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William Joseph Bryan

For other people of the same name, see William Bryan.

William Joseph Bryan, Jr. was a pioneering American hypnotist. He was a great grandson of William Jennings Bryan. He is famous for inducing Albert DeSalvo's confession to multiple homicide under hypnosis. He ran the American Institute of Hypnosis, edited his own journal, and created the Bryan method of hypnoanalysis.

William Turner and Jonn Christian hypothesized in The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy that Bryan was responsible for inducing Sirhan Sirhan to fire blanks at Robert F. Kennedy with posthypnotic suggestion.[1] Other conspiracy theorists have repeated this claim. Bryan died before he could sue for libel.

Bryan was found dead in a Las Vegas hotel room in 1978.


  • Legal Aspects of Hypnosis, 1962
  • Religious Aspects of Hypnosis, 1962
  • The New Self-Hypnosis, 1967 (with Paul Adams)
  • The Chosen Ones: Or, The Psychology of Jury Selection, 1971


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