“Salinger” – Documentary… Open view at life of man who wanted Privacy… Right or Wrong?
In CONSPIRACY THEORY Mel Gibson’s character needs to have a copy of Salinger’s THE CATCHER IN THE RYE on him at all times or else he goes insane. At the time I thought this was just a meaningless plot device as the film is a lightweight romantic comedy for the most part…
But then I read a new conspiracy thriller novel titled THE NINTH ORPHAN which claims to merge fact with fiction. According to this book THE CATCHER IN THE RYE was a crucial part of the CIA’s vast mind control program MK-Ultra. It asserts that Salinger’s classic novel acts as a device to activate mental triggers for MK-Ultra brainwashed assassins. THE NINTH ORPHAN also covers J.D. Salinger‘s significant ties to the CIA and how the book was found on the men responsible for the assassination and attempted assassination of John Lennon and Ronald Reagan as well as Lee Harvey Oswald’s love of The Catcher.
Funnily enough Mel Gibson’s character in CONSPIRACY THEORY was a former CIA agent and an escapee from the MK-Ultra program.
Another thing I always found a little odd regarding THE CATCHER IN THE RYE is that it’s part of the curriculum and compulsory reading for high school students in the US and most Western countries. That seems more than a tad strange given the highly rebellious and anti-social nature of the book.
Another book worth reading is IN SEARCH OF J. D. SALINGER which also recounts Salinger’s experiences in the employ of various intelligence agencies, during and after World War II.