The Strange Case of Jan Grieve Einar Cynewulf

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  1. This is not a joke: the fellow on the left with the gun in his hand had been hired by a fellow investigator, Virginia Snyder, to investigate Russell Miller, author of "The bare-faced Messiah" - on behalf of the Church of Scientology. Coincidently, Snyder was a friend of Fletcher Prouty, "Hubbard's authroized biographer" at that time.

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  2. Here is the text version of the article:

    Cult’s Private Detective fires at Journalists

    By Richard Palmer
    The Times
    November 8th, 1987

    A private detective employed by representatives of the Church of Scientology cult to
    investigate one of its opponents, shot at a Sunday Times reporter and photographer and
    threatened to kill them last week.

    The detective, Jarl Grieve Einar Cynewulf, fired a pistol at the journalists after saying:
    “You’d better go now unless you want to end up in a wooden box. Do you want to be
    another Hungerford martyr?”

    Although the gun was fired from close range, the journalists escaped unharmed after a
    chase through the streets near Cynewulf’s home in Oldland Common, Bristol, on
    Thursday night.

    Earlier, the private detective had said that the Church of Scientology has paid him $2,500
    for attempting to smear the author of a critical new book on the late L Ron Hubbard.
    Cynewulf said he had been told he could name his price if he could produce evidence that
    Russell Miller, the author, was an agent of the CIA.

    Miller’s book, Bare-Faced Messiah: The True Story of L Ron Hubbard, is currently being
    serialised in The Sunday Times despite protests and harassment from the representatives
    of the church’s 6m members worldwide. The book challenges the authorised church
    version of Hubbard’s life and implies that he was a liar and a cheat.

    The scientologists, who have been criticised by judges in Britain, Australia and the
    United States for breaking up families and brainwashing devotees, have employed
    numerous lawyers and private detectives in an attempt to discredit Miller and prevent the
    book being published.

    Cynewulf is one of several private detectives who have been asked to find a link between
    the CIA and Miller, a former Sunday Times journalist. The church wants to represent
    Miller as someone acting on instructions from the secret service because it believes the
    CIA is behind investigations into its tax affairs in the US.

    It also fears the secret service is attempting to get the church banned, and any hint that
    Miller had links with the intelligence services would enable scientologists to discredit the

    Although Cynewulf is clearly eccentric, to say the least, it is clear from his detailed
    knowledge of Miller’s private life that he has been briefed and done work on the case. He
    repeated virtually all the charges, many never published, that have been levelled against
    Miller by other private detectives.

    Cynewulf said he had been employed by Virginia Snyder, a private detective in Delray
    Beach, Florida, who has been paid by the Church of Scientology. Snyder, who admitted
    that she had employed Cynewulf on another case and had recommended him to other
    clients, refused either to confirm or deny that she had worked with him on the scientology
    case on the grounds that she would be in breach of her client’s confidence.

    While she confirmed that she is a friend of L Fletcher Prouty, Hubbard’s authorised
    biographer who has been part of the campaign to discredit Miller, she said he had not
    asked her to investigate Miller.

    During a three-hour conversaion last Wednesday afternoon, Cynewulf told a Sunday
    Times reporter that Miller’s phone calls and mail were being intercepted and his house in
    Buckinghamshire was under close surveillance.

    He said that although there was no evidence that Miller had any links with the
    intelligence community, some investigators would stop at nothing to frame him. “I think
    Miller is at risk,” he said. “People acting for the church are willing to pay large sums for
    men to discredit him. These bastards will stop at nothing.”

    He said he was so disgusted with what was happening that he had told Snyder, his boss in
    Florida, that he no longer wished to work on the case. He said Snyder had also stopped
    working for the cult.

    But following a telephone conversation with her on Thursday morning, Cynewulf said he
    had been instructed to say nothing about the case.

    Experts at the Royal Ordnance factory at Enfield, north London, have provisionally
    identified the weapon used by Cynewulf as an Israeli 0.357 magnum Desert Eagle pistol.
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