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DA to probe six deaths

Title: DA to probe six deaths
Date: Saturday, 7 May 1977
Publisher: NY Daily News (New York)
Author: Vincent Cosgrove
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Queens District Attorney John Santucci said yesterday that his staff was looking into charges by the Citizens Commission on Human Rights that six unexplained deaths have occurred at the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in Bellerose.

Santucci said that the commission, reportedly affiliated with the Church of Scientology, had presented his office with some 180 pages of charges, the majority alleging patient abuse.

He said that while he understood that the Church of Scientology was opposed to the psychiatric treatment of mental patients, he felt obliged to study the commission's charges. "Some do not call for prosecution," he said. "Others call for more detailed study."

—Vincent Cosgrove