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How a leading American fashion model came to be experimented upon by the CIA mind control team



How a leading American fashion model came to be experimented upon by the CIA mind control team

This Fortean Times article from 2001 describes the infamous case of Candy Jones, a fashion model who became a MKULTRA victim. It is one of the the most documented case of the fashion world mixing with mind control.

How a leading American fashion model came to be experimented upon by the CIA mind control team
Candy Jones

How a leading American fashion model came to be experimented upon by the CIA mind control team

To the world she was one of the most successful American fashion models of the 1940s – but she led a secret life as a Manchurian Candidate-style agent for the US intelligence services during the Cold War. Colin Bennett analyses this tale of multiple personality, conspiracy, hypnotic mind-control and fantasy life. Additional research by Bob Rickard.

On 31 December 1972, in the lavish apartment suite of a New York lawyer friend, the well-known 61-year-old radio presenter Long John Nebel married Candy Jones, 47, an internationally famous fashion model. The guests on this happy occasion certainly had plenty of things to talk about. The five men who broke into the Democratic National Committee Headquarters at the Watergate office building in Washington DC the previous summer were facing charges of burglary, conspiracy and wire-tapping. Already, there were rumours that this affair might go all the way to the White House. Though the guests were no doubt happy, the Vietnam campaign still had two years to run, and almost all Americans knew what the result was going to be.

Nebel was the Art Bell of his day, and his all-night radio show had an audience of several millions, but that night, his mind was not on Watergate or Vietnam. He had just married a woman whose face had graced the covers of 11 major national magazines in a single month in 1943. During the Pacific campaign in World War II, photos of Candy in a white polka-dot bathing suit adorned the interiors of ships, tanks, and foxholes.

It had been a lightning courtship – barely 28 days – so Nebel did not know his wife all that well. During the reception, he noticed a curious change come over her; within a very short time, she lost all her natural charm and exuberance. Her voice changed to that of another woman entirely and her normally fluid posture stiffened. Dining in the Ho Ho Chinese restaurant later that evening, Nebel noticed the transformation again; it was as if she were uncomfortable with the Chinese decor, wall-mirrors and candles.

While preparing for bed, Candy began speaking again in the voice Nebel had heard earlier. Even more alarming, this strange personality within Candy had a completely different attitude towards him; ‘she’ sounded cruel, mocking and cold. When Nebel asked her about it, Candy was astonished; she hadn’t noticed the emergence of another voice or personality.

However, a few weeks after their marriage, she did tell Nebel that she had worked for the FBI for some time, adding mysteriously that she might have to go out of town on occasion without giving a reason. This left Nebel wondering whether there was a connection between the ‘other’ personality within Candy and the strange trips she said she made for the FBI.

Candy was born Jessica Wilcox in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in 1925. She grew into a striking blonde, some six feet four inches (1.93m) in height. Her classic American ice-queen face was fashionable before the more accessible faces of Grace Kelly, Jayne Mansfield and Marilyn Monroe came about. Though she was brought up in a fairly affluent environment, her father and her manic depressive mother physically, if not sexually, abused her. (1) Once, her divorced father, on a home visit, crushed her fingers in a nutmeg grater, and her vicious mother beat her on the legs so badly that Candy had to wear thick stockings to conceal the welts. She was not allowed to associate with other children and was often shut in darkened rooms by her mother. It was within such rooms that the very young, panic-stricken Candy developed a family of fantasy figures to keep her company.

In her prison gloom, she visualised these characters appearing in the twilight reflections of a large wall mirror. The name of one of these magical friends was Arlene, and she was to figure crucially in Candy’s later life. Unlike the other figures of this imagined world, Arlene didn’t fade away with Candy’s childhood. As a secondary personality, she grew up and matured with Candy. Arlene’s personality was a sort of mirror-reverse of Candy’s. She had some of the characteristics of Candy’s mother: she was tough and ruthless, sarcastic and cruel, with a grating low voice, quite different from Candy’s own.

This was the voice that Nebel first heard on his wedding day. When she was herself, Candy was the most loving, sociable and charming of women; when she was Arlene, she could become dangerously vicious, even attempting one night to strangle her new husband in a professional military-style manner. Nebel concluded, not unreasonably, that the mind of his new wife had been grossly interfered with. Candy seemed to be mortally afraid of anything Chinese; she was also afraid of doctors, psychiatrists and dentists, all of whom used drugs of one sort or another. Drugs were what Candy was afraid of above all things; whenever drugs were mentioned, in any respect, Candy’s ‘protector’ Arlene would appear, to vehemently deny that such things should ever enter “her” (Candy’s) body.

Nebel discovered that the changes within Candy had a long history and their trail led right into the heart of an organisation that many of his telephone callers had been talking about for years: the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States of America. Nebel then took a grave risk: for many years, he had been an amateur hypnotist, and he decided to put Candy in a light trance, ask a few simple questions, and tape the results. There begins one of the most amazing tales of our time, as told in Donald Bain’s book, The Control of Candy Jones.

While touring military bases in 1945, Candy fell sick in the Philippines and was admitted to hospital in Leyte Gulf. There she met a Dr Gilbert Jensen (2), a young medical officer who gave her vitamin injections which probably saved her life, or at least her looks. Jensen left her his card and said he hoped she would write to him. Many years after this event she was to meet Jensen again, with almost disastrous consequences.

In 1946, she entered a rather loveless marriage to the tricky (and bisexual) fashion czar Harry Conover, who was jailed eventually for fraud. (3) The marriage ended in divorce, in 1959, leaving her with custody of her three sons and her own fashion business with an office in New York. Some time in 1960, an old acquaintance, a retired army general, dropped into this office and, in the cause of casual conversation, asked Candy if she would allow the FBI to use her office as a mail drop. She assented, and also agreed to deliver mail for the FBI when travelling on business because, at the time, she thought of this arrangement as a simple patriotic activity. She had no idea what she was getting into.

One of her first tasks for this (unnamed) general was to deliver a letter to a man in San Francisco while she was on business there. The man was Dr Gilbert Jensen, whom she vaguely remembered. She had dinner with Jensen in San Francisco on 16 November 1960, a day which was to affect the rest of her life. Jensen said that he now worked for the CIA and had an office in Oakland, across Bay Bridge. He said that if Candy wanted to, she could get far deeper into the covert Intelligence business, adding that it could prove lucrative for her. With three sons at private schools, Candy was short of cash and accepted.

The first thing Jensen did was to hypnotise Candy. In doing so, he found Arlene and developed her, using hypnotic techniques and intravenous injections of highly experimental drugs. He succeeded in bringing Arlene forward in Candy’s mind so that she could take Candy over almost completely. This done, he was able to send Candy (with Arlene’s voice and manner) on various experimental missions at home and abroad. Candy would change into Arlene in appearance too, wearing a wig and using a different make-up style. Jensen aimed to create a ‘perfect messenger’, one who could not reveal – even under torture – anything about the message she carried, where she came from or who had sent her.

This operation was vast and highly organised. Candy – as Arlene, the virtual zombie – visited training camps, military bases and secret medical facilities all over America. She was studied and trained in every aspect of covert action, including explosives, close combat with improvised weaponry, disguise and communications. She was taught how to kill with her bare hands, conditioned to resist pain, and shown how to counter interrogation techniques. She was shown off by a proud Jensen to the military on many occasions as an example of narco-hypnotic success: the perfect warrior. Jensen’s pièce de résistance was to demonstrate that his conditioning was so deep that Arlene would kill herself on command. An idea of the kind of moral values of the people involved here is illustrated by Jensen putting a lighted candle inside Candy’s open vagina without her registering pain or fear. He demonstrated this before 24 doctors in an auditorium at the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia.

Candy, as Arlene, was sent to Taiwan at least twice on test missions, delivering envelopes. There, she was tortured with electric prods to see if she would crack; she did not. Deeply perverted sexuality appears to have been an implicit element in the covert agenda. In episodes which are disturbing to read, she was frequently stripped, put to bed, drugged, hypnotised and tortured by various parties, including Native Americans on American soil. She was put onto medical examination tables, suffered Gestapo-like interrogations, and was sexually toyed with by women against her will. Sexual approaches were made under hypnosis by Jensen himself, but Candy appears to have fought him off.

Of course none of this was about fighting communism. It was more an example of what Churchill called “perverted science” operating in an old-style Intelligence regime. The hypnotising of Candy was a gimmick-structure like the ‘spin’ put on the American tactical and strategic failure in Vietnam: the infamous body-count, the village ‘pacification’ programme, the useless saturation bombing, and the use of defoliants. The Americans would have been better giving the Vietnamese free Japanese television sets and putting them to sleep the easy way. But perhaps we are dealing here with something more sinister than a failed Cold War weapons system. The system might have failed against the Communists, but did it fail when it turned its head against the American State itself? Mark Chapman, Sirhan Sirhan, John Hinckley, James Earl Ray, and Lee Harvey Oswald are said to be evidence that there were other ‘Jensens’ at work in America.

Jensen knew he was taking terrible risks; he could not be sure whether Arlene wouldn’t put in an unplanned appearance at any time in Candy’s everyday life. Despite his precautions, this, of course, happened, otherwise nothing would be known of her experiences; Candy had no idea that she had been elsewhere or had done anything different from her normal round, apart from her visits to Jensen and to deliver mail. That was all she knew; the rest was a blank. After her adventures and tests were over, Jensen took her out of trance, and her conscious life became a seamless robe once more.

We only know this story from the audio tapes of Candy speaking under hypnosis and being questioned by Nebel. When Candy herself heard these tapes, she could not believe that she herself had undergone the experiences that Arlene described. From many tapes over a number of years, author Donald Bain skilfully constructed a complex four-character play between Arlene and Nebel, Jensen and Candy. Arlene is an abstraction in the head of Candy; Nebel is substance and Jensen is a shadow-figure. This drama was heightened by increasing external evidence that Jensen did indeed exist and was certainly engaged in the kind of activity Candy described. By the mid-70s, Nebel had terminal cancer and, distraught over Candy’s terrible victimisation and the suspicion that Candy had secretly seen Jensen several times since their marriage, thought of exacting revenge. He told Bain that he was going to kill Jensen, but Bain managed to dissuade him.

As a prototype for later books such as Cathy O’Brien’s Trance Formation of America and Annie McKenna’s Paperclip Dolls, Bain’s book is a brilliant achievement. Scorning a popular commercial framework, he spent a considerable amount of time extracting Candy Jones’s story from hundreds of cassette tapes. His approach was to juxtapose the abstract world in Candy’s head against John Nebel’s deepening questions, cross-referenced by the shadow-figure of Jensen. The tale went back over many years, but lacked the voice of Jensen himself; information about him and his intentions had to be reconstructed from one side of the dialogue only. Although he was only a shadow persona, Nebel was convinced that there was enough external evidence to show that he was more substantial than Arlene.

A more difficult problem was the removal of the many blocks placed, like layers of ancient brickwork, inside Candy’s mind by Jensen. Nebel tried posing as Jensen when questioning the entranced Candy; however, Arlene often noticed this tactic and warned Nebel that she knew he was tricking Candy. Arlene herself liked Jensen, whereas Candy did not. Nebel fared better when he pretended to be her alter ego, Arlene. Candy was far more comfortable talking to ‘herself’ in this way and, revealed much information about Jensen’s activities.

Donald Bain suggests that Candy, as Arlene, carried out many more experimental missions for Jensen than ever were discovered. He checked out her office attendance hours throughout the 1960s with her business manager. Over a period of 10 years, she was frequently absent under the cover of business trips on which it appeared no business was done. Fragments of these trips emerged under hypnosis, such as one occasion when she said that she carried a gun for Jensen.

Bain ends his book with a cliffhanger. Despite finally accepting treatment from straight doctors, Candy misses her Jensen fix, and becomes a secret junkie for her Arlene transformations. She tries to hide her attempts to contact Jensen and the CIA from Nebel. But what worried Nebel more, before he died, were the attempts by the CIA and Jensen to contact Candy. Her adventures apparently took place between 1960 and 1971, but Bain declared that he could not be quite sure they had ended.

The courageous Nebel (right, with George Adamski) died of cancer soon after Bain’s book was published, still without the answers he sought about his wife’s secret life. He drew some consolation from the fact that, for a brief historical moment, he had torn the mask off the hidden controllers of America. In a similar way to other glamorous figures, Candy Jones entered unwittingly into that mysterium of power which forever belies the conscious social-democratic view of nature and society. If Jane Mansfield fell prey to the forces of schlock consumerism, and Marilyn Monroe was a victim of high State intrigue, Candy Jones was certainly a casualty of the interface of the American Intelligence and ultra-right medical/psychiatric establishments. Both these national sectors were a vital part of the burgeoning American military-industrial complex which was flexing its new-found muscles in the 1950s and 1960s. (4)

Even in adult life, such high-profile women as Candy Jones remain fairy children, like the junior mannequin Jon Benet Ramsey, or Sylvia Plath. (5) Candy was chosen, most probably, not only because she was found to be very easily hypnotised (6), but because also she was one of the early prototype media-dolls. America first gave birth to this brood, and all its assassins share similar characteristics. American culture is still the main generator of the controls and designs of the world’s dream-machine, and its consumer products, like television, are doll’s house furniture. As dolls, such characters are more system-animals than human, and all kinds of experimental processes and changes occur within the hinterland of these two states, making the half-trance their natural condition.

It could well be that Jensen was conducting the first experiments in mythological engineering as part of the emerging MKULTRA (7) programme. Candy’s first husband had already made her into a super-doll, something that Jensen could work on. Bain’s conclusion is that Jensen’s work was within and for the Intelligence sector; but Jensen may have had an altogether more sophisticated agenda. If Candy represents the innocent imagination, suspended somewhere between the worlds of Jules Verne and George Adamski, Jensen represents the evil side of science. This is the dark world of Auschwitz which, as we know, was run as a joint-stock company by scientists, doctors, and corporate industrialists.

The artificial creation and manipulation of media-sirens may have been his primary objective. Like Monroe, Candy could therefore have been part of the early-middle development of what the American armed forces now call ‘non-lethal weaponry’. Perhaps Big Brother, like the coal-miner, has become an industrial relic; and perhaps Orwell was wrong and Huxley was right. Limitless cheap pleasure, not pain or suffering, is to be the ultimate weapon used in breaking the will of a population, without a drop of blood being shed.

Donald Bain shows that when sex and glamour are mixed with conspiracy and science (in this case experimental narco-technology), a ‘reality’ is enthroned which begins to look like a cover from the kind of science-fiction magazine both Jensen and Nebel must have read in their youth. On these covers, beautiful female bodies are snared and entangled with wires, consoles and aerials, well-endowed girls in torn blouses run from clanking cyberclones, and lizard-like figures wield hypodermic needles.

Long John Nebel must have wondered, at some point, just how close to such covers his life with Candy had become. For many years, sleepless New Yorkers had heard Nebel’s late-night callers rant about the very things that the entranced Candy described. As soon as Nebel heard the voice of Arlene, he entered the world of trance-state America. It is a world in which exit wounds become entrance wounds, and in which Jack Ruby’s last hours as a free man remain as enigmatic as the last phone calls of Marilyn Monroe… or the mysterious travels of Candy Jones.

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I'm just going to play devil's advocate here because I can't understand how they could send a gorgeous 6' 4" woman on covert missions. Wouldn't she be instantly noticed?



Thanks for the very interesting and informative article. I am a newbie in this area of thought and understanding, so please bare with me! I have one question with regards to the above which I hope you or someone else will be able to clarify. The article details how Arlene is impossible to crack under significant torture methods, so I was just wondering how Nebel was able to get her to talk through light hypnosis? From my understanding, Arlene wouldn't have revealed anything to him as she was taught to keep her mouth shut.

Very Impressed

MK Ultra programming is not a perfect process. Look up “MK Glitches” and you’ll see how something like this could have happened.


I have one major problem with this article. How was it that she came to be in the company of Native Americans? They aren't exactly "the elite" in this country and as far as I now haven't had the best relations with the United States Military or Covert Ops. Can you cite a source for that please? I am highly offended by this statement considering that most tribes are not allowed off their reservations and were generally treated horribly and suffered the worst form of segregation in this country. The only thing that this country had to do with Native Americans was subjugation and genocide. Why would they trust them with one of their most secret covert operations. I'll admit that a few tribes, the choctaw and navajo, were used in the world wars for code talkers, but really if you can't cite a source or at least define the tribe, please remove that libel from your article. It is racist, unfounded, and seems completely impractical. How did she end up in Native American Custody on United States soil?

Not Impressed

From all of these breathtaking details the most prominent detail that stuck out to you was her being in the company of Native Americans? That’s ridiculous and you’re clearly another mind controlled idiot in denial.


Great stuff VC. As the post above explained, it's not just a battle in the physical world. There is a big spiritual aspect to this as well. And the Bible predicts and discusses all of these things (demon possession, hearing voices, etc.). Do not be deceived.

Here is an article about Katy Perry's new single "E.T." and the occult/alien deception message in it:

God bless.


Oh well, it could be true or it could be false, we'll never know. But what puzzles me is why use her? She's famous, appeared in magazines, even if she wore wigs when changing into her other personality, she'll still be easily recognizable. She has a very distinct face.

GOD's child

well this doesn't surprise me at all but i don't find this as just as a mind control thing. From what i know which is the truth is that this is an example of a person being demon possessed. Now plp can be demon possessed in many ways and one way is when a person summons a demon from hell which is what happen in Candy's case. When she went to her meeting with the man she had noooo idea that he deals with does things and that he was going to do it to her when she accepted the job. So that person or as plp would like to sayher other personality was a demon actually.T his is why when her demon would awake in her to do the jobs require Candy would not remember anything cause its as if her spirit was put to sleep. So yes plp mind control exist but its the demons who are the one controlling the plp . Of course there are plp who don't believe in these things such as psychiatrist and other plp who don't believe in demons or know about such things existing. But they do exist plp and some… Read more »

Essential Truth

& This was in the 60's…imagine what these people are capable today in 2011!

They can probably bring an Arlene out from the most sane people among us.


Very sad I can't wait til God returns and wipes the devil and evil off the face of the earth.

Hey check this out

04:06 PM ET Share this on:Facebook Twitter Digg reddit Mixx MySpace StumbleUpon Share Comments (173 comments) Permalink Tweet Jesuits pay record $166.1 million in child abuse case By Michael Martinez, CNN (CNN) The Society of Jesus' Pacific Northwest unit and an insurer have agreed to pay a record $166.1 million to about 470 people who were sexually and psychologically abused as children by Jesuit priests from the 1940s to the 1990s, the victims' attorneys said Friday. Blaine Tamaki, an attorney in Yakima, Washington, described the payment as "the largest settlement between a religious order and abuse victims in the history of the United States." The Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus is now in federal bankruptcy court in Portland, Oregon. Its insurers will pay $118 million and the Jesuits' Pacific Northwest province will pay $48.1 million, Tamaki said. "The $166.1 million is the largest settlement by a religious order in the history of the world," Tamaki said. "Over 450 Native American children – infants, toddlers to teenagers – were sexually abused repeatedly, from rape to sodomy, for decades throughout the Northwest. Instead of teaching these children how to read and write, Jesuit priests were teaching them distrust and… Read more »


OMFG this article gave me chills and reminded me of these two clips Lady Gaga uses in her shows. Notice she refers to herself as "Candy" in both of these. Very freaky and very sad!


More pop culture 'candy' here, too:


Check THIS out – Model inspired by Disney characters.

Stef says that her ADHD leaves her dreamy, thinking a lot, and in her own world. When people-watching on the street or train, she can make up a whole story about their life, "even if it's not true."


well, i just read what you wrote…and im surprised that this kind of thing does not raise more awareness. most people will think you are crazy when you try to write about things you remember and memories and such.

i always get sleep paralysis too…..sometimes i can control myself and i have been wondering about astral projection…

just read the karen mulder article again….it makes me feel sort of tranced just reading this stuff…


yeah ive had a few out of body experiences occur during my sleep paralysis and have tested out how "real" it is….I tried turning on my computer while in this state once….and when I snapped out of it and was back in my body and fully awake sure enough my computer was booting up!

Don't think so

Nah ^^


I believe you, I’m quite disturbed to read about Karen Mulder as well. I have studied psychology in university and learned about repressed memories of abuse and trauma. At age 21, after doing MDMA, I had a memory come to my consciousness recollection for the first time about being sexually abused as a child. I 100% knew that it was all true for many reasons and it knocked the wind out of me. I understand how D.I.D. works and how a childs mind can compartmentalize the memories of abuse/trauma simply to survive. My own experience has made me realize that multiple personality disorder or dissociative identity disorder is very real. Child predators intentionally create this disorder in children through trauma to avoid being caught. It’s a sick world we live in folks. Let’s not bury our head in the f-----g sand let’s face it. It’s the only way to fight it, for us and for the safety of our children.


@NEWcreation wow.. Im even more intrigued by ur storiesl lol…anyway thanks for sharing. I still want to hear more if u have time.


I always have time but not sure exactly what more you would like to hear?


6'4? damn that's a big b---h.


right!!! she should be on the hardwood not the runway 😀


the part about how dr. jensen would show her off at military camps was particularly upsetting for me… especially about how he burned a candle in her vagina. so incredibly cruel, inhumane, sad… what kind of person is proud to do this to a human? what is wrong with people?


You make me sad. *shakes head*


don't waste your time being sad because i made an offensive joke.


This one really nails it, VC.

The sad and horrifying part is that we only find out about a few of these victims, decades later, and we know there are thousands (if not millions) more out there somewhere. Not always glamorous, beautiful or anything more than "average people"…but they have been savagely abused by the wealthy elite, military and "other" criminals of the mind control industry.


The next time anyone says you are "crazy" for believing these things (after many long hours of research and fact-finding, of course lol), just remind yourself how completely insane our world really is, and then maybe rethink your definition of "crazy".

Is it really that much of a stretch to consider that there are people so evil that they would do these things to innocent people (victims) and enjoy it immensely?

Seriously?! 🙂


I agree…read my post above about my brother for instance!


check out Karen Mulder's story as well….


There was a famous model by the name of Karen Mulder in the 90's. Part of the "Supermodel Pack". She had a melt down/nervous break down on television and claimed that her father and high ranking official abused her and preformed ritual abuse on her. I don't know if I am allowed to post the link but in case it doesn't show up, just Google "Karen Mulder monarch" and you will see that this is still going on today.




wow man!!! i wonder why men arent mind controlled…why doesnt this technique work on men?


and i really like how it says they used her cocaine addiction as an excuse…NO her cocaine addiction further proves someone was manipulating the poor girl…sometimes i feel like you gotta have a shitty childhood to be famous.


…which leads to a few scary implications…

Like "would any sane person want to be famous?"

and "who chooses whom becomes famous…and how?"


Because women have a higher pain tolerance than men. So it is easier for them to get to the point to where they can dissociate into another alter/personality.


Actually there are male mind-control victims, however like MelaninandElthelHair said, women have a higher tolerance for pain, and they are more likely to disassociate than men will.


I hadn't heard anything about this Karen Mulder story until I read it in these comments, and I was really intrigued by it. Today I watched the video she made just before her "breakdown" – it's here:

Not a lot of obvious symbology in it to my mind, at least not by comparison to the Rihanna/Britney/etc videos you see today (though the transformation thing is still the basis of the video)… but I really did wonder why on earth the stage was such a funny shape. Have you ever seen a stage that shape before in your life?

Well, whaddaya know?


i went to summer camp with her son chris-if you’re out there chris please contact me lee


sometime i read blogs on here, it is so unbelievable to me. its to great thanks for sharing this.


Apologies, I just realized where this article came from and contacted them. Please forgive my temper. It's just that to me this seems unfounded and completely ridiculous considering how relations and racial sentiments were at the time.

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