Suit over scientist’s mysterious death dismissed

Jul 17, 2013, 3:29 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) – A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the sons of a Cold War scientist who plunged to his death in 1953, just days after unwittingly taking LSD in a CIA mind-control experiment.

Frank Olson’s sons claimed that the CIA murdered their father by pushing him from a 13th-story window of a New York hotel _ and that he didn’t jump to his death, as the agency contends.

But Judge James Boasberg cited the statute of limitations and a prior settlement agreement, among other things, in dismissing the suit Wednesday.

Eric and Nils Olson had sought compensatory damages to be determined at trial.

Frank Olson was a bioweapons expert at Fort Detrick, the Army’s biological weapons research center in Frederick, Md.

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