Laurel Canyon, Houdini, and MK Ultra
by Paul A Drockton M.A. http://moneyteachers.org/Laurel-Canyon.htm
and the Beatnik Generation
Laurel Canyon, Bob Dylan and the Boston Strangler
After reading "Gematria 9-11" aloud to my wife, and then showing her the
"1164 Facade" where "Bewitched" was filmed, she commented that it sounded like
the Laurel Canyon research of D McGowan. McGowan has uncovered the strange nexus
of entertainment, politics and perverted and deadly partying that exists in
Laurel Canyon, a suburb of L.A.
So I did a search for "1164 Laurel Canyon" and guess what? It's the address of the Laurel Canyon Association.
"Laurel Canyon– a heavily wooded, rustic, serene, yet vaguely ominous slice of LA nestled in the hills that separate the Los Angeles basin from the San Fernando Valley. Musicians, singers and songwriters suddenly begin to gather as though summoned there by some unseen Pied Piper." Gram Parsons; The Mamas and Papas; Buffalo Springfield; the Byrds; the Monkees; Steppenwolf; Crosby, Stills and Nash; Neil Young; Frank Zappa; Alice Cooper; Jimi Hendrix and Charles Manson."
This from a frequent reader of our site. Laurel Canyon is indeed and a Los Angeles oddity with a very interesting past. In this series of articles we will show why we believe that this area is also an Illuminati Headquarters in the United States. Laurel Canyon once hosted both legendary magician Henry Houdini and his widow:
"Houdini said Hollywood was his favorite place. The nine or so months that he stayed here may have been the happiest time of his life. The house at 2435 Laurel Canyon Blvd. was built on solid rock and the hills around it were honeycombed with caves, some natural, some man-made. There was an elevator which took passengers down through the solid rock to a tunnel that went under Laurel Canyon Boulevard and came up in the gatehouse of the Walker mansion. At that time, Laurel Canyon was a wild and romantic spot. After his sojourn in Hollywood, Houdini returned to New York and to vaudeville. He also wrote, produced, and starred in two more feature films. It is well known how he died in 1926 at the age of 52 from a burst appendix. For the next several years, his widow referred to her home in Hollywood, meaning "Houdini House," Walker’s guest house. In 1934, Bessie Houdini returned to 2435 Laurel Canyon. There, she conducted at least one séance to try to contact the spirit of her late husband. (link)
The gentleman who built one of the first Laurel Canyon Mansions, a furniture magnate, was himself no stranger to misfortune:
"While music and reveling filled the air, the son stole away from the party and met with his lover on one of the balconies overlooking Laurel Canyon trail at the back of the house. The moonlight set a romantic mood and the two men gazed warmly into another’s eyes. It was an era when gay men dared not to reveal themselves, especially those who were the heirs to furniture empire. But the romantic mood did not last and for some reason, an argument ensued. The orchestra had just taken an intermission when a scream filled the air. The heir to the furniture fortune had pushed his young lover off the balcony and his body now lay in a pool of blood more than 30 feet below." (source)
He apparently died penniless defending his homosexual son against a murder charge. Even more remarkable, is the story of various underground tunnels, caves and caverns. For example, the aforementioned furniture magnate's home:
"the foundation is said to have been riddled with secret passageways, tunnels, and hidden chambers. Similarly, the grounds of the estate were (and still are) laced with trails leading to grottoes, elaborate stone structures, and hidden caves and tunnels." (source)
The fact that various "white supremacist" groups operated from "Look-out Mountain" within the canyon, is also mentioned by the Homeowner's Association of Laurel Canyon:
“restrictive covenants were attached to the new parcel deeds. These were thinly veiled attempts to limit ownership to white males of a certain class. While there are many references to the bigotry of the developers in our area, it would appear that some residents were also prone to bias and lawlessness. This article was published in a local paper in 1925:
Frank Sanceri, the man who was flogged by self-styled ‘white knights’ on Lookout Mountain in Hollywood several months ago, was found not guilty by a jury in Superior Judge Shea’s courtroom of having unlawfully attacked Astrea Jolley, aged 11."
As for Houdini:
"Harry Houdini died on Halloween day, 1926, purportedly of an attack of appendicitis precipitated by a blow to the stomach. The problem with that story, however, is that medical science now recognizes it to be an impossibility. According to a recent book about the famed illusionist (The Secret Life of Houdini, by William Kalush and Larry Sloman), Houdini was likely murdered by poisoning. Questions have been raised, the book notes, by the curious lack of an autopsy, an “experimental serum” that Houdini was apparently given in the hospital, and indications that his wife, Bess, may have been poisoned as well (though she survived). On March 23, 2007, an exhumation of Houdini’s remains was formally requested by his surviving family members." (source)
Even more intriguing, is the revelation that Henry Houdini was an "Intelligence Asset":
What the book does do, however, is compellingly document that Houdini was, in fact, an intelligence asset who used his magic act as a cover. Not only did the authors obtain corroborating documentation from Scotland Yard, they also received an endorsement of their claim from no less an authority than John McLaughlin, former Acting Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (ibid)
Lookout Mountain Film Studio:
"What would become known as Lookout Mountain Laboratory was originally envisioned as an air defense center. Built in 1941 and nestled in two-and-a-half secluded acres off what is now Wonderland Park Avenue, the installation was hidden from view and surrounded by an electrified fence. By 1947, the facility featured a fully operational movie studio. In fact, it is claimed that it was perhaps the world’s only completely self-contained movie studio. With 100,000 square feet of floor space, the covert studio included sound stages, screening rooms, film processing labs, editing facilities, an animation department, and seventeen climate-controlled film vaults. It also had underground parking, a helicopter pad and a bomb shelter.
Over its lifetime, the studio produced some 19,000 classified motion pictures – more than all the Hollywood studios combined (which I guess makes Laurel Canyon the real ‘motion picture capital of the world’). Officially, the facility was run by the U.S. Air Force and did nothing more nefarious than process AEC footage of atomic and nuclear bomb tests. The studio, however, was clearly equipped to do far more than just process film. There are indications that Lookout Mountain Laboratory had an advanced research and development department that was on the cutting edge of new film technologies. Such technological advances as 3-D effects were apparently first developed at the Laurel Canyon site. And Hollywood luminaries like John Ford, Jimmy Stewart, Howard Hawks, Ronald Reagan, Bing Crosby, Walt Disney and Marilyn Monroe were given clearance to work at the facility on undisclosed projects. There is no indication that any of them ever spoke of their work at the clandestine studio.
The facility retained as many as 250 producers, directors, technicians, editors, animators, etc., both civilian and military, all with top security clearances – and all reporting to work in a secluded corner of Laurel Canyon. Accounts vary as to when the facility ceased operations. Some claim it was in 1969, while others say the installation remained in operation longer. In any event, by all accounts the secret bunker had been up and running for more than twenty years before Laurel Canyon’s rebellious teen years, and it remained operational for the most turbulent of those years.
The existence of the facility remained unknown to the general public until the early 1990s, though it had long been rumored that the CIA operated a secret movie studio somewhere in or near Hollywood. Filmmaker Peter Kuran was the first to learn of its existence, through classified documents he obtained while researching his 1995 documentary, “Trinity and Beyond.” (source)
It appears that this facility was also used to create films for MK-Ultra mind programming. Films that are still in use by the Global Illuminati Elite. One cannot help but wonder how many former Nazis, brought into the US via "Operation Paperclip" were active in producing these "training films". Also worth noting is that Walt Disney, who Fritz Springmeier stated was a leading Illuminist, visited the facility. His films, "Alice in Wonderland", Fantasia etc., have also been used in "Mind Programming". Fritz also spoke about a maze of tunnels and pedophilia underneath the California, Walt Disney World theme park.
Here is a list of Laurel Canyon Residents: Past and Present
* Jensen Ackles, Supernatural, present
* Elvis Cole, Fictional Detective, Present
* Jennifer Aniston, early-mid 1990s
* Christina Applegate, present
* Mary Astor, Appian Way
* Lex Barker (Alexander Crichlow Barker, Jr.), international Actor (Tarzan, German Karl May movies), Mulholland Drive, neighbour to Errol Flynn, end of 1940s
* Saul Bass, graphic designer
* Harry Bosch, present (fictional)
* Clara Bow, 1920s, on Horseshoe Canyon and Lookout Mountain
* David Blue 1980s,rented on Lookout Mountain Ave.
* Victory (Vicki) Tischler Blue, 1980s - 2003,and 2006 [rented on Lookout Mountain] producer/director, bass player for the The Runaways
* Zach Braff, present on Lookout Mountain Ave.
* Peter Brocco 1940s to 1992 (died at 89 years old) stage, film and tv character actor, blacklisted in the 1950s. His home was on Laurel Canyon Blvd., just north of the Country Store.
* Louise Brooks, 1927-28
* Jerry Brown, 1970s
* Eric Burdon, 1970s
* David Byrne
* Neve Campbell, 1996-2000
* Canned Heat, their house and rehearsal studio on Lookout Mountain Ave. Next to Joni Mitchell's burned to the ground in 1969. A photo of their charred amplifiers was used for Steppenwolf's album At Your Birthday Party'.
* Leslie Caron, 1950s, lived on Laurel Canyon Boulevard, near the Country Store
* Danny Carey, drummer for Tool, present
* Adam Carolla, 1980s
* David Carradine 1970s
* Stephen Christian, present
* George Clooney, present
* Chuck Connors, 1950s, lived on Ridpath
* Alice Cooper, 1971-1976
* David Crosby, 1960's
* Richard Day, art director, lived on Oakstone Way, 1920-1940
* Pamela Des Barres
* Henry Diltz, photographer, 1960s
* Denny Doherty, 1960s, also lived in the Mary Astor house on Appian Way
* Shannen Doherty 1980s, rented (her first time away from home) on Lookout Mountain Avenue
* Micky Dolenz, 1960s
* D.C. Douglas, actor, present
* Marty Teboe, 1967, and once again early 1989 thru 1994
* Troy Donahue, early 1960s, lived on Ridpath
* Rob Dyrdek, Pro Skateboarder, MTV2 star, present
* Eliza Dushku, present
* Cass Elliot, 1960s off Woodrow Wilson
* Geoff Emerick, present
* Will Ferrell, present
* Fabian, 1960s, lived on Ridpath
* Kim Fowley, 1970's
* Errol Flynn, early to mid 1950s
* Abigail Folger and Wojciech Frykowski, 1968-1969
* John Frusciante, guitarist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, present
* Glenn Frey, 1970's
* James Frey, presumably mid-90's, however, his account of his time there, in My Friend Leonard had a compressed timeline
* Roman Gabriel, former quarterback of the Los Angeles Rams, lived on Skyline Drive, 1970s
* Esther Galil, present
* Balthazar Getty rented a house on the corner of Laurel Canyon Blvd. and Laurelmont Dr., 1990s
* Jackson Browne, 1960s-70s
* [[Erin Hamilton] recording artist, daughter of Carol Burnett, 1990s on Lookout Mountain Ave.
* Robert A. Heinlein, 1940s
* Katherine Helmond, present
* Jimi Hendrix, summer 1968
* Maya Asztinx, Present
* Chris Hillman, 1960s
* Harry Houdini, 1919-1921
* Jim Hutton, 1970s
* Boris Karloff, 1930s
* Anthony Kiedis, 1990s-present
* Ed Kienholz, artist
* Carole King, 1970's-90's
* C. M. Kornbluth, 1940s
* Robby Krieger, 1960's-70's
* K.D. Lang, musician, present
* Leadbelly (Huddie William Ledbetter), blues singer and musician lived as subtenant on Merrywood Drive, in a house which was damaged by fire 1944, then remodeled by R.M. Schindler when he was trying to get work as a studio musician in Hollywood.
* Timothy Leary, 1990's
* Arthur Lee, and his band Love, in the Béla Lugosi house on Blue Heights Rd, 1960s
* Sharmagne Leland-St. John, poet, concert performer, film-maker, author, lived on Prospect Drive 1965, Fareholm Drive '68-'70, Ridpath '71 and on 34 acres known as Lookout Mountain Park with Paul A. Rothchild, record producer until '74, has lived in her present home on Merrywood Drive off Lookout Mountain since 1986
* Daisy-Alexandra Sylbert-Torres, Film costumer 1986-2002
* Martyn LeNoble, bassist for Porno For Pyros, Jane's Addiction, and The Cult
* Jenny Lewis, Present
* Tom Leykis, syndicated radio talk show host, 1989-93
* Bessie Love, silent film actress, lived at 8227 Lookout Mountain Ave, reportedly haunted, 1920's
* Josh Lucas, actor, present
* Béla Lugosi, Blue Heights Road
* Sue Lyon, 1960s (during first marriage, on Kirkwood)
* Joel Madden, present
* Marilyn Manson, 1997-2004, residence is on Appian Way at the famed 'Mary Astor House', built in the 1920s as a 'Hills hideaway for actress Mary Astor, who used the home secretly for her romantic trysts with studio execs and other notables; Marilyn Manson wrote the entire Mechanical Animals album at this house, and much of it was recorded at 'The White Room' -- Manson's home recording studio in his pool house
* Ray Manzarek, 1970's
* Alicia Silverstone, present
* Gardner McKay, actor, author
* Steve Martin, late 1960s
* Bob Masse, late 1960s
* John Mayall, 1969-1979 House burned down, see the 1968 blues album Blues from Laurel Canyon
* Monet Mazur 2000s, rented on Merrywood Drive.
* Mark McGrath, singer, Sugar Ray, host of Extra, present
* Roger McGuinn, 1960's
* Jillian Michaels
* Joni Mitchell, 1960's- 1970s on Lookout Mountain Ave. Still owns the house.
* Robert Mitchum, 1940s-'60s
* Tom Mix, cowboy film star, 1920's
* Keith Moon, mid-1970s, Studio City side of Laurel Canyon
* Tom Morello, guitarist for Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave, present
* Jim Morrison, lived behind the Canyon Country Store, late 1960s
* Mark Mothersbaugh, musician, composer, artist, founder of Devo, present
* Douglas Anne Munson, novelist, attorney, on Kirkwood Dr., late 1950s, attended Wonderland Ave. Elementary School
* Graham Nash, 1960's- 70's
* Harry Falk, T.V. director former husband of child actress Patty Duke. 1968-1970. 8046 Fareholm Drive.
* Patty Duke, Child actress. Bought house on Fareholm from former husband Harry Falk.
* Buzz Osborne, singer, guitarist for The Melvins present
* Mackie Osborne, artist, present
* Gram Parsons, early-1970s
* Adam Pascal, present
* Iggy Pop, 1970s
* Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank, Jr. 1960s - present
* Trent Reznor, 1995-1997
* Jonathan Rice, Present
* Keith Richards, 1970s
* Nicole Richie, present
* The Rolling Stones, 1970s, interestingly, The Rolling Stones occupied the same house mentioned above, the 'Mary Astor House' in which Marilyn Manson lives today; their film, Cocksucker Blues was filmed here
* Paul Rothchild, producer, The Doors, Crosby Stills & Nash 1960's-90's
* Rick Rubin, and his studio The Mansion where the Red Hot Chili Peppers recorded Blood Sugar Sex Magic, Stadium Arcadium and shot the film Funky Monks. Others who have recorded here include Johnny Cash, Slayer, Audioslave, Slipknot, Jay-Z, Linkin Park, System of a Down, Maroon 5, The Mars Volta.
* Meg Ryan, present
* Betye Saar, 1950s-70s
* Alison Saar, 1950s-70s
* John Saxon, 1960s-70s (lived on Jewett Dr.)
* Kesha (singer) (Ke$ha), present
* Slash, guitarist for Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver, 1976-mid-'80s
* Matt Sorum drummer for The Cult, Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver 2006- present
* Dusty Springfield, 1970s
* Danny Sugerman, Author, No One Here Gets Out Alive and Wonderland Avenue, manager of The Doors & Iggy Pop 1970s
* John Taylor bassist for Duran Duran, 1995-1998
* Lloyd Thaxton, 1960's
* Justin Timberlake, present
* Ian Thorpe, present
* Peter Tork, mid 1960s
* Mark Volman, late 1960s
* Victoria Vetri, actress, ex-Playmate of the Year
* Orson Welles, lived on Greenvalley Road, late 1970s
* Pete Wentz, present
* Brian Wilson, 1960s
* Chuck Wright, bassist for Quiet Riot, present
* Neil Young, late 1960s
* Frank Zappa, 1968-1993
* Travis Keller, present
* Frances Farmer, American actress and husband Leif Erickson American actor. Hollywood Hills Road. Late 1930s early 1940s.
* Claudia Jennings, American actress, Playboy Playmate of the Year, Playboy centerfold. On Woodrow Wilson, then on Ridpath, until her death in a car accident in Malibu in 1979
* Tommy Boyce, Boyce and Hart, Studio City side of Laurel Canyon at "Sunshine Park"
* Bobby Hart, Boyce and Hart on Woodrow Wilson in two separate locations form the 1960s to present
* Hedge Capers & Donna Carson, A & M recording artists Hedge and Donna 1960s to 1970s off Ridpath then after divorce Hedge moved to Stanley Hills Road
* Peter Walker, Vanguard recording artist concert performer. Rainy Day Raga Second Poem to Karmela Father of American Folk Raga. Played music behind Timothy Leary's "Celebrations" slide shows. Rented a room in a house owned by Fred Tackett Little Feat 1966.
* Fred Tackett, Guitarist. [Little Feat]] 1960s.
James Dean and the Beatnik Generation http://moneyteachers.org/Beatniks.htm
"(Jack) Kerouac (Author of "On the Road ")introduced the phrase "Beat
Generation" in 1948, generalizing from his social circle to characterize the
underground, anticonformist youth gathering in New York at that time. The name
came up in conversation with the novelist John Clellon Holmes who published an
early Beat Generation novel, Go (1952), along with a manifesto in The New York
Times Magazine: "This Is the Beat Generation" In 1954. Nolan Miller published
his third novel, Why I Am So Beat (Putnam), detailing the weekend parties of
The adjective "beat" was introduced to the group by Herbert Huncke, though Kerouac expanded the meaning of the term. "Beat" came from underworld slang—the world of hustlers, drug addicts and petty thieves, where Ginsberg and Kerouac sought inspiration. "Beat" was slang for "beaten down" or downtrodden, but to Kerouac, it also had a spiritual connotation as in "beatitude". Other adjectives discussed by Holmes and Kerouac were "found" and "furtive." Kerouac felt he had identified (and was the embodiment of) a new trend analogous to the influential Lost Generation.
In "Aftermath: The Philosophy of the Beat Generation" Kerouac criticized what he
saw as a distortion of his visionary, spiritual ideas:
The Beat Generation, that was a vision that we had, John Clellon Holmes and I, and Allen Ginsberg in an even wilder way, in the late Forties, of a generation of crazy, illuminated hipsters suddenly rising and roaming America, serious, bumming and hitchhiking everywhere, ragged, beatific, beautiful in an ugly graceful new way—a vision gleaned from the way we had heard the word "beat" spoken on street corners on Times Square and in the Village, in other cities in the downtown city night of postwar America—beat, meaning down and out but full of intense conviction. We'd even heard old 1910 Daddy Hipsters of the streets speak the word that way, with a melancholy sneer. It never meant juvenile delinquents, it meant characters of a special spirituality who didn't gang up but were solitary Bartlebies staring out the dead wall window of our civilization..." (source)
The "Beat generation" was characterized by Jazz Music, drug use and "coffee
house poetry". It also found a home in Laurel Canyon. Los Angeles:
"In the 50s, Beat poet Wulf Zendik moved into the canyon with his lover, Arol, and started the first of many incarnations of his organic, sustainable, cult-like Zendik Farm. Conversely, modern architects came to grade hillsides and erect modern Case Study Houses and tract homes that had little to do with the canyon’s woodsy charm and everything to do with stylized glamour. During this time, Dennis Hopper, James Dean, and Marlon Brando all had homes here." (Source)
In the 1950s, as Barney Hoskyns has written in Hotel California, Laurel Canyon was home to all “the hippest young actors,” Marlon Brando, James Dean, James Coburn and Dennis Hopper. Natalie Wood. In fact, Natalie lived in the very home that Cass Elliot would later turn into a Laurel Canyon party house Sal Mineo, lived at the mouth of the canyon Nick Adams, lived just a mile or so away (as the crow flies) in neighboring Coldwater Canyon.
With the exception of Hopper, all of their lives were tragically cut short, proving once again that Laurel Canyon can be a very dangerous place to live.
* James Dean, who ostensibly died in a near head-on collision on September 30, 1955, at the tender age of twenty-four
* Nick Adams died on February 6, 1968, at the age of thirty-six, in his home at 2126 El Roble Lane in Coldwater Canyon. His official cause of death was listed as suicide, of course, but as actor Forrest Tucker has noted, “All of Hollywood knows Nick Adams was knocked off.”
* Sal Mineo, whose murder on February 12, 1976 we have already covered.
* Natalie Wood, who died on November 29, 1981 in a drowning incident that has never been adequately explained (source)
Which brings us back to the most prominent member of the Laurel Canyon Club:
* Lookout Mountain Laboratory was originally envisioned as an air defense center. Built in 1941 and nestled in two-and-a-half secluded acres off what is now Wonderland Park Avenue, the installation was hidden from view and surrounded by an electrified fence. By 1947, the facility featured a fully operational movie studio. In fact, it is claimed that it was perhaps the world’s only completely self-contained movie studio. With 100,000 square feet of floor space, the covert studio included sound stages, screening rooms, film processing labs, editing facilities, an animation department, and seventeen climate-controlled film vaults. It also had underground parking, a helicopter pad and a bomb shelter.
* the studio produced some 19,000 classified motion pictures
* the facility was run by the U.S. Air Force
* process AEC footage of atomic and nuclear bomb tests.
* indications that Lookout Mountain Laboratory had an advanced research and development department that was on the cutting edge of new film technologies
* 3-D effects were apparently first developed at the Laurel Canyon site
* Hollywood luminaries like John Ford, Jimmy Stewart, Howard Hawks, Ronald Reagan, Bing Crosby, Walt Disney and Marilyn Monroe were given clearance to work at the facility on undisclosed projects.
* The facility retained as many as 250 producers, directors, technicians, editors, animators, etc., both civilian and military, all with top security clearances – and all reporting to work in a secluded corner of Laurel Canyon.
* the secret bunker had been up and running for more than twenty years before Laurel Canyon’s rebellious teen years, and it remained operational for the most turbulent of those years
* The existence of the facility remained unknown to the general public until the early 1990s (Ibid)
Svali, an Illuminati Defector, stated that the Cult had a location in California which made all of the training films for "Trauma-based mind control". No other place has been identified besides this one. These training films were undoubtedly also a part of the MK-Ultra program and would prove to be an extremely important key in exposing the Illuminati fraud and global conspiracy. I would love to get my hands on one for publication and exposure purposes.
Were James Dean, Natalie Wood, Nick Adams and others some of the first victims of the MK-Ultra experiments? One of the characteristics of Trauma-based mind control is that it breaks down in the mid 20s to 30s. If a candidate cannot be reprogrammed, they are usually dispatched in snuff films, or simply murdered in a staged suicide or accident.
A tragic end for an equally tragic life. (Much Thanks to David McGowen for his research on Laurel Canyon)
Laurel Canyon, Bob Dylan and the Boston Strangler http://moneyteachers.org/Beatniks2.htm
This article Laurel Canyon, Part 2: James Dean and the Beatniks was interesting to me because it gave some more perspective on that generation which my mother (b.1939) considered herself a part of. My mother sometimes called herself a "beatnik" or even "bohemian". She lived in Greenwich Village in 1960-64 roughly and was at some of Bob Dylan's little coffeehouse sessions, and she sat in with Judy Collins in a pub session once.
Anyway, those were the same days during which she met my father, who had been working for NOAA in the Antarctic Sea, and had participated in the search for the nuclear submarine “Thresher” when it disappeared mysteriously in 1963. My father also had an interesting friend named Ronald Hadley Starks.
Starks was at one point to supply the Brotherhood of Eternal Love biker gang with some whopping 12 pounds of crystal Orange Sunshine LSD, out in L.A.
"Manson's supply of LSD may have come directly from the CIA. A new type of LSD known as "Orange Sunshine" was being used by the Manson Family immediately prior to the Tate-LaBianca murders according to Family member Charles "Tex" Watson, who wrote in his prison memoir that it was the use of the Orange Sunshine LSD that finally convinced him that Manson's Helter Skelter, apocalyptic vision was real. (13) And this special LSD may have been supplied by the CIA. Orange Sunshine was manufactured and distributed by a group known as "The Brotherhood of Eternal Love" who operated out of a beach resort near Los Angeles. The Brotherhood had among it's drug manufacturers and dealers, one Ronald Stark, a person with known connections to the CIA. It is believed that Stark was responsible for the manufacture of up to 50 million hits of LSD). (14)
(13) Will You Die for Me?: The man who killed for Charles Manson tells his own story by Tex Watson, as told to Chaplain Ray, Fleming H. Revell Company, page 118-120.
(14) Acid Dreams, pages 248-251”
This same Ronald Stark visited my parents after they moved to Maine. One
year before that, he was best man at my father and mother's wedding. Old timers
in my town still remember the time in around 1965, that Starks came up for a
visit in a Rolls Royce Silver Ghost with two or even three female groupies on
Coincidentally (or not) my mother’s best friend from New York City, who had moved to Maine one year ahead of her, was the ex-wife of (author of the 1978 book ”Operation Mind Control”) Walter Bowart. They all had relocated to the Camden area, which was where I was born. Camden is noted for having the largest population of retired CIA agents in the world, but that’s probably just a coincidence.
This all reminds me of something Dave McGowan wrote:
"The epicenter of the Cambridge folk scene was the legendary Club 47, opened in 1958 as a jazz and blues venue. A very young Joan Baez, whose reputedly CIA-connected father worked at nearby MIT, was the first folkie to take the stage, not long after the club opened. Dylan reportedly first performed there in 1961, taking the stage between the billed acts. The scene hit its peak in the summer of 1962, which was the Cambridge equivalent of the Haight’s Summer of Love."
"The Cambridge scene, and others in Greenwich Village and elsewhere, were necessary precursors to the Laurel Canyon scene. The canyon scene was essentially created by taking the music of that earlier scene, particularly the work of Dylan and Seeger, and mixing it with the instrumentation being utilized across the pond by a band known as the Beatles. It is entirely fitting then that, as with Laurel Canyon, the Cambridge scene came complete with its own resident psycho killer."
"In addition to the folk scene hitting its peak in the summer of 1962, something else newsworthy happened in Cambridge that summer: a lot of women started turning up dead – six of them in that first summer alone, and seven more over the next couple of years. And as Susan Kelly noted in The Boston Stranglers, one of those victims was killed right across the street from Club 47: “Just across the street from [victim Beverly Samans’] apartment, a very young and not yet famous Joan Baez and an equally youthful and unknown Bob Dylan were playing to reverently hushed audiences at the Club 47.”"
"Folkie Richard Farina, by the way, was the husband of Mimi Baez, Joan’s younger sister. Farina had attended Cornell University as an engineering major. Cornell also happened to be where Joan and Mimi’s dad, Albert Baez, conducted classified research. Albert Baez tended to move around a lot, popping up for varying periods of time at Stanford, UC Berkeley, Cornell, and MIT, all of which have been repeatedly identified as hotbeds of MK-ULTRA research."
"Albert Baez also traveled abroad, to France, Switzerland, and, in 1951, to Baghdad, Iraq, where he spent a year purportedly teaching physics and building a physics laboratory at the University of Baghdad. 1951 also happened to be the year that Mossadegh was duly elected in neighboring Iran and the CIA immediately began planning a coup to oust him, but I’m sure that that is just a coincidence.
Anyway, Farina married Mimi when he was twenty-six and she was just
seventeen. The two of them, along with Joan, became stars of the Cambridge folk
music scene, which they were introduced to when their dad moved the family to
Boston in 1958 when he went to work at MIT. Richard and Mimi’s marriage was a
short one, alas, as Richard Farina was killed in a motorcycle accident in
Carmel, California, on, of all days, April 30, 1966. On that very same day, in
nearby San Francisco, Anton Szandor LaVey declared it to be the dawn of the Age
There's my perspective on it. Thanks for your choice to undertake this series looking at these things in a new light.