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Wife accuses Dianetics Hubbard of kidnaping her

Title: Wife accuses Dianetics Hubbard of kidnaping her
Date: Wednesday, 11 April 1951
Publisher: Hollywood Citizens News
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L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the dianetics movement, was accused today in a court action of kidnaping his young wife by force and "imprisoning" their 13-month-old daughter.

The charge was made in a petition for a writ of habeas corpus filed by Hubbard's wife, Mrs. Sara Northrup Hubbard, 25, to regain possession of the child, Alexis Valorie.

Superior Jude Mildred L. Lillie issued the writ. Sheriff's deputies were directed to serve it on Frank Dessler, identified as one of Hubbard s disciples.

Hubbard, Dessler and Richard B. DeMille, 29, described as the son of the film director Cecil B. DeMille, were accused in the petition of conspiring Feb. 24 to spirit the child away and abduct her mother to Arizona.

It was claimed the child was placed in a West Los Angeles nursing home under an assumed name.

Mrs. Hubbard claimed she was kidnaped from bed in her Los Angeles apartment and taken as a prisoner to Yuma. Ariz., by De Mille and Hubbard. The child was taken the same night from a nursery in Hubbard's dianetics research foundation and placed in the West Los Angeles home by Dessler.

Her husband, on the drive to Yuma, told her that if she "really loved him she would kill herself and thus save him further bother with her" and also threatened to kill her himself and conceal the baby, Mrs. Hubbard charged.