In History of Man, L. Ron Hubbard wrote: “Cancer has been eradicated by auditing out conception and mitosis.” (1975, 20.) This statement was not amended in his lifetime and so remains Scientology scripture.
As medical problems such as heart attacks and diabetes are generally neglected, both by staff and by public Scientologists, deaths from general medical causes are included in this category.
A for Anonymous Addict of Vianden, Luxembourg, who died of an overdose three days into a “cure” for which he had paid Narconon 250,000 francs.
A for Anonymous Allison X is said by Corydon in his book almost to have died on the purification rundown.
A for Anonymous Carol X, Sea Org member, died of breast cancer c.1980. She was flown back to England in a dying condition to avoid bad PR at Flag.
A for Anonymous Chuck (with a Polish surname) who had just completed KTL and LOC in L.A. and
died in a fatal car crash on his way back to Florida.
A for Anonymous death at Flag: a second-generation Scientologist, a married woman with a family, went from Sacramento, CA to Flag for the high-level auditing called NED for OTs. She became so distressed and upset that she kept calling her mother: “Come do something to help me.” She couldn’t travel because she was too ill. No-one made any effort to help her. She died and the autopsy disclosed a ruptured pancreas. Brown McKee’s testimony, Clearwater, 1982.
A for Anonymous Ex ED Tokyo – died of cancer. OT.
A for Anonymous Federica X, aged 33, of Torre dell’Orso, Meledugno, Italy, who died 11 October 2002. She complained of stomach pains while at a Narconon center, a few days later she was dead.
A for Anonymous Gabriella who died from cancer on Solo NOTs: probably Gabriella Bramucci.
A for Anonymous Geneva Scientologist who died in 1995 of neglected ovarian cancer. Her Scientology doctor was accused of second-degree murder.
A for Anonymous Judy X of CMU who died about 1996 of cancer. “We were not allowed to hold a funeral service for her. She told the MLO that she got cancer because she wanted to escape the suppression.”
A for Anonymous Luigi, a restaurant owner in Brescia and OT 8, who had died of a heart attack.
A for Anonymous Man. who died in 1989 in the boiler-room of the Fort Harrison Hotel, Clearwater, Florida, of CO poisoning. The boiler-room was used as accommodation by the RPF’s RPF, the most incalcitrant of the prisoners in the punishment squads.
A for Anonymous Mother, new OTV, who died of cancer in 2007 in her mid-60’s. She felt her cancer was caused by the constant stress laid on her by the church.
A for Anonymous Mr Rogers of Vancouver, B.C., who was auditing away on OT VII at home in 1989. Since all OTs believe that their ailments are only caused by spiritual factors or other beings, he neglected to get any medical attention even when he experienced extreme dizziness, pains in the chest and along the arms and trouble in breathing. But since all disease at the OT VII level is wholly explained in the mind of Pre-OTs as unflat OT V, he continued to audit daily and never called the doctor. He then had a major and FATAL heart attack.in November or December 1989. A few hour later, Irene, his wife, a very active OT, returned home and discovered his lifeless body lying on the floor amidst his solo NOTS worksheets (she was an OT VII completion herself). She carefully hid them and avoided any mention of it to the police …”
A for Anonymous New OT VIIIs: “It has been well hidden by the church that several people died shortly after completing New OT VIII. Three people who were in their early 50’s died of cancer, months after completing New OT VIII. As a result, the New OT VIII C/S was RPFed.” (Source: Cornelius Krasel.) New OT VIII came in in 1986, with Freewinds. Who were these three people?
A for Anonymous OT who died in the 90’s with cancer. Broke her leg and found cancer.
A for Anonymous OTVIII with breast cancer.
A for Anonymous Scientologist in Washington state who died on the purification rundown. This is probably Christopher Arbuckle.
A for Anonymous heart victim and witness to Hubbard’s medical wisdom: he went to Flag when it was on the ship because he had a heart condition. One of Hubbard’s prescriptions for that is vitamin E. He came back a broken man and died two or three months later. And the autopsy showed his stomach to be filled with undissolved Vitamin E capsules. Brown McKee’s testimony, Clearwater, 1982.
A for Anonymous Trina from Denmark who died from cancer; she was on Solo NOTs.
A for Carl Anderson, the voice of Jesus Christ Superstar, husband to Mohammed Ali’s ex wife and voice of several LRH and Scientology songs such as “Song Of The Bard” from the “Joy Of Creating” and Hymn Of Asia on CD and live concerts all over the world. A non-Scientologist who regularly and openly declared his love for LRH but could not reconcile that love with the sometimes harsh treatment he received at the hands of Gold and Int execs during his involvement with Golden Era Productions and so never became a Scientologist. Carl also contracted leukemia and died in 2004. Carl Anderson was a Celebrity in every sense of the word, someone who was much respected and loved by Gold Musicians and Scientology public. Yet, his illness and death were hushed up at int and again no grieving was spoken of or encouraged. I remember Denise Friend receiving an invitation to and showing a desire to attend a memorial service for Carl and, well you can guess the outcome.
A for Carrie Alkins a juvenile diabetic, did the Purif under the supervision of Dr Gene Denk, developed a detached retina and, despite several eye surgeries, has been blind ever since.
A for Christopher Arbuckle, 25, of Portland, Oregon died 26 October 1991. He was taking a Scientology “Purification Rundown” which involved extreme exercise and vitamin megadoses. He died of liver failure and his parents filed suit against the church. Scientology (Western Division) quickly settled a wrongful death case with his family. A former member of GO/OSA recently reported that he stole all the court records from Portland Oregon’s three counties to cover up this case.
A for Konrad Aigner – died 11 August 1997 from multiple organ failure attributable to the Purification Rundown. See separate article on this site.
A for Miguel Arguello 1941-2005, an accomplished realist painter and a beautiful person, who died of cancer of the mouth. He was on Solo Nots (or OT 7). He was a great artist, from Spain, who had lived in Sweden, the UK and the US (per Arthur Dent).
B for Allen Buchanan – Sea Org, died 1992, quite young. Perhaps mercury poisoning.
B for Antonella B. – Italy – Solo Nots auditor with advanced cancer March 2010.
B for Ariel Bingham, New Zealand, who died of cancer circa 1981.
B for Carlos Becerra who was murdered in Mexico just few days after he finished his 6 months check.
B for David Butterworth (61) who died of cancer in the fall of 2007.
B for Dorothy (Dot) Barton, an OT 5 who died of cancer in her mid to late 40s.
B for Edward Brewer: “Ed Brewer was involved in a car accident. Several other Sea Organization or Scientology Staff members were in the car with him. They left him in the car to bleed to death while they went back to the Scientology organization to talk to the people in the intelligence division, because they didn’t know what to do.” Their priority was to avoid creating a public relations flap for Scientology. They failed to call for medical help. Brewer bled to death pinned in his car. Source: FACTNet. http://www.holysmoke.org/cos/ed-brewer-death.htm
B for Ellie Blankenship – OT Ambassador, who died at Flag of cancer in 1999 (or 1997) aged 55.
B for Enid Byrne registrar at AOLA for some 30 years, who had cancer, survived, and then got liver cancer and gave up. Died 2002 in her late 40s-early 50s. Some claim she went to the beach, took all her clothes off and drowned herself.
B for Gabriella Bramucci (55) an Italian lady who died of metastatic breast cancer in 1997. She was readmitted to hospital on 6 August 1997 and died within a few months. Her former husband, Dino Michieletto, found out by accident two months later. He blamed her death on Scientology which discouraged her from getting effective treatment and treated her with touch assists. In 1998 Dino Michieletto and the journalist of the “Gazzettino” were sued for libel, slander and for violating the law on discrimination, hate and violence for racial, etnic and religious reasons by the President of the Church of Scientology – Padua. But on July 9th, 1999. Michieletto has a long legal history against Scientology, and he never lost once.
B for Gord Blakeston, public in the Detroit area. Routed off-lines (actually thrown out of the building on to the street) after coming out of the closet, by the acting E/O who used to be a male prostitute. Gord died of AIDS in the early 1990s.
B for Griffee Blythe, ex-Sea Org, who died 28 June 2008 (or 2009?). Cause of death said to be alcohol abuse. She had been out of the Sea Org since 2004. Is her sister Bitty married to DM’s brother, Ronnie?
B for Hans Benakee (sp?), who died of an untreated seizure in front of Scientology staff.
B for Jean-Luc Barbier (Swiss) who complained of medical neglect in 1994: “After my purification programme I became very sick with my throat and the C/S gave me a lot of assists without results… In fact now I cannot continue to play the saxophone and teh flute and I have a chronic inflammation because I had receive no adequate medical assistance.”
B for Jens Bogvad, long-time Sea Org member, was Executive Director Tokyo Scientology Org when he contracted cancer. He was finally sent home to Europe to die. HEW Whitfield Affidavit, 247
B for Jeroen de Bruijn (25), Dutch, died of cancer in 2004.
B for Lisa B. – Italy – Solo Nots auditor with advanced cancer March 2010.
B for Louie Belucci, 74, who died of complications of diabetes
B for Melanie Bruemmer who died of ovarian cancer in 1989. She was Class IX and Senior C/S Foundation at the San Francisco Org, I/P Solo Nots
B for Pat Bloomberg, 55-65, a Sea Org member at AOSH ANZO (Australia-New Zealand), a very heavy smoker who died of lung cancer. She was declared a Suppressive Person (SP) after her death.
B for Patty Barragan who died of cancer; she was on OT 5.
B for Peggy Bankston was an original Sea Project/Sea Org member who worked on board the Avon River in Las Palmas, in early August 1967, as Flag Banking Officer and Hubbard’s personal Finance Officer. She was Class 6, Upper Level OT3 auditing. In late 1967, she got ill, left the ship and died, of untreated skin cancer. HEW Whitfield 250.
B for Rex Boler – Cancer
B for Roberto B. – Italy – Solo Nots auditor with advanced cancer March 2010.
B for Sonia B. – Italy – Solo Nots auditor with advanced cancer March 2010.
B for Vicki Ann Benham who sued the Dallas org for injury during the Scientology Purification Rundown, where one takes massive amounts of vitamins (medical tests prove that Niacin in excess can cause liver damage), and many hours of exposure to extreme heat. (Benham v. CoS Celebrity Center of Dallas No. 91-08216) Settled out of court in 1991.
C for Alice Miller C. who died in 1998 from untreated breast cancer while receiving auditing at the Org in Cincinnati OH. When it was diagnosed she broke with her husband Casper who committed suicide in his car in 1996. Her married name was probably Labuschanger q.v.
C for Barbara Clarke, OT8,died of cancer.
C for Bernard C. – Switzerland – Solo Nots auditor with advanced cancer March 2010.
C for Bob Cobb, New Zealand, cancer circa 1995.
C for Camilo Child, OT 5, who attempted suicide few months after he got a review at Flag.
C for Cathy Cariotaki who died February 2007 from cancer
C for Chris Currier who may have suffered brain damage in car accident ?? Did both brothers die?
C for Don Currier– ED in Boston 1976 or 1977, OT 7 (maybe OT 8). who died of brain cancer.
C for Ellen Carder an American Scientologist in the early 1960s who had cancer and went to England for advanced auditing. Hubbard told her that if she studied the Clearing Course and then applied the auditing techniques to herself to achieve the State of Clear, her cancer would be cured. Ellen started on this course of action. However she died in June 1966 at Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, England – from the cancer. HEW 252.
C for Giuliano Cocchetti who had a stroke just after having attested OT 8, then committed suicide.
C for Luigi Confliti: he didn’t speak much English and was denied medical treatment by Scientology when he really needed it.
C for Mark Chambers, the KTL supe at Stevens Creek, who started having bad health problems, ended up in a wheelchair, probably after a double amputation as his circulation was horrible from years of smoking and just bad health habits–perhaps diabetes. He kept on as a staff member, but the ED got him offloaded as the idea of a ‘cripple DB’ in the org on staff was completely out-PR to her. She was pretty brutal about that sort of thing and had made sarcastic comments about fixing the org’s elevator, because only downstats would need it–and that was not worth putting money into. He died after he was kicked off of staff. To make matters worse a few years prior to this, his wife really went off the deep end mentally. Many suicide watches and handlings with the DSA, and last I heard she was still in terrible shape. She also had been a staff member for years.
C for Mick Cottee, aged about 50, who died 2010 of bone cancer, in Australia. He had been out for some years.
C for Nancy Clitheroe, died of cancer “young and with children”.
C for Pat Caid – died in 1977 of a brain tumor. He was an auditor in the Las Vegas Org who got transferred to Celebrity Centre of Los Angeles, was told in 1977 by a doctor in Los Angeles he needed to get a brain tumor removed but was told the doctor was a suppressive person and so instead of surgery he decided to get auditing. Soon afterwards he keeled over in his living room and died.
C for Robert Clark, early 80’s; he was tech sec fdn. in the Adelaide Cof S and had throat cancer. He had been undergoing such treatment as being locked in all night because his stats were not up. He had been coerced into leaving his wife and selling some of their property to send money to Flag. Bob developed the cancer in the Org before he left.
C for Sadie Craig died in about 2002. “She was diabetic, went blind and lost her kidneys. She tried to handle stuff naturally but she was convinced to do the treatments which gave her more years of life to see a great grandchild. She lived in dialysis for 5 years till it no longer worked, she got MRSA and then medical system refused her medical insurance. Shipped her to hospital that did not know her history and she did not get treatment till it was late. She died in her sleep. I guess that is the best way to go.”
C for Sally Esterman or Chaleff was a Sea Org member who died of cancer and the Sea Org mind-set, in January 1987. “Scientology took her from top model to wasted in a short time.” She developed cervical cancer, which in 99% of cases is curable if caught early. Sally never received regular PAP smears or mammograms, and by the time she reported her condition, the cancer was terminal. She worked until she became too weak. She was then put into a convalescent home near the Scientology Complex in Los Angeles, where she lived for over a year. The room she was in and her sheets, towels and night clothes, were filthy. She had no visitors, not even her Scientology husband, Mitch, who worked nearby. He said she was lazy, that she allowed herself to get ill so as to shirk work. “She was doing very badly. And when visited, she said, “Well, I’m just here to die now. That is what I have been told. I’m just here to die.” HEW 239 ff.
C for Sherman F. Craig – died 5 February 2010 of a massive stroke. The church put him into great debt. When he was in the assisted living they took all his funds on account and sent him the BASICS without permission. By then he was over 80.
D for David Butterworth, a member of OSA, who died late fall 2007 of cancer at age 61. He left a wife Maggie and a son.
D for Dennis Dubin, new OT8, was in his early 60s when he died of prostate cancer in early October 2007 (or 2008?). “Scientology helped him to die.”
D for Eugene (Gene) Denk, MD, died of throat cancer in the 2000s; like Hubbard he was a smoker.
D for Jocelyne Dorfmann, 34, died in the Narconon centre at Grangey-sur-Ource, Dijon, France, of untreated epilepsy in 1984. She was taken off the medication that controlled her epilepsy. When she had seizures, they assumed it was withdrawal symptoms. The center was closed and charges filed.
D for Katie Harrold DeCosin, died of untreated breast cancer in 2002 age 48. Purification Rundown and Auditing were supposed to cure her. They didn’t.
D for Lindy Duncanson who died of cancer. “She declined treatment, believing auditing would fix it.” An OT VIII — field auditor, sister of Bruce Hines (Int staff) who was not allowed to visit his sister or attend her funeral. He is now declared and disconnected from his nieces who never forgave him for his absence at that time. They did not know he was held prisoner at Int.
D for Mariette Dryer, Universe Corp NOTS Auditor, 1992 cancer.
D for Patrick W. Desmond, 28, who was not a Scientologist, but died on 20 June 2008 while in the care of Narconon of Georgia of ethanol and morphine poisoning. http://groups.google.com/group/alt.religion.scientology/msg/ef540104adc78f3e
D for Tasa D. – France – Solo Nots auditor with advanced cancer March 2010.
D for William J. Downey III– cancer. Co$ is the cause, not the cure.
E for Cindy Scott English, from Ontario, Canada, died 1981. In one version she broke up with her Scientology boyfriend to start an affair with a male-model/co-worker; was routed off-lines and died of leukemia (or perhaps AIDS) four years later. Former E/O; cancer treated with auditing.
E for Dick Eastin, 2008. Got cancer a couple of years after completing OT8, SO at AOLA many years.
E for Mike Eves, died 21 February 2009 in Los Angeles, lung cancer.
E for Natalie Ellis, on staff at Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, California, died of colon cancer on 20 April 1994 at Harbor UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California. According to her ex-husband she didn’t get proper medical attention early enough. According to another source she believed auditing would cure it. Smoking may have contributed.
E for Paride Ella, 22, of Grassobio, Bergamo, Italy, died February 19, 1995. Just beginning Narconon treatment, he endured 5 days of agony including vomiting and diarrhea consistent with multiple organ failure. He was taken to a hospital and died. A victim of the Purification rundown.
E for Randy Emery, staff at Sterling Management, died of a suspected brain tumor. He was on the OT levels and a class IV auditor.
E for Sally Esterman: see C for Chaleff
F for Betty Filisky who was the first Solo Nots completion after its release in 1986-87, and went on a world tour. She had been suffering from cancer when she completed OT 5, but she claimed she was cured. She relapsed six months later and died aged 57, in 1988, less than two years after attesting. Her death was so hushed up that not even her ex-husband or her son Rick, also Scientologists, knew. HEW 248.
F for Bob Fine, OT8, Miami, who died of cancer in 2002. His wife Elena died 1993. He completed a course on Freewinds in April 1996.
F for Elena Fine did the PTS/SP course on Flag in June 1993 after being diagnosed and died of lung cancer shortly after. Bob didn’t get cancer till much later. She never smoked, did the entire bridge, got cancer as an OT8 completion, and died before she was 60.
F for Michael John Fullerton, 5 December 1953 to 10 October 2010, age 56, Scots-Irish. Spent 30 + years working for Scientology and died of metastasized melanoma (skin cancer).
F for Paul Friccero who died of a heart attack probably in the early 90s. He was Clear but was supposed to have his folder checked (along with a whole bunch of other folk who attested in the early days) for not actually being Clear. He was the Academy Course Admin, Stevens Creek Org, in 1989. “I think he was actually posted as a reg at the time. Prior, he had always been in tech/acad as far as I know. I think the course admin was after some ethics action, as he had been a supe, and I think D of T at one time. He was living long hours with tons of cigarettes. Nice guy, great sense of humour, but last time I saw him he looked like hell.”
F for Roxanne Friend, a former Scientologist who contracted cancer in the late 1980s and died aged 35. She got auditing for her condition at the Clearwater HQ, but was not doing well and repeatedly requested approval to see a doctor but she was told to continue with her auditing. Finally, Roxanne left without approval and went home to San Diego for medical treatment. In the early 1990s, her brother, also a Scientologist, got an RV, and with some of his friends, captured Roxanne, drugged her and drove her back to Florida under protest. She was held captive in the Clearwater complex for several months, against her will. She was finally able to get away and back to San Diego. Roxanne’s illness has advanced since then and she eventually died. Up to the time of her death she hoped to take action against CSI.
F for Sandra “Donnie” Fox, who died of hyperthyroidism, believing what CoS said, that she could cure it with vitamins and diet.
G for Beppe G. – Italy – Solo Nots auditor with advanced cancer . Killed himself c.2010. He had a cancerous tumor the size of an egg in his brain while at Flag to attest to OT7. Michel Angelo went with him to the Clearwater Hospital. He was sent back to Italy right away by RTC. Imagine the flap if Beppe had died in the middle of the Solo Nots HGC!
G for Bobby Gerrold (or Jarrell?) – cancer 1977-8. He was at least OT3. He postponed medical treatment, kept getting auditing, and when he was obviously dying, they told him he couldn’t get any more auditing. By then they had got all his money and and it was too late for medical intervention anyway. Bobby was originally from Texas, I think. There are two shore stories. Version A: “Bobby did deny himself medical care at the consternation of the C/S and all his friends. He also withheld health information from the same. If you knew Bobby you would have known that the man was very stubborn. He was finally forced to receive medical attention when his health was failing and by order of his case supervisor.” Version B: “Bobby received auditing until the day he died. He was never denied auditing. The statement he went bankrupt is absurd as Bobby never had anything to bankrupt. He also never paid for auditing. All his auditing was done as part of a co-audit or for free by his friends.”
G for Colin Gow, a young SO at AOSH ANZO, a Chinese Australian, who died in his 30s of cancer of the jaw associated with dental problems neglected over 15 years in SO. He was shunted away from all lines and placed in a hospice to die. This is how CoS reward those who give them their entire lives.
G for Darlean Gowes, Captain AOSH, died of cancer in 2002 at Walsh Manor.
G for Dick Garlick, died in UK of cancer in 2003.
G for Duncan Gurtin (sp?), OT 8 LV Cancer maybe 50 years old.
G for Ellen Griffin died of breast cancer on OT VII. She was a Class VI auditor and an FSM
G for Enza Guzzo, OT8, who died of cancer.
G for Jill Graham – OT, Universe Corps staff died on Pac RPF of cancer.
G for Jose Luis Galicia who is still alive (2010) He got prostate cancer and recovered, then he got a heart attack but he is still around. He is off lines.
G for Mary Garlick. She was Keeper of Technology UK in the Office of LRH. Both she and Saima Gallop were Sea Org members with cancer who didn’t receive medical treatment until it was too late and who died within days of each other in East Grinstead hospital sometime in the late 80s.
G for Nancy Wright Graham, 54, a founding member of the Church of Scientology Celebrity in Washington, died of cancer on 29 January 2003 at her home in Falls Church.
G for Philip Giovinco, 60, who died of a heart attack in 2001.
G for Pierluigi G. – Italy – Solo Nots auditor with advanced cancer March 2010.
G for Siama Gallop, wife of Peter Gallop, both in the Sea Org. She developed cancer while in the UK and trudged through the snow on her own to get medical help. She was OT V and had paid for NOTs but she hadn’t had NOTs and didn’t receive any auditing help in her illness or in her dying. When she died her husband was at Flag training, so he could cure her. This was in the late 70s.
Brown McKee, 1982: “By following the instructions and following what we work very hard to learn, it cost my wife her life. She may have died anyway; we don’t know. If we had taken her to the doctor early, perhaps not. We can only speculate on that. But what I do know is, because of my faith in this man, Ron Hubbard, she didn’t have a chance.“
As medical problems such as heart attacks and diabetes are generally neglected, both by staff and by public Scientologists, deaths from general medical causes are included in this category.
H for Adam Hancock: possible cancer?
H for Adell Hartwell was promised special auditing and proper medical care for an existing illness (not specified). But no treatment was given, and her condition grew worse: “One day I worked without eating. It was 102 degrees in the shade. By five-thirty I just got deathly ill, and I told them I had to leave. And I staggered quite a ways . . . . I fell in the ditch; it was like I was drunk. Another time I complained I had to go home because I wasn’t being treated. I was thin and bleeding and in quite severe pain, and they took me right in and put me on the Meter. The next night they had us scrubbing the barn; we started at six o’clock and we scrubbed that barn until four o’clock in the morning. Anybody that ran a fever was immediately put out of commission. But anybody that was ill and not running a fever, they were made fun of and ridiculed.”
H for Alan Hubbert: once in CC Int and later CO Base Crew FLO, died of a brain tumor c.2000 age about 60.
H for Allan Hodges, New Zealand, cancer.
H for Allen Hubbert OSA died of brain cancer c.2000, age about 60.
H for Andrea (Andy) Hoden, died very young, of an aneurism (I think Hoden was her married name).
H for Betty Halliday: like her husband Otis she died of cancer.
H for Edith Hodgkinson, from Edmonton or Vancouver in Canada. After completing OT VII, she paid for OT VIII and joined the S.O. at Flag. Four months later, she woke up one night with incredible pain, was rushed to hospital and found to have advanced liver cancer. She died a few months later.
H for Elizabeth Barron Horwich OT 8, who died age 53 of a brain tumor.
H for Ellen Herlehy, New Zealand, cancer.
H for Faith Hudson, OTV from East Grinstead who died from cancer in the late 90’s.
H for Hiroko – OT; Japanese translator, died of cancer.
H for Ian Hebblewhite of East Grinstead, died of cancer c.2003. Wife Wendy had died a year previously, and his son Adam committed suicide. One daughter survived.
H for Isaac Hayes, famous musician and the voice for “the Chef” in South Park, who was found dead next to a still-running treadmill in his house 10 August 2008. “There are a lot of questions still to be raised about Isaac Hayes’ death. Why was a stroke survivor on a treadmill by himself? What was his condition? What kind of treatment had he had since the stroke?” http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,401321,00.html
H for Joe J. Harrington, prominent ex-member turned critic; died 2001 aged about 60 of pancreatic cancer
H for Josephus A. Havenith a Dutch citizen aged 45, who lived in Munich and taught music. In February 1980 he was found dead in a bath of water so hot it had loosened his skin, at Fort Harrison Hotel. It is believed that he died in or as a result of the Purification Rundown and that senior staff “organised” his room before calling 911. The hot water would have disguised signs of heatstroke and drawn attention away from the dangers of the Purif. The official verdict was accidental death by drowning, but the coroner noted that his head was not under water.
H for Mario Hernandez who died of cancer on Solo Nots.
H for Mary Sue Whipp Hubbard, who died of breast cancer (her third cancer) in 2003. Not a word of her passing, polite or otherwise, from the Church of Scientology.
H for Otis Halliday: like his wife Betty, he died of cancer. In the late 1960s they had a successful franchise in Houston, Texas.
H for Sheila Harris, an American in her 30s, worked at Pubs DK in late 1973. She went to GO WW for training to be the AG (Assistant Guardian) for Pubs DK in 1974, but died of breast cancer in England in 1975 or 1976.
H for Sheila Marsh Hautek who was involved in a credit card scam and allegedly coerced into buying auditing when she had cancerous cysts. The “Hubbard Executive Secretary” ran up her credit card bills to pay for more auditing while they knew she had cancer. She is thought to have died during auditing.
H for Steve Harris -OT8 brain cancer, about 50 years old.
H for Sue Hebert – cancer.
H for Susan Todd Hunter, OTVII, was an opera singer and a Scientology ‘celebrity.’ Her family wealth allowed her continual auditing. She completed OT 7, the highest OT level which exorcises BTs and clusters. She died of untreated cancer in San Diego 1992-93, aged about 46. HEW 243.
H for Syd Holbrook, who died of cancer. More information needed.
H for Wendy Hebblewhite of East Grinstead, OT 5, died of cancer c.2002. Her husband Ian died a year later, also of cancer. Her son Adam killed himself; one daughter, still “in”.
H for Yolanda Howell: Her five year old son, in the care of the Cadet Org, was hit and killed by a car while his parents worked and he played, unsupervised, in a busy street. They swore he was “protected by postulates.”
J for Albert Jacquier died alone at the age of 59. “He had completed OT7, which promises to make a person “Cause over life”, he had been in the Scientology cult for 14 years, and had given his fortune of several million dollars.” “[Albert] attempted suicide after completing OT VII and being denied OT VIII after it had been promised to him and he’d paid in full.”
J for Anais Jean, aged 10, a twin daughter of that “incredible Power House Pioneer and thetan”, Claude Reginald Jean, “a key member of Global Pioneers for Haiti” and owner of two orphanages on the island. Anais died on 3 May 2010, four days after she fell from the roof of a house in Clearwater belonging to local Scientologists, Mike and Mary Campbell. She had been clearing gutters.
J for Claire Jeans, who was Qual. Sec. at Miami Org and died of throat cancer.
J for Dave Johnson (Class Vlll OTV) Was off lines from CCINT in 1999 to handle his wife’s diabetes but died himself in 2000 or 2001 of brain cancer. See Linda Johnson.
J for Gene Juss, Flag Accoms Reg, died 2005 of cancer.
J for Linda Johnson (Clear), wife of Dave Johnson. He died of a brain tumor and she was routed off staff from the PAC base due to diabetes in October 1999. It is said she died on the same day as Dave.
J for Susan S. Johnson – a Big Thetan and IAS Patron, who died of heart disease, at Flag, aged 42, on 3 October 1998.
J for Yvonne Gillham Jentzsch, Sea Org, Apollo-CLA, died January 1978 of a brain tumor which could have been removed if found earlier. “In late 1977, Yvonne suddenly arrived in Clearwater, very ill. She talked with difficulty, lost track of what she said half way through a sentence and lost her balance while walking. Yvonne told me she had a brain tumor and that she was dying. She said she hadn’t seen a doctor because she thought auditing would fix it. The illness started with an “out of balance” feeling which she assigned to lack of sleep. The doctor told Yvonne the tumor was removable if she had seen him earlier. We both cried. I knew auditing did not resolve everything, but I was shocked that her life was wasted through such neglect.” HEW Affidavit 224-232.
K for Alan Kartuzinsky of Tampa, FL on 6 November 2009, aged 58 of cancer – Flag C/S – Class XII auditor.
K for Allen Kapular – cancer, in 1991.
K for Di Kirby – worked at Greenfields School, died of cancer.
K for Eric Knauerhause – on OT levels, an exec at the Flag Bureaux who died of cancer a few years ago but had it already in the 1970s.
K for Marie-Louise Krusell, former GO Sweden, whose death was hastened by the long-term abuse of drugs and alcohol.
K for Trine Kjeldsen – lung cancer
K for Virginia Kapular (sp?), who got cancer soon after leaving the ship. As her condition became acute, she went to Mexico to get some help from a Philippine faith healer and while he indicated she had let it get too far, he did some work on people on NOTs in AOLA lives and many of them flocked down. The A/G AOLA was in the process of declaring them, and was reported to have made the remark “she (Virginia) would be better dead than get such healing.” We got a by-pass of her from the LRH Comm on the ship so the declare never got done or was soon suspended. (HEW?)
K for Wendy Kretz or Krentz – died of ovarian cancer treated with auditing not with chemotherapy. The cancer killed her and left her husband with three small children.
L for Bernando Lan who died of cancer. He was for second time on Solo NOTs.
L for Charles J (“Chuck”) Lemmer, died of cancer at Hemet in 2005 aged 59. Long time Scientologist, on OT7 but was never allowed to continue his level (solo) while at the Int Base for about 7 years. “Did you really believe right up to the end it was all in your mind?” His wife, Kathy Lemmer, is currently a prisoner in the SP Hall.
L for Erica Laws, an OT 3 who died of cancer at the age of 57.
L for Jim Larsen, in his 40s, died c.2003 of cancer.
L for Joan Lonstein, died 2010, cancer suspected as she had lost a lot of weight. She was a nice, spirited, super-rich, public Scientologist who went OT8 twice, in 1998 and 2004. She set up APUME (Middle East Way to Happiness) after a visit to Israel. She and her husband Tony were involved with Reed Slatkin in his Ponzi scheme, being among the few to emerge richer (by $1.5 million). Tony was sued for $2 million. He was one of the original investors in Digital Lightwave of Clearwater. http://www.raids.org/dlitcrk.htm
L for Micky Luell, who died of neglected influenza.
L for Neil Liversedge, New Zealand, cancer circa 2001.
L for Paolo Lioni (or Lionini), born 1930s, who died of cancer c.1983 while on lines at Flag. Staff at Delphi Oregon. He was getting auditing at Flag while he had cancer.
L for Peggy Labuschange, Sea Org, originally from South Africa, died of cervical cancer in Clearwater in 1996 aged 65 after several years of trying to audit the cancer away. Her step-son Caspar (26) gassed himself in his car a few months later. Both were active Sea Org members at the time of their deaths.
L for Peter Lewis (originally a non-Scientologist Pro Sound Engineer) who became a Scientologist while working his butt off for the Church at Gold and Int Events all over the world. He was an on-lines public in LA when he was diagnosed with leukemia after returning from a Maiden Voyage and died about a year later notwithstanding the hours of Scn Spiritual Counseling he paid for and received. Here was a man who, through his good nature and hard work had come to mean much and was very close to all musicians and Gold and Int Crew, who died with all care, concern or discussion about it frowned upon and discouraged at Gold by seniors and HCO. Peter was there one minute and then he was gone, no ceremony nothing. Inhuman
L for Will Long, died of cancer.
M for Anita Mally – died of cancer before 2000, doing OT levels.
M for Brown McKee: see Francis Brown McKee.
M for Dan Murnan, a faithful Scifag (not SO) whose is believed to have throat or lung cancer and who has also apparently lost his mind. His death has been reported more than once but as far as the Editor knows (November 2010) Dan is still alive, if no longer the Dan we knew and, in our fashion, loved.
M for Debby Morris: breast cancer on OT VII – class IV auditor
M for Dianna (Diane) Morrison, in the Sea Org for at least ten years, died of cancer aged 30. Scientology is paranoid about X-rays and gamma rays, and they refused to let Diane get chemotherapy. The two Scientology doctors, one was LRH’s personal physician, prescribed a course of vitamin therapy and auditing to cure Diane’s cancer. Finally, one of the doctors told her to let go so she could just die. Diane stopped eating and drinking after that, and she turned into a walking skeleton. She was in constant pain and would moan and scream day and night. Her husband, Shawn Morrison, drove her, screaming and moaning, to his mother’s house where she was laid under an air conditioner. Diane died within two days. Shawn complained he had to miss post time to drive Diane to his mother’s house.” (Jesse Prince)
M for Ed Mooney, Cl 8 and OT 8, who was the first OT8 to die, of a neglected aneurism in the fall of 1990 aged 37, about 3 weeks after completing OT8 at Flag. He was a former mission holder and very good FSM in LA. Scientology friends and family postulated he’d get better.
M for Francis Brown McKee, 28 April 1929-28 July 28 2003, active in the LA org in the 1960’s, had missions in California and Connecticut in the 1960’s and 1970’s. His wife, Julie McKee, died shortly after receiving services at Flag in 1978. My father became disillusioned and testified againgst flag in federal hearings, after disbanding his missions. He died aged 74 of renal cancer, and was active and fit and working until 3 months before his death. He was a graduate of MIT, and was a mechanical engineer.
M for Helene M. – France – Solo Nots auditor with advanced cancer March 2010.
M for Joel Morris, FCDC
M for Julie McKee, who died of untreated adenocarcinoma in October 1978. She was a high ranked auditor, and wife of Francis Brown McKee, head of the Connecticut Missions (see above). “Both of us were totally persuaded that the source of all illness,was mental, except for, say, a broken leg, and that the way of curing it is with auditing. During the summer, Julie lost more and more of her energy and had some swelling and some small chest pains and this and that and began to lose her voice. I thought, “Flag has the best auditors in the world and should be able to help her out.” So I sent her down to Clearwater in, I guess it was, October of 1978. We never thought about going to see a doctor; the Scientologist doesn’t think about that. They sent her back a week later sicker and she couldn’t speak — she couldn’t even whisper any-more. She’d write notes. We went to see a doctor, and he had her in the hospital very quickly. She was there two days when we were given the report. And what it was was adenocarcinoma, which was a cancer of the lymph glands of the lungs, and her right lung had totally collapsed, and the cancer had also infiltrated her throat and paralyzed her vocal cords. It had progressed to the point where it was totally hopeless. They didn’t even suggest chemotherapy. They sent her home, and I cared for her for ten days. And she died in my arms. And I began to think a little bit about this type of thing at that point. By following the instructions and following what we work very hard to learn, it cost my wife her life. She may have died anyway; we don’t know. If we had taken her to the doctor early, perhaps not. We can only speculate on that. But what I do know is, because of my faith in this man, Ron Hubbard, she didn’t have a chance.“
M for Lisa McPherson (36), who died on 5 December 1995 in room 174 of the Fort Harrison Hotel, a Scientology facility in Clearwater Florida. She had been shut up for 17 days to follow the Introspection Rundown, Hubbard’s cure for psychosis and died of dehydration and starvation. The corner said she had likely died of a thrombo-embolism, caused by severe dehydration while lying in bed. The coroner also noted several bruises, and abrasions consistent with animal bites. The Church called her family and told them that she had died from either meningitis, or a blood-clot, while at Fort Harrison for rest and relaxation. In May of 2004, a civil suit filed by her family against the Church was settled. See The Truth Rundown http://www.tampabay.com/news/article1012234.ece
M for Maria M. – Italy – Solo Nots auditor with advanced cancer March 2010.
M for Mike McGee, NY Org, died c.1975 of a brain tumor.
M for Pamela Malinson (d.2006) who is the first known victim of blue asbestos contamination on Freewinds. As the finance director of IASA, she lived on Freewinds for 9 years up to 2003 when she became ill with inoperable lung cancer. Then she was sent back to the UK and died on the RPF at Saint Hill, East Grinstead. She was shipped off to UK to die because dying at Flag is a big no-no. It was an extremely cruel end for her — gets cancer on the ship, suffers with it on the RPF and gets shipped out of town to die.”
M for Paolo Meini, OT 8, who felt ill during a session, and died.
M for Paula Marquez – cancer- Clear.
M for Phillip Mitchell who died of cancer in 2002. Dr Denk didn’t find it until he only had 3 weeks left to live (after being sick for years). He was on the SOLO course at AOLA.
M for Phoebe Mauerer was a long term Sea Org member, a trained auditor, exorcising BTs and clusters on the OT levels. In her last years, she was stationed in Los Angeles and Scientology’s secret HQ at Gilman Hot Springs in the Southern California desert. Phoebe did not believe in doctors and never got regular PAP smears or mammograms. HEW 245 She died of cancer or perhaps EOC.
M for Sandra Meirsdorff, GO, died in the early 1980s of untreated breast cancer; she was in her early forties. This was glossed over as “natural causes”.
M for Scott Mayer, SO, on staff 1977-1982 who almost died of a tooth abscess. “Staff members were always ill-fed, ill-clothed. I had an abscess in my tooth and I was being audited for it. I’m ready to go to the dentist, and I was being audited for it. I spent about a week, week-and-a-half, doing . . . what they call touch assists to get rid of the pain . . . . And, finally . . . I was just delirious and — well, there wasn’t any money for medical is what it boiled down to . . . . I went to the dentist . . . he told me I’d just made it . . . if it had been another day or so, I wouldn’t be here to talk to you.”
M for Suzanne (Sue) Mueller who died of breast cancer on 4 October 2004, age 60, doing OT levels.
M for Terry McCann, blind, neglected, died June 1984. He was a diabetic (not the only one) who went blind when his retinas detached as a result of the Purification rundown.
M for Therese Murphy – a Clear who died of cancer in her late 20s.
M for Tom Madigan, who died of a heart attack. HGC auditor, Miami.
N for Daryl Naugle who died of cancer.
N for Erl Newman, SO member at the Gold base, who died of cancer late 90s. He was OT4.
N for Malcolm Nieman of London contracted meningitis in 1966-67, but auditing was continued for many hours. He was found unconscious on the floor the same evening with severe diarrhea and vomiting and rushed to hospital. He didn’t die, but it was touch and go.
N for Mats Norryd: a very successful Swedish painter. Version (1) He went to Flag for NOT’s around 1985 and while there was found to have cancer. When he couldn’t pay for more auditing he was sent home to die. (2) This famous Swedish painter (OT3 or higher) was diagnosed with serious stomach cancer, went to Flag, gotten auditing and a vitamin treatment, and become well. (3) He did not become well, but got more sick and was sent back to Sweden to die. (4) Mats was terminally ill and knew it when he went to Flag, but got tremendous help from the staff at Flag to get him up to OT level III, which had been his long-time goal, breaking finance rules and generally working many hours overtime. “I did not agree with the money spent, but he wasn’t taking it with him.” He blamed cigarettes and the cadmium pigments which he was exposed to regularly in painting.
The cult has its own way of looking at things:
Pierre Ethier makes the disturbing claim that the Church’s OT VIII is dangerous in its present form because it is run without being preceded by the “old” OT levels following OT III (OT IV, V, VI and VII) which clear the way for its processes. Apparently running OT VIII in this fashion can and does result in very undesirable consequences for the pre-OT, up to and including serious illness…”
As medical problems such as heart attacks and diabetes are generally neglected, both by staff and by public Scientologists, deaths from general medical causes are included in this category.
O for Steve O’Hara – died of cancer in Salt Lake City.
P for Alain Priouzeau who was hit by a car (or died in a traffic accident) right in front of the Flag land base. “I believe he fell asleep at the wheel driving home from the org to get another 2 hours of sleep, (the 6th time that week he had less than 6 hours a sleep a night)… ” (OCMB 14 September 2006.)
P for Bambi Paul, New Zealand, died of cancer circa 1984.
P for Danielle Pozzebon, who attested OT 8 but who died of cancer a few months later. Her son, an OT 4, committed suicide shortly after.
P for Daphne Parselle was in Scientology in the late 1960s, in London and Saint Hill, East Grinstead. She achieved the state of Clear in 1967 (#382). During her Clear speech, (Clears in those days gave a short speech about their “wins and gains”) in the Chapel at Saint Hill Manor, she claimed, very positively and enthusiastically, that she was cured of the cancer because of her auditing. However, she died of the cancer shortly thereafter. HEW 251.
P for Ellen Price, untreated breast cancer. Ellen was in aco – audit for FPRD – class VI, ex-staff auditor, OT IV.
P for Heribert Pfaff (31), a wealthy German who went to Flag to seek a cure for his epilepsy. For a decade after surviving a major car accident, Heribert Pfaff had suffered severe seizures that often came in the middle of the night. In 1988 he traveled from his home in Munich to Clearwater to take courses at the Church of Scientology. His brother, Georg, told the Times that Scientologists in Germany promised a cure for his seizures and took Pfaff off medication that had controlled them. The son of a wealthy German builder, Pfaff checked into Room 758 at the Fort Harrison Hotel. He had brought about $100,000 with him to finance his visit, family members say. On Aug. 28, 1988, Pfaff was found dead with head injuries in his room. An autopsy determined that death was probably due to a seizure. No anti-convulsant drugs were found in his bloodstream. The $100,000 disappeared, says his brother. The family had stopped an attempt by Heribert Pfaff to wire transfer another $150,000 from a family bank account that was requested a few days before his death. Georg Pfaff said he discovered after the death that his brother had paid $26,330 for one Scientology course and $52,000 for another. The church was only interested in his money, says Georg Pfaff. One may well believe him.
P for Leslie Platinsky– aged 49, OT4, died on 3 October 1998 at Clearwater FL, of cancer
P for Lex Povall, New Zealand – cancer circa 1980.
P for Marie Passmore was a long term Sea Org member, a Class 8 trained auditor, and on the OT levels exorcising her BTs and clusters. She developed cancer in the late 1970s or early 1980s, and then got auditing in Clearwater. She was convinced that exorcising her BTs on OT 5 would cure her. When the cancer became terminal, she was sent to Europe to die. HEW Whitfield 244.
P for Marla Panda – cancer, in 1985.
P for Misha Priv who survived a heart attack. After he left the Church and disconnected from DM, his heart condition vanished.
P for Penny Pince of Ontario died of cancer of the kidney. She bought some last-minute auditing that she was told would help her but it didn’t. Ex.SO (LA), late 1970s. Wife of Brad Pinch.
P for Thom Page who died in his 40s of a heart attack.
Q for Linda Quay, OTIV, who died of breast cancer early 2010
Q for Paula Quigley (or Ueckermann) who dedicated forty years of her life to Scientology in DC and NY, and died of lung cancer. She was a true believer. She was still trying to ‘recover’ an ex-member who was the only person visiting her when she died in 2007.
R for Brian Roubinek or Rubineck: US GO staff-B-1 exec who is thought to have died of cancer.
R for Captain Bill Robertson, who died in 1991 of brain cancer.
R for Cecilia Rojo, who died at Mojave Desert of cancer; she was only 17.
R for Claire Reppen, a long time CL XII auditor, who was busted by Miscavige to the RPF during the GAT evolution, and died of breast cancer in Aug 2001.
R for David Rossouw – was LRH messenger, last post in ITO died of lung cancer c.2000.
R for Eric Rubio, 36, died of starvation in Copenhagen, January 2002. When he was found, he weighed 45 kilograms for his 167 centimetres. He died in his kitchen but had eaten nothing for several days, and had suffered from malnutrition. When Erik Rubio came to Denmark in 1994, it was to join the Scientology elite: the Sea Org. He was later declared unfit and thrown out, but told he had a huge debt to pay back. At his death, he was still paying money to Scientology. See separate article.
R for Gary Ross over 25 years in CoS, who died of alcohol abuse.
R for Helen Ralston who died of cancer,
R for Jo R. – Switzerland – Solo Nots auditor with advanced cancer. Killed himself c.2010.
R for John Roberts who became comatose and died while on the Purification rundown at East Grinstead. This is typical of extreme heat exhaustion and organ failure.
R for Judy Rosenaum-staff at Stevens Creek Org-injured her leg, went untreated by proper medical, result was a blood clot or perhaps a stroke. Either way, it appears her death could have been prevented by proper care.
R for Judy Rosenbaum – Deceased 2006 in her early 50s was Stevens Creek Staff and Delphi Staff before that. She died from a stroke in her sleep. Story of a neglected leg injury: “Judy-injured her leg, went untreated by proper medical, result was a blood clot or perhaps a stroke, either way, the result was from lack of proper care, I believe SNR C/S was comm ev’d over this.
R for Marcy Rogers – long term telex operator at External Comm FLO, died in the 90s of cancer OT.
R for Mary Lou Reilly who died on OT levels. “I believe it was cancer due to my last comm with her. She refused any treatment from docs and did natural treatments.”
R for Paul Rendall – cancer.
R for Romano Romanini who had a major stroke at age 40 six months after attesting to OT VIII. He had been a Cadillac pc all along, had never been overweight and still had a stroke at 40.
R for Rosa Rodriguez, who was Flag course supervisor in the 80s died from cancer.
R for Stan Rogers died of a heart attack in a solo NOTS session, trying to handle severe chest pain.
S for Ashlee Shaner, 16, who died on 17 May 2000, at Scientology’s Golden Era Production location in Hemet, California, when the car she was driving ran into a heavy vehicle parked on the road. There were no warning lights, flares, or construction workers on the road to guide motorists around the vehicle. There are no street lights in the area. The driver Thomas Nove “told officers he was working late the night Ashlee died to finish some work for the Church of Scientology’s Golden Era Productions.” His driving licence had expired in 1992.
S for Bob Sheckler (lung cancer), husband of Dolores Sheckler, husband and wife publics.
S for Bradlee Sweigart died of cancer c.2009. His wife Kathy, auditing on solo nots, was quite obsessive on the subject of cancer while vigorously defending Tommy and DM.
S for Brook Shackleton – Gold staff. Died of brain tumor.
S for Cam Solari – Class VI auditor, tried to handle cancer “naturally’, with auditing, died on OT 7 in 1992.
S for Carol South: cancer; worked at AMC Publishing from 1990. She may have been out of the cult when she died.
S for Carrie Slaughterbeck, died at Clearwater on 27 March 1997 aged 23 while taking huge doses of Blue Green Algae, which a CoS front group sells as a dietary supplement. Super Blue Green Algae is popular among Scientologists in Clearwater. Sales literature promotes it for everyone — pregnant women, newborn babies and the family pet. Detractors describe it as “pond scum.” Carrie took as many as 30 algae capsules at a time. Slaughterbeck was 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighed 101 pounds when her body was found. Family members said she had liked being slim because she thought it would help her gain modeling jobs. She had a congenital heart problem which may have contributed.
S for Charles Sheahan, died of natural causes in 2000; noted because even so he was only 60.
S for Dan Sigal, longtime Flag public, passed away 2009 from cancer. He was in his fifties.
S for David Scott Sutter – Clear, late 40’s, died c.2008 of a cancer.
S for Gretchen Schwartz, NOTS case level, 40 year Registrar for FSO who died of a brain tumor.
S for John Robert Smith, who died of a heart attack aged 54,
S for Kirsty Schofield (2½), sister of Lauren, who died after swallowing potassium chloride – a substance used in the Purification Rundown. Mr Schofield alleges the cover-up of child abuse by Scientology and admitted being part of a campaign to cover up the facts surrounding the deaths of his two daughters.
S for Lauren Schofield (14 months), sister of Kirsty, who was in the creche at the organisation’s building in Sydney while her parents were involved in courses. She was allowed to wander the stairs by herself and fell. She died in hospital two days later. Mr Schofield said he felt pressured by Scientology executives not to request an inquiry, and was told if he sought compensation he and his wife would be ineligible for any church services.
S for Lucy-Lorraine Smith – leukaemia.
S for Mary Stouffer, GO, (AG Sacramento at one point) died of breast cancer in the early 1980s. She was in her early 40s. She rejected effective treatment in favor of auditing.
S for Paul Schobel who died of renal failure after a prolonged illness; he routed out of S.O. and died in Sydney, Australia.
S for Peter Sparshot who was the C/S at AOSH ANZO and died of cancer when about 60 years old. He C/Sed folders of people up to OT5.
S for Ruthie Silverman, ASHO registrar for 32 years, died of lung cancer.
S for Tim Skog who died from emphysema in the fall of 2010.
S for Uwe Stuckenbrock who used to be security Chief International and was sent to the RPFPAC in 2001 even though he was suffering from MS. He died on the RPF in October 2008 aged 46. He was an OT. His wife Lurisse Stuckenbrock divorced him. She is still in a high position in the organisation.
S for Van Seffers who died on or as a consequence of the Purification Rundown in the 1980s.
T for Chuck Toftness Flag FSM, diabetic, artificial leg, died 1995.
T for Craig Tomlinson, former Sacramento Org Intern Sup mid-late 1970’s, brain cancer.
T for Dave Tomberlin, former Purif I/C, Auditor, Public, Miami: died by drowning perhaps from a seizure caused by a complication of diabetes. One could also class his death as suicide.
T for Frank Thompson, who died of a heart attack.
T for Guissepe Tomba, 26, of Solaro, Milano, Italy, died February, 1995 of heat exhaustion and organ failure incurred during the Purification rundown. Just beginning Narconon treatment, he endured days of agony including vomiting and diarrhea. Then his heart stopped.
T for Ian Tampion, OT 5, died of lung cancer around 1996 at the age of 59. In 1973 he was president of the Church of the New Faith in Victoria, Australia.
T for Jett Travolta (16), the untreated autistic/epileptic son of John Travolta, who died alone as the consequence of an seizure, in a bathroom at the family holiday home in the Bahamas on 1 or 2 January 2009. The circumstances of his death have never been properly investigated but an alleged blackmail attempt can be linked to discrepancies between the state of the body when found and what the family claimed. It appears that Scientology intelligence was consulted several hours before local services were contacted. (WWP Wiki Timeline)
T for Susan Todd-Hunter, OT5 – died in 1992 at age 46. Wealthy public. Sister of Beverly Carter.
T for Ted Talbot died of advanced lung cancer – he just dropped dead one day, didn’t even know he had cancer. He went into Scientology to give up smoking. Twenty years later, with his family torn apart, he died. He was also, at the time, being pressured to go back into St. Hill to do services and was told “Come back to the church and we will let you see your daughter Mandy Kember”
V for Mario Villareal, an older man, who commited suicide on Solo NOTs in Acapulco, Mexico
V for Phil Valinski, died at La Quinta base in 1977, either in his sleep (the official version) or while he was being audited by Dan Koon, as some say, or as a consequence of the Purification rundown. Apparently he had a heart attack in session, and the auditor kept on auditing him, reportedly for many minutes, not doing CPR and not going for help. Dan is said to have used Hubbard’s nonsensical process to “bring him back” of telling him to think of his poor auditor.
V for Ruth Valko-Burness, aged 48, died suddenly of cancer around 1999, doing OT levels at Flag. A Big Thetan who gave them Big Bucks.
V for Ruth Valko, OT – died sudden of cancer around 1999.
W for Bo Wennberg who died of diabetes. No-one today needs to die of diabetes.
W for Dabney Taliaferro Waring, aged about 30, joined the Sea Org straight from school and lived 10-12 years in the Fort Harrison Hotel, was hospitalised and died in Tampa General Hospital overnight, of what was diagnosed as leukemia c.1994. “He was definitely trying to break with them during this period … he was scared of something he couldn’t discuss, saying “It’s too big.”
W for Jerry Whitfield of Cape Coral, Florida, did the Purification Rundown in 1997 and later discovered he had permanent liver damage.
W for Laura Wolfe, worked on Freewinds and died of cancer.
W for Lori Greene Wood, Clear, OT, SO, daughter of long term Scientologists, Peter and Doran Greene. She served aboard the “Avon River” in the Mediterranean under HEW as captain. She was at the Clearwater HQ in 1978 or 1979, receiving auditing on OTV or “NOTS”. She got ill during her auditing and was sent to the Ethics Officer. The ethics matter escalated but, a short while later, without recovering, Lori died.
W for Marjan Witte, Dutch, about 40, who died of cancer end 2003.
W for Tony Whitington – used to be CO FOLO WUS, later posted in FLO died a few years ago of stomach cancer. OT
W for Virgil Wilhite — OT VII, collector and seller of LRH autographed works, found LRH tapes all over the country, turned them over to archives. Died of leukemia 2000-2005 doing OT levels. He is said to have had tremendous debts.
Y for Beth Yamaguchi who died of cancer.
Y for Robert Vaughn Young, long time Ex, who died on 15 June 2003 from cancer of the prostate.
Y for Tracy Kathleen Yeich, 55, a teacher (keen supporter of Applied Scholastics), of Las Vegas, died 17 April 2010 of untreated cancer. Her husband contributed this insight: “Just as she was a success in this life she will go on to her next life and be successful in that one too. She loved to organize things, it was her forte. While I’m not worried about her moving on and doing well it would comfort me to know where she is. So, if you see a young girl in a couple years with all her toys lined up and very efficiently organized that very well could be Tracy. I’d appreciate it if you’d let me know that you found her.”
Y for Tracy Yeich (55) died of cancer.
Z for Barbara Zizik, a Chicago dentist who did the Purification Rundown in the late 1990s and when she tried to renew her health insurance discovered she had irreversible liver damage.
Z for David Ziff, Saint Hill (pre-KSW), Snr CC/S FLB and Universe Corps, who died of cancer in 1994.
Z for Syma Zimmer, worked at Flag and died mysteriously without warning in 1999, leaving two children to be adopted by other Sea Org. Cause of death not known.
Z for Yvonne Zentz who is rumoured to be in disagreement with “what was happening in Mexico”. The next thing we hear, she is dead from a brain aneurysm. I have also been told she died of cancer.
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
LISA McPHERSON, 1959-1995
In cases of violent or unexpected death, the first reaction of the cult is not to treat the person, or to call for help, but to manage the affair so that Scientology does not appear in a bad light. It is perhaps ironical but certainly appropriate that the events leading to and surrounding the death in December 1995 of Lisa McPherson, aged 36 and up to then in good health, became exceptionally well known, because of the outrage that arose from the cult’s efforts to explain away her death.
This is by way of a summary: there are numerous websites with more complete details.
Lisa McPherson was declared dead on 5 December 1995, having been deprived of food and water for seventeen days, shut up along in room 147 at the Fort Harrison Hotel, Clearwater. She had only a few weeks earlier been declared Clear, an achievement that might have taken 150 or 200 hours of auditing with all that that implies for mental stability. When she became psychotic (for the second time in 1995), after a minor traffic accident, she was taken to hospital by an ambulance crew, but was released into the care of the CoS who invoked her religious objection to psychiatric intervention.
What happened then is not in doubt. Scientology applied Hubbard’s standard treatment for psychotics, known as the Introspection Rundown, where the individual is supposed to cure themselves on being left alone and fed on vitamins. Lisa was put into room 147 and left. Staff reported that she refused to eat or drink but no effort was made to keep her alive. She had after all survived a previous Introspection rundown after a psychotic break some time earlier in the year.
On May 9, 1997, the St. Petersburg Times published an editorial piece, entitled “When did she die?”. The point is of some importance. Mike Rinder told a German reporter that Lisa McPherson died in a room at the Fort Harrison, while the official version of the Church of Scientology was that she died on her way to the hospital:
“The television interview with Rinder was conducted by German broadcast journalists Mona Botros and Egmont Koch. During a segment concerning the McPherson case, Rinder clearly said: ‘The entire subject has become a sordid, sensationalistic media event which is capitalizing on the tragedy of the death of a woman who died in a hotel room.’
“Realizing the statement’s implications, Botros asked for a clarification: ‘In a hotel room?’ Elliot Abelson, the church’s general counsel, responded: “Uhm hum,” indicating the statement was correct. Rinder heads Scientology’s Office of Special Affairs, which is responsible for public relations and legal affairs.” http://xenudirectory.wordpress.com/2010/07/28/questions-to-mike-rinder/
In other words Mike Rinder said, and Elliot Abelson confirmed that she died in the care of the so-called “church” and was dead for some time before they took her to a hospital. Thomas C. Tobin of the St. Petersburg Times, wondered if this was an honest mistake, a slip of the tongue or “the naked truth, carelessly uttered on camera”? It would not be the first time that a cult spokesman has been badly briefed and unaware of the “correct” or KSW version of a story.
On its face, the statement marks a major change in Scientology’s version of events surrounding McPherson’s death. It was made and recorded in the presence of one of the church’s top lawyers, who agreed with it on camera. The new Scientology statement, or inadvertent admission, would mean McPherson was already dead when other Scientologists put her body into a van and took her to a distant hospital where a Scientology doctor was available to perjure himself for the cause. This is a profound departure from what church officials had said previously about the case. Mike Rinder, the Scientology official who made the remark, said his remark had been misconstrued and the church’s account had not changed. Abelson, the Scientology lawyer, accused the reporters of being agents of the German government (which is notably suspicious of Scientology).
Ken Dandar, a Tampa lawyer representing McPherson’s family, believes otherwise: “I think he accidentally told the truth.” Dandar, who has viewed the tape, is alleging in a Hillsborough County lawsuit that the Church of Scientology is responsible for McPherson’s death.
Medical examiner Joan Wood said McPherson died of a blood clot brought on by bed rest and severe dehydration. She also contends McPherson was unconscious for up to two days before her death and had not had fluids in five to 10 days. She might in fact have been dead for several days before her watchers realized she was not simply unconscious or asleep. At no time was medical assistance called.
Previously, church officials have insisted McPherson died after she left the hotel. They said she suddenly fell ill at the Fort Harrison, a Scientology retreat where she spent 17 days after suffering a psychological breakdown. The church also said McPherson was speaking to her caretakers and capable of walking when she was placed in a Scientology van at the Fort Harrison and driven 24 miles to a New Port Richey emergency room, where a Scientologist doctor was awaiting her arrival, but she stopped breathing just as they arrived at the hospital. When asked why treatment was not sought sooner and why she was not taken to a closer hospital, church officials have said no one on staff knew it was an emergency. If Lisa was already dead and had been dead for some time, they were for once almost telling the truth.
“If you combine [Rinder’s] statement with the records at the New Port Richey hospital, it leads to the inescapable conclusion that they were trying to cover up her death at the hotel,” said Dandar.
In a written statement to the Times, Rinder sought to paper over the crack. “The point being made for a German audience completely unfamiliar with this issue was that the only connection between the church and Lisa McPherson was that she had been staying in a hotel room at the church and that, had this occurred in any other hotel or with someone from another religion, it would not have been a media event. There is no change in the facts concerning the circumstances of Ms. McPherson’s death.” Considering that Ms McPherson was handed over by the Clearwater Hospital into the care of known Scientologists and thereafter remained locked into a room within a property entirely owned by Scientology, this is ingenuous. Scientologists do not stay in other hotels, and no-one from any other religion has ever occupied room 147 at the Fort Harrison Hotel since it was bought by the cult.
There are further implications. In Florida, it is illegal “knowingly” to fail or refuse to report a death to the medical examiner. It is illegal to disturb or move a body “or any article upon or near the body, with the intent to alter the evidence or circumstances surrounding the death.” To do so is a first degree misdemeanor. The cult ignores this law with apparent impunity every time there is a death or serious accident on cult property. In the case of Lisa McPherson the flap was worse than usual, as she had been treated according to Ron Hubbard’s “tech” and the “tech” had manifestly not worked.
Lawyer Lee Fugate of Clearwater, who represents the church, blames the controversy surrounding McPherson’s death on the German government, which has been in a heated battle with Scientology’s German chapters in recent years.
Some Pinellas County officials say all the Scientology deaths would have gotten more scrutiny if they had occurred today because of what officials have learned through McPherson’s death, years of dealing with the Church of Scientology and better investigative technology.
The Clearwater police say: “We would handle things differently today. We’d be more cautious and we’d talk to more people and look at the scene in more depth.”
QUENTIN HUBBARD, 6 January 1954-12 November 1976
http://www.skeptictank.org/hs/dps-cos.htm and many other sites.
I do not like to write about the death of Quentin Hubbard, or even think about it. I believe, without any doubt, that he was killed by Scientologists – that he was abducted or kidnapped, held captive, abused, tortured, stripped of all his ID, and finally set out like human rubbish, unconscious, to die alone in his car, sealed except for the hose delivering exhaust fumes. I have not the slightest doubt that his abduction, torture, the fake suicide, and perhaps even his eventual death in hospital were the work of Scientology thugs acting on the wishes, if not the detailed instructions, of his father, and that Quentin was supposed simply to vanish, never more to annoy his father. It is a coincidence that he did not: the thugs did not do their job well enough.
It is unlikely to be a coincidence that on 6 December 1976, the church published a Policy Letter stating: “It shall be a Committee of Evidence offense… to accept for processing and process any PC (parishioner) … who is terminally ill, regardless of what the org. may have promised or asserted. Such diseases as advanced cancer are included.” When Quentin Hubbard died, no public notice of the death was published and no service was held. Church members who knew him found out about his death through newspapers and rumor.
According to a report in http://www.freiescientologen.de/quentin.htm
“Mary Sue Hubbard hired Joe Lisa to investigate Quentin’s death. Joe Lisa called in to a radio show I was on. Joe said there was a carpet runner in the trunk of the car Quentin was found in, rolled up, and it had hairs belonging to Quentin on it, as if he had been incapacitated elsewhere, rolled up in the carpet runner, and driven in the trunk to the site on Sunset Road, where the ‘suicide’ was staged. Joe Lisa was an unindicted co-conspirator in US vs Mary Sue Hubbard in 1982. NB: Blood analysis showed that carbon monoxide (CO) was NOT the cause of death, it was the assumption made upon his delivery to the hospital, but was not indicated as a factor from blood work. IMO, this was not a suicide. I don’t think Mary Sue thought so either. What struck me also was the evidence of staph infection and multiple needle marks…”
The autopsy found no definitive cause of death but was able to confirm that Quentin had not tried to commit suicide. If suicide and natural causes must be ruled out, then nothing is left but foul play.
The shore story is that Quentin Hubbard died in hospital at Las Vegas after being found apparently suffering from CO poisoning in a sealed car. Quentin Hubbard, born 6 January 1954, was the first son of L. Ron Hubbard and his third wife, Mary Sue Hubbard. He was found naked and comatose, but still alive, in his car on 28 October 1976 and died in hospital on 12 November 1976 without recovering consciousness. When Hubbard was given the news, according to Doreen Smith (at that time one of his most trusted Messengers) he said “That stupid fucking kid! That stupid fucking kid! Look what he’s done to me!” His mother, who does not appear to have been privy to the plot, broke down and screamed for ten minutes. She later told friends that her son had died from encephalitis, but some Scientologists were told he had been murdered.
Earlier in 1976, Quentin, a highly trained Class XII auditor and OT 7, had fallen out with his father, who had for the second time reduced him from Class XII to pre-clear, the lowest rank. Quentin left California and headed east, probably intending to become a pilot but he got no further than Las Vegas. He was still alive when he was found naked in his car, on Sunset Street, near the airport. The exhaust was piped through a window into the car and gaps were stuffed with tissues. Neither he nor the vehicle carried any identification, though a registration document with the address of the Scientology headquarters in Clearwater was found eventually. No autopsy was allowed by the cult (on religious grounds) but the death certificate suggests he was an active homosexual. This seems to be a moot point; semen in the rectal canal could just as well be evidence for homosexual rape and by some accounts there was no semen.
He died on 12 November and the body was identified by Dick Weigand on 15 November: “It’s Quentin all right.” (If DW was privy to the plot, he would not have expected Quentin to turn up alive in hospital. That was a bit of a blow.) LRG and MSH were informed on 17 November and there was an immediate cover-up. Sensitive documents were stolen from the coroner’s office and taken to Hubbard. Scientologists were not told about Quentin’s death, but he was well-known and popular and news got around. Those who found out he was dead were told he had been murdered. But some care had been taken to suggest a disreputable death. He was found unkempt with a beard stubble whereas normally he was ultra-meticulous in his appearance. The license plates of the car were hidden under a rock some distance away, something he could hardly have done himself and had no reason to do. His wallet was gone, also making identification difficult. There was a near-empty bottle of liquor but Quentin did not drink. There were needle marks on his arms but he did not use drugs (Scientologists very seldom do.)
Monica Pignotti, who knew him, believed he killed himself, but mainly because he had attempted suicide before. “He could see no way out of the trap he was in. Having been born into Scientology, he could not envision living outside of the cult, but could not stand living in it. It is too late for Quentin. He is gone and no one can undo that the damage that was done to him.”
But the suicide was faked. The condition of his body when found is consistent with his having been kept prisoner for several days, drugged and possibly also raped, before having all his identity stripped from him, and shut in his car with the engine running and a hose-pipe venting the exhaust fumes into the car. He had just escaped from the cult and had no reason to hide his identity or to set up an elaborate suicide. There is a rumour that he died shortly after being visited in hospital by representatives of the cult who recognised him easily by his red hair and red moustache. Did his father perhaps hope that Quentin would simply vanish?
Most of what follows comes from the affidavit given by Hana Whitfield.
Hubbard had planned for Quentin to take over his technical position when he died. But Quentin’s only desire was to become a pilot. During the 1970s on board the Apollo HEW often saw him walking along the decks or passageways mimicking an airplane. Quentin went AWOL from the ship twice in 1975 while we were on board the Apollo in the Caribbean. Both times, teams of crew were sent ashore to look for him. At one of those times, I was standing on B Deck Aft with Hubbard, his wife Mary Sue, some Aides and the Ship’s Captain, about fifteen of us, waiting for Quentin’s return. It was night time, and cold. Hubbard was mad at Quentin. He muttered under his breath on and off how much trouble Quentin was causing and the time he was wasting. Several times Hubbard ordered specific penalties to be assigned to Quentin after his return. Mary Sue was distraught and worried sick about her son. When Quentin finally returned, he was quiet and looked exhausted. Late that night, I heard Hubbard shouting in his B Deck cabin. In late October or early November, 1976 in Clearwater, a GO staff member briefed us that on 28 October that year, Quentin was found unconscious in his car outside Las Vegas and was hospitalized. About two weeks later we learned he was dead. A few days after that, we heard that Mary Sue ordered three autopsies done, and the third located the cause of Quentin’s death; he was suffering from a rare disease. We weren’t told its name. I and others I knew, questioned why we were not given more information about how Quentin was found, hospitalized and how he died. Many years later, I saw the Coroner’s report and the Report of Investigation, and I read that Quentin had a possible cerebral abscess when he died, but no trace of carbon monoxide toxicity.
Kennedy was a former member of the intelligence division (B1) of Scientology. Spanky says Kennedy saw the Quentin Hubbard files. From what he saw in the files he believed that L. Ron Hubbard ordered the death of Quentin Hubbard once he reached the hospital, and was alive, after his suicide attempt. The reason he thought Hubbard had his son murdered (reading the reports from the people in Las Vegas) even though they were vetted he saw what he firmly believed was an operation to end the embarrassment of Quentin Hubbard to the Scientology Organization. This is easy to believe.
Dennis Erlich has written that he was Quentin’s auditor and that Quentin was going around telling everyone that his father was insane. This would give Hubbard a powerful incentive to “take care” of his son one way or another. If it was his idea to remove all clues to his identity this suggest that he hoped the murder would never come to light but remain an unsolved crime. His fury when Quentin died, and when the “suicide” was revealed as phony, suggests that he knew it would come back to haunt him. There is a rumor that he as murdered in his hospital room by Scientology members who illegally took him off life support.
Quentin’s girlfriend about 1976 was Sue Berstein, a CCLA Div. 6 reg. (If Quentin was gay, then he was bi-sexual or Sue was a shore story. But she was definitely in love back then, and I remember Q sending her flowers.) But Quentin seemed to fail at everything. He just loved airplanes, period. He was secretly taking drawing lessons from Larry Luck at the beach at Flag, so no one would know if he failed. Also, his former bodyguard (Scandinavian name . . . I don’t remember right now) said that it definitely was not a suicide. I have my own way of piecing together the story, and I agree that it might not have been suicide. But I don’t have anything vaguely resembling hard evidence.
Another report states that Quentin flirted with many staff members & FCCIs. HW did not think this was a real relationship (with Sue Berstein). They weren’t allowed unless married.
As in 1971 on the Apollo, Artie Maren was the Intelligence missionaire handling the public relations around the Quentin Hubbard death in Las Vegas. During a deposition taken of Lavenda Van Schaick in her Boston case, she alleged that Artie Maren had raped her. Bruce Raymond was the B1 guy who did the dirty work on the Quentin Hubbard death situation in Las Vegas. He is the guy who knew for sure and who was the most involved in the dirtiest part of the cover-up or the actual murder.
Quentin Hubbard certainly attempted suicide more than once before he died, once by a drug overdose in 1974. However Scientology has several times pushed an individual to commit suicide, or used a previous attempt as a cover for murder, or has imitated a murder but claimed it was suicide. I believe Quentin was kidnapped, abused, drugged, dumped in his car, and an attempt was made to kill him with carbon monoxide. When this failed, and his identity became known, Plan B was used.
|Quentin Hubbard returns to the Founding Church for a special event
About four hundred people crowded the Academy and other areas of the Founding Church of Scientology on Saturday March 20th to see special guest speaker Quentin Hubbard and find out more about the new Flag Land Base in Clearwater, Florida.
|(from ‘Ability 293 Major’, Apr 76 (see also ‘Ability 294 Minor’, May 76))
The following has been suggested to me:
“Someone considered Quentin a barrier to seizing full control of the Church so they eliminated him, then they got rid of his mother by setting her up.
Now with them out of the way. It gave them the opportunity to put their agent in place and groom him to take control of the whole organization as its unquestioned Tzar or Dictator.
Their mole was none other than David Miscavige.
Again, just another one of them ‘conspiracy theories’?
The murder of David Sandweiss in 1977 is related.
David Sandweiss, Guardian’s Office (GO) Agent, was murdered in 1977, probably by Artie Maren and Bob Harvey, after refusing to commit suicide. He had been ordered to kill himself using Process R2-45 (a bullet to the head), allegedly because he had broken into a psychiatrist’s office in the Las Vegas area in 1977 and been caught. When he refused to commit suicide, he was murdered by two other GO agents who forced him to take a gun to his own head. David’s wife Lisa Sandweiss, the sister of Lavenda Van Schaick, witnessed this murder as she was hiding in the bushes in the front of their Las Vegas home. On May 27, 1996, Lavenda Van Schaick spoke out about this murder and asked to add some additional data to the Internet. The real reason was probably his relationship with Quentin and not some botched burglary.
Lavenda disclosed that in 1977, when she was on post as Ethics Officer at the Las Vegas Org, David Sandweiss told her in an ethics cycle (not only as her brother-in-law) that he had been Quentin Hubbard’s homosexual lover. Lavenda believes that L. Ron Hubbard murdered his son Quentin, bypassing his wife Mary Sue Hubbard, who at the time was the head of the Guardian’s Office, who were responsible for the murder. Lavenda claims that L. Ron Hubbard murdered Quentin because of his homosexuality. This explains why Mary Sue spent time in prison and why she and L. Ron Hubbard were estranged for the last eight years of his life.
After David Sandweiss confided in Lavenda that he had been Quentin’s lover, Lavenda refused to give GO his name. Several days later, she was brutally raped by two GO agents named Artie Maren and Bob Harvey at the Las Vegas home of GO agents Chuck and Mattie Reese. Lavenda’s six year old daughter Sabrina was kidnapped and held by GO for three days. Lavenda herself was driven in a white Volkwagen van to an undisclosed location and brutally raped, beaten, kicked in the uterus, urinated upon, drugged with sodium pentothal, and rendered unconscious. Lavenda believes the purpose of the rape and beatings was to force her to give GO the name of Quentin’s lover.
But they apparently found it somewhere else. One week later David Sandweiss was visited by two Guardian’s Office agents who ordered David to put a gun to his head and blow his brains out. Lisa witnessed this outside their home where she was hiding in the bushes. Lisa Sandweiss was the victim of a brutal rape after her son Ricky was born. David Sandweiss’ death was ruled a suicide by the coroner. So was Quentin’s.
SUSAN MEISTER d.25 June 1971 on board Apollo
One of the earliest of the many suspicious deaths in Scientology is that of Susan Meister, a member of the Sea Org, who died on board Hubbard’s flagship Apollo in 1971. She died of a bullet wound to the forehead, which they claimed was self inflicted and they left her body in Morocco where her father had to go to pick it up himself. Meanwhile a suicide note appeared, but the authorities could not read it, and her cabin had been cleared of all other papers, diaries, etc.
Hana Whitford, as second-in-command, was involved in the cover-up and is for once less than forthcoming: “I was on board the Apollo in mid-1971 when she allegedly shot herself. The ship was in Moroccan waters. Hubbard was aboard. Susan was on board about six months. She was ‘PTS’ [a potential trouble source] – her family was upset because the ship’s location was confidential and they did not know where she was. In mid 1971, in my office on A Deck, I heard a strange, sharp sound. It was traced to the aft bridge cabins where the senior Ship’s Officers berthed, and specifically to that of Chief Officer Amos Jessup. Susan was found, shot, lying on the bunk in Amos’ cabin. I helped Mary Sue Hubbard, who was in charge of the GO, to investigate the death. Mary Sue checked the aft bridge cabin where Susan died. I checked Susan’s bunk below decks and her possessions, but found nothing amiss. Mary Sue had already removed Susan’s letters, note books and other personal effects. I arranged for someone to send Susan’s clothes to her family. We interviewed Amos Jessup, who was visibly upset and shaking on and off. He blamed himself, as Susan wanted a committed relationship and he didn’t. Susan was in the cabin alone after he went to work. He didn’t see her alive again. He had no idea she was suicidal. We interviewed a deck hand who was working on A deck port side, aft of the bridge cabin, when the shot occurred. He reported the sound and located Amos. We interviewed Susan’s superior, the ship’s medical officer and several other people. They all said Susan was emotionally unstable. Mary Sue wrote a report for the Moroccan police.” HEW 186.
It is unlikely that the Moroccan police could read a word of it or would understand that this was suicide. Had she shot herself in the head there would have been powder burns …. but there were no powder burns. An anonymous FACT.net source was standing on deck on watch at the time and saw it all occur. According to this source, Susan Meister had just had a very intense and public argument with Hubbard on the deck of the Apollo.
A new report disagrees with the “intense argument” part of the above report, because “in those days NOBODY had intense arguments with Hubbard.” But this means nothing if Susan was psychotic.
Artie Maren is reported to have been involved in Susan Meister’s death, as he was later involved in the death of Quentin Hubbard.
The following account is taken from Jon Atack, A Piece of Blue Sky, Chapter 4.
Susan Meister was introduced to Scientology in San Francisco in the autumn of 1970. By November, she was working at the San Francisco Org. She was an eager convert, and tried to persuade her parents to become Scientologists. She wanted to be close to the “Founder,” and contribute to “Clearing the Planet,” so in February 1971 she joined the Sea Org. By the end of the month she was aboard the “ Flagship” Apollo. Her stay there was brief and tragic. By 25 June she was dead.
Letter 12. May 1971:
Her last letter to her parents from the Apollo was dated June 1971. In it she thanked them for a birthday card, and a variety of gifts, including a new dress. She continued, showing the effect upon a young and impressionable mind Hubbard’s obsession with the “great conspiracy” against him:
I can’t tell you exactly where we are. We have enemies who are profiting from peoples’ ignorance and lack of self-determinism and do not wish to see us succeed in restoring freedom and self-determinism to this planet’s people. If these people were to find out where we are located – they would attempt to destroy us. Therefore, we are not allowed to say where this ship is located.
She once more urged her mother to read Hubbard’s books, and take Scientology courses. Ten days after writing the letter, Susan was dead. George Meister, Susan’s father, was away from his Colorado home on a business trip when Guardian’s Office Public Relations man Artie Maren phoned. George Meister met Maren the next day, and was presented with an unsigned “fact sheet” giving the Scientologists’ account of events as a series of numbered statements.
Meister told Artie Maren that he wanted the body to be flown back to the U.S. for burial. Meister received a letter from Bob Thomas at the Church of Scientology in Los Angeles explaining that the “Panamanian” owners of the Apollo were not obliged to give information to the Church of Scientology. However, the Apollo’s captain, Norman Starkey, offered to pay for a Christian burial in Morocco, but regretted that they would not pay for the body to be returned to the United States.
George Meister, dazed by the news, decided to go to Morocco to try and verify the circumstances of his daughter’s death. He was told he would be able to see the body in the morgue in Safi. He left for Morocco on July 14.
Meister was met at the airport in Casablanca by Sea Org member Peter Warren, who escorted him to the Marhaba Hotel. Meister met the U.S. vice-consul, Jack Galbraith, and explained the purpose of his mission.
During this meeting with Galbraith, Warren phoned to say he would drive Meister the 120 miles to Sail. Warren said the Apollo was already past its scheduled departure date, but would wait a little longer, because of Meister’s presence.
Meister arranged to leave the following morning at 6:00 a.m., accompanied by Galbraith, Warren and a Sea Org girl called Joni. Their first stop in Sail was the police station. Meister says the police official he spoke to genuinely tried to help. He showed Meister a photograph taken aboard the Apollo, showing the dead girl.
According to her father, in the photograph he was shown, Susan was “lying on a bunk, wearing the new dress her mother had made for her, her arms crossed with a long barreled revolver on her breast. A bullet hole was in the center of her forehead and blood was running out of the corners of her mouth. I began to wonder how Susan could possibly shoot herself in the center of her forehead with the long barreled revolver. She would have had to hold it with both hands at arms length. There were no powder burns on her forehead, which certainly would have been the case if the gun was against her forehead as it would have to be to shoot herself as the photograph appeared.”
The police said the revolver was not available for inspection. Meister was shown the police report, but it was in French, which neither he nor Galbraith spoke. Meister was told that the police were unwilling to release copies of either the report or their photographs.
Meister and Galbraith went on to the hospital where Susan’s body had been taken. During the autopsy her intestines and her brains had been removed. Meister says that Warren admitted that he had given permission, believing that Susan might have been on drugs. Meister asked to see the body, which he had been told was in a refrigerated morgue. To his amazement, he was told by a doctor that they did not know where the body was.
The next day, with Warren and Joni still in attendance, they had an audience with the Pasha of Safi. The Pasha told Meister he could not have copies of the police report, or the photographs. He said he had transferred the records to the provincial capital, Marrakesh. When Meister pressed him to find the whereabouts of Susan’s body, the Pasha told him the interview was over.
Meister asked Warren if he could see Ron Hubbard. He knew that Hubbard’s daughter, Diana, was about Susan’s age. In Meister’s own words:
Passing the guarded gates into the port compound, we had our first look at Hubbard’s ship, Apollo. It appeared to be old, and as we boarded it, the girls manning the deck gave us a hand salute. All were dressed in work type clothing of civilian origin. Most appeared to be young. Upon boarding we were shown the stern of the ship, which was used as a reading room, with several people sitting in chairs reading books. The mention of Susan seemed to meet disapproval from those on board …. We were shown where Susan’s quarters were in the stern of the ship below decks where it appeared fifty or so people were sleeping on shelf type bunks. Susan’s letter had mentioned she shared a cabin all the way forward with one other person. Next we were shown the cabin next to the pilot house on the bridge where the alleged suicide had taken place. It was a small cabin and appeared to be one where a duty officer might catch some sleep while underway …. We were not allowed to see any more of the ship …. I requested an interview with Hubbard as he was then on board. Warren said he would ask …. He returned in about a half hour and said Hubbard had declined to see me.
Meister and Galbraith returned to Casablanca. Meister found that the thirty or so films he had been carrying with him had disappeared, including the film he had shot of Sail and the Apollo.
As I was preparing to leave the hotel [to take the flight home], the telephone in my room rang. It was Warren who said he had to see me at once on a matter of utmost urgency. I told him I would see him in the lobby …. Warren came into the lobby a very frightened man. His face was pale and he motioned me to a chair in the corner of the lobby… he told me he was sent to make a settlement with me in cash.
Meister was outraged by this suggestion, and told Warren to deal with his attorney. “At the airport, just prior to boarding, I was accosted by a large man in a pinstripe suit carrying a briefcase. He said, ‘We are watching you and so are the CIA and the FBI.’ ”
After his return to the U.S., Meister found that his daughter had been buried in a Casablanca cemetery, wrapped in a burlap sack, before his visit to Morocco. He arranged to have the body exhumed and shipped to the U.S. in a sealed tin coffin. His local Health Authority, in Colorado, received an anonymous letter before the body was returned. It said in part:
There has been a Cholera epidemic in Morocco… there have been a recorded two to three hundred deaths. And it’s been brought to my attention that the daughter of one George Meister died in Morocco, either by accident or from cholera, probably the latter.
The Los Angeles Times picked up the story: “According to a Nov. 11, 1971, letter from Assistant Secretary of State David M. Abshire to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee – the Apollo’s Port Captain threatened in the presence of the American Vice Consul from Casablanca, William J. Galbraith, that he had enough material, including compromising photographs of Miss Meister, to smear Mr. Meister. . . . Meister is said to have left Morocco the day before the threat was made.”
The Scientologists then launched a campaign against Galbraith, with little success; for example, telling newspaper men that he had threatened that the CIA would sink the Apollo!
Meister received anonymous letters saying that his daughter had made pornographic films, and that she had been a drug addict. Meister says he continued to be harassed for six years. The harassment stopped around the time of the FBI raids on the Guardian’s Office, in the Summer of 1977.
If Susan Meister did commit suicide, several questions remain. She had been aboard the Apollo for four months. During that time, she sent consistently enthusiastic letters to her parents. To commit suicide, she must have undergone a very rapid mood change. She must also have lost her faith in the efficacy of Scientology. If this was so, what had caused this sudden shift of opinion, and why didn’t she leave the Apollo?
Letters were censored before leaving the Apollo, and the passports of those aboard were held by the Ethics Office. So perhaps she was unable to write the truth of what she had discovered, and unable to leave the ship. Perhaps. There is also a story that she had asked to go home – perhaps because a love affair had gone wrong – and Hubbard had refused this request.
There is no concrete evidence to show that Susan Meister’s death was not suicide. But the whole affair is compounded by the events which followed. By creating the Sea Org, and taking to the sea, Hubbard had successfully put himself beyond the law. There was no coroner’s investigation into the death. It is likely that a verdict at least of foul play would have been returned if there had been such an investigation.
An article in the LA Times, Tuesday August 29, 1978, “Scientology Mystery” talked about the Meister suicide.