Candy Jones, originally known as Jessica Arline Wilcox (December 31, 1925 - January 18, 1990), was an American fashion model, writer and radio talk show hostess.
In the 1940s and 1950s she was a leading model and pin-up girl, and afterwards established a modeling school and wrote several books on modeling and fashion. In 1972, Jones married the popular radio show host Long John Nebel (he was her second husband), and became the co-host of his all-night talk-show on WMCA in New York City. The show dealt with paranormal, UFO, and conspiracy theory claims.
Controversially, Jones claimed to be a victim of the CIA mind-control program, Project MKULTRA, in the 1960s.
Early life and career
Candy Jones was born to a well-off family. Jones reported vivid, conscious memories of physical abuse by her parents, and that she had vague memories of sexual abuse in her youth. She was shuttled between relatives, and her mother, Jones insisted, often kept her cloistered or locked in dark rooms. As a child, Jones said she had an imaginary friend named Arlene to help through her lonely episodes.
She grew into an attractive, statuesque young woman who was very tall, about 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m).Changing her name, she pursued a career as a fashion model. 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
contest, and a successful career. She was one of the leading pin-up
girls of the World War II era: in one month in 1943, she
appeared on 11 different magazine covers. America
During a lengthy United Service Organizations (USO) tour in the Philippines, Jones fell ill in 1945, and was treated by a doctor who was still alive when Candy publicised her mind-control claims; Donald Bain gave this doctor the pseudonym "Gilbert Jensen". According to researcher Martin Cannon, who interviewed Jones before she died in 1990, the "Marshall Burger" pseudonym in Bain's book who worked with Jensen on the Jones case was actually Dr. William Kroger, a psychologist at once time associated with UCLA.
In 1946, Jones married fashion czar Harry Conover, one of the first model agents. They had three sons, and Jones says she didn't realize Conover was bisexual until some years into their marriage. She recognized some people might consider this naive, but Jones insisted her abusive childhood had made her wary of intimate relationships, and though she had many suitors, she was rather sexually inexperienced when she married. She reported that Conover initiated sexual activities with her very few times, and only when he was intoxicated.
Without notice, Conover disappeared in late 1958. Jones notified police, and Conover's absence made the news. When he returned after a long binge, Jones sued for divorce in 1959. After the divorce, she was left with $36, and considerable debts.
Jones opened a modeling school, and she also began appearing regularly on NBC's weekend radio news program Monitor.
Second marriage and radio career
1972, Jones married radio host Long
John Nebel after a one-month courtship; they had briefly met decades
earlier when Nebel was a photographer. Jones
was soon the regular co-host of Nebel's popular overnight radio talk show,
which usually discussed various paranormal topics.
Shortly after their marriage, Nebel said, he noted that Jones exhibited violent mood swings, and, at times, seemed to display a different personality. Nebel called this "The Voice ... a look, a few moments of bitchiness." The Voice usually vanished rather quickly, but the change was so drastic from Jones's usually pleasant demeanor that Nebel was startled and distressed.
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."
Nebel began hypnotising Jones, and uncovered an alternate personality named "Arlene". Under hypnosis, Jones related a lengthy, elaborate account of her being trained in a CIA mind-control program, often at west coast colleges and universities. Jones and Nebel eventually recorded hundreds of hours of these hypnotic sessions.
Jones said she had some conscious memories of her involvement in the mind-control program: it began in 1960, she said, when an old USO acquaintance (an unnamed retired army general) asked to use Jones' modeling school as a mailing address to receive some letters and packages. Jones agreed, she said, out of a sense of patriotism.
Eventually, said Jones, she was asked to deliver a letter to Oakland, California on a business trip she had scheduled. Again, Jones reported she agreed, and was surprised to discover the letter was delivered to the same Dr. Jensen who had treated her in the
nearly two decades earlier. Jones said that Jensen and his associate, Dr.
"Marshall Burger" (another pseudonym) 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 private schools. Philippines
During hypnosis sessions, an alternate personality called "Arlene" was reportedly groomed by Jensen, so that Jones would have no memory of Arlene's activities. Jones allegedly made trips to locations as far away as Taiwan. While hypnotized, Jones claimed that she was subjected to painful tortures in order to test the effectiveness of the alternate personality. Donald Bain writes, "[Jones] would be a messenger for the agency in conjunction with her normal business trips."
Again with the USO, Jones visited South Vietnam in 1970; she later suspected her visit had some connection to a disastrous attempt to free American prisoners of war from North Vietnam.
Jones's and Nebel's claims were first made public in 1976 (in Donald Bain's The Control of Candy Jones, published by Playboy Press). Nebel apparently accepted his wife's claims, and openly discussed killing Dr. Jensen in revenge. However, Nebel was a prankster and a hoaxer of long standing and as he was not above hoaxing his radio audience, some of whom doubted the recovered memories of Candy Jones's past were genuine. Later skeptics[who?] would argue that an alleged false memory syndrome was a more plausible explanation.
Several years later, Jones' story gained more notice after the public disclosure of MK-ULTRA in 1977.
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 writes that another piece of evidence came forth when "Candy inadvertently held onto a passport of 'Arlene Grant': Candy in a dark wig and dark makeup". Jones says she had no memory of dressing up in such an outfit, or of posing for a passport in a different name.
Bain also claimed that a tape recorded answering machine message was left on Jones and Nebel's home telephone number on
July 3, 1973:
"This is Japan Airlines calling on oh-three July at ... 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.
BaiN speculates that "Cynthia" might have been a code word for "
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 corroborated 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."
The story of her mind control claims was featured in an episode of Dark Matters: Twisted But True in a segment entitled "Sexy Secret Agent".
Books by Jones
Make Your Name in Modeling and Television, Harper and Brothers, 1960
Between Us Girls Harper and Row, 1966
Just for Teens , Harper and Row, 1967
Modeling and Other Glamour Careers, Harper and Row, 1969
Candy Jones' Complete Book of Beauty and Fashion, Harper and Row, 1976
More Than Beauty: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Modeling World, Harper and Row, 1970
Bain, Donald. (1976)The Control of Candy Jones,
Playboy Press. Chicago
Bennett, C (2001-07-01). "Candy Jones: How a leading American fashion model came to be experimented upon by the CIA mind control team".Fortean Times. Retrieved 2008-10-16.
Cannon, Martin. "The Controllers: A new hypothesis of Alien Abduction."
Candy Jones page at hypnotism.org
Hypnosis Comes of Age, George Estabrooks, Science Digest, April 1971
"Modeling and other glamour careers". Retrieved
8 November 2011.
Bain, Donald. The Control of Candy Jones, Playboy Press, Chicago, 1976.
Kroger's Hypnoosis and Image Conditioning, 1976
by Hugh Manatee Wins
Fri Feb 06,
William Kroger was an expert in hypnosis who worked with the Los Angeles Police Department and, it seems, the
CIA according to Martin Cannon who
interviewed Candy Jones (stage name of Jessica Wilcox) before her 1990 death.
According to Cannon, Jones identified Kroger as a partner of the un-named
doctor who programmed her to be a CIA
courier and endure torture testing from 1960-1972 as described in Donald Bain's
1976 book, 'The Control of Candy Jones,' based on audio cassettes of her under
regression therapy hypnosis sessions conducted by her husband who was
originally just trying to relax her to deal with insomnia when she slipped into
a trance state and an aggressive alter identity came out.
According to Cannon, Jones identified Kroger as a partner of the un-named
Multiple sessions with Candy from 1973-74 gradually revealed what had happened to her after the FBI asked to use her office as a maildrop and then put her in touch with a doctor in Oakland, California who had treated her in 1945 when she got sick on a USO tour. This doctor used drugs and hypnosis on her and even programmed her to eventually commit suicide, an end thwarted by intervention.
That same year of Blain's expose, 1976, William S. Kroger and William D. Fezler published 'Hypnosis and Behavior Modification: Imagery Conditioning' as a guide to hypnotherapists on how to cure a handful of the most common ailments brought to them by patients, a benign use of this too-easily weaponized science which was used on the patsy, Sirhan Sirhan, for the murder of Senator Robert Kennedy in 1968....
In a Chicago Tribune (June 7, 1959) article, Dr. William Kroger wrote about a flashing light mind control device, “New Device To Induce Hypnosis Developed. Dr. Kroger had tested the use of flashing lights on 200 obstetric patients at the Edgewater hospital in
The article said, “The pulsing pattern in reality an electronic brain wave
‘achieves control’ of the brain’s alpha rhythm, thus inducing a drowsy state,
according to Dr. Kroger.” “The apparatus…operates on the principal of
subliminal and photic stimulation of brain waves…about 30 per cent of the
subjects who had received no explanation or had no knowledge of what the brain
wave synchronizer would do were hypnotized to various degrees.” Chicago
By 1969, Tulane University of New Orleans was at least a decade ahead into producing trances and dissociated states with flashes of light.
“It seems to me perfectly in the cards that there will be within the next generation or so a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing…a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda, brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods.”ALDOUS HUXLEY, quoted in John Marks, The Search for the Manchurian Candidate: The
Mind Control, (1980)