Was Czolgosz Hypnotized?
Magazine Editor Advances the Theory That the Assassin
Was the Irresponsible
Agent of Anarchist Murderers—Believes That He Had No Control
of His Mind During the Deed or After—Hypnotism
Explains His Shocking Callousness.
Evansville, Ind., Nov. 12.—“Was Czolgosz
Hypnotized?” is the subject of an article in Listen, a monthly paper
published by Edward Miller of this city. Miller writes as follows:
“It may be hard for the public in
general to understand why Czolgosz was so indifferent about the
horrible crime he committed. To those who understand the science
of hypnotism it is not very surprising, for it would not have been
a difficult matter for a first-class hypnotist to have taken Czolgosz,
and, after hypnotizing him, to have given him what are known as
‘post-hypnotic suggestions,’ to be carried out just as they were
given. Any one who understands these things can see and understand
that the assassin was not controlled by his own mind, but that he
was controlled by a mind that had no fear back of it.
No Control of Himself.
“His indifference to
his fate, his refusal to have anything to do with the clergy even
to the last minute, his ability to sleep for hours before he was
killed, all denote a total lack of having any control of himself,
and that he was or could have been actuated by the suggestions of
some good operator of intelligence. It is a fact that there are
men in the world who can direct intelligence by using the power
of hypnotism. I am satisfied that Czolgosz was the first man who
has been condemned for a crime who was so indifferent to his fate.
Any mind that had control over itself would have said a great deal
more about the crime than he did. It is almost impossible for a
mind to refuse to act on its own thoughts. If the assassin had had
control over his own thoughts he would have had other reasons for
doing the terrible deed, but if he was hypnotized it is easy to
understand why his excuse was so brief.
Hypnotism Explains Callousness.
“And if he was hypnotized
I am not surprised that he said he was the only person who had anything
to do with the crime, and if the anarchists had him hypnotized it
is easy to understand why they were so indifferent about the whole
matter. Some people were sure that the assassin would not implicate
others. This is strange to me. It looks like these people knew exactly
what the poor devil was going to do and say. When a hypnotist has
his subject under control he never worries about what that subject
is going to do or say. He knows he can do with the subject what
he pleases. I think it would be advisable to try and learn if some
of the anarchists of the country do not understand hypnotism. If
it is found they do, Czolgosz’s indifference is an easy matter to
Miller is a Spiritualist, and his
writings are extensively read.