Patients were subjected to high-voltage electroshock therapy several times a day – forced into drug-induced sleeps that could last months and injected with megadoses of LSD.
After reducing them to a childlike state – at times stripping them of basic skills such as how to dress themselves or tie their shoes – Cameron would attempt to reprogram them by bombarding them with recorded messages for up to 16 hours at a time.
First came negative messages about their inadequacies – followed by positive ones – in some cases repeated up to half a million times.
‘He couldn’t get his patients to listen to them enough so he put speakers in football helmets and locked them on their heads’ said Johnson.
‘They were going crazy banging their heads into walls – so he then figured he could put them in a drug induced coma and play the tapes as long as he needed’.
Along with intensive bouts of electroshock therapy – Johnson’s grandmother was given injections of LSD on 14 occasions.
‘She said that made her feel like her bones were melting’.