Lisa McPherson

Lisa McPherson was a devoted Scientologist for many years. In late 1995, she indicated to family and friends that she would be coming home to Texas. She never made it home. Instead, Lisa spent her last days confined in Scientology’s Fort Harrison Hotel.
During those 17 days, Lisa was undergoing a psychotic breakdown while under constant guard by Scientology staffers who tried to handle her with Hubbard policies. By the time they rushed her to a hospital it was too late. She had lost 40 pounds and was severely dehydrated. Lisa was pronounced dead on arrival.
The story of Lisa McPherson’s death broke in 1996, a year after she died in the Church of Scientology’s Fort Harrison Hotel after being held against her will for seventeen days.
On November 18, 1995, Lisa was involved in a minor car accident. She was apparently not hurt, but she got out of her car and took all her clothes off and seemed mentally unstable.
She was taken to a hospital where she was physically evaluated as being unharmed, but the hospital wanted her to be psychologically cared for. However, some Scientologists arrived and stated that Lisa did not believe in psychiatry, and she checked out after a short evaluation and left with the Scientologists.
She went with them to the Ft. Harrison Hotel for “rest and relaxation” according to the church, but church logs from Lisa’s stay there from November 18 to her death December 5 show differently. Some logs are missing, and a high ranking ex-Scientologist has written an affidavit in which he claims that the church has in the past destroyed documents that might get the church in trouble.
On December 5, 1995, Lisa McPherson was dead on arrival at a hospital 45 minutes north of Clearwater Florida. According to the coroner’s report, Lisa was underweight, severely dehydrated, and had bruises and bug bites (see the entire report here).
Lisa’s last address was listed by the police as 210 S. Ft. Harrison in Clearwater Florida, which is the Fort Harrison Hotel, a Scientology property. Lisa had been a Scientologist from the age of 18 to her death at age 36.
As the details of her tragic and senseless death began to be publicized, more and more people across the country came together through the Internet to oppose the abuses occurring in the Church of Scientology.  Jeff Jacobsen was instrumental in bringing Lisa’s story to the public. Jeff’s website is devoted to Lisa McPherson.
The Clearwater Police released a cd of all the evidence they collected in their criminal investigation.
The criminal case against Scientology was dropped after Scientology applied so much pressure to the Medical Ecaminer that she changed her ruling on Lisa’s death to “accidental.”
Lisa’s estate sued the Church of Scientology Flag Services Organization and individuals in civil court for wrongful death.  After years of court battles, Scientology settled and the parties have been gagged.


State of Fla. v. Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization
Clearwater Police Department Evidence CD
Caretaker Logs – November & December, 1995 (PDF 1.1 megs)
Caretaker Logs (Handwritten) – November & December, 1995 (PDF 3.2 megs)
Caretaker Statements – November & December, 1995 (PDF 650k)
Lisa McPherson’s Scientology Expenses – January – December 1995 (PDF 8 megs)
Autopsy Report – December 15, 1995 (PDF 745k)
Sworn Statement of Janis Johnson – May 29, 1996 (PDF 10.7 megs)
Sworn Statement of Alain Kartuzinski – May 30, 1996 (PDF 1.58 megs)
Statement of the Church of Scientology – December 16, 1996 (PDF 7.9 megs)
Sworn Statement of Laura Arrunada – April 3, 1997
Sworn Statement of Dr. David Minkoff – April 20, 1997 (PDF 8.67 megs)
Sworn Statement of Dave Houghton – April 25, 1997 (PDF 3.45 megs)
Sworn Statement of Judy K. Goldsberry-Weber – August 25, 1997 (PDF 10.8 megs)
Sworn Statement of Dave Houghton – April 30, 1998 (PDF 14.8 megs)
Sworn Statement of Dr. David Minkoff – May 19, 1998 (PDF 12.4 megs)
Sworn Statement of Alain Kartuzinski – October 13, 1998 (PDF 15.1 megs)
David Miscavige letter to State Attorney Bernie McCabe – 1/22/99
State Attorney Bernie McCabe Responds to David Miscavcige – 2/4/99
Michael Rinder affidavit on the damage done to Scientology due to criminal charges in Lisa’s case – May 9, 1999
Bernie McCabe’s Response on Scientology’s Motion to Dismiss Case on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act – December 6, 1999 (PDF 15.5 megs)
Amicus Curiae Brief of the Executives of the Churches of Scientology Worldwide – March 29, 2000
Sworn Statement of Medical Examiner, Joan Wood – June 1, 2000 (PDF 5.29 megs)
Review of evidence – June 9, 2000

Theresa Sienarrecki vs. State of Florida Appeal (A case similar to Lisa’s) – February 10, 1999 (PDF 1. 69 megs)

David Miscavige Writes to State Attorney

RELIGIOUS TECHNOLOGY CENTER
HOLDER OF THE DIANETICS AND SCIENTOLOGY TRADEMARKS
1710 IVAR AVE, SUITE 1100, LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA 90028
DAVID MISCAVIGE OF THE BOARD
January 22, 1999
Mr. Bernie McCabe
State Attorney
14250 49th St. North
Clearwater, FL 34622
Re:Case Number CRC 98-20377-CFANO-S
Dear Mr. McCabe,
I am aware of the Williams & Connolly letter to you, but want to approach the problem from another perspective: How to achieve a peaceful resolution to the charges your office has brought against my religion. Continue reading “David Miscavige Writes to State Attorney”

Bernie McCabe Responds to David Miscavige

OFFICE OF THE STATE ATTORNEY SIXTH JUDICI.AL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA
PASCO AND PINELLAS COUNTIES
February 4, 1999
Mr. David Miscavige
Chairman of the Board
Religious Technology Center
c/o Mr. Morris “Sandy” Weinberg, Jr., Esq.
401 E. Jackson Street
Suite 2525
Tampa, FL 33602
RE:
State of Florida vs. Church of Scientoloqy
Flag Service Organization, Inc.
CRC982O377CFANO S
Dear Mr. Miscavige: Continue reading “Bernie McCabe Responds to David Miscavige”

Amicus Curiae Brief of Scientology Executives

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
FOR THE SIXTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA
IN AND FOR PINELLAS COUNTY
STATE OF FLORIDA,
VS. CRC 98-20377 CFANO-S
CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY
FLAG SERVICE ORGANIZATION,
AMICUS CURIAE BRIEF OF THE
EXECS OF THE CHURCHES OF SCIENTOLOGY WORLDWIDE
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
FOR THE SIXTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA
IN AND FOR PINELLAS COUNTY
STATE OF FLORIDA,
vs. CRC 98-20377 CFANO-S
CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY
FLAG SERVICE ORGANIZATION


AMICUS CURIAE BRIEF OF THE EXECUTIVES OF THE CHURCHES OF SCIENTOLOGY WORLDWIDE
I – INTRODUCTION
Proposed amicus curiae is a member of the Board of Directors of the Church of Scientology International, the Mother Church of the Scientology religion, and is joined by the ecclesiastical leaders of the churches of Scientology in the United States and in more than 100 other countries. Our religion, our churches, and our congregants have been directly and adversely affected by a great injustice brought about by the charges filed in this case. Our churches have been vandalized, our parishioners assaulted, our reputations defiled, and our faith vilified because the State of Florida has chosen to target our religion in an unprecedented prosecution. Criminal acts are committed against us and our congregants every day by ignorant people who have been inflamed by lies and reassured by a perceived alliance with authority that these charges have engendered. Continue reading “Amicus Curiae Brief of Scientology Executives”

Review of Evidence

To: Bernie McCabe
From: Douglas E. Crow
Date: 6/9/2000

Re: Review of Evidence in State v. Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization, Inc.


I have been engaged in a review of the evidence supporting the criminal charges against CSFSO since Chief Medical Examiner Joan Wood notified us that she had changed the death certificate from undetermined to accident and that she had removed dehydration and bed rest as causes of the pulmonary embolus which killed Lisa. The amended death certificate also listed “psychosis” and “history of traffic accident” as factors that contributed to the death but did not contribute to the thromboernbolism. I have reviewed the evidence on which our case is based, reviewed the extensive materials submitted to Dr. Wood by the defense as well as additional materials submitted to us, have done extensive medical research, and have reviewed the case with our existing experts as well as new forensic and clinical experts. I have also reviewed the depositions of Calvin Brandt and John Coe from the parallel civil case, and have fully considered them to the extent they support or undermine the conclusions of Dr. Wood and the underlying forensic basis for the charges.
We initially began this lengthy and time consuming investigation into Lisa McPherson’s death based upon the Medical Examiner’s insistence that it was caused by criminal negligence, specifically the failure, individually or collectively, of her caretakers to respond to the obvious and life threatening dehydration which caused her death. When we concluded that individual criminal charges could not be pursued, we nonetheless felt compelled by the facts developed in our investigation and by the Medical Examiner’s conclusion to pursue corporate charges. We filed a charge of practicing medicine without a license, which we decided should not be pursued as a single but independent charge, only as an adjunct to the primary charge of felony neglect of a disabled person. Continue reading “Review of Evidence”

1997 Press Conference

VIDEOTAPED: December 5, 1997
On the second anniversary of the death of Scientologist Lisa McPherson, critics of Scientology gathered in Clearwater Florida for a protest and candlelight vigil.   Jeff Jacobsen speaks first.  He was instrumental in bringing her death to the public’s attention.
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Former Scientologist Birgitta Dagnall speaks about her experiences inside the group.
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Ken Dandar, the lawyer handling the civil case in the death of Scientologist Lisa McPherson speaks about the case.
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Former Scientologist Dennis Erlich speaks about his experiences inside the group.
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Former Scientologist Matrin Ottman speaks about his experiences inside the group.
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Former Scientologist Tom Padgett speaks about his experiences inside the group.
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Public Eye: 17 Days

Lisa McPhersonAs Kristi Wachter reminds us, this would have been Lisa McPherson’s 48th birthday had she not died while being held captive for 17 days in Scientology’s Fort Harrison Hotel.

This “Public Eye” episode was one of the earliest shows I made available on the web, back in 1998. It predates the birth of my website XENU TV. It is also one of the broadcasts which made me determined to speak out about the abusive nature of Scientology.
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Kristi has updated her website on Lisa McPherson. It would be a good time to drop by her site, check out the information and drop Kristi a note of thanks for all she has done to research Scientology and document their fraud and abuse.