Candy Jones -
Hypnosis & Mind Control?
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The Spying Missions
In the beginning Candy's missions were simply to carry
messages, Jensen would phone her but rarely spoke, what
she normally heard was a sequence of electronic sounds which set off a reaction
within her. From this signal to her subconscious she knew that she had to call
Jensen, through a New York telephone exchange, at his office in Oakland, then
she would receive her instructions verbally.
In Autumn,1966, Candy took the first of her two, possibly
three, trips to Taiwan for CIA. She delivered
a letter and it seems the trip went well and she had a pleasant
stay. However, on her second trip to Taiwan, things were different and she was apparently tortured with
electrodes, perhaps to obtain extra information or even, as Bain suggests, as
part of Jensen's tests, in order to obtain real proof that he had created the perfect
messenger, who would not reveal secrets even under torture. The use of electrodes for torture is mentioned in Dr. G.H. Estabrooks
groundbreaking book Hypnotism, where he states that 15 volts of current would cause extreme pain, and 20 would be unbearable.
However, a good
hypnotic subject in deep trance could endure 60 or even 120 volts without much problem.
But Candy was unhappy with her occasional employment for
the government and wanted to leave, a difficult
thing to do under the circumstances. Jensen had much to fear - not only that Candy might
at some time expose the project, but the possibility that Candy
had picked up other confidential information along the way which would be
harmful to Jensen and those he worked for.
The Ultimate in
So Jensen planned to have Candy commit suicide. The date
and place were set, December 1972, in Nassau, in the Bahamas. It was to be, as far
as Candy/Arlene was concerned, another mission. She would receive a call at her
hotel in Nassau, and this call would bring
Arlene into action. But then, instead of picking up a letter to deliver, she would walk to a steep cliff overlooking the sea, and
Fortunately, it was not to be, Candy's marriage to Nebel on December 31,1972,
meant she didn't take the trip to the
Bahamas, although it seems this wasn't the end of Jensen's control over her.
Indeed, Candy thought she had been followed by the same man since early in 1972,
just after she told Jensen she was leaving for good. Bain also thinks it
probable that Jensen or the CIA had contacted Candy after
her marriage to Nebel. Nebel seems to have believed this, and told Bain that he was going to kill Jensen, but Bain
managed to persuade him against it.
A few years after Bain's book was published, in 1978, Long John Nebel died of cancer.
In July 1980 there was a gas explosion in Candy's apartment building in New York,
in which several residents were injured, Candy among them. She suffered a broken
neck and sued the landlord for $20 million and Consolidated Edison for $80
million in punitive damages. On 18th January, 1990, Candy Jones died of cancer, aged 64, at
Lenox Hill Hospital in New York.
Is this incredible story true? Were Lee Harvey Oswald,
Mark Chapman, James Earl Ray, and others indications that other 'doctors' like
Jensen were at work in America? In a recent article (see Sources below) Karl T. Pflock
suggests that the whole thing may in fact have been an invention, and that Nebel
induced false memories in his wife, and brought them out later to record on tape.
Bain's book was
based only on these tapes, Pflock says, so it cannot be relied upon. He even questions whether the tapes
ever existed at all. However, in the February issue of Fortean Times Bain
makes it clear that the tapes were heard on national radio and TV at the time of
the publication of his book, and that researcher and author John Marks had spent
a day with him listening to them.
Pflock also mentions a conversation author Jim Moseley had with Candy
where she told him she couldn't remember anything of these traumatic events. He
accepts that Candy could have delivered messages for the FBI and US military intelligences,
mentioning that at the time many Americans did so, and may have told Nebel about it. This
information, along with contemporary disclosures and rumours about the CIA's
ill-fated MK-ULTRA mind-control programme, the disturbing 1962 film The Manchurian Candidate,
and public concern about the 'Big Brother' style activities of the government, Pflock thinks
gave Nebel the idea to invent the whole Candy
Jones super spy story for his own profit.
He does suggest, as an alternative,
that Nebel, Candy and Bain may have been involved - though possibly not all three
intentionally - in a CIA or other
intelligence organisation disinformation project to persuade the
Soviets, Red Chinese or others that MK-ULTRA and other projects had succeeded,
and America did indeed possess super spies who could be controlled at will. However, there is still the additional evidence of the passport photo of
Arlene/Candy, and Bain's interview with Joe Vergara and the letter from William Williams,
detailing her worries about disappearing suddenly and her fears for her life.
These indicate, at the very least, that the whole thing was not an invention of
Nebel, and tend to point towards the general truth of Bain's book.
There is also some precedence for aspects of Candy's case. In
his book Poltergeist! (see Sources below) Colin Wilson describes the
multiple-personality case of Doris Fischer, investigated in 1910 by Walter
Franklin Prince. While Doris was serious and quiet, a second personality (there
were others who appeared over the years) called Margaret was lively and mischievous. While Margaret knew everything about Doris, Doris knew nothing about
Margaret until she told her, using her own voice. Another young girl, Christine
Beauchamp, was being treated by psychiatrist Morton Prince for general
depression and fatigue. He tried to hypnotise her but only succeeded in bringing
out 'Sally', a physically strong and sometimes malicious personality, almost the
opposite of the feeble Christine. When Christine travelled to New York to take a
secretarial job, Sally got off the train at New Haven and got a job as a
waitress. Again, the main personality Christine, knew nothing of what happened
while Sally was in control, but Sally knew everything that went on in
Christine's mind. He mentions too that the majority of multiple personality
cases begin with a bad shock - with Doris Fischer it was being thrown to the
ground at the age of three by a drunken father. Could Candy's double personality
have started with a traumatic experience such as her father crushing her fingers in
a nutmeg grater?
However it started, did the shadowy 'Jensen' bring out and
cruelly exploit this dual personality using mind control techniques for the
government and his own ends? Or is the whole supermodel-as-spy story sheer
fiction, more a product of the imagination of Long John Nebel than of something
sinister buried deep in the subconscious of Candy Jones?
Sources and Further Reading
Bain, Donald. The Control of Candy Jones. Chicago,
Playboy Press, 1976.
(Reissued in 2002 by Barricade books as The
CIA's Control of Candy Jones with a new introduction by Bain)
Bain, Donald. 'Bain versus Pflock'. Fortean
Times 167, February 2003, p47.
Bennet, Colin. 'Manchurian Candy'. Fortean
Times 148, July 2001.
Pflock, Karl T. 'Radio Control', Fortean
Times 165, December 2002.
Wilson, Colin. Poltergeist! A Study in Destructive
Kent, New English Library. 1982, pp 60-67.
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