The 1951 Pont Saint Esprit mass insanity event – was a town’s mass hallucination a bizarre ergot poisoning incident or did the CIA secretly dose an entire town with LSD?

1951 Pont-Saint-Esprit mass poisoning - bite in mouth

It began in August 1951 in a small, quiet village in southern France. Dozens of Pont-Saint-Esprit (or Pont St. Esprit) villagers developed fever-like symptoms, suffering hallucinations and exhibiting bizarre mannerisms. One man tried to drown himself, screaming that he was being eaten from the inside – by snakes. Another man believed he could fly and…

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