A couple days ago a Facebook friend shared a story about an upcoming movie, The Crowded Room. In the movie Leonardo DiCaprio portrays Billy Milligan, who was diagnosed with 24 different personalities.
Billy Milligan was born William Stanley Milligan on 14 February 1955 in Miami Beach, Florida. His mother was from Ohio and they returned to Ohio when he was a boy.
Milligan was charged with kidnapping, robbing, and raping three women near The Ohio State University campus in October 1977. He was diagnosed with 24 personalities and, because of his multiple personality disorder, was acquitted by reason of insanity. His acquittal is believed to be the first of its kind in America.
Milligan spent ten years in Ohio mental hospitals before he was released in 1988.
Milligan was incarcerated at the Lima State Hospital for the Criminally Insane for a few years. My dad worked there during the time Billy was there and mentioned him a few times.
Milligan was a talented artist and my dad asked him to paint a still-life on canvas. It is a large piece that measures 26 x 32 inches with the frame. The painting hung in my parents’ dining room for several years, but my mom was never really fond of the painting because the background is so dark. She gave the painting to me several years ago.
His signature “Billy” and the date, 80. 
Milligan was also incarcerated at the Athens State Hospital, aka The Ridges, in Athens, Ohio, near Ohio University. Ohio University professor Daniel Keyes wrote a book about Milligan in 1981, The Minds of Billy Milligan.
Our son Jeff got his master’s degree from Ohio University and Joe and I used to walk through the grounds at The Ridges when we visited him. The grounds are currently owned by the university and people walk there for exercise now.
Milligan was released in 1988 and was discharged from the Ohio mental health system and the Ohio courts. After that he moved to California.
Billy Milligan died of cancer on 12 December 2014 in Columbus, Ohio.
The movie starring DiCaprio is supposed to be released sometime in 2017.
The Columbus Dispatch, “Billy Milligan/1955-2014: Man with the Famous Insanity Plea Dies;” 17 December 2014; (www.dispatch.com : accessed 27 July 2016).