A trained hypnotist can reach a person’s psyche and allow the person to see clearly what his mind has seen and recorded. According to Freud nothing that we see or hear is ever forgotten. Hypnosis allows us to bring to conscious memory what was collected by our superego. The use of hypnosis to heighten the recall ability of eye witnesses to criminal acts is reported in the case of the serial killer Ted Bundy.
Ted Bundy stalked young girls beginning in 1974. He is charged with killing at least 30 girls. After one of his horrific killing sprees, he was seen leaving the scene of a house by Nita Neary. The house was later discovered to have four dead bodies of girls that had been beaten to death. Nita Neary was hypnotized and picked out Ted Bundy’s picture from a photo gallery. A month passed when Ted Bundy struck again. He abducted and killed Kimberly Leach, a twelve year old girl. Another eye witness Clarence Anderson was hypnotized and identified Ted Bundy. Because of these eye witness accounts, Ted Bundy was prosecuted and after 11 years of trials and prison escapes was found guilty of two murders. Later, he confessed to having killed 30 girls. He was electrocuted on February, 1989.