The 1951 Pont-Saint-Esprit poisonings
August 24, 2010 9:48 AM Subscribe
On August 16th 1951 a number of people in the quiet southern French town of Pont St.Esprit began to fall ill. Stomach pains were soon followed by violent and often terrifying hallucinations. Local hospitals were soon overwhelmed and more than thirty people were taken to asylums in nearby towns. It was soon decided that the cause was bread poisoning and the evidence pointed to just one Bakery. The reason, it was believed was 'ergot', a fungal infection found in Rye bread which had often caused mass poisonings in Medieval times.
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Journalist Hank Albarelli
, however, claims that a recently released CIA memo
shows that the CIA were in fact testing LSD on the inhabitants of the town
.An interview with Hank Albarelli
I apologise if the radio programme in the first link is only available in the UK, but hopefully it's more widely available.