Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods
Conspiracy Theories
CIA Mind Control
CIA Mind Control
Several conspiracy theories revolve around Project MK-ULTRA, a highly-classified CIA mind-control research program, which used drugs such as LSD, electroshock, hypnosis and other methods to experiment on human test subjects throughout the 1950s and early 1960s. While the existence of Project MK-ULTRA is not denied today, its files were destroyed in 1973 under the orders of then-CIA Director Richard Helms, so the program remains shrouded in secrecy. One theory involves the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy by Sirhan Sirhan (pictured above). Referred to as the "Manchurian Candidate Hypothesis," this theory argues that Sirhan was the subject of CIA mind control and was used by the CIA to kill Kennedy while remaining unaware of his own actions. Dr. Eduard Simson-Kallas, a psychologist who interviewed Sirhan in prison, endorsed this theory, as did Lawrence Teeter, Sirhan's most recent attorney. Another MK-ULTRA conspiracy theory holds that the continuation of CIA brainwashing experiments caused the 1978 mass suicide of the Jonestown cult in Guyana. The theory proposes that the 909 members who died of cyanide poisoning were not just under the influence of cult leader Jim Jones, but were being used as CIA test subjects. It is also purported that the activities of MK-ULTRA were not shut down in 1963 as the CIA claims, but persist to this day.
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