With the JFK assassination documents becoming declassified this October, it’s now time to take a look back at other eerie documents that were once hidden from the public.
Here is our list of the creepiest declassified documents.
1. The Vipeholm Experiments
This was a series of experiments during the 1940’s where patients in a hospital in Lund, Sweden were fed copious amounts of sweets and candy as a way to find out what effect sugar had on teeth and general dental health. This might not sound bad at all, just normal experimenting, but the messed up part is that these experiments were performed on people who were “uneducable” who had no say in what went on and needless to say their teeth were beyond repair. The experiments was also sponsored by various candy manufacturers who even provided the doctors with extra chewy toffee to maximize the effects on the teeth.
2. Effects Of Radiation
The US has a history of testing the effects of radiation on pregnant women, newborn babies and mentally handicapped people.
In 1953, the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission ran studies at the University of Iowa on the health effects of radioactive iodine in newborns and pregnant women. In one study, researchers gave pregnant women doses of iodine-131. When they inevitably miscarried, they studied the women’s aborted embryos in an attempt to discover at what stage, and to what extent, radioactive iodine crosses the placental barrier.
In another study, they gave 25 newborn babies (who were under 36 hours old) iodine-131, either by oral administration or through an injection, so that they could measure the amount of iodine in their thyroid glands, as iodine would go to that gland.
Immediately after World War II, researchers at Vanderbilt University gave 829 pregnant mothers in Tennessee what they were told were “vitamin drinks” that would improve the health of their babies. The mixtures contained radioactive iron and the researchers were determining how fast the radioisotope crossed into the placenta. At least three children are known to have died from the experiments, from cancers and leukemia. Four of the women’s babies died from cancers as a result of the experiments, and the women experienced rashes, bruises, anemia, hair/tooth loss, and cancer.
From 1946 to 1953, at the Walter E. Fernald State School in Massachusetts, in an experiment sponsored by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission and the Quaker Oats corporation, 73 mentally disabled children were fed oatmeal containing radioactive calcium and other radioisotopes, in order to track “how nutrients were digested”. The children were not told that they were being fed radioactive chemicals; they were told by hospital staff and researchers that they were joining a “science club”.
3. Operation Popeye.
US Military used weather manipulation in the Vietnam war to cause landslides, flooding etc. Weather manipulation has since been banned from use for military gain.
4. The Norwegian Rocket Incident
5. Father Of The H Bomb
In the summer of 1954, shortly after the 15 megaton Castle Bravo nuclear explosion contaminated hundreds of miles of the Pacific Ocean and the Marshall Islands, Edward Teller, the “father of the H-bomb,” proposed a new weapon known as the SUNDIAL. The only real detail about it that has been released was its explosive yield: 10,000 megatons. Which is to say, 10 gigatons.
A congressional committee was secretly briefed on it.
To put it into perspective, the largest bomb ever detonated, the Tsar Bomba, could at its maximum yield have been 100 megatons (100,000 kilotons). The bomb detonated on Nagasaki was 20 kilotons; the largest bomb the US ever detonated, Castle Bravo, was 15 megatons (15,000 kilotons). The SUNDIAL would have been 10,000 megatons (10,000,000 kilotons), one hundred times more powerful than the Tsar Bomba, 500,000 times more powerful than the Nagasaki bomb. It could scorch an area the size of France or Texas.
The program was axed by the Eisenhower Air Force, who concluded they had no military need for such a weapon, which looked more like a “doomsday device” than something they could actually imagine using. I find it quite interesting (as someone who researches this stuff) that this was just a little too “on the nose” for them a scientists’ fascination, but not one that would work with a military doctrine that believed (rightly or wrongly) that nuclear war could be fought and won.
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6. Project Pluto
This project would power cruise missiles with a “nuclear ramjet,” which would use a nuclear reaction to heat incoming air, and directly use that heated/expanded air for propulsion. It could stay airborne for months, cruising in circles over the ocean until ordered onto a target. it would be spewing radioactive material the whole time.
The project died when the ICBM became the more practical, fortunately.
7. Operation Sea Spray
The US Navy was literally releasing pathogens in the city of San Francisco in such a way to affect the whole population just to see what happened. Lots of people developed UTIs and pneumonia, amongst other things.
8. The Jonestown Recordings
The audio recordings of the final sermon at Jonestown. I think the worst bit isn’t the people cheering at the idea of their own deaths, it’s the children crying as they’re being force-fed the cyanide – and then the eerie silence when they stop crying. FBI declassified the tapes a while ago, they’re easy to find online. Haunting stuff though, can’t shake it from my brain.
9. Laboratory 12
Kamera aka Laboratory 12, the Soviet assassination laboratory. Reading through some of the ways they’ve killed people it becomes clear that the number one thing keeping most people safe is their mundanity.
The amount of people poisoned in broad daylight without them even realizing it is insane, it’s indefensible even if you knew it were coming.
One of the more interesting ones was a man who knew he was targeted so he holed himself up in a hotel with guards. The assassins sprayed a poisonous substance on the lamp shade with like a tube.
When the man turned his lamp on hours later the substance evaporated due to the heat and killed everyone in the room
Another was radioactive rat poison. The target went to the hospital knowing he had been poisoned, and he was treated for common rat poison, which is what he had been poisoned by. He then died as the symptoms of his radiation poisoning had been masked by the symptoms of the rat poisoning.
10. Nuclear Nightmare
The 1964 Savage Mountain B-52 crash was a U.S. military nuclear accident in which a Cold War bomber’s vertical stabilizer broke off in winter storm turbulence. The two nuclear bombs being ferried were found “relatively intact in the middle of the wreckage”, and after Fort Meade’s 28th Ordnance Detachment secured them, the bombs were removed two days later to the Cumberland Municipal Airport.
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11. The Tuskeegee Syphilis Experiment
A 40-year-long experiment conducted by the US Public Health Service on black people in rural Alabama. From 1932 to 1972, the USPHS observed hundreds of black men and women who contracted syphilis, purposely withholding penicillin treatment, which by the mid-1940s was known as an effective drug to be administered. USPHS believed the general population would be better served if their test group were allowed to have the disease continue its course than to treat and cure victims. Oh yeah, they told the mostly uneducated and poor sharecroppers and their families they were studying “bad blood”.
12. United States v. Reynolds.
A military plane crashed, killing 9 of the 13 crew members. 3 of the widows sued. The widows asked the government to release the accident reports of the crash, something they were legally entitled to in the Discovery process. The government refused to comply, asserting national security. This case made it all the way to the supreme court, which used the case to explicitly found the State Secrets privilege. The Supreme Court denied the widows request, and allowed the government to withhold evidence that it claimed was vital to national security. Years later, the accident reports were finally declassified, and there was nothing related to national security in them. The government had lied to the Court to prevent evidence from getting out that would harm its case.
13. The Handbook
There was a declassified CIA handbook that covered a range of topics, most notably assassination. The book discusses weapons/planning while flippantly mentioning the Trotsky assassination and the importance of improvising. There had been tons of attempts on Trotsky’s life with guns, but the killer who finally got him simply walked up to him with a piece of sporting equipment (an ice pick) and stabbed him in the head. The section feels like it was about to end with something along the lines of “but most importantly, be creative and have fun with it.”
14. I Put A Spell On You
MK Ultra mind control program by the CIA.
Almost everyone knows about these experiments, after Bill Clinton led an official apology on their behalf in the 1990’s, but the more you read through the documents the more disturbing they become.
“In one case, seven volunteers in Kentucky were given LSD for 77 consecutive days.”
15. The Corona Program
It was a series of American Satellites that were used to take aerial photographs of the USSR and China during the cold war.
I know that doesn’t sound creepy, but look at some of the pictures taken by the satellites. A lot of them put Google maps to shame in regards to the detail. And this is 40 year old technology. So if they were capable of that then, just imagine what governments are able to monitor via satellite now.
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16. Operation Condor
The CIA funded military juntas throughout South America (one of which was Augusto Pinochet’s which murdered the democratically-elected Salvador Allende in Chile) in order to kill and imprison Leftist thinkers/sympathizers/artists, it resulted in the death more than 80,000 and in more than 400,000 political prisoners.
17. My Big Fat Greek Assassination Plot
The plan for the assassination of former Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis codenamed Pythia 1.The mission of the special task force involved business destabilization by downgrading the Greek economy and social instability implemented with various forms of social unrest, including terrorist acts. Many consider this as the starting point of the Greek crisis.
18. The Polygon
Russia tested most of their nuclear weapons in a region bigger from the state of New Jersey and roughly 150km away from the city of Semey, Kazakhstan. The region is populated and the Russians didn’t make any effort to evacuate the population – needless to say, the result has been “You get cancers! You get cancers! Everyone gets cancers!” for the people of the area.
19. Walking Target
As part of the whole anti-left/anti-communism hysteria in the US, Hoover ordered FBI agents to “disrupt, misdirect, discredit, neutralize or otherwise eliminate” activist groups and their leaders.
For years the FBI targeted Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights groups, anti-war groups, feminist groups, and other left leaning groups with all kinds of illegal shit like forging correspondence, forging leaflets from activist groups, psychological warfare, and on and on.
FBI agents sent King a letter urging him to commit suicide, “There is only one way out for you. You better take it before your filthy, abnormal, fraudulent self is bared to the nation.” The agent in charge wrote, “In the light of King’s powerful demagogic speech. We must mark him now, if we have not done so before, as the most dangerous Negro of the future in this nation from the standpoint of communism, the Negro, and national security.”
They denied the existence of the program until an activist group helped themselves into an FBI office, found papers with proof and released it to the world.
20. The Barney and Betty Hill Hypnosis Recordings
The recordings are eerie even for people who don’t believe in alien abduction. This case was one of the first widely publicized allegations of alien abduction. An interracial couple living in the middle of nowhere New Hampshire (who moved there specifically to get away from scrutiny and harassment for being interracial) lost several hours of time one day–they were in their car and then they just woke up still in their car in the same place but later that night. So they decided to go see a therapist who recommended hypnosis. While under hypnosis, they told this insane tale of being abducted and are clearly scared while they’re recounting their story.
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21. The CIA’s Secret Heart Attack Gun
A CIA secret weapon used for assassination shoots a small poison dart to cause a heart attack, as explained in Congressional testimony in the video. The dart from this secret CIA weapon can penetrate clothing and leave nothing but a tiny red dot on the skin. On penetration of the deadly dart, the individual targeted for assassination may feel as if bitten by a mosquito, or they may not feel anything at all. The poisonous dart completely disintegrates upon entering the target. The lethal poison then rapidly enters the bloodstream causing a heart attack. Once the damage is done, the poison denatures quickly, so that an autopsy is very unlikely to detect that the heart attack resulted from anything other than natural causes.
22. Operation Northwoods
Not really “creepy” but kind of scary and shocking.
In a nutshell, Operation Northwoods was a false flag operation devised by the Department of Defense and Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1962. Basically, the CIA and/or other US government operatives would commit acts of terrorism and conduct attacks on US soil, blame it on Cuba and then use it to get public support and justification to go to war against Cuba. Bombings, hijackings, assassinations, and acts of terror in US cities were some of the proposed methods. Even going as far as using MiG jets – painted in Cuban colors and markings – to conduct some of these attacks. Fidel Castro and his communist regime had taken up power around this time and we were hellbent on snuffing out communism anywhere it popped up. JCOS and DoD wanted to provoke war with Cuba BAD. They just needed justification to do it. Operation Northwoods wasn’t the only plan they had. They came up with other plans as well.
Ultimately, President Kennedy rejected the Operation Northwoods proposal and removed the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1963. There was a rift between Kennedy and the US military leaders after this because they thought he was going soft on Cuba.
We all know what happened to Kennedy later that year. This is one of the reasons why I believe Oswald didn’t act alone, or possibly wasn’t even the shooter in the first place.
More-so, when you look at 9/11 and how that all played out, and then you look at Northwoods, it paints a bit of an interesting picture as well.
23. Operation Big Buzz
Done in 1955 by the US Government. They airdropped 300,000 mosquitoes across the state of Georgia and dispersed a million more (by flying under 300 feet and opening the cargo door) to see how easily it would be to spread the Yellow Fever virus.
Turns out they were only able to cover an radius of about 2,000 feet beyond the drop site. The operation was scrapped and now Georgia has a huge mosquito problem.
24. The death of Esequiel Hernndez Jr.
Hernndez was an 18 year old US citizen herding goats in Redford, Texas (on the US-Mexico border). He had a .22 caliber rifle with him to shoot snakes and fend off other predators, but by all accounts carried it regularly and used it for nothing else. Four US marines in ghillie suits 200 meters away apparently witnessed Hernndez shoot his weapon in their direction, then tracked him as he herded goats for 20 minutes before shooting and killing him. There is no indication that he ever knew they were present, and he had no connection to the drug trade. As far as I know this is the only case of US Marines killing a US citizen on US soil during peacetime. The Marines were never convicted of a crime, although Hernndez’s family did receive a $1.9 million settlement in a wrongful death suit from the US government.
25. The Willowbrook State School Hepatitus Experiments.
Mentally handicapped children housed at the Willowbrook State School in Staten Island, New York, were intentionally given hepatitis in an attempt to track the development of the viral infection. The study began in 1956 and lasted for 14 years. The researcher also wanted to determine the effectiveness of gamma globulin injections as protection against hepatitis. They justified their deliberate infections and exposures by claiming that given that there was a high rate of infection in the institution it was practically inevitable that the children would become infected.
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26. Operation Paperclip
Operation Paperclip was the secretive United States Joint Intelligence Objectives Agency (JIOA) program in which more than 1,600 German scientists, engineers, and technicians (many of whom were formerly registered members of the Nazi Party and some of whom had leadership roles in the Nazi Party), including Wernher von Braun’s rocket team, were recruited and brought to the United States for government employment from post-Nazi Germany (after World War II). The primary purpose for Operation Paperclip was for the U.S. to gain a military advantage in the burgeoning Cold War, and later Space Race, between the U.S. and Soviet Union.
27. “I’m Not A Crook”
Everything from the Nixon vault. The best tape is the HMO insurance tape where they realize that health insurance companies could make more money by denying service to sick people. Which is still the basis for the system we have today.
28. Toybox Killer
David Parker Ray was known as the toybox killer. He was a sadist who made a trailer where he would brutally torture his victims. He made tapes explaining what they were going to go through and he would make them listen to it after abducting them. You can Google the recordings and listen to the audio. This guy was seriously evil. He spent hundreds of thousands on his “toybox”. It was so terrible and brutal that the FBI agent who was investigating everything after he was discovered, ended up shooting herself because she couldn’t stand it.
29. Enhanced Interrogation Techniques
In 2014 parts of the Senate Intelligence Committee Report on CIA Torture were released. It sends a chill down by spine to think that our country committed those acts. The report reveals the extent of what was going on, and the vast majority is classified. A large amount of innocent people were held and tortured and they were unable to find any instance where torture lead to actionable intelligence. The CIA also attempted to interfere with the senate investigation while it was underway even hacking Senate computers to see what documents they had. Worst of all, there’s been virtually no accountability of those responsible.
Everyone knows of Chernobyl and how it was one of the most devastating nuclear disasters. Turns out an earlier disaster happened in 1957, in the town of Chelyabinsk-65 in the Ural Mountains. A facility was meant to develop nuclear weapons to catch up with the Americans. Soviets weren’t big on nuclear safety then; waste was dumped into the river, workers had little to no protection.
Then a cooling system in one of the plants failed. A waste tank exploded and spewed radioactive waste into the air over an area about the size of Connecticut and Rhode Island combined. 300 people died in a few days from radiation poisoning. Crops and soil were contaminated, and workers set about trying to decontaminate as much as they could.
The Soviet government covered up the whole thing, even to its own citizens. They wouldn’t let the residents of Chelyabinsk leave and resettle, and this led to increases in cancer and other radiation related illnesses. The government instead decided to designate part of the contaminated area a “nature preserve”, and this let them resettle a small number of the 270,000 residents in the affected area. Very little to no information was available of the incident from 1957 all the way up until 1976 when a defector to the US told of the disaster. The creepy part is that the CIA even covered it up once they found out in 1959-1960, believing that it would undermine the US’s faith in nuclear technology.
Rumor has it that the site even today is the most radioactive place on Earth, more so than the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant. The plant where it happened is still active, though it just reprocesses fuel rods today and does not produce nuclear weapons.