John G.


John G. Watkins


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John “Jack” Watkins discusses his childhood interest in music and astronomy. He describes his educational background, including his experiences in high school, at the University of Idaho and College of Idaho, and his graduate work at Columbia University. Watkins discusses treating World War Two veterans during the war, working at veteran hospitals in Chicago, Illinois and Portland, Oregon, and accepting a position on the psychology faculty at the University of Montana, Missoula. Watkins also describes ego-state therapy and how it is used, as well as a number of criminal cases he has been involved with, including the case of serial killer Kenneth Bianchi, also known as the Hillside Strangler.


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Document Type

Oral History


Veteran support; U.S. veterans hospitals; Veterans, Psychological treatment; Psychology; Ego-state therapy; Kenneth Bianchi; Hillside Strangler; Criminal case psychology; Psychologists, Montana; University of Montana, Missoula; Department of Psychology, University of Montana; Psychology education; University of Idaho; College of Idaho; Columbia University; World War, 1939-1945

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

University of Montana History Oral History Collection, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 392-001a, b

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (2:00:00) analog + 1 transcript (29 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

02:01:25 minutes

Local Filename

OH_392_001_a_b.mp3; OH_392_001_a_b.pdf

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