Stories of LSD victims Frank Olson, Harold Blauer and James Thornwell in the United States.
United States USA Date:1979, July 10 Duration:10 min 2 sec Sound:Yes
Administration of LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide ) by the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency). News reporter Paul Altmeyer talks about harmful effects of LSD. Best known case is of Frank Olson, chemist employed by the Army Chemical Corp who ended his life by diving through the10th floor window of Statler Hilton Hotel in New York. Frank Olson with his wife Alice Olson. She visits Dr. Sidney Gottieb, the man who administered the drug. Robert V. Lashbrook, Assistant Chief of the Chemical Branch, was in the room when the incident occurred. Alice Olson talks about the incident. Inspector General Lyman B. Kirkpatrick talks about Olson case, which slowed down the testings of CIA LSD drug. Harold Blauer, a tennis player, with his daughter. The Psychiatric Institute and Hospital in New York where he was admitted and died after being given five mescaline derivatives which were injected and tested secretly by the Army Chemical Corps. Paul Altmeyer looks at 5000 documents released by the army. Dr. James Cattail who administered the mescaline derivatives was unaware of his actions due to the secrecy of the army experiments. Blauer's daughter Elizabeth talks about the death. Test conducted at Tulane Medical Center. Chief researcher Dr. Russell talks about experiment. A project report written by him. One of the reports in which electrodes were implanted in the brain of a woman and she was given LSD. She became agitated and cried. Paul questions Dr. Russell about LSD. James Thornwell, a black American soldier in France, given LSD in 1961 when he came under suspicion of having stolen documents. He was secretly given LSD for several days by his interrogators during which time he was forced to undergo aggressive questioning, replete with racial slurs and threats.
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