Sybil Exposed

Sybil Exposed
Debbie Nathan

She once jokingly referred to her multiple personalities as Sybil, Inc. Later the joke (which was always on her) came true, and there was talk of Sybil dolls, buttons, and t-shirts. I’m disappointed they never got around to making the board game they spent so much effort on. That would have been surreal. Much like Blatty’s Exorcist, her story ignited a psychocultural phenomenon, and one with even more to answer for because, at least for a while, it was taken seriously. Debbie Nathan does a good job exposing the true history of this sad and sordid case, but soft-pedals the low motives of “Sybil”‘s exploiters. Really, it was all about the money.