Affidavits and personal stories of life in Scientology
This is a mirror of the defuct http://wpxx02.toxi.uni-wuerzburg.de/~krasel/CoS/aff/index.html site. The maintainer Cornelius Krasel has moved to other interests in life and I felt that this valuable resource should be preserved. In the meantime other affidavits have emerged and I will add them over time. So this is no longer an exact mirror but an enhanced one. Moreover the look of this page has been totally redone. Too much information had clogged the page and made it hard to read. I hope you like it. I got help with the basic new design of this page from Tikk, who did also ScientologyWatch.org..
Some of the files are in PDF-format designated with a and include signatures. Such facsimile signed declarations have evidentiary value in U.S. Federal Court. To view them you need a to obtain a free Adobe Acrobat [.pdf] reader from Adobe's site.
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Part of the "dead-agenting" against Wollersheim
Declaration of 24 Oct 1995
Statement of Jon Atack. Possibly from December 1994
Declaration of 25 Jan 1980.
"On or about March 3, 1973, when I was 13 years old, my father and mother were recruited to join Scientology. I joined Scientology after being recruited by Billy Kahn, and signed my Sea Organization contract for one billion years on or about March 3, 1973."
Robert J. Cipriano
Affidavit, possibly early 1982. It was filed in the case "Lavenda Van Schaick vs. Church of Scientology".
Declaration of 5 Jan 1995. Margaret Dellerson is a private investigator working for the Church of Spiritual Technology, one of many frontgroups of the Church of Scientology. She has also been busy harassing Steven Fishman. In the meantime, Scientology has settled with David Mayo apparently in exchange for a gagging order.
Declaration of 5 Oct 1989, the public prosecutor in Steven Fishman's last conflict with the law.
From this site.
Declaration of 16 Nov 1995. Dennis Erlich's home was raided ( video of raid) by the Church of Scientology because he posted critical material to alt.religion.scientology, including quotes from Hubbard's works.
Declaration of 6 Dec 1991. Roxanne Friend sued the Church of Scientology (case number BC 018003 in Superior Court of the state of California for the county of Los Angeles). The Church settled out of court "for nuisance value." Roxanne not much later died of cancer, which may have been cured had she gotten medical attention sooner. Roxanne did not because she felt that Scientology auditing could cure any ill.
Affidavit of posted to alt.religion.scientology on 2 May 1997. It shows that access to the "secret upper level material" was not as difficult as claimed by the Church of Scientology.
Declaration? of 30 Aug 1989
Hon. Judge James Ideman
Declaration of 17 Jun 1983 (French version). Ideman gave this declaration in answer to a petition of the Church asking for removal from a case.
William E. Kemp
Affidavit of 26 Jan 1989. William Kemp was a special FBI agent involved in the conviction of Steven Fishman because of fraud.
Declaration of 7 Feb 1997. Used to attack Graham Berry, prominent attorney in cases against Scientology.
Settlement agreement between Andrew Lee and the Church of Scientology, Los Angeles, 26 Oct 1991 (mirror). The lawsuit alleged breach of contract, breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing, fraud, conspiracy, and breach of fiduciary duty. The agreement became public because the Church of Scientology failed to fulfill its financial duties. This led to a new lawsuit in which the settlement was filed. The new lawsuit, alleging fraud and breach of contract, was also settled.
Affidavit of 2 Jun 1994. Used to smear Graham Berry, prominent attorney in cases against Scientology.
Arnaldo P. Lerma
Affidavit of 6 Sep 1995. Arnie Lerma's home was raided because he had posted the Fishman affidavit to alt.religion.scientology. He was sentenced to a fine of $2500.
Kenneth D. Long
Affidavit of 10 Apr 1991, supposed to demonstrate that Steven Fishman was never involved deeply with the Church of Scientology, contrary to his own claims.
Affidavit of 12 Sep 1989.
Declaration of 17 Feb 1994. The affidavit was filed in the "Church of Scientology vs. Fishman & Geertz" case. Miscavige is currently Chairman of RTC and the effective successor of L. Ron Hubbard.
Affidavit of 1991.
Affidavit of end of 1995. Filed in response to the second Kim Baker affidavit.
Affidavit of 25 May 1982. Filed in the LaVenda van Schaick case (see below). Concerns the confidence of PC folder contents.
Affidavit of 26 Sep 1989.
Theodore Heisig, Jr
Affidavit of 1 November 1991. Heisig was a PI hired by Scientology to Discredit competitor Werner Erhard & EST
Maria Pia Gardini
Maria was defrauded out of $2 million before she finally left Scientology. She issued a few declarations (Italian and German translations) and had a few video interviews ( US or Dutch mirror) describing her life as a scientologist and the loss of her daughter.
Ex-Scientologist Woodcraft family shares colorful and at times shocking details of life in the Sea Org as adult, teenager, and very young child. On 24 January 2001 they executed a few declarations
Affidavit of 4 February 2001 . Sarah is a Scientologist who knew Zoe Woodcraft. She was enlisted by Scientology to write an affidavit to counter the charges Zoe raised. From this site or Dutch mirror
Charlotte L. K.
Declaration of 11 October 1998 in support of Keith Henson's appeal of RTC v. Henson. This Declaration describes Charlotte's experience with fraudulent medical claims in Scientology, and helps to illustrate why it is so necessary that people inform and warn the public about the dangers of such practices. From this site
Affidavit of August 1989. I have spent countless hours analyzing the effects of Scientology and the stories of LRH. My experience with the Church shows the malevolent side of the group. My benevolence was exploited. I am concerned with the repercussions of exposing myself, because I know the Church is a powerful and wealthy organization, but the truth must be made known.
Affidavit of April 1997, filed in "Wollersheim IV".
Declaration of 2 Apr 1986. It deals with the suicide of Flo Barnett (David Miscavige's mother-in-law) and with the likelihood that NOTs had leaked from the Scientology organization already quite early.
Andre and Mary Tabayoyon
Lavenda van Schaick
Affidavit of probably early 1982. The affidavit was filed in a case where Mrs. Schaick tried to get compensation from the Church of Scientology. She finally settled for US$ 150000.
Affidavit of 29 Aug 1989.
Sandra K. Wyninger
Affidavit of 10 Aug 1989.
Joseph A. Yanny
From 13 July 1988.
Stacy Brooks (Young)
Affidavit of January, 2001 (Revised: February, 2003). Tory was "in" for 30 years but got out a couple of years ago.
"Scientology now has numerous signs all over their "Churches" stating "Scientology does not cure people and IF you have a medical problem, to go see a Doctor". However, in truth they were still implying that all I needed was "The next level" to finally "handle" (their word for get rid of) Epilepsy."
Declaration of 03 April 1985 (mirror). William Wagner Franks, alias Bill Franks, was the former "Executive Director International" of Scientology. More recently in 2002 he testified in the Dandar disqualification hearing before Judge Schaeffer that had to do with the Lisa McPherson case.
Affidavit of 14 April 1993 (PDF ). Sam remembers how L. Ron Hubbard said: "You don't get rich writing science fiction. If you want to get rich, you start a religion."
Alexander Turbyne III
Dentist Turbyne explains how a Scientology front group, Sterling Management Systems, lured him into Scientology.
"To cut to the chase, Sterling's staff did, indeed, succeed in recruiting me for Scientology programs at the Church of Scientology of Orange County. And while I was there, I was required to do an Ups And Downs course: it was exactly the same as the course at Sterling!"
Tera and Ed Hattaway
After dentist Robert Geary and his wife were lured into Scientology by Sterling Management Systems, they spent between May and October of 1988 approximately $180,000 for Sientology services.
"The next day after having returned home from the introductory seminar, I received a telephone call from a Sterling representative who inquired as to whether any "suppressive persons" were trying to talk me out of attending the seminar. The Sterling representative kept up a regular contact with me in order to assure that I stayed on course to attend their seminar in Glendale, California. A personality profile and field questionaire were sent for my wife, staff to fill out prior to the course."
29 August 1989 affidavit of Kathy who was in Scientology for about four years. She tells how things were at the Elmira Mission. Pressured out of $60,000 - working several jobs at once to pay for the debt. Threats to to split up couples and being discouraged from having children, which would take time and money away from Scientology.
"Paradoxically, the deeper I got into Scientology, the happier I told myself I was (especially after all I had invested), but the truth was that I was living in pure hell, and I could have admitted it then and there if I thought it was safe enough to do so."
A new section on this page. I have added it not to encourage you to walk into any Scientology building, but rather disabuse you perhaps of the illusion that you as a new potential recruit get to meet swivel-eyed crazed cultists. I've read how people visited the cult for a "little fun" and then came out and reported to have met "real" people. At which point someone can decide their earlier suspicions must have been wrong and drop their guard.
Yes, it is true; you will be lied to when asking whether your current religion is compatible with Scientology, they will deny the silly space-alien stuff even if you bring along a printout from a web site the cult is suing over for alleged copyrights/trademark violations, and generally they avoid giving any answer that might put you off. That is per the policy of their deceased founder L. Ron Hubbard, who told "truth is a touchy business".
My personal"wake up call"
Dr. Donna Shannon was was a public Scientologist from 1995 until 2005, when she finally got beaten down enough to join the Sea Organization at FLAG. Donna was auditing on OT VII at the time and realize now that it was the best thing she could have done, because what she saw there caused her to leave.
I was a teenage Scientologist
Chris spended about 6 months in Scientology and writes: "I was approached by several members who wanted me to drop out of high school, move downtown into a 1 bedroom apartment shared by 4-5 people, and become a full-time member of the church."
Brian was for 4 years a staff member at the Brand Blvd Mission in Glendale, California, USA.
Resignation letter of former LRH Public Relations Officer Shiona Fox-Ness. "I now feel that it is a matter of public concern that the effects of this frightening monstrosity within our midst, the Church of Scientology, be seen and known for what it is; hence the public nature of this resignatory document."
Former scientologist explains How to believe in Scientology. How is it that scientologist get to accept Scientology, find subjective confirmation within, and how such can get them to accept even the weirdest alien stories.
Rich joined Scientology staff in 2001 and his wife Anne-Marie Dunnin joined him later to serve six months as the "ethics officer" of Buffalo Org. They left on Mother's Day 2003 to save themselves and their daughter. Here's Rich's web site www.buffaloscientologyinfo.com
Gerry Armstrong about his life after he left Scientology
Bob Minton about the harassment he has experienced as a wealthy Scientology critic
The life of Bob Penny
Capt. Bill Robertson
Captain Bill Debrief. From this site or (mirror). Bill Robertson was once the right hand of L. Ron Hubbard. When David Miscavige took over the Church, Robertson got declared suppressive. He moved to Spain and founded the Iglesia Universal de Cienciologia. Robertson died in 1991 from brain cancer. More about and by Captain Bill can be found on the pages of the "Freie Zone".
Ginger Ross Breggin Testimony
3 February 1994. Mrs. Breggin was recruited into Scientology in May of 1970 and remained a member of the group until 1982. She was in the Guardian's Office from 1971 until 1981 at which time sheI departed staff without authorization.
Testimony before the Clearwater Commission , sometime during 1981. Excerpt from this site or the Netherlands. . Full report from Germany .
Dennis Erlich & Curtis Kruger
Peter Greene debrief
Peter Greene was a mission holder until about 1982, when he was declared suppressive. From this site.
About his own exit counceling. From Germany.
Well, I can't believe it--my exploration of Scientology was a nightmare and
I'm glad it's over. From Germany.
L. Ron Hubbard jr.
A rather weird tape by L. Ron Hubbard jr.
Isabel Hsin-Yu Chang
I have a word to say about my experience in scientology. I think scientology creates a fake world, and everything in it is fake. I have been in it for a week, and luckily i got out. From Germany
This is my "insider's account" of the time I spent in Scientology.
The story of Stephen Keller : A father loses his children to Scientology.
The second wife of L. Ron Hubbard was still being harassed after her divorce.
Otto J. Roos Story, 7 September 1984.
Robin Scott on how Scientology wanted to implicate David Mayo in the theft of NOTs from Copenhagen
Dave Tops debrief
The Road To Xenu - A narrative account of life in Scientology
Still Fair Game. My husband, Jerry Whitfield, and I have been being subjected to one of scientology's "noisy investigations" for the past three weeks.
Stacy Young describes an exit counceling. Coincidentally, Lara was the "Estates Project Force In Charge" of Charlotte K..
Published on 11 Sep 1996: Diary of a dying OT 7 (Albert Jaquier)
The Zegel tapes. These tapes were made by Jon Zegel in the 80's. The first three describe the structure of the Scientology management; the fourth, which was made shortly after Zegel settled with the Church, retracts the others. Tape 1 , tape 2 , tape 3 , tape 4. Here are Audio files of the tapes.
Lisa Gibson story
"Cat Dancing in D.C." by Lisa Gibson: "I was only on staff in Scientology for a short time, not long enough to feel the full effects of mind control but long enough to witness things that scared the hell out of me."
It was later revealed by a friend of hers that "Kathryn" was the pseudonym of Nancy Many.
Scientologist discovers the truth on the Internet then gets a "handling" by Scientology's Office of Special Affairs that results in a psychotic breakdown
Karen Schless Pressley
Personal Testimony: "For 9 of my 16 years in Scientology, my husband Peter and I lived in a remote southern California desert valley with 800 other dedicated staffers at the International Management headquarters."
Molly Hutchlnson wrote at the age of eleven this 12-page book when she was in fourth grade after her family had left Scientology.
My Story in Scientology. A six part recount of her life in Scientology and how she came out.
An anonymously posted interview with Edwina Ristano on 22nd March, 1988.
Former long-term Scientologist recounts his experience becoming involved with Scientology, Part one and Part two.
Ishmael is the pseudonym of a former member who recounts his Scientology time.
Another day in Scientology-land. "In 1981, when I was 18 years old, I first encountered Scientology. It was to be a major influence on my life for several years to come - unfortunately, more negative than positive."
My story about Scientology. "It all started in the autumn of 1970 when I was out for a walk with my baby girl. A man came by and asked me to take a personality test in order to find out more about myself. Later the same day I went into the Church of Scientology facility in Örebro, Sweden to do the test. I had never heard of this church before."
Demons of Freedom (mirror). An ex-member paints a grim picture of how a scientology world would look like.
Peter wrote a "Knowledge Report" about "Things that shouldn't be". In 1992 he had lost several millions to Scientology and to scientologists.
Wayne was a brave guy who picketed the organizaion in San Francisco many times alone. He was once recruited into Scientology by his scientologist sister.
The Story of Dave Sweetland. "My name is Dave Sweetland. I was a member of the COS from October 1969 until August 2000 when I resigned. I was declared a Suppressive Person in Sept 5, 2000."
Michael Tilse's Doubt Formula and demand for refund of 19 April 2003.
Creed Pearsons Doubt Formula And Suppressive Person Declare - 25 May 2005.
Cerridwen & Kristi
Cerri was a long time Scientology member and left the cult about four years ago. She's busy finding her own way in life, which isn't always easy. Kristi is a Scientology critic, dabbled in Scientology very briefly mid 80s - never considered herself a scientologist - and maintains a few websites. They are Different and yet the Same
Statment of 27 February 1998.
Jerry recalls how Narconon is controlled from Scientology and they had to lie about the conenction, also how he had to report how many people were made into scientologists that wee
Lt Col Mark Jones, USMC (Rtd)
Declaration of 10 February 1995.
An extraordinary description, by Narconon's first Director, of how the Church of Scientology allegedly exercised near-complete control of the supposedly independent group during his ten years in office.
Maria Pia Gardini
Declaration of February 14, 2001. Maria tells how she joined Scientology after her daughter entered Scientology's drug rehab program, Narconon, and wound up in Scientology's Sea Organization. (note that Scientology uses the same 'method' in its "Second Chance" program. It is believed that Scientology uses this fairly recent name to escape all the bad truthful information on Narconon which is on the Internet)
"Tara J" describes her hellish experience at Narconon of Southern California (Newport Beach) and Narconon Warner Springs.
"My name is 'Jeff X' and I was a student at several Narconon centers in 2003 and 2004. Let me give you a little taste of my experience.
Narconon Nightmare: Michael's Story. "That day I finally broke down and was ready to give up my fight. I could not get out of WD/Lockdown, unless I ran away again. I was too tired and weak to walk the 6 to 8 miles to the nearest phone only to be followed and harassed by the cult members every inch of the way. Mentally I was exhausted."
Another victim of Narconon Arrowhead has stepped forward to tell his story. Greg Hamilton, a Florida attorney, became addicted to painkillers after an injury. His father sent him to Narconon, not knowing that he was delivering his son into the hands of the Scientology cult.
Joe Keldani, who ran Canada's Narconon from 1972 to 1978, wants access to his 3 daughters and wife and some of his money back. He alleges in his 10 April 2004 letter that Scientology upper management on purpose ruined his marriage.
If you are fresh out of Scientology and want to tell your story or read stories of people who where members as well then you really should pay a visit to Through the Door. There you'll also find stories of former Int staffers. Another place is the Operation Clambake Message Board with its Your story from inside Scientology catagory.
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