The perfect deep-cover agent…is the one who doesn’t know he or she is an agent. — Telefon (1975)
The 1977 award-winning musical “Annie” introduced countless audience members to the term
Mike Wallace in Mickey Mouse History and Other Essays on American Memory referenced The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 3rd edition, for his definition of Mickey Finn:
Mickey Finn n. Slang. An alcoholic beverage that is surreptitiously altered to induce diarrhea or stupefy, render unconscious or otherwise incapacitate the person who drinks
Assailants surreptitiously lace victims’ beverages with the drugs to suppress their memory and eliminate inhibitions, though other delivery systems are also available, including pin pricks. Whether to rob or rape, slipping someone a Mickey is “almost like the perfect crime,” according to prosecutor Dennis Nicewander, “because they don’t have to worry about a witness testifying against
While the origin of the term Mickey Finn is unknown, its history traces back to at least 1832 with “the oldest of the hypnotic (sleep inducing} [sic] depressants, chloral hydrate,” according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Adminstration. “A solution of chloral hydrate and alcohol constituted the infamous ‘knockout drops’ or
Sedative hypnotics again made headlines in mid-1990s due to a huge increase of young adults and even children spiking drinks with so-called
Another drug commonly used by predators is gamma-hydroxy butyrate (GHB). In 2007 a popular children’s art supply made in China, Aqua Dots (sold as Bindeez in Australia which had been named toy of the year), was recalled when it was discovered that the beads metabolize into GHB when
Sexuality itself can also be altered in a variety of ways through the introduction of hormones or other substances, learning, and more recently genetic
British news agencies reported in January 2005 of a $7.5 million 1994 U.S. Military project to develop a
“The 1994 plans, from the US air force Wright Laboratory in Dayton, Ohio, were obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the Sunshine Project, which exposes chemical and biological weapons research,” writes
A hazardous drug that eliminates free will and can wipe the memory of its victims is currently being dealt on the streets of Colombia,” reports MailOnline. “The drug is called scopolamine, but is colloquially known as ‘The Devil’s Breath,’ and is derived from a particular type of tree common to South America.”
Stories surrounding the drug are the stuff of urban legends, with some telling horror stories of how people were raped, forced to empty their bank accounts, and even coerced into giving up an
[A Colombian drug dealer told VICE.com’s Ryan Duffy] that Scopolamine can be blown in the face of a passer-by on the street, and within minutes, that person is under the drug’s effect – scopolamine is odourless and tasteless. “You can guide them wherever you want,” he explained. “It’s like they’re a
The drug, he said, turns people into complete zombies and blocks memories from forming. So even after the drug wears off, victims have no recollection as to what
happened.…According to the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, the drug – also known as hyoscine – causes the same level of memory loss as diazepam.14
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1 Kevin Crosby, “Mickey Finn,” SkewsMe.com, at http://www.skewsme.com/mickeyfinn.html (retrieved: 22 October 2008).
2 Charles Strouse (music) and Martin Charnin (lyrics), “It’s The Hard-Knock Life,” Annie (Edwin H. Morris & Co. and Charles Strouse, 1977), based on Little Orphan Annie.®
3 Mike Wallace, Mickey Mouse History and Other Essays on American Memory (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1996), p. 133.
4 David Kidwell and Connie Piloto (Knight-Ridder Newspapers), “Dime-sized, $3 pill sends rape rates soaring,” The Seattle Times, 17 Feb 1996, p. A3.
5 Chloral Hydrate, U.S. Drug Enforcement Admistration, at http://www.justice.gov/dea/concern/chloral_hydrate.html (retrieved: 26 March 2011).
6 Nora Fitzgerald, K. Jack Riley, Ph.D., Tiffany Alston, Cynthia Mamalian, Michelle-Marie Mendez, Abbey Resnick, Bruce Taylor, Ph.D., and Jane Wiseman, “A Report to the Attorney General from the Department of Justice Drug-Facilitated Rape Working Group,” National Criminal Justice Reference Service, PDF at http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/pr/181396.pdf (retrieved: 26 March 2011); mirror at http://www.skewsme.com/img/attorney_general_date_rape.pdf (retrieved: 26 March 2011).
7 Across the Nation, The Seattle Times, 27 June 1996, p. A6.
8 “Toy contaminated with ‘date rape’ drug pulled,” CNN Cable News Network, 8 November 2007, at http://articles.cnn.com/2007-11-08/us/toy.recall_1_aqua-dots-julie-vallese-spin-master?_s=PM:US (retrieved: 26 March 2011); See also: “Spin Master Recalls Aqua Dots – Children Became Unconscious After Swallowing Beads,” U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 7 November 2007, at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml08/08074.html (retrieved: 26 March 2011).
9 “Misexpression of the white (w) gene triggers male-male courtship in Drosophila,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, June 1995, at http://www.pnas.org/cgi/reprint/92/12/5525 (retrieved: 22 October 2008).
10 “Male twins ‘can reduce fertility’,” BBC News, 17 June 2007, at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6755747.stm (retrieved: 26 March 2011).
11 “Chemical castration,” Wikipedia.org, at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chemical_castration (retrieved: 22 October 2008).
12 “US military pondered love not war,” BBC News, 15 January 2005, at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4174519.stm (retrieved: 26 March 2011).
13 Michael Smith (Defence Correspondent), “Pentagon planned love bomb,” The Telegraph, 15 January 2005, at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/1481260/Pentagon-planned-love-bomb.html (retrieved: 26 March 2011).
14 Beth Stebner, “The most dangerous drug in the world: ‘Devil’s Breath’ chemical from Colombia can block free will, wipe memory and even kill,” MailOnline, 13 May 2012, at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2143584/Scopolamine-Powerful-drug-growing-forests-Colombia-ELIMINATES-free-will.html (retrieved: 26 February 2013).
Drink Detective detects gamma hydroxybuturate (GHB), Ketamine and the more than 60 drugs in the benzodiazepine group that includes Rohypnol®, Valium®, Xanax® and Clonopin®, at http://www.drinkdetective.com/ (retrieved: 26 March 2011).
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