“The most efficient accident, in simple assassination, is a fall of 75 feet or more onto a hard surface.”
CIA assassination manual (1953)
“What Wormwood tries to do is tell a story about how we know what we know and how reliable is that knowledge.”
Errol Morris — Documentary Director
“You think that finding the answer to this is gonna restore the path of your own life. But how can it possibly do that if you’ve lost yourself along the way?”
Eric Olson (Wormwood)
Wormwood is a 2017 American six-part docudrama miniseries directed by Errol Morris and released on Netflix on December 15, 2017. The series follows a scientist who participates in a secret government biological warfare program.
In the final chapter (Episode 6), Seymour Hersh states that he believes the CIA murdered Colonel Frank Olson. Although, he has a source that backs up this story, Hersh refuses to speak out because the story would expose how his source acquired the necessary information. He claims he knows what Frank did that got him killed. But he will not reveal it. At least, not now…
Next Tuesday, I will suggest the most likely reason behind the decision to execute Colonel Frank Olson. Stay tuned!
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Wormwood is told through Eric Olson, the son of Frank Olson, an American biological warfare scientist and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee, who died under mysterious circumstances in 1953.
Nine days after Olson was covertly dosed with LSD by his CIA supervisor as part of Project MKUltra, he plunged to his death from the window of a hotel room in New York City.
His death was initially regarded as a suicide, but subsequent investigations have raised questions of a coverup of an alleged murder. [Wikipedia]
The New York Times awarded it a NYT Critic’s Pick with reviewer A. O. Scott saying:
“Mr. Morris presents a powerful historical argument in the guise of a beguiling work of cinematic art — and vice versa.”
Matt Zoller Seitz wrote for Vulture.com that:
“The filmmaking gathers all the bits and pieces of the story together and arranges them in ways that are clever, surprising, and so aggressively (and deliberately) self-conscious that there are times when the whole thing gets close to turning into an intellectualized formal exercise…there’s never a moment where Olson or Morris fail to fascinate”
Vanity Fair called it:
“One of the most original things you’ll see all year”.
Wormwood | Teaser [HD] | Netflix
Witness the untold true story of the CIA, LSD experiments, mind control, and the death of a family man. Wormwood, only on Netflix December 15 2017.
A Guide to the People, Places, and CIA Mind-Control Programs of Wormwood — Vulture.com
Wormwood — To the Bitter End