Family Sues Over Scientist's Cold War LSD Death
Sons claim CIA killed their father in 1950s
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 28, 2012 7:05 PM CST
Photo illustration from Shutterstock.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – The sons of a Cold War scientist who plunged to his death in 1953 several days after unwittingly taking LSD in a CIA mind-control experiment sued the government today. They claim the CIA murdered their father, Frank Olson, by pushing him from a 13th-story window of a hotel and that he did not, as the CIA says, jump to his death. Sons Eric and Nils Olson of Frederick, Md., sought unspecified compensatory damages in the lawsuit filed in federal court.

Olson was a bioweapons expert at Fort Detrick, the Army's biological weapons research center in Maryland. Their lawsuit claims the CIA killed Olson when he developed misgivings after witnessing interrogations in which they allege the CIA committed murder using biological agents Olson had developed. The CIA had a program in the 1950s and '60s called MK-ULTRA, which involved brainwashing and administering experimental drugs like LSD to unsuspecting individuals. The project was investigated by Congress in the 1970s. Olson consumed a drink laced with LSD by CIA agents on Nov. 19, 1953, the suit says. Later that month, after being taken to New York City purportedly for a "psychiatric" consultation, Olson plunged to his death. Click for AP's full story.

Next on Newser: Now Hot: $500 Candles

Copyright 2016 Newser, LLC. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. AP contributed to this report.

More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
Family Sues Over Scientist's Cold War LSD Death is...
6%
4%
20%
4%
57%
9%
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Comments
Showing 3 of 15 comments
Chatsworth
Nov 29, 2012 6:13 PM CST
I can't envision somone jumping off a building because they used LSD.
Observer
Nov 29, 2012 2:39 PM CST
Another shameful case of the rogue and criminal mindset of the CIA and many academics and military scum that endanger US citizens chasing crazy methods and tactics "to get the bad guys". Now they use drones, missiles and secret mercenary armies.
Marelicia
Nov 29, 2012 7:25 AM CST
"Family members threatened to sue, but President Gerald Ford invited the family to the White House, assuring them they would be given all the government's information. CIA Director William Colby handed over documents and the family accepted a $750,000 settlement to avert a lawsuit." There is something in the law called Accord and Satisfaction and the Statutes of Limitations. Any competent attorney knows this. By law the Olsons' family wrongful death lawsuit is frivolous and or untimely on its face. The attorneys, the widow, 2 sons and daughter, should all be sanctioned, fined or charged. In 1975, the Olson family already settled this lawsuit with the federal government for a measely $750,000 and some documents, now in 2012 the family demands more money, more documents and information. All Attorneys have a duty to make a reasonable inquiry before bringing any civil action. Filing false claims in court is a felony of the Third Degree in the State of Florida. Ignorance of the law is of no excuse.