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Reference materials Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (SLAPP)
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May 31, 1983
Scientology defectors charge 'dirty tricks' in Boston — Boston Globe
Type: Press
Author(s): Ben Bradlee Jr.
Source: Boston Globe
Robert Dardano and Warren Friske were trusted members of the Boston mission of the Church of Scientology in the mid-1970s when they say they were recruited to join a group of other church members intent on carrying out "dirty tricks" against critics and others deemed enemies of the church in this area. The activities of the group included break-ins, the theft of documents, harassment and misrepresentation, according to sworn testimony by Dardano in Florida last year and affidavits from him and ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
May 21, 1983
Judge believes Hubbard lives // Gives son three weeks to disprove — Associated Press
Type: Press
Source: Associated Press
"I am not a missing person," Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard said in a signed statement that has led a judge to believe the reclusive author is healthy despite a son's claim to the contrary. Superior Court Judge David Hennigan said Friday that the declaration, which included fingerprints experts have said belong to the 72-year-old Hubbard, made him believe Hubbard still is alive. Hubbard has not made a public appearance in years. Hennigan said the seven-page document, filed with ...
May 2, 1983
More Nevada debate on cult bill — Associated Press
More: link
Type: Press
Author(s): Brendan Riley
Source: Associated Press
Carson City, Nev. (AP) — More pleas for controls on cults were aired Monday as the Senate Judiciary Committee reviewed a plan to allow for civil lawsuits against cults or any other groups which bilk people. No immediate action was taken on SB343, being pushed by Sen. Bill Hernstadt who had to "deprogram" a daughter who had joined the Church of Scientology. Scientology representatives were criticized by Sen. Thomas "Spike" Wilson, committee chairman, for failing to deliver promised documents outlining their ...
Apr 27, 1983
Scientologists fail to obtain Hubbard's files — Los Angeles Times (California)
More: link
Type: Press
Author(s): Myrna Oliver
Source: Los Angeles Times (California)
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge Tuesday refused to release 21 boxes of personal letters and journals of reclusive Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard to church officials, despite a handwritten letter purportedly from Hubbard claiming them as his property. The material is the subject of a lawsuit by the Scientologists against their former member and archivist, Gerald Armstrong, seeking permanent return of the documents. The church claims that Armstrong stole the material. He claims that Hubbard had permitted him ...
Apr 12, 1983
Scientology suit allowed to go to trial // 4 former members charge church made false claims to them — Los Angeles Times (California)
More: link
Type: Press
Author(s): Dan Morain
Source: Los Angeles Times (California)
A federal judge opened the way Monday for four former Scientologists to sue the church for fraud over a variety of claims including promises that it could prevent colds, raise intelligence and solve obesity. Attorneys for the disillusioned Scientologists hailed the ruling, saying that it will open the way for other former church members to bring their complaints of fraud before juries. U.S. District Judge Consuelo B. Marshall ruled that while Scientology is a religion, many of the claims it makes ...
Apr 3, 1983
Have Scientology practices led to suicide tries? — Flint Journal (Michigan)
More: link
Type: Press
Author(s): David V. Graham
Source: Flint Journal (Michigan)
It is not uncommon for present or former Scientology members to try to kill themselves, according to three national experts on the controversial religion founded by L. Ron Hubbard. The head of the Scientology Church in Michigan, however, denies that Scientology practices have led to suicides. And the president of the international Church of Scientology, the Rev. Heber C. Jentzsch, headquartered in Los Angeles, dismisses the experts quoted in this story as "liars," who he says are out to discredit a ...
Apr 1, 1983
Scientology officials deny charges that it practices 'brainwashing' [exact date unknown] — Flint Journal (Michigan)
Mar 10, 1983
Scientology: A church beset with problems // Scientology plagued by rumors, problems, dozens of civil suits — Vancouver Sun
More: link
Type: Press
Author(s): Shelley Fralic
Source: Vancouver Sun
Certainly, L. Ron Hubbard exists, says Janet Kenyon, public affairs director for the B.C. Church of Scientology. He has an office in downton Vancouver. "Come on in," says Kenyon, unfastening the purple velvet cable that is hooked across the entrance to L. Ron Hubbard's office at 401 West Hastings. His name is on the open door in gold-colored letters. A gleaming gold, or brass, letter opener lies on his desk. There are pictures of his kids. There is an unopened package ...
Mar 7, 1983
Sect's missing founder leaves legal morass — Washington Post
Type: Press
Author(s): Jay Mathews
Source: Washington Post
Three years ago, somewhere near this dusty little town of watermelon fields and senior citizen trailer parks, a pudgy, prolific science fiction writer named L. Ron Hubbard climbed into a black van and reportedly disappeared from sight. Nobody in Hemet, 80 miles east of Los Angeles, or anywhere else might have cared about the fate of a 71-year-old eccentric with a lust for privacy, except that Hubbard was the founder of one of the word's wealthiest and most controversial new religions. ...
Feb 20, 1983
L. Ron Hubbard breaks silence to release 3 handwritten letters — Rocky Mountain News (Denver, Colorado)
Feb 15, 1983
Religious group sues lawyer for $42 million — Daily News
Type: Press
Author(s): Diane Katz
Source: Daily News
Feb 14, 1983
Church produces purported letter from Hubbard — Associated Press
Type: Press
Source: Associated Press
Church of Scientology officials Monday produced a second letter purportedly written by church founder L. Ron Hubbard, saying he is alive and well and believes his estate to be in good hands. The handwritten letter was filed as part of a motion to dismiss the Riverside County Superior Court probate battle in which Hubbard's son, Ronald DeWolf, claims his father is either dead or incompetent. DeWolf says church officials have been stealing millions of dollars from the 71-year-old Hubbard and is ...
Feb 11, 1983
Church officials offer note as proof founder is alive — Los Angeles Times (California)
Feb 11, 1983
Note is evidence founder is still alive, Scientologists say — Arizona Republic
Feb 5, 1983
Omaha Church of Scientology breaks off ties — Omaha World-Herald
Jan 31, 1983
Mystery of the Vanished Ruler — TIME Magazine
More: gerryarmstrong.org
Jan 30, 1983
City, Scientologists fighting new battle in 7-year-old war / Scientologists cite changes; city officials skeptical — Miami Herald
Jan 24, 1983
Ministry of fear // Scandal rocks Scientology as the founder's wife goes to prison and his son turns prosecution witness — People magazine
More: link
Type: Press
Author(s): John Saar
Source: People magazine
[Picture / Caption: Scientology's headquarters in L.A. was formerly the Cedars of Lebanon Hospital. The church purchased It for $5 million In 1977.] Last October in San Francisco, some 70 local leaders of the Church of Scientology gathered to hear nine church executives harangue them about their shortcomings. Styling themselves with titles that ranged from the quasi-military ("Commander," "Warrant Officer") to the quasi-lunatic ("International Finance Dictator"), the men announced that they represented the new hierarchy of the organization, and that they ...
Jan 18, 1983
Son of cult leader in a battle over $1B estate
Jan 17, 1983
Struggle to control power, money splits Scientologists — Los Angeles Times (California)
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Jan 7, 1983
A 'new breed' reported taking over Scientology — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
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Type: Press
Author(s): Robert Lindsey
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Defections by older members and publicity given a legal battle over control of hundreds of millions of dollars are believed to be cutting into the membership of the Church of Scientology. The church, which has a headquarters in Clearwater, is described by its leaders as a religion and by its critics as a highly profitable business with cult-like overtones. The church claims a worldwide membership of 6-million, although former officials say the number of adherents is probably fewer than 700,000. According ...
Jan 6, 1983
Fight over funds divides Scientology group — New York Times
More: nytimes.com
Dec 25, 1982
Ex-aide tells of Hubbard try to gain Nobel Prize — Press-Enterprise (Riverside, California)
Dec 9, 1982
ASIO action dropped — Canberra Times (Australia)
Type: Press
Source: Canberra Times (Australia)
The Church of Scientology is to discontinue its High Court action against the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation. The national spokesman for the church, the Reverend Andrew Youngman, said yesterday that the church had achieved its primary object of ensuring that ASIO was subject to judicial review. It had been seeking a declaration against ASIO to stop it from gathering intelligence and passing on information about the church. The court ruled last month that, as stated, the case was bad. It gave ...
Item contributed by: Zhent (Anonymous)
Dec 4, 1982
Oh, where, oh where has L. Ron Hubbard gone? — Flint Journal (Michigan)
Nov 26, 1982
Hubbard suit challenged — Los Angeles Times (California)
Nov 21, 1982
L. Ron Hubbard: A new controversy / Son of Scientology founder questions father's health, location — Los Angeles Times (California)
Nov 13, 1982
Son of Scientology founder believes Hubbard dead or ill // Petition filed requesting estate trustee — Press-Enterprise (Riverside, California)
More: link
Type: Press
Author(s): Dick Lyneis
Source: Press-Enterprise (Riverside, California)
The oldest son of L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of the Church of Scientology, believes his father is either dead or mentally incompetent, according to a petition filed In Riverside Superior Court. The son, Ronald E. DeWolf, also claims in the court papers filed Wednesday that officials in the church have stolen millions of dollars, gems and securities either from his 71-year-old father or from Hubbard's estate in the last 12 months. DeWolf, 48, of Carson City. Nev., is asking the ...
Jul 7, 1982
Inside Scientology: Scientology versus the Merchants of Chaos — News-Herald (Santa Rosa, California)
More: link
Type: Press
Author(s): Dennis Wheeler
Source: News-Herald (Santa Rosa, California)
Throughout its nearly 30 years of existence, the Church of Scientology has had problems with its image in the media. Newspaper articles have called it a "bizarre brain-washing cult" founded by a former science fiction writer. Television coverage of recent hearings in Clearwater, Florida — home of the Church's U.S. headquarters — emphasized testimony that the group's founder, L. Ron Hubbard, is in hiding and, according to his son, might even be dead. And the Reader's Digest recently printed two controversial ...
Jun 9, 1982
Inside Scientology: The story of Scientology might make a great movie — News-Herald (Santa Rosa, California)
More: link
Type: Press
Source: News-Herald (Santa Rosa, California)
The film would star a former science fiction writer named L. Ron Hubbard who founded a religion — or what his critics call a "cult." Also included in the cast would be Charles Manson, John Travolta, numerous former cultists turned "deprogrammers," and billions of Thetans, or immortal beings trapped in "meat bodies" on the planet earth — and don't forget Hubbard's renegade son, who works in a Nevada casino and suspects his father is either dead or hopelessly insane. Scenery in ...
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