By H. P. Albarelli Jr.
Following nearly a decade of study, this account solves the mysterious demise of biochemist Frank Olson, revealing the identities of his murderers in surprising aspect. It deals a special and unheard of inspect the backgrounds of many former CIA, FBI, and Federal Narcotics Bureau officialsincluding a number of who really oversaw the CIA’s mind-control courses from the Fifties to the Nineteen Seventies. In retracing those courses, a regularly extraordinary and regularly scary global is brought, coloured, and ruled via many factorsCold struggle fears, the key dating among the nation’s drug enforcement businesses and the CIA, and the government’s shut collaboration with the Mafia.
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Olson was the subject of a lengthy poem, CIA in Wonderland, by the widely published David Clewell. ” A punk rock band has adopted the name MKULTRA, in mock homage to the covert program under which Olson labored. In the popular film, Conspiracy Theory, the same program is cited by Mel Gibson’s character as the cause of his bizarre and manic behavior, alleged to be not unlike Olson’s behavior after being dosed with LSD. ” Best selling crime writer, Elmore Leonard, portrays the near absurdity of Olson’s alleged suicide in his thriller, Be Cool: “The guy went through the window.
One of my father’s high school classmates in Vermont had been future CIA director Bill Colby, whose own father had commanded Fort Ethan Allen, an Army installation not far from my father’s and my hometown of Burlington. This seemingly simple coincidence was, in retrospect, just one of many strange coincidences that would highlight my investigation into Frank Olson’s death. For example, during my third interview with Armond Pastore—the night manager at the New York hotel on the night of Olson’s fatal fall—in his home in Sun City, Florida, we had taken a break from several hours of discussion to enjoy some of Armond’s delicious homemade bread.
According to police, Dr. , arrived in New York Tuesday to see a doctor. He had been ill for several months and had become despondent. A colleague, Kobert Van [sic] Lashbrook, accompanied Him. They planned to return home today. Early this morning, however, Mr. Lashbrook awoke to see Dr. Olson crash through a window in their 10th floor room at the Hotel Statler, the Associated Press reported. Dr. Olson's body struck a fourth-floor ledge and fell to the sidewalk. A Camp Dietrich [sic] spokesman said that Dr.