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May 16, 2011
Soldier death to remain a mystery — Brisbane Times
Type: Press
Source: Brisbane Times
AAP – The mysterious death of a young soldier was likely to remain a mystery until the Church of Scientology chooses to release its file on its extended dealings with him, a defence commission of inquiry has found. There's no dispute that Private Edward McBride, 30, took his own life in Brisbane on February 7, 2007. A trained electrical fitter before joining the army, he climbed into an electrical sub-station and deliberately contacted a 110,000 volt power line. Just why he ...
Jan 3, 2010
When Scientology fails —
Type: Commentary
Author(s): Dan Bluemel
Nancy Many sits comfortably curled up on her couch. A cool wind blows outside her Los Angeles home hitting the windows and splashing against the dead leaves in her yard. Her two Siberian Huskies lie on the floor, drifting in and out of sleep. The lights inside the house are yellow and dim giving an aura of firelight. A tranquil warmth fills the living room. The serenity that Many now enjoys is a testament to her victory, something hard fought and ...
Jan 1, 2010
Edward McBride auditor, Lise O’Kane quits Scientology — Ozsoapbox
Dec 3, 2009
More claims against Scientology — Channel 7 (Australia)
More: Youtube
Type: TV
Author(s): Bryan Seymour
Source: Channel 7 (Australia)
The Church of Scientology's musical endeavours might be laughable yet the current storm of accusations against them is deadly serious. Edward McBride, 30, electrocuted himself at a substation near Brisbane in February 2007. Calls for Scientology inquiry The Queensland Coroner requested the Church of Scientology hand over its files as Edward had been doing intensive Scientology courses before taking his life. His brother Steve McBride is searching for answers. "I just feel my brother's life has been taken for the ...
Nov 23, 2009
Australian blames Scientology for brother's death — Associated Press
Type: Press
Author(s): Rod McGuirk
Source: Associated Press
A man who blames the Church of Scientology for his brother's suicide added his voice Monday to calls for an Australia Senate inquiry into the religion. Belfast-born Stephen McBride, 35, flew from the west coast city of Perth to Canberra on Monday to support a senator's call for an inquiry into the church. The Senate could vote as early as Tuesday on Sen Nick Xenophon's motion to hold a wide-reaching inquiry into the church that was founded in 1953 by the ...
Nov 23, 2009
Brother wants answers on Scientologist's suicide — Australia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) News
Type: Press
Author(s): Emma Rodgers
Source: Australia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) News
A man whose Scientologist brother committed suicide has urged Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to allow a parliamentary inquiry into the controversial church. Thirty-year-old Edward McBride killed himself in the Brisbane suburb of Everton Park in February 2007. Mr McBride had been a member of the Church of Scientology for about two years and had paid $25,000 for various courses. A coroner's inquiry into his death heard evidence that members of the church had contacted him 19 times in the days before ...
Nov 23, 2009
Grieving family urges Scientology probe — Australian Associated Press (AAP)
Type: Press
Author(s): Crystal Ja
Source: Australian Associated Press (AAP)
For the three days leading up to soldier Edward McBride's suicide, his family say he was bombarded by telephone calls and texts from Church of Scientology members. The family believe the church played a major role in his death, but have spent the past two years without answers or recourse. Now they've urged the federal government to initiate an inquiry into the controversial religious group, under fire following recent allegations of blackmail, sanctioned beatings, forced abortions and financial fraud. Independent senator ...
Nov 17, 2009
Australian Senator Nick Xenophon calls for senate inquiry into Scientology
More: Youtube 1, Youtube 2, PDF transcript (1.13MB), Church of Scientology's official response
Type: TV
This is a speech Senator Nick Xenophon gave in the Senate on November 17, 2009 I rise to speak tonight on an issue of utmost seriousness that I believe deserves a great deal of scrutiny by law enforcement agencies and by this parliament. In the past few weeks, I have been contacted by former members of the Church of Scientology after I questioned the tax exemption status the organisation has under our tax laws during an interview on the Seven Network’s ...
Nov 10, 2009
Soldier bullied before suicide: inquest — Brisbane Times
Type: Press
Author(s): Marissa Calligeros
Source: Brisbane Times
The inquiry into the suicide of a Brisbane-based soldier has heard details of the expletive-laden verbal bullying he was subjected before he took his own life at an electrical power station on the city's northside. Details of the harassment Edward McBride was subjected to in the two years before he took his own life were heard during the second day of a commission of inquiry into the 30-year-old soldier's death. The counsel representing the McBride family, Air Force Wing Commander Glenn ...
Nov 2, 2009
Unanswered Questions: Scientology and Edward McBride — Ozsoapbox
Oct 29, 2009
Did Scientology play a role in Australian suicide? // Soldier was contacted 19 times in 48 hours by church before electrocuting himself — First Post
Type: Press
Author(s): Jonathan Harwood
Source: First Post
Scientologists are used to making the headlines in America, where only this month there has been a row over a TV interview and a high-profile defection by the Oscar-winning Crash director Paul Haggis. But the controversial sect now has problems on the other side of the world, in Australia. Questions are being asked about the role of local Scientologists in the suicide of Edward McBride, a Northern Ireland-born soldier who killed himself in Brisbane in 2007. It now transpires that his ...
Oct 28, 2009
Questions over Scientology's 19 calls in 48 hours before 110,000-volt suicide — Brisbane Times
Type: Press
Author(s): Christine Kellett
Source: Brisbane Times
The 110,000-volt electric charge that killed Edward McBride was so strong it caused an explosion capable of causing flash burns up to 10 metres away. Witnesses who saw it at the Energex substation in Everton, in Brisbane's north, two years ago likened it to fireworks that glowed red long after the Brisbane soldier's life had ended. There could be no doubt the 30-year-old Special Forces commando and trained electrician wanted to die, of that fact State Coroner John Lock could be ...
Oct 26, 2009
Scientologists in privilege claim — The Australian
Type: Press
Author(s): Natasha Bita
Source: The Australian
THE Church of Scientology has invoked "confessional privilege" for its refusal to hand over files to the Queensland Coroner. An inquest into the death of Edward Alexander McBride – a soldier who killed himself two days after finishing one of the church's intensive courses in 2007 – revealed last week his "audit" file had been sent to the church's US headquarters. Scientology spokeswoman Vicki Dunstan yesterday said the file requested by the Coroner was "privileged and sacrosanct". "Essentially these are notations ...
Oct 23, 2009
Church of Scientology defied coroner on suicide — The Australian
Type: Press
Author(s): Sarah Elks
Source: The Australian
THE Church of Scientology refused to provide records demanded by a coroner investigating the death of a soldier who committed suicide two days after finishing one of the church's intensive courses. It emerged yesterday that the American headquarters of the church instructed its Australian branch to send the soldier's "audit file" to the US — which is outside the coroner's jurisdiction — before warrants were issued. Edward Alexander McBride was found electrocuted and hanged at an Energex substation at Everton Park, ...
Oct 22, 2009
Nighline: Former Scientologists level accusations — ABC News
Type: TV
Author(s): Martin Bashir, Ethan Nelson
Source: ABC News
Ex-members say leader David Miscavige hit subordinates; church denies accusations. Some call it a manipulative cult. Others say it's a well-established religion that helps people reach their potential. Since its inception in the 1950s, the Church of Scientology has rarely been far from controversy. And now the Church is under attack again. Former senior insiders claim the Church's current leader, David Miscavige, has created and encouraged a climate of violence within senior staff and was frequently violent himself. Marty Rathbun was ...
Oct 19, 2009
Defence Force 'bullies' cleared over suicide — The Australian
Type: Press
Source: The Australian
A CORONER has cleared the Australian Defence Force of contributing to the suicide of a young private who had been bullied by other soldiers. In written findings handed down late last week, Brisbane coroner John Lock found there was nothing to suggest that bullying and harassment in the army was instrumental in Edward Alexander McBride's decision to end his life. Mr McBride, 30, was found hanging from a rope at the Energex substation in Brisbane's Everton Park on February 7, 2007. ...
Oct 15, 2009
Inquest into the death of Edward Alexander McBride
Sep 7, 2009
Hanged soldier Edward McBride 'refused to get drunk' — Herald Sun (Australia)
Type: Press
Source: Herald Sun (Australia)
AN army private found dead in mysterious circumstances had been bullied by others for refusing to get drunk, a court has been told. Edward Alexander McBride, 30, was found hanging from a rope at the Energex substation in Brisbane's Everton Park on February 7, 2007. The cause of death was found to be electrocution. An inquest into his death got underway in the Brisbane Coroners Court today, where evidence was heard that Mr McBride had been the victim of bullying while ...
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