The Mystery Of Cursed French Bread (A Secret CIA Experiment?)

Cursed French Bread?Ted Goodman on PhyOrg recounts the strange events of August 16, 1951, when dozens of villagers in the French village of Pont-Saint-Esprit were struck with unexplainable and horrifying hallucinations of fire and snakes and beasts of all kinds, from, what was described as by villagers, eating le pain maudit (“cursed bread”).

Recently on Russia Today, Hank Albarelli, author of A Terrible Mistake: The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA’s Secret Cold War Experiments, suggests this incident was part of a CIA-funded experiment on foreign soil with LSD. According to Albarelli, five hundred people were affected by the “experiment” — resulting in forty people being taken to a nearby psychiatric institute and at least three suicides.

Albarelli specifically discusses this incident at around 5:10 into this video, and relates it to the work of Frank Olson, the subject of his book.

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  • Greyman

    Guess it doesn't matter that LSD was developed from ergot, which is a natural fungus that grows on wheat and rye? Of course it's the CIA, it can't possibly be Mother Nature and uncaring or overlooking farmers that didn;t catch the infection, or just sold the wheat in the bread anyway to save their profits…

    • dumbsaint

      This was my first thought as well. They attribute various werewolf stories and legends of European villages to ergot.

  • Anonymous

    This was my first thought as well. They attribute various werewolf stories and legends of European villages to ergot.

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