For two more decadesfollowing revelations in 1975 about the administration
of LSD by the CIA to a group of scientists at Deep Creek Lakeit
was a shock that would not subside. Then in 1994after I had the
body exhumed and the forensic report was delivered, and again in 1996
when the New York District Attorney opened a murder investigation of
the by-then forty-three year old deathit became
a case that was nearly impossible to believe. Now in May 2000as
the DAs office nears completion of its four-year grand jury investigationit
has become an enterprise whose scale, complexity, and implications are
as difficult to fathom as its weight is diffcult to bear.
I have been standing
at the center of this dizzying enterprise, simultaneously prodding it
into existence, keeping it moving, and blinking in disbelief as it grows
beyond me. Writing in The London
Mail on Sunday in August 1998 the highly esteemed espionage
historian Phillip Knightley and journalist Kevin Dowling called my fathers
death the Cold Wars darkest secret.
In order to bring
that secret to light I have set myself up as a broker of fragments.
By gathering, synthesizing, relaying, and leveraging bits of information
within a constantly expanding network I have sought to advance the story
on a variety of fronts, relying on a dispersed collection of allies.