Death in a french Narconon (Scientology) center
Jocelyne Dorfmann (34)

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From: miguelito@france-cybermedia.comNOSPAM (Miguelito)
Subject: Death in a french Narconon center in 1987
Date: 1998/04/08
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Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology

I will try to learn more about this. I haven't seen it reported on ars. 
The resemblance of this case with Lisa McPherson is rather striking: 
they applied the Tech.

This excerpt is from the French Parliamentary Report on Cults of 1995

The County Court of Dijon, in a judgement of January 9, 1987 (No 118-87),  
condemned the assistant-director of the Narconon center of 
Grangey-sur-Ource for lack of assistance to a person in danger. This 
center, created by the Church of Scientology, proposes cures of 
detoxication by applying the methods of Ron Hubbard, namely the 
"purification rundown", based mainly on several hours of sauna per day, 
"auditing" and a significant absorption of vitamins. In this case, the 
victim was a long time epileptic and had been addressed to this 
organization because she wished "to be released from the drugs". The 
center, without preliminary medical examination, placed her in a room of 
"weaning". However, the medical expertises showed that the death was due 
to "a state of epileptic seizures due to the absence of sufficient 
handling in its beginning and emergency treatment during the seizures." 
The judgement does not leave any doubt about the responsibility of the 

"If Jocelyne Dorfmann had made the decision to reduce her medicamentous 
consumption, then to stop it with the risk of compromising her health, 
the defendants never warned her of the need for a medical examination for 
her admission, which would have probably made it possible to contra-
indicate the cure of weaning; it is inconceivable that the victim could 
be accepted without this examination and a serious interview in spite of 
her declarations about her health and her epilepsy, whereas the 
defendants admitted knowing that in the event of serious illness, the 
medical handling was not to suffer any interruption; 

"If at the time of the first crisis, the defendants could have been 
mistaken on its exact nature, the repetition of the crises and their 
increasing intensity were to evoke them an origin distinct from a state 
of withdrawal which, according to medical experts, cannot be confused 
with an epileptic state; They did not consider it useful to ask directly 
the victim, while she was still conscious, if these crises could 
correspond to the epileptic seizures to which she had referred or to call 
upon the nearest doctor (...) " 


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