Saturday, 13 March 2010

CIA 'caused French village to go mad in the Fifties by spiking baguettes with LSD'

[Interesting Mail story from when they were testing the MK effects of LSD in the 50's, MI6 did similar experiments (along with all other intelligence agencies working for the establishment) in the early days of understanding the drug's effective use in mind control, in typical unnecessarily brash CIA style. Why bother with this? It's not like they haven't got enough of their own soldiers and citizens which they happily test on with less likelihood of being caught. Probably the agency's "humor" at work, I'm sure the agents based in the village were entertained by the show.]

The CIA caused an entire French village to go mad nearly 60 years ago by spiking their baguettes with the mind-bending drug LSD, a new investigation claims.

Hundreds of residents in Pont-Saint-Esprit, southern France, were driven to mass hysteria and hallucinations in the 'cursed bread' incident in August 1951.

Five people died and dozens were sent to mental asylums in strait jackets in one of the most bizarre mysteries in France.

Pont-Saint-Esprit: Villagers here were driven to mass hysteria and hallucinations

One man tried to drown himself, screaming that his belly was being eaten by snakes. An 11-year-old boy tried to strangle his grandmother.

A man shouted 'I am a plane' before jumping out of a second-floor window and breaking his legs.

Another saw his heart escaping through his feet and begged a doctor to put it back.

Baffled villagers had always blamed the incident on a local baker whose bread could have been tainted with mercury or psychedelic mould.

But U.S. journalist H P Albarelli says he has now uncovered CIA documents revealing the agency caused the madness to test the effects of LSD in a secret mind-control experiment.

The incident, which took place at the height of the Cold War, was initially investigated by a Swiss pharmaceutical company Sandoz who have been revealed as the same people who secretly supplied the CIA with LSD.

One note uncovered by Albarelli is a transcript of a conversation between a CIA agent and a Sandoz official who mentions the 'secret of Pont-Saint-Esprit' and explains it was caused by diethylamide the D in LSD.

Mr Albarelli added: ‘The real smoking gun was a White House document sent to members of the Rockefeller Commission formed in 1975 to investigate CIA abuses.

‘It contained the names of a number of French nationals who had been secretly employed by the CIA and made direct reference to the Pont St. Esprit incident.’

Locals in Pont-Saint-Esprit still want to know what caused the mass insanity Villager Charles Granjoh, 71, was one those affected.

He said: ‘At the time people brought up the theory of an experiment aimed at controlling a popular revolt.

‘I almost kicked the bucket and I'd like to know why.’


Newspaceman said...

Nice recent post including LSD etc.


Anonymous said...

You got it correct, kinda, only this wasnt the 'early days' in the 20th century.

This shit was being done in the 1800s way before, theres allegedly references to it in books written in the 1830s that professionals still to this day read.

Anonymous said...

"('monsters' like that are not born as 'monsters')"

bit of a tough one that.

year after year another Fritzl-type scumbag is uncovered, or something equally as repulsive, and its doubtful all are programmed.

its guaranteed some are, Im not doubting that, but if it was the case all 'monsters' were born without it in them, and all were programmed/abused into being 'monsters' convictions of this group of scum would be really low.

Anonymous said...

i know kids that think its so cool to take lsd.....

Anonymous said...

i want some LSD flavoured bread. mmmmmm

Lori said...

ooh new post! that is pretty messed up! i can imagine one of my family members being drugged like that and its pretty sad. i was slipped some sort of LSD twice in my life. its not fun when you are not aware of what happened. i was on a bus, luckily my friend was with me. i remember i was listening to some music then the song was really long and i started to think the people sitting in front of me were talking about me and plans they had for me. one of them was wearing a cowboy hat. i also went to have a cigarette during a break and there was a man with a top hat, and later there was a woman who was wearing a wizard robe and was talking to my friend and i and her kid. finally i came to the conclusion i was drugged, because earlier this fat girl gave me and this other guy a gobstopper. NEVER TAKE DRUGS FROM STRANGERS KIDS!

the second time was in new york, but i kind of shared that story.

im not gonna bore yall anymore with my stories. im gonna make my own blogspot for all of that.

seriously-notmk'd said...

Hey didn’t that happen in Batman the Begins or Beginning or WHATEVER! I remember watching the movie with my sis that’s 21 and asked her "hey what’s that he’s giving them" to which she coolly replied "kid, that’s some serious lsd." LOL. I don’t know. Maybe.

Oh and I know I emailed you twice about this ALREADY so....what about the Aaliyah post.

THANKS for keeping us up to date on these things or aware because before your blog I WAS LOST. LOL

Oh and you are so cute. lol

Anonymous said...

18:25 sounds like a knobhead.

Anonymous said...


C.I.A. acronym for Crazed Insane Assholes.

Doing their dirt far and wide.

P2P said...

funny reference too to the witch hunts back in the middle ages. i guess that's what people mean with CIA humor. info:

In 944 AD, in southern France, 40,000 people died of ergotism.

Convulsive ergotism is characterized by nervous dysfunction, where the victim is twisting and contorting their body in pain, trembling and shaking, and wryneck, a more or less fixed twisting of the neck, which seems to simulate convulsions or fits. In some cases, this is accompanied by muscle spasms, confusions, delusions and hallucinations, as well as a number of other symptoms.

Anonymous said...

The film Jacob's Ladder ring any bells anyone?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

PsiOp radio recently interviewed Albarelli and this incident was covered. See

Unknown said...

Interesting (and weird that it comes from the Daily Mail) - I have an OMNI magazine from 1982 that describes a similar incident also in a French village in 1951, though the article in OMNI puts the LSD experiences down to Ergot Fungal Mould, which is found in home-made Rye. "When heated, it turns into lysergic acid diethylamide - LSD", it's also traditionally known as Baker's High and St. Anthony's Fire.

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