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The Scientology community was not happy with the story,
which raised the possibility that Elli Perkins might
not have been murdered had her son been given psychiatric
treatment. The group refused to provide "48 Hours" with
an official spokesman and began taking action to influence
the broadcast. "They hit us with numerous e-mails and
there were some people at CBS or at '48 Hours' who they
knew personally, and so there were some personal requests
made as well," says CBS News Senior Vice President,
Standards and Special Projects Linda Mason.
Why would a
28-year-old man, described as sweet, kind and
gentle, take a knife to his mother one morning in
2003 and stab her over 70 times?
Jeremy Perkins, who had been diagnosed as a paranoid
schizophrenic, came to believe that his mother,
Elli, was evil and out to get him. Experts say the
brutal murder might never have occurred, had he
received proper treatment to control his psychotic
delusions. But Jeremy’s parents were devout
Scientologists and their religion strongly opposes
Scientology, which now claims to have 10 million members,
and has been the brunt of ridicule (see Tom Cruise),
skepticism (see Tom Cruise) and craziness (see you-know-who),
now has its own murder. That is the focus of tomorrow
night's "48 Hours Mystery."
The story is about the
horrific 2003 murder of a gorgeous, upstate, Scientologist
mom, Elli Perkins, by her 28-year old schizoid son,
And what a show it is! It will make your hair stand