Deaths Related to scientology NOTE: THE FOLLOWING WAS COPY/PASTED FROM WIKIPEDIA: List of deaths related to Scientology - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 1980 - Josephus A. Havenith - Clearwater, Florida Found dead at the Fort Harrison Hotel in February 1980. He was found in a bathtub filled with water hot enough to have burned his skin off. The official cause of death was drowning, although coroner noted that his head was not submerged. 1987 - Frank Vitkovic - Queen Street, Melbourne, Australia Frank Vitkovic opened fire in a business building in Melbourne, Australia, killing 8 people and wounding five others before he plunged to his death trying to escape. Two months prior to the attacks he had taken a personality test offered by the Church of Scientology, which the volunteer read as indicating that he was extremely depressed. This was the second worst test result the Scientology volunteer had ever seen. It was later presented during the inquest that while the organization had found him to be depressed, they did not take the appropriate measures with that information which could have prevented the massacre, and that the test possibly contributed to Vitkovic's mental state at the time of the shootings. 1988 - Heribert Pfaff - Clearwater, Florida Died of a seizure in the Fort Harrison Hotel. He had recently stopped taking his seizure medication in favour of a vitamin program. 1990 - Noah Lottick - New York City, New York Committed suicide on May 11, 1990 by jumping from a 10th-floor hotel window, clutching his only remaining money in his hands. After his death, a controversy arose revolving around his parents' concern over his membership in the Church of Scientology. Lottick's suicide was profiled in the Time cover story that was highly critical of Scientology, "The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power," which received the Gerald Loeb Award, the Worth Bingham Prize, and the Conscience in Media Award. 1995 - Lisa McPherson - Clearwater, Florida Died after spending 17 days in room 174, of the Fort Harrison. The official cause of death at the time was a blood clot caused by dehydration and bedrest, although this was later challenged in court. In 1997 an official church spokesman stated that Lisa McPherson died at the Fort Harrison, rather than on the way to the hospital. This was later retracted. 1998 - Philip Gale - Cambridge, Massachusetts Gale chose Friday, the thirteenth of March (Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard's birthday) as the day he wanted to commit suicide, falling to his death from a classroom window on the fifteenth floor of a building on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus. Several years earlier, he had left Scientology after deciding it was not for him, becoming enamored of the postmodern parody religion Church of the SubGenius. 2000 - Stacy Meyer - Riverside County, California Died from electrocution in an underground electrical transformer vault on the grounds of Scientology's "Gold Base" located at Gilman Hot Springs, California. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health investigated the incident, particularly issues including training of individuals entering the area in question, potential training or lack thereof of Meyer herself, and posting of proper signs warning of high voltage. 2003 - Elli Perkins - Buffalo, New York Perkins was murdered by her son, who had mental health problems; she had sought out alternatives to psychiatry due to Scientology's opposition to psychiatric methodology. Her death was profiled on the CBS News 48 Hours program, titled: "Scientology - A Question of Faith". 2007 - Michael, Kathryn, and Sue Walicki - Revesby, New South Wales Australia On July 5, 2007, Linda Walicki fatally stabbed her father and sister, and seriously wounded her mother. The cause of the attack was later determined to be a psychotic episode after her parents, who were both Scientologists, convinced her to replace her prescribed anti-depressants and anti-psychotic medication with vitamins obtained from the United States due to their religious beliefs. While they relented three weeks prior to the killings and reintroduced her to the prescription medication, the lapse in medication is believed to have caused the psychotic episode. On July 30, 2008, Linda was declared not guilty by reasons of insanity. 2008 - Kaja Bordevich Ballo - Nice, France Committed suicide after taking the Oxford Capacity Analysis run by the Church of Scientology. She was the daughter of Olav Gunnar Ballo, a member of the Norwegian Parliament.