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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 ...
Sep 29, 2010
Federal judge tells Pinellas judge to back off in Scientology lawsuit — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Author(s): Thomas C. Tobin
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
TAMPA — A federal judge has ordered a Pinellas judge and the Church of Scientology to halt their efforts to severely punish Ken Dandar, a Tampa lawyer who is taking the church to court for the second time in his career. The action Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Steven Merryday involves Pinellas Judge Robert Beach, who has said he intends to impose a $130,000 fine on Dandar and possibly suspend his license to practice law. The reason: Dandar allegedly reneged on ...
Sep 28, 2010
Fed judge to state judge: Butt out of Scientology case — Tampa Tribune (Florida)
Type: Press
Author(s): Elaine Silvestrini
Source: Tampa Tribune (Florida)
TAMPA — In a rare clash between courts, a federal judge today said he will order a state judge not to interfere with a lawyer's handling of a federal case involving the Church of Scientology. A visibly irritated U.S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday granted a motion by lawyer Kennan Dandar, who is representing the estate of Kyle Thomas Brennan in a wrongful death suit against the church. Merryday told Scientology attorneys they "have forced my hand on this issue." The ...
Sep 21, 2010
Eat my shorts! Insurance company sues (voice of) Bart Simpson over Scientology money — Radar Online
Type: Press
Source: Radar Online
Don’t have a cow, man! Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson in the animated series The Simpsons, has been slapped with a lawsuit by an insurance company claiming that her ex-fiancé Stephen Brackett owes them money for which she is now responsible. DOCUMENTS: See The Lawsuit Filed Against Nancy Cartwright According to the lawsuit obtained exclusively by, Stephen’s construction company, Brackett Construction, entered into a contract with Off Vine Restaurant in Los Angeles in 2009 — a project ...
Sep 1, 2010
Lawyer in Scientology case is stuck between state and federal judges — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Author(s): Craig Pittman, Curtis Krueger
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
LARGO — One of the Church of Scientology's most vocal critics, Tampa lawyer Ken Dandar, is in a pickle. Six years ago, he settled a wrongful death case against the church on behalf of the family of Lisa McPherson, who died in 1995 after 17 days in the care of church members in Clearwater. Part of the settlement agreement, approved by a judge in state court, required Dandar to never again represent anyone suing Scientology. But last year, Dandar took on ...
Aug 26, 2010
Concerns raised over group's scientology link —
Type: Press
A new lobby group for families affected by suicide has sparked concerns over links with the Church of Scientology. Casper (Community Action on Suicide Prevention, Education & Research) was formed by two mothers who lost their children to suicide. However, Green MP Kevin Hague said the Citizens Commission for Human Rights (CCHR) was closely associated with Casper, and was established as an arm of the Church of Scientology. Maria Bradshaw, mother of suicide victim Toran Henry, 17, said the new group ...
Jun 13, 2010
Inside Scientology: No kids allowed — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
More: Church of Scientology response, Church spokesman Tommy Davis' letter to the Times, Declarations from Scientology members
Type: Press
Author(s): Joe Childs, Thomas C. Tobin
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Laura Dieckman was just 12 when her parents let her leave home to work full time for Scientology's religious order, the Sea Organization. At 16, she married a co-worker. At 17, she was pregnant. She was excited to start a family, but she said Sea Org supervisors pressured her to have an abortion. She was back at work the following day. Claire Headley joined at 16, married at 17 and was pregnant at 19. She said Sea Org supervisors threatened strenuous ...
May 19, 2010
Ship of fools
Type: Account
Author(s): Michael J. "Mike" Rinder
[Excerpt: ... Others haven’t been so lucky. One of the Ship Engineers [Jorge Arroyo] was severely disaffected with [David Miscavige] after several run-ins with him. He became increasingly enturbulated and was not sleeping. He was put under 24 hour watch with full time guards and video cameras in his room. He was not handled with standard tech and ended up committing suicide by hanging himself in the shower with a sheet. The entire incident was covered up so as not to ...
Apr 14, 2010
Dispute flares again between lawyer and Scientology — Tampa Bay Online
Type: Press
Author(s): Elaine Silvestrini
Source: Tampa Bay Online
TAMPA - A lawyer suing the Church of Scientology has filed a motion asking to withdraw from the wrongful death case – but he doesn't really mean it. Kennan Dandar says the state judge who ordered him to withdraw doesn't have jurisdiction in federal court. He also says he doesn't want to abandon his client, who blames the church for her son's death. The highly unusual motion is rooted in the longstanding animus between the church and Dandar. The order to ...
Apr 10, 2010
Adams County judge orders William Fowler to be tried for first-degree murder in ex-business partner's death — Denver Post
Type: Press
Author(s): Monte Whaley
Source: Denver Post
BRIGHTON — William Rex Fowler lured his former business partner into a deadly trap last year, killing 42-year-old Thomas Ciancio over claims Fowler was embezzling money from the company he founded, an Adams County prosecutor said Friday. But the second half of Fowler's plan failed when the 58-year-old tried unsuccessfully to kill himself, prosecutor Dave Young said in a preliminary hearing. "His intent was suicide," Young said. "He was going to take care of his business before he took care of ...
Apr 6, 2010
Scientologie: «Des gens intelligents et structurés tombent dans le panneau» — Paris Match
Type: Press
Author(s): Irène Frain
Source: Paris Match
Marie-France Hirigoyen, psychiatre, et Rodolphe Bosselut, avocat d'Aline [Voir son témoignage en lien], nous expliquent les mécanismes sur lesquels s'appuie une secte pour qu'un individu «structuré» se retrouve sous emprise psychique. Paris Match. A quoi reconnaît-on qu’on a affaire à une secte ? Me Rodolphe Bosselut. J’ai une définition simple : “C’est un groupe où il est très facile d’entrer et dont il est très difficile de sortir.” Et sa caractéristique essentielle ? Le phénomène d’emprise psychi­que. Mais attention ! Il ...
Feb 18, 2010
Scientology-Aussteiger Lino Bombonato / Wenn Freunde zu Feinden werden [Unofficial English translation: "Ex-Scientologist Lino Bombonato / When friends turn enemies"] — Stern TV (Germany)
More: Original
Feb 15, 2010
Ex-Scientologists speak out at LA press conference — Catholic Online
Feb 12, 2010
Human trafficking charges levied against Church of Scientology — KTLA (Los Angeles)
More: Youtube
Feb 12, 2010
Los Angeles Press Conference: Ex-Scientologists speak out
Jan 22, 2010
Affidavit and application for arrest warrant / People of the State of colorado vs. Fowler, William Rex
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 ...
Dec 31, 2009
Three of Scientology's elite parishioners keep faith, but leave the church — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
More: Recent high-profile defectors, Climbing The Bridge: A journey to "Operating Thetan'', Scientology's response
Dec 12, 2009
Senior Scientologist says 'no cover up' — Australia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) News
Type: Press
Author(s): Bronwyn Herbert
Source: Australia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) News
ELIZABETH JACKSON: The international vice president of the Church of Scientology has responded to allegations that his church is a criminal organisation. Senator Nick Xenophon used parliamentary privilege last month to declare that Scientology is not a religion but a criminal organisation which covers up offences and abuse by its members. The Church of Scientology's vice president says the allegations have already been investigated. Bronwyn Herbert reports. BRONWYN HERBERT: Its status as a religion is fiercely contested, but the Church of ...
Dec 9, 2009
Celebrity florist 'may have accidentally drowned daughter then killed herself' — The Telegraph (UK)
Type: Press
Author(s): Richard Savill
Source: The Telegraph (UK)
A celebrity florist may have accidentally drowned her nine-year-old disabled daughter as she tried to "heal" her in the bath, before killing herself, an inquest heard. Judith Richmond, 41, who was suffering from bi-polar disorder, also known as manic depression, had become obsessed with scientology, and a belief that metal was poisoning her daughter Millie and the whole planet. Mrs Richmond, who had provided flowers for the late Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, and the rock band Pink Floyd, believed her ...
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 ...
Dec 3, 2009
[Interview with Nancy Many] — KNOP (Washington)
Type: Radio
Source: KNOP (Washington)
Nancy Many appeared on a KNOP radio show today from Washington state to promote her new book, My Billion Year Contract. She talks about her experiences in Scientology as an aide to L. Ron Hubbard, being sent to the RPF by Hubbard where she was locked in the garage of the Fort Harrison Hotel in Clearwater when she was five months pregnant, escaping from Scientology with her husband, disconnection and much more.
Nov 29, 2009
Scientology DVDs in schools — New Zealand Herald
Type: Press
Author(s): Matt Nippert
Source: New Zealand Herald
A scientologist doctor, who gave evidence on the suicide of a church member she treated, is promoting a controversial educational resource in New Zealand schools. Dr Helen Smith gave evidence this year to a coroner's inquiry after the death of David Sampson in December 2008. Sampson had won $651,000 in Lotto's first division in 1991, but battled with alcohol abuse and depression. A friend of Sampson was upset at the church's policy against psychiatric help: "He was suffering from depression, but ...
Nov 29, 2009
[Interview with Aaron Saxton, Mike Ferriss, Mark Bunker] — Newstalk ZB (New Zealand)
Nov 24, 2009
Infinite Complacency: The Detheridge letters
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 21, 2009
INCOMM security breach 1995 [Youtube Part 1]
More: Part 2, Part 3, Transcripts
Nov 21, 2009
Scientology's dark secrets — The Age (Australia)
Type: Press
Author(s): Barney Zwartz
Source: The Age (Australia)
Senator Nick Xenophon's stunning attack on the Church of Scientology this week has shone a light on a worldwide group many former members accuse of ruining their lives through fear and abuse. SCIENTOLOGISTS lured Dean Detheridge off the street using their tried and tested technique of offering a personality test. He wasn't much interested, but they were extremely skilled and persistent persuaders, and he found he couldn't say no. Seven days later he was on staff in what turned out to ...
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