Khushroo 'Chris' Motivala (38)
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From: Lermanet.com <firstname.lastname@example.org> Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology Subject: Private Eye - Cult Corner - the Life and Death of Mr Motivala Message-ID: <email@example.com> Date: Thu, 03 Mar 2005 22:39:30 GMT PRIVATE EYE 80p No 816 March 1993 England Cult Corner The Life and Death of Mr Motivala MYSTERY still surrounds the death of a father of three who feared he might be attacked because of his fierce criticism of the "church" of Scientology. The body of 38-year=old Khushroo "Chris" Motivala was found hanging from the loft of his Greenford home last September. An inquest last week heard that, despite allegations he had been murdered and that his death was out of character, there was no evidence that anybody else was involved. Hammersmith coroner Mr Paul Burton recorded an open verdict. Mr Motivala's fight against the cult began after his live in girlfriend Ruth Turk joined the church. He dabbled briefly, and together they went on the Scientology cruise ship Freewinds, where he took the cult's "communication course" and "purification rundown". But Mr. Motivala found the courses useless and objected to his girlfreinds deeper involvement. Eventually they split up. He suspected she had spent more than 16,000 (Pounds Sterling) on Scientology courses, some of which he thought had come from their courier business which subsequently ran into difficulties and was sold. It was a claim Miss Turk denied. Mr Motivala began a battle for custody of their three children fearing they too would become members of the cult. He embarked on a campaign to expose the church but became increasingly worried about his own safety. He had many arguments with the cult's staff at its London "Clebrity Center" in Tottenham Court Road where Ruth Turk had attended courses, and with senior staff at its East Grinstead headquarters. He began building up information on the cult to use in his fight to retain custody of his daughters, and in the months before his death threatened to sue the movement for the return of money which he and Ruth Turk had spent on worthless courses. Shortly before his death he met journalists in an effort to expose what he saw as the cult's evils. At the meeting, at which jornalists thought he had a bodyguard, he said he feared he might be attacked. he claimed the cult had told him that if he continued to campaign against them they would make sure he would never see his children again. During his brief involvement with the cult he had undergone some auditing sessions at which new recruits are encouraged to reveal all their past misdemeanors. he was also afraid the cult might use the information in his files against him during the forthcoming custody battle. His campaigning became so intensive the cult issued him with a "non enturbulation order" warning him to stop his anti-scientology behavious and his negative attitude towards them. Failure to comply would lead to him being declared a "supressive person" and an enemy of the church and someone who, according to founder L. Ron Hubbard's own edicts, could be "tricked, lied to or utterly destroyed". The court heard that he never met representatives of the cult alone and one occassion took a friend along to act as "minder". It was also told he kept a large knife by the front door in case of attack by members of the cult. His girlfriend said: "He made a point of harassing the Scientologists. he was always afraid there would be an attack on him." Friends were astounded by his death and none could understand it. His employer said he was in good spirits at the time he died because his lawyers had told him he stood a good chance of getting custody of the children. he would, he said, be astounded if Mr Motivala had taken his own life as he would, effectively, have been conceding everything that he had fought for. After hearing of his fears for his safety, police initially treated the case as suspicious. They carried out tests to see if he had been poisoned or drugged before being hanged but were unable to find anything to suggest that anyone else was involved in his death.
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