Did he reveal hallucinations he had experienced to you?
|Bolstad is a clinical psychologist who treats young killers in Oregon's
juvenile prisons. He examined and evaluated Kip for the defense. He is a
consultant at the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility, the state juvenile
prison where Kip is serving the first part of his sentence.|
A. He did.
Can you describe those or summarize them, and try and describe them in as
verbatim a way as he described them to you as you can. So if you need to
read from your report, please do.
A. I think I have probably somewhere around nine pages of verbatims from his
delusions -- from his hallucinations. I'm not going to read all of that to this
court, but I will review the highlights.
If I can stop you for a second, I do want to know when he disclosed to
you that he first started experiencing hallucinations and how they initially
emerged, and then perhaps you can walk us through the genesis of them.
A. The first day I met with him was February the 1st, and on the very first
part of the first day he acknowledged that he heard voices, and he did that on
the Child Behavior Checklist. And when I looked at the scores on that result, I
noticed that he checked the item that he hears voices.
And when I asked him, does he hear voices, he indicated that he did, but he
also told me he didn't want to talk about it. And he told me the reason why he
didn't want to talk about it was a fear that if he started talking about it,
the voices would come back, and that was something he was intent on trying to
When did he say he first started experiencing voices?
A. He indicated to me that he first started hearing voices when he was twelve
years of age.
And how did that first occur?
A. He told me he remembered the first time he heard voices, he got off a
school bus. "I was on my driveway, looking at some bushes, and a voice said,
'You need to kill everyone, everyone in the world.'" He stated to me, "It
scared the shit out of me. I was confused. It seemed like something was
seriously wrong. I ran into the house and cried in my room. It said other
things too. It said, 'You are a stupid piece of shit. You aren't worth
anything,' and some jumbled words that I can't understand. I was just standing
there, looking at the bushes."
I asked him at that point, "Where do you think the voices came from?" He said
"Well, I had some theories. I was an atheist or an agnostic, I'm not sure.
Maybe it was from the devil. I also thought that the government might have put
a chip in my head. Government satellites might have transmitted to the chip in
my head. At first I thought the voices were outside of my head because they
were so loud. They were very loud, like SurroundSound."
And then he proceeded to tell me about the different types of voices that he
hears. He said, "I often hear two voices at the same time, sometimes a third
voice. I know they are different. They sound different. The doctor gave them
labels A, B, and C" -- and the doctor referred to here was Dr. Pincus. "One
voice always tells me what to do. It's an authoritarian. Loud. The doctor gave
that voice a title A. The B voice tells me I'm a piece of shit, I'm like that,
a put-down kind of voice."
He said this started in the fall or the winter of the sixth grade, all three of
the voices. He said that A is loud, but B is louder. C just repeats what the
others say over and over and over again. "They scared the shit out of me. I get
pissed. I get angry, hearing these voices. I was very pissed at God, if I
believed in him. What is this? Why do I have these voices?"
Did you discuss with him whether he ever revealed to anyone what he was
A. He indicated to me that prior to May 20th-21st, he had never talked with
anyone about the voices.
Did you ask him why?
A. He told me he didn't -- he was afraid of the voices. He was afraid that
that meant he was mentally ill. He didn't want anyone to think of him as
mentally ill. He added he particularly didn't want girls to think that he was
mentally ill, because had become interested in girls. He said that there were
times that he came close to telling his mother about the voices, and that he
wanted to, but that he was afraid to.
He said one time his mother told him that she heard ringing in her ears, and he
thought that might mean that she was hearing voices too. And he said, "I came
very close to telling her at that point." But he also indicated he was afraid
of telling her about things like this because she would get so upset and that
she might pull her hair out. So he was reluctant to let anyone know about these
voices, and he told me he made it a rule never to tell anyone.
In your experience, are juveniles of this age typically guarded, whether
they're mentally ill or not?
A. Oh, very much so.
And did it surprise you that he never revealed the voices to
Do juveniles of this age generally have a fear of being labeled with
mental illness as well?
A. Oh, yes.
Did he describe when the voices next occurred?
A. Yes. He told me that the second time he heard the voices was in the sixth
grade also. It was December. His family had been to Eagle Crest for the
weekend. When they got home from their weekend, there was a referral in the
mail from school for some misbehavior. He didn't think he was going to be
getting a referral; he thought it had been settled. And he told me that if he
would have known he would have gotten a referral, he would have intercepted it.
He said, "When my parents saw the referral, they went off, they really got
angry, they were yelling at me." He said, "I went to my room, and the voices
came after me, saying the same thing, 'Stupid shit, you can't do anything
He cried in his room for quite some time. His parents were on the other side
of the door, yelling at him. He said the voice was yelling at him too. Later on
he got on his bike and he rode down to the river, and he said he was bawling.
He tried to ride away from the voice, but he couldn't get away from them. They
kept on telling him, over and over again, he was a stupid piece of shit. He
said they talked to each other about him, about how stupid he was. And that was
the second time he heard voices.
Are auditory hallucinations characteristic of particular mental
A. Well, it's psychotic thinking. It's most commonly associated with
schizophrenics, but you also see hallucinations with some other disorders.
You'll see hallucinations sometimes with manic phase for bipolar. You'll see
hallucinations sometimes in extreme forms of depression. So it's characteristic
of pretty serious mental illnesses.
Are certain auditory hallucinations so-called First Rank Symptoms?
A. Yes, there a Schneider list called First Rank Symptoms.
Where does that come from?
A. Well, from Schneider's research on hallucinations and delusions. And they
have been incorporated in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. This is the
diagnostic book that psychologists and psychiatrists use. And the Schneider
list has been incorporated into the diagnosis of schizophrenia such that if
people have First Rank Symptoms, that's a very positive sign of serious mental
The DSM is kind of the common language that psychiatrists and
psychologists talk to each other in?
It's the way of understanding diagnosis from one subjective source to
How often did he say the hallucinations recurred after that second time,
and can you summarize his later experiencing of similar hallucinations?
A. He indicated to me that it varied. There were days that he heard voices
many times a day. There were times that he heard them weekly. He said sometimes
he only heard them once a month. It depended on how much stress he was under.
It depended on how depressed he was, how angry he was. The voices were pretty
persistent from the time he was twelve on, but they varied in frequency as a
function of stress.
Did you discuss the relationship between what he was experiencing and
what he heard on a rock and roll CD?
A. Yes. He once indicated to me that he had never told anyone about his
voices, that he wondered about them a lot, he wondered what they meant. He was
curious about them. He indicated to me that he had thoughts like he wondered if
deaf people could hear voices, which I found to be a rather intriguing
question. But he went on to tell me that the first time he had ever heard
anyone mention voices was when he heard a song by Nine-Inch Nails, that
described in that song the hearing of voices.
And it intrigued him, from his reading of the lyrics from this song, to know
that someone else was like him, someone else heard voices. And I think because
of this association, he felt a big connection with the Nine Inch Nails.
The particular verse from Nine-Inch Nails that attracted his attention goes
like the following:
"Annie, hold on a bit tighter.
"I might just slip away.
"He won't give up.
"He wants me dead.
"God damn this voice inside my head."
And he indicated to me that that line, "God damn this voice inside my head,"
shocked him when he first heard it because it fit for him. And he said that
over a period of time, he came to say this to himself a great deal. And he said
that lots of times, "I would say to myself, 'God damn these voices inside my
As he described it to you, did the Nine Inch Nails precede the voices or
was his connection with Nine Inch Nails the fact that he finally heard someone
else who was expressing, experiencing the same things he was?
A. According to what he indicated to me, he had been hearing voices for quite
some time before he ever heard the song by Nine-Inch Nails.
Did you find him to be an accurate and truthful reporter, generally?
A. I was astonished by how meticulous he was in his recollection of events. I
went over my notes with him at one point, and one time I quoted Voice A when I
was incorrect; it should have been Voice B in my writing. And he was very upset
with me about that, and was emphatic that I got that wrong, and he wanted to
make sure that I got that corrected. He didn't want himself misrepresented. He
had a particular fascination with being correct about these matters.
I also made a mistake in my history-gathering in my notes. I said something
about one of his professors was black, and I must have misheard that. And he
was very clear with me that I got that wrong, that the professor was not black.
And when I would go over the history with him, I found that he was very
meticulous, very accurate, and extremely consistent from one reporting to the
next over the many hours that I saw him. . .
Did you discuss with Mr. Kinkel the psychologist he went to see during the
beginning of 1997 and through June of '97?
A. Yes. Dr. Hicks. ... He indicated to me that while he was seeing Hicks in
that summer, the voices were less frequent. He also indicated to me that after
seeing Hicks, he was put on antidepressant medications. And he felt like he had
a good summer. He wasn't sure if the reduction of voices had to do with being
on this medicine, Prozac, or just because there was very little stress in the
summer. He was not clear about that.
The Prozac or the combination of the Prozac and his summer activities did
seem to help abate the voices though; is that correct?
A. He indicated to that he only heard voices a few times during that
Did he indicate why he discontinued the medication?
A. He indicated to me that he thought he was better at the end of the summer.
He indicated to me that -- the way he put it was, as a result of his meeting
with Hicks, he felt like he didn't need to be on the medicine anymore, so he
was taken off the medicine.
Did he describe to you ways he tried to get the voices to stop?
What did he tell you?
A. There were a variety of different things that he would do to try to get
the voices to stop. One was exercise. Riding his bike. He would try to distract
himself. He would watch TV. He told me that he wished he would have tried
alcohol or drugs to get rid of the voices, especially when they were bad, but
he never really was successful at that either.
He also told me that sometimes he would punch himself in the head when he was
hearing voices. While he was incarcerated in jail, he had an incident where he
punched himself in the head to the point of getting a black eye. So he said he
tried that to get rid of the voices, but he said basically nothing worked. He
used to tell them to shut up, but he said that didn't help either. He said it
just made them get louder.
Are you aware of any time he reported the voices to others?
A. The only incident that I'm aware that he made any kind of a public
statement or a statement about voices was in class. I think about two or three
weeks before May 20th, he blurted out in class, "God damn this voice inside my
And have you seen the so-called respect sheet or discipline writeup that was
in Mr. Rowan's class that was generated from that?
A. Yes, I've seen that.
Showing you what's been marked as Defendant's Exhibit 107, can you identify
A. Yes. This is the a copy of the same respect sheet that I had seen earlier.
And can you describe what it says.
A. Well, the respect sheet has his name on the top. The name of the class,
literature. The date, which is April 24th, 1997. And the first question that
he's asked to fill out reads: "What were you doing that was disrespectful in
And the statement that is written here is, "Saying 'God damn, I've got to get
these voices out of my head' is inappropriate in class."
That's crossed through. What's crossed through is "God damn, I've got to get
these voices out of my head," and over on the left hand margin it is rewritten
and it says "God damn this voice inside my head."
I asked Kip to explain this to me. And what he indicated to me is that the
teacher got it wrong, the teacher was inaccurate. "He said, 'I've got to get
these voices out of my head,' and I never said that." He said, "What I said
was, 'this voice.'"
And this is an example of his precision. Kip has a very strong thing about
being precise, and he wanted this respect sheet to be accurate, so he crossed
through the original phrase and substituted the accurate phrase, "God damn this
voice inside my head."
Looking further down the sheet, it says, "The expected behavior for the
situation was," and what does that describe, meaning he was disciplined for
A. It says, "What is expected behavior for this situation?" And it says, "Not
to say 'damn.'"
It doesn't say anything about God; correct?
"In the future, what could you do differently to prevent the problem?" It
says, "Not to say damn"?
What's the date of the respect sheet?
A. April 24th, 1997 -- 1998.
It appears as if both Kip and Mr. Rowan signed it on that day, and then
Kip's mom signed it on the 27th of April?
A. Yes. . .
. . . Can you distinguish hallucinations and delusions for us?
A. Hallucinations pertain to auditory or visual distortions of reality. They
are the hearing of a voice that's not really there, or the seeing of an image
that's not really there.
A delusion is a false belief. It's a false belief that is distorted, often
twisted in a negative direction, and it's very resistant to change in the
absence of medications. People who have delusions typically are hard to talk
out of their opinion or their strange notions, and even in the face of data to
the contrary they are reluctant to change their minds about such things.
Did Mr. Kinkel relay to you a history of delusions?
A. He didn't put them that way. He didn't say, "I have a history of
delusions," but he did tell me about a number of things that I think could
easily be classified as delusions.
Could you describe those for us.
A. Yes. In talking with him about his feeling that he needed to arm himself
and protect himself, I asked him why, and he indicated to me that he had fears
that the Chinese were going to invade, like after a bombing with a nuclear
weapon. He felt that he was particularly worried about the second wave of an
attack. He thought he would survive the first wave because he lived where he
He was very concerned about how the Chinese -- and I quote: "They brag that
they have a billion people, and 200 million in the military. They are so huge.
They have nuclear weapons. Seemed like I would end up fighting them. I had lots
of fantasies about fighting the Chinese."
So he was also very concerned about a plague, like "The Stand," by Stephen
King. He felt like he needed to accumulate food, supplies. He thought he would
have liked to have built a bomb shelter. If he had the money, if he had had the
stuff to build a bomb, he would build a bomb. He wanted to learn how to build
bombs in case he would need it. He also thought about the end of the world. He
thought about society falling apart, and he worried a lot about that.
When I interviewed his sister, she clued me in to how he had some peculiar
notions about the Disney Corporation. So I asked him about Disney, and he
became animated. And it was the first time I had ever seen him animated. Up
until this point he had been pretty flat in his affect.
And he told me that over the next fifteen years, the Disney dollar would take
over the American dollar. He says they're also taking over the news industry,
entertainment, ABC News. It's a monopoly. They use a fuzzy mouse as a mascot.
It lets them get away with all kinds of stuff. If Iraq would just use a fuzzy
mascot, they would have a better image. No one goes after Disney because of
Mickey Mouse. And then he told me, "Disneyland, the happiest place on earth."
And he said that in a very cynical, agitated, irritated manner.
He also had a lot of concerns about censorship. He felt like music was being
censored. He made references to how censorship works, and he referenced Castro,
Mao Tse-tung, Stalin. He said, "Consult the experts. Censorship works."
And then he told me that they are putting chips in the backs of sex criminals.
He says that, "I don't need to worry about that, because I'm not a sex
criminal, but I think about that the government could take control of us. If
someone put a chip in me, I would take it out. The government is experimenting
right now. Look at "The X Files." And they told me, when they did an MRI, I
thought they would find a chip or something in my head put there by the
And then he told me the chip can produce voices, and he said, "Maybe that's the
way they're controlling me." And he went on to tell me that the government was
controlling Hinckley, maybe. And then he told me he thought the Disney thing
probably sounded stupid to me, because it sounds stupid to criticize Disney,
but behind it there are greedy corporations taking over America. And he went on
and on about this.
And somehow the Disney Corporation and government were caught up a censorship
collaboration to censor lyrics in music. He told me that sometimes he would
tell people at school about Disney, but he gave up on doing that because they
thought he was weird. And he could talk with his mother about it and his sister
a little bit, but he didn't really find himself talking about it with other
And I noted with emphasis in my report that he had a way of saying things. A
delusion isn't just a disordered thought; it's more than that. It has to do
with the way things are said sometimes, not just the content of what is said.
And I will give you an illustration.
He said to me with the kind of emphasis that I'm going to try to mimic that he
did. He told me, I can see what Disney is doing. I can see the government as
well. And then he asked me if I saw it, and I told him I didn't see it that
way. And he became animated. He wanted to argue about it. And then he finally
said to me, "No one of average intelligence sees it with the Disney. You have
to be smarter. Happiest place on earth, ha-ha."
So it's not just the content of what's said, it's sort of the way it's said.
And that's said with a conviction that is characteristic of delusions. It's
also said with a quality of grandiosity. When he said " I can," he is
distinguishing himself from most everyone else in a grandiose way. That
clustering of symptoms I think illustrates delusions quite well, as well as
grandiosity. And these are symptoms of psychotic thinking.
Did he relate another delusion about an individual who pursued him for an
incident by the roadside near his home?
Can you tell us about that.
A. He told me about a man who had been following him around. He said that one
day, I think it was around Thanksgiving of the preceding year, prior to -- I
guess that would be Thanksgiving of '97, he told me that he was riding his bike
along the road, and there was a man parked alongside the road fixing his tire.
And he had put a triangle out as a safety indicator, just a small little
triangle on the road.
And he says as he was riding along the road, he kicked the triangle over. And
he said the man came up to him afterwards and was very upset. He said this car
that the man was working on had bullet holes in it. And he said this man came
up to him and told him, he kicked his triangle. He said the man looked all
He said, I know where he lives. He lives in a trailer on the road that was on
the way to school. He came up to me and demanded that I give him $40 for
kicking his triangle, as if it was a fine or something. Kip said, "I told him I
didn't have $40. He asked for my address and my phone number. I gave him a fake
address, and I mixed up my phone number. And then he got his gun out from a
glove compartment and he threatened me, and I rode off."
After this, Kip indicated he kept on seeing this guy. He would go to school on
the school bus, and he would look over at this guy's house, and he would see
him, watching him. He would see him following him in the brown car after the
bus went by. He said, "I was afraid he would come to my house and that he would
bring his friends to my house and take over our house." And he said, "I had to
have a plan to get rid of this guy. That's why I needed the gun." I said,
"Which gun?" He said the one I bought from Corey. He said, "I needed a pistol.
My dad had the other pistols in his locker, so I needed this one in case he
came after me."
He told me he was driving with his mother, and they pulled into a gas station.
And he said this same car with the bullet holes came into this gas station. And
a guy got out who wasn't the same fellow who he claimed met him at the
triangle. And he said this other man came up to him and said, "You're Kip
Kinkel, aren't you? You kicked my triangle. We'll see you later. We'll get you
for kicking my triangle." He said he was really upset because it wasn't even
the same guy, and he didn't know how this guy could have known his name.
And this whole story has a quality of disbelief to it. It's an odd story. It's
a strange story. I questioned that this is an accurate story about what
happened. I think it's delusional. I think he's incorporated a lot of features
into this story that are his fears and his projections, and it's an example of
Have you stated your conclusion that these delusions are good indication of
A. Well, there's one type of delusion that he manifested that is on
Schneider's list of high-risk symptoms for schizophrenia, and that's the kind
of delusion in which someone is trying to take control of your mind. And his
delusion about a microchip having been placed in his brain by the government
that communicates with satellites -- he indicated that one satellite gave
voices to the microchip, and that's where the voices came from, and another
satellite followed his every movement. So there's a good example of a
Schneider First-Rank Symptom. But he has many other delusions besides that.
Dr. Bolstad, can you turn to page 32 of your report. I'm looking at the last
paragraph there. At some point a ways into your clinical interview you discuss
with Mr. Kinkel the events of May 20th and May 21st of 1998; is that
And did you detail those as accurately as you could in your report?
I wonder if you could just read from the report, starting with that last
paragraph and up to the top of page 34.
A. I asked him if he had been hearing voices around the time of the incidents
on May 20th and 21st. And specifically I asked him if he had heard any voices
around the time that he was caught with the gun in his locker.
And he says, "No, they didn't start until I was at the Burger King. My dad
picked me up at school, and we were at the police station for a while. I had
been told by someone that I would get expelled, something about two felony
convictions on my record. I got in the car with my dad to go home, and he said
to me, 'You're only 15 and you've already got two felonies.' We stopped at the
Burger King on the way home, and we ordered two Whoppers. We sat down. My dad
said to me, 'You disgust me,' and he got up and went to the car to eat his
"I couldn't eat because the voices had started. I just sat there. I threw the
Whopper away and started to walk out, but then realized that there was too
little time to have eaten it. And so I went to the bathroom for a while before
I went back to the car. I didn't want my dad yelling at me for not eating the
Whopper, wasting money.
"In the car, we drove home. I don't remember what my dad said. The voices were
all over me at that point, all three. It's a fifteen-minute ride home. B was
saying, 'Look at what you've done, you stupid piece of shit, you're worthless.'
The A voice said, 'You'll have to kill him, shoot him.' C was repeating this
over and over. They got louder and louder. I went into the house. I was crying.
I went in my bedroom, up to the loft. There were two guns in the trunk, the .22
pistol and the sawed off shotgun. I took them and hid them because I thought
Dad might look. Hid them in the attic. The voices kept saying, 'Get your gun,
shoot him, shoot him.' I got the .22 rifle."
As Kip was saying this, he was crying and sobbing. His head was down on the
table, much like it is now. The rest of the account that he told me took place
on the table, again, sobbing. He said, "My dad was sitting at the bar. The
voice said, 'Kill him, shoot him,' so I did. I had no choice. The voices told
me, 'You have no choice.' I had never heard that before, 'You have no choice.'
His back was to me."
I said, "Why didn't you refuse the voice?"
He said, "I don't know. They were getting louder and louder. I had to be right
there. Like the time I held the scissors, because the scissors were in my
"Any thoughts just before the shooting?"
"I said to myself, I had no other choice. They kept saying it to me. It didn't
I asked him what he was thinking after that.
He says that, "I hate everybody, myself especially. I hated the voices most of
all. B kept on saying to me, 'Look at what you've done now, you stupid shit.'"
Then I asked him about his mother. And he said when she came home, they said,
'Kill her. Look at what you've done. You have no other choice.' So I killed her
too. I just wanted to kill myself."
"The voice said later, 'Get guns and bullets. You have no other choice. Kill
everybody. Go to school and kill everybody. Look at what you've already done.'"
He said, "I argued with them. I told them to shut up. They ignored me. All
night long, I didn't sleep. It seemed like a short time. The night went by
fast. I had the same clothes on all the next day. I put on the coat. I took the
.22 pistol and the .22 rifle and the Glock. I switched stocks for the rifle.
The stock -- I took the stock that was sawed off, I switched it that night. I
switched it so I could hide it better.
"I taped bullets to my chest." I asked him why he did that, and he said
something about he saw it on TV or something, so he could kill himself if he
ran out of ammo. I asked him if the voices told him to tape the bullets to his
chest, he said, "No, it was my idea." I said, "Did you have any thoughts on the
way to school?" And he says "No, I don't remember."
He told me about getting to school and walking down the corridor. He saw three
kids in front of him. He heard a voice that said, "Shoot them now," another
voice said "Wait, wait." He heard, "Look at what you've already done, and it's
their fault. You have no other choice." He heard that over and over. "You have
no other choice."
"I knew people would be in the cafeteria. I just started shooting. It was all
rolled together, the voices saying, 'Look what you've already done. You've
ruined their lives. Shoot them. You've got no other choice.'"
I think that's enough. Did you reach diagnostic conclusions on the DSM
A. Well, I did with some of the same qualifiers I've already said earlier. I
think diagnosing adolescents is difficult. Adolescents' symptoms change as they
develop and get older. What I'm clear about is he has psychotic symptoms. I'm
clear that he has a mental illness. I believe that most of his symptoms are
consistent with schizophrenia, paranoid type. Although I can't yet rule out
schizoaffective disorder; I think that's a real possibility. Schizoaffective
disorder is a combination of schizophrenia with depression.
I also can't rule out a bipolar type of affective disorder, because he has a
lot of manic symptoms as well. So it's still a bit confusing as to exactly the
nature of his diagnosis, but I am confident that he is mentally ill. I am
confident that he is psychotic. He also has a learning disorder. He has
generalized anxiety disorder, and major depressive disorder.
Perhaps we discussed this before, but I want to be certain. First Rank
symptoms, did you notice those?
A. In diagnosing schizophrenia, you have to satisfy what's called Criterion
This criterion requires either hallucinations or delusions, and there's a lot
of different requirements about those delusions and hallucinations. But if you
meet Criterion A First Rank Symptoms, it satisfies all of Criterion A.
And he met two First Rank symptoms. The first was he heard voices that
communicated with each other about him. That's a first rank symptom. And the
First Rank delusion that he has is the delusion in which he thinks there are
parties that are controlling his mind. And either one of those would satisfy
First Rank symptoms, but he has both, so he like doubly qualifies.
Did you bring with you the chapter on the DSM related to schizophrenia and
And you've gone through that and isolated particular portions that you think
are significant and pertinent to Kip Kinkel and his diagnosis and his
behaviors; is that correct?
Can you just share a few of those with the court. I'm looking at page
A. Page 281 has a particular statement on it that I find that's very
characteristic. It reads, "The onset of schizophrenia typically occurs between
the late teens and the mid-thirties, with onset prior to adolescent rare,
although cases with age of onset at five or six years of age are reported. The
essential features of the condition are the same in children, but it may be
particularly difficult to make the diagnosis in this age group. In children,
delusions and hallucinations may be less elaborated than those observed in
And I think his delusions are less elaborated -- and what elaborated means is,
his delusions are not as tightly organized as you see in adult schizophrenics.
They are not as convoluted or as layered. As people get older with
schizophrenia with delusions, their delusions kind of become organized, become
developed like a well-developed story. And he is not well developed yet in his
delusions. He has multiple delusions, but he doesn't have like one delusion
that is highly organized and systematized.
Page 282, there's a description of the course of schizophrenia. And it talks
about how the onset may be abrupt or insidious, but the majority of individuals
display some type of prodromal phase, early phase, manifested by slow and
gradual development of a variety of signs and symptoms. Social withdrawal, loss
of interest in school or work, deterioration of hygiene and grooming, unusual
behaviors, outbursts of anger.
Family members may find this behavior difficult to interpret and assume that
the person is just going through a phase. Eventually, however, the appearance
of some active phase symptoms marks the disturbance of schizophrenia.
Individuals with an early age of onset are more often male and have poor
premorbid adjustment -- meaning poor adjustment prior to the onset. They have
often more evidence of structural brain abnormalities, more evidence of
cognitive impairments with neurological testing. So that was one of the reasons
why I was particularly interested in getting a report from a pediatric
And then in terms of diagnosis, on page 287 --
Paranoid type, yes?
A. They talk about the paranoid type of schizophrenia. And what's a
distinguishing feature of the paranoid -- and I think this is very important --
is that the paranoid type of schizophrenia is characterized by the presence of
prominent delusions or hallucinations in the context of a relative preservation
of cognitive functioning and affect.
What that means is you can have these symptoms of hallucinations and delusions
and at the same time have well preserved cognitive thinking in most other areas
of your life. The thing we know about people with paranoid symptoms is they
often do well in school, adults do well in their businesses, until someone
touches a button that is related to a delusion or until they start hearing
voices. But otherwise their behavior can look pretty normal.
And the paranoid type of delusions, they're mostly persecutory, although
they're sometimes command. And the associated features of these symptoms are
anxiety, anger, aloofness, and argumentativeness. There's often a formal
quality in interpersonal interactions. And the persecutory themes may
predispose the individual to suicidal behavior, and the combination of
persecutory and grandiose delusions with anger may predispose the individual to
Individuals with this disorder show little or no impairment on cognitive
testing and most neurological testing. And so what we see in the paranoid type
of schizophrenia is that none of the following are prominent: disorganized
speech is not prominent, disorganized or catatonic behavior is not prominent,
and flat or inappropriate affect are not prominent. What's prominent are the
auditory hallucinations and the delusions.
So I think his symptomatology is very consistent with this diagnosis, but as
I've already indicated, he also has signs of schizoaffective disorder and
Doctor, there are a number of issues that emerged yesterday from the state's
presentation that I want to go through with you, and I want to ask you to
comment on them based on your workup of the case, your diagnostic conclusions,
some of the records you have reviewed, and your discussions with Mr. Kinkel as
well. The first is this notion of explosives and his fascination with
explosives. Do you find this to be characteristic of the disease in this
A. Well, certainly not all paranoid schizophrenics are fascinated with
explosives. I think in Kip's case, he was fascinated with explosives, and I
think it had a peculiar quality to it. It related, I think, to delusional
fears. Fears of an invasion. Fears that were of a persecutory nature, that he
needed to protect himself.
What did he tell you about his experimenting with explosives and when he
A. I don't remember what he told me about when he began, but I do remember he
told me he quit experimenting with explosives around the end of the time that
he was seeing Dr. Hicks. He told me that Dr. Hicks had convinced him that
explosives were very dangerous, and he could hurt himself or someone else.
And he said about this time he became more interested in guns. And he told me
that what he did was, he didn't want to get rid of the explosives that he had
accumulated; he had wanted to store them in case there was an invasion. And so
he told me he put the explosives in the crawl space in his basement, and that's
where he was planning to store them. . .
Moving on to the knife collection, can you comment on that. Is there
something about the knife collection and the way that it was preserved and
ordered that is significant in terms of his diagnosis?
A. Well, people with paranoid symptomatology are often very compulsive. One
of the supervisors at our medical school used to have a saying that paranoia is
compulsivity taken to an illogical extreme. And I think the layering of the
knives in the perfect order and very organized is a very compulsive side of
this young man that you often see in paranoid people. It also goes along with
his precision. He wants to be very precise.
How about his journal writing?
A. His journal writing intrigued me. I was intrigued by how small his
handwriting was. I mean, it was tiny. Microscopic, practically. And it filled
the page. It absolutely filled the page, completely. And I think the only time
I've ever seen anything like this before is with manic patients. So there is
this side of him which has these manic features, this manic quality, and that
struck me as somewhat manic.
The last couple of times that I interviewed Kip Kinkel, he wouldn't sit in a
chair and talk to me. He had to pace while we talked. And he would pace in a
very compulsive way in the cell. His left shoulder would always touch the same
spot on one side of the cell, and his right shoulder would touch the same exact
spot on the other side of the cell. And he would go back and forth while he was
talking with me. And that is a behavior that's called pacing, and it's very
characteristic of mania. But it's also characteristic of schizophrenia.
Is the content of the journal writing significant in any way?
A. Well, yeah. It's thematically centered around hatred, about hating others,
but also hating himself. I would characterize a lot of his writings as
projection. He projects his own negative feelings onto other people. The hate
that he feels toward himself, he projects onto other people. I think that's
very thematic in his writings. There's a lot of self-loathing that gets
manifested in hating other people.
He also characteristically in many of his writings talks about there being
something wrong with his mind. And that's probably one of the more common
themes in a lot of his writings, that there's something wrong with him, that
he's not normal, that he's sick.
I want to discuss with you periods of seemingly lucid or ordered behavior
that he had, or it's reported that he had on the night of May 20th and even as
he walked into the school on May 21st. And what I'm thinking about are the
phone calls with Mr. Rowan that we heard about in court yesterday, and the
warning about Adam Pearse walking down the hallway in the school. Are these
consistent or inconsistent with your diagnosis?
A. They're not inconsistent. The thing we know about paranoid symptomatology
is that people can appear very together, very logical one minute, and the next
minute can look very illogical.
Their behavior also can be planful. People with paranoid symptomatology can
premeditate. They can plan out a course of action, and they can complete it.
That doesn't mean that they are logical. A lot of times they're planning, and
their thinking is so disordered, so distorted by their delusions, that it's
really crazy kinds of thinking. But at the same time it's intentional, it's
premedicated, it's planful. But it's also twisted, it's illogical, it's
But I think Kip is capable of at times looking coherent, looking cognitively
nonimpaired. And that's consistent with what I read earlier out of the
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. That is a unique quality of the people with
this illness. These people are cognitively together most of the time.
Can you comment generally on the reports of his secretive nature, his
ability to go years with what one would think were pretty severe torments and
not discuss that with anyone?
A. I would say that's fairly typical of people with paranoid symptomatology.
They tend to be private. They tend to be the kind of people who don't want
people to know how crazy they are. They have a strong tendency to be private,
especially until or unless they're on medicine. When they're on medicine, in my
experience, they give up a lot of their private nature.
How about the suggestion that he may have eaten a bowl of cereal at the
house on the night of the 20th or on the morning of the 21st. Did that indicate
anything to you?
A. Probably that he was hungry.
Is it inconsistent with your diagnosis?
A. No. . .
. . . At my request, did you prepare a validity analysis regarding your
study of Kip Kinkel?
A. I did.
I want to be quick with this. Why did you do that?
A. Well, I think any time you raise the issue of mental illness in a case of
aggravated murder, I think it's incumbent upon an evaluator to explore the
possibility that someone is malingering. I just think it's incumbent upon
anyone who wants to do a thorough job to see if that's the case.
Have you had experiences with young people you evaluated for serious
criminal conduct to feign mental illness?
A. I have.
And you've had certainly bona fide findings of mental illness with similar
Did you do a review of the research on malingering?
A. I did.
Can you summarize that for us.
A. I've written a rather lengthy report on it. I will try to give you a
quick summary. I know we're approaching the end of the day.
There are general research findings on malingering and mental illness. There
are people that have looked into -- they've done research on deception and
whether or not people are able to be deceptive.
The most famous person in the series is a Guido DePaulo. And he's found that
people who lie tend to give a higher pitched tone to their voice when they're
lying. They tend to be more hesitant when they give answers. They make more
grammatical mistakes, more slips of the tongue, more irrelevant statements,
more vague statements. More self-manipulating gestures, like rubbing or
scratching. They blink their eyes more. And DePaulo has noted that introverted
and anxious people are less successful in concealing their lies.
There has been a lot of research like this in the area that Resnick has
reviewed. And generally, I think it's the case that when you have college
sophomores who are asked to lie versus college sophomores who are not asked to
lie, and you ask psychiatrists and psychologists and police detectives to
figure out who is lying, generally speaking, they can't do it. They're not good
at doing that on the basis of interviews, especially short interviews. But yet
we have learned a fair amount about lying from DePaulo's research. A general
finding is that people aren't able to sort that out, the lying.
What's more important, I think, is to look at other things, like how someone
reports their symptoms. Do they report symptoms in ways that are consistent
with true psychotic people, or are they trying to claim symptoms -- do they
depart from what we know about the phenomenology of hallucinations and
And in brief sum, I would just say -- and I have a lot of pages that address
this -- but Kip's description of hallucinations and Kip's descriptions of
delusions are classical in form. They conform precisely to the literature and
to our research on schizophrenics and psychotic people. They're very in accord.
He doesn't do the kinds of things that people do when they're trying to fake
And to give you a couple of examples, what we know about true hallucinations,
true voices is that they are typically very short. They are not lengthy. They
are typically ego dystonic. And by ego dystonic, I mean they're upsetting to
the person. They don't like hearing them. People do things to try the get rid
of the voices.
People who are faking voices don't know these things about true schizophrenics,
and they typically give very inaccurate reports about voices. One person once
told me that he had long conversations with his father, who was deceased; he
had killed him. And that's not the way voices work. Voices don't -- they don't
come in the form of long conversations.
So in short sum, his hallucinations and his delusions are very typical with the
research on the phenomenology of delusions and hallucinations.
Did you also conduct a validity analysis based on the MMPI?
A. I did.
I have some exhibits on that too, 21A or B.
A. Exhibit 21A. There has been a body of research conducted by a number of
scholars in the area, chief among which would be the research team of Watter.
Watter has asked people to pretend like they're mentally ill, college
sophomores, and he asked them to pretend like they were paranoid schizophrenic.
And he gave them information about paranoid schizophrenia and asked them to
read it. And after they had finished reading it, he gave them the MMPI to take,
and he asked them to take this test as if you were schizophrenic of a paranoid
And so with those instructions, this is what was generated. The "S" refers to
the simulator group. Simulator means they're simulating mental illness. And
you had throughout that, on the validity scales for the MMPI, they have an
extremely high score. The F scale on the MMPI is the number of times you
endorse rare, unusual symptoms. Schizophrenics endorse some rare symptoms, but
not that many. But people who are trying to feign mental illness don't know
what are true, rare symptoms. And so they score a lot of them. And you can see
the score here is off the map. It said a hundred and twenty.
Actual paranoids, called bona fide paranoids, when they're given that test,
their scores hover around 77. So they do see more rare symptoms than the normal
population of fifty, but nowhere near the amount that someone does who is
faking a mental illness.
You will note that Kip Kinkel's scores are well below even the average paranoid
schizophrenics. He's not faking mental illness. He's not endorsing rare
symptoms at a rate anywhere close to the fake group, the simulator group, and
not even as high as the group of true paranoids. So that's a pretty good clue
that he's not malingering. In fact, it's an excellent clue that he's not
malingering. . .
. . . Doctor, you conclude your validity analysis with a section on a
relationship between psychotic symptoms and some of the critical behaviors that
are at issue. Is there a certain commonsense analysis you apply to the conduct
with psychotic breaks being the only reasonable explanation for the conduct?
A. Dr. Philip Resnick, who is a psychiatrist who has written most extensively
in this area, and I attended a conference by him just last August. And he makes
I think an eloquent point about the relationship between psychotic symptoms and
the critical behavior, in this case, murders and attempted murders.
He says that to the extent that you can explain the critical behavior -- or in
this case the murders and attempted murders -- to the extent you can explain
those behaviors with more or less rational, reasonable reasons -- even though
those reasons might be jaded. Can you make sense out of them? Are they
rational? Do they make sense?
And he offers as an example, some people might murder out of revenge, someone
might murder as part of a gang crime. When they shoot -- someone is shooting at
them, you can sort of understand why they're doing it, it makes rational sense
even though it's perverse. But it makes sense, intuitively.
And Resnick says you have to look at the critical behavior -- in this case, the
murder and attempted murders -- and ask yourself, does it make sense? Did Kip
have a reason to shoot his parents? Were his parents abusive towards him?
There's no evidence of that. Did he hate his parents? I don't think there's
any evidence of that. Why would he shoot his parents? And as I explored this
question with Kip, I could not find a rational reason for why he would shoot
and kill his parents.
In fact, I was intrigued by the note he wrote on the same evening, May 20th.
After shooting his parents, the note, if I recall correctly, says words to this
effect: I just killed my parents, exclamation point. I don't know why. I love
my parents. They were wonderful people. I'm not getting this exactly correct,
but those are the main messages. I'm sorry I did this. I don't know why I did
this. I had no choice.
And I think that paragraph is a beautiful illustration of what Resnick is
talking about. He thought his parents were wonderful. So why did he kill them?
He doesn't know. And I think that's consistent with Resnick's argument that
when you can't find a reasonable reason, then you need to look for the
possibility of an irrational reason, a psychotic reason.
I noted with interest that Detective Warthen and Dr. Suckow both pursued an
area of questioning with him that was audiotape recorded. And the nature of the
questions they asked Kip were centered around the issue of, did you shoot them
to protect them from the embarrassment of being kicked out of school? And that
seemed to be the theme of Dr. Suckow's interview, as well as Dr. Warthen's. And
so I found that kind of interesting that they pursued that as a rational
And it may be that's the closest you can get to a rational reason. I understand
why they pursued it. But it occurred to me if that is the reason why he killed
his parents, it doesn't explain then why he shot people at the school. He would
have to have another reason. So we would have to have two separate theories
about or two separate reasons as to why he did these shootings. And I don't
know what the reason would be that he shot people at the school.
There was no inquiry into that area by Dr. Suckow or by Detective Warthen. When
I inquired into that area what Kip said to me was simply, I had no other
choice. The voices told me I had to do it. They said kill everybody. Go into
the cafeteria and kill everybody. The voices compelled me to do it.
So what Resnick says is, if you can't find a rational reason, look for an
irrational reason and see if that's there. And I did, and the irrational reason
is, quite precisely, that he was hearing voices that commanded him to do these
killings, and he felt like he had no other choice, partly because the voices
told him he had no other choice.
By the way, then I went back and reexamined this question of, well, did he kill
his parents to save them the embarrassment? And I think when you analyze that
question carefully, that's not a particularly rational or logical reason to
kill your parents. I mean, would you kill your parents because you're saving
them the embarrassment? That strikes me as fundamentally irrational.
So the long and short of it is, borrowing from Phil Resnick's logic and his
voluminous research, I think that kind of analysis points clearly in the
direction that Kip, his behavior was dominated at the time by psychotic
thinking, by mental illness. And I think that's the explanation for the
murders; I don't find any other explanation that's particularly compelling.
Can you state your degree of confidence about Kip as a nonmalingerer in a
A. I would put it at over 95 percent confidence that he's not malingering. .
. . . I want to back up and digress from a theme that you just brought up.
Are you aware of attempts at Lane County jail to medicate Mr. Kinkel and
whether they have been successful?
A. Yes, I am.
And what can you tell us about that?
A. Well, in my opinion, we haven't really had a good period of time to test
his response to medication. During the period of time that I evaluated him, I
did not want him on any medicine, because if he was on medicine, I wouldn't get
an accurate assessment of him. So during the entire time that I was evaluating
him, he was not medicated.
Then after I finished my evaluation, and before the state's experts began
evaluating him, there was a period of time where he was on an antipsychotic
medication, Zyprexa, spelled Z-Y-P-R-E-X-A. That's the trade name for the
generic drug which is olanzapine, O-L-A-N-Z-A-P-I-N-E. And that's an
He was also on an antidepressant. I don't remember at the moment which of the
many antidepressants he was on.
Was it Selexa?
A. That's correct, he was on Selexa.
Kip indicated to me that he was very eager to get on the medicine. He wanted
anything that would help him get rid of his voices. He indicated to me that
during that period of time that he was on the olanzapine -- I can't remember
exactly how long it was, it seems to me like it was six weeks, two months,
somewhere in there -- he told me that during that period of time the voices
were greatly diminished. They were only -- he only heard voices a few times
during that period. He also told me that he felt less angry.
But he was curious about which drug was having which effect on him. He would
ask me lots of questions, like is the olanzapine doing this? Or is the Selexa
doing this? And he was very confused about that and kind of intrigued by that.
I learned recently at one point that he tongued his medicine. I believe he
tongued the olanzapine. By tonguing it, I mean he was deceptive, he didn't
swallow it; he was probably going to save it.
And I don't know exactly why he did that. I have not had a chance to interview
him about that, but judging from our prior discussions, I'm guessing that he
wanted to see -- he wanted to find out the effects of one medicine against the
other, and he probably wanted to see what one was like in the absence of the
The other very plausible hypothesis that I would like to ask him at some point
would be if he was tonguing the medicine in hopes of saving it up so he could
accumulate enough to kill himself, and I think that's also a real possibility.
But generally speaking, he had a good response to the medicine. He told me he
liked the effects of the medicine. He told me it reduced his voices.
When he went off the medicine so the state's experts could evaluate him, I
heard from him several times about how much he wanted to get back on the
medicine. He wanted it to hurry up so he could get back on. So I think he's had
a good, positive response to the medicine. . .
. . . Doctor, can you advise this court with any certainty how dangerous or
whether or not Kip will be dangerous at some remote time in the future?
A. Not really. I think that it would be irresponsible to try to make a
prediction twenty-five, thirty, forty years hence about someone's behavior. I
don't think I'm capable of doing that as a psychologist. I don't think anyone
is really capable of making that kind of prediction.
It's important to note that you're talking about a prediction of low base rate
events. Suicide and homicide -- and for that matter violent behavior -- are
pretty low frequency events in society, and they're very hard to predict. And
to try to predict something thirty years hence, I would say that's virtually
impossible. So I would be reluctant to even try to guess about a prediction
such as that.
Are you aware of some positive prognostic indicators of the potential that
he may successfully rehabilitate? And I don't mean cure; I mean treat.
A. Yes. I would say that this is a positive prognostic indicator in the form
that I think he's had a positive response to antipsychotic medications, and
that's good. Not all patients do. And so the fact that he has benefited from it
-- I think that he is likely to benefit from it more once we can fine tune it
-- I think that's a positive sign.
Frankly, in my experience, people with his kind of symptomatology who benefit
from medicine, they can do quite well. The delusions go away. The voices go
away. And in Kip's case, when the delusions and the voices have gone away, he
can be pretty normal.
And I think that's another related prognostic indicator. He's capable
intellectually. I think he's capable of finishing high school. He can do that
at SITP. He's capable of earning college credits. And I think if he's not
troubled by his delusions or his voices, he's going to function pretty well.
And I think that's a positive indicator.
I think it's also a positive indicator that he has not been a management
problem the whole time he has been in jail. As far as I know, from having
reviewed the records, I don't know of any serious management problem that he's
posed. . .
. . . Another positive sign is that the nature of his delusions is still
immature. His delusions are not well organized. They're not systematized,
they're not layered, they're not convoluted. They're early-stage delusions. And
I have found that antipsychotic medications help people in early stage with
delusions quite a bit.
But people who have had delusions for twenty or thirty years as adults and then
they are medicated, it's very hard to ever get rid of the delusions, even under
antipsychotic meds. So I think it's a positive sign that we're going to get to
him at a young age with the right kind of medicine. . .
Now, as I understand it, you're saying that you acknowledge Mr. Kinkel is a
mass murderer. He's killed a multitude of people, attempted to kill a lot
He has an obsession with violence.
A. He has had an obsession with violence in the past, yes. I don't know
if he currently has an obsession with violence.
Did ask him about that?
A. Oh, yes, I did. It's not clear that he currently has an obsession with
That he exacts revenge upon people who he believes, perceives correctly
or incorrectly, have crossed him.
A. In the past, he's done some of that.
That he advocates or writes of and believes in the necessity of
destruction of others who displease him or cross him.
A. Well, he certainly has written about that, no doubt. That's part of
And you're aware of specific acts that he has committed against
classmates who he perceives as having crossed him or displeased him or
disrespected him in the past; correct?
A. I'm aware of I think two specific acts, yes: one that he threw a pencil
at someone, and another time that he kicked someone.
Did the defense provide you with their investigator's report about the
time when David Scott, when Mr. Kinkel was only six years old, he was playing
with a twelve-year-old boy with a piece of rebar -- you know what rebar is.
And that Kip was playing with the rebar, and the twelve-year-old boy
asked him if he could play with it. Kip said no. The twelve-year-old boy
asked again, can I have it to play with it for a while? Kip again says
The twelve-year-old reaches over to take it, and Kip flies into an
uncontrollable rage, chases down the twelve-year-old boy, backs him into a
corner, raises the rebar over his head, brings it down upon the boy -- who
brings up his hand to protect himself -- hits him, causes injury to the arm,
or he still has injury eleven years later [sic], and after he hits him the
first time, he raises the rebar again and tries to hit him a second time.
You're aware of that incident?
A. I'm aware of it. And I'm also aware of the aftermath of that incident.
I'm aware from having read about the incident that Kip cried a great deal
afterwards, that he cried as much as the other boy, that there are
indications that he was very sorry about that event. This is a six-year-old
child. . .
. . . You're aware of the incident at the McCown residence where about one
month prior to the shooting, Mr. Kinkel misplaces a knife at Tony McCown's
house. He forms the belief that one of his friends had taken it and tells
them, if you will just give it back, I won't be mad.
He became frustrated and confused, his face gets red, he becomes increasingly
upset and agitated while looking for the knife because he can't find it, and
ends up throwing a bottle and putting a hole in the wall because he can't
find the knife.
A. Yes, I'm very well aware of that incident. I've gone over it with him
in depth. I'm aware that he was hearing voices in that particular incident
and he was quite psychotic.
That's what he tells you?
You're aware of the incident at the McCown residence again, during the
freshman year, a totally separate occasion, where he's just playing around
with his friends, and they're doing typical freshman high school teasing each
other, egging each other on, and they gang up on Kip a little bit, and
actually I guess have him down on the bed. And he becomes upset about that,
and he becomes angry, breaks away from them, runs to the kitchen and gets a
They lock Mr. Kinkel out of the bedroom when he runs to get the knife in the
kitchen. Mr. Kinkel starts shouting obscenities, hitting the bedroom door
with a knife. Then he goes outside, still yelling obscenities, gets a golf
club, puts it through the window, was swinging the golf club back and forth,
trying to strike the people. They back away from the window. He also puts
the knife through the window, making stabbing motions, and eventually he
calms down and comes back in the bedroom. Are you aware of that incident?
You're aware of his dislike and threats to kill a kid named Josh Metzger?
And that Kip would verbally harass him, put him in a headlock -- this was
around spring break of 1998, in the freshman year -- Joshua was able to get
away. Are you aware of that incident?
A. Yes, I'm aware of it.
Let me go on a little bit. You're aware of Rocky Montgomery, and the
animosity that Mr. Kinkel felt towards Rocky?
A. I can't recall that name.
Floyd is his birth name. Floyd Montgomery?
A. You would have to tell me the story. I don't remember the names.
That Kip would always be antagonistic and verbally abusive towards him,
yell obscene words at him and friends such as "faggot," "slut," "whore," "you
disease-carrying people." He and Kip got in several fights during seventh and
eight grade, where Kip would approach him in the hallway, antagonize him, get
into his face, verbally challenge him, put him in headlocks?
A. Yeah, I vaguely recall that. . .
. . . Okay. What about Brian Havelock? You know about him, don't you?
And in fact, after he had killed his father, and while waiting for his
mother to come home to kill her, and carrying on conversations with several of
his friends in a three-way phone conversation, he tells -- and not telling
his friends that he's killed his father -- he talks about that there's one
person that he really hates and wants to kill, and that is Brian Havelock.
And this is after he's just committed a murder. You are aware of that,
You didn't read the reports of Tony McCown and Nick Hiaasen, his two
A. Yeah, I did read those reports.
You don't recall that section where he reports wanting to kill somebody
after he's just killed his father?
A. I don't recall that, no.
And that somebody being one of the students at his school?
A. I don't recall that specifically, no.
Wouldn't that be something that would be cause for concern, for someone
who you say is supposedly in one of those lucid moments after he has killed
his father, is once again threatening to kill somebody else who isn't even a
threat to him?
A. I'm not willing to characterize that as a lucid moment.
You don't think that carrying on conversations over an extensive period
of time with a multitude of people, where you're lying, deceitful, and
manipulative about where your father is, where you're covering up the fact
that you've just killed your father and are waiting to kill your mother -- you
don't call that a lucid moment?
A. No. I think there were plenty of points in those discussions in which
he was hearing voices, in which he had very disturbed kinds of thinking. I
think it's altogether possible that he could have a very lucid moment at one
part of the telephone conversation and be quite crazy in another part of the
You're aware that he says that the voices stopped as soon as the phone
calls started, and that he was not hearing voices during those phone
conversations? Are you aware of that?
A. No, I'm not aware of that. In fact, that contradicts what he told me.
Are you aware that's what he told Dr. Lewis?
A. I'm aware of having read that, and that's why I inquired about it.
And you're aware that with all of these, you talked to a -- Vicki Ramsey,
I believe her name is, who is a teacher at LCC or the -- coordinates the
instructors at LCC, where she calls up to inquire about the whereabouts of
Mr. Kinkel at 4:40 in the afternoon. And he quite calmly tells her, oh, my
father forgot to call you and tell you that he wasn't going to be there
tonight, there's been a family emergency and he will not be able to teach
tonight. Is he hearing voices at that point that tell him to say that?
A. Oh, I think he's very much in part of a delusional state. He may not
hear a voice at that particular moment, but I think that the general
application of his delusional thinking is very much a part of what he's
I think it's important to understand that the public, generally speaking --
and I think for that matter, often our legal system doesn't understand the
nature of paranoid schizophrenia. It's altogether possible for someone to be
lucid one minute and very crazy the next minute. That's characteristic of
paranoid schizophrenia. In fact, I read that out of the Diagnostic Manual.
That's not an uncommon feature of this illness.
Is the manipulative, coverup nature of his behavior over several hours
consistent with a paranoid schizophrenic?
A. Absolutely, it is. Paranoids are quite capable of being clever,
manipulative, deceitful, calculating -- they're quite capable of that. They
are often very clever people. They anticipate things down the road. They
can be very smart, very clever. There's many examples of paranoids throughout
the literature who have committed heinous crimes and who have been
inordinately clever, very bright, and very calculating.
I believe the Unabomber is an example. He was very clever, very paranoid,
and very calculating. So it doesn't surprise me that he is capable of doing
these behaviors it's consistent with my understanding of paranoid
You mentioned the Unabomber. You're aware that Mr. Kinkel has told
several people that he saw himself as the next Unabomber.
A. I am.
So is that one of those delusional --
A. Oh, yeah. I think it's part of the way he's attracted to the news and
And you're aware that -- and you said that he is like the Unabomber in
the sense that he can be very organized and controlled and still have this
paranoid thought process?
A. I think that can be part of his psychic structure, yes.
And the Unabomber is spending the rest of his life in prison, isn't he?
Where he needs to be?
A. Oh, I personally disagree with that. I think he should have been in a
mental hospital, because I think he's profoundly mentally ill. . .
You said something about that he engages in irrational thought process,
and this is part of his core. So apparently there is something in him that,
where he lacks the basic moral code to tell him that killing is wrong?
A. Oh, no. He has a moral code that killing is wrong. He argued with the
voices. He told the voices he didn't want to do this. He begged the voices
not to make him do it. He knew it was wrong.
How did the voices make him take a gun and kill his father? Besides
telling him to do it.
A. Yeah, well, you know, I wish I could give you a good explanation for
that. I can't tell you exactly how that came about. But when I can say is
that, depending on the study, between 10 and 80 percent of people who hear
command hallucinations follow through with them. So there are people who hear
command voices to do things -- they might argue with the voice, they may not
want to do it -- but sometimes they comply with what the voice demanded.
What I can tell you about that, from my experience and from the experience of
my colleagues, is that to the extent that the voices are very loud, very
persistent, and to the extent that he is under a great deal of stress and
level of upset, he is much more vulnerable to acting out what the voices tell
him to act out. If he's not under high stress and he hears voices commanding
him to do things, he's far less likely to act that out. We know that on the
basis of a lot of research with schizophrenics with command hallucinations. .
That brings me to an interesting point with regard to what you just
described. The killing of Mr. Kinkel's father, the killing of Mr. Kinkel's
mother, and the killing of the students at Thurston High School and the
attempted killing of all those other students at Thurston High School, the
attempted killing of Detective Warthen -- none of them are involved this any
of those delusional systems that you've talked about that he has.
A. I totally disagree.
What does his father have to do with his fear of Disneyland money taking
over the world?
A. His delusions are not confined to Disney. He has delusions that are
manifest in large ways. He hears voices that say kill everybody. Those
delusions are associated -- I mean, those voices are associated with lots of
fears about him being evil, about other people being evil, about society
falling apart, about society being filled with evil. It's not as if you can
separate his hallucinations from his delusions. They're all interwoven.
It's not as if you can tease them out and hold them out as separate and
What is it about any of those people that he killed or attempted to kill
that would represent a threat? In his delusional and paranoid psychotic
state, that would cause him to believe that he needs to kill them?
A. I think the primary thing that was operating in his feeling and need to
kill them were the voices. I'm not sure that I can identify a particular fear
or a particular threat that he was experiencing from any of these parties.
So in other words, he's the type of paranoid schizophrenic that if
someone says -- either an external voice or a real voice that says, kill him,
he does not have the ability, because of his core personality, to resist that
A. I'm not saying that. I'm saying most of the time he probably could
resist. But if he's under a state of highly intense voices, if he's in a
state of great stress -- which I'm sure he was on the day of May 20th, the
day he was caught with the gun at school -- I'm sure that when you put
together that degree of stress, and the voices being very persistent, that he
was uniquely vulnerable at that moment.
I am aware that there were other times that he resisted command
hallucinations, when he was under less stress.
That's what he tells you?
A. That's what he tells me.
And the bottom line is, you believe that what he tells you is the truth.
I believe you said that he is an accurate, meticulous, and truthful reporter.
A. I'm not going to say that Kip Kinkel is truthful in all aspects. I
think there are times he is intentionally deceptive, but I do think that in
terms of his voices and his delusions, I think his reporting is accurate. I
think he's been consistent. He conforms to all of the criteria for not
malingering. I have no reason to believe that his description of his
hallucinations and his delusions is inaccurate.
Then you are aware of the intentional deceptions that he engaged in with
you during his interviews?
A. The intentional deceptions he engaged in with me?
A. No, I'm not aware of those.
Well, he gave you a very vivid description of how he killed his father.
And you're aware that that's not accurate, aren't you?
A. Well, I'm aware that there are some inaccuracies, but I think it's
largely accurate. I don't see any great discrepancy between his report and
what I read in the police reports.
Certainly you're aware that he didn't kill his father with a rifle; he
killed him with a Ruger pistol.
A. Yes, I'm aware of that.
You are aware of that?
That's a pretty significant difference, isn't it?
A. Not really. He killed him with a gun.
Well, there's a difference. He says that he went into his bedroom where
he had a rifle, his rifle, and loaded it up and went down and shot his father.
The Ruger of his father's, which was not his and which was not available to
him -- it's a very different and much more calculating act, isn't it? It's a
A. I'm sorry. I don't really see the distinction you're making. I don't
see it as any more calculating. I think the fact is, he shot him with a gun.
And I'm not sure it makes much difference which gun it was. . .
. . . You think that because he's a paranoid schizophrenic that is why he
is a killer?
A. If he were not a paranoid schizophrenic, I do not think he would be a
And what do you base that on?
A. Because I think his act was based on delusions and voices that are
consistent and long-standing.
How do you reconcile that with all of his past violent behaviors and
threats of violence?
A. I rather suspect a lot of his past behaviors that are violent related
were part of delusions, part of hallucinations. You know, I think the picture
is pretty complete. He started hearing voices at the age of twelve. A lot
of his misbehaviors in school were after the age of twelve. I don't think you
can tease out acts as being separate from voices.
Although in some cases you can. For instance, he committed a delinquent act
of knocking the rocks off of the overpass over by Bend. I asked him, did the
voices tell you to do that? He said no. No voices told me to do that. I
asked him, did he steal the CDs because the voices told him to steal the CDs?
No, he said.
So he's not purporting that every deviant act is based on voices. He's not
trying to suggest that. If it were, that would be a sign of malingering.
He's very clear that a lot of his deviant acts were very much related to
hearing voices. Certainly the example you gave awhile ago of the boy who,
when he lost his knife, he became very upset that night. I spoke with Tony
and I spoke with him clearly about that, and he thought that Kip scared him
that night. He found him very bizarre. He frightened him.
And he didn't know about the voices, but he knew that Kip was acting in a
very bizarre fashion that night. So I think a lot of these acts that you're
referring to are very much part and parcel of a mental illness. . .
. . . You know, for someone to do something as bizarre and crazy as kill
people, it's not necessary that it be part of a delusion. It's sufficient
that it's part of command hallucinations.
I do think, however, that delusions were folded into a lot of his voices. I
think that they are not easily separate-able. I tried to find ways to
separate them in my interviews, but I find a lot of them are very
But to answer your question more precisely, it doesn't -- it's not necessary
to invoke the inclusion of delusions to explain his behavior. It's sufficient
to acknowledge that he was hearing command hallucinations.
You don't find it significant that he would hear a command hallucination
to -- as he reports it -- to kill his father, and that he would wait for an
appropriate time to kill his father?
A. I find that totally consistent with my understanding of paranoid
schizophrenia. Like I've told you before, they can be calculating, they can
be intentional in their behavior, they can be conniving -- I have no trouble
And then have moments of lucidness where they carry on these telephone
conversations and threaten to kill other people, and that so when he's -- as I
understand it, when he is talking about killing people, or actually killing
people, then he's operating under the delusions of paranoid schizophrenia; and
when he is at the very next moment lucid and calculating and manipulative and
deceitful and covering up his crime, that that's different.
And then the voice will come back when he decides -- when it's time to kill
someone else. And his mother shows up and the voice comes back and says kill,
and he'll act on the kill; and then it stops again so he can carry on a two-
or three-hour conversation with a girl that he's on the phone with and pretend
that nothing has happened.
A. Ms. Tracy, I believe we've gone over this before. And my answer hasn't
changed. It would be the same answer as I gave before.
That's the nature --
A. I'm not absolutely convinced that he is paranoid schizophrenic; I think
it's most likely that he is. I have not fixed my diagnosis.
So it could be that he kills just because he kills.
A. Oh, I'm quite clear he's psychotic. I don't think he's a killer,
separate or apart from his mental illness.
How do you explain when you say that there's no rational reason for going
to school and killing, the fact that he has verbalized and planned going to
the school and shooting it up or bombing it, and targeting certain people for
quite a period of time?
A. Ms. Tracy, I think you're mixing apples and oranges. There's a
distinction between the reason why he kills, okay, and the process by which he
kills. The process by which he killed was, in my opinion, consistent with
paranoia. It was -- it was intentional. It was planful.
But the reason why he killed is quite another matter than the process by
which he killed. And I cannot find a rational reason why he would kill these
people at school. I have read through all these medical reports. I've read
through a lot of different materials. And I can't find -- in talking with
him, I can't find anywhere in any report that anyone has proposed a viable
explanation for why he killed. And if there is one, I would like to hear it.
Well, doesn't his writing provide a reason?
A. Yes. And his writing is psychotic. His writing is very psychotic. I
mean, it's filled with references that are bizarre. "I am evil. I am sick.
I am not normal. My mind isn't working correct" -- he says all of these
things. He telling you that his thinking is troublesome.
And so, you know, I still have yet to hear anyone give me an explanation for
why he would have gone to school and killed people, separate from or apart
from his mental illness. I can't find one. I mean, if you want to propose
one, I would be glad to comment on it.
I guess I just have one more question for you. Given the fact that he's
a mass murderer, obsessed with violence, destruction, he's angry, he's got
distorted thinking, he's got internal character flaws, he needs a structured
environment, he engages irrational thought processes that override his basic
moral code "Thou Shalt Not Kill," that he would choose to kill others rather
than to kill himself although he claims he's suicidal -- how do you fix him?
How do you make us safe?
A. Ms. Tracy, I personally don't think there is any way of curing this
disorder. There's not a cure for it, okay? I do think he can be managed. I
think the principal way you manage this kind of mental illness is with
And I am awestruck by how much people change once they are given appropriate
medicine. The gentleman that I've been evaluating at OSH tells me now, six
months after his crime, [said to me], "Dr. Bolstad, I was really delusional, I
had crazy thoughts back then." And he can say that because he has been on
medicine, and the medicine has helped him a lot. It squared away his
So I think people are very different when they're in his condition. Real
frankly, I would not want to see Kip Kinkel out on the streets, ever, with
this condition, okay? Without medicine and without an awful lot of structure
and support services arranged for him.