For decades now, the seemingly unrelated mysteries of Dr. Frank Olson’s strange “suicide” in New York City in 1953 and the bizarre hallucinogenic outbreak in a small French village in August 1951 have independently provoked and perplexed serious investigators. As related in countless accounts on the Internet and televised news features and documentaries for the past 35 years, Olson’s death has long been suspected to be a murder, but little was offered in the way of real evidence. Now, Frank Olson’s death can be definitively ruled a murder and the French outbreak explained as a planned military experiment gone terribly wrong. How the outbreak connects to Olson’s death is a convoluted saga of deception and intrigue.

In 1995, I began to seriously investigate the strange death of Dr. Frank Olson, a civilian biochemist at the Army’s top-secret biological warfare center. Little did I suspect that my inquiry would span over 10 years and encounter fierce opposition from varied and surprising forces. My investigation was a harsh lesson in the creed of truth finding; the Olson story has taken on near mythical proportions in some circles and had become seriously tainted with fabrications, misinformation and disinformation. Sorting through the so-called “facts” was extremely difficult. Dealing with the Manhattan district attorney’s office, which was also investigating the case and called me to New York to consult with them on my findings, was nothing less than an exercise in squaring off with subterfuge.

It is only fitting that my first column on the just-released book that topped my investigation appears here on WorldNetDaily, the site where several of my important initial findings were first published. WorldNetDaily did not once shy away from the subject or express any political reservations about the articles.

The 900-paged book resulting from my investigation, “A Terrible Mistake: The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA’s Secret Cold War Experiments,” painstakingly explores Olson’s odd death and reveals it to be a murder. The book also paints a vivid portrait, drawn from secret and never-before revealed CIA reports, that in late 1953 a high-ranking official of the Sandoz Chemical Company meeting with a CIA official made a startling revelation, that the 1951 so-called ergot outbreak in the French town of Pont St. Esprit was actually the result of a planned and secret biochemical experiment. The experiment, as well documented, resulted in the deaths of five people and also caused 300 people to seek medical care or to be placed in asylums for treatment. At the outset of my investigation, the French outbreak was but a minor footnote in the bizarre history of LSD, but over time, fueled by the receipt of several never-before viewed CIA and White House documents, requested through the Freedom of Information Act, it became amply apparent that the two events were inextricably connected.

Besides exposing the shocking details of Frank Olson’s murder, “A Terrible Mistake” also carefully explores and details the motives behind his killing and reveals the identities of the men who committed the act, providing stunning details concerning both men, including their never-before-known ties to Lee Harvey Oswald and the murder of JFK, as well as to the infamous French Connection drug case. Additionally, the book delves deeply into the dynamics of state-sponsored assassination and the cautious, yet close, alliance in the 1950s and 1960s between the CIA and organized crime in America.

My book also presents a tremendous amount of never-before-revealed information concerning CIA-sponsored mind control and assassination programs, including the little understood Artichoke Project, as well as MK/ULTRA, MK/NAOMI, MK/DECOY and QK/HILLTOP. Many of these Cold War programs served as the basis and templates for those controversial rendition and interrogation techniques employed by the Army and CIA today. As writer Peter Levenda kindly states in the foreword to my book, “Part mystery story, part history, thoroughly documented and completely compelling, ‘A Terrible Mistake’ is required reading for anyone interested in the lengths we have gone to defend the nation against all enemies (foreign, domestic and the purely imaginary) … and, incredibly, against our own loyal and patriotic citizens.”


H.P. Albarelli Jr. has written many groundbreaking articles for WorldNetDaily, including several on the Olson case, anthrax, Cuba, child abuse and intelligence matters. The WND articles on Frank Olson played a significant role in the reopened investigation into Olson’s death that was launched in the mid-1990s by the New York City district attorney’s office. TrineDay Publishers, an Oregon-based company, released Albarelli’s book, “A Terrible Mistake: The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA’s Secret Cold War Experiments,” last week. More information about Albarelli’s book can be found at:

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