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April 26, 1983
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Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2010/08/27: CIA-RDP90-00552R000504830014-8 RADIO 1'! REPORTS, INC'. 4701 \MLLARD AVENUE, CHEVY CHASE, MARYLAND 20815 656-4068 CNN Headline News STATION WMAR-TV CNN Network DATE April 26, 1983 2:15 A.M. CITY Baltimore, Md. George Perry TOM MCGEE: A body recovered earlier this month from a New York State lake has been identified as that of a former General Motors executive. As CNN's Jeanie Most reports, the case that he makings of a major murder mystery. JEANIE MOST: How did George Perry get from New York's Hyatt Hotel to the bottom of Lake Tiradi (?), 45 miles away? Why did someone shoot Perry in the head three times and tie weights to his legs to sink the body? Well, police don't know what prompted the murder. At the time of his death, Perry was working as an international trade consultant for a Brazilian company. That involved worldwide travel, as did his previous job as an execu- tive for General Motors. Because Perry traveled abroad so much, he was occasionally debriefed by the State Department or the CIA, but the State Department has not confirmed to local authorities that Perry was working for the government when he was murdered. Nevertheless, state police investigators are looking into the theory that Perry wound up in Lake Tiradi because of intelligence connections. They are also checking into the possibility, however remote, that Perry might have been somehow involved in drug trafficking. Police do know that Perry checked into the Grand Hyatt intending to fly to Zurich, Switzerland. [Technical difficul- ties]. Perry's family reported him missing. His body was discovered by fishermen three months later. Authorities aren't even sure whether Perry was a good Mo,E Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2010/08/27: CIA-RDP90-00552R000504830014-8 Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2010/08/27: CIA-RDP90-00552R000504830014-8 guy or a bad guy. Right now they're leaning toward the good guy theory, figuring Perry was murdered either because he crossed someone or because he uncovered something. Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2010/08/27: CIA-RDP90-00552R000504830014-8 STAT ASSOCIATED PRESS 14 NOVEMBER 1982 Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2010/08/27: CIA-RDP90-00552R000504830014-8 Zlai1z Church Founder Planned Film on CIA Dreg Experim~ LOS ANSELES George Peters, the Church of Naturalism founder who was murdered at its '`oll, .'^_od Hills compound a Week. ago, had been l or an on a film in which he claM_d involvement in CIA cr;:g experiments, a newspaper reported Sunday. Tre Los Angeles Herald Examiner said Peters had for several years been work ng with church secretary Susan Shore on the film 2bout a Central Intelligence Agency mind-control program called MK ULTRA tat he claimed to have been involved in. "I was writing the story of his life prior to the founding of the church, when he was supposedly one of the people with whom the CIA was doing a lot of experimentation with drugs," Ms. Shore told the newspaper. "We were going to make a film that was going to expose what the government was doing back in the early 1960s." M5. Shore told the newspaper she began taking notes from Peters on MK ULTRA in 1977. Peters, 43, and church treasurer James Patrick Henneberry, 31, were found slain Nov. 6 in one of two houses in the church's barb wire-ringed, six-acre hilltop complex. Both had been beaten and shot. Police have made no arrests in the murders. The Church of Naturalism grew out of a 1960s drug counseling program Peters ran in Chicago. MK ULTRA was the last code the CIA gave to its experiments in using drugs, including LSD, to try to control human behavior. Tree program began in 1949 ands continued through 1964. According to congressional testimony in 1977 by former CIA, Director Stansfield Turner, the agency sponsored 149 projects on methods ranging from drugs to magic. Universities, foundations, hospitals, prisons and chemical companies performed the research, largely unaware the projects were sponsored by the CIA. The newspaper said Peters did not speak in detail of his involvement in the program until The New York Times exposed the program in August 1977. Peters reportedly outlined his connection with MK ULTRA in July 1981 in a symposium at the University of California at Santa Cruz, titled, "The Social and Cultural Implications of Consciousness Research." The Herald Examiner said Peters had claimed to have volunteered to be a subject in LSD experiments in 1957 while in the Navy. He also had said he was involved in two other CIA mind-control programs after his discharge from the Navy, the newspaper said. But the Herald Examiner also said it could not determine whether Peters had ever been in the Navy. Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2010/08/27: CIA-RDP90-00552R000504830014-8