Williams case puzzles RCMP
Nearly six months after the disappearance of Margaret Williams, police remain undecided as to whether the Ladysmith woman left her home voluntarily or involuntarily.
But investigations are continuing.
Margaret Williams log home, on Westdowne Road, is empty. Its windows curtained and the yard untended. A welcome mat lies before the front door, and the door itself has been padlocked.
She disappeared from her home March 5, and her disappearance is complicated by the fact that her husband, Arthur, had been earlier declared dead by an inquest after an airplane accident.
Arthur's body was never recovered after his airplane apparently crashed in Georgia Strait. At the time of the crash, he was facing charges of conspiracy to manufacture and traffic in the chemical MDA.
Following Margaret's disappearance, police investigations turned up $57,300 in cash which had been buried on the Williams property.
Ladysmith RCMP Sgt. Bob Udahl said the money, now being held as evidence, was found July 6 by police. It was buried in a yellow plastic pail, and wrapped in bundles.
Margaret's disappearance is far from forgotten in police files. I can assure you the investigation is continuing on a full-time basis, said Udahl.
A Canadian Press report, quoting Ladysmith RCMP Cpl. Ed Woytenko as saying the case was closed, was vehemently denied by Woytenko. He said he instructed the CP writer to call Sgt. Udahl for information pertaining to the case and said he had limited information to offer.
The report was carried by many Canadian daily newspapers.
The investigation is being conducted by Cst. Maurice Fitzgerald of the Nanaimo police General Investigative Section. While Fitzgerald said the investigation is active, he did not want to discuss the channels the investigation was pursuing.
There is not an abundance of evidence to indicate one way or another whether Mrs. Williams left of her own volition, or otherwise, he said.
There is some doubt in our minds as to what took place.
Although her husband, Arthur, has been declared dead, Fitzgerald noted: Because of the recent disappearance of Margaret and that investigation, some speculation has been raised that Arthur Williams is not dead.
Ladysmith police were advised in a roundabout manner, on March 7, of Margarets disappearance.
A tenant on the Williams property had called Mrs. Skelly, of Hinton, Alberta, a relative of Mrs. (See HOUSE, p-2)
(Contd from p-1) Williams, to report she hadnt seen her since March 5.
Mrs. Skelly telephoned the Hinton police, who queried the police in Ladysmith.
Since then, we have no indication as to what may have happened to her,-said Udahl.
Udahl said that initial police investigations at Mrs. Williams' home uncovered no indication that she was planning more than a walk.
Her purse was gone, her coat was gone; a sweater she wore was gone, he said.
The refrigerator contained food, and the car was left in the carport.
Things of value had been left in the house, including a coin collection, and uncashed bank drafts.
Mrs. Williams, who had been separated from her husband, had been named executor of her husbands estate.
Since her disappearance, the estates of both Williams and his wife re main unsettled.
The situation remains confusing, and to some local residents, the apparent death of Williams and the disappearance of Mrs. Williams are both tragic and mysterious.
Meanwhile, police continue their investigations.
(Ladysmith-Chemainus Chronicle (Ladysmith, British Columbia, Canada) 05 Sep 1979, Wed Page 1 and 3)
- 1999: Sidney Gottlieb dies
Sidney Gottlieb (born Joseph Scheider; August 3, 1918 – March 7, 1999) was an American chemist and spymaster best known for his involvement with the Central Intelligence Agency's 1950s and '60s assassination attempts and mind control program, known as Project MKUltra.
In 1951, aged 33, Gottlieb joined the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). As a poison expert, he headed the chemical division of the Technical Services Staff (TSS). Gottlieb became known as the "Black Sorcerer" and the "Dirty Trickster." He supervised preparations of lethal poisons and drug experiments in mind control.
In April 1953 Gottlieb became head of the secret Project MKULTRA, which was activated on the order of CIA director Allen Dulles. In this capacity, he administered LSD and other psycho-active drugs to unwitting subjects and financed psychiatric research and development of "techniques that would crush the human psyche to the point that it would admit anything". He sponsored physicians such as Ewen Cameron and Harris Isbell in controversial psychiatric research including nonconsensual human experiments.
Gottlieb was the liaison to the military subcontractor Lockheed, then working on Project Aquatone for the C.I.A. which would later be known as the U-2 spy plane. In 1953 he procured a safe house for the Lockheed Aeronautics Services Division (L.A.S.D.), which had easy & exclusive egress.
By 1955 Project MKULTRA had grown so large that more government funding was needed. At this point subproject 27(basic research of LSD) was merely a funding subproject which combined all previous subprojects, including those involving LSD, payment to Sandoz Pharmaceuticals, magic and John Mulholland's The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception (subproject 15 magic support, Mulholland Supplement), and the procurement of more LSD (subproject 18) but it continues on to include almost 150 known and documented subprojects including a microwave gun and the search for alternatives to LSD which led to the later programs like Project MKCHICKWIT, most of which focused on South America and mushrooms.
The CIA in addition to working with subcontractors like Lockheed also worked with other branches of the government, namely the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) of the Department of Defense and the Office of Naval Intelligence, though it is unclear what role if any Gottlieb played in these affairs other than authorizing them.
In March 1960, under The Cuban Project, a CIA plan approved by President Eisenhower—and under the direction of CIA Directorate for Plans, Richard M. Bissell—Gottlieb proposed spraying Fidel Castro's television studio with LSD and saturating Castro's shoes with thallium to make his beard fall out. Gottlieb also hatched schemes to assassinate Castro, including the use of a poisoned cigar, a poisoned wetsuit, an exploding conch shell, and a poisonous fountain pen. Gottlieb also played a role in the CIA's attempt to assassinate Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba of the Congo; he took a vial of poison to the Congo with plans to place it on Lumumba's toothbrush in the summer of 1960. He transported these "toxic biological materials" to Larry Devlin, the CIA station chief in the Congo, although Devlin declined the assignment and a military coup soon deposed Lumumba by other means. Gottlieb also wanted Iraq's General Abdul Karim Qassim's handkerchief to be contaminated with botulinum.
Gottlieb retired from the CIA in 1972, stating at the time that he did not believe his work had been effective. He nonetheless received a Distinguished Intelligence Medal from the U.S. government. Visited in retirement by the son of his late colleague Frank Olson, he was residing in an "ecologically correct" home in Culpeper, Virginia, where he raised goats, ate yogurt and advocated principles of peace and environmentalism. He and his wife spent 18 months running a leper hospital in India and he spent his final years looking after the dying at a hospice.
On March 7, 1999, Gottlieb died at his home in Washington, Virginia. He was reported to have a history of heart problems; however, his wife declined to state the cause of death.
- 2006: Richard Barth Sanders dies
"I have the best memories of the young Rick when Art, Norma,..."
- Ed Sanders
LOS ANGELES, Calif. Richard Barth Sanders, age 63, of Los Angeles, died Tuesday morning, March 7, 2006 in Calif. He was born in Albany, N.Y. and has resided in Calif. for many years. He was an accomplished artist and musician. He is survived by his mother, Norma Higgins Sanders of Albany; a daughter, Shelley Sanders of London, England; and a sister, Drue Sanders of Albany. He was predeceased by his father, Arthur Sanders. Funeral services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to Living Resources, 3 Pine West Plaza, Albany, NY 12203.
Largest LSD factory on record busted
WAPPINGERS FALLS, N.Y. (UPI) — Federal drug authorities
Saturday announced the arrests of three persons charged
with operating the largest LSD factory on record out of a trailer
in an upstate New York town.
A spokesman for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
said the sophisticated manufacturing laboratory produced 1
million dosage units a month of the hallucinogenic drug, selling
at $2 apiece.
The LSD was distributed nationwide, with most of it going to
the West Coast, authorities said.
A six-month investigation by federal DEA agents, New York
State police, and town of Poughkeepsie police led to the raid on
two mobile homes in the Little Falls trailer park near
Wappingers Falls, about 60 miles north of New York City.
Arrested were Eric Brown, 34, of Modesto, Calif., a jazz
flutist and self-taught chemist, and his girlfriend, Denise
LeFleur, 31, originally of Mission City, British Columbia,
They were arraigned Thursday in U.S. District Court in New
York City and charged with conspiracy to manufacture a
controlled substance, which carries a maximum jail sentence
of 15 years, authorities said.
Police said Brown and Miss LeFleur lived in one trailer and
operated a sophisticated laboratory from the other.
The DEA spokesman said Brown had invented a machine
which dropped pre-measured amounts of liquid LSD onto a strip
of paper and then cut the paper automatically every hundred
units. The drug-soaked paper was ingested by users, authorities
Agents in New York City also arrested Andrea Layton, 25,
originally of Pittsburgh, and charged her with distributing the
LSD produced at the upstate laboratory.
Both women were released on $1,000 bail, but Brown was held
in $50,000 bond.
The DEA spokesman said that previously, the largest known
LSD factory on record was in Portland, Ore. That facility,
which was raided in 1976, produced 400,000 units a month, the
(The Terre Haute Tribune Terre Haute Indiana 6 Nov 1977 Sun Page 13)
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