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Below is an excerpt from an unpublished essay by Kuzmarov:

“There’s Something Rotten in Denmark:” Frank Olson and the Macabre Fate of a CIA Whistleblower in the Early Cold War

“Frank Olson is flying and it’s a long way down,” – David Clewell, CIA in Wonderland.       

In September 1994, the NBC hit show Unsolved Mysteries aired an episode on Dr. Frank Olson, a CIA biochemist at the Ft. Detrick laboratory on germ warfare who had supposedly jumped to his death from the 13th floor of the Statler Hotel on the night of November 28th, 1953 after being unwittingly drugged with Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD). Host Robert Stack noted that certain facts, however, bred suspicion that Dr. Olson was murdered and that his murder was covered up. Strange was the behavior of Olson’s colleague Dr. Robert Lashbrook of the CIA’s Technical Services Division. He could not recall whether the window was open or closed and did not leave the room after Olson allegedly jumped or call the police. Instead, Lashbrook made a manually recorded phone call to an unidentified source in which he said: “he’s gone.” The person on the other end replied: “well that’s too bad” and hung up. Hotel doorman Armand Pastore told Unsolved Mysteries that “nobody jumps through a window and dashes through the drape [as Olson was alleged to have done], there’s no sense to that.” Referencing also Lashbrook’s suspicious phone call, Pastore told Unsolved Mysteries that it “was Hamlet who said ‘there’s something rotten in Denmark’…It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that there was something rotten at the Pennsylvania hotel in New York that night.”[1]

[1] Unsolved Mysteries, September 27, 1994.

[2] H.P. Albarelli Jr. A Terrible Mistake: The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA’s Secret Cold War Experiments (Walterville, OR: Trine Day, 2009); Gordon Thomas, Secrets and Lies: A History of CIA Torture and Bio-Weapon Experiments (Old Saybrook, CT: Konecky & Konecky, 2007). On the latter see Dave Chaddock, This Must be the Place: How the U.S. Waged Germ Warfare in the Korean War and Denied it Ever Since (Seattle: Bennett & Hastings Publishers, 2013).

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