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Police Investigations / Los Angeles Murders / Hypnosis #249839

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Dec 01, 1977
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(Studio) Los Angeles police investigation of series of rape/murders there noted. Use. of hypnosis to jog memories of witnesses and increase in police use of hypnosis is subject of report
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Los Angeles, California) Details with regard to use of hypnosis on willing witnesses by some 50 police depts. around country given; its use in placing charges against Kenneth Lane for murder of 2 girls near Auburn, California, cited as example Film shown. [Los Angeles police department spokesperson Dr. Martin REISER - cites reasons victim or witness to crime often forgets what he sees. Notes findings with regard to use of hypnosis in getting witness to recall info.] Police tape shown; details with regard to taped hypnosis session in Elizabeth, New Jersey, involving crime victim Charles Wolf, given. FBI experimental use of hypnosis noted. [Los Angeles FBI spokesperson Richard DOUCE - cites limited FBI use of hypnosis and results.] Use of hypnosis on bus driver Ed Ray in order to get license plate number which helped solve Chowchilla kidnapping case noted. [RAY - says he came within one number of correct license plate under hypnosis and doesn't think he could have remembered otherwise.] Objections to court use of hypnosis information described, citing example of case of robbery in Scottsdale, Arizona, and defense attorney's objections. [Defense attorney Calvin ALLRED - questions information given by witness under hypnosis.] [Los Angeles police Captain Michael NIELSEN - says they don't suggest anything to hypnotized person.]
REPORTER: Don Kladstrup

Kladstrup, Don;
Cronkite, Walter

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