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 element. It deals a distinct and exceptional check out the backgrounds of many former CIA, FBI, and Federal Narcotics Bureau officialsincluding a number of who truly oversaw the CIA’s mind-control courses from the Nineteen Fifties to the Seventies. In retracing those courses, a regularly weird and wonderful and continuously scary international is brought, coloured, and ruled via many factorsCold struggle fears, the key courting among the nation’s drug enforcement organizations and the CIA, and the government’s shut collaboration with the Mafia.
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I cut my hair. A few days after tossing the tassel, I wrote a note to the folks, said I was taking off for some time on my own, and hitchhiked down to Southern California to see an old grade school buddy. Whoa, what a culture shock, small-town Oregon versus Los Angeles. Now, I had been in the big city before as a visitor, but never to run with the locals. My friend’s school was still in session, so I went along with him for several days, celebrated his graduation, and went out on the town. California kids were wild, betting hundreds of dollars on street races in their cars, sneaking into strip clubs and on to private beaches, drinking and carousing, heck they even had their own drunk tank at their high school’s graduation dance.
Olson had been suffering from a severe case of ulcers, but had remained at work until Tuesday. He said that the bacteriologist, who had been at Camp Dietrich [sic] for several years, had been in "high esteem both personally and professionally" Surviving Dr. Olson are Mrs. Olson and three children. C.. November 28,1953 Scientist Killed In Hotel Plunge Frank Olson, forty-two, a bacteriologist for the Defense Department in Washington, was killed early yesterday in a plunge from a tenth-story room at the Hotel Statler, Seventh Ave.
He was also an unfortunate man who suffered the ultimate bad trip and failed to live to tell about it. None of this is to say that Olson was not the victim of some malevolent government plot seemingly lifted straight out of an X-Files episode. Indeed, as this book will reveal, and document, he was just such a victim. It is also true, however, that Olson was an unassuming and somewhat innocuous man, a true disciple, a patriot of sorts reflective of his times, a “company man,” if you will. Olson was not the kind of person who courted danger or intrigue.
A Terrible Mistake: The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA's Secret Cold War Experiments by H. P. Albarelli Jr.