CIA 'Spiked Baguettes With LSD' in French Experiment

Journalist claims to have solved 'Cursed Bread' mystery

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 12, 2010 1:48 AM CST | Updated Mar 12, 2010 6:00 AM CST

(Newser) – The mysterious madness that overtook a French village in 1951 was the result of a CIA experiment, according to an American investigative journalist. At least 5 people died and dozens more were institutionalized after mass insanity and hallucinations swept through Pont-Saint-Esprit. The incident was called Le Pain Maudit—Cursed Bread—after authorities came to believe the problems were caused by a psychedelic mold that had contaminated the flour.

Writer HP Albarelli Jr., however, says he uncovered evidence that the CIA was behind the madness while investigating the death of a biochemist who committed suicide after the tragedy. Documents from the Swiss lab that secretly supplied the US military with LSD refer to the "secret of Pont-Saint-Esprit," Albarelli reveals. French intelligence chiefs have reportedly demanded an explanation from the CIA following the recent publication of Albarelli's findings.

Investigative journalist HP Albarelli Jr. says he has solved France's 50-year-old mystery of the Cursed Bread.
Investigative journalist HP Albarelli Jr. says he has solved France's 50-year-old mystery of the "Cursed Bread."   (Shutter Stock)
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Among the stricken, delirium rose: patients thrashed wildly on their beds, screaming that red flowers were blossoming from their bodies, that their heads had turned to
molten lead. - Time report from 1951

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