In the late 1940s, Russian researchers kept five people awake for fifteen days using an experimental gas-based stimulant. They were kept in a damp environment to carefully monitor their oxygen intake so that the gas would not kill them, as it was toxic in high concentrations. This was before closed-circuit cameras, so they only had microphones and five-inch-thick glass porthole-sized windows to monitor them. The chamber was stocked with books, beds to sleep in, but no beds, running water and toilets, and fed all five of them for more than a month.
The test subjects were political prisoners who were deemed enemies of the state during World War II.
Everything was fine for the first five days; Subjects rarely complained (falsely) promised that they would be freed if they were presented for trial and did not sleep for 30 days. Their interactions and activities were monitored and it was noted that they continued to talk about the increasing traumatic events in their past, and the general tone of their conversation was on a darker aspect after the four-day mark.
After five days they begin to complain about the circumstances and events that lead them to the place where they were and begin to exhibit severe paranoia. They stopped talking to each other and alternately whispered with microphones and in a way showed Portholes. Oddly they all feel that they can win the trust of their peers, experimenters to keep other people in captivity. At first, the researchers suspected that it was the effect of the gas itself.
After nine days the first of them started screaming. He drove the length of the chamber repeatedly, screaming at the top of his lungs for three hours straight, he continued to scream but was only able to produce occasional squeaks. Researchers posted that she had physically torn her vocal cords. The most amazing thing about this behavior is how the other detainees reacted to it… or did not react to it. They kept whispering to the microphone until another of the captives started screaming. The two non-screaming detainees ripped apart the books, smeared the page with their own feces, and glued them calmly to the glass verandah. The screaming immediately stopped.
So Whispered to the Microphone.
Three more days passed. The researchers checked the microphones hourly to make sure they were working, as they thought it impossible that no sound could come with five people. Oxygen consumption in the chamber indicated that all five must still be alive. In fact, it was the amount of oxygen that five people would consume at a very heavy level of rigorous exercise. On the morning of the 14th day, the researchers did something in which they said they would not do it to get a response from the captives, they used intercoms inside the chamber to provoke any reaction from the detainees that scared or scared the vegetables. Were expecting
He announced: “We are opening the chamber to test the microphone, away from the door and will lie flat on the floor or be shot. Compliance will earn one of you your immediate freedom.”
To his surprise he heard a phrase in a calm voice: “We don’t want to be free anymore.”
A debate erupted between researchers and military forces funding the research. Unable to provoke any further reaction using the intercom, it was finally decided to open the chamber at midnight on the fifteenth day.
The chamber was filled with stirring gas and filled with fresh air, and immediately the microphone began to sound. 3 different voices started begging, such as pleading for the lives of loved ones to turn the gas back on. The chamber was opened and soldiers were sent to retrieve test subjects. They shouted louder than ever, and the soldiers watched while they were inside. Four of the five subjects were still alive, although no one could tell the state that any of them were in ‘life’.
The food ration of the last five days was not so much as touched. The dead test subject had pieces of flesh from the thighs and chest filled into the groove in the center of the chest, blocking the drain and allowing four inches of water to accumulate on the floor. Blood was never actually determined by how much water was on the floor. All four ‘living’ test subjects also had large portions of muscle and skin that were distant from their bodies. The destruction of the flesh and exposed bone on his fingers indicated that the wounds were inflicted by hand and not with teeth as researchers initially thought. A closer examination of the position and angles of the lesions indicated that if not all of them were self-inflicted.
The abdominal organs below the ribcage of all four test subjects were removed. While the heart, lungs, and diaphragm remained in place, most of the muscles attached to the ribs had been ripped off, exposing the lungs through the ribcage.
to be continued..
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