Deaths Related to scientology

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  1. Eveco Member

    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.
  2. Ersatz Global Moderator

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  3. Skeptic1337 Member

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    CNTRL key is working.
  4. Anonymous Member

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    Someone needs a beginner's course in correlation vs causation.
  5. Anonymous Member

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    And why are they dead? (seek the mirror Luke) almost a shame to put up such a pitiful list when ther have been so many.
  6. DeathHamster Member

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    St. Pete Times had more in a single article.

  7. Anonymous Member

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    the Cassano's are now Kirstie Alleys Landlords for her Clearwater Orgasmic Lemurs Operation
  8. Anonymous Member

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    OP, your list doesn't even mention on of the earliest and most suspicious death which was of Susan Meister who was on Hubbard's flagship Apollo (of which he himself was on board) back in 1971.

    She died of a bullet wound to the forehead of which it was claimed to be self inflicted and they left her body in Morocco where her father had to go to pick it up himself.

    A Piece Of Blue Sky - Part 4, Chapter 4: The Death of Susan Meister

    Scientology: Susan Meister Letters

    If you had done even 5 minutes of research on the internet OP the list you have would be immensly bigger.
  9. Rockyj Member

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    This is the first time I have read this story about this young woman's death and I can tell you as a Mother of beautiful daughters just how disheartening this story is.

  10. Anonymous Member

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    Yes, this is part of the history that the "it's all DM" don't want to address, and that is why there is distrust of this group.

    Suspicious deaths is one list. But the list of those who died due to criminally abusive neglect and/or voodoo pseudoscience is expansive, and one that likely will never be fully known.

    And That is the other reason of distrust of the "carry on" group. Scientology "tech" is not scientifically peer reviewed and practices medicine without a license. That is it in a nutshell. While any new age stuff involving "talk therapy, which is some of lower sci bridge stuff, could be claimed at least as harmless and at best sometimes helpful, the fact is none are qualified for either physical medicinal field nor mental field.

    You see, it has nothing to do with religion or spirituality, when it comes to the objections. It has to do with practicing without a license and putting people's physical and mental health in danger. That's really all the fuss and fighting is about.
  11. Bipolart Member

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    Horrible. Just horrible.

    No matter how many times I read about these deaths, it's still heartbreaking.

    brb Kleenex
  12. Rockyj Member

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    This is why comments like this on MR's blog makes me sad & pisses me off!
    Yes I understand they are defending their beliefs but doing so they are defending LRH who was far more evil then DM.

  13. Anonymous Member

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    Consider this hypothetical. Person is on a certain medication which they need in order to function. Person gets handed CCHR crap or other cult scaremongering materials. Person goes off meds and really nasty shit happens. No link to the cult would be noted. Only a hypothetical, but it does make you wonder how many incidents similar to this may have happened.
  14. Anonymous Member

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    Yes, this should be noted as the Elli Perkins effect of scientology!

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