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LaVenda Van Schaick

Former scientologist, left after 9 years.

«Lavenda van Schaick. A former Scientologist and resident of Nevada who went to see Boston attorney Michael Flynn in 1979. She brought a class action suit on behalf of Scientology drop-outs alleging mind control, unlawful electronic surveillance and the leaking to the media of details of her private life obtained during auditing. The action was brought in December 1979 for $200 million, and was settled out of court on 10 June 1985 for $150,000 just before it was due to go on trial before a jury in Boston. The Judge was W. Arthur Garrity Jr. — Lamont.»

[Source: "Who's Who in Scientology" by Martin Hunt]

Affidavit of LaVenda Van Schaick (1982)

«15. When I paid thousands of dollars to the "Church", contributed 5 years of work, I did so on the continuing representations that we were building a scientific organization, that I would be paid, that I would work directly with Hubbard, that my medical, dental, and living expenses would be provided, that my career and educational opportunities would be expanded. This is what everyone is told. I did not pay $13,000 for courses on the representation that Scientology was a religious faith to which if I should make a contribution, I would be saved and would live "eternal life". This is the impression the lawyers are trying to create in the Courts. That is an outright fabrication. I paid money and other people paid money because we were "guaranteed" we would get specific, earthly benefits, like a higher I.Q. That is the only context in which Scientology sells its courses and solicits people on the street. No one would have paid anything if we told them they were buying "religion". The "religious" position now asserted before the Court, as Hubbard says "is entirely a matter for accountants and solicitors". We operated a business to make money, and sold specific books, courses and material for specific prices based on specific representations that Scientology would "scientifically guarantee" specific benefits, such as cures from obesity, colds, headache, cancer, etc. Throughout 1979, when I discovered Hubbard was a fraud, I realized how much I had been defrauded.»

Clearwater Sun: "Witnesses Tell of Break-ins, Conspiracy" by Steven Girardi

«She said she got information from confessional files "looking for blood-dripping crimes" about church enemies, among them Edward Walters, who testified Wednesday, and Lavenda Van Schaick, who testified Saturday.

Although she had been told the sect eliminated its "Fair Game" policy, a plan to deal with enemies by any possible means, "I found out it was not true," she said. "The words weren't used. It was not canceled"

The information was sent to newspapers and other public agencies to discredit them.

She said she was taught to "handle" the press, FBI raids and knew of "tell a lie" drills which taught guardian agents to successfully lie about activities if ever questioned.

"Always attack, never defend," she said of the policy.

She said she was taught to shred documents in the event of an FBI raid. Mayer testified that the sect's most sensitive "red box" files were always ready to be loaded onto one of Hubbard's two ships. Those files escaped discovery when the FBI raided the sect's Washington D.C. and Los Angeles offices in 1977, Flynn said.»

City of Clearwater Commission Hearing: The Church of Scientology - Day 4, LaVenda Van Schaick


The result of David's death has never really been — David was doing some different things for the operation of the Guardian's Office in Las Vegas. And at the time that the police found him, he was found with a .45 and a suicide note. He had written a letter to my parents; he was married to my sister. And the last letter he had written was how wonderful Scientology was, and he was doing a little mission and — anyway, the result of David's death put my sister under psychiatric care and things have been basically the same since then.

I don't think it will be probably the first or the last incident that will be uncovered through the next few years, and if people really kind of wise up and look at what's going on — I think the only questions that could really be answered on Quentin or David's death  would be Artie Maren, and it would be really nice if Artie appeared at these hearings.

Affidavit of Janie Peterson (25 May 1982)

13. I am aware of Lavenda Van Schaick's auditing folders being gathered in Las Vegas and gone through by Guardian Office staff members at the time Mrs. Van Schaick retained the services of Attorney Michael Flynn in Boston. This was done to gain information about Mrs Van Schaick.

14. Outer "missions" under the control of "Class 4" organizations routinely sent auditing information from persons' auditing folders who were under "ethics" actions or were in some kind of trouble regarding Scientology in the areas where the missions were. If needed, this auditing information would be sent to the Church of Scientology of California and the United States Guardian Office, which is part of the Church of Scientology of California.

15. A Guardian Program entitled "Shake and Bake" was written by the tip management of the United States and England Guardian Office to "handle" Lavenda Van Schaick so that she would not continue with litigation against Scientology and L. Ron Hubbard. I saw this program and part of it was an "information-gathering" section on Mrs Van Schaick, including going through her auditing information.

Michael J. Flynn vs Lafayette Ron Hubbard (7 September 1983)

20. For the period October, 1979 and the ensuing several months, plaintiff's client, Van Schaick, has claimed numerous incidents of personal harassment, including the surveillance of her home and her child, being run off the road in her car, numerous telephone calls to her neighbors, suggesting that she was an unfit mother, calls to her employer resulting in a loss of her job as a waitress and attempts to separate her from her husband. In November, 1979, Hubbard sent Gary Klinger, a G.O. agent from Los Angeles, to convince Van Schaick that the "harassive things" being done to her were done by plaintiff.

St. Petersburg Times: "For Some It Was Hard To Forsake Scientology" by Craig Roberton

«In her own affidavit, Mrs. Van Schaick says that after she approached her attorney, Michael J. Flynn, late last year, church officials called Flynn and "without my permission disclosed to him information that I had disclosed during auditing and which was contained in my PC file."

FLYNN CORROBORATED Mrs. Van Schaick's story. But rather than dropping the case, the 35-year-old lawyer said the disclosures only motivated him to take it.

"It really p----- me off," Flynn said in an interview with The Times in his Boston office. "And I said that's ' not constitutional and decided to go after them."

Church spokesmen deny using materiel in Mrs. Van Schaick's PC rile when they contacted Flynn. They said the information they gave Flynn was from other sources.»

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