The Mysterious Death of Frank Olsen
On November 28, 1953, Frank Olsen fell to his death from the 13th floor in the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York. He was a bacteriologist at Fort Detrick, and worked for the CIA. His death was originally ruled a suicide, later examinations 40 years afterward of the body would prove otherwise.
During the 1950s he would test the effects of various bacteria on monkeys in the laboratory. Later he worked in the CIA project Artichoke. The project involved the use of psychotropic drugs on individuals to get information out of them. The project would be used on suspected former Nazis and Soviets spies. One such drug was LSD, Lysergic Acid Diethylamide.
It was later suspected that Frank Olsen himself was given this same drug unbeknownst to him. It was after this that he commented that he had made ďA Terrible Mistake.Ē Shortly after this he went to New York accompanied by a CIA agent. It was there that he met a physician provided by the Secret Service.
This is where he fell out of a 13th story window.
In the nineties Frank Olsen son, Eric Olsen, had his fathers body exhumed. He had another autopsy done. What he uncovered was that there was forensic evidence to suggest that Frank Olsen was hit with a blow to the head before he fell out of the 13th floor of the Hotel Pennsylvania.
Documentary: Code Name Artichoke
Code Name: Artichoke - The CIA's Secret Experiments on Humans (2002)
The Frank Olsen Project, a website created by Frank Olsenís son Eric Olsen
Frank Olson Legacy Project
An interview with author H.P. Albarelli about Frank Olsen