From the annals of Santa Cruz history: the Bandler murder trial

I love reading about old cases here in Santa Cruz County. One of the most interesting cases I’ve been reading about lately has to do with a form of psychotherapy invented here in Santa Cruz called neurolinguistic programming.

One of the founders, Richard Bandler, apparently became swept up in drug use and before long, found himself on trial for the murder of a prostitute and student named Corine Christensen. He was eventually acquitted, but the whole sordid story behind it is fascinatingly weird. Mother Jones had a good account back in 1989.

Incidentally, in a few weeks it will be the 25th anniversary of Bandler’s acquittal. I’m trying to find out where the key players are now.

Does anyone remember this story? Were you living locally at the time?

This case has also, perhaps unsurprisingly, garnered a lot of conspiracy theories....


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