- Pat Price's behavior seemed to get more bizarre according
to another associate whom we will call Frank Pearlman who has intimate
knowledge of Price's whereabouts, concerns and contacts and was fully aware,
as was Puthoff, that the SRI experiments being reported were in fact not
the experiments being funded. The purpose of at least one of them Pearlman
had talked to Pat about was "develop a means of communicating with
nuclear subs under the polar ice pack."
- Pearlman is a former marine veteran who had served in
Viet Nam. Following Price's death he, wisely it would seem, elected to
fade from the scene reasoning that even knowing the truth, who would believe
him and what would disclosure accomplish besides, as he put it "painting
a big bulls eye on our bodies?" He was speaking of himself and his
wife, Sherry. A series of strange incidences had convinced them that the
old adage regarding discretion being the better part of valor was true.
As Frank can account for Price's whereabouts in the two days prior to his
death we will pick his story up there, only noting before we do that Price
apparently had been having small bouts of dyslexia.
- Price, according to Pearlman, had flow from West Virginia
to Washington D.C. where he had met with people from the Office of Naval
Intelligence and the National Security Agency that were involved in the
work he was doing at SRI. He did not reveal the scope nor the content of
the meetings to his friend Pearlman beyomd saying that he had met with
them. He did say he was bringing documents with him and should anything
happen to him while he was in Las Vegas Frank was to secure the material
and forward it to Puthoff before the local police took possession of it.
- From Washington D.C. he flew to Salt Lake City where
he met with his son who interestingly enough had a position on President
Gerald Ford's White House Staff.. He spent two or three hours with his
son and then flew on to Las Vegas, Nevada.
- The date of the meetings both in Washington D.C. and
Salt Lake City was July 13, 1975.
- Price arrived in Las Vegas about four-thirty or five
in the afternoon and was picked up at the airport by Frank and his wife
Sherry. From there they went to the Stardust Hotel to register. On the
way to the registration desk a man accidently bumped into Price. Whether
or not this bump was in any way significant is open only to conjecture.
- Once registered they had dinner. Pat "began to feel
lousy" and announced he was going to hit the sack early.
- At about five o'clock on July 14, 1975 Price called Frank
on the hotel telephone and asked him to come to his room, which was two
doors down, because he had been in pain all night and was having trouble
- By now Price's back and shoulder muscles were tense and
knotted and he said he had been having severe stomach cramps as well as
cramps in his back muscles throughout the night. He was coherent and not
complaining of any pain in his arms nor in his chest area. He was sweating
- Pearlman rendered what aid he could until Price indicated
that he felt much better and thought he could get some sleep. Frank wanted
to call the doctor but Price put him off. It was now approximately six-thirty
- Back in his room Sherry and Frank talked it over and
decided between themselves that they should call the doctor in spite of
Price's assertions that one was not needed. Frank then made another trip
to inform Price that they were going to go ahead with the doctor. By then
approximately fifteen minutes had elapsed.
- When Frank entered the room the second time he found
Price sitting upright in the bed, rigid from the waist up and staring.
His face was extremely flushed but according to Frank he was calm. He said
"I think I will be all right now." Then his body went into a
reverse arc so that only the back of his head and his heels were actually
touching the bed. His body went into a convulsion and then reversed arced
again. Frank heard what he described as a "death rattle" breath-sound.
By the time he got to the bed Price was no longer breathing. Frank began
to administer CPR . After a couple of repetitions of the CPR cycle he reached
for the telephone and called for a house doctor and then went back to the
- Price began to breath not once, but four times though
each time breath was restarted his body would go into a reverse arc and
the breathing would cease. Sometime during this a hotel security man showed
up and found Frank doing CPR. This man made a 911 emergency call on his
radio which brought the paramedics. They immediately moved Price from the
bed to the floor. At this time Frank was holding on to Price's feet. He
was holding them when the paramedics shocked Price the first time causing
a convulsive reaction which brought Price's body up off the ground. They
then prepared to shock him again when one of the attendants noticed the
Frank was holding onto Price's feet and advised him to let go lest the
electricity knock him across the room. To this date Frank is puzzled by
the fact that it had not when he unwisely maintained his contact in the
- After the paramedics had departed Frank, remembering
Price's instructions to him, called Puthoff and informed him what had occurred
as well as repeated Price's instructions to him about contacting Puthoff
should anything occur. He asked the scientist if he should carry out Price's
- Puthoff said yes, get anything at all he had with him
about the SRI experiments. Anything that looked like it had to do with
or remotely related to the work there.
- Frank collected up papers from Price's suitcases, briefcase
prior to hotel security coming to collect his belongings. In so doing he
scanned the material, at least long enough to identify that it was connected.
Among the thing he recalls seeing were - A contract between Pat, his son
and SRI relative to coal deposits in Utah as well as a preliminary draft
of a report from SRI on their work. The report was not addressed to anyone
that Frank could recall but insofar as it mentioned SRI he grabbed it.
- In Los Angeles the material was turned over to Puthoff
who had flown up for the purpose of retrieving them. Puthoff pointed out
Price's case officer from the Office of Naval Intelligence to Pearlman.
The case officer had come to attend the funeral. As they talked Frank mentioned
that he and Sherry were going to drive back to their home in Portland.
Puthoff asked if they would stop in Palo Alto on the way up north which
Frank said he would do.
- Sherry and himself arrived in Palo Alto at a late hour
so they got themselves a motel room and waited until the next morning to
call Hal Puthoff who said he would be right over to join them for breakfast.
It was at least two - two and a half hours before they showed. Hal made
some excuse about having difficulties with either his mother or his mother-in-law
to explain the huge amount of time difference between "be right over"
and when he actually did arrive.
- During the breakfast Frank attempted to talk about Price
but each time he brought the subject up Puthoff put him off with "let's
wait until we get over to the house to talk about it".
- They followed Puthoff to his house in their car. Once
there his wife escorted them into what Frank described as "a small
library type room" while Puthoff excused himself. He returned in about
five minutes and then "proceeded to tell me that he research didn't
have anything to do with intelligence". Such agencies were not involved
at all, he insisted, and Pat certainly had not been involved with them.
So adamant was Hal that nothing was amiss at either SRI or in terms of
Pat's death that he telephone Los Angeles and put someone he described
as Pat's doctor on the telephone. This individual then explained to Frank
about Price's prior history of heart problems, assuring him that what he
had witnesses was a myocardial infarction.
- "It seemed apparent to me that someone had gotten
hold of Puthoff and told him to shut-up and not say anything to anybody
and to do his best to convince Sherry and I that there was nothing strange
about this whole thing and that he had been instructed to do so in a room
that could be tape recorded."
- Upon arrival in Portland, Frank and Sherry began to notice
strange clicks on their telephone. At one point, having answered it, the
party they were speaking to became momentarily disconnected and Sherry
overheard other voices engaged in a conversation about a tape running out.
Mysteriously she was again connected to the person she had originally been
- When they went out in their car the observed a white
van which seemed to be following them from time to time this culminated
in a breaking of their car wherein the material of a project that the Price
and Frank had been working on, unrelated to SRI, was stolen. It was at
that point that the beleaguered couple decided to withdraw from the field.
- The Kennedy Subcommittee 1975 (Biomedical and Behavioral
Research Hearings) got underway the year that Price died.
- By 1977 the MKULTRA hearings were again underway. Ever
reticent Stansfield Turner assured the assemblage that all was well with
the CIA now and that the agency had abandoned their internally subversive
programs. Like Hal the wayward computer in 2001, A Space Odyssey, who plotted
to destroy those he was to aid, "I am all right now, Dave."
- Here it is fitting we include a brief clip from the Chicago
Tribune dated August 13, 1977:
- "Washington. The CIA financed a project in 1975
to develop a new kind of agent who could truly be called a "spook",
CIA Director Stansfield Turner has disclosed. The CIA chief said that the
agency found a man who could "see" what was going on anywhere
in the world though his psychic powers. Turner said CIA scientists and
officials would show the man a picture of a place and he would then describe
any activity going o there at that time.
- The tight-lipped CIA chief wouldn't reveal how accurate
the spook was, butsaid the agency dropped the project in 1975. "He
died," Turner said, "and we haven't heard from his since."
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