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Dec 7, 1997 Church says "nothing mysterious" about deaths — St. Petersburg Times (Florida) More:
pqasb.pqarchiver.com, link Dec 7, 1997 For some Scientologists, pilgrimage has been fatal — St. Petersburg Times (Florida) More:
pqasb.pqarchiver.com, link Nov 19, 1997 Secret lives: Lafayette Ron Hubbard [video] — Channel 4 (UK) More: transcript, local copy of transcript
Channel 4 (UK)
VOICES: "We were saving the world, we were convinced that Hubbard was the returned saviour and that his techniques and his knowledge and his majesty would eventually bring all mankind to an enlightened state and that was what we were doing..." "There were some things about him that I do feel were rather dangerous. I felt so much under his spell that I told my room-mate that if ever I told her that I was going to marry this man, she ...
Oct 31, 1997 In her final years, Scientologist spent $175,000 — St. Petersburg Times (Florida) More: lisamcpherson.org, pqasb.pqarchiver.com
Thomas C. Tobin
St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Lisa McPherson turned to the Church of Scientology in her 20s as she tried to shed the emotional baggage of a rocky youth. By age 36, with a high school education, she was earning a handsome salary as a sales representative in Clearwater. Today, as the church tries to rebut assertions that it caused her sudden death, it also credits Scientology for her successes in life. But McPherson's turnaround came at a financial price. From 1991 until she died in December ...
Aug 10, 1997 Scientologists win partial court victory — The Guardian (UK) More: link
The Guardian (UK)
ON JULY 28, an appeal court in Lyon reduced the sentences of six members of the Scientology movement charged with responsibility for the suicide of one of their followers. The court also ruled that the "Church of Scientology" was entitled to call itself a religion. In so doing, the appeal court gave the movement created by the science-fiction writer Lafayette Ron Hubbard in 1954 a seal of approval it probably did not expect. The court justified its decision by invoking an ...
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 17, 1997 Web page bites dog - Heaven's Gate suicides spawn another media net panic — Eye Weekly
Mar 28, 1997 Internet provided way to pay bills, spread message before suicide — Seattle Times
THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE make a living designing Web sites. And for spreading ideology, creating a Web page is `easier than standing at airports ... handing out brochures.' —————————————————————– SAN FRANCISCO - Like most weird postings on the Internet, rambling statements by members of the Heaven's Gate cult about UFOs, comets and religion were largely ignored - until now. After 39 members of the cult committed suicide, Internet surfers nearly crashed servers trying to find out more information about the group whose ...
Feb 6, 1997 Germany versus Scientology — Los Angeles Times (California) More:
link Jan 27, 1997 U.S. criticizes Germany on Scientology — Washington Post More:
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