L. Ron Hubbard
Clearly, no greater man has ever lived. Even beyond
single-handedly inventing the scientific field known as
Dianetics and founding an immensely popular religion, L. Ron
Hubbard has by his own account led a most extraordinary
life: conversant in seven languages, decorated war hero,
scientist, inventor, philosopher, film director, musician.
And his success as a writer and a messiah is undeniable.
It is common for people to assume that Hubbard was a
pathological liar or some manner of megalomaniac when they
learn his life story, because it certainly does sound
incredible. But his followers have carefully researched
their founder's biography and secured all the documentation
to prove their claims. Although this paperwork has yet to
see the light of day, or is in fact contradicted by more
readily-available sources, the simplest explanation is that
Hubbard made some powerful enemies in the government who
would stop at nothing to discredit him. Because it simply
defies reason that so many people would choose to follow
anyone who concocted stories as fantastic as these about
himself. And anyway, truth is stranger than fiction.
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.
In 1922 the family moved to Washington state, where Ron
joined Boy Scout troop 10 the following year. Sometime
around Christmas, the kid evidently developed a powerful
hankering for an Eagle Scout patch because he earned his
remaining 18 merit badges by March 25. That works out to one
badge every 4.7 days. Nowadays, Scouters tend to frown upon
rushing through the advancement system, because it tends to
create "paper Eagles" -- kids who hold Scouting's
highest rank but can't remember how to tie their knots. But
maybe things were different back in 1924.
In 1930, Ron enrolled at George Washington University's
school of engineering. He studied for a career in civil
engineering, but left after only two years. Perhaps he was
bored by the pace of the coursework. Or maybe he just
decided he would benefit more from an autodidactic approach.
For whatever reason, his GWU transcript included six D's and
four F's. The simplest explanation is that these were simply
clerical errors which Hubbard never bothered to correct.
A year and a half before Pearl Harbor, as a civilian Ron had
already begun fighting the Nazis. He was piloting a boat up
the Alaskan coast when he stopped off at Ketchikan. There he
met the owner/operator of KGBU radio. Evidently the area had
been experiencing mysterious interference in the station's
transmissions. Ron immediately had a hunch: it was none
other than the work of a German spy, out to disable
America's communication systems to prevent the prompt
relaying of emergency information. Hubbard made a full
report to the FBI, thus thwarting the plot. For some reason,
the government still denies that this ever took place, but
then they deny a lot of stuff we know to be true.
Ron volunteered for the Naval Reserves in 1941, where he
distinguished himself with a brilliant military career. In
August 1942, Lt. Hubbard was assigned to the YP-422, a
patrol boat at the Boston Navy Yard. After a single training
exercise, the Navy decided that Hubbard's talents were being
wasted on such an insignificant task. Somehow the Axis had
infiltrated the Navy Yard, because the Commandant stripped
Hubbard of his command after only a single training
exercise. Or maybe he was simply intimidated by the young
officer's complete and utter mastery of leadership and
Hubbard got shuffled around to a couple of desk jobs
before managing to convince the Navy of his value as a
commanding officer. So in May 1943 he took charge of a
submarine chaser, the PC-815. As luck would have it, on the
very first day of its maiden voyage, Hubbard's subchaser
encountered sonar contacts off the Oregon coast. He spent
the next several hours hunting two submarines, dropping
depth charges and shooting at surface debris with deck guns.
The next day, four other ships and two Navy blimps were
brought in to aid in the hunt. Evidently Hubbard's quick
thinking ruled the day, because no trace of the submarines
could be found. No doubt, they were both lying wrecked on
the ocean floor.
It was Hubbard's bad luck that the battle took place
directly over a known magnetic deposit, which made it
impossible for instruments to distinguish between the
wreckage and the minerals in the seabed. Which is of course
precisely what made it the ideal spot for enemy subs to
hide. But the Navy brass refused to acknowledge the heroic
feat. So they scapegoated Hubbard, claiming that he had
simply become confused by the geological feature and wasted
all his ammunition on phantoms. They were probably just
worried about inciting panic among the populace.
He was admonished and then ordered to take his ship to
San Diego, where it was to remain for a two-year assignment.
On June 28, after a day of training exercises off the coast,
Lt. Hubbard ordered his men to practice firing at a practice
target floating near some uninhabited islands. They unloaded
all kinds of ammo into the thing, including four 50-caliber
artillery rounds. At least two of those rounds missed the
target and struck the island.
After the crew returned to San Diego the next morning,
they were surprised to learn a few things:
- the island was called South Coronados
- South Coronados island actually belonged to Mexico
- South Coronados island was actually inhabited, by
- the Mexican government had, in fact, filed a formal
complaint about the shelling
Evidently bowing to Mexican pressure, the Navy brass
showed no mercy. They formally reprimanded Lt. Hubbard and
stripped him of his command. According to the comments in
his fitness report, L. Ron would never again captain a naval
Consider this officer lacking in the essential
qualities of judgement, leadership and cooperation. He
acts without forethought as to probable results. He is
believed to have been sincere in his efforts to make his
ship efficient and ready. Not considered qualified for
command or promotion at this time. Recommend duty on a
large vessel where he can be properly supervised.
In November he was assigned to serve as the Navigation
Officer on a freighter, the SS Algol. There he spent
nine months trying not to die of boredom. Finally, he was
accepted into a three-month Military Government course at
the Navy Training School on the campus of Princeton
University. It is really astonishing that Hubbard managed to
make it through the course, because he soon wound up in a VA
hospital, where he spent two years recovering from extensive
war injuries. As he put it:
Blinded with injured optic nerves, and lame with
physical injuries to hip and back, at the end of World War
II, I faced an almost non-existent future. [...]
And so there came a further blow -- I was abandoned by
family and friends as a supposedly hopeless cripple and a
probable burden upon them for the rest of my days. Yet I
worked my way back to fitness and strength in less than
two years, using only what I knew about Man and his
relationship to the universe. I had no one to help me;
what I had to know I had to find out. And it's quite a
trick studying when you cannot see.
I became used to being told it was all impossible, that
there was no way, no hope. Yet I came to see again and
As inspiring as Hubbard's recovery was, it was even more
amazing that he had made it through the entire government
class at Princeton both blind and crippled. Once again, if
you heard this story about anyone other than L. Ron, you
would be right to question it. Especially given the fact
that Lt. Hubbard's medical records include nothing more
serious than an ulcer. Which is troublesome, until you
discover that Hubbard wound up making some very powerful
enemies near the end of his life, who would like nothing
more than to discredit him and his work.
crusader against the Dark Arts
After his miraculous recovery and discharge from the
service, L. Ron was sent on a secret mission to infiltrate a
coven of warlocks in Pasadena, California. The government
instructed Hubbard to destroy it from within. Unfortunately,
there is no record of any government agency making such a
request, but you really can't expect the Feds to hand over
sensitive paperwork like that. But there is independent
documentation that L. Ron successfully insinuated himself
into the group.
First he befriended Jack Parsons, the head of the Agape
Lodge. In no time at all, they became best friends. Next, he
seduced Jack's girlfriend Betty. (It's unclear whether this
was an assigned objective, or just a fringe benefit.) In
early 1946, Parsons wrote a letter to Aleister Crowley, who
was the head of the parent organization, the Ordo Templi
About 3 months ago I met Capt L Ron Hubbard, a writer
and explorer of whom I had known for some time... He is a
gentleman, red hair, green eyes, honest and intelligent
and we have become great friends. He moved in with me
about two months ago, and although Betty and I are still
friendly, she has transferred her sexual affections to
Although he has no formal training in Magick he has an
extraordinary amount of experience and understanding in
the field. From some of his experiences I deduce he is in
direct touch with some higher intelligence, possibly his
Guardian Angel. He is the most Thelemic person I have ever
met and is in complete accord with our own principles. He
is also interested in establishing the New Aeon, but for
cogent reasons I have not introduced him to the Lodge.
As illustrated in the letter, Jack had come to trust L.
Ron implicitly. In fact, Hubbard had proposed a financial
arrangement to speed the disintegration of the Lodge:
We are pooling our resources in a partnership which
will act as a parent company to control our business
ventures. I think I have made a great gain, and as Betty
and I are the best of friends, there is little loss...
Parsons coughed up $20,970.80, Hubbard threw in
$1,183.91, and with that $22,154.71 in seed money they
formed Allied Enterprises. Then L. Ron suggested that they
invest in yachts. They would buy underpriced boats in
Florida and sell them in California. Since he was an
accomplished sea captain, Hubbard would sail them to Los
Angeles. This idea sounded good to Jack. So in May, Hubbard
and Betty left for Florida on a boat-buying mission.
Evidently, part of the government plan to root out the
coven involved squandering its financial resources, because
as soon as Hubbard got to Florida he drained the Allied
Enterprises bank account and spent it all on three yachts
and a whole lot of high living.
In the end, Parsons went to court but only managed to
recover about half his money. The financial trouble must
have hindered the Agape Lodge, and by extension the OTO.
After being apprised of the situation, Crowley dispatched a
message to his subordinate expressing utter dismay:
From our brother's account he has given away both his
girl and his money -- apparently it is an ordinary
Which was certainly true, of course. Except what Crowley
didn't know -- and the feds still refuse to admit -- is that
Hubbard had done it all for Uncle Sam. It is quite possible
that without Ron's courageous undercover work, America would
today be overrun by the forces of evil.
In 1949, Hubbard began developing a theory of mind which
would prove revolutionary. In his model, the human brain was
a system akin to a digital computer. And just as you can
improve a computer system's performance by defragging its
hard disk, L. Ron believed that you could accomplish the
same optimization by clearing space in a person's long-term
memory. In doing so, the subject is capable of freeing
himself of the lingering effects of negative memories --
eliminating psychological and psychosomatic illnesses,
vastly improving memory retention, and boosting the I.Q.
score. This is accomplished by reliving the bad experiences
in a trancelike state, where they are dealt with and
disposed of, one at a time.
This scientific field came to be known as Dianetics.
Inauspicious as it may sound, Dianetics was introduced to
the world in the May 1950 issue of Astounding Science
Fiction magazine. A few weeks later, a full-length book
was published entitled Dianetics: The Modern Science of
Mental Healing. It soon became a best-seller, moving
150,000 copies in the first year alone. The system set forth
in these works and other magazine articles would change the
lives of millions.
By following Hubbard's regimen they were relieved of all
forms of irrational behavior, including unhealthy
compulsions, repressive inhibitions, and psychosomatic
illnesses. At which point, they were considered
"Clear" -- absolutely free of self-defeating
influences. A person who was Clear had harnessed the
extraordinary powers of the human intellect. In so doing,
they would appear to be superhuman in the eyes of the
"Pre-Clears." Hubbard revealed that Buddha and
Jesus Christ, far from being divine, were simply ordinary
mortals who had progressed "a shade above Clear."
Another startling realization Hubbard made during his
years of research was that people with serious physical or
mental problems were almost always the victims of dozens of
abortion attempts. As he explained it later, "attempted
abortion is very common." Each such incident left a
mark on the unborn fetus, along with the mother's engagement
in sexual intercourse, masturbation, douching, morning
sickness, and constipation. This revelation was so
unsettling that it drew fire from many critics. For
Hubbard's extensive discussion of things sexual, his
concern with abortions, beatings, coitus under duress,
flatulence which causes pressure on the foetus, certain
cloacal references, all suggest to me a fascination which
borders on the obsessive, as if he possessed a deep-seated
hatred of women. All of them are being beaten, most of
them prove to be unfaithful, few babies are wanted.
Strident opposition to Hubbard's insights extended into
the federal government as well. As part of an orchestrated
effort to discredit him and drive him out business, the FBI
opened a file on Hubbard and began tracking his activities.
But even as the enemies were closing in, Ron did not cease
his research, which led him to discoveries even more
savior of all humanity
In late 1953, L. Ron Hubbard announced to the world that the
Dianetics system was more than just a self-improvement
mechanism -- it was also the key to understanding the source
of mankind's spirituality. In other words, Dianetics was now
a religion. Hubbard termed his new faith Scientology.
Ron had made this unparalleled discovery through a
technique established in Dianetics -- reliving past
experiences to root out traumatic memories. Hubbard proposed
that the earlier the memory, the more impact it has on the
grown subject. Many adherents of Dianetics wind up
re-experiencing life events all the way back to the gamete
stage, remembering the consciousness they had when they were
just a sperm cell. In fact, Hubbard realized that he could
use this method to remember past lives, all the way backward
through one's evolutionary ancestors, thus proving once and
for all both evolution and reincarnation.
He also empirically calculated the age of the immortal
soul (or more accurately, the thetan), which he
determined to be trillions or quadrillions of years. (This
figure is significantly older than the planet Earth.) LRH
revealed that our material bodies contain a collection of
these thetans, one of which is dominant and the rest fight
for control. Which brings us to the centerpiece of L. Ron
Hubbard's mind-blowing theology. It turns out that our
spirits were actually transported to this planet 75 million
years ago -- back when its proper name was "Teegeeack"
-- by an impossibly cruel dictator known as Xenu.
Xenu was the head of the Galactic Federation, a group of
civilizations on 76 planets in our general neighborhood of
the cosmos. As a result of incredible overcrowding problems,
Xenu ordered that millions or billions of political
dissidents from the various planets be brought to Teegeeack,
where they were brainwashed and their souls implanted into
the local fauna. Many dozens of these thetans were crammed
into each animal. Then the creatures were dropped into
volcanoes and vaporized with hydrogen bombs. Through
Scientology, LRH provided the means by which a person can
exorcise his unwanted thetans and undo Xenu's brainwashing.
This process is extremely dangerous if done improperly.
So naturally, the Church of Scientology is very careful
about who receives the full briefing. It's the kind of thing
that could permanently damage the psyche of an unprepared
mind. Which is why none of this information is provided to
Scientologists until after years of mental preparation and
Almost overnight, Scientology opened centers across America
and England. What had been only a self-help discipline a few
years before had suddenly grown into the single most
important institution in the history of humankind. Ron
alternated between continuing his groundbreaking research
into the mind and giving lectures on the subject of
It was soon thereafter that elements of the government
began to focus on undermining the Church of Scientology and
its founder. Hubbard wrote a letter to the FBI in July 1955
informing them of an IRS plot intended to destroy him. The
FBI ignored his plea for help, proving their complicity in
the effort. The intimidation and harassment worsened over
the next decade, eventually driving LRH to escape the
jurisdiction of the United States. And Britain. As well as
every other nation on Earth.
At L. Ron's direction, the Church of Scientology began
assembling a fleet of ships in the late 1960s. Hubbard
transferred the church's files and principal staff members
onto the Royal Scotman (later rechristened the Apollo).
Then the church's mobile headquarters put to sea, with its
founder at the helm.
LRH remained at sea for the next few years, thus evading the
clutches of the corrupt governments of the world. This is
the period Scientology's enemies like to claim that Hubbard
turned into some kind of paranoid Howard Hughes-like
recluse. That he was terrified of dentists and doctors and
refused to be treated by either. That he became addicted to
prescription drugs. That he became capricious and cruel with
his crew. That his mind and body both deteriorated to an
appalling state. All of which is utter nonsense.
If Hubbard's primary concern was in dodging law
enforcement, creditors, and process servers, it was simply
needless to live at sea for several years. He could have
accomplished the same thing by secretly purchasing a huge
large tract of land in an out-of-the-way location, and
establishing a fortress there under a cover story intended
to deflect suspicion. That would have been simpler than
spending years on an ocean liner.
Eventually, LRH returned to the U.S. and ordered the
church to quietly procure a sprawling land parcel near
Hemet, California. There they established a defensible
compound disguised as a small-scale film studio and
duplication house for corporate training videos so they
could avoid attracting unwanted attention. Hubbard lived
there for a few years, before retiring to a similar
low-profile facility constructed near the small town of
Three days after the founder's death, the news was broken to
the church membership at the Palladium theater in Los
Angeles. Hubbard's successor, David Miscavige, delivered the
eulogy. Miscavige stressed the fact that Ron had not
actually died, but rather progressed to a level above human
(much like what Marshall
Applewhite would attempt to do a decade later):
"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..."
And so ends the story of the greatest man who ever lived.
|13 Mar 1911
Hubbard born to Harry Ross Hubbard and Ledora May
Hubbard, Tilden NE.
|1 Apr 1924
||13-year-old Boy Scout
L. Ron Hubbard receives the rank of Eagle Scout in
Washington, D.C. Hubbard later claims that he was
the nation's youngest Eagle Scout, despite the fact
that the national office has never recorded that
||During a trip to
China, a teenaged L. Ron Hubbard records the
following observations in his diary: "They
smell of all the baths they didn't take. The trouble
with China is, there are too many chinks here."
|1 May 1930
Hubbard joins a Marine Corps Reserve training unit.
He is placed on inactive status the same day, and
spends only five weeks of his 18-month stint
actually doing anything.
Hubbard enrolls in the civil engineering program at
George Washington University. He spends two years in
the program, ultimately earning six D's (General
Chemistry, Differential Calculus, Integral Calculus,
Plane Analytic Geometry, Electricity and Magnetism)
and four F's (First Year German, Differential
Calculus, Molecular and Atomic Physics).
|13 Jul 1931
||L. Ronald Hubbard
earns Commercial Glider Pilot Licence #385 after 116
|23 Jun 1932
||The Doris Hamlin sets
sail for the Caribbean from Baltimore.
|13 Apr 1933
||Hubbard marries Polly
(aka Margaret Louise) Grubb in Elkton, Maryland.
|25 Jun 1941
||L. Ron Hubbard
receives his commission in the Naval Reserves, as a
Lieutenant junior grade.
|4 Feb 1942
||The US Naval Attaché
in Melbourne reports: "By assuming unauthorized
authority and attempting to perform duties for which
he has no qualifications, he became the source of
much trouble. [...] This officer is not satisfactory
for independent duty assignment. He is garrulous and
tries to give impressions of his importance. He also
seems to think he has unusual ability in most lines.
These characteristics indicate that he will require
close supervision for satisfactory performance of
any intelligence duty."
|25 Sep 1942
||The Commandant of
Boston Navy Yard notifies Washington that L. Ron
Hubbard is ill-suited to run a ship: "Lt. L.R.
Hubbard is in command of YP 422 completing
conversion and fitting out at Boston, in the opinion
of the Commandant he is not temperamentally fitted
for independent command. It is therefore urgently
requested that he be detached and that order for
relief be expedited in view of the expected early
departure of the vessel. Believe Hubbard capable of
useful service if ordered to other duty under
immediate supervision of a more senior
|1 Oct 1942
relieved of his command. He had been assigned to the
|18 May 1943
||On the very first day
of its maiden voyage, the USS PC-815 encounters one
or two enemy submarines off the coast of Oregon. Its
commanding officer reports to CINCPAC that he
expended all depth charges on the suspicious sonar
contact and also fired many rounds of ammunition at
what might have a piece of driftwood. The next day,
the chase is joined by four other ships and two
blimps. No sign of any submarine is ever found.
|28 Jun 1943
||In an attempt to get
in some impromptu target practice, the crew of the
U.S.S. PC 815 fires four 50-caliber artillery rounds
at a floating object. Unfortunately, this object is
right in front of the inhabited island of South
Coronados, and at least two shells strike land.
|7 Jul 1943
officer lacking in the essential qualities of
judgment, leadership and cooperation. He acts
without forethought as to probable results. He is
believed to have been sincere in his efforts to make
his ship efficient and ready. Not considered
qualified for command or promotion at this time.
Recommend duty on a large vessel where he can be
|15 Jul 1943
Ron Hubbard is relieved of his command for
conducting an unauthorized gunnery practice and
violating the territorial waters of the nation of
|27 Sep 1944
Lt. Hubbard just so happens to be inspecting a load
of cargo being brought aboard the SS Algol
when he notices a molotov cocktail made out of a
Coke bottle. Hubbard is detached from the ship a few
||Hubbard is introduced
to the Agape Lodge of the Ordo Templi Orientis in
|5 Sep 1945
||Hubbard is admitted
at Oak Knoll Naval Hospital in Oakland, California
for "epigastric distress."
|10 Aug 1946
||Without bothering to
get a divorce from Polly, Hubbard marries Sara
Elizabeth Northrup in Chestertown, Maryland. Sara is
the former girlfriend of Jack Parsons who went by
the name of Betty.
|24 Dec 1947
||L. Ron Hubbard
divorces his first wife, 16 months after marrying
|17 Aug 1948
||L. Ron Hubbard is
arrested for bad checks in San Luis Obispo,
California. In court a fortnight later, Hubbard pays
the $25 fine.
||Addressing a sci-fi
group in Newark, New Jersey: "Writing for a
penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wanted
to make a million dollars, the best way to do it
would be to start his own religion."
|9 May 1950
Modern Science of Mental Health is published.
|23 Feb 1951
||"I was in my
apartment on February 23rd, about two or three
o'clock in the morning when the apartment was
entered, I was knocked out, had a needle thrust into
my heart to give it a jet of air to produce
'coronary thrombosis' and was given an electric
shock with a 110 volt current. This is all very
blurred to me. I had no witnesses. But only one
person had another key to that apartment and that
|17 Apr 1951
receives a communique regarding self-help author L.
LAFAYETTE RONALD HUBBARD, FOREIGN
MISCELLANEOUS. SUBJECT PRESENTLY IN CUBA AND HAS
APPEALED TO MILITARY ATTACHE' HERE FOR PROTECTION
FROM COMMUNISTS. SUBJECT CLAIMS HE OWNS HUBBARD
PUBLICATIONS ELIZABETH, NEW JERSEY AND IS AUTHOR
OF BOOK QUOTE DIANETICS UNQUOTE. PLEASE ADVISE BY
AIRGRAM OF ANY PERTINENT INFORMATION RE SUBJECT.
|12 Jun 1951
||Hubbard granted a
divorce from Sara, on the basis of her "gross
neglect of duty and extreme cruelty."
||Hubbard marries Mary
|10 Apr 1953
||L. Ron Hubbard writes
a letter to Helen O'Brien, revealing his newest idea
for revitalizing his Dianetics business. He proposes
that they apply for a church charter in Pennsylvania
or New Jersey and convert their existing storefronts
into "Spiritual Guidance Centers" --
although he asks her for help in thinking up a
better name for the ersatz chapels. In closing,
Hubbard asks for O'Brien's input on the idea, saying
"I await your reaction on the religion
angle." And thus, Scientology is conceived.
|18 Apr 1973
||L. Ron Hubbard orders
the Church of Scientology to launch Operation Snow
|28 May 1974
||L. Ron Hubbard writes
to the Navy asking for the 17 medals he often
claimed to have won in World War II. Three weeks
later, the Navy sends back the four medals he
actually won, and none of the 13 imaginary ones.
|16 Oct 1975
||An outgoing cable
from the CIA: REVIEW OF AVAILABLE INFO REGARDING
OVERSEAS ACTIVITIES CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY REVEALS
ONLY THAT ITS FOUNDER L. RON HUBBARD IS ECCENTRIC
MILLIONAIRE WHO HAS BEEN EXPELLED FROM RESIDENCE IN
SEVERAL COUNTRIES BECAUSE OF HIS ODD ACTIVITIES AND
BEHAVIOUR. HE IS OWNER OF SEVERAL SHIPS WHOSE
APPEARANCE IN PORTS IN VARIOUS PARTS OF WORLD HAVE
STIMULATED QUERIES . . . FROM OTHER
GOVERNMENTS ASKING INFO RE VESSELS MISSION AND CREW.
RESPONSES INDICATE WE KNOW VERY LITTLE . . .
|8 Jul 1977
||FBI agents raid the
offices of the Church of Scientology in Los Angeles
and Washington, D.C. In addition to burglar tools
and surveillance equipment, agents seize
approximately 90,000 pages of documents and files,
the contents of which blow the lid off Operation
|17 Mar 1978
||L. Ron Hubbard is
convicted in absentia of fraud by a French court. He
is sentenced to four years in prison and a $7,000
|15 Aug 1978
||A federal grand jury
indicts nine Scientologists, including L. Ron
Hubbard's wife Mary Sue, for criminal acts in
furtherance of Operation Snow White. The charges
include burglarizing government offices and stealing
official documents, perjury, conspiracy, and
||L. Ron Hubbard
secretly moves to Hemet, California.
||L. Ron Hubbard
secretly moves to Creston, California.
||"I believed in
Satanism. There was no other religion in the house!
Scientology and black magic. What a lot of people
don't realize is that Scientology is black magic
that is just spread out over a long time period. To
perform black magic generally takes a few hours or,
at most, a few weeks. But in Scientology it's
stretched out over a lifetime, and so you don't see
it. Black magic is the inner core of Scientology ---
and it is probably the only part of Scientology that
really works." Penthouse interview.
|20 Jun 1984
||The court issues its
ruling in Scientology v. Armstrong: The
organization clearly is schizophrenic and paranoid,
and the bizarre combination seems to be a reflection
of its founder LRH. The evidence portrays a man who
has been virtually a pathological liar when it comes
to his history, background, and achievements. The
writings and documents in evidence additionally
reflect his egoism, greed, avarice, lust for power,
and vindictiveness and aggressiveness against
persons perceived by him to be disloyal or hostile.
At the same time it appears that he is charismatic
and highly capable of motivating, organizing,
controlling, manipulating, and inspiring his
adherents. He has been referred to during this trial
as a "genius," a "revered
person," a man who was "viewed by his
followers with awe.
|23 Jan 1986
||L. Ron Hubbard drafts
and signs his Last Will and Testament.
|24 Jan 1986
||L. Ron Hubbard dies
in a motorhome near Creston, California, a few miles
north of San Luis Obispo. He is cremated and his
ashes dumped into the Pacific Ocean. The news is
revealed three days later.
|25 Jan 1986
||The coroner's post
mortem describes L. Ron Hubbard as having
"long, unkempt" fingernails and toenails,
and "10 recent needle marks" on the right
buttock beneath a band-aid. The church did not
permit an autopsy.