Keyes was skeptical but eventually agreed because he had heard that it was possible that some of the personalities had committed crimes that hadn’t yet been reported in any newspaper.
Keyes meets “Billy,” the core personality, but is disappointed that Billy can’t recall what the other personalities have done.
After hour upon hour of interviews with Milligan, Keyes comes to believe that Milligan is, in fact, afflicted with nearly two dozen disparate personalities.
Toward the end, Keyes wonders if the institution is doing enough to assist with Milligan’s suicidal ideation.
Eventually, these imagined persons become very real, and they each had a specific function.
Ragen, a young aggressive male, comes out whenever Billy needs to defend his body.
In the first chapter, the author reviews how Billy Milligan was arrested in 1977.
Milligan is accused of two rapes, one attempted rape, and several kidnappings and robberies around Ohio State University after his third would-be victim, Polly Newton, identifies him in a lineup of suspects.
One personality speaks in a vague, Eastern European accent and claims to be a con artist.
Another, Arthur, has an English accent and appears to be an intellectual.