Truddi Chase was born February 22, 1935, near Rochester, New York. She is the author of the book When Rabbit Howls. The autobiography takes the reader through Truddi's experiences after being diagnosed with Multiple Personality Disorder, now known as Dissociative Identity Disorder. Truddi was violently sexually and physically abused by her step-father, it wasn't until therapy that she discovered that her mother physically abused and neglected her during her childhood and teenage years. It was discovered during hypnotherapy sessions with Dr. Phillips that she was surviving with multiple personalities.
When Rabbit Howls was the first book written by a multiple and unlike many people diagnosed with MPD; Truddi chose not to integrate her personalities. Instead the personalities worked together as a team and became known as The Troops. The book was later turned into a made for television mini-series, Voices Within: The Lives of Truddi Chase. Shelly Long portrayed Truddi Chase.
Truddi Chase was interviewed by many about her story but the best interviews were with Oprah Winfrey in 1983, in Baltimore and in 1990 on The Oprah Winfrey Show. She wanted people to know that they didn't have to live in fear or be ashamed of the abuse and that they had a voice. Truddi’s passion for educating the public about the e(a)ffects of child abuse led her to create the
powerful and universal story Creature of Habit…A Journey. Dealing with her own Post Tramatic Stress (PTS) she tied human experiences of pain into the ability to understand, to empathize with each other, finally.
Truddi Chase passed away March 10, 2010.