I just came across an article from Gothamist.com with the headline: “Toxic, Hallucinogenic ‘Zombie’ Plant Growing On Columbus Ave” https://gothamist.com/news/toxic-hallucinogenic-datura-zombie-plant-growing-columbus-ave?fbclid=IwAR1sR0rySNR71PkC2ZoJDgzFYIZB-4bBKku4JcejV-6iJWs0RS6qQDenAeo
Just thought I would take a moment to discuss Conly’s books and the connections to Jimsonweed AND the article’s mention that the infamous Dr. Mengele was purported to use the plant to induce zombie-like states in people – states that made them subject to obeying the will of those who drugged them.
On a minor scale, Conly refers to Jimsonweed as a dangerous plant located near Mr. Ages’ home in Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, however, on a larger scale, this provides possible clues to Conly’s inspiration for the drug used by Dr. Schutz, the former Nazi scientist who is working to create a bioweapon that will make millions of people, well, zombie-like masses that will follow the people who have created it (I have to hold back some details here in case anyone might decide to pick up the book and would like to enjoy the suspense.) Dr. Mengele is also possibly a reference for another character in the book, Dr. Schutz’s assistant, who is clearly a sadist who enjoys inflicting pain on the child who is held captive in the testing facility. Want more details? Well, that’s all in my thesis. Check out the chapter on A Report from Group 17. The book is no longer in print, but can be found for sale with used booksellers. There’s also a signed first edition of the book, if anyone would like to buy it for me. (Just kidding… maybe)