Monday, January 2, 2012

Lisa McPherson and Scientology's spin

Lisa McPherson was basically left to die by the "Church of Scientology" in 1995.

"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.  Scientologists chose to pass three hospitals en route to New Port Richey Hospital, where Scientologist Dr. David Minkoff was on duty. They could have gone to Morton Plant Hospital, only six minutes away.
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.
"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 against the attending doctor's advice. She went with them to Room 174 of 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. Lisa was put on the Introspection Rundown that Scientology uses to handle those who have had a psychotic break. 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. Marty Rathbun, a former high-ranking Scientologist, revealed that he was responsible for the missing records;

On June 12, 2000 the criminal charges were dropped against Scientology because (so the prosecutor claims) the medical examiner could not be counted on to confidently testify, even though the criminal charges were abuse of a disabled person and practicing medicine without a license.  You can read much of the Clearwater police department's evidence and Scientology's  logs of Lisa's stay, view some of the autopsy photos, and decide for yourself. Then ask why Scientology now makes members sign a waiver specifically against suing Scientology over the Introspection Rundown:"

Here is a video which is gives a run down of what happened to her and with photos, so be careful if there are any kids around.

Lisa McPherson video
Uploaded by on Feb 11, 2009 

The spin that scientology uses sounds a lot like my cult. Many cults use the same sound bites and tactics, but scientology looks a lot more black tie and with people who are great orators (David Miscavige is the current leader).  They use the same tactics "the media is bad and out to get us", "the leaders in such and such city are against us" and "the government had to pay for their illegal case against us" and just lies and spins, here is their celebratory speech about Lisa's case (with commentary):

The video is not mine and was uploaded by on Feb 8, 2008.

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