Scientology Critical Information Directory

This site is best viewed using a highly standards-compliant browser

Lafayette Ronald Hubbard (L. Ron Hubbard, LRH)

Founder of Dianetics and Scientology.

«Men are your slaves.» — L. Ron Hubbard, to himself in his "Personal Affirmations"
«He had grown a beard, he had grown his long hair, the nails were long, very much in the same problem as they found with Howard Hughes, unkempt nails. Neighbours - there was a neighbour that walked in on him one day and he had become very frightened, and suddenly scurried out of the barn. He was frightened to meet people, he was terrified of meeting any new people. He was disappearing down, down, down into this little strange world of his. The irony of this is that this was a man who was promulgating and telling the world that 'with my technology and ideas, you can get bigger and bigger and bigger,' and yet he was shrinking down until finally he was hiding.» — Robert Vaughn Young in "SECRET LIVES - L. Ron Hubbard", Channel 4, United Kingdom, Nov 19th 1997.

Channel 4 (UK, 1997): "Secret Lives - L. Ron Hubbard" @ XenuTV

Excerpt of "Secret Lives - L. Ron Hubbard" (hosted at XenuTV)

JIM DINCALCI (Ron Hubbard's Medical Officer): "LRH gave his son Nibs some amphetamines, and Nibs started talking, he said, started really going talking fast, from the speed. And he kept talking, he kept talking, and his dad kept giving him speed and all of a sudden he was talking about his history, when he was a clam and all these different situations in early Earth. And out of that came 'History of Man.'" [...]

Operation Clambake: "Who Was L. Ron Hubbard?"

Lafayette Ronald Hubbard, founder of Scientology, was born in Tilden, Nebraska on March 10, 1911. The son of a US Navy officer, Hubbard was educated in public schools in Montana, California, Washington and Virginia. From 1930 to 1932 he attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Although Hubbard would later claim advanced degrees in the sciences and in civil engineering, his first year grade average was a D (below average). His second and final year was no better; he received a D in calculus and electrical and magnetic physics, and an F (failing) for molecular and atomic physics. He had no further formal education.

Caroline Letkeman: "Ron The Sociopath, Satyr, Liar, Messiah, etc."

Documents of a Lifetime - the uncensored L. Ron Hubbard papers

This site contains copies of a number of publicly-available documents about Hubbard. The items listed below all come from public sources in the US. Most were obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); some come from the still-sealed exhibits of the 1984 case Church of Scientology of California vs Gerald Armstrong (but were obtained legally, both here in Europe and in the US). They present a rather different picture of Hubbard, showing him to have a much darker side than is officially admitted by Scientology.

Operation Clambake: "Hubbard In His Own Words"

“This is the correct procedure: Spot who is attacking us. Start investigating them promptly for felonies or worse using our own professionals, not outside agencies. Double curve our reply by saying we welcome an investigation of them. Start feeding lurid, blood sex crime actual evidence on the attackers to the press. Don’t ever tamely submit to an investigation of us. Make it rough, rough on attackers all the way.”

— L. Ron Hubbard, Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter, 25 February 1966

Wikipedia (Jan. 2007): L. Ron Hubbard

Lafayette Ronald Hubbard (13 March 1911 24 January 1986), better known as L. Ron Hubbard, was an American pulp fiction[1][2] and science fiction[3] writer and founder of Dianetics and Scientology. In 2006 Guinness World Records declared Hubbard the world's most published and most translated author.[4][5]

A controversial public figure, many details of Hubbard's life are contentious. The Church of Scientology has produced many official biographies that present Hubbard's character and multi-faceted accomplishments in an exalted light.[6] Biographies of Hubbard by independent journalists and accounts by former Scientologists paint a much less flattering, and often highly critical, picture of Hubbard and in many cases contradict the material presented by the Church.[7][8] The Church's account of Hubbard's life has changed significantly over the years, with biographies published in Church magazines and books during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s differing considerably from the current official biography.[9] [...]

Declaration of Jonathan Caven-Atack (9 April 1995)

9. Despite possession of a massive archive of Hubbard's private papers, including numerous handwritten and illustrated black magic rituals and accounts of Hubbard's extensive drug abuse [JCA-7], Scientology management still deceive Scientologists by perpetuating Hubbard's fictitious claims about his life. Scientology materials make many false claims, including the following: that Hubbard was a wounded and decorated war hero [JCA-8], [JCA-9] he suffered from an ulcer [JCA-10], [JCA-11] and never saw combat [JCA-12] ; that Hubbard was a "nuclear physicist" [JCA-13] - he failed a short course in "atomic and molecular" physics which was part of the degree course he failed to complete [JCA-14]; that Hubbard had studied for five years as a teenager with holy men in India, China and Tibet [JCA-15], [JCA-16], [JCA-17] - he spent less than three weeks in China and did not visit India or Tibet [JCA-18], [JCA-19], [JCA-20]. These are a few of the many deceptions created by Hubbard and perpetuated by the cynical managers of Scientology. Gerald Armstrong and Vaughn and Stacey Young were formerly in charge of Scientology's immense "Hubbard Archive" and can testify to this deliberate deception.

Indeed, The Church of Scientology still repeats old lies that have been debunked already, as in this flyer distributed in 2005. See Hubbard's transcript from the George Washington University...

Arnaldo Lerma: "L. Ron Hubbard - The KING of CONS!"

Having watched with mine own eyes in 1969 as "PRE-CLEAR FOLDER ADMIN" turned into "CONFESSIONAL FORMULARY", we were asked to wear white "collars" and watched as a cross was dragged into the building through the front door... WHILE ALL THE STAFF WATCHED AND KNEW IT WAS MERELY A "JOKE" AT THE TIME TO FOOL THE US GOVERNMENT

Rotten Library: "L. Ron Hubbard"

[...] Lafayette Ronald Hubbard was born in Nebraska in 1911. Shortly thereafter the family moved to Helena, Montana. There he quickly blossomed into a cowboy poet. According to an official biography, Ron was "riding broncos by the age of 3, soon breaking them, and at 6, he became a blood brother of the Blackfoot Indians." At the same time, he began reading the works by Shakespeare and Greek philosophers. If this was claimed of anyone else, you would be right to be skeptical. Especially considering that nobody's been able to verify exactly where this ranch existed. But Montana is infamous for its poor record-keeping; everybody knows that.

He was definitely a force to be reckoned with. In kindergarten, little Ron was defending his neighbors and classmates from bullies twice his age by using a form of judo his grandfather called "lumberjack fighting." That's right: he was in kindergarten. None of the former kids actually remembers Ron taking care of business, but people easily forget things from their childhoods. [...]

Jon Atack (1990): "A Piece of Blue Sky - Scientology, Dianetics and L. Ron Hubbard Exposed"
It was 1950, in the early, heady days of Dianetics, soon after L. Ron Hubbard opened the doors of his first organization to the clamoring crowd. Up until then, Hubbard was known only to readers of pulp fiction, but now he had an instant best-seller with a book that promised to solve every problem of the human mind, and the cash was pouring in. Hubbard found it easy to create schemes to part his new following from their money. One of the first tasks was to arrange "grades" of membership, offering supposedly greater rewards, at increasingly higher prices. Over thirty years later. an associate wryly remembered Hubbard turning to him and confiding, no doubt with a smile, "Let's sell these people a piece of blue sky."

The Melbourne Age (Apr. 1991): "The battle to control the mind" by Jo Chandler and Jacqui MacDonald

A letter from Hubbard to a senior aid provide an interesting perspective on just why Hubbard founded the religion.

The letter describes how Hubbard believed the development of his theories — then occurring within Hubbard "clinics" — should occur within some sort of independent structure. "I didn't go to all the work I went to on the HAS (Hubbard Association of Scientologists) and other things to forget that my own revenue has to be a lot better than it has been in the past," he wrote.

"Perhaps we could call it a Spiritual Guidance Centre. Think up its name will you. And we could put in nice desks and our boys in neat blue with diplomas on the walls and one, knock psychotherapy into history; and two, take enough money to shine up my operating scope; and three, keep the HAS solvent.

"I await your reaction on the religion angle . . . A religious charter would be necessary . . . to make it stick. But I sure could make it stick. We're treating the present time beingness; psychotherapy treats the past and the brain. And brother, that's religion, not mental science," he wrote. [...]

Russel Miller (1987): "Bare-Faced Messiah: The True Story of L. Ron Hubbard"

I would like to be able to thank the officials of the Church of Scientology for their help in compiling this biography, but I am unable to do so because the price of their co-operation was effective control of the manuscript and it was a price I was unwilling to pay. Thereafter the Church did its best to dissuade people who knew Hubbard from speaking to me and constantly threatened litigation. Scientology lawyers in New York and Los Angeles made it clear in frequent letters that they expected me to libel and defame L. Ron Hubbard. When I protested that in thirty years as a journalist and writer I had never been accused of libel, I was apparently investigated and a letter was written to my publishers in New York alleging that my claim was 'simply not accurate'. It was, and is.

This book could not have been written without the assistance of the many former Scientologists who were prepared to give freely of their time to talk about their experiences, notwithstanding considerable risks. Some of them are named in the narrative, but there were many others who provided background information and to them all I pay tribute. I was deeply impressed by their integrity, intelligence and courage.

Grenada Television (1968): "The World in Action - The shrinking world of Scientology", hosted at XenuTV

Scientology creator L. Ron Hubbard spent the last 18 years of his paranoid schizophrenic life a hunted fugitive from justice. Hubbard fled the United States when the FBI, NSA, IRS, and various local and state law enforcement agencies tried to arrest him for various crimes including extortion, blackmail, tax evasion, fraud, practicing medicine without a license, larceny, burglary, electronic bugging, obstruction of justice, conspiracy, smuggling, false swearing, perjury, kidnapping, attempted murder, suspected murder, false imprisonment, witness intimidation, and racketeering. Hubbard escaped prison by fleeing and going into hiding after he had been convicted of fraud and tax-evasion. Hubbard died in 1986 a raving psychotic on anti-psychotic medication. Hubbard skimmed over one million dollars a week from Scientology victims before and during his hiding from justice, and he shipped it to off-shore banks without bothering to report that money to the IRS. L. Ron Hubbard also ordered Scientologists to commit several murders and to then kill themselves. Please see transcript. Scientology calls itself a "church" and a "religion" only for tax-exemption status and to inoculate itself from prosecution for violating laws against fraud and practicing medicine without am license. Almost no Scientologist believes Scientology is a religion and church.

Slate (Jul. 2005): "L. Ron Hubbard - Scientology's esteemed founder" by Michael Crowley

Our summer of Tom Cruise's madness and Katie Holmes' creepy path toward zombie bridedom has been a useful reminder of how truly strange Scientology is. By now those interested in the Cruise-Holmes saga may be passingly familiar with the church's creation myth, in which an evil, intergalactic warlord named Xenu kidnaps billions of alien life forms, chains them near Earth's volcanoes, and blows them up with nuclear weapons. Strange as Scientology's pseudo-theology may be, though, it's not as entertaining as the life story of the church's founder, L. Ron Hubbard.

Daily Mail (Feb. 1966): "Attention the Minister of Health: This man is bogus"

THE pseudo-psychological cult of Scientology is based on the teachings of an American ex-science fiction writer whose claims to academic degrees are bogus. To outsiders the most astonishing fact about it is the way it has spread around the world.

It has many thousands of devoted adherents.

Scientology was founded by Nebraska-born Lafayette Ron Hubbard in America in 1950. It was based on a book he had written two years earlier called Dianetics, a science by which he claimed the human mind could be processed back to previous lives. [...]

Ron The Nut

The biography of L. Ron Hubbard shows a man who was incapable of telling the truth: a pathological liar who hated and despise humanity; a sociopath caught between the conflicting desires to earn the admiration of humanity, and his desire to inflict great pain and misery upon those who ignored him and refused him his self-perceived due measure of honor and reverie (which was and is 99.999% of his fellow human beings).

As such, Mister Hubbard was constantly trying to purchase glory and recognition when he had the funds to make the attempt, or stole that recognition by lying and deceiving when money wasn't enough. Mister Hubbard was driven by greed and megalomania. He was a devout racist who wrote in praise of South African Apartheid; he was a crazed misogynist who insisted women were inferior intellectually--- later in life his venereal disease (caught from a whore while on leave from the Navy) instilled within him a fear and dread of womankind that expressed itself in insanity and impotency.

[ Up ] [ Page 1 ] [ Home ]