Candy Jones, Real name Jessica Arline Wilcox, was a beautiful American fashion model, pinup girl, writer, and radio talk show hostess, of the World War II-era, who claimed to be a secret agent of the CIA mind-control program for the U.S. intelligence services during the Cold War.
In 1972, Soon after her second marriage, she became the co-host of her husband’s all-night talk-show on WMCA in New York City. The show dealt with paranormal, UFO, and conspiracy theory claims. A few weeks after her marriage she claimed to be a secret agent of the FBI and told her husband that, she had worked for the FBI for some time.
She also claimed to be a victim of Project MKULTRA, the CIA mind-control program. Her claims created controversy in the 1960s. So how all that happened? and How a beautiful fashion model becomes a secret agent of the CIA mind-control program?. Learn in this article…
Early life of Candy Jones
Candy Jones was born on December 31, 1925, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Northeastern United States as Jessica Arline Wilcox. Although Candy Jones was born and raised in a wealthy family, her childhood was horrible and like an unpleasant dream. In her childhood, her parents divorced and her mother took Jones to live with her grandmother in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Her parents often fight, Jones’s parents physically abused her. Her father, on a home visit, crushed her fingers in a nutmeg grater and her manic-depressive mother beat her on the legs so badly that Jones had to wear thick stockings to conceal the welts. Her mother often locked her in dark rooms and did not allow her to bring friends home from school.
Inside these dark rooms, the defenseless little Jones developed a fictional family to keep her company and help her through her lonely days. She visualized her friends appearing in the dawn shadows of a large wall mirror. All the people of this imagined world faded away after Jones’s childhood, except one, “Arlene” an imaginary friend named to help through her lonely experiences.” Arlene’s personality was the reverse of Jones’s and had some of her mother’s properties. Arlene was tough and ruthless, cruel and sarcastic, and had an oppressive personality with a grating low voice, and was always trying to run things.
During her youth, Jones reported lucid, conscious thoughts of physical harm by her parents, and dark memories of physical abuse. These things affected her childhood as well as her youth. When her grandmother died, Her mother and she returned to Atlantic City, Her hometown, where she born, where the young girl’s life was uneventful, sheltered, physically harm, protected, and closely controlled by her father and mother started.
After graduating from high school, she won the Miss Atlantic City contest and pursued a career as a fashion model. As Jones grew into an attractive, statuesque young woman, her long blond hair, perfect features, and towering height about 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) made it easy for her to become a successful model. She finally changed her name to “Candy Jones”. She was a quick success, becoming a runner up for Miss New Jersey in the Miss America contest. Jones was able to parlay this into a hostess job at the main Miss America contest, and a successful career, and in the 1940s and 1950s, she was a famous model and one of the leading pinup girls. In 1943, within a month she appeared on 11 magazine covers, her face graced the covers of eleven major national magazines in a single month.
When Candy Jones met Dr. Gilbert Jensen
In 1945, during the Pacific campaign of World War II, while touring military bases with the United Service Organizations (USO), Jones fell ill with waving fever and malaria and was treated by a doctor in a special hospital in the Philippines, doctor who treated Jones told her that his name was Dr. Gilbert Jensen and claimed to be a young medical officer, but in reality, he was Dr. William S. Kroger, a psychologist at UCLA and was still alive when Candy publicized her mind-control claims. This experience was crucial for her life, with almost unfavorable consequences.
Donald Bain who was an American author and ghostwriter, also gave this doctor the alias “Gilbert Jensen” in his book. According to researcher Martin Cannon, who interviewed Candy Jones before she died in 1990, the “Marshall Burger” alias in Bain’s book who worked with Jensen on the Jones case was actually Dr. William S. Kroger, a psychologist at one time associated with UCLA.
Jones’s first marriage
In 1946, Jones married fashion czar Harry Conover, creator of the “cover girl” concept and one of the first model agents. They had three sons, and she continued modeling and opened her own modeling school next to her husband’s office and she began appearing regularly on NBC’s weekend radio news program “Monitor”. She also published books about glamour and fashion and about her experiences touring for the USO during World War II. However, her marriage was not a happy one and was destined to fail due to Conover’s being gay.
In late 1958, Conover disappeared without any note. Jones notified police about the disappearance, and Conover’s absence made the news. In 1959, when he returned after a long binge, Jones demanded divorce. After the divorce, she was left with custody of their three sons with $36, and considerable debts. She says she was in debt because when her husband disappeared, he withdrew all the money from their bank accounts.
Jones’s life after the divorce, In the 1960s
In the 1960s, Jones started working for NBC radio which assisted her to secure enough money to enroll her sons in a boarding school. During her work for NBC, 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 associate, a retired army general she knew from the South Pacific, dropped into her modeling agency and, in the course of casual conversation, asked Jones 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 associate, Dr. Jensen (the same person who had treated her in the Philippines when she fell ill, nearly two decades earlier), who was performing and leading a unit of secret agents for the CIA through mind-control experiments. He noticed Jones as an excellent candidate for recruitment.
Jones was a celebrity, a patriot, single, traveled for business, in need of money, and most of all, she was estimated to be sensitive to hypnosis. She already had an imaginary childhood friend “Arlene”, that he could build into a separate character, tough enough to endure physical pain and vicious enough to kill with her bare hands. Jones eventually joined Dr. Jensen’s “unit,” becoming one of thousands of CIA employees not listed in headquarters’ records.
Dr. Jensen became Jones’s control agent, and while he submitted Jones to hypnosis, using hypnotic methods and intravenous injections of highly experimental drugs, he found “Arlene” and developed her. He succeeded in bringing Arlene forward in Jones’s mind so that she could take Jones 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.
Her second marriage and Rediscovering of Arlene
After one-month dating, Jones married radio host Long John Nebel on December 31, 1972. They met decades earlier when Nebel was a photographer. Jones soon became the regular co-host of Nebel’s popular overnight radio talk show, which usually discussed different paranormal topics.
Rediscovering of Arlene by Long John Nebel
Nebel was the first person who noticed her strange behavior, according to Nebel, he saw that Jones showed violent mood, and at times, seemed to display a different personality. Nebel called this, a few moments of rudeness. ‘Her Voice’ usually vanished rather quickly, but the change was so severe from Jones’s usually polite behavior. One night she even tried to kill him in a military-style. One moment his wife was the most loving, sociable, and charming woman, and the next moment she becomes a wicked and cruel woman. By seeing Jones’s different personality, Nebel was frightened and distressed.
According to Nebel, she didn’t remember anything about her violent and strange behaviors once she comes to her original personality. When Jones claimed about her travels and said she works for the U.S. government, this uncertain behavior of his wife made him even more doubtful.
Nebel thought that Jones was cheating on him, so he proposed to help Jones treat her chronic insomnia through hypnosis in the hope to find out what’s going on throughout her secret travels. Nebel began hypnotizing Jones, however, he wasn’t found another man in Jones’s life, instead, he uncovered an alternate personality of Jones named “Arlene”.
During hypnosis, Jones described a lengthy, complex story of her being trained in a CIA mind-control program, often at west coast colleges and universities. She also said she had some conscious memories of her involvement in the mind-control program that began in 1960, she said, about the old USO associate (an unnamed retired army general) who asked her to allow the FBI to use her office as a mailing address to receive some letters and packages.
Finally, she said, she was asked to deliver a letter to Oakland, California on a business trip she had scheduled and agreed, and she was surprised to discover the letter was delivered to the same Dr. Jensen who had treated her when she fell ill in the Philippines nearly two decades earlier.
Jones said that Dr. Jensen and his associate, Dr. Marshall Burger (another alias) offered hefty amounts of cash if she was willing to engage in further plans; in their earlier meetings, Jensen had noted that Jones was an ideal subject for hypnosis. Jones agreed, she said, because her modeling school was faltering, and she wanted to keep her sons in their costly schools.
She also said about the hypnosis sessions done by Dr. Jensen, and how an alternate personality called “Arlene” was reportedly refined by Jensen, so that Jones would have no memory of Arlene’s activities. She also said about her trips to locations as far away as Taiwan. While hypnotized, Jones claimed that she was subjected to painful torture to test the effectiveness of the alternate personality.
Again with the USO, Jones visited South Vietnam in 1970; she later doubted her visit had some connection to a destructive attempt to free American prisoners of war from North Vietnam.
From the audiotapes of Jones speaking under hypnosis by Nebel
From the audiotapes of Jones speaking under hypnosis, Nebel stated all the above-mentioned details, 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.
However, the only proof of her involvement in the CIA mind-control program was the audio-taped conversations of Jones speaking under hypnosis by Nebel. This led many experts to conclude that the whole thing was nothing more than just a hoax by Nebel, who was quite famous for such acts on radio, while several psychiatrists claimed that Jones suffered from “alleged false memory syndrome.”
How Nebel and Jones’ claims gained notice and credibility?
A few years later in 1977, Nebel and Jones’ claims obtained more notice and credibility when it was discovered that the CIA had really 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, Project MKUltra was aimed to “develop a capability in the secret use of biological and chemical materials.” The motivation was also defensive, as the American government was worried during the Cold War that the Russians and Chinese had already developed weapons in this area.
As the project’s proponents said,
“The development of a comprehensive capability in this field of secret chemical and biological warfare gives us a thorough knowledge of the enemy’s theoretical potential, thus enabling us to defend ourselves against an enemy who might not be as self-controlled in the use of these techniques as we are.”
However, this still a fact that many theorists excuse each claim of Nebel and Jones at any point made, But there’s no uncertainty that the Cold War between the two extraordinary superpowers, the United States of American and the Soviet Union, may have not been the commonplace war yet at the same time had countless victims, with Candy Jones conceivably and possibly being one of them.
Colin Bennett writes
A few weeks after their marriage, Jones 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.
According to Donald Bain’s book
According to Donald Bain’s book, The Control of Candy Jones, Arlene was qualified to use explosives, to fight in close combat with improvised weaponry such as a hatpin, and taught about cover-ups and communications. She learned how to kill with her bare hands, how to resist pain, and how to deal with investigation methods. 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 mentions in his book that another piece of evidence comes up when “Jones accidentally held onto a passport of Arlene Grant: Jones 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, Dr. Jensen put a lit candle inside Candy’s private organs without her registering pain or fear in front of a full auditorium at CIA headquarters.
Bain reported that associates in Jones’ modeling schools asserted that Jones indeed had some puzzling absences – supposed business trips where little or no business seemed to be conducted. Bain also claimed that a tape-recorded message on an answering machine was left on Jones and Nebel’s home telephone number on July 3, 1973:
“This is Japan Airlines calling on oh-three July at 4.10 p.m. … Please have Miss Grant call 759-9100 … she is holding a reservation on Japan Airlines Flight 5 for the sixth of July, Kennedy to Tokyo, with an option on to Taipei. This is per Cynthia that we are calling.“
When Jones telephoned the number and asked for Cynthia, she was told that no one of that name worked at the reservations desk. Additionally, Brian Haughton notes that:
“There was also a letter Jones wrote to her attorney, William Williams, to cover herself in case she died or disappeared suddenly or under unusual circumstances; she told him she was not at liberty to reveal exactly what she was involved in. Bain wrote to Williams who confirmed this fact.“
Bain also notes that in 1971, an article by hypnosis expert George Estabrooks was published in Science Digest, wherein Estabrooks openly discussed the successful creation of amnesiac couriers of the type Jones claimed to have been.
Dr. Herbert Spiegel, a nationally recognized hypnosis expert, wrote the foreword to The Control of Candy Jones. Candy Jones is the subject of the Exit Clov song “MK ULTRA.” Donald Bain also writes, “Jones would be a messenger for the agency in conjunction with her normal business trips.”
Later Life of Jones and death
In the 1980s, Jones started living in Manhattan. She died of cancer on January 18, 1990, at Lenox Hill Hospital, when she was 64 years old.
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