By H. P. Albarelli Jr.
Following nearly a decade of analysis, this account solves the mysterious dying of biochemist Frank Olson, revealing the identities of his murderers in surprising aspect. It bargains a different and remarkable look at 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, an often strange and continuously scary international is brought, coloured, and ruled through many factorsCold battle fears, the key dating among the nation’s drug enforcement corporations 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.
Jacob Yager and Jason Edwards, we love you, deeply miss you both, and wish every day that you both were here with us. My heartfelt appreciation goes to Polly Crandlemire, who always kept the door open to me, no matter how foul my mood; with a very special ‘thank you’ to her husband and my good friend, Dick Crandlemire, for reading every page of this book multiple times with eyes well-trained by years with the federal government in Maine, Vermont, Florida, Laos, and Thailand, and for providing the kind of editorial feedback that made it a far better read.
Frank R. Olson, 42, of Old Braddock, a bacteriologist at Camp Detrick, fell or jumped to his death early today from a tenth floor room at Hotel Statler in New York City, the Associated Press reported. Olson, according to the AP dispatch, was in New York with a friend, Robert Vern Lashbrook, a Defense Department chemist, to see a doctor. They had planned to return home today. However, early this morning Lashbrook was awakened to see his companion crash through window, shade and glass. Olson's underwear-clad body struck a fourth floor ledge and then landed on the side-walk.
A Terrible Mistake: The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA's Secret Cold War Experiments by H. P. Albarelli Jr.