This ground-breaking book examines the role of crime in the lives of people with Dissociative Identity Disorder, formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder, a condition which appears to be caused by prolonged trauma in infancy and childhood. This trauma may be linked with crimes committed against them, crimes they have witnessed, and crimes they have committed under duress. This collection of essays by a range of distinguished international contributors explores the complex legal, ethical, moral, and clinical questions which face psychotherapists and other professionals working with people suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder. Contributors to this book are drawn from a wide range of professions including psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, counselling, psychology, medicine, law, police, and social work.

chapter |8 pages


ByAdah Sachs

chapter One|14 pages

Satanist ritual abuse and the problem of credibility

ByJoan Coleman

chapter Two|9 pages

Unsolved: investigating allegations of ritual abuse

ByChris Healey

chapter Three|18 pages

The Extreme Abuse Surveys: preliminary findings regarding dissociative identity disorder

ByThorsten Becker, Wanda Karriker, Bettina Overkamp, Carol Rutz

chapter Four|12 pages

The protectors of the secrets


chapter Five|17 pages

Am I safe yet?

BySue Cross, "Louise"

chapter Six|21 pages

Dissociative identity disorder and criminal responsibility

ByJames Farmer, Warwick Middleton, John Devereux

chapter Seven|8 pages

When murder moves inside

ByValerie Sinason

chapter Nine|11 pages

Some clinical implications of believing or not believing the patient

ByGraeme Galton

chapter Eleven|5 pages

Letter from a general practitioner

ByAlison Anderson

chapter Twelve|10 pages

Corroboration in the body tissues

ByJohn Silverstone

chapter Thirteen|12 pages

Opening Pandora's box

BySue Cook

chapter Fourteen|18 pages

From social conditioning to mind control

ByValerie Sinason

chapter Fifteen|11 pages

Mind control: simple to complex

ByEllen P. Lacter