A Terrible Mistake: The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA's by H. P. Albarelli Jr.

By H. P. Albarelli Jr.

Following nearly a decade of analysis, this account solves the mysterious dying of biochemist Frank Olson, revealing the identities of his murderers in stunning aspect. It bargains a different and remarkable look at the backgrounds of many former CIA, FBI, and Federal Narcotics Bureau officials—including a number of who truly oversaw the CIA’s mind-control courses from the Nineteen Fifties to the Seventies. In retracing those courses, an often weird and wonderful and regularly scary global is brought, coloured, and ruled through many factors—Cold warfare fears, the key dating among the nation’s drug enforcement corporations and the CIA, and the government’s shut collaboration with the Mafia.

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M. appointment. Lashbrook and Ruwet leave Olson with Abramson. —Lashbrook and Ruwet return to pick Olson up at Abramson’s office. —Ruwet, Lashbrook, and Olson have dinner together. —Ruwet and Olson leave show at intermission and walk back to Statler Hotel. —Ruwet and Olson arrive at Statler Hotel. —Lashbrook returns to Statler Hotel. —Ruwet awakens at 5:30 to find Olson not in the room they share. —Ruwet wakes Lashbrook in adjoining room. —Ruwet and Lashbrook find Olson in Statler Hotel lobby. M.

Dyer and Lee Strickland for their patient assistance and for aiding in my baptism by fire into the convoluted FOIA process; to Armond Pastore, for planting the first seeds leading toward solving the case, and for his friendship, honesty, hospitality, and terrific homemade bread. I miss him dearly. My most sincere thanks to Dr. Sidney Gottlieb for always taking my calls and speaking truthfully. Dr. Gottlieb, despite all the unkind things written about him, was nothing less than a kind and respectful man to me; my thanks to Richard Helms for taking the time to clarify and explain certain important matters to me; Robert V.

Eventually, at my request, the two sources I had met in Key West sent Saracco and Bibb a letter. The letter had been preceded about a week earlier by a package of items the two had also sent to Saracco. The items were ones that only certain government employees could have had. One of the items was a handwritten note by one of Olson’s killers, dated 1953. The note was addressed to the head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics at the time. It was written in French, in elegant handwriting, on a Statler Hotel, New York note card.

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