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May 19, 2003
by H. P. Albarelli Jr.

Olson family press conference, August 8, 2002, Frederick, Maryland.
Eric Olson and his son, Stephan Kimbel Olson.

H.P. Albarelli’s book on Frank Olson’s death, A Terrible Mistake: The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA’s Secret Cold War Experiments, will be published in October 2009. Advance orders can be placed at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and from the book’s publisher Trine Day Books.  Additional information on the book may be obtained at: and from

When CIA Scientist Frank Olson plunged to his death from the 10th floor of a New York hotel in 1953, his death was ruled a suicide. But in 1975 a government report prepared for the special Presidential Commission investigating the CIA’s development of potent drugs for use in biological warfare and assassinations made its way onto the front page of the Washington Post. The Post revealed that an unnamed government employee “had jumped to his death from a New York hotel window after he was unwittingly dosed with LSD while attending a meeting on a test project that involved the administration of mind-bending drugs to unsuspecting Americans.”
Days later, at a news conference attended by all the major media, Olson’s family threatened to sue the CIA for wrongful death. Four days later President Ford met with Olson’s wife and two sons at the White House. Ford apologized and told the Olsons that the CIA’s experiments were “illegal and unconscionable.” Ford ordered CIA Director William Colby to provide the Olsons with any records pertinent to Olson’s death that it possessed. Colby turned over 150 pages of cryptic documents that shed no light on how or why Olson actually died.
The CIA continued to stonewall Olson’s death, terming it “a tragic accident.”  READ MORE ===>

Written by rudy2

May 6, 2010 at 08:24

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