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Psychiatrist: Sect drove man insane

Title: Psychiatrist: Sect drove man insane
Date: Tuesday, 25 August 1981
Publisher: Clearwater Sun (Florida)
Author: Richard Leiby
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A downtown Clearwater businessman who last year joined the Church of Scientology was committed to a Mental hospital Monday after a psychiatrist testified that Scientology apparently contributed to the man's insanity. Francis G. Diamond, 45, a successful antique dealer before his breakdown, told Circuit Judge William Walker that other Scientologists' "thetans," or spirits, had invaded his body during counseling sessions and now control him. "It's not something out of Star Trek-it happens," insisted Diamond, who brought a book by Scientology founder ... [Read the rest at]