The Minds of Billy Milligan

By Daniel Keyes

Release

08-30-22

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography

Release

08-30-22

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography

Overview

Winner of the 1993 Seiun Award for Best Nonfiction
Winner of the 1986 Kurd Lasswitz Award for Best Work by a Foreign Author

Billy Milligan can be anyone he wants to be … except himself. 

Out of control of his actions, Billy Milligan was a man tormented by twenty-four distinct personalities battling for supremacy over his body—a battle that culminated when he awoke in jail, arrested for the kidnap and rape of three women. In a landmark trial, Billy was acquitted of his crimes by reason of insanity caused by multiple personality—the first such court decision in history—bringing to public light the most remarkable and harrowing case of multiple personality ever recorded.

Twenty-four people live inside Billy Milligan.

Philip, a petty criminal; Kevin, who dealt drugs and masterminded a drugstore robbery; April, whose only ambition was to kill Billy’s stepfather; Adalana, the shy, lonely, affection-starved lesbian who “used” Billy’s body in the rapes that led to his arrest; David, the eight-year-old “keeper of pain”; and all of the others, including men, women, several children, and the teacher, the only one who can put them all together. You will meet each in this often shocking true story. And you will be drawn deeply into the mind of this tortured young man and his splintered, terrifying world.

Editorial Reviews

“Keyes, who spent two years with Billy Milligan and interviewed his family, friends, and acquaintances, as well as some of those in the medical profession who have tried to comprehend him, tells this complicated story well.” New York Times Book Review

“Harrowing, compelling.” Village Voice

“An absorbing, often heart-rending exploration of the human mind.” Cosmopolitan

“With brilliance and discernment, Daniel Keyes adds to the popular literature about multiple personality…The book is a milestone.” Flora Rheta Schreiber, New York Times bestselling author

“A fascinating work.” Los Angeles Times

Daniel Keyes

Author Biography

Daniel Keyes (1927–2014) was born in Brooklyn, New York, and received his BA and MA degrees from Brooklyn College. He was the author of eight books, including the classic Flowers for Algernon, first published in 1966, which would go on to sell more than five million copies and inspire the Oscar-winning film Charly. He also worked as a merchant seaman, a fiction editor, a high school teacher, and as a university professor at Ohio University, where he was honored at Professor Emeritus in 2000. He won the Hugo and Nebula awards for his work.