posted 05-15-2001 12:50 PM
Woman Learned How To Kill As A Child
Father Taught Her To Seduce Foreign
CLEVELAND, 11:24 a.m. EDT May 10, 2001 -- While
most children were playing on the playground, Cheryl
Hersha says that she was learning how to kill as a child.
NewsChannel5's Brad Harvey
reports that Hersha, a registered
nurse, tells a story of an abusive
military father who forced her
and her sister into a CIA child
spy program called MK Ultra. A
program at the height of the Cold
War involved mind control, torture, sex and murder.
"The military training began when I was about eight and
that consisted of teaching us weapons, knives, revolvers
and shooting," Hersha says.
Harvey reports that there were different names for
different personalities. The child prostitute was sexy
Sadie. That program turned into the black widow, which
was a seductress assassin.
A real life La Femme Nikita, Hersha, who now lives in
Arizona with her family, says that she would seduce and
then drug top foreign diplomats and then take them to a
"Sometimes he would be passed out and they would take
pictures and that would be enough to blackmail them into
compliance," she says.
But she never completed her missions.
She never pulled the trigger on her
victims. And because she didn't kill her
victims, WEWS reports that an assassin
was sent to take her out.
"And he got distracted and I got a hold
of the knife. And I did defend my life at that point and
plunged the knife into his neck," she says.
The memories were locked deep inside her brain for
about 10 years, surfacing after she had a child of her own.
She once believed that she was crazy. Nevertheless, she
contacted Ohio private investigator Dale Griffis. He
claims other MK Ultra survivors have contacted him with
Griffis says that after many hours of listening, he realized
that there was a pattern and overlapping data.
Griffis and Cleveland-author
Ted Schwarz teamed up for a
book based on Hersha's story.
Beyond the interviews, both
men admit that the evidence is
"There is nothing on record
that identifies this program by a name with "x" number of
children and identifies the people involved," Hersha says.
Shwarz claims that most of the documentation on MK
Ultra was destroyed in the 1970s, but he says that
Hersha's story is evidence enough. "At this point, what is
provable is so provable that what is not provable I do
accept," says Hersha. "I wouldn't ask anyone to believe
me straight up at face value."
Hersha and the authors warn that people are capable of
doing many things under the guise of patriotism.
"A lot of things are done in the name of patriotism under
circumstances that people think are right that in hindsight
are not. In hindsight they are the horrors of the damned,"
The CIA has acknowledged that there is a program called
MK Ultra, but officials insist that the group does not
The agency says that Hersha's accusations are without any