Psychiatrist Dr. Al Carlisle spent over 600 hours speaking with notorious killers, including serial killer Ted Bundy. Following his death in 2018, Dr. Carlisle’s relatives found tapes documenting his time spent attempting to discover what drives a person to kill. Some of those tapes are featured in Oxygen True Crime’s new documentary series, Violent Minds: Killers on Tape.
In addition to Ted Bundy, Dr. Carlisle’s conversations with the HiFi Killers, Arthur Gary Bishop, and Manny Cortez are included in the nine-episode season premiering on Sunday, April 2, 2023 at 7pm ET/PT.
“The premiere will feature two back-to-back episodes focused on Dr. Carlisle’s conversations with Ted Bundy after he was arrested and charged for aggravated kidnapping in Utah in 1975. Dr. Carlisle met Bundy before he would become known as one of the world’s most notorious serial killers. Bundy’s duplicitousness made everyone believe he was an upstanding citizen. Tasked by the judge to evaluate his potential for evil to help determine an appropriate sentencing, Dr. Carlisle went the extra mile to develop a comprehensive portrait of Bundy by speaking and recording his conversations with his mother, friends, girlfriend and exes. This all culminated to a chilling and unforgettable discovery.
Before criminal profiling and the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit existed, Dr. Carlisle dared to reach into the minds of the most dangerous killers in the world. Raised as a devout Mormon, Dr. Carlisle firmly believed that everyone is born good and wondered how does one become a monster? He believed if we can understand how one becomes violent, we might be able to stop killers before they claim their first victim. Dr. Carlisle recorded most of his conversations with killers as he searched for an answer.”
Ample Entertainment’s Ari Mark, Phil Lott, and Kathryn Vaughan serve as executive producers along with Motiv8″s Kara Kurcz and Brian Lee.