In January of 2001, Lawrence Woodcraft and his daughters, Astra and Zoe, sat down and shared intimate details of their personal experiences in Scientology’s paramilitary Sea Organization.
Lawrence Woodcraft was a licensed architect in England when, in 1986, he was recruited to join the Sea Organization and go to work for Scientology in Clearwater, Florida. He left England with his two young daughters, Astra and Zoe, and joined his then-wife Leslie, who had already been recruited and was a staff member at Flag in Clearwater. Immediately, all the promises that had been made to convince him to join staff were broken. He was ordered to take a job that had nothing to do with architecture; his entire family was crammed into one motel room instead of the two-bedroom apartment he had been promised; his children did not go to private school as he had been told they would; in fact, Zoe did not go to school at all and Astra attended public school only briefly.
By 1994 Lawrence had routed out of the Sea Org and built a successful architectural practice in Los Angeles. He subsequently helped both of his daughters get out of the Sea Org. This allowed Astra to save the life of her unborn baby, as had she stayed in the Sea Org she would have been forced to have an abortion. His younger daughter Zoe had never been to a proper school and is now, at age 16, in a public high school working hard to catch up with her fellow students.
For helping his daughters get out of the Sea Org, Lawrence was declared a Suppressive Person in September 2000. All of his Scientology clients were ordered to cease doing business with him in an attempt to destroy his architecture practice.
Read Lawrence’s affidavit about his experiences in Scientology, and also Lawrence’s affidavit in which he gives a firsthand account of the deadly levels of blue asbestos he encountered on the Scientology ship, Freewinds.
Interview about the Freewinds – Transcript
As Lawrence said, “While I give financial support to my daughters and try to help them complete school and college, the Church condemns me as a ‘suppressive’ and treats me as a common criminal.”
Welcome to the world of Scientology — through the looking glass.
Part One: “The London Org” – Transcript
Part Two: “A Job Offer” – Transcript
Part Three: “Coming to America” – Transcript
Part Four: “Moving to L.A.” – Transcript
Part Five: “Astra Leaves Scientology” – Transcript
Part Six: “Rescuing Zoe” – Transcript
Part Seven: “Getting Declared” – Transcript