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This manuscript is an attempt to chronicle the observations and direct participation of one man in the events that led up to a psycho circus of U. S. government sponsored drug abuse, ritual child abuse, political assassinations and cult worship in America. David Silvey wrote the manuscript. It contains a first-hand account of the interrelationship of activities and characters involved in MK-ULTRA (Manufacturing Killers Utilizing Lethal Tradecraft Requiring Assassinations), the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, and the infamous Zodiac murders in California.

Born in 1951, David Silvey grew up in Sunol, California, during a time when an unusual number of unsolved murders and “accidents” occurred in the community. Silvey met Bob Hemphill and Tom Pain – actual code names – in Sunol.

After the Korean War, Dr. William J. Bryan, psychologist and reportedly chief of all medical survival training for the United States Air Force, became a CIA consultant in the agency’s experimentation with mind control and behavior modification, code name ARTICHOKE. The Manchurian Candidate, a film directed in 1962 by John Frankheimer and starring Frank Sinatra, and later in 2004 directed by Jonathan Demme starring Denzel Washington, was based on MK-ULTRA and Project Artichoke.

Silvey participated in a meeting at the Santa Rita farm safe house in Livermore with Zodiac murder victim Darlene Ferrin. Ferrin was also present at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, at the time of Robert Kennedy’s assassination in June 1968. After Ferrin’s murder, Harry Martin wrote the following in the Napa Sentinel:

Ferrin also apparently knew her assailant, according to several witnesses, including Michael Mageau, who was shot along side of Ferrin on July 4, 1969. Ferrin is the key to solving the Zodiac murders. But she is also the key to proving that the Zodiac was a hoax: he was not a random killer – he killed for a purpose. Darlene had indicated that a big story would break in the newspapers around July 5, 1969. She had an argument with the suspect in a restaurant parking lot hours before she was killed, and the suspect followed her and Mageau to the scene where they were both shot.

While in the service at Fort Lewis Washington, Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland, Hanau in West Germany, and Phu Bai Republic of Vietnam, Silvey was repeatedly visited or contacted by Bob Hemphill, who represented himself as a CIA operative. Hemphill threatened Silvey, coerced him into drug and weapons exchanges, and forced Silvey to remail a Zodiac letter that Hemphill sent to him at Camp Eagle.

Biographical notes

David Silvey’s children published Project Artichoke in September 2010. In its current form, it is David Silvey’s journal. The book’s back cover contains more information about Silvey’s life:

David M. Silvey was born January 27, 1951 in Hayward, California. He served in Vietnam with the Screaming Eagles 101st Airborne Div. He was wounded in Ashau Valley and awarded the Purple Heart among other honor medals. A graduate of SJ State, Dave worked in security for Brinks, Wells Fargo and for many years as Charles Schwab’s Supervisor for Corporate Security in SF. In his later years he dedicated his time to instructing First Aid and Safety & Rescue Techniques. He was an educated man and despite what he endured in his lifetime he was a very happy man who loved to laugh. A terrific father and known to be a very good friend who took time to listen to what people had to say. Sadly, Dave passed away Dec 1, 2009, before this book was published.