Chapter 7 Rudi Gillen (June 2001; Paris) Dr.

Gillen is the only person involved in the case that has written a book about Johan, so far. His story, "Road to a Monster," was a best-seller throughout most of Europe, and his name was recently ranked in the list of Germany's 50 Highest Taxpayers. Professor Gillen, currently busy on a worldwide speaking tour, has told a British television station that after the excitement dies down, he plans to return to his life's work in the study of criminal psychology. I met Dr. Gillen in a cafe on Rue Bonaparte, near the banks of the Seine. Dr. Gillen, returning from a lecture at the Sorbonne, appeared precisely at our scheduled meeting time of 4 o'clock in the afternoon. He gave me a quick greeting, and as he sat down, he removed a handheld tape recorder from his large attache case, and smiled, "No doubt you'll find it odd to be recorded as you conduct the interview, but I will have trouble speaking without it." He had a pleasant face, but a sharp gaze. He was dressed in an Armani suit, and I could detect a whiff of cologne. He glanced at me with upturned eyes and said, "Please, begin." - I'll get right to it. What were your thoughts when Kenzo Tenma suddenly appeared at your office in H attingen? "It was quite a surprise. We were classmates in college, but not particular friends of any type. And I knew that he was the primary suspect in that case, and was on the run... I had no idea what he wanted with me." - What about when Tenma described this man named Johan, and asked you to do a psychological analysis on him? "Tenma brought two messages from Johan. 'Look at me, look at me, the monster inside me has already grown this large, Dr. Tenma,' and 'Help, the monster inside me is abou t to explode!" He believed that Johan had dissociative identity disorder." - And what did you think? "That Johan did not exist, and that Tenma was either lying outright, or suffering from multiple personalities himself." - The same conclusion that Inspector Lunge of the BKA came to. "Actually, I ultimately decided to trust Tenma in the end and asked for assistance from Herr Lunge, but he wouldn't take me seriously. Not too surprising, looking back on the situation."

- I suppose that being a psychiatrist, you had a different perspective on the issue than a detective. "To put it simply, he tries to predict the actions of a criminal in order to arrest him, and I look into the hearts of those criminals he captures in order to u nravel the mysteries of the human mind. Where Mr. Lunge is special is that he enjoys finding intelligent criminals and engaging a battle of the minds, like a game of chess. What he does is competition... a contest." - That's a rather severe assessment . So once you believed that Johan did in fact exist, did you think that he suffered from multiple personalities, as Tenma suggested? "I did, once I studied the messages he brought me." - So, dissociative identity disorder is when there exist multiple personalities within one human mind. "That's right. Childhood abuse is often the chief cause as far as we know, but I like to use what I call the 'flashlight in a darkened room' metaphor. The dark room represents the human heart. There are built-up emotions there, common to all of humanity. But the personality changes depending on where you shine the flashlight. If I move the point of light just a bit, I could become you. In the case of multiple personalities, the person doesn't like where their li ght is shining, and wants to change himself, but doesn't have the courage to move his beam of light. So he just goes out and buys more flashlights, and turns each of them on... this is where the multiple personalities come from." - But in "Road to a Monster," you rejected the idea that Johan had multiple personalities. "That's right. The more I became involved in the case, the better I understood the storybooks, Johan's past, and thus his personality. His messages were meant to confuse us... I belie ve that he was enjoying himself by confusing us. But without meeting Johan directly, I cannot say for sure." - What do you believe Johan was? "A man who could delve into the hearts of lust murderers. Or perhaps he could simply delve into the hearts of ANY human being. A brainwasher who could control the minds of other people. But what he sought was not pleasure from the murders of others. He wanted to wipe out the entire world... that was where he derived his pleasure." - How would he actually go about infiltrating the heart of another person? "By acknowledging their worth. By never frowning upon their actions, and by teaching them that they are not alone in the world. They are elated, believing they have found their one true friend,

the only person in the entire universe who understands them. Or, on the contrary, he might belittle them, lambasting their every move and driving them to the darkest pit of mental solitude and ruin. After doing that, he would simply make a little request. Just kill one measly person, that's all..." [Picture] (sketch of Dr. Gillen with an elbow on the table, recorder in front of him) Dr. Gillen, now the most famous of all European psychiatrists. He is scheduled to give an address in Japan next month, on behalf of his publishers. [Picture] (close-up sketch of the tape recorder) He is never seen without this cassette recorder at his side. - Johan killed all the people who remembered him, one by one. Why do you suppose he left Tenma and Wolf alive? "I think Johan needed someone, too. I can't speak for this Wolf fellow, because I never met him, but I think I understand the reasoning in Tenma's case. First of all, Tenma saved Johan's life... he does not disapprove of people. He finds their laudable aspects, and praises them. He accepts them for what they are worth, yet he never, ever digs too deeply. However, once he makes up his mind to do so, he will stick with someone. He will not let them go. To Johan, whether Tenma hated or loved him didn't make a difference. It was the fact that Tenma would always remember... remember and follow him, that was so important to him." - It is said that Johan received special education in East Germany and Czechoslovakia. What about the other children who received the same treatment? Do you think there could be other monsters out there, a 2nd or 3rd Johan? "I don't believe so. There may be people like Mr. Grimmer, who have gone on personal journeys to recover their memories... And perhaps it is true that some of them became professionals in the darker side of politics and intrigue. But the nations in question are now gone, and there is no one to give them orders. I think that even if you had the same education as Johan, it doesn't mean you would think and do these terrible things on your own. If there were any danger, it would be if they ran into Johan somehow. But that would now be impossible." - Is Johan truly still in a comatose state...? "That's what I've been told." - If he were to awake, would you want to perform a mental analysis on

him? "As a scholar, of course, I have an interest. But, I don't think it would be a good idea. From his perspective, I would probably be the easiest type of person to brainwash." - Easiest to brainwash? "Do you know why it is that I have such a reputation for my psychological analyses of serial killers? It is because I am very similar to them, and thus I understand them well. The reason I have such an interest in them is because I want to know more about myself. I believe that Inspector Lunge could say the same. Everyone involved in that case, with the exception of Tenma, was fascinated by Johan. They were all similar to him in some way, all very easy for him to control." When Tenma came to him asking for help, Dr. Gillen was busy analyzing the mind of Peter Jurgens, a serial killer who murdered eleven young girls. What he found interesting was the twelfth murder, of one Theresia Kemp (Translator Note: In the manga it was Hanna Kemp), a 52-year old woman who clearly did not fit into Jurgens' pattern of killings. Jurgens claimed he killed this woman at the request of a friend, but Gillen did not believe him. After he informed the police of Tenma's visit, Gillen visited Kemp's home, which ha d been left undisturbed. What he found there was proof of the man Tenma had told him about -- the existence of Johan. The murder of Theresia Kemp was part of the Middle-Aged Couple Murders. Dr. Gillen, ashamed that he had sprung such a trap on Tenma, rushed back and helped him escape the grasp of the police. Afterwards, when he learned that his respected professor and mentor Dr. Reichwein had also stumbled across the Johan case, Gillen began to work in earnest towards the restoration of Tenma's good name. Next I ought to go to Munich, Dr. Gillen told me, and he wrote down contact information for Dr. Reichwein. When he said that he had to go to London tomorrow for a meeting with the BBC, I asked him how long he would continue his relationship with the media. Dr. Gillen spoke slowly, choosing his words very carefully. "I do have quite enough money to live off of for now, so I hope to return to my research soon." A pained grin stretch across his face. "But I didn't realize the public enjoyed hea ring about serial killers so much."