The Violent Cult
Here is a remarkable statistic. Out of one list of 165 Scientologists, where a cause of death is known, no fewer than 90 died of suicide, murder, accident, or some other form of violence. The normal rate for accidents and suicides in the USA runs at 6.5 per cent. In a sample of 165 deaths, this would represent 11 individuals. Scientologists are eight times as likely to die from violence as the rest of the population.
It can with truth be described as a violent cult. But it is good at disguising its designs. As Hubbard said, and practised: “Get someone else to do your dirty work and stay in the background.”
A Swedish Scientologist, Hannu Hyttinen, was implicated in the murder of the Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme and a bombing campaign.
In 1982 the villa of the Swedish prosecutor Denckert was bombed and his son-in-law was killed. In 1983 several floors in the main tax office in Stockholm were damaged by a bomb. Later in 1983 the building of the Enforcement service was bombed.
In December 1983, one of the main-suspects, the Scientologist Hannu Hyttinen, was killed by a bomb in his apartment in Stockholm. He had been arrested for the bombings but had been released as there was not enough evidence to convict him.
GO [now OSA] in Stockholm visited him after the arrest and asked him questions on the E-meter. This was done in cooperation with a policeman who later was suspended from the force.
Hyttinen was working for the GO as well as for CCHR and was taking Scientology courses. Hyttinen’s friend, Lars Tingström, a client of CCHR, was jailed for the crimes but denied them until his death in April 1993.
Tingström maintained that it was Hyttinen who had made the bombs and claimed in his last statement to his lawyer that he knew who had killed Olof Palme in 1986. Tingström and Hyttinen were both friends of the main-suspect, Christer Pettersson, who died of suspected police brutality in 2004.
On 23 September 1976 police confiscated a cache of weapons in a temporary Church of Scientology headquarters in Dunedin (Florida) after the Scientologists abandoned the based, the Clearwater Sun has learned.
All but four of the weapons, found “about 60 days ago” in the King Arthur Courts condominiums off State Road 580 just west of U.S. 19, are being held by Dunedin police. State and federal authorities are investigating. The one weapon sent elsewhere was a short-barreled Mauser, which was turned over to the U.S. Treasury Department. Three others are apparently being held by U.S. Customs officials in West Palm Beach.
The Mauser, a German firearm introduced around the turn of the century and used extensively by German paratroopers during World War II, has been copied and widely used in other countries, including the United States. It is not illegal to own a Mauser, but federal regulations do prohibit “easily concealable” short-barreled Mausers, a Treasury spokesman said. Treasury’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms completed its Mauser investigation about three weeks ago and turned its findings over to the U.S. attorney’s office in Tampa, spokesman said.
Although sources said Treasury felt it had the evidence to support charges, Assistant U.S. Attorney Eleanor Hill, who received the Treasury’s findings, said Wednesday she had decided not to prosecute. She declined to elaborate on her reasons. Federal officials said the Mauser “in its present condition” was unacceptable for import under the National Firearms Act of 1934. Violation of the act carries a maximum penalty of 10 years’ imprisonment or a $10,000 fine or both.
A Scientology spokesman acknowledged today that 17 firearms had been imported through Customs at West Palm Beach in mid-November. The spokesman, who termed the “Mauser pistol” an 80-year-old collector’s item, said the weapons were taken through Customs by Scientologist John Danilovich and owned by various members of the cult.
Scientologist Kathy Heard characterized Treasury’s investigation as an example of the department’s harassment of the cult.
She said the weapons were privately owned by individual Scientologists.
“There is no prohibition in the church doctrine against hunting or target practice,” Mrs. Heard said.
From Shy David’s site: http://www.holysmoke.org/sdhok/death06.htm
There may be a link between Scientology and the Satanist David Berkowitz, known as “the Son of Sam” slayer because he claimed that Sam Carr’s dog (his neighbor) told him to murder. Apparently Berkowitz had in his possession the phone number of Flag Headquarters in Clearwater. In itself perhaps not significant. But Sam Carr had two sons, John and Michael Carr, who may also have been members of Berkowitz’s cult. Michael Carr was a high-level Scientology official and both John and Michael died under mysterious circumstances after Berkowitz was captured, Michael Carr in a mysterious automobile accident which suggested the vehicle had been tampered with and John in died February 1978 in Minot, SD. John’s death was ruled a suicide but is said to look “awfully hinky”.
“The Manson case is one good example of how such a group might operate.”
SOME CONVENIENT DEATHS
- Quentin Hubbard, an embarrassment to his father.
- Shawn Lonsdale, a critic.
- Khushroo Motivala, a critic.
- Remy Petit, a former member who gave evidence against OSA.
- Karen Simon, a critic.
- Susan Meister, an embarrassment to Hubbard.
- James Stewart, an embarrassment to Dianetics.
- David Sandweiss, murdered by GO in 1977.
- Flo Barnett, a danger to DM.
- Bud Fields, 1985, an obstacle to DM’s boat-buying ambitions.
- Congressman Leo Ryan, gunned down 18 November 1978 at Jonestown, Guyana, by a member of the People’s Temple; but he was also an early critic of LRH and Scientology and, according to a memo dated 21 December 1976, Mary Sue wanted him “handled”. http://www.lermanet2.com/idacamburn/handleleo.htm