Family Sues CIA over Cold War Scientist's Death

Died under mysterious circumstances in 1953 after unknowingly taking LSD


The sons of a Cold War scientist who plunged to his death in 1953 several days after unwittingly taking LSD in a CIA mind-control experiment are suing the agency. They claim the CIA murdered their father, Frank Olson, by pushing him from a 13th-story window of a hotel—not, as the CIA says, that he jumped to his death.

Sons Eric and Nils Olson filed the lawsuit Wednesday in federal court in Washington. They are seeking compensatory damages to be determined at trial.