Secret Weapons: Two Sisters' Terrifying True Story of Sex, Spies and Sabotage by Cheryl and Lynn Hersha with Dale Griffis and Ted Schwarz


They were America's ultimate covert ammunition, the product of a top secret program to train guerilla leaders, assassins and couriers of information. They began their careers at age seven in the height of the Cold War when they were included in a series of government authorized experiments. After learning to endure some of the most sophisticated tortures ever devised, they mastered martial arts, weapons training and reconnaissance work.

One of these children became Sgt. Thomas O'Neil, a courier so carefully conditioned that nothing would cause him to divulge the codes he had memorized. The other child became Lt. Rick Shaw, a tactical specialist with intense training in weaponry and elite team leadership.

What no one realized was that Lt. Rick Shaw and Sgt. Tom O'Neil were not the men others thought them to be. They were sisters.

One became a nurse. The other ran a toy store. They married and had children, but deep inside, they waited for the call that would send them to a trouble spot around the globe. There they might assassinate a nation's leader or destroy a key weapon's placement. Secret Weapons is the fascinating, studiously documented, true story of Cheryl and Lynn Hersha. Through analysis of previously secret CIA files and extensive interviews with experts and participants, this chilling, incredible true story is, at last, being told.

Cheryl and Lynn Hersha are sisters who were inducted before the age of seven into a covert government program of mind control to create the perfect spies. Now in their late thirties, Lynn is the mother of a young son and lives in an undisclosed location. Cheryl, a mother of three, is a registered nurse and lives in Arizona.

Dale Griffis, a retired police captain and internationally known law enforcement specialist, has trained over 38,000 Federal, state and local law enforcement officers and is a consultant to police departments throughout the world. He is also a respected consultant to therapists working with patients who have experienced abnormal child abuse caused by cult rituals and other violent traumas. He lives in Ohio.

Ted Schwarz is the best-selling author of more than 100 books and over 2,000 articles. He has written extensively in the field of abnormal psychology and was the first lay person ever asked to deliver a scientific paper on multiple personalities to the Second Pacific Congress on Psychiatry. His true crime writing includes The Hillside Strangler and other books frequently made into movies, including My Little Assassin, The Five of Me, Deadly Whispers and False Arrest. He has previously explored CIA documents for Marita, the autobiography of CIA contract agent Marita Lorenz. He and his family reside in Cleveland, Ohio