Scientology Photoshopping: Erasing L. Ron Hubbard’s second wife from ‘The RON Series’

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  1. The Wrong Guy Member

    Scientology Photoshopping: Erasing L. Ron Hubbard’s second wife from ‘The RON Series’ | The Underground Bunker

    We have a real treat for you today, and it comes courtesy of someone we are honored to have helping us out.

    We met Lauren Wolf when she was helping Lawrence Wright as the research assistant on his epic 2013 book on Scientology, Going Clear, and she’s been a friend to the Underground Bunker ever since.

    Recently, she emailed us with a hot tip, and we are so glad that she did.

    First, for a little background. Longtime Scientology Watchers know that the founder of Scientology was married three times. L. Ron Hubbard (1911-1986) married Margaret “Polly” Grubb (1907-1963) in 1933 and they had two children, L. Ron Hubbard Jr. (also known as “Nibs”, 1934-1991) and Katherine, known as Katie or Kay (1936-2010).

    In 1945, after the war, Hubbard moved into a room at the Pasadena home of John Whiteside “Jack” Parsons, a rocket scientist at Caltech and an amateur occultist. At the time, Parsons was seeing a woman who Hubbard soon stole away. Her name was Sara Elizabeth Northrup (1924-1997). She also went by “Betty.”

    In 1946, Ron, Sara, and Jack came up with a business scheme which would involve buying sailboats in Florida (with money that was almost all Jack’s) and then sailing them to California to sell for a profit. Hubbard and Sara went to Miami and bought a sailboat, but it soon became clear to Parsons that his money had gone to buy his friends a nice life in Florida and they weren’t going anywhere. Jack ended up suing them, there was a settlement, Ron and Sara sold the boat, and by August 1946 they were in Maryland, where Ron convinced Sara to marry him.

    There was the little problem, however, that he had not yet divorced Polly, and wouldn’t for another year. But his bigamy didn’t become public until 1951 when, a year after Ron and Sara had had a child together (Alexis, who arrived just a few weeks before Dianetics did in May 1950), Sara sued for divorce and went public with accusations that her husband was a lunatic.

    1951 was a nightmare year for Hubbard, who at one point absconded with Alexis and hid out in Cuba while the press was at its worst. Sara eventually got Alexis back, and in return signed a retraction of what she’d said about Ron as the two divorced.

    By 1952, he’d regrouped in Phoenix, came up with something called Scientology to succeed Dianetics, and met and married his third wife, Mary Sue Whipp (1931-2002). And ever after, Hubbard did his best to erase Sara Northrup and Alexis from the record of his life.

    But let’s now return to June 1946. Hubbard and Sara were in Miami, having bought a sailboat with money from Jack Parsons, when the opportunity of a little publicity presented itself. A glowing (in fact, practically worshipful) article about Hubbard appeared in the June 30, 1946 issue of the Miami Daily News, written by staff writer Mike Schindler. Titled “The World’s His Oyster,” Schindler’s article talks of Ron and “Mrs. Hubbard” preparing to set sail for the Caribbean, and it features a number of photos of the two of them getting their vessel ready.

    Lauren explains how she ran into a version of that news story as it was reproduced in the “RON Series” of biographical books put out recently by the Church of Scientology…

    While working as a research assistant and fact-checker for Larry it became clear that a great starting point for new research trails was the church’s own publications. For example, you look at the LRH magazines (which they recently republished as “The RON Series,” supposedly a “biographical encyclopedia”) and see correspondence between Hubbard and his friends. We’d say, well, where are those originals? You highlighted the Heinlein archive the other day, which holds extensive correspondence between the two men. We found more letters in other library collections. Sure enough, when you compare the original copies of Hubbard’s letters with the church’s publications it’s clear that they’ve carefully excerpted what they want from them. There are many mentions of Sara in Hubbard’s correspondence, and obviously the church isn’t going to include those. So I was flipping through the “Master Mariner” issue one day [See the cover, above] looking for something else when I paused on “The World’s His Oyster” story. I looked at the date and realized Sara had to have been with him. So I went to the Google Newspaper Archive, and you can imagine my surprise when I found the original article and photos. If only I’d thought to look earlier! At this point Going Clear was well into publication so we weren’t able to get it in the book. You might recall in Going Clear that this was quite a dark period for Sara. Her father had recently died and Hubbard had begun beating her in Florida. Interestingly, she is referred to as his wife, Mrs. Hubbard, in the article, but they weren’t married until that August, only after Hubbard threatened to kill himself unless she complied.

    What a great find. Now, let’s show you the images so you can see what Lauren is referring to. You can pull up the Miami Daily News issue of June 30, 1946 on Google and look at the original newspaper article for yourself. You’ll see that it includes numerous photos of Hubbard and Sara, including this great one of the two of them at the helm of their sailboat, the “Blue Water II.”


    Now, if you happen to have a copy of the “Master Mariner” volume of the RON series of “biographical encyclopedias,” you will find on page 101 a slightly shortened version of the Miami Daily News story, with this image…


    And now, here’s a side-by-side comparison, just so you can appreciate the Photoshop job done by the worker drones at the Church of Scientology…


    Naturally, Sara is erased from the reprinted article as well. (Although she was hardly mentioned in the original.)

    We thought you might like to see the text of the story (the Google archive is a little difficult to read). As you’ll see, Mr. Schindler’s gushing is really over the top.

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  2. RolandRB Member

    The clams are good at disappearing wives. :)
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  3. 00anon00 Member

    Points ^^
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  4. BigBeard Member

    They also shooped out the mizzen mast, behind her head in the original photo, of the ketch. Which would make it very difficult to control.

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  5. RolandRB Member

    Not if you have OT Powerz!!
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  6. Quentinanon Member

    Look at the inside of the steering wheel at 8 o'clock. The scientology fail shoopist missed part of Sara's left leg.
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  7. Ogsonofgroo Member

    Did they miss the old BBC interview with Tubs the space cadet in '67? "I have no second wife...blah blah blah blither blah..." (I haven't looked at the article yet, will do so later)

    What a slimy psychotic fucking freak the lying charlatan was, and so much moar!

    Hm, they shooped out Nibs from one of his lecture photo-ops too, way back when he finally escaped from LRon's clutches.
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  8. RightOn Member

    the mizzen mast is mizzen?
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  9. Ogsonofgroo Member

    Not that it matters much but that is a yawl (mizzen behind the rudder post), not a ketch. A yawl uses the mizzen's sail to aid steering, where a ketch's mizzen is larger and helps drive the boat.

    Carry on!

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  10. Yawl come back now, hear?
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  11. Anonymous Member

    Interesting post from Science Doc on Tony's comment thread:

    We live in a unique time in history in which the availability of information about past events INCREASES as we move forward in time, due to the compilation of searchable databases. In the past, 1950 for example, newspapers would be thrown away in a few days, and phone calls across state lines were expensive and uncommon. You could travel to physical archives and with time and luck you could dig isolated and targeted items out such as marriage certificates. But it was hard. All of this is increasingly easy with searchable databases. Fairly convincing lies in 1950 were nearly irrefutable by 1960, but are easily checked in 2014.

    This hasn't worked out well for pathological liars such as Hubbard.
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  12. Quentinanon Member

    And Hubbard's business model was based on the difficulties in access, storage and retrieval of documents during the 1950's, 60's, and 70's. The internet and cheap digital storage will increasingly make existence tough for scientology. And the beauty of that is there is no single person, or even small group of people they can target to "ruin utterly" and make the internet and computers go away. It's like a continuing tsunami that they can do nothing about. It pounds on and gradually washes the cult away.
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  13. cuedude Member

    crap even thestearn doesn't line up with the side rails that is a boat that's sinking
  14. I realize that such activity is everyday commonplace in "1984" but it makes me wonder HOW does the Co$ worker manage to do this without wondering What and Why? Can't imagine the lies that must be told to them so that they try to change history.

  15. I was thinking the same thing. One would have to be a raving fanatic to stay in the cult all the while making such falsifications and lies. I used to be in the cult and even I have a hard time understanding this in some ways.
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  16. DeathHamster Member

    It's ketch-22.
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  17. The Wrong Guy Member

    Scientology Photoshopping, Part 2: A mystery disappearance on the yacht Apollo

    Yesterday, we told you about Lauren Wolf describing what it was like to work for Lawrence Wright on his book Going Clear and finding an example of Scientology trying to erase the existence of L. Ron Hubbard’s second wife, Sara Northrup, from the record with creative photoshopping.

    She told us that in the “Master Mariner” volume of “The RON Series” of “biographical encyclopedias” ... she found an example of the church pulling Sara from a 1946 photograph of her with Hubbard.

    This is the set of books that Scientology has asked its members to raise money for in order to send out copies to foreign governments and other “opinion leaders.” It’s as official as it gets when it comes to a Church of Scientology record of its founder, and Lauren found a pretty blatant example that it plays fast and loose with the truth.

    And while we were working with her on that story, we found another example.

    While leafing through the same “Master Mariner” book, we spotted an image that we know well.

    In January of 2012, we revealed that we’d been leaked a full set of schematics and renderings of what would become Scientology’s “Super Power Building” (officially named the “Flag Building” today). A few images of the space-age interiors had leaked to the press before our story, but this was the first time a full set of images from every planned floor in the building was made public. (And it’s when we fell in love with the fifth floor’s “Oiliness Table” along with several other bizarre pieces of equipment.)

    The building has so many extraordinary features, but one that really stuck out was the museum to L. Ron Hubbard that was planned for part of the first floor. In one section of it, plans called for a tribute to the yacht Apollo, from which L. Ron Hubbard ran Scientology while plying the Mediterranean, Atlantic, and Caribbean from 1967 to 1975.

    The display called for a mock-up of part of the Apollo‘s deck, complete with replica lifeboat, and the centerpiece of the diorama was a life-size photo of L. Ron Hubbard and one of his crew talking and walking on the deck right at you. Here’s the image of what they planned to build, and you’ll see what effect they were going for…


    At the time we posted that image, several readers pointed out that if you look very closely, you can see that behind Hubbard there’s what looks like a small girl trailing him…


    And that made sense. Because one of the most well-known features of the Apollo were its young “Commodore’s Messengers” — young girls whose job it was to carry Hubbard’s messages to different parts of the ship and imitate the way he gave those orders as closely as they could. The Messengers, who had been turned over to Hubbard’s navy by their parents, were also responsible for doing Hubbard’s laundry, drawing his baths, lighting his cigarettes, and many other tasks. They also took a lot of verbal abuse from him if all of the detergent smell hadn’t been rinsed out of his shirts or for any number of other transgressions.

    Once Scientology’s top management went back to land in 1975, the Commodore’s Messenger Organization (made up of both young men and women) eventually became one of the most powerful organizations in a status-crazed movement. Current Scientology leader David Miscavige became leader of the CMO in 1979, and his (missing) wife Shelly was once a Messenger on the Apollo.

    Hubbard’s use of young girls in this way doesn’t really go over so well today, and you don’t see Scientology discuss it much. And maybe that explains what we found on page 126 of the “Master Mariner” volume of “The RON Series”…


    Hey, where’d she go? Oh, those Photoshop wizards at Bridge Publications, they really are something.

    We looked around online, and found that Martin Ottman had spotted another photograph of this trio on the deck of the Apollo, and he posted it at the site, the forum for Chanology, the Anonymous project that agitates against Scientology and is still a great hangout for some of the best Scientology researchers around.

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    Here's the related thread that Tony Ortega mentions:
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  18. RightOn Member

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  19. Random guy Member

    I notice there's been some subtle warping in the lower picture. Hubbard appear a tad slimmer, and he is definitely taller (compared to the captain) than in the original shot. Diagnosis: Vanity photoshoping
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  20. Vanity photoshopping when the vain bastard has been dead for almost thirty years. Scientologists claim that they don't belong to a cult but this is an example of the kind of slavish hero worship and deification that characterizes a cult. The denial runs deep in this cult.
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  21. Hugh Bris Member

    It's the girl's pose that gets to me. The two men are walking, while it looks like she is standing there, toeing the line, feet lined up, hands clasped behind her back, waiting to be released from a "Stay" command.
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    I copied the photo and posted it from the Master Mariner book 11 months ago in our thread. I also posted the one where the little girl was still in it for comparison. Tony is getting a little slow.
  23. RolandRB Member

    Not taller in the photoshop. Both thinner, yes.
  24. RolandRB Member

    I want to know which SP planted that girl in the photo, trying to make Source look bad. :mad:
  25. Random guy Member

    There are some funny effects. Notice the line between the upper white section of thw wall and the (white roof) behind them. In the original, this line is horizontal, in the one from the RON-series, it arches upward to the right.

    I tried to scale and rotate the photo to get the silhouettes of the captain and Hubbard to match the older photo. It is impossible to match both up. Even ignoring the warping, you can either scale the captain to match OR scale Hubbard to match. You'd have to scale Hubbart a bit more to match than the captain, clearly they have made him taller.

    In the newer photo, not only have they removed the girls, but compared to the captain Hubbard is ridicelously big.
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  27. The Wrong Guy Member

    More L. Ron Hubbard history that Scientology has done its best to disappear | The Underground Bunker

    We have a follow-up to our story Wednesday about Scientology doing what it can to erase L. Ron Hubbard’s second wife, Sara Northrup, from the historical record.

    We had some help from Lauren Wolf, who had worked as research assistant to author and New Yorker staff writer Lawrence Wright on his 2013 book, Going Clear. It was Lauren who had spotted a photograph in a Scientology publication that erased Sara Northrup from a 1946 photo with Hubbard. She told us she had found it too late for Wright’s book, and we were grateful that she brought it to the Underground Bunker.

    We told her we’d be happy to take any other tips from her — her knowledge and research into Hubbard’s life is top notch. And sure enough, she took us up on it!

    Once again, she had a fun tidbit about Hubbard’s marriage to Northrup, which happened in Maryland in 1946 (even though Hubbard was not divorced from his first wife until 1947).

    As we pointed out on Wednesday, Hubbard had met Sara in Pasadena at the home of John Whiteside “Jack” Parsons, the Caltech rocket scientist and occultist. The three of them had cooked up a business scheme that involved Hubbard and Sara going to Miami to buy a sailboat with money that was nearly all Jack’s, then sailing it back to California to sell for a profit. But once Hubbard and Sara went to Florida and bought a boat, they didn’t go anywhere, and Jack ended up suing them. The lawsuit was settled, Hubbard and Sara sold the sailboat, and then they went to Maryland, where they were married.

    By 1951, the marriage had turned into a nightmare, and after they split, Hubbard did his best to erase from the record that Sara had ever been a part of his life.

    Anyway, Lauren said she had found a couple more pieces of evidence showing to what ends the Church of Scientology goes to erase Sara Northrup from history.

    She says she was searching through records at the US Copyright Office for anything written by L. Ron Hubbard. In that search, she found two items from 1946 that piqued her interest.

    They were records of short pieces of writing by Hubbard that don’t seem to exist in print anywhere. And their titles give a pretty good clue as to why that is. Here are the records she found at the US Copyright Office:



    We sure would like to see a one-page written Hubbard work titled “Nuptials” which was created the year he married Sara Northrup. And even better, a two-page poem titled “Sara.” How romantic!

    Lauren assumes that the church will keep these items under wraps, and we agree with her. (If you’re interested in sampling Hubbard’s poetry which the church will let you see, you can find his poems collected here. “Sara” is not among them.)

    Thank you, Lauren, and we hope you keep those tips coming.

    Meanwhile, we heard from another tipster after Wednesday’s story who had another nugget from Hubbard’s post-war years.

    It’s a copy of the temporary restraining order that Jack Parsons took out against Hubbard and Sara!

    Continued here:
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  28. The Wrong Guy Member

    L. Ron Hubbard, deadbeat dad

    Over the past week we’ve made a couple of interesting dives into L. Ron Hubbard’s past, and it’s prompted tipsters to send us some really great items.

    Today, we have another key document from Hubbard’s life, and we believe it’s the first time an image of the document itself has been posted online.

    It’s an affidavit that Hubbard’s first wife, Margaret Louise “Polly” Grubb, filed after Hubbard failed to pay child support.
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  29. DeathHamster Member

    The 1997 copyright registrations are almost certainly bogus. Back when Hubbard wrote those, you had to register a copyright and keep renewing it or it fell into the public domain. Who's going to do that on some old crap poems?

    Evidence of fraudulent CST copyright claims on public domain works.
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  30. Quentinanon Member

    According to statements from Jesse Prince, much of L. Ron's crap fell into the public domain because he did not timely file or renew his copyrights. It's called fraud before the United States Copyright Office.
  31. DeathHamster Member

    • Jesse Prince affidavit, United States District Court for the District of Colorado, Bridge Publications Inc v. Factnet Inc; Lawrence Wollersheim; Robert Penny, Civil Action No. 95-K-2143, 1998
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  32. RolandRB Member

    It's no wonder the City of London Corporation helps this Church by giving them 300,000 GBP per year of British Taxpayers money as charitable rates relief on their Church building at 146 Queen Victoria Street.

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