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Nov 4, 1985
Family save son who paid cult £100,000 — Daily Mail (UK)
More: link
Type: Press
Author(s): Sean Ryan
Source: Daily Mail (UK)
THE son of a wealthy landowner has been rescued by his family from a cult with whom he spent more than £100,000. Andrew Dobie, 22, was held a virtual prisoner by his family in a remote cottage where the windows had been nailed shut and the keys hidden. There he was rigorously deprogrammed to reverse the teachings of the cult, the Church of Scientology — an organisation branded immoral in a High Court judgment last year. 'It wasn't the money they ...
May 26, 1985
The selling of Scientology // Hubbard's motivations revealed in correspondence — The Oregonian (Portland)
More: link
Type: Press
Author(s): Fred Leeson
Source: The Oregonian (Portland)
Three years after publishing a best-selling book in 1950 about his theories for improving mental health, L. Ron Hubbard, 42, was living in Spain and worrying about money. An idea struck him. Why not present Scientology as a religion, he suggested in a letter written to Helen O'Brien, then the head of an organization for marketing his mental health concepts known as the Hubbard Association of Scientologists. This was the formative stage of the Church of Scientology. Over the next 30 ...
May 20, 1985
Cleric says $39 million verdict not threat to freedom of religion — The Oregonian (Portland)
More: link
Type: Press
Author(s): Sura Rubenstein
Source: The Oregonian (Portland)
Local religious spokesmen Saturday disputed statements by Scientologists that a $39 million court judgment against the Church of Scientology represented a threat to freedom of religion. "This is not a freedom of religion issue at all," the Rev. Rodney I. Page, executive director of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, said Saturday of the punitive damages awarded Julie Christofferson Titchbourne, who sued the Church of Scientology and its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, for fraud. "This was a case in which someone's civil rights ...
May 19, 1985
Scientology jury awards $39 million — The Oregonian (Portland)
More: link
Type: Press
Author(s): Fred Leeson
Source: The Oregonian (Portland)
A Multnomah County Circuit Court jury awarded $39 million in punitive damages Friday to a Portland woman after finding she was victimized by "wanton misconduct" by the Church of Scientology and its founder, L. Ron Hubbard. The verdict was returned in favor of Julie Christofferson Titchbourne, 27, after 2½ days of deliberation and a 10-week trial. One of her lawyers, Ronald L. Wade, said it was the biggest punitive damages verdict in Oregon history. John Carmichael, president of the Church of ...
May 18, 1985
Woman awarded $39 million in Scientology suit — The Oregonian (Portland)
More: link
Type: Press
Author(s): Fred Leeson
Source: The Oregonian (Portland)
A Multnomah County Circuit Court jury awarded $39 million in punitive damages Friday to a Portland woman after finding that she was victimized by "wanton misconduct" by the Church of Scientology and its founder, L. Ron Hubbard. The verdict was returned in favor of Julie Christofferson Titchbourne, 27, after 2½ days of deliberations and a 10-week trial. One of her lawyers, Ronald L. Wade, said it was the biggest punitive damages verdict in Oregon history. The jury also awarded fraud damages ...
Mar 22, 1985
Ex-Scientologists tried mutiny, court told — The Oregonian (Portland)
Mar 20, 1985
Former Scientology official tells of stress on money — The Oregonian (Portland)
Jan 1, 1985
Scientology — CBC
Oct 28, 1984
Sinking the Master Mariner — The Sunday Times (UK)
More: link, reprint in The Weekend Australian
Type: Press
Author(s): John Barnes
Source: The Sunday Times (UK)
"Corrupt, sinister and dangerous" were the words used to describe the Church of Scientology in a judgment given by Mr Justice Latey this summer. He also referred to it as "immoral and socially obnoxious". But who controls the Church now? A major Sunday Times Magazine investigation into the activities of the cult in America and Britain has uncovered a disturbing and extraordinary story — the takeover of the organisation by a small band of youthful fanatics following the disappearance of the ...
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Jul 24, 1984
The Church of dirty tricks // Lifting the lid on the ruthless Scientology 'slave cult' that brainwashes its recruits — Daily Express (UK)
More: link
Type: Press
Author(s): Maureen Knight
Source: Daily Express (UK)
WHAT THE JUDGE SAID * THE CHURCH USED SEX TO SEDUCE PEOPLE HIGH IN GOVERNMENT * RAN A CAMPAIGN OF LIES AND PERSECUTION AGAINST OPPONENTS * AND USED SINISTER TRAINING METHODS AND IRON DISCIPLINE —– THE "sinister" Church of Scientology was dammed by its own undisputed evidence in yesterday's High Court case. Evidence from memos, letters, directives and bulletins presented to the court by a young mother desperate to win her children back from its clutches. The church, according to Mr ...
Feb 10, 1984
Widow donated workers' comp benefits to sect — Clearwater Sun (Florida)
Sep 27, 1983
Former Scientologists charge church harassed them for money — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Mar 1, 1983
INFORMATION TO OBTAIN A SEARCH WARRANT
Jan 6, 1983
Fight over funds divides Scientology group — New York Times
More: nytimes.com
Apr 28, 1982
Ex-Scientologist embittered by failure of reform movement in church — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Author(s): John Harwood
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
CLREAWATER — At 52, F. Brown McKee is bitter, disillusioned and out of a job. McKee is not a victim of the slumping economy. Instead, he is a casualty little publicized reform movement that has emerged within the controversial Church of Scientology. Church spokesmen downplay the extent of internal unrest. But dissidents say Scientologists throughout the country are unhappy and want changes in the way the church is run. Their concern mirror those of the public at large — the recent ...
Sep 14, 1981
Preliminary report to the Clearwater city commission re: The power of a municipality to regulate organizations claiming tax exempt or non-profit status
Aug 10, 1980
Ex-Scientologists express bitterness — Las Vegas Review Journal
More: link
Type: Press
Author(s): Sherman R. Frederick
Source: Las Vegas Review Journal
Carol Garrity and Dick and Janie Peterson don't call Scientology a church anymore. After dropping about $40,000 in five years into church courses and training, they left the church three weeks ago disillusioned, angry and humiliated. Is Scientology a church? "No!" they answer. "You never hear mention of God or any praying," Dick Peterson said of the church that won tax-exempt status only after a 19-year court battle with the IRS. "It doesn't operate like a church," Garrity added. "It's run ...
Jun 25, 1980
Paid for by Scientologists, study criticizes methods // Psychologists find no brainwashing — Globe and Mail (Canada)
Type: Press
Author(s): Margaret Mironowicz
Source: Globe and Mail (Canada)
A group of independent psychologists that took a rare inside look at the operations of the Church of Scientology in Toronto is critical of the organization's introductory testing and evaluation methods. The psychologists, hired by Scientology last fall to study its activities, found that the stress is on sales, that staff who interpret personality tests of newcomers aren't experienced, and that staff not only emphasize the negative aspects of the test results but suggest things will get worse without help from ...
May 30, 1980
Won't show their financial records, Scientologists declared in contempt — Globe and Mail (Canada)
Type: Press
Source: Globe and Mail (Canada)
EDMONTON (CP) — The Church of Scientology has been ruled in contempt of court for failing to present financial records to seven Albertans it is suing. Mr. Justice L. D. MacLean of the Court of Queen's Bench also ordered the church to proceed with its defamation action against the defendants after labelling the 1/2-year court delay "absolutely ridiculous." He said the Church of Scientology must appear ready for a two-week trial on Oct. 6 or its action, launched in 1976, will ...
Apr 1, 1980
Hubbard: malevolent or maligned? — Clearwater Times (Florida)
More: news.google.com, news.google.com
Type: Press
Author(s): Craig Roberton
Source: Clearwater Times (Florida)
''On Dec. 13, former Scientologist LaVenda Van Schaick filed a $200-million class-action lawsuit against the Church of Scientology in Federal Court in Boston, contending that the church falsely promises to improve the lives of its members. Since then, 10 other ex-Scientologists have filed affidavits in support of the suit, giving a glimpse of life within Scientology. The church has files motion to dismiss that case. It also sued Mrs. Van Schaick and others, contending that she is "motivated by malice." Last ...
Mar 7, 1980
Affidavit of Silvana Garritano
More: link
Type: Affidavit
AFFIDAVIT OF SILVANA GARRITANO I was introduced to Scientology in October, 1977, when I went to the New York Church to take a "Communications Course". The "registrar" (a euphemism for salesman) was Jerry Indursky. He told me that my problem was a lack of assertiveness, that I did not speak up for myself. Indursky promised me Scientology would remedy that problem and I would emerge from the Communications Course a happier, more successful person because I could stand up for myself. ...
Sep 19, 1979
Scientology secrets revealed in 2 million dollar consumer fraud case // Scientology on trial — Bay Guardian (San Francisco)
More: link
Type: Press
Author(s): Richard H. Meeker
Source: Bay Guardian (San Francisco)
How a Portland jury got a crash course in one of the oddest "religions" ever created and awarded the plaintiff more than $2. million Note: This summer, a jury in Portland spent a month listening to testimony in a $4 million lawsuit over the practices of the Church of Scientology there. The plaintiff: Julie Christofferson, a young Portland woman who was a follower of Scientology in 1975 and 1976. The defendants: three local Scientology organizations and one of their leaders. ''Richard ...
Aug 30, 1977
A reporter takes the Scientology test — Valley News
More: link
Type: Press
Author(s): Brian Alexander
Source: Valley News
The Church of Scientology offers a free personality evaluation to persons interested in its counseling services. Valley News staff writer Brian Alexander took the test at the Sherman Oaks Scientology center, posing as a college student and using an assumed name. As the second segment of a four-part series on the church, he tells what happened. —– The Church of Scientology's free personality test is like a warm handshake, but the grip is too tight. The counselor who evaluates ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Jul 22, 1974
Probe of religious sect's practices sought by ex-members — Globe and Mail (Canada)
More: groups.google.com
Type: Press
Author(s): John Marshall
Source: Globe and Mail (Canada)
Directors from the Church of Scientology in Ontario and Alberta are seeking Government inquiries into its practices. One of them, Lorna Levett, was the head of the Scientology mission, a franchise operation in Calgary. After 12 years in the movement she walked out and took all but a few of her Calgary disciples with her. A Scientologist franchise, Mrs. Levett said, is a charter granted by the Scientology head office. The holder agrees to send 10-3/4 per cent of the ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Jun 6, 1974
The costly search for 'Total Freedom' — North Hill News (Calgary, Alberta)
More: link
Type: Press
Source: North Hill News (Calgary, Alberta)
The rev. Lorna Levett, Australian born counsellor, who has faced the wrath of the Church of Scientology by her defection in Calgary, says the resigned because she did not think some students were getting their money's worth. She told the News this week that she had persuaded people to spend over $200,000 in Scientology since she opened her Calgary franchise (later called a mission) in 1968. "Well over $100,000 they sent to the Los Angeles organization," Levett said in a prepared ...
Jun 1, 1974
Scientology group moves as controversy continues — Calgary Herald (Canada)
More: link
Type: Press
Source: Calgary Herald (Canada)
Charges and counter-charges continued to fly as Calgary Scientologists moved out of their premises at 529 17th Ave. S.W. late Friday night. Landlord Franz Dopf told The Herald the group had been served with a notice to leave because other tenants complained of excessive noise, but Rev. Harvey Schmiedeke, a Scientology spokesman, said the move was caused by a need for more space. "We simply agreed to move." He did not say where the group intends to relocate. Mr. Schmiedeke charged ...
May 31, 1974
Ex-Scientologist charges rip-off — Calgary Herald (Canada)
More: link
Type: Press
Author(s): Barry Nelson
Source: Calgary Herald (Canada)
The former head of the Church of Scientology in Calgary said Thursday she has been used by the organization to talk Calgarians out of more than $200,000 — perhaps as much as $350,000. Rev. Lorna Levitt, who resigned from the church April 19, said: "I was being used by the organization to exploit people by promising then in tangibles that I had been indoctrinated into believing Scientology could and would deliver for a price." The price currently varies from $50 per ...
Mar 6, 1974
Hard sell to build the faith [fourth of a series] — St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri)
Type: Press
Author(s): James E. Adams, Elaine Viets
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri)
Growth and expansion come close to being an obsession of the Church of Scientology. From street pamphleting to sophisticated media exposure of such Scientology converts as professional football player John Brodie and singer Amanda Ambrose, Scientologists solicit new recruits in a promotional whirlwind more often associated with used car salesmanship than with religion. Local Scientology centers promote services and plan their expansion with the help of high-level directives outlining a variety of methods to bring in "the raw public by the ...
Mar 3, 1974
Expensive trip to spirituality [first of a series] — St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri)
Type: Press
Author(s): James E. Adams, Elaine Viets
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri)
The Church of Scientology of Missouri, a branch of a controversial organization promising total spiritual freedom for all followers, opened in 1969 with a six member staff at a small Brentwood office. Today, the church has a staff of 150 and is in the process of moving from rented, two-story quarters at 4225 Lindell Boulevard to an even larger building of its own at 3730 Lindell. For fees that can total $5700, the staff conducts personal enlightenment and improvement courses for ...
Oct 1, 1973
The Awful Truth About Scientology — The Realist
More: ep.tc
Type: Press
Source: The Realist
[Reproduced here with express permission of Paul Krassner — Publisher of The Realist. Thank you! Transcribed from scanned pages at The Realist Project Archive.] Although many people have had some brief acquaintance with Scientology, very few have gotten into the subject far enough to find out what it is really all about. It is a subject which doesn't easily lend itself to study. The courses are many and tend to become quite expensive, not only in terms of money, ...
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