The spate of assassinations in the 1960s are said to be due to the techniques of sinister US organisation MK-ultra, who indulge in mind control. The idea of such mind control became popular following Richard Condon’s book, The Manchurian Candidate, in which a US soldier was caught by the Chinese in Korea, brain-washed, and sent back to America, hypnotically programmed to assassinate a Presidential candidate, even though he was not aware of this fact.
An actual CIA backed MK-Ultra programme ls known to have been run from 1953-73, which included research in control techniques. However, the programme was shut down due to lack of success and over indulgence. Details of its activities were revealed by the Rockefeller Commission into CIA abuses in June 1975, and by the investigations of conspiriologist John Marks.
Their many experiments included taking prostitutes to safe houses, giving them cocktails of LSD, and photographing the effects. In another test, a Dr Gottlieb, one of the researchers into hallucinogens, spiked the drinks of many of his co-workers with LSD. One of them, Dr Frank Olsen, became psychotic and, in 1953, threw himself out of a window.
Was it suicide, or had his mind been adapted? It is highly unlikely that such experiments could have been successful; and it certainly doesn’t answer the above assassinations. Indeed, what is often forgotten is that the assassins involved fit neatly into a definite pattern of behaviour that also arose in the 1960s.
These assassinations came in line with a huge rise in the number of serial and spree killers. Rising particularly in America, a whole frustrated generation seemed to produce a large number of frustrated loners who were determined to hit back at society.
Some took out their frustrations with a semi-automatic on a group of people, others chose certain weak members of society to kill one at a time on dark nights. It is therefore reasonable to assume that some of these loners would aim higher, and assassinate major figures.
(c) Anthony North, Jan 2007