Scourge of Scientology dies in apparent suicide

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Scourge of Scientology dies in apparent suicide

Post by Sponge » Tue Feb 19, 2008 7:01 am

SHAWN LONSDALE (aka proflex aka girvin) Died this week.

[I'll try to keep all new relevant media links that are posted to the forum copied to this top post for convenient access]

"Scourge of Scientology dies in apparent suicide"
http://www.sptimes.com/2008/02/19/North ... olog.shtml

BBC Radio 4. "From Our Own Correspondent" program, 1st March 08.
Panorama "Scientology & Me" reporter, John Sweeney, talks about the death of Shawn Lonsdale.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDHXu1PjoRA
Reporter, John Sweeney, on BBC Radio4 wrote: "Clearwater got that little bit more creepy recently, with the death - the police are treating it as suicide - of Shawn. When alive a Scientology spokesman said of him: 'He has no redeeming value to anyone, anywhere.' Well, he was a bit of a hero to me ... I for one mourn the loss - of a brave and singular American".
Background:
(Original SP Times article on Shawn Lonsdale, September 2006)
http://www.sptimes.com/2006/09/17/Flori ... urge.shtml

edit:
Tampa Tribune now also reports.....
"Death Of Scientology Critic An Apparent Suicide"
Updated: " Death Of Scientology Critic 'Does Appear To Be Suicide' "
http://suncoastpinellas.tbo.com/content ... t-suicide/
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23238739/
Another updated article:
http://www2.tbo.com/content/2008/feb/20 ... water-hom/

Radar Onlline now reporting...
"Anti-Scientology Activist Found Dead"
http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2 ... n-home.php

GlossLip reporting....
"Outspoken Scientology Critic, Shawn Lonsdale, Found Dead In Clearwater".....
http://glosslip.com/2008/02/19/outspoke ... learwater/

Suspicious Death of Scientology Critic Shawn Lonsdale
http://dreamsendweb.com/2008/02/19/susp ... -lonsdale/

Another scientology related death, in Clearwater, actually the day before Shawn was found....
viewtopic.php?t=25786

3rd May Update:
Scientology foe's notes shed light on suicide
http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafe ... 485879.ece


Blog roll:-
http://dlisted.com/node/23835
http://pseudoscientology.wordpress.com/ ... rwater-fl/
http://www.hicktownpress.com/shawn-lons ... ead-at-39/
http://dreamsendweb.com/2008/02/19/susp ... -lonsdale/
http://lippard.blogspot.com/2008/02/sci ... -dies.html
http://www.religionnewsblog.com/20703/s ... n-lonsdale
http://xenutv.wordpress.com/2008/02/19/ ... -lonsdale/


Tributes:-

Here's one of Shawn's best "Cultwatch" clips, which I've managed to capture and preserve on YouTube. I've added some explanatory titles etc. to the original video.
Plus, you may need a large box of tissues for the additional end bit (I know I did).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mX31iqIcZTw
Gumby, fellow film maker, critic and activist, posted this tribute to Shawn on YouTube..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3J3iIpAy3ks

"Summary+What to Do" Thread on Enturbulation.org....
http://forums.enturbulation.org/viewtop ... =12&t=4365
Another Summary......
http://forums.enturbulation.org/viewtop ... f=1&t=4360

Wikipedia article (needs improving)...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shawn_Lonsdale
[edit: link repaired]

Ray Hill is maintaining a webpage on Shawn Lonsdale at Xenu Directory....
http://www.xenu-directory.net/critics/lonsdale1.html
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Post by Benny's Friend » Tue Feb 19, 2008 7:58 am

"It was a lonely end for a man who emerged out of nowhere in 2006 as a thorn in the side of the Church of Scientology."

Poignant and heartbreaking.
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Post by NattyP » Tue Feb 19, 2008 12:51 pm

Luke Lirot's quote is heavy with meaning:
"I found him to be quite affable and truly a very intelligent man," Lirot said in an interview Monday. "I certainly hope that a very thorough investigation is conducted."
John Carmichael: Are you a homo? Have you come out of the closet?
ANONYMOUS: You're wearing tweed in the summer and you're asking ME if I'm a faggot? Xenu please ...
John Carmichael: What?

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Post by Sponge » Tue Feb 19, 2008 7:02 pm

Tampa Tribune now reports.....
"Death Of Scientology Critic An Apparent Suicide"
Updated: " Death Of Scientology Critic 'Does Appear To Be Suicide' "
http://suncoastpinellas.tbo.com/content ... t-suicide/
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Post by SomebodyElse » Tue Feb 19, 2008 7:39 pm

Something brought up by Enturbulation. Same person?
They found a garden hose stretched from the exhaust pipe of Lonsdale's car into a window of his home at 510 N Lincoln Ave., according to Clearwater police spokeswoman Elizabeth Daly-Watts
http://www.truthaboutscientology.com/st ... -daly.html

May be no connection, but interesting....
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Post by Sponge » Wed Feb 20, 2008 11:48 am

Radar Onlline now reporting...
"Anti-Scientology Activist Found Dead"
http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2 ... n-home.php

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Post by Sponge » Wed Feb 20, 2008 7:51 pm

GlossLip reporting....
"Outspoken Scientology Critic, Shawn Lonsdale, Found Dead In Clearwater".....
http://glosslip.com/2008/02/19/outspoke ... learwater/

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Post by Sponge » Thu Feb 21, 2008 11:19 pm

Mark Bunker's "WogBlog" reports....
http://xenutv.wordpress.com/2008/02/19/ ... -lonsdale/

Comment from Nancy Edwards....
Nancy Edwards Says:

February 20, 2008 at 10:02 pm
A list of facts would be helpful.

Facts

I was at 510 N. Lincoln , Clearwater FL 2-19-08 in the afternoon. I walked around the property.

An odor not unlike decomposition was intense : I could smell it from the street.

The house is sealed with red tape on all doors and windows. Red tape marked sealed as evidence 2-16-08.

Yellow tape on side door marked as notice of lien by tax collector Diane Nelson on
2-14-2008. I don’t know if the lien is against Mr. Lonsdale or the property owner.

A corpse was reported removed from the house rented by Mr. Shawn Lonsdate on SAturday 2-16-2008 as I read in the St. Petersburg Times newspaper on 2-19-08.

I spoke with several of the neighbors. Most were upset.

Does anyone know the last time anyone saw Mr. Lonsdale ?

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Post by Sponge » Fri Feb 22, 2008 1:03 am

more blogroll....
http://thebosh.com/archives/2008/02/the ... d_dead.php
Poorly written "article".

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Post by Sponge » Mon Feb 25, 2008 4:30 am

Another scientology related death, in Clearwater, actually the day before Shawn was found....
viewtopic.php?t=25786

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Post by moontaco » Mon Feb 25, 2008 7:46 am

Sponge wrote:Mark Bunker's "WogBlog" reports....
http://xenutv.wordpress.com/2008/02/19/ ... -lonsdale/

Comment from Nancy Edwards....
Nancy Edwards Says:

February 20, 2008 at 10:02 pm
A list of facts would be helpful.

Facts

I was at 510 N. Lincoln , Clearwater FL 2-19-08 in the afternoon. I walked around the property.

An odor not unlike decomposition was intense : I could smell it from the street.

The house is sealed with red tape on all doors and windows. Red tape marked sealed as evidence 2-16-08.

Yellow tape on side door marked as notice of lien by tax collector Diane Nelson on
2-14-2008. I don’t know if the lien is against Mr. Lonsdale or the property owner.

A corpse was reported removed from the house rented by Mr. Shawn Lonsdate on SAturday 2-16-2008 as I read in the St. Petersburg Times newspaper on 2-19-08.

I spoke with several of the neighbors. Most were upset.

Does anyone know the last time anyone saw Mr. Lonsdale ?
Thanks for posting that. It answers a question I'd had about whether Shawn lived in a house or an apartment. The tax lien info is interesting, too.

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Post by Sponge » Mon Feb 25, 2008 12:59 pm

moontaco wrote:
Thanks for posting that. It answers a question I'd had about whether Shawn lived in a house or an apartment. The tax lien info is interesting, too.

From a thread on enturbulation.org...
http://forums.enturbulation.org/viewtop ... f=1&t=4360
an()n wrote::tinfoil:
The website for Clearwater property info is now offline: http://www.pcpao.org (Pinellas County Property Appraiser Office). Conspiracy or coincidence? Fortunately, Anonymous is made of both of win and delivery. So here (again) are screens of the info that is no longer available.

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Please copy them if you are concerned about preserving an accurate record, and please make a post if the site comes back up.

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Post by moontaco » Mon Feb 25, 2008 2:18 pm

Thanks for the link. There are some excellent researchers over there!

It looks like Shawn had a carport, which answers the question people have raised about why he didn't simply run the car in his garage. But a carport next to a private house, with what looks like numerous trees on the property, could very well have allowed Shawn to run the garden hose to the house with no one noticing (it looks like there was a porch between the house and the carport). And it was a very small house (just 672 square feet), so committing suicide in that fashion isn'tt as inefficient and illogical as it originally sounded.

Not that no one else could have set it up. I don't think this info rules out foul play, but it does make suicide at least seem plausible.

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