In this exclusive interview, we delve into the harrowing story of Steve Smith, who in 1968, embarked on a hitchhiking adventure as an 18-year-old, only to find himself entangled in a nightmare of incarceration, experimentation, and abuse. After a reckless decision led to his arrest, Steve ingested two tabs of acid, leading authorities to misinterpret his drug trip as a mental breakdown. Consequently, he was placed in Ontario's infamous Oak Ridge mental health facility.
At Oak Ridge, Steve found himself among dangerous criminals and under the control of the sinister Dr. Elliot T. Barker. Over eight months, Steve and other patients were subjected to brutal and unorthodox experiments involving various drugs, abuse, and torture.
Following his release, Steve struggled with the aftermath of his Oak Ridge experience, leading to years of incarceration and a return to the facility. However, he eventually turned his life around, becoming a successful entrepreneur. As he investigated his past, shocking revelations about Dr. Barker, Oak Ridge, and Canada's dark history of mental health treatment came to light, raising questions about the true intentions behind the facility's methods: Were they trying to cure psychopaths or create and control them?
Steve Smith (MKUltra survivor), once an unwitting participant in one of Canada's darkest chapters of mental health treatment, has transformed his life from a series of harrowing experiences to a tale of resilience and hope. Though never considering himself a writer, Steve felt compelled to share his story, initially through a series of online forum posts. These posts have since been revised and expanded, substantiated with documentation, and form the basis of his account of life at Oak Ridge and beyond.
Steve's story has also been mentioned in Jon Ronson's book, The Psychopath Test, which investigates the mental health "industry" and supports Steve's suspicions that his Oak Ridge experiences were likely tied to the CIA's top-secret MKUltra mind control program, spanning the 1950s to early 1970s in the USA and Canada.
Rather than identifying as a victim or survivor, Steve sees himself as a messenger, driven by the desire to hold those responsible accountable and to honor those who did not survive their ordeal. Today, Steve is semi-retired, successfully running a plastic fabricating business. He resides on British Columbia's Sunshine Coast with his wife of twenty years and their beloved dog, Lyla. Through his story, Steve Smith serves as a testament to the human spirit's ability to overcome adversity and find redemption
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