First groups in Chile and Kenya formed. (CofS)
The 1978 case of Founding Church of Scientology v FBI director Webster
The Church took the position that LRH was no longer a managing agent.
However, the FBI produced evidence that LRH was still a managing agent. The
court found that despite LRH’s formal resignation from all management
positions in Scientology, in fact he maintained control of Scientology’s
finances and policies through his position in the Sea Org and other covert
means. “Ultimate control, we have no doubt, he possessed until his death.”
The court dismissed the case after the Church had defied a court order to
produce LRH for deposition.
Vicki Aznaran was aware that certain IRS indictments were about to be
handed down against LRH. David Miscavige was under an IRS-CID
investigation himself for conspiracy to commit tax fraud. Miscavige said, “the
only way to stop it now is if the old man dies.” (Criminal
Time Track: Issue III, (38))
David Miscavige likely knew where LRH was living because the sister of his
wife was working directly with LRH as his personal maid at Creston. Vicki Aznaran got word from
Annie Broeker that LRH was sick and not doing well. Vicki Aznaran says that Ron summoned
Ray Mithoff and Pat and Annie Broeker just prior to his death and only them.
Jesse Prince says that just before Ron died, that it was known he was dieing. Certain people disappeared for 3 or 4 days prior to Ron’s death.
David Miscavige disappeared. Ray Mithoff was woken up in the middle of the
night, given a Ford Bronco and told to go there. When Ray got back he said he was auditing LRH. (Criminal
Time Track: Issue III, (40))
On 19 January 1986, Scientologists around the world received their last
message from L. Ron Hubbard. In Flag Order number 3879, headed 'The Sea Org and
The Future', he announced that he was promoting himself to the rank of Admiral.
Alongside the proclamation, in a Scientology magazine, was a colour photograph
of the grey-haired Commodore in his Sea Org peaked cap. (Miller:
"Bare-faced Messiah", pg. 372)
LOS ANGELES TIMES (LT) - WEDNESDAY January 22,
A Los Angeles federal judge, breaking with a series of recent
court rulings and a magistrate's recommendation, said Tuesday that she has no
plans to dismiss a Church of Scientology lawsuit simply because church founder
L. Ron Hubbard has failed to appear for a deposition.
In a Scientology suit against members of a splinter group
accused of using stolen church documents for their own financial gain, U.S.
District Judge Mariana R. Pfaelzer tentatively rejected a
recommendation by U.S. Magistrate Volney V. Brown that the case be
dismissed because of Hubbard's failure to appear at a scheduled deposition
While Pfaelzer agreed to delay a final ruling on the request
that the Scientology lawsuit be dismissed, she strongly indicated a belief
that Hubbard's testimony would be irrelevant to the question of whether
Scientology documents had been stolen and should or should not be used by
rival churches and counseling centers.
'Planning to Try Case'
"I'm not planning to set up this case for default,"
Pfaelzer said. "I'm planning to try this case."
Pfaelzer's comments came at a hearing on a Scientology lawsuit
against a former Scientologist, Robin Scott, who is accused of stealing
secret church instructional materials from a Scientology group in Denmark.
The Church of Scientology contends that the stolen materials
were passed to another former Scientology member, David Mayo, now president of
the Church of the New Civilization, also known as the Advanced
Ability Center, in Santa Barbara.
Earle C. Cooley, a Boston lawyer representing the
Church of Scientology, urged Pfaelzer not to dismiss the lawsuit because of
Hubbard's absence at the deposition, saying Hubbard has nothing to do with
current management of the church and cannot be reached by church officials.
"This is a matter that has ripened into a national
strategy," he said. "It's what I call the strategy of the easy
victory--to move to depose L. Ron Hubbard.
We are looking at this strategy around the country--the power
to decimate the Church of Scientology."
Cited Arguing that Pfaelzer should have agreed with Brown's
recommendation to award a default judgment against the Church of Scientology,
Santa Barbara attorney Gary Bright, representing Mayo, cited
recent rulings against the church by other federal judges in cases where
Hubbard also failed to appear at scheduled depositions.
Bright's references were to rulings against the Church of
Scientology in Portland and Washington as well as to a default judgment
awarded last year by Chief U.S. District Judge Manuel L. Real in Los
Angeles after Hubbard failed to be deposed in connection with a libel suit
against a Scientology critic, Boston lawyer Michael J. Flynn.
"I've spent more time with it than the other judges," Pfaelzer
responded. "I came at it with a totally open mind, that's the
problem." Commenting on Pfaelzer's remarks outside the courtroom, the
Rev. Heber C. Jentzsch, president of the Church of Scientology
International, praised the judge for looking at the case without emotion.
The day before Ron died, LRH allegedly signs a new last-minute will. The new
last-minute will was drafted by attorney Sherman Lenske. The new will replaces
Pat Broeker as Executor and assigns Norman Starkey as Trustee and
Executor of LRH’s estate. All of Ron’s intellectual property is given to
a trust called Author’s Family Trust-B. Starkey’s duties mainly concern
transferring the vast number of copyrights from Author’s Family Trust-B, to the
Church of Spiritual Technology. (Criminal
Time Track: Issue III, (40, 53))
Whispering Winds Ranch:... on the evening of 24 January 1986 there seemed
to be cars coming and going all night...
The telephone was already ringing when Irene Reis, co-owner of the Reis
Chapel in San Luis Obispo, arrived for work on the morning of Saturday 25
January. A voice at the other end of the line identified himself as Earle
Cooley, an attorney, and asked if they did cremations. Mrs Reis replied that
they did, although the crematory was usually closed at weekends. Special
arrangements could be made if necessary. Cooley then asked if a body could be
collected from the Whispering Winds Ranch on the O'Donovan Road in Creston.
Irene's husband, Gene, drove the hearse out to Creston, not imagining it was
anything but a routine job.
Cooley accompanied the body back to San Luis Obispo. At the Reis Chapel, a
tasteful white adobe building with a red pantile roof on Nipomo Street, he asked
Mrs Reis if arrangements could be made for an 'immediate cremation'. He
presented a death certificate signed by a Gene Denk of Los Angeles certifying
the cause of death as cerebral haemorrhage and a certificate of religious belief
forbidding an autopsy. It was not until Mrs Reis looked at the documents that
she realized the body lying in her chapel was that of L. Ron Hubbard.
Mrs Reis knew enough about Hubbard to insist on informing the San Luis Obispo
Country sheriff-coroner. Deputy coroner Don Hines arrived at the Reis Chapel
within a few minutes. No one had had any idea that Hubbard was in the vicinity
and Hines wanted to make sure that everything was done by the book - it was not
every day that a 'notorious recluse' turned up in San Luis Obispo. Hines said that no
cremation could take place until an independent pathologist had examined the
body. He also ordered the body to be photographed and fingerprinted to ensure
positive identifications. (Later the fingerprints were revealed to match those
on file at the FBI and the Department of Justice.) It was three-thirty in the
afternoon before Hines was satisfied and agreed to release the body for
cremation. On the following day, the ashes of L. Ron Hubbard were scattered on
the Pacific from a small boat. (Miller:
"Bare-faced Messiah", pg. 374)
L. Ron Hubbard departed this life at his ranch near San Luis Obispo,
California, leaving a legacy of his life’s work that lives on around the
Vicki Aznaran was aware that certain IRS indictments were about to be
handed down against LRH. David Miscavige was under an IRS-CID investigation
himself for conspiracy to commit tax fraud. Miscavige said, “the only way to
stop it now is if the old man dies.” (Criminal
Time Track: Issue III, (22))
Hubbard was found dead at 8:00 PM, Vaughn Young was told at 10:00 PM. Vaughn
went to the death site that night along with David Miscavige and some attorneys. They left LA at 1:00 AM and arrived at 4:00 AM. Vaughn says,
since none of them had been there, including Miscavige, Pat Broeker met them at a restaurant and escorted them to the ranch. (Criminal
Time Track: Issue III, (23))
Vicki Aznaran also went to the Creston Ranch. When she arrived Miscavige
said that Ron is dead and he did not want to see “any grief bullshit about it.” (Criminal
Time Track: Issue III, (22))
The coroner’s report says Ron died of a stroke. He had Vistaril (a psych
drug) in his blood. He had needle puncture wounds in his left buttock, under a band aid. The coroner was suspicious of Ron’s new-last-minute-will
because it had been signed by Ron just prior to his death (with drugs in his body
Ron’s physician, Gene Denk, was gambling in Nevada when Ron had his stroke.
Gamboa, Miscavige and wife and the Aznarans had taken Denk on this gambling
trip a couple of weeks before the death and were there with Denk. By the time Denk returned, there was nothing he could do. (Criminal
Time Track: Issue III, (53))
The impression the coroner got was that Denk was at Ron’s side when he had his stroke and died. Denk signs the death certificate as the physician
attending to Hubbard and then disappears for a year. (Criminal
Time Track: Issue III, (23))
Note: Denk is gagged from talking about the year he spent with LRH prior to his
death. Why is that Miscavige? What does Denk know that you are hiding from the rest of us Scientologists by gagging Denk?
Earl Cooley had a document, signed by Hubbard, forbidding an autopsy on
religious grounds. Miscavige and Earle Cooley give this to the coroner, so no autopsy is done and Ron’s body was cremated 24 hours after his death.
The Coroner’s report states that the Coroner terminated his investigation when DM and Dr. Denk arrived and showed him the 1982 and 1986 wills then
convinced the Coroner there was no material difference between the two wills.
What Miscavige and Dr. Denk concealed from the Coroner was the following:
- There was no disclosure of the change of executor less than one day before death.
- There was no disclosure of the change in provisions regarding MSH and the
last minute abrogation of her community property interests in the 26.5 million dollar estate.
- There was no disclosure of the last minute change in the 1986 will regarding the copyrights, which comprised 95% of the estate.
- There was no disclosure that two weeks before the death, LRH’s constant
medical attention had been withdrawn when DM and others took Dr. Denk on a
gambling trip to Reno, Nevada.
- There was no disclosure of the last minute will’s inclusion of a new provision anointing David Miscavige, (the architect of the will and
circumstances surrounding the death), as a trusted servant and friend. (Criminal
Time Track: Issue III, (45))
Creston was where the story was put together that LRH had moved on to the next level of research. (In other words, for PR purposes, they concocted a
The execs applied the PR policy of “an acceptable truth” to LRH’s
death. They wanted to protect the idea that Hubbard was cause over life and death.
They had to protect the myth at all costs, so they fed the myth by saying he was doing research. (Criminal
Time Track: Issue III, (23, 30))
The news of the death of the founder of Scientology was broken to 1800 of his
followers hastily gathered in the Hollywood Palladium on the afternoon of
Monday, 27 January. David Miscavige made the announcement that Ron had moved on
to his next level of research, a level beyond the imagination and in a state
exterior to the body: 'Thus, at 2000 hours, Friday 24 January 1986, L. Ron
Hubbard discarded the body he had used in this lifetime for seventy-four years,
ten months and eleven days. The body he had used to facilitate his existence in
this universe had ceased to be useful and in fact had become an impediment to
the work he now must do outside its confines. The being we knew as L. Ron
Hubbard still exists. Although you may feel grief, understand that he did not,
and does not now. He has simply moved on to his next step. LRH in fact used this
lifetime and body we knew to accomplish what no man has ever accomplished - he
unlocked the mysteries of life and gave us the tools so we could free ourselves
and our fellow men...'
At a press conference later that day, it was revealed that Hubbard had made a
will on the day before his death leaving the bulk of his fortune, 'tens of
millions of dollars', to the church. Generous provision had been made, it was
said, for his wife and 'certain of his children'. Nibs, predictably, got
nothing. Nor did Alexis, the daughter he denied was his. (Miller:
"Bare-faced Messiah", pg. 375)
Los Angeles Times, Welkos, Robert; Sappell, Joel
SCIENTOLOGY CHURCH SAYS FOUNDER
HUBBARD IS DEAD
L. Ron Hubbard, the reclusive science fiction writer who
founded the controversial Church of Scientology, has died of a stroke, church
officials announced Monday night.
Hubbard, according to *Scientology* lawyer Earle Cooley,
died in his sleep last Friday on a ranch outside San Luis Obispo, where only a
handful of his most trusted aides knew he was living. He was 74.
Cooley told a crowd of reporters who had been summoned to
Scientology's Los Angeles headquarters that Hubbard was cremated. The ashes of
the man known to his followers as "The Commodore" were scattered at
sea, Cooley said.
Neither Cooley nor Church of Scientology President Heber
Jentzsch used the word death to describe Hubbard's passing.
No Need of Body
"He no longer had need of the encumbrance of the physical
identity we have known as L. Ron Hubbard," Jentzsch said.
With Hubbard at his retreat Friday were his personal
physician, Gene Denk, and his constant companions for the last several
years, Pat and Anne Broeker.
Hubbard had not been seen publicly since 1980.
His followers insisted that he went into seclusion so he could
continue writing science fiction and research spiritual matters.
His critics, however, contended that Hubbard went into hiding
to avoid mounting legal problems, including a series of civil lawsuits against
Hubbard and the church by ex-members. At the time his death was announced,
Hubbard was under criminal investigation by the Internal Revenue Service,
which, among other things, had been trying to determine whether millions of
dollars of church funds were diverted to his personal use.
"Don't ever defend. Always attack.... Only attacks
resolve threats," Hubbard advised his organization in 1960.
Attacks Psychiatry: Hubbard attacked psychiatry, the FBI, the
Central Intelligence Agency and the Internal Revenue Service.
Cooley said that Hubbard, in his will, left "a very
generous provision" for his wife, Mary Sue Hubbard, and "certain of
Hubbard was estranged from his eldest son, Ronald de Wolf. In
1983, De Wolf contended in a highly publicized legal action that Hubbard was
either dead or incapacitated and that a trustee should be appointed to
administer church funds. A Riverside County judge ruled that Hubbard was alive
and capable of handling his own affairs.
Cooley said the remainder of Hubbard's estate--"tens of
millions" of dollars--will go to the Church of Scientology, with a
membership estimated by its officials of 6 million.
Washington Post, Macdonald, Katharine
Church of Scientology Reports Death of Founder.
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 28
L. Ron Hubbard, the Church of Scientology founder who had not
been seen publicly since 1980, died Friday at age 74, church officials
announced Monday night. A coroner said today he is trying to establish that
the body was Hubbard's.
Earl Cooley, chief counsel for the church, said Monday
night that Hubbard died in his sleep of a stroke, on a ranch in San Luis
George Whiting, the sheriff and coroner of San Luis
Obispo County, said today in a telephone interview that the body was
photographed and fingerprinted. He added that he is working with other
government agencies to find a set of Hubbard's fingerprints for matching.
Whiting said county authorities had been barred from
performing an autopsy by a "certificate of religious belief." A
state law passed last year forbids autopsies if the deceased signed such a
Whiting said the certificate presented to him stated that
"I, Lafayette Ronald Hubbard, declare... (that) based upon my religious
beliefs I object to any and all post-mortem anatomical dissections.... "
The certificate was dated eight days ago and witnessed by Patrick D.
Broeker, Anne M. Broeker and Stephen J. Pfauth.
Cooley said Monday that the Broekers are Scientologists who
were "close personal friends" of Hubbard and his companions in
recent years. Cooley said the couple was with Hubbard when he died, along with
his personal physician, Gene Denk of Los Angeles. Pfauth was not
Denk signed the death certificate, which attributed cause of
death to "cerebral vascular accident." Cooley said Hubbard died at 8
p.m. Friday. Don Hines of the San Luis Obispo coroner's office said he
was informed of the death at 7:30 a.m. Saturday.
The body was cremated, Whiting said. Cooley said in his
announcement that the remains were scattered at sea Sunday or Monday.
Church officials said Hubbard's will left "a very
generous provision" for his widow, Mary Sue, who was his third
wife, and for "certain of his children." The remainder and
bulk of the estate, estimated by Cooley to be "in the tens of
millions," is to go to the church.
Cooley said that by leaving the bulk of his estate to the
church, Hubbard had "confirmed his faith in the future of Scientology and
One of Hubbard's sons, Ronald de Wolf, tried in 1983 to
have his father declared dead or incapacitated. A judge in California's
Riverside County ruled that Hubbard was alive and able to handle his affairs.
Michael Flynn, a Boston attorney representing de Wolf,
said he thinks that the report of the death "warrants further
scrutiny." Flynn said Hubbard had put "millions of dollars" of
church funds into private Swiss bank accounts and had not reported the income
to the Internal Revenue Service.
"Hubbard was about to be indicted by the Justice
Department," Flynn said. "It was imminent, I mean, within the next
few days.... the timing of this death is remarkable, especially since
there is no body left to do an autopsy on."
Critics of Scientology have said Hubbard was in hiding to
escape growing legal problems, including battles with the IRS and
several civil lawsuits filed against the church and its founder by former
members. Cooley said the legal actions had "passed from this earth with
Mr. Hubbard's body. There is no cause of action left."
Hubbard's followers have contended that the reclusive
science-fiction writer who invented "DianeticsThe Modern Science of
Mental Health," was in seclusion to further his writing and spiritual
research, not to avoid legal trouble.
San Luis Obispo is a sparsely populated coastal county 200
miles north of Los Angeles, and Cooley said Hubbard was there because
"that was where he was surrounded by serenity, peace and calm."
Whiting said the ranch where Hubbard is said to have died is
about 35 miles northeast of San Luis Obispo, "an area of rolling hill
property, three to four acres with a home, stables, horses...."
Asked why Hubbard's death was not announced until 9 p.m.
Monday, Cooley said, "We were resolved that Scientologists would hear
about it from the lips of their leaders before they heard about it from the
press." Cooley said Scientologists nationwide were told of the death by a
Los Angeles Times, Welkos, Robert; Sappell, Joel -
HUBBARD'S SON PLANNING TO SEEK INQUEST, CONTEST WILL
TEXTA Boston attorney representing the estranged son of
Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard said Wednesday that he will request a
coroner's inquest into the death of the reclusive multimillionaire and plans
to contest the will Hubbard signed the day before he died.
Hubbard's will was dated one day before his death, according
to Whiting. Flynn said he will attempt to have the will invalidated on grounds
that Hubbard may have been coerced or mentally incompetent.
Denk, according to Whiting, determined that Hubbard had
suffered a "cerebral vascular accident"--a stroke. Hubbard's body
remained at the ranch for 11 1/2 hours before being transported to Reis
Chapel, a San Luis Obispo mortuary. The mortuary, in turn, notified
Los Angeles Times, 1986, 30.1. - ap (excerpt)
FINGERPRINTS MATCH; 'CASE IS CLOSED' -
CORONER CONFIRMS IDENTITY OF BODY AS * SCIENTOLOGY*' S
.... "Yes, we have verified fingerprints taken from the
body," said San Luis Obispo County Sheriff-Coroner George Whiting.
"We confirmed them with three sources, the FBI in
Washington, the Department of Justice in Sacramento and from cards supplied to
us from another source," he said.
Whiting said fingerprints were verified to allay any doubts,
but Hubbard's death occurred in the presence of a physician and, as far as the
sheriff is concerned, "the case is closed."
Hubbard’s Death Announcement Event at the Flag Land Base Presided over by David Miscavige, Pat
and Annie Broeker and Attorney Earl Cooley.
Note (FZeV): This announcement was NOT at FLAG Land Base, but at the Paladium in
Their invented public relations story:
Pat and Annie Broeker say they were with LRH several days before his death and LRH said that he had to continue his research into the upper OT levels
without his body. Pat says he was assisting LRH with his research into the upper levels and was privy to them. Pat Broeker says LRH left completed OT
levels up to OT XV. Pat says he was personally in charge of them and was now a loyal officer under LRH’s absent auspice. And that he and RTC were to
decide when to release them.
Cooley says he saw LRH’s body at Creston Ranch and found nothing wrong with
Time Track: Issue III, (23, 13))
The Estate of L. Ron Hubbard is subject to the control of the Trustee, Norman
He is a junior of DM. DM and Starkey make an 800-page inventory list of all of LRH’s copyrighted works, close to 20,000 individual works.
DM says the probate of LRH’s estate was important to him. Fulfilling
Hubbard ’s final wishes meant seeing that Scientology Scripture passed to the
Church of Spiritual Technology. (Criminal
Time Track: Issue III, (37))
Miscavige had Mary Sue Hubbard under “house arrest” in Hollywood Hills in
LA. She had two Sea Org members living with her and they went with her everywhere and reported daily to Miscavige what she did every day.
Under duress, MSH made an agreement to waive her rights to her community share of the Estate of LRH.
This is how Miscavige swindled Hubbard’s heirs out of an inheritance worth 400 million. Soon after LRH’s death, Miscavige
takes Jesse Prince and over a dozen other Sea Org execs and invaded the
house of Mary Sue Hubbard. She was recovering from lung cancer surgery and was in a wheelchair. Some of the other Sea Org members were
Lyman Spurlock, Norman Starkey, Vicki Aznaran, Marc Yaeger, Ray Mithoff and Marty
Larry Heller was one of the attorneys there representing Miscavige. MSH was
Time Track: Issue III, (40))
Note: (He is one of the secret “Special Directors” of Church of Spiritual
Time Track: Issue III, (59))
Mary Sue was made to sign an agreement wherein she was paid $100,000 to relinquish any kind of claim on the copyrights, trademarks, and bank
accounts. Ron’s children were given $50,000 each. She did not want to sign and Miscavige started screaming at her “You are going to sign it!”
Miscavige threatened to sec check Mary Sue and she said “No, I’m going to
sec check you to find out what the hell you are trying to do to me.”
Miscavige said they were running the church, its got nothing to do with her and she was lucky to get what she’s getting. Miscavige said “Everything
LRH did, he did for the church. We are the church, not you. Therefore, everything is staying right here with us.”
The moment when she relinquished and signed the document, was when Mithoff made her feel that LRH did not care about her. She was sad that Ron died,
because they had been separated and had not talked for a long time. She asked Mithoff, with tears in her eyes, if Ron had said anything, or asked
about her before he passed. Mithoff said, “No, he didn’t mention your
At that, she bowed her head and they stuck the papers underneath her hand and she started signing. Mithoff bragged with great glee afterwards about
how he got to her by telling her that.
Ron’s children had already been similarly handled prior to meeting with
Mary Sue, and they had already signed, getting $50,000 each. (Criminal
Time Track: Issue III, (40))
In fact; after LRH left in 1986, they thought the time
was right to wipe out the Church and everything LRH stood for. All they had
to do was put the finishing touches on LRH's best friends. They just didn't
understand what we were all about. After infiltrating LRH's funeral
service, IRS CID wrote up a final report to the Department of Justice to
prosecute all the leaders of the Church.
In total this report was several thousand pages long. During the course of
this investigation, the IRS had amassed 125,000 pages of documents on
myself. To put that in perspective, no one in the history of the United
States of America has a bigger government dossier - not even Martin Luther
King Jr. I won't deny I've led an interesting life. But, nor that exciting.
The IRS alleged that we had committed a huge crime and needed to be put in
jail for 21 years. And what was that crime? Asking to be recognized as a
religion and bona-fide Church by the IRS! That's right. They wanted to put
us in jail just because we wanted them to treat us like every other
religion. And there was one other sinister thing they did. It is fairly
common knowledge that the IRS has various press people on their payroll.
It's a neat partnership - they promise not to go after the journalist on
his taxes, and the journalist in turn helps out the IRS agent when he needs
it. The LA CID is well-known for being the pros at this trick and they
assigned their star journalist to a story on Scientology. You may have
heard of the reporter.
His name is Richard Behar. The same SP who later wrote the "Time" article.
Only then, he was writing for "Forbes" magazine. Just when it looked like
the investigation was waning, Behar was brought on the scene to write a
total hatchet job article accusing us of all manner of crimes. The plan was
to fan the flames so that senior law enforcement officials would be
pressured to make a move.
But when the report was received by the Department of Justice, it was
rejected out of hand with a refusal to prosecute. The Department of Justice
even refused to initiate a grand jury which is a government fact-finding
body that reviews evidence to determine if an investigation should go
forward. In other words. The Department of Justice cut off this inquisition
in its tracks.
...Aside from the fact that IRS CID was accusing us of doing something
that is not even a crime. They alleged that I was the mastermind of a
worldwide conspiracy to defraud the IRS from 1966 to the present. One small
problem - I was six years old and in first grade in 1966. We finally did
get a copy of the IRS report requesting prosecution. You can see it on the
Now isn't that odd looking? You see. The government has it all rigged so
you can't see their crimes. Under the law, they are allowed to delete
portions of documents they feel are damaging if released. They call this
"withholds." No kidding! What they do is delete anything they feel is
incriminating. So, when you get a portion of a document that isn't blacked
out; you can be sure it is the most mild portion of the document.
In fact they didn't black out their entire report on us. Knowing that these
are the least incriminating portions of the document should tell you
something. The report reveals the true purpose of their investigation - the
same purpose that the IRS has had for Scientology from day one. And it
wasn't to enforce the tax law. In their words:
'This prosecution will result in the final halt and ultimate disintegration
of the Church of Scientology"
They weren't so lucky. Not even close. We lived and are here to tell the
story and, when their tactics were exposed and investigated by Congress, it
resulted in the dismissal of several staff of the CID and the head of the
Los Angeles IRS office was removed in disgrace. His name was Bill Connett.
The top IRS officials were so worried about him testifying before Congress
- due to all the criminal acts carried out under his command - that they
sent him overseas to their European office, so he could not be subpoenaed
and forced to testify. His fall from grace was a bitter-sweet victory for
us. Because, if you've been wondering why all the attacks started in Europe
in the mid-60's - you have your answer. In fact, we have since uncovered
documents that prove this same individual, Bill Connett, was behind the
raid in Spain. And what of the raids in France? Bill Connett was in Paris
when they occurred. And what about Germany? Where have they been getting
the information on Scientology? That's right - Bill Connett. He even went
so far as to see the immigration officials in American embassies overseas
to stop foreign staff members from gaining visas to do training at Flag.
Nonetheless, when the CID investigation folded at the end of 1986, we knew
the IRS had run out of reasons to harass us.
Even their trumped-up allegations weren't standing up within the government
itself. From our perspective, we thought we had survived the worst they
could throw at us. And the church was expanding. But there was still one
remaining problem with the IRS. They may not have found anything wrong with
us, but they still refused to recognize our churches as bona fide. You see,
even when the IRS can't get you overtly, they can still smear you by
slating you don't live up to their qualifications to be recognized as a
bona-fide church or religion.
(David Miscavige's IAS speech, 8 October 1993)
LRH’s last will and testament is admitted to the probate court, Superior Court of the County of San Luis Obispo probate case # 20885. The will
appointed Norman Starkey as executor of the estate and also named Norman
Starkey as Trustee of Author’s Family Trust-B, An Inter-Vivos Trust
established January 23, 1986.
Note: There were 14 separate legal challenges to LRH’s estate: (Criminal
Time Track: Issue III, (37))
California Superior Court, County of San Luis Obispo, Case No. 20885, Ex Parte Petition For Stay of Proceedings in Estate of L. Ron Hubbard. This is
fraudulent and criminal transfer of LRH’s copyrights, trademarks, and other property through Norman Starkey to RTC and CST. 1986 & 1987
In the months after Ron’s death, Vaughn Young spent a lot of time with Pat Broeker and they became friends. Vaughn learned a lot about LRH’s life
while he was in hiding the last few years. (Criminal
Time Track: Issue III, (13))
A power struggle erupted over the next 18 months over who would take control of Scientology. A key element in the struggle was LRH’s last message to the
rank and file. It was a message from Ron issued as a Sea Org Directive. It said good bye, wished them well and establishing a new rank/position called
Loyal Officer. Pat was LO 1 and his wife Annie was LO 2 and it basically turned the management of the Sea Org over to them. And since the Sea Org ran
Scientology that meant they were at the top of the heap. David Miscavige was not mentioned in the Directive.
So, Pat slowly started to take control. There was a power struggle and DM won and quickly purged the Sea Org of Broeker supporters as he consolidated
his power. Vaughn was sent to RPF for 16 months & had 3 escape attempts.
While in the RPF a directive came out from Miscavige saying that the final message from LRH was a forgery by Broeker and was cancelled. That same day
Annie appeared in the RPF, a completely broken person. She was kept under guard, just to be sure.
With the cancellation of the message from Ron there was now two things missing: a goodbye message and a hat turn over. So if the Directive was a
forgery, where was the real goodbye message and hat turn over? Where were Ron’s wishes, in writing?
David Miscavige never provided anything and everyone was afraid to ask for
fear of being sent to the RPF. Pat Broeker disappeared. (Criminal
Time Track: Issue III, (23))
The Road to Freedom music album, which set to music many basic principles of
life, was released internationally. All songs and lyrics were written earlier by
Mr. Hubbard. (CofS)
RTC won its injunction against AAC and Mayo is shut down. His group of
people went to another group and continued on. (Criminal
Time Track: Issue III, (27))
Jesse Prince was in the room when Miscavige, Rathbun and Gene Ingram were
planning a black intelligence operation to physically beat up Charles O’
Reilly. He was also in the room a few days later when they were celebrating
having pulled it off. (Criminal
Time Track: Issue III, (38))
Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre of Portland, Oregon founded. (CofS)
Clearwater: Summer -- Scientology purchases an apartment complex to house staff members, serving the existing tenants notice to leave when their leases expire.
(Brief History of Scientology in Clearwater)
A Los Angeles jury awards Larry Wollersheim $30 million in damages. The
court found the Church guilty of practicing “Fair Game” against him (they
destroyed his business) and awarded damages. One of the intelligence black operations run on him by
Miscavige, Rathburn and Ingram, was a fake bomb placed on the doorsteps of his parents. Another was approaching his sister
in a supermarket and telling her that Larry will not live to collect any money. Another was physically beating up his attorney,
Charles O’Reilly. (Criminal
Time Track: Issue III, (42))
The Church appealed the decision.
Just prior to this court decision, Stacy Young is working in the FREEDOM
Magazine department of the PR division of OSA US. She is told it looks like Wollersheim was going to win his suit against CSC. Therefore, CSC had to be
gutted of all of its assets before the decision was handed down.
All that would be left of CSC would be a corporate shell consisting of a treasury office and the FREEDOM office. So, the FREEDOM office and the
Treasury Office of OSA US were moved across the street. Treasury Secretary, Rhea
Smith, tells Stacy that all assets of CSC had been taken out of CSC accounts. (Wollersheim later says they transferred 500 million out of CSC
Time Track: Issue III, (29, 41))
August -- Scientology settles four lawsuits out of court: