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Earliest ⇓ Mar 1, 1998 Powerful church targets fortunes, souls of recruits — Boston Herald More:
rickross.com, apologeticsindex.org Feb 8, 1998 Scientology got blame for French suicide — St. Petersburg Times (Florida) More:
pqasb.pqarchiver.com Jan 1, 1998 Purification: Liver damage — I. F. Magazine
Dec 7, 1997 For some Scientologists, pilgrimage has been fatal — St. Petersburg Times (Florida) More:
pqasb.pqarchiver.com, link Nov 1, 1997 Advance in the eastern frontier — Stern (magazine)
The business-minded Scientology strategists are conquering Russia with psycho-programs and management courses — and they seek access to politics and the military Oh, what a wonderful day, Marina thinks it's great to write up her sins. Anna has learned that aspirin ruins her brain. And Vladimir, an old man with thick glasses, can explain what ethics is by using building blocks. That's how it is with Scientologists, everybody has a little bit of success every day in the evening at 5:30 ...
Sep 1, 1997 Special look at the Church of Scientology [exact date unknown] — Lotus magazine
Jul 29, 1997 French court cuts sentence of a Scientology church leader — Los Angeles Times (California)
Los Angeles Times (California)
LYONS, France — A French appeals court reduced the sentence Monday for a Church of Scientology leader convicted of involuntary homicide in the suicide of a member. The case centered on the March 1988 suicide of Patrice Vic, 31, who jumped out a window. Prosecutors said Vic was under pressure from the church to take a $5,000 "purification treatment," including daily saunas and a diet low in sugar and high in vitamins. The lower court said in November that Jean-Jacques Mazier ...
Apr 10, 1997 Making your own decision about Scientology — Woroni (Australia)
The Church of Scientology responds to the article
"Cult of Personality"
which appeared in the last issue of Woroni The anonymous author of the article on Scientology in the last Woroni of March 20, 1997, at least got a few things right: the description and definition of Scientology, the aims of Scientology, that it is a religion and a Church. However, journalistic accountability having been thrown to the wind, there followed a mixture of opinion and fiction. Objectivity died with ...
Feb 6, 1997 Germany versus Scientology — Los Angeles Times (California) More:
link Nov 28, 1996 The Big Story: The S-Files — ITV More: transcript, partial transcript
Title "The S Files" [S as in Scientology Logo] [Presenter Dermot Murnaghan (DM henceforth) no relation to any other DM] Tonight we're going to expose serious financial crime in one of the Scientology cult's most successful operations in Britain. We show how they cooked the books, made false statements to obtain bank loans, and changed invoices to fiddle their VAT. [Extract from "Trust" ad] This advert for the Church of Scientology was recently shown on cable TV. It was a major ...
Nov 23, 1996 French Scientologist sentenced after church member's suicide — New York Times
Craig R. Whitney
New York Times
The founder and former head of the Church of Scientology in Lyons was convicted of fraud and involuntary homicide today in the death of a church member who committed suicide after going heavily into debt to pay the sect for counseling sessions.
A French tribunal sentenced the defendant, Jean-Jacques Mazier, to serve 18 months in prison, with an additional 18 months suspended, and fined him $100,000.
The eight-day trial, in the first week of October, also examined charges of fraud, attempted ...
Oct 2, 1996 Scientology is fighting for its future in France — International Herald Tribune More: link
International Herald Tribune
PARIS: The Church of Scientology is battling charges in a Lyon courtroom that it is a manipulative and fraudulent cult that practices false medicine and hounded one of its followers to his death.
The case could derail the sect's campaign to be accepted as a mainstream faith in several European countries. Last week, it began beaming satellite television advertisements to Britain, its biggest recruiting ground in Europe, despite not being recognized there as a bona fide religion. The advertisements stress a ...
Aug 19, 1996 John's Secret Powers: 'Travolta Cured Me' — New Weekly (Australia)
New Weekly (Australia)
The star of
Phenomenon claims the movie is close to real life and says he can cure people with his bare hands — but is it just cult fiction? In John Travolta's latest movie, Phenomenon, the once disco-dancing star plays an ordinary man who is miraculously given supernatural abilities. It sounds like fantasy — but in real life John believes he, too, has weird powers. Behind that famous smile, the 42-year-old gentle family man is an obsessive cult follower who claims ... Mar 15, 1996 International Management Executive Committee [IMEC] Executive Directive [ED] 2039 [Field Staff Member Award Program] — Church of Scientology International (CSI)
Feb 21, 1996 International Management Executive Committee [IMEC] Executive Directive [ED] 2025 [Clear Expansion Committee] — Church of Scientology International (CSI)
Mar 31, 1995 Why Kathy won't come home — The Independent (UK)
The Independent (UK)
Two weeks ago, a man was cleared of trying to abduct Kathleen Wilson after he said he was saving her from a cult that had brainwashed her. Kathy doesn't see it that way. At the garage on the road into East Grinstead, the cashier smiles. "Scientologists?" he says. "You'll find them on the way into Turner's Hill. Just follow the road round. "It's a religious sect," he adds, politely. "Ah, yes," I say. "I'm afraid so," he replies. It isn't far. ...
Jun 13, 1994 Scientology: the inside story — Secret of a drugs 'cure' — The Argus (UK) More: link
The Argus (UK)
JOHN WOOD wants to tell your children the truth about drugs. He is the UK president of an organisation which claims it has been educating young people about the dangers of addiction for 25 years. It claims that message had been successful, and it claims it can also help those who have already fallen to drugs and drink. In fact, Narconon makes rather a lot of claims, and the group has targeted Sussex with literature and glowing tributes from grateful "clients". ...
Apr 3, 1994 Inside the cults of mind control - — Sunday Age (Australia)
Sunday Age (Australia)
Louise Samways has spent the past decade investigating the many mind-control techniques of Australia's cults, gurus and personal development courses. She is also familiar with their tactics to keep critics quiet. The brick that slammed through the psychologist's car windscreen recently was a reminder that there are other, older methods of persuasion. She was frightened: "I'd like to hope it was just schoolkids playing stupid games, but when these things come one on top of the other, I don't think I'm ...
Jan 31, 1994 The prisoners of Saint Hill — The Independent (UK) More:
cosmedia.freewinds.cx, link Jan 26, 1994 Woman claims she set library ablaze 'because books are evil' / Fire guts Carpinteria facility that recently underwent a $75,000 renovation — Santa Barbara News-Press
Santa Barbara News-Press
While being handcuffed before dawn Tuesday, Linda Haggard allegedly told authorities she set a fire that gutted the Carpinteria Library because "books are evil."
Haggard, 31, a geology major at UCSB since 1983, was found outside the newly renovated library by Santa Barbara County sheriff's deputies called to the scene of the 4:15 a.m. blaze.
Haggard admitted setting the fire, according to sheriff's Detective Bruce Pixley.
"Yeah, I lit the fire," Haggard said, according to Pixley. When asked why, she replied ...
Oct 28, 1993 Scientology has $297-million growth plan — St. Petersburg Times (Florida) More: link, pqasb.pqarchiver.com
St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
A new six-story training and counseling center is planned for Clearwater. WASHINGTON — Hoping to expand to "every city on earth," the Church of Scientology plans to spend $185-million during the next five years to renovate and acquire properties, plus another $112-million on a campaign to spread its message around the world. The Scientologists' spiritual headquarters in Clearwater would get the biggest chunk of construction money over the next few years, the Church of Scientology said in documents filed with the ...
Sep 1, 1993 Catch a rising star — Premiere (magazine) More:
link May 17, 1993 Church members file suit against professor, officials — Daily Bruin (University of California) More: link
Daily Bruin (University of California)
Two UCLA extension students in the Church of Scientology have filed suit against UCLA professor Louis Jolyon West, the Board of Regents and Chancellor Charles Young for allegedly using taxpayer money to fund anti-religious activities.
The university has yet to respond to the suit filed last month with the Santa Monica Superior Court.
John Van Dyke and Mario Majorski charge that, while on the University of California payroll, West used his position to organize anti-religious seminars and two groups that target ...
Mar 1, 1993 The life and death of Mr Motivala [exact date unknown] — Private Eye (UK) More:
link Jan 14, 1993 Disco boss bans group in cult fear — The Advertiser (Finchley, UK)
Sep 15, 1992 Kirstie's secret sweatbox diet More: link
Shocking way Cheers gal shaped up for the [?] Star melts off 35 lb on bizarre sect's red-hot program She roasted 4 hours a day and fasted on water & vitamins KOOKY Kirstie Alley used her own special version of a bizarre diet concocted by the Scientology sect to slim down before hosting the Emmy Awards, says a source close to the Cheers star. For four weeks, hefty Kirstie drank gallons of water laced with vitamin B3 and spent four hours ...
Apr 29, 1992 La Marche du siècle [French] — France 3 More:
Part 2, Part 3 Dec 17, 1991 Narconon decision draws fire — Daily Oklahoman More:
link Dec 15, 1991 Drug center may be forced to leave tribal site — The Oklahoman More:
link Dec 14, 1991 Board denies certification for Narconon — The Oklahoman
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