palm trees with the naked, ostrich-like trunks, to a reporter leaving wide margins on a pad for notations, to an old, wooden, curved-top radio in a radio station lobby, nothing unusual escapes her comment. That is because Sizemore, 62, considers herself 15 and believes she is seeing many things for the first time since she recovered from Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD) in 1974.
October 8, 1989 |
On the morning of Aug. 18, 1983, the bodies of two attractive, well-dressed elementary schoolteachers, Rod and Marilyn Carlson, both 37, were discovered alongside a dirt road on the plains east of Denver. They were lying side by side, face down in the weeds, a foot apart. Each had been shot once in the back of the head, at close range, execution style. No signs of a scuffle, any resistance.
August 9, 1987 |
"The Minds of Billy Milligan," "Sybil" and "The Three Faces of Eve" are books about only three people, but they contain details of myriad personalities. While the works have done much to publicize the existence of multiple personality disorder, the syndrome went virtually unrecognized until the last quarter-century and still is challenged in the medical profession. There is an increasing acceptance, however, according to Dr.