Historia combinada de Lisa McPherson en periodicos y de otras fuentes


Lisa se une a la Iglesia de la Cienciologia.


por algunos años Lisa vive en California.


Lisa escribe que se va a unir a la  "Cult Awareness Network", una organizacion anti-cultos que en ese tiempo estaba bajo ataque por Cienciologia. Muchos Cienciologos en ese entonces intentaron unirse a CAN en un intento de destruirla.

Mayo 30 1993

Lisa escribe en su diario que se esta recobrando de un disco herniado;  "ahora ya se lo que es perder la salud, y la puedo apreciar mejor."


Lisa dona $75,275 a Cienciologia este año por servicios y otros $55,000 como donacion.

Abril 1994

Aqui termina el diario de Lisa.

Abril 24, 1995

Lisa escribe una carta al periodico Tampa Tribune:

``Trabajo para una compañia que ha estado usando esta tecnologia por años, y hemos continuado expandiendonos como resultado de esto," escribio McPherson. ``Mi ingreso personal se ha incrementado durante los ultimos cinco años sin caer en ningun momento, y he sido ascendida a consecuencia de la aplicacion de toda esta informacion.''

A ella le dijero que escribiera esa carta - y le dijeron como hacerla - tres dias antes.

``Asi que antes, esta carta necesitara regresar aqui en Valko, asi que cuando termine, por favor envielo por fax'' afirmo Alycia Silver de Valko & Asociados. ``Nosotros se lo volveremos a mandar por fax cuando este OK para mandarlol o lo volveremos a mandar por fax de regreso con las correcciones pertientes para que despues lo mande.''[Citado del Tampa Tribune]

Octubre 1995

Lisa obtiene un reconocimiento por volverese Aclarada. Fuente #99 [1995]: dice que Lisa McPherson a alcanzado el estado de Aclarado y ha completado el "Sunshine Rundown"

Noviembre 1995

Lisa McPherson le dice a sus amigos que ha decidido abandonar Cienciologia.  "Me llamo tres semanas antes de su muerte y estaba llorando," asi lo dijo la mama (de Lisa) Fannie McPherson. ``Ella dijo que tenia problemas con sus ventas.Ella dijo "Abandonare a mi grupo [AMC Publishing en Clearwater, donde trabajaba].' ''
Lisa tambien hablo con una amiga de la infancia. ``Ella dijo que no podia decir por telefono, pero que necesitaba con quien hablar largo y tendido sobre este tema ,'' afirmo Kelly Davis, su amiga de la infancia ``Ella me dijo que me hiba a explicar todo cuando estuviera aqui.''

November 18 1995

On the evening of Nov. 18, 1995, McPherson was driving her 1993 Jeep Cherokee on South Fort Harrison Avenue. A motorcycle accident had stopped traffic and McPherson smacked into a boat trailer being towed by a Ford pickup.

``It was a minor accident, but paramedics at the scene said she was wild-eyed,'' Detective Andrews said. ``She was walking down the street and removed all of her clothes. The paramedics put her in an ambulance, and although she had no physical injuries, took her to the Morton Plant [Hospital] emergency room.''

A psychiatric nurse was called, Andrews said. He said church members showed up at the hospital, said they didn't believe in psychiatry and insisted on witnessing the interview. The Scientologists said they would take care of Lisa 24 hours a day.

``There was nothing physical wrong with her, but the doctor wanted to keep her there,'' Andrews said. ``She signed out against medical advice and left with several church members.''

Before she leaves Lisa has a short psychiatric evaluation.

5:55 p.m.

McPherson snaps after becoming involved in a minor auto accident on S Fort Harrison Avenue in Clearwater. She disrobes and tells paramedics: "I need help. I need to talk to someone." She says she has been doing "wrong things she didn't know were wrong." She identifies herself as a Scientologist.

6:38 p.m.

She arrives in an EMS unit at Morton Plant Hospital.

6:50 p.m.

A Scientologist friend arrives and tells doctors it is against McPherson's religion for her to see a psychiatrist. But Dr. Flynn Lovett insists that she undergo a psychiatric evaluation before he can make a decision on her status.

7:30 p.m.

Another Scientologist, a liaison from the Church of Scientology, is present at McPherson's bed.

8:15 p.m.

Lisa McPherson tells Joseph Price, a psychiatric nurse, that she took off her clothes "for attention. I didn't want to be arrested." He notes that McPherson wants to go home with her "friends from the congregation," who are at her bedside. She has a fixed stare, speaks in a monotone and is teary-eyed. She insists she doesn't want to hurt herself.

8:20 p.m.

Dr. Lovett decides to release McPherson to the church liaison "for follow-up care." She signs herself out against the advice of Lovett, who says McPherson is suffering from "behavioral dysfunction" but he can find "no evidence of acute medical problem or injury." He concludes she can make a rational decision. Lovett writes that McPherson's "friends at Scientology will watch her 24 hours a day and be sure that she gets the care that they want her to have and the patient wants to have."

8:40 p.m.

McPherson is discharged from Morton Plant. Church officials say she checked into the Fort Harrison Hotel for rest and relaxation, and stayed for 17 days.

November 18 - December 5 1995

Lisa's mother stated her daughter's Scientology friends told her that, upon arrival at the Fort Harrison on Nov. 18, Lisa McPherson was put in ``baby watch,'' which an ex-church member says is Scientology terminology for solitary confinement.

Church spokesperson Brian Anderson said there is no such thing as ``baby watch,'' and that McPherson was never held in such a fashion. ``That's completely false and there is liability if you print that,'' Anderson told the Tampa Tribune. ``It's not true.''

Susanne Schnurrenberger allegedly stated that she was assigned to Lisa the first 2 days of her stay at the Ft. Harrison. She walked with Lisa along the beach and tried to work with Lisa as Lisa was not sleeping at all.
At some point, church attorney Elliott Abelson stated, Lisa was pounding the walls with her fist.
Lisa is billed $240 for "expansion of havingness" tape series.

November 30, 1995

According to the medical examiner, the last possible day Lisa has any liquids.

December 4, 1995

Abelson said that near the end of her stay at the Fort Harrison, McPherson's skin took on a yellow tint. She was seen by someone from the church's Medical Liaison Office, which refers church staffers to health professionals. "It didn't seem to be an emergency situation," he said.

December 5 1995

Three Scientologists, including Flag Medical Liaison Officer Janis Johnson-Fitzgerald, took Lisa to New Port Richey (25 miles and 4 other hospitals away) to be treated by Scientologist physician David Minkoff (who is at least an OTVII), Detective Andrews said. ``Lisa at first didn't want to see a doctor but we talked her into seeing a doctor,'' Brian Anderson said. ``She knew Dr. Minkoff and he is an expert in infectious diseases so that's why she was taken there.''

Elliott Abelson stated that Lisa asked to be taken to a Scientology doctor and that she walked part way to the van.
DEC. 5
9:30 p.m.

McPherson arrives at Columbia New Port Richey Hospital, which is 24 miles from the Fort Harrison Hotel - about a 35 minute drive. She is in the back seat of a Scientology van, accompanied by two people, including Janis Johnson, Scientology's medical liaison officer. Johnson is a medical doctor but is not licensed to practice in Florida. McPherson has no pulse and is not breathing. A nurse later tells police "she was dead" when she arrived. Emergency room personnel begin CPR.

9:51 p.m.

Dr. David Minkoff, a Scientologist on staff at the hospital, pronounces McPherson dead. A follow-up report states her Scientologist escorts said she "stopped breathing just as they arrived"" at the emergency room. They said they took her to the hospital after she became lethargic "some time today and tonight."

Liebreich [Lisa's aunt] said McPherson died with $11 in her savings account.

December 6 1995

DEC. 6 Clearwater police begin an investigation, which is later joined by the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

An autopsy by the Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner's Office showed McPherson's 5-foot-9, 108-pound body was severely dehydrated, her arms and legs were bruised, her skin was cracked and scaling and she had bug bites. Her left pulmonary artery was blocked by a fatal blood clot brought on by dehydration and ``bed rest.''

``The Clearwater Police Department doesn't think she died of natural causes,'' said police spokesman Wayne Shelor.

December 1995

Scientologists attend Lisa's funeral. They talk the family into having the body cremated. ``Ms. Mac couldn't breathe without them on top of her,'' family friend Davis said. ``They came to the funeral home in Dallas and they were checking us out and hovering and listening.''

Davis said Scientologists asked to stay with Fannie McPherson at her home, but she refused. They also insisted that Lisa McPherson wished to be cremated.

People who attended the wake in Dallas say Scientologists told them McPherson died of ``spinal meningitis.''

December 16, 1995

Lisa's family goes to her apartment at 901 N. Osceola Ave. in Clearwater. People were there carting away Lisa's belongings. The family gets a few belongings.

November 1996

The Clearwater Police put up a request for information concerning lisa's death on their web page.

November 25, 1996

I notice the police homicide.htm page while looking at other Clearwater page stuff in preparation for the picket in Clearwater coming up. I post about it for the first time.

December 15 1996

The Tampa Tribune reporter Cheryl Waldrip breaks the story of Lisa's death in a front page story also see their archives).

December 17, 1996

The St. Petersburg Times carries a story on Lisa.

December 18, 1996

The St. Petersburg Times in an editorial calls for a thorough investigation into Lisa's death.

December 19, 1996

The Tampa Tribune also calls for a thorough investigation.

December 22, 1996

The Tampa Tribune has a Second article about Lisa which includes more personal information.

January 13, 1997

I make this memorial page public.

January 21, 1997

Inside Edition runs an excellent report on Lisa's death. Joan Wood, the medical examiner is interviewed. Church attorney Abelson is interviewed and contradicts what Wood says. For instance, Wood says Lisa had cockroach bites, while Abelson says they were mosquito bites.

January 28, 1997

The Church of Scientology filed suit against the Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner Tuesday in an attempt to get access to records of a Scientologist whose death is being investigated.

The suit states that because Medical Examiner Joan Wood made comments to the press last week about the death of 36-year-old Lisa McPherson, all the records from the death investigation should be available to the church.
Clearwater in discussing three people the police want to question, Detective Sgt. Wayne Andrews said he thinks Susanne Schnurrenberger is in Switzerland or Germany, Ildiko Cannovas is probably in Hungary and Laura Arrunada may be working in the medical field in Mexico. These three are wanted by Clearwater police for questioning (Susanne has been found). He recently asked for help locating them by posting a request for information on the Internet.

The three former employees ``worked in an office that would have had control over her'' during her stay, Andrews said.

Church of Scientology spokesman Brian Anderson said that is false. He said the three have no connection to McPherson's death and the investigation is nothing more than a harassment campaign against the church by police.

February 7, 1997

banhut@mail.hh.provi.de (Betti Freimann/Gefecht) posts to a.r.s. that she has conversed with Susanne Schnurrenberger, one of the 3 people the Clearwater police want to question in Lisa's death.

February 19, 1997

Ken Dandar, representing Lisa's estate, files a wrongful death suit against the Church of Scientology.

February 22, 1997

From alt.religion.scientology:

From the completion lists of the "Source"-magazines No. 95 until No. 99 (and from other sources) I could detect which auditing levels Lisa completed before she died in December 1995. Here they are:
Grade 1-4
New Era Dianetics (NED)
Power Plus
L 11
Clear Certainty Rundown
Sunshine Rundown

February 27, 1997

Circuit Judge Bob Barker rules that some autopsy photos of Lisa may be released after the Church of Scientology sues the medical examiner for the right to see the autopsy evidence in Lisa's case. The photos show emaciated arms and hands with bruises and sores, and large bruises on her hips are visible as well. There are scabs on her knuckles.

March 1, 1997

A barefoot woman ran from the Ft. Harrison Hotel to the Sandcastle Hotel early Saturday before jumping into Clearwater Harbor, where police took her into protective custody for a psychiatric evaluation.

March 8, 1997

Jeff Jacobsen during a picket in front of the Ft. Harrison asks Brian Anderson how often Brian goes to funerals and asks that the body be cremated. Is this a practice of the church? Brian's answer; "keep moving."
About 20 people hold a candlelight memorial for Lisa across from the Ft. Harrison Hotel. About 300 Scientologists crowd the sidewalk and taunt, bump, and blow out the candles of the mourners.

March 9, 1997

St. Petersburg Times reports that 5 other prominent medical examiners agree with the local medical examiner that Lisa was probably without liquids at least 5 days.

March 21, 1997

Inside Edition runs a second program on Lisa. They find the medical liason officer for Flag at the time of Lisa's death, Janis Johnson-Fitzgerald. She refuses to talk, however. They catch Abelson in a mis-statement because he claimed there was no one with medical training at the hotel during Lisa's stay (Janis was a doctor in Tucson Arizona before moving to Clearwater). Janis is one of the three Scientologists who drove Lisa to the hospital on December 5, 1995.

April 2, 1997

A German TV program interviewed Mike Rinder of the church. Rinder stated that Lisa had died while at the Ft. Harrison Hotel, thus contradicting Elliott Abelson's claim that Lisa died just before she arrived at the hospital. Abelson is sitting right next to Rinder.

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