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300 Alters and False Memories

Updated on January 24, 2010
Patricia Burgus was a mother and a housewife from Iowa.
Patricia Burgus was a mother and a housewife from Iowa.
Dr. Braun is a sick, tormented person with the license to practice medicine on people...
Dr. Braun is a sick, tormented person with the license to practice medicine on people...
Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, Chicago Illinois.
Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, Chicago Illinois.
Satanic Worship even has a logo! :)
Satanic Worship even has a logo! :)
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Housewife from Iowa with 300 Personalities was a High Priestess in a Devil Worshipping Satanic Cult

When Patricia Burgus, a 26 year old mother of 2 from Iowa sought help for post-partum depression, she never expected therapy to take over her whole life for a decade and wreck her family.

General Practitioner turns her on to a social counselor who took her to therapy

Patricia, or Pat, was 100% confident she would overcome her depression quickly. Little did she know. This was in 1982, and MPD or Multiple Personality Disorder, was getting good heat in the United States because of books and movies.

After about a year in therapy with the social counselor, who had no psychological education, the post partum depression had developed into MPD. The counselor diagnosed Pat‘s different states of mind as different personalities –and gave them names. When she was indecisive, she was "Super slow“, and when she was hopeful, she was "Religious“. The counselor also asked her repeatedly to imagine herself as a child, and a while later, she had the personality of a child, "Little Patty“.

In 1985, after 3 years in therapy, Pat stopped working and went on a disability pension. By that time, she had 20 different personalities of all kinds. She repeatedly tried getting herself admitted to a mental hospital, without success; no one seemed to believe her diagnosis.

Hypnotized every day

It wasn‘t until Pat met Dr. Bennett G. Braun, a psychiatrist from Chicago who was a world leading expert in handling MPD cases; he was even licensed to train and psychiatrists and psychologists in the handling of MPD. At that time, no one else was. Pat met him at an annual psychological conference in Chicago in October 1985; almost certain she would never live a normal life again.

Braun and Burgus had sort of a celebration, if you may put it that way. Unlike any other psychiatrists, he was certain she was suffering from MPD and just a few months after the conference, Pat was admitted to Braun’s mental ward at the Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, IL.

Braun’s treatment was unconventional. According to his theories on MPD, he had to allure all the patients’ personalities out and drag all their secrets out. Then first they could reunite with the “Main personality” of the patient.

In that purpose, Braun used hypnotism and pumped his patients full of heavy-duty, forceful drugs. According to herself, Pat was hypnotized at least once a day – even though Braun now denies it – and more and more personalities were allured out. At first, Pat refused to take any medication, but agreed when Braun threatened her she’d never see her two sons again.

Panic towards devil worshippers

Dr. Braun prescribed Pat on a very hazardous and strong medicine cocktail: triazolam, a highly addictive sleeping aid which is banned in most European countries, and causes delusions and paranoia, a huge dose of Propanolol, the hypertension medicine. A dosage so big the pharmaceutical company who makes Propanolol hadn’t even had the dosage tested on animals. And last but not least, he put her on a very big dosage of amytal sodium, which goes under the name “Truth pills”.

Around the same time Pat went on the medical cocktail, her roommate, a woman also suffering from MPD, and had been on the mental ward for a long time, started talking about her participation in a secret devil worshipping religious cult.

In the beginning of the 1990’s, a panic wave towards devil worshippers went across the States, and quickly spread to Canada and other neighboring countries. The media, government and other authorities suddenly grew huge worries about those satanic sects. Those cults were active all over the United States, and held ritual celebrations where they would abuse, slaughter and eat children.

Pat’s roommate decorated her bed with little dolls – one for each child she said she had eaten in satanic rituals. A popular book among the inmates of the mental ward was Michelle Remembers, a biography of a Canadian woman which caused a lot of fuss in the 1980’s. The author, Michelle Smith, said she had grown up in a Devil-Worshipping cult and had to take gruesome abuse on a daily bases. Her psychiatrist, who helped her “retrieve” repressed childhood memories, had a huge part of the devil-worshipping storm in the United States in the eighties.

Have you eaten anyone?

In the beginning of April 1986, a few days after Pat’s dosage was enlarged, she told Dr. Braun, under hypnotism, about her participation in a satanic cult. Dr. Braun’s first question was “Patricia, Have you ever eaten someone?” and you can clearly hear her say “Yes”, about 2 seconds after she says yes, you can clearly hear Dr. Braun shout out “BINGO!”. More questions followed that; when you eat a person, what does everything look like? When you bite the flesh, what does it taste like? What does it smell like? Do you cook the meat? Is it raw? Does a child taste different than an adult?

The next days, weeks and months, Pat continued talking about the cult. Apparently, one of Pat’s alters was a high priestess in a Satanic cult, which her family had been running since the mid 17th century. In this role, she said she had murdered and eaten over 2000 infants while her husband was at work. She said she taught her sons, John and Mikey human sacrifice while they were still just babies. She said she had given birth to more children than just those two, but eaten everyone the second they were born, some while they were even still alive.

She claimed that when she was younger, the members of the cult had taken her to a zoo where tigers, cheetahs and gorillas had raped her. She also said she had slept with John F. Kennedy when she was a child.

Dr. Braun forced her to repeat those stories several times a day, even though he had to tie her down to a gurney. Braun admitted during interrogations that he sometimes had to quit in the middle of a session because her stories were sexually arousing him.

Three hundred personalities and Catherine the Great

Dr. Braun continued to fish more and more personalities out of Pat, and in the end, they were more than 300. He was also very interested in her previous lives. Apparently, Pat was “Catherine the Great” in her past life. One time, he actually tried to arrange a psychic meeting to get in touch with Pat’s victims. The stories spread around the ward, and more and more patients were all of a sudden also members of the satanic cult. Dr. Braun seems to have believed everything his MENTALLY ILL patients told him and became more and more cynical. He started going through patients’ mail, looking for letters and/or clues from Devil worshippers across the country.

Dr. Braun finally contacted the FBI, and told them what patients had told him about the cult. When the FBI refused to believe his stories, he was certain they were also members of satanic cults, along with the CIA, the mafia and Ku Klux Klan.

Meatloaf from human meat

He also tried to find evidence for Pat’s stories himself. He got Pat’s mother to send her a home made meatloaf to the hospital which he then got tested for human protein (the meatloaf was pork though…).

Shortly after Pat was admitted to the Rush Presbyterian Mental Ward, her sons were also admitted. John was five and Mikey was four. They had no signs of mental- or behavioral issues whatsoever $6, but Braun feared MPD might be genetic and he was also very worried that a satanic cult would kidnap the boys, and murder them. John and Mikey, on the children and adolescent mental ward, under the control of Dr. Roberta Sachs, were put on a similar medical cocktail as their mother, even though the medication is NOT meant for children.

Not so long from there, the boys were telling terrible stories and giving horrible descriptions of domestic violence. According to their stories, their parents, grandparents and every uncle and aunt they could think of had abused them horribly. With the Satanic cult also, of course. (No signs of any physical abuse were found on their bodies). They had also been doers in the rituals; ripping victims apart and shooting them.

To prove the truth value of those stories, Dr. Braun once took a suitcase full of weapons with him to work. He then gave John and Mikey weapons to see if they could handle them. What do you know, they were like professionals with weapons, and there for, Braun decided those stories had to be true!

The personalities just disappeared…

While all this was going on behind the shut door of the mental ward of the Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s MedicalCenter (which has now changed names), Dr. Braun continued writing articles and giving classes and lectures on MPD. His ego kept growing and in 1987, hospital authorities let him open his own mental ward only for MPD patients.

Pat Burgus’ condition kept getting worse and worse, and in 1988 she was moved down to the EICU (Extreme Intensive Care Unit). When Dr. Braun had no access to her, she started getting a little better, one step at a time. The 300 alters quickly disappeared, one by one, and Pat realized her memories of having been a “High Priestess” in a devil worshipping cult couldn’t be true. How was she supposed to have the time to murder, cook and eat 2000 infants a year?

Pat’s sons, John and Mikey didn’t get out as easily. The chief of the Children and Adolescent mental ward, Dr. Roberta Sachs was positive their parents were abusing them, and didn’t release them until 1989 after a bloody custody battle. After that, they had to spend 3 more years at a different mental hospital to get over the trauma they received at Rush Presbyterian, and were, and are still today long behind their peers in maturity.

Patricia Burgus and her family sued Dr. Bennett George Braun – and won $10.6 million, which is the third highest compensation which has been won in a case against a psychiatrist.

At least seven more patients sued Dr. Braun. He eventually lost the license to practice medicine in the State of Illinois, but now runs a little practice in Butte, MT.


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    • Sunkist123 profile image


      2 years ago

      This is an excellent article, thank you for writing it!

      There's some info, though, that isn't in many articles about this case: might anyone know who PB's original 'therapist' was in Des Moines Iowa who actually started this? I recently read an old book by Dr. Paul McHugh, and it said the 'therapist' also 'advised' Patty B. to not go to the police because the local police dept. was also 'infiltrated' by a satanic cult and the police were participating in satanic rituals and even cannibalism! So Patty's nightmare actually started before she met Bennett Braun.

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      I was there too 

      3 years ago

      I was admitted with clinical depression and was diagnosed within 6 months by Braun as MPD poly-fragmented. This was my first hospitalization and I was an in-patient for 4 straight years. I was one of the 4 initial patients on his DID unit. I had no prior experience of in-patient psych treatment. When I would question some practice or policy, I would be told I'm fortunate to be under the care of the foremost expert in the field. Treatment -- large amounts of Inderal (a heart medication) which he believed controlled switching, along with many other medications; abreactive session, sometimes while in restraints; hypnosis; finger signals; being told he was a sheriff and would report you to the authorities if necessary; sessions held as late as midnight; total alienation from my family and friends. When I was discharged after 4 years to another hospital so I could transition to the outside world, Braun wanted me to move to the Netherlands so my family couldn't find me. I could go on and on. I, too, just found this post and felt compelled to respond. Totally agree that the best thing was the closing of that unit.

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      I was there 

      3 years ago

      I was at Rush Presbyterian on the dissociative disorders unit run by Braun. I had been in several hospitals and I have to say the treatment methods were the most bizarre and insane I have ever been subjected to. Brainwashing and massive amounts (unapproved for dosages by humans) of medications used. I went there believing it would be the best possible care I could get only to learn it was the most tormenting insane treatment I could imagine. I still have all my journals from my six months (insurance limits) to the day there and my discharge papers. From day one in my journals "there is something really wrong with this place". Yes I am late for this post but just found the article ....the best thing that happened was for that place to be shut down.

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      Montana girl 

      3 years ago

      I am an educated person. My husband was treated by the discussed physician for several years in Montana, and im sorry, he may be respected in the field of DID and may have developed the BASK model for treatment of dissociation, and i don't argue that he may have helped many at Rusk. But his practice was unethical at best with my husband. Patients would bring in loose pills in a pill box that they'd be hoarding for a suicide attempt, and he'd sort through them, put them in baggies, label them, and hand them out as samples. My husband endured horrendous childhood sexual abuse-starting with both of his parents, horrible abuse. I would go with him to the initial sessions because he would undergo hypnosis and it would make my husband vulnerable and shaken up afterwards. So I would just sit to the side quietly and when my husband would be recounting his abuse, the doctor would be stroking his (own) penis through his pants, trying to be subtle. Then one day he told me that sex with children was accepted in ancient Greece, at which time I lost it. He said its only unacceptable now due to social norms. And lastly, he screamed at my husband in front of a waiting room full of patients, "so you were butt f@@ked, get over it!". He was very humilated. The positive thing I will say about this physician, my husband had lived with these memories/secrets for 45+ years and never told a soul and he has been in therapy before and went through a 30 day inpatient alcohol rehab in the 80s and still couldn't discuss it, and for whatever reason he could discuss it with the doctor, so yes there were complaints, so their were some positives too. But I hear rumor he's sold his practice and patient load and is retiring. Great article!

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      someone who can read. 

      7 years ago

      how does your girlfriend have a disease you just made a whole hub calling fake? it's pretty rare, that is why I find it odd to find so many MPDs on here, all being treated for free by a fake MPD dr/life coach.

      I bet you would like to know how it works, you haven't done such a great job reproducing yourself as having it over many name and in many hubs.

      people who try to fake having mpd on the mmpi come up as malingers... fakes, and get diagnosed as antisocial personality disorder because what kind of person would try to fake mpd for attention or financial gain? sociopaths. that's who.

      mpd isn't treated with drugs, in any event, occasionally it is treated with hypnotherapy and talk therapy.

      and I don't know where you got your information, but braun is highly respected in the field. your data is coming from biased sites in which ridiculous lawsuits were formed by the abusers themselves of the patient involved.

      braun remains respected in the field, so I think letting this hub stand with this gross misinformation which is highly misleading is not something I feel is ethical.

    • NewYorker profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from New York, NY

      Oh my God, George, you suffer from this disease?

      Can I send you an email or something, I am fascinated by this disease. My girlfriend has DID and I'd love to discuss with you if you guys are having the same experience.

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      George Stuart 

      9 years ago

      In my experience of having MPD or Dissociative Identitiy disorder as it is now known,

      There is very little help availalble to victims and after reading this hub i would like to point out that many of the doctors who proclaim to be specialists in this field are often involved in the same types of organisied santanic cults which there patients have endured abuse from for many decades.

      Unfortunatly Satanic abuse is more common than society wants to aknowledge. And professional peoples inovolement in such abuse is also comonplace.

      it is hard enough getting help for domestic abuse within the home but help for satanic abuse victims the help is non existent.

      If society truly belives that abuse of children is wrong then changes in the law are needed to protect the victims and not the perpertraitors the parodox of this statement is that many of the people who make the laws also break them routinely by engaging in sexual acts with chidlren themselves.

    • Jewels profile image


      9 years ago from Australia

      I've seen a few with that neurotic tendency, LOL. Have they found a pill for that too? :)

    • NewYorker profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from New York, NY


      You're right, It's not hard to see. I think it's just that typical God complex most doctors develop after a while.

    • Jewels profile image


      9 years ago from Australia

      Gawd! It's not hard to see who was/is the mad one.

    • NewYorker profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from New York, NY


      Thank you for reading and thanks for the compliment, appreciate it.

    • NewYorker profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from New York, NY

      Hi, Nate.

      He only lost license to practice medicine in Illinois, he can still practice in every other state. I think it's ridiculous, he should have been thrown in prison with a life sentence for destroying all those lives.

      - NY

    • NateSean profile image


      9 years ago from Salem, MA

      Of course what you want to say at this time is that you're glad we've come such a long way from those days and that mental patients are treated with more respect and dignity.

      Unfortunately the ones who get the respect and dignity have the best insurance coverage. But if Blue Cross doesn't cover dignity a patient could easily wind up as the corner stone for the next Dr. Braun.

      How does his practice operate without a license? Or is he just a "declawed" psychologist now?

    • wrenfrost56 profile image


      9 years ago from U.K.

      Really intersting hub, I can see a lot of work went into this, really well written and you clearly know what your talking about. Great job.

    • Rod Marsden profile image

      Rod Marsden 

      9 years ago from Wollongong, NSW, Australia

      Very good. Obviously Some people shouldn't be allowed to practice medicine. I have a friend who is a nurse in the USA. I have been told that blowing the whistle on a doctor will more than likely land you rather than the doctor in hot water. There is the issue of the person speaking out keeping their job. Mind you someone like Dr Braun would eventually kill someone if not stopped. Not keen on him even having a little practice anywhere.

    • NewYorker profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from New York, NY

      Thank you so much.

      When I was in Medical School, this was my final essay, and I had the privilege of hearing tapes from their sessions and I spent about 3 weeks writing a full 14-page essay on this. I am very passionate about this subject and I feel she was very badly treated by her psychiatrist, who is someone she should be able to trust. I also had the privilege of talking to the woman who was the head nurse of the mental ward. Everyone knew what was going on, but no one had the guts to speak up...

      Thank you so much.

    • theirishobserver. profile image


      9 years ago from Ireland

      New Yorker, this was a magnificant presentation, it is precise, detailed, informative and captivating. The inclusion of the two children in the 'therepy' is mind blowing. Christ what went on in these places. As I said I looked forward to this Hub and you have not only meet my expectations but surpassed them. Well done. I would suggest this, as someone who has attended many lectures. I would produce this Hub in hard copy for your audience, also love the tabloid pic, and then cover the topic just as you have done here. This I would like to see followed by Q and A, you have clearly a great insight into this topic, and if I am not mistaken a passion for the topic. Good luck with your lecture.


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