EX-FBI AGENT TESTIFIES DAVIS FITS MENTAL PROFILE OF SLAYER

By Dan Malone / Fort Worth Bureau of The News
Published 06-05-1987

FORT WORTH -- T. Cullen Davis fits "to a T' the psychological profile of the "man in black' who shot four people at the industrialist's mansion 11 years ago, a former FBI agent testified Thursday.

Russell Vorpagel, an expert in psychological profiles of crime suspects, portrayed Davis as a "cold, cruel, calloused' man who forms "no emotional attachments to others.'

Davis, acquitted of a capital murder charge in the late 1970s, is on trial in civil court in a wrongful death lawsuit over the killing of his 12-year-old stepdaughter, Andrea Wilborn.

Davis sat impassively, as he has throughout much of the trial, as Vorpagel testified at length about his opinions on the inner workings of Davis' mind.

Earlier Thursday, Davis' defense team received a strategic setback. Judge Claude Williams prohibited attorney Steve Sumner from questioning Davis' ex-wife, Priscilla, about issues that were crucial to Davis' defense in the criminal trials.

Ms. Davis, who was suing Davis for divorce at the time of the shootings, testified for 13 days during his criminal trial. That defense team, led by Houston lawyer Richard "Racehorse' Haynes, delved into her use of drugs and relationships with other men to such an extent that some contend Ms. Davis was also on trial.

But Ms. Davis' testimony in the current civil case lasted about only six hours. Williams ordered Sumner to steer away from some questions, and told the jury to disregard the attorney's comment about Ms. Davis' truthfulness.

"My position is she has told falsehoods in the past to get money from Cullen Davis,' Sumner said. "She's doing it now.'

Ms. Davis received more than $3 million from her former husband in their divorce settlement.

Sumner drew out minor inconsistencies during his cross-examination of Ms. Davis but failed to shake her identification of Davis as the man who killed Miss Wilborn and Stan Farr, Ms. Davis' boyfriend at the time.

Ms. Davis and an acquaintance, Gus Gavrel Jr., were wounded in the shooting near midnight Aug. 2, 1976.

Vorpagel, who said he developed his expertise in compiling psychological profiles during his 22 years with the FBI, said he reviewed testimony from Davis' criminal trials, police reports, crime scene photographs and witness statements to formulate a psychological sketch of the mansion gunman.

He said the killer was likely motivated by anger and revenge and took sufficient ammunition to the scene to kill several people.

The day of the shooting, the Davis' divorce court judge had doubled to $5,000 a month the support payments Davis had to pay his estranged wife.

"I saw vengeance, anger, and that anger was exhibited in the excessive shooting of one of the individuals,' Vorpagel said referring to the four shots fired into Farr's torso and neck. "He knew he'd need more than one gun-full.'

Vorpagel said he later compared his profile of the killer to two psychological evaluations of Davis that were made in the months following the killings in 1976. The evaluations "fit the psychological profile to a T,' he said.

Vorpagel said Davis comes across as "cold, cruel, callous, egotistical, as a man who is a male chauvinist, who feels like women are greedy.'

In one of the evaluations, Davis expressed regrets for losing his temper and for fights with his wife.

Sumner, who questioned some of Vorpagel's conclusions about Davis' personality, is expected to continue his cross-examination on Friday.

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Dan Malone / Fort Worth Bureau of The News, EX-FBI AGENT TESTIFIES DAVIS FITS MENTAL PROFILE OF SLAYER., 06-05-1987, pp 26A.