As a student of forensic psychology, I have studied a number of cases that highlight various “special” circumstances. These cases go beyond the usual criminology and enter the realm of deeper psychoses.

My fascination with these cases started when I was fairly young.  (for reasons we will visit later)

Because of my criminology “quirk”, as many called it, I placed very highly in psychology and advanced criminology courses in school and ranked very highly at the FBI academy.

Little help that did me.

But many of these cases helped me to assist others and I made a name for myself for a while. Now I am relegated to divorce cases and missing people (and now FISH).

By my nose was starting to twitch here in Poulsbo. I wasn’t not sure what it was exactly, but the Theresa Carlton case had me curious.  It was familiar somehow.

Bear with me a minute. There was a case in Florida that got a lot of attention when I was a kid. I gained access to the FBI files while at the academy.

Daniel Harold “Danny” Rolling (May 26, 1954 – October 25, 2006), also known as the Gainesville Ripper, was an American serial killer who murdered five students in Gainesville, Florida. Rolling later confessed to raping several of his victims, committing an additional November 4, 1989, triple homicide in Shreveport, Louisiana, and attempting to murder his father in May 1990. In total, Rolling confessed to killing eight people. Rolling was sentenced to death for the murders in 1994. (He was executed by lethal injection in 2006.)

What wasn’t released to the public was a peculiar series of statements made by Rolling while he was in prison and backed up by documents collected during the initial investigation. These statements were not used in court.

Danny Rolling believed he was a God. (or was the vessel acting FOR a God)

This got my attention. Was he merely angling for an insanity plea?  Not according to Rolling. He never directed his defense to play the angle.

Did he actually believe he was acting as a vessel, a Host for a God?

More on this later.

Next – A Different Nightmare