During the mid-fifties and early eighties you could see rubber "shrunken heads" hanging from hot rod rear-view mirrors and in cool kids bedrooms. The idea of an irrational subconscious mind was entering the mainstream via pop culture. There were many movies about voodoo about Amazonian tribesmen who hunted each other for cranial trophies and great white hunters were chewed down to the bone by frenzied piranha fish if they dared ventured into the mysterious and deadly jungle.
During this decade a whole raft of weird stuff crept into our living rooms and onto drive-in theater screens.
Forbidden Planet had at is core, an irrational scientist named Morbius. He didn't know for years that he was a serial killer until the end of the movie when his "id" was finally exposed. Morbius could summon the psycho-kinetic power of a subterranean super computer with both his conscious and unconscious mind, sorta like tapping into the "force" in Star Wars. Then along came a more down-to-earth version of subconscious manipulation in the Manchurian Candidate.
In the image above you see the mind slave's mother, a cinematic version of a Monarch mind control handler. Below you see her husband at breakfast commenting that there are "more than 57 varieties of communists (you know, those commie "Reds" like ketchup) in the State Department. How's that for product placement?
Now to "tie" this story up with the man behind the curtain:
His name was Edward L. Bernays. He was Sigmund Freud's nephew. He was born in Vienna on November 22, 1891 and died in his home at Cambridge, Massachusetts on March 9, 1995 at the age of 103. Edward lived in New York and made his uncle "Ziggy" into a psycho-celebrity.
There are many victims of Monarch mind control, some were very famous: