In 1953, an Army scientist took a fatal plunge from his hotel window. In 1975, a bombshell report tied his death to a top-secret experiment. — Wormwood (TV Mini-Series 2017) – IMDb
Frank Rudolph Emmanuel Olson was an American biological warfare scientist employed by the United States Army Biological Warfare Laboratories at Camp Detrick (now Fort Detrick) in Maryland.
At a meeting in rural Maryland, he was covertly dosed with LSD by the head of the Central Intelligence Agency’s MKUltra program, intended to identify and develop drugs and procedures that might weaken an individual and force confessions through mind control.
Nine days after being surreptitiously dosed with LSD, Olson plunged to his death from the window of the Hotel Statler in Manhattan. Although the U.S. government described his death as suicide, others alleged murder.
In July 1975, The New York Times reported that unnamed staff sources within the Rockefeller Commission said that Sidney Gottlieb, commander of the CIA’s LSD experimentation program, was personally involved in the experiment that killed the researcher Frank Olson and had destroyed the program’s records in 1973.