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300 Alters and False Memories
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.