“like a diabolical mad scientist at work in horror movie”
21 June 2015 - Behind the façade of a peaceful Georgian country manor hotel, nestling in 18 acres of rolling Herefordshire grassland, lay a dark secret involving a former medical director of the FBI which last week came to light at a medical board hearing in the US state of Virginia.
There, a shocked board heard how Dr John Hagmann, 59, a former army lieutenant colonel and president of Deployment Medicine Consultants of Gig Harbor, Washington, had allegedly carried out “macabre” experiments on US military students taking his courses.
He was accused of carrying out unethical procedures at his farm in Virginia and also at the Pengethley Manor Hotel at Peterstow, near Ross-on-Wye. The hotel is owned by Ex-Med UK, a company specialising in the sale of medical goods and providing medical support and training in “some of the world’s most challenging locations”.
There is no suggestion that Ex-Med was involved with Dr Hagmann or his company Deployment Medicine International, which has received millions from the US government for training soldiers and medical personnel.
The Virginia Medical Board was told that Dr Hagmann had inappropriately provided students with the hypnotic drug Ketamine and subjected two intoxicated students to “penile nerve block” procedures. Students were instructed to insert catheters into one another’s genitals and he was also accused of conducting shock experiments involving the withdrawal of blood from students which was later transfused back into their systems. Students also told of having holes drilled into their shins.
Dr Hagmann, whose antics alarmed top army personnel, was described by a House of Representatives committee member as engaging in abuse “like a diabolical mad scientist at work in horror movie”. His experiments with live animals, particularly pigs, were heavily criticised. read more>>>