le pain maudit

Le Pain Maudit

a continuation of


In his 2009 book, A Terrible Mistake, journalist Hank P. Albarelli Jr alleges that the Special Operations Division of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) tested the use of LSD on the population of Pont-Saint-Esprit [  44°15′27″N 4°38′57″E] as part of its MKNAOMI chemical behavior program in a field test dubbed Project SPAN. According to Albarelli, the ergot contamination explanation has been challenged and “ruled out”.[13][10]

Albarelli wrote that the ergot explanation was based upon the findings of biochemists dispatched to the scene from the nearby Sandoz Chemical Company (now Novartis), based in Basel, Switzerland”[14]

Albarelli alleges that even the project name is a veiled reference, because “pont” is French for “bridge.”[13] Albarelli cites numerous declassified U.S. documents—some of which directly mention Pont-Saint-Esprit.[13][10]

According to Albarelli, ergot poisoning was a cover story. Referencing declassified documents, he writes:

“…biochemists [were] dispatched to the scene from the nearby Sandoz Chemical Company in Basle, Switzerland. Included in the contingent from Sandoz was Dr. Albert Hofmann, the man who had first synthesized LSD on November 16, 1938. At the time…only a handful of scientists worldwide, estimated to be no more than eight-to-ten, knew of the existence of the man-made drug LSD. …[and] virtually nobody in France in 1951, apart from a select few officials at Sandoz Chemical, was aware that the company was secretly working closely with the CIA .”[14]



Doctors suggest ergot poisoning from tainted bread

After the collective insanity and hallucinations came to an end, doctors sought answers for what had caused the mass outbreak. It was assumed that bread from a local vendor, the Roch Briand bakery where many of the victims had eaten prior to the event, had been unwittingly poisoned with a parasitic psychedelic fungus/mold – ergot, a hallucinogenic mold that had been known to naturally contaminate rye grain. This was first proposed by local physician Dr Gabbaï in the highly respected British Medical Journal.

Gabbai’s findings were confirmed by Dr. Albert Hofmann, an ergot expert who first synthesized LSD-25 from ergot in 1938.  Dr. Hofmann travelled to Pont-Saint-Esprit to examine the evidence and was quick to confirm Gabbai’s ergot theory (years later Hofmann reversed his stance and rejected the ergot connection). At the time, Hofmann was employed by Sandoz Laboratories, a pharmaceutical company whose name would come up time and time again during later investigations into the true cause of the mysterious hallucinogenic event.

The ergot poisoning theory is questioned

The theory that the sickness resulted from an outbreak of ergotism however, was not blindly accepted by everyone. For one, the theory failed to take into account that ergot poisoning was believed to have died out completely during the 18th century. Furthermore, academics were quick to point out that the symptoms displayed by the Pont Saint Esprit villagers did not quite match the symptoms expected from ergot poisoning and besides, wouldn’t the high heat from a baker’s oven have snuffed out the ergot mold in the first place?  Even the judge responsible for the official inquiry into the villager deaths questioned the ergot theory. He suggested a criminal connection and oddly, hinted to contamination by a very toxic form of “synthetic ergot”.

For decades the ergot poisoning theory was widely accepted, despite pleas from many scientists and academics to consider other alternative answers. In 2008, American historian Steven Kaplan sought those answers.  Kaplan, a professor at Cornell University and expert on the history of bread, examined all the possible explanations for the cursed bread: ergotism, infected water or contamination by fungicides or other toxins. None, he concluded in his 1,000-page tome Le Pain Maudit, published in 2008, could adequately explain the events of Pont-Saint-Esprit in the summer of 1951. Kaplan’s findings triggered a chain of events that would soon lead to a very interesting, and disturbing, conclusion.

The suspicious death of Frank Olson

A year after Kaplan published his findings that contradicted the widely accepted ergot poisoning theory, investigative journalist H.P. Albarelli Jr., broke the news that the outbreak resulted from a covert experiment directed by the CIA and the US Army’s Special Operations Division (SOD). Albarelli based his conclusion on secret CIA documents that he uncovered while investigating the suspicious death of Frank Olson, a biological weapons researcher working for the Sandoz Pharmaceutical Company, the company which, at the time, was supplying the CIA and Army with a new chemical drug – LSD. Olson had “fallen” from the tenth-floor hotel room, which he had been sharing with CIA agent Robert Lashbrook at the Hotel Pennsylvania. His death took place two years after the Pont Saint Esprit incident – and only one week after being “asked”, and refusing, to leave the top-secret biological weapons program at Sandoz.  His death was ruled a suicide.

The “smoking gun” in Albarelli’s investigation was a White House document sent to members of the Rockefeller Commission, which had been formed in 1975 to investigate CIA abuses. The document contained the names of a number of French nationals who had been secretly employed by the CIA and oddly out of context, made direct reference to the “Pont Saint Esprit incident”. ….”






CIA: What Really Happened in the quiet French village of Pont-Saint-Esprit

by Hank P. Albarelli Jr.




“… Ells goes all healthy and environmentally responsible in a very public way in 2015, and suddenly his delicious, nutritious food is poisoning hundreds of innocent customers.  WTF?  Chipotle’s reputation went virtually untarnished until Steve Ells’ anti-GMO announcement, and now the only thing you can count on if you eat Chipotle’s healthy Mexican food is that you’ll soon be experiencing diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting, if not death.  The only unknown factor is whether you’ll be inflicted with E. coli., salmonella, or norovirus.  More than 200 unexplainable outbreaks of various kinds of food poisoning in at least ten states, and the corporate media has been over-emphasizing the culinary disaster for weeks on end.  Nightly.  Fear and loathing in High Definition.  Chipotle…Chipotle…Chipotle!  Beware.

Admittedly I haven’t personally investigated the possibility that a giant food conglomerate or agro-chemical corporation might have had their hands in this dirty business, and don’t intend to.  All we have here is a boatload of circumstantial evidence.  Conspiracy theory, if you will.  Follow the money, boys and girls.  Who stands to win if Chipotle goes broke?  Who’s been celebrating the last couple months while Chipotle stock tanked by 200 or so points?  I don’t know whether Dick Cheney is heavily invested in Monsanto, but I’d guess he’s not the one directly responsible for this particular assassination.  All I know is that if I wanted to take down the tree-huggers at Chipotle, I’d hire a dozen desperate guys, plant them as employees, have them slip some slimy, filthy shit into the food, and let nature take its course.  Follow the money.  Follow the money.  These coincidences are just too ridiculous to be true…. If I were him, I’d have an investigative team taking a hard look at all employees working at every location where food poisoning has been reported.  Focusing on, but not limited to, new employees.  I can just about guarantee that when the polygraph test results are in, he’ll find more than a few traitors among his fold.  Exactly who these turncoats work for will likely be determined.

Agro-chemical corporations are a huge deal.  We’re talking potentially trillions of dollars here.  A billion is chump change to those who seek to control the food sources of all mankind.  Monsanto, Bayer, Syngenta, BASF, Dow, DuPont, Nufarm, Makhteshim, Sumitomo, and Arysta together control 89% of the global agro-chemical market.  Steve Ells should have all ten of these corporate monsters in his lineup of suspects.  Add to this the nation’s top ten major animal torturers/meat producers, and I’ll guarantee that Steve will find at least one corporate crook with E. Coli, norovirus, salmonella, and blood on his hands..”