Dr. Timothy Stryker is a perfect example of what Thomas Sheridan calls a “baby man psychopath” or a “teddy bear psychopath.” The persona of a gentle and caring man serves as the best mask for the monster hidden behind it. The more gentle and kind the false persona, the more devastating is the real, soul-destroying personality underneath. Notice how his voice has a disturbing quality to it as though he is working very hard to mask the murderous demon inside. This is because he is working very hard at maintaining a false persona.
Watch how easily he lies to the camera about the false story and smear campaign he created to discredit his then girlfriend and murder victim Dr. Linda Goudey. It is only fitting that he was convicted for perjury conspiracy in an attempt to get out of the money he owed his victim’s family after they won a civil suit against him. Look deeper at the story itself and you will see the elements of the story are a projection of his own inner-chaos. He paints his victim as a cheater, which he most likely is, and the story he makes up about the man in the car with her is a reflection of the real him. Watch how he tells us the truth and lies in the same breath. He says he fought with Linda Goudey after calling her a “pea-brain.” Then he continues to say he never verbally or physically abused her and implies her response to his abuse was crazy.
Taking the trip that was planned for him and his murdered girlfriend and missing her memorial is very telling indeed. The way he tries to explain it away is all about him indeed.
The therapist he married after murdering his girlfriend was hand-picked by him in an effort to prove that he was gentle and kind. He had to remind himself every day not to let the mask slip with her. Like the girlfriend he murdered, his wife was not a person to him but a prop. Like many psychopaths do every day, Stryker enlisted a therapist to assist him in his rouse.
It is only fitting that he died in jail as all lying psychopaths lead themselves to their doom.