On a cold autumn night at the end of November 1953, a loud noise came from Seventh Avenue in Manhattan, New York. The guard at the Stadler Hotel shouted “Someone jumped” while rushing into the lobby. The night shift manager discovered that the accident was in Room 1018A on the 10th floor and that there were two names on the guest register: Frank Olson and Robert Rushbrook.
The police came upstairs and saw Rushbrook sitting on the toilet with his hands on his head. He said he had been sleeping, “he heard the sound and then woke up.”
The night shift manager was attentive and asked the operator if there was a call from room 1018A. His intuition was accurate-someone did call Long Island, New York, and the phone number was Harold Abramson. Dr. Abramson has two secret identities: an LSD expert and a partner of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
At the funeral, Frank Olson’s coffin was tightly sealed.
CIA tries to control human thinking
During World War II, Frank Olson was one of the first scientific elites to be sent to the Biological Warfare Laboratory in Fort Derick, Maryland, USA. For some time, they worked on aerosol technology-spraying bacteria or toxins on enemies, and ways to defend against such attacks.
In early 1953, Olson officially joined the CIA. In this mysterious department, he met Sidney Gottlieb and his deputy Robert Rushbrook, and all three were responsible for the top-secret project code-named MK-Ultra.
In order to win competition with the Soviet Union, the CIA at that time was particularly obsessed with finding ways to control human thinking, and if successful, its military and intelligence value is self-evident.
MK-Ultra is a highly confidential mind control experiment—injecting a certain amount of psychedelic drugs into a person to observe the effect.
Olsson was involved in many experiments in Fort Detrick’s laboratory. He was deeply disturbed by all the terrible news. In May 1953, he witnessed a 20-year-old soldier who volunteered for the test. After inhaling the poisonous gas of sarin nerves, he spit in the mouth, twitched to the ground, and soon died. A month later, he saw some people in the CIA facility in Germany die painfully from his invention. A report said Olson was “deeply disturbed by what he saw” and “showed signs of not wanting to keep these facts secret.”
Scientists stuck in “deadly wine bureau”
On Wednesday, November 18, 1953, Olson was invited to a party in a cabin in Deep Creek Lake, Western Maryland.
The following night, the group gathered for dinner and sat down to change their glasses. Rushbrook pours drinks for everyone, and several people, including Olson, are quickly drunk. After 20 minutes, Gottlieb suddenly asked if anyone was “strange” and then announced a terrible news: psychedelic drugs were added to the drink.
Soon, everyone was brought into the hallucinatory world by medicinal effects. Gottlieb later reported that they were “noisy and laughing … unable to continue the meeting or engage in sane dialogue.”
The next morning Olson returned to the office as if he had become a person. On the morning of November 23, Olsen’s boss, Vincent Ruwitt, noticed that Olson’s mood was extremely excited, full of doubts and fear.
At this point, MK-Ultra has been running for 7 months. As one of the biggest secrets of the US government, only a total of 24 people know what it really is; what’s more troublesome is that among the very few people who know it, they have lost control of themselves because of hallucinogens.
On the 6th day after taking psychedelics, Olson’s condition was still bad. Ruvitt reported the situation to Gottlieb, who ordered Olsen to be sent to Dr. Harold Abramson in New York. On November 27, accompanied by Rushbrook, Olson left the clinic and stayed at the Stadler Hotel. Rushbrook recalled that Olson was in a good mood and was thinking about what to read during his stay in the hospital. He was “almost the Dr. Olson I knew before the experiment.”
The two moved into the room. Olson finished washing and lay down to rest after watching the TV.
No one could think of it. At 2:25 a.m. the next day, Olson “flyed” from the window of the guest room.
Is it an experimental error or is it trying to conceal it?
After the incident, the CIA skillfully covered up the “accident”. The police did not investigate and the relatives of the deceased were “emotionally stable.” The book, “The Big Drug Addict: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA’s Attempt to Control Mind,” states that the CIA agent who handled the incident was named James McCord, and would later become one of the protagonists of the Watergate incident. One. The official conclusion was that Olson died of multiple fractures “after jumping or falling.”
For the CIA, the danger has not really disappeared. On June 12, 1975, the Washington Post reiterated the old story, saying that Olson took psychedelic drugs and jumped out of the hotel window. Affected by the Watergate incident, the CIA was in a “water dog” situation in the United States, and reporters rushed to Langley, Virginia, where the CIA headquarters is located.
Olson’s relatives also broke the silence. His widow, Alice, issued a statement saying the family had decided to “sue the CIA within two weeks for millions of dollars in compensation.” “Since 1953, it has been difficult for us to accept Frank Olson’s unexplainable ‘suicide’,” she said. “His true cause of death has been withheld for 22 years.”
This age-old case has even alarmed the White House. In order to avoid more unseen secrets, US President Ford took the initiative, invited Alice and her children to the White House, and apologized on behalf of the US government. The survivors also met with CIA Director William Colby at Langley, who apologized for the “terrible thing” that “should not have happened.”
“Some people were out of control at the time,” Colby said. “They went too far and there were regulatory issues.”
The person directly responsible for the incident was also taken out. Seeing Alice and others appear, Sidney Gottlieb’s first reaction was a relief. “I’m glad you didn’t bring the guy here,” said the drug lord. “I had a dream last night. I dreamed of you coming to this door and shooting at me.” At the end of 1984, he agreed to The Olsons tell the truth.
Gottlieb explained what happened in the cabin of Deep Creek Lake on November 19, 1953. He said that as part of the experiment, Olson and others took psychedelics to observe “what happens if a scientist is arrested and drugged-will he reveal the secret?” Talking, he fell into meditation. “Your father is very similar to me.” He told Olson, Olson’s son, “We all joined because of patriotism, but we went a little too far and did something we probably shouldn’t do.”
This was Gottlieb’s closest remorse. But he refused to give a full and thorough explanation of some details, especially why the official description of Olson’s death was inconsistent.
On June 2, 1994, the investigation took another step. Eric Olson dug up the body of his father. A forensic autopsy revealed that Olson’s injury was suspicious-there were no glass fragments in the head and neck, which was inconsistent with his assumption of jumping out of the window. Even stranger, Olson was lying on his back, but the bones above his left eye were deformed.
“This is solid evidence that Dr. Olson was hit with a blunt tool on his head before falling from Room 1018A.” The forensic doctor concluded, “I think Frank Olson was intentionally thrown out the window.”
The day before Olson was reburied, Eric held a press conference to announce new insights into his father’s encounter:
“On November 28, 1953, Frank Olson’s death was murder, not suicide.” Eric always believed that his father died unexpectedly, not because he was a “bad luck mouse”, but “someone Worried that he would disclose highly confidential information of the CIA in the early 1950s and the inside story of the United States’ use of biological weapons in the Korean War. “