13 Sep: Escape of the Drug Guru

The ‘High Priest of LSD’, Timothy Leary, made a daring escape from the California Men’s Colony on September 13th, 1970. A prominent counterculture figure and advocate for psychedelic substances, Leary had been incarcerated for possession of marijuana – and was labeled ‘The Most Dangerous Man in America’ by Richard Nixon.

His escape was orchestrated by the Brotherhood of Eternal Love, a drug trafficking organization, and the Weather Underground, a far-left Marxist militant group. They provided Leary with a cable to scale the prison wall, a getaway car, new clothing, and false ID papers; then bungled him off to Algeria in the care of the Black Panthers.

In this episode, Arion, Olly and Rebecca consider Leary’s famous slogan, ‘Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out’; explain how his controversial LSD experiments at Harvard were legitimately concerning to the academic system that initially supported him; and reveal what Susan Sarandon did with his remains at Burning Man…

Further Reading:

• ‘Will Timothy Leary’s papers turn us on to LSD?’ (The Guardian, 2011): https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2011/jun/18/timothy-leary-papers-sale-lsd

• ‘Nixon’s Manhunt For The High Priest Of LSD In ‘The Most Dangerous Man In America’’ (NPR, 2018): https://www.npr.org/2018/01/05/575392333/nixons-manhunt-for-the-high-priest-of-lsd-in-the-most-dangerous-man-in-america

• ‘Dr Timothy Leary’s Ranch’ (ABC News, 1967):

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