MKUltra – the CIA’s mind control project & the mysterious death of Frank Olson

 

 

Frank Olson was an American bacteriologist, biological warfare scientist, and employee of the United States Army Biological Warfare Laboratories. In 1953 at a meeting in rural Maryland, he was covertly dosed with LSD by his boss Sidney Gottlieb, who was the head of the CIA’s MKUltra mind control program.

Nine days later, Olson plunged to his death from the window of the Hotel Statler. The U.S. government first described his death as a suicide, and then as misadventure, while others allege murder. 

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I speak with Paul Vidich, the acclaimed author of The Coldest Warrior, An Honorable Man,  The Good Assassin and The Mercenary. He is also the nephew of Frank Olson. 

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