CIA scientist who was aware of the agency’s darkest secrets during the Cold War was “killed by agents when he got cold feet,” the family says in a new book
- Frank Olson was found dead on the street after he fell out of his 13-storey hotel room in New York City in 1953
- His death was ruled as suicide, but his family was suspicious about it
- In 1975, The Rockefeller Report revealed that Olson had LSD in its system
- President Ford apologized to his family and they received $ 750,000
- His body was dug up in 1994 by his son who still had questions
- A forensic pathologist judged that his death was not a suicide and that he was probably beaten on the head in his room and thrown from his balcony
- Weeks ago, Olson seemed to have had a moral crisis
- His family believes he disapproves of the CIA’s methods and is a security issue for them
Frank Olson died in the early hours of the morning on November 28, 1953
The family of a CIA scientist who was familiar with some of the darkest secrets of the office during the Cold War believes that he did not kill himself, as she has been told for decades, and was killed instead because of a risk for them.
Frank Olson died outside the Statler Hotel in New York City in the early hours of the morning on November 28, 1953, after apparently falling out of his room on the 13th floor.
His family was not allowed to see his body, instead he was told that he had sustained considerable facial wounds in the fall and that he had killed himself by jumping.
But the man’s cousin, Paul Vidich, now claims in his new book, The Coldest Warrior, that Olson was in fact killed by the CIA.
He says that after the family had dug up Olson’s body, they were told that he died due to bone trauma in the hotel room and that he was thrown down the street.
He had LSD in his system that Vidich thinks he was given earlier in the clandestine, off-site meeting earlier in the day to test his reliability.
At the time, he said his uncle had become familiar with some of the agency’s closely guarded secrets about strategies and techniques used by the US in the Cold War.
Among them were interrogation techniques and the facts that the CIA had collaborated with Nazis and some Japanese war criminals after the Second World War.
Vicih puts his evidence on an article The Daily Beast on Monday.
He told how in 1975, 18 years after Olson’s death, the family heard about the LSD in his system as it appeared in The Rockefeller Commission, a report commissioned by President Gerald Ford to investigate the CIA.
President Ford invited the family to the White House, where he apologized to them.
Olson’s body was found on the street after falling off the 13th floor of the Statler Hotel
In 1975 the Olson family was invited to the Oval Office to meet President Gerald Ford (pictured). They settled for $ 750,000
Paul Vidich, Olson’s cousin, thinks he was killed because he knew too much
They also received a $ 750,000 settlement, but in return had to sign a release form that protected the CIA.
In 1994, uncomfortable with the story he had received, Olson’s eldest son had his body excavated.
Vidich has recently released his book The Coldest Warrior
The pathologist judged that Olson had not suffered a loss of sight, as he had been told, and that he had an injury on his head consistent with the fact that he was killed in his room and then thrown out of the window.
“The death of Olson remains officially classified as” indefinite, “but all the evidence that has emerged over the course of several decades indicates murder and nothing indicates it. Just like a black hole, existence is proven by evidence that points to existence and not by direct observation, “Vidich wrote.
Weeks three weeks before his uncle’s death, he spent three weeks with Vidich’s father re-covering a house. He was not suicidal, he said, but had a moral crisis and started reading the Bible.
Another suspicious development, he said, was that the CIA signed a memorandum following Olson’s death, allowing them to keep illegal operations secret if it was in the public interest or national security.
He also claims to know that Mossad, the Israeli espionage agency, used the death of his uncle as an example of the “perfect murder” in his training programs.
Vidich said: “I wrote The Coldest Warrior with the freedom that fiction enjoys to represent the world beyond the abyss of knowledge.”