Yes, like many people, there was a time when I thought there was some
very good things about the LMT.
attention to 'profit' of lmt members is one of the BIGGEST cult projections of its own behavior.. especially when lisa mc pherson worked at amc and the money went up up and away....
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The three owners of Agent Media Corp. Inc. in Clearwater have more than determination. The company was founded in Texas in 1988.
One (Allstate) member suggested at a monthly meeting in early 1988 that the group consider hiring outside consultants to help in the effort. But they say Ms. O'Hara didn't point out that she knew the trainer, Donald Pearson, through a Scientology communications class she had taken.
Between 1988 and 1992, it turns out, the Good Hands company entrusted the training of workers coast to coast to a consultant teaching Scientology management principles. (Note: But last October, *1994* an incident in Florida showed that speculation among Allstate agents about the influence of Scientology on the company is far from dead.
For more than two months in late 1988 and 1989, about 50 managers and agents in the region spent two to three days each week in classes at Mr. Pearson's Sacramento office, which was decorated with Mr. Hubbard's vivid paintings of spaceships and moonscapes.
"In 1989, it was becoming apparent that I had a desirable product, and it actually was becoming easy to do business," said Schaffner.
"He snuck in about a half-hour on the promotional literature," says John Softye, a New York agent who took Mr. Pearson's Agent Prosperity Seminar in 1989.
In Arizona, for example, workers say they noticed a disturbing change in a key supervisor's management style after their Hubbard training in July 1990.
During 1991, the year after her bankruptcy, Lisa McPherson donated 11,828 dollars to the Dallas branch of Scientology.
In 1992, without acknowledging any past problems, the company scaled back its reliance on Mr. Hubbard's teachings. By 1993, Mr. Pearson had stopped giving any seminars at the company. But fear of Scientology persisted at Allstate, and the brief Scientology discussion at Sears's 1993 annual meeting did little to ease agents' concerns about the Scientology link.
That fall, for example, some agents participating in a new training program, the Agency Development Process, noticed two pages, titled "Statistics Graphs, How to Figure the Scale," that were identical to those found in the Scientology material.
The company made the move to Clearwater in 1994 and purchased a small warehouse to set up shop.
In 1994, the AMC Publishing company, where Lisa worked, transferred from Dallas to Clearwater. The company owners - also Scientologists - wanted to be nearer to the spiritual center of the "church," which is known as the "Flag Organization," or simply "Flag."
At the time, Lisa's expenditures for for services at "Flag" had risen considerably. According to her records for 1994, the "church" presented her with a bill for auditing in the amount of 75,275 dollars. From the same document, Lisa paid 54,667 dollars as partial payment of her debt.
In May 1994, New York agent Mr. Softye, who describes himself as a devout Catholic, refused to take a test that preceded participation in the (Allstate) Agency Development Process, which he believed was related to Scientology training. He initially received a "job- in-jeopardy" reprimand, though it was rescinded when he complained to corporate headquarters that the test conflicted with his religious values.
But last October, (1994) an incident in Florida showed that speculation among Allstate agents about the influence of Scientology on the company is far from dead.
In January 1995, Lisa gave Scientology 3,000 dollars.
In February 1995, the sum came to over 6,500 dollars.
In March 1995, more than 10,000 dollars.
In June 1995, nearly 9,000 dollars.
In August 1995, over 11,000 dollars.
And this was in spite of the fact that "AMC Publishing" paid her 8.475 dollars in March, 8, 800 in June and 5,400 in August.
The group has exceeded gross revenues of more than $1 million since 1995
Besides that, according to records, she put lesser sums into special joint accounts with which her employer supported the "church." Scientology covered its debt by transferring the money from Lisa McPherson's account to an account where it could be withdrawn.
In February, Lisa McPherson put 13,000 dollars on account for auditing on the basic level of Scientology, where she still was after 13 years in the "church." In April, 12,450 dollars were removed from her account for auditing, spent for one large amount of auditing. In the course of 1995, she spent 18,620 dollars on services, which prepared her for crossing into the highest level of Scientology.
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).
Agent Media reported $6.8 million in revenue in 2002 and employs about 20.
Agent Media Corp. in Clearwater, a database and marketing company for the life, health and annuity segments of the insurance industry, was sold to Post Capital Partners LLC, a New York-based private investment firm, and Roscoe C. Smith III, a publishing industry veteran. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Agent Media's marquee publications include the Agent's Sales Journal, a tabloid-sized publication with a circulation of 360,000 independent insurance agents; the Agent's Market Pack, a direct mail card pack; and Insurance Marketing magazine, developed exclusively for insurance wholesalers and home office marketing executives. Agent Media's marquee publications include the Agent's Sales Journal, a tabloid-sized publication with a circulation of 360,000 independent insurance agents; the Agent's Market Pack, a direct mail card pack; and Insurance Marketing magazine, developed exclusively for insurance wholesalers and home office marketing executives.
From 1995 on, the entire sequence of events seems suspicious.
In May & June of 1995 Lisa had her first "psychotic break".
I believe that this "break" was a result of her having discovered something very disturbing & true about her church (it rocked her world) & the church didn't want it exposed.
I think thats where investigation should be focused.
What happened right around that time?
What did Lisa find out?
What did she know?
follow the money... where did it go?
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Scientologists, critics sharing woman's name
St. Petersburg Times, December 20, 1999
By Thomas C. Tobin
CLEARWATER -- Vowing to speak out against "the propaganda of hate," a new
organization of local Scientologists is gearing up to counter the efforts
of Robert S. Minton, the New England millionaire who is setting up shop in
downtown Clearwater to oppose the Church of Scientology. The new
organization is called the Lisa McPherson Foundation, named for the veteran
Scientologist whose 1995 death while in the care of church members has
saddled Scientology with a lawsuit, a criminal prosecution and increased
pressure from its critics.
And, in an added twist that local Scientologists find appalling, the case
has resulted in McPherson's name being used against the church they say she
Although McPherson had been a practicing Scientologist for 13 years, the
church's critics consider her a martyr for their cause. The name of
Minton's group, for example, is the Lisa McPherson Trust, which plans to
present a dark picture of Scientology to locals and provide "exit
counseling" for those who want to leave the church. In contrast, the Lisa
McPherson Foundation seeks to pull McPherson's name back into the
Scientology camp by opposing Minton at every turn and by "standing up for
religious tolerance," said Bennetta Slaughter, the foundation's leader.
Slaughter, a prominent Scientologist in Clearwater, was McPherson's
longtime friend and employer at AMC Publishing Co.
"I will, in fact, counter any hate that will come from them and I will
handle that," Slaughter said of Minton and his group in an interview last
week. "They are not going to poison this town." She added: "There's a large
difference between free speech and the propaganda of hate. . . . Name one
good thing that he's bringing to this community. I can't think of one."
The foundation has about 300 members, Slaughter said.
Its first project was an inch-thick binder using information compiled by
Church of Scientology staff members. The binder documents Minton's
controversial encounters with the church, two of which have resulted in his
arrest on misdemeanor battery charges.
It also includes background information on five Scientology critics who
have worked with Minton, including records on criminal convictions,
criminal allegations and instances when Scientology has defeated them in
Slaughter said the foundation doesn't plan to widely disseminate the binder
but will "give it to people who are in positions who should know . . . so
that they can be informed."
She added the group would oppose Minton in other ways as needed. The
foundation also will be working with other local churches on "social
betterment activities" and will promote the "restoration of religious
practice" in all denominations as a way to reduce social ills, Slaughter
"It matters not to me where people go to church," she said. "I'd just like
to see them go to church."
She said most Scientologists in Clearwater are longtime members who resent
an outsider like Minton telling them their church abuses people. In a phone
interview from his New Hampshire farm, Minton responded, saying he
primarily is opposed to Scientology's strict "ethics" system, which he
He cited records that came to light after McPherson's death indicating she
was struggling under a Scientology ethics program being administered at
Slaughter's company. In a wrongful death lawsuit filed by McPherson's
family and financed by Minton, that ethics program is alleged to have
caused the severe mental breakdown that played a key role in her death.
"Bennetta Slaughter is herself part and parcel of the Scientology abuse
process," Minton said.
He said he plans to close his purchase of a local headquarters on Jan. 5.
He has said the building is next to a Scientology property in downtown
Clearwater, but has not named the location. The staff will include former
Scientologists who want to share their perceptions of the church with
Echoing Scientology officials, Slaughter characterized Minton's
headquarters as a deprograming center that will illegally detain people.
She called it "the height of arrogance" for Minton to be interpreting
Scientology for Scientologists.
"I find that so offensive, as do every single one of my friends in the
church," she said. "He's trying to position himself as someone reasonable,
when in fact what he's saying is complete bunk."