(1991): "Scientology: The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power"
By all appearances, Noah Lottick of Kingston, Pa., had been a normal,
happy 24-year-old who was looking for his place in the world. On the
day last June when his parents drove to New York City to obtain
his body, they were nearly catatonic with grief.
This young Russian-studies
scholar had jumped from a 10th-floor window of the Milford Plaza
Hotel and bounced off the hood of a stretch limousine. When the
police arrived, his fingers were still clutching $171 in cash, virtually
the only money he hadn't turned over to the Church of Scientology,
the self-help "philosophy" group he had discovered just seven months
(1986): "The Prophet and Profits of Scientology"
But by then the money was so big Hubbard was able to buy a 342-foot
oceangoing ship, the Apollo. On it, he withdrew from his government
persecutors and cruised safely in international waters with an adoring
retinue of followers. The IRS was later able to prove in court that
he was meanwhile skimming money, at least $3 million in 1972 alone,
and laundering it through schemes involving phony billings, a dummy
corporation in Panama and secret Swiss bank accounts.
Magazine wins approval of libel suit dismissal
New York --- Time Inc. and another unit of AOL Time Warner Inc.
have persuaded a federal appeals panel to uphold the dismissal of
a libel suit brought by the Church of Scientology International.
The lawsuit stemmed from a 1991 cover story in Time magazine titled
''Scientology: The Cult of Greed,'' which called Scientology ''a
ruthless global scam.'' The 7,500-word story by journalist Richard
Behar said the church survives by ''intimidating members and critics
in a Mafia-like manner,'' and called Scientology a ''ruthless .
. . terroristic'' cult. The church sued Behar, Time and Time Warner
for libel, claiming that these and other statements were defamatory.
(as of Apr. 2007): Richard Behar
who has written on the staffs of leading
over a twenty-two year period from
His work has also appeared on CNN and PBS. As of July,
, a global
alliance launched to investigate the murder of
and related lines of inquiry. Since 2004, his
freelance investigate stories have also appeared at BBC, Forbes.com
and FoxNews.com. [...]
Behar was included among the 100 best business
journalists (the "100 luminaries") of the 20th century by the TJFR
business journalism trade group. [...]
Behar has won many awards for his reporting, including:
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