The Curious Case of the Sexy Secret Agent: Candy Jones (The Dark Secrets of the Project MKUltra)
The Curious Case of the Sexy Secret Agent: Candy Jones (The Dark Secrets of the Project MKUltra)

The Curious Case of the Sexy Secret Agent: Candy Jones (The Dark Secrets of the Project MKUltra)

Theodoros - April 3, 2018

The Curious Case of the Sexy Secret Agent: Candy Jones (The Dark Secrets of the Project MKUltra)
Candy Jones working for NBC Radio back 1961. Hilobrow.

Candy Becomes CIA’s Powerful “Weapon”

In the sixties, Candy started to work for NBC radio which helped her to earn enough income to enroll her sons in an expensive boarding school. Through her news interviews, she met people in the entertainment business, politics, and the military; many of whom she’d already known from touring with the USO. During this time, an old acquaintance, a retired army general she knew from the South Pacific, dropped into her modeling agency and, in the course of casual conversation, asked Candy if she would allow the FBI to use her office as a mail drop location. At the time, she thought of this arrangement as a simple patriotic undertaking, and so she agreed to deliver mail for the FBI when traveling on business.

Shortly thereafter, she was approached by another old acquaintance, Dr. Jensen, who was creating and managing a unit of undercover agents for the CIA through mind-control experiments. He considered Candy an excellent prospect for recruitment. She was a celebrity, a patriot, single, traveled for business, in need of money, and most of all, she was considered to be susceptible to hypnosis. She already had an imaginary childhood playmate that he could build into a separate personality, tough enough to endure physical pain and vicious enough to kill with her bare hands. Candy eventually joined Dr. Jensen’s “unit,” becoming one of thousands of CIA employees not listed in headquarters’ records.

The Curious Case of the Sexy Secret Agent: Candy Jones (The Dark Secrets of the Project MKUltra)
Candy Jones in 1967. Hilobrow.

Dr. Jensen became her control agent, and while he submitted Candy to hypnosis, using hypnotic techniques and intravenous injections of highly experimental drugs, he found “Arlene” and developed her. He succeeded in bringing Arlene forward in Candy’s mind so that she could take Candy over almost completely and send her on various experimental missions at home and abroad. This way he created a “perfect messenger,” one who could not reveal, even under torture, anything about the mission. As Arlene, she visited training camps, military bases, and secret medical facilities across America.

According to Donald Bain’s book, The Control of Candy Jones, Arlene was trained to use explosives, to fight in close combat with improvised weaponry such as a hatpin, and taught about disguises and communications. She learned how to kill with her bare hands, how to resist pain, and how to deal with interrogation techniques. As Arlene, she claimed to have visited many training camps, military bases and secret medical facilities across America, while her visit to South Vietnam in 1970 with the USO would later make her suspect that it had some connection to a failed attempt to free American prisoners of war from North Vietnam.

Bain also describes in his book that another piece of evidence surfaced when “Candy inadvertently held onto a passport of Arlene Grant: Candy in a dark wig and dark makeup.” Jones, however, claimed no recollection of posing for the passport. Arlene always carried lipstick that contained poison, which could be used to commit suicide if she were captured. According to Bain’s book, in order to demonstrate his work on “Arlene” in front of a full auditorium at CIA headquarters, Dr. Jensen put a lit candle inside Candy’s vagina without her registering pain or fear.

The Curious Case of the Sexy Secret Agent: Candy Jones (The Dark Secrets of the Project MKUltra)
Long John Nebel on the left during the early 1970’s. Radio GOLD Index.

Marriage to Long John Nebel and “Rediscovering” Arlene

In 1972, Candy married the popular radio show host Long John Nebel, after a one-month courtship. Nebel was the first person to notice her strange behavior. One moment his wife was the most loving, sociable, and charming woman, and the next moment she would become vicious and cruel. One night she even attempted to strangle him in a military-style manner. According to Nebel, she didn’t remember anything about her violent outbursts once she snapped out of the wild fits. What made Nebel even more suspicious about her unpredictable behavior was that his wife would often travel claiming that she works for the U.S. government.

Convinced that Jones was cheating on him, Nebel suggested to help Jones treat her chronic insomnia through hypnosis in hope to discover what’s going on during her “secret” trips. What he exposed, however, wasn’t another man but his wife’s alter ego — an extremely hostile woman named Arlene. From the audiotapes of Jones speaking under hypnosis, Nebel reported all the aforementioned details (in the second page), which Jones didn’t even recall. During her work with the CIA, Jones had the impression that she had occasionally delivered mail for her government, but she was not aware of her alter ego Arlene at all. After some time, her occasional employment with the government was no longer satisfactory and she decided to leave.

The Curious Case of the Sexy Secret Agent: Candy Jones (The Dark Secrets of the Project MKUltra)
Project MKUltra, also called the CIA mind control program painting. Sagacious News Network.

However, the only proof of her involvement in the CIA mind-control program was the audio-taped conversations of Candy speaking under hypnosis when questioned by Nebel. This led many experts to conclude that the whole thing was nothing more than just a hoax by Nebel, who was quite notorious for such stunts on radio, while several psychiatrists claimed that Candy Jones suffered from “alleged false memory syndrome.” A few years later though, Nebel and Jones’ claims gained more credibility when it was discovered that the CIA had indeed been running extensive mind-control tests and experiments under a program named Project MKUltra. The project was directed by the Office of Scientific Intelligence of the CIA and coordinated with the U.S. Army Biological Warfare Laboratories.

For over 20 years, the project aimed to “develop a capability in the covert use of biological and chemical materials.” The motivation was also defensive, as the American government was afraid during the Cold War that the Russians and Chinese had already developed weapons in this area. As the project’s proponents noted,

The development of a comprehensive capability in this field of covert chemical and biological warfare gives us a thorough knowledge of the enemy’s theoretical potential, thus enabling us to defend ourselves against a foe who might not be as restrained in the use of these techniques as we are.

Even though there are still many doubters who dismiss every claim Nebel and Jones ever made, there’s no doubt that the Cold War between the two great superpowers, the United States of American and the Soviet Union, might had not been the typical war but still had countless victims, with Candy Jones possibly being one of them.


Where Did We Get This Stuff? Here Are Our Sources

“Was This Blond Bombshell the CIA’s Secret Weapon?” Ozy. Theodore Karasavvas. 2016.

“Taking Control of Candy Jones.” Damn Interesting. Jason Bellows. 2006.

“The Control of Candy Jones.” Book. Donald Bain. 1976.

“Project Mkultra: One of the Most Shocking CIA Programs of All Time.” Today I Found Out. Melissa. 2013.

“Candy Jones – Hypnosis & Mind Control.” Mysterious People. Brian Haughton. 2003.