Towards a New Theory of L. Ron Hubbard's Death

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Towards a New Theory of L. Ron Hubbard's Death

Post by J. Swift » Thu Jul 09, 2009 2:15 am

L. Ron Hubbard had a stroke on or about January 24, 1986 at his remote ranch in Creston, California. My complaint about the death of L. Ron Hubbard is that David Miscavige contributed to Hubbard's death by failing to order Hubbard evacuated by air ambulance to UCLA, or any other hospital, for emergency treatment. Hubbard was instead treated with Vistaril and died on January 24, 1986 following a second stroke. This raises many questions and suspicions about Hubbard's death.

In the course of doing some new research on Hubbard's death, I discovered that Vistaril (Hydoxyzine) has been used to treat drug withdrawal. This gives rise to a new theory about Hubbard's mysterious death.
Hydroxyzine, which has been available since 1955, has been used as an antihistamine, anxiolytic, sedative, and antiemetic. Sufficient research data support its efficacy in these areas. It has also been tried for the treatment of symptoms of withdrawal from alcohol and barbiturates, but only sporadically and backed by limited research. We have been using this agent for opioid withdrawal since 1985, first in prison populations and then in outpatient and hospital settings, with positive results. Hydroxyzine has effectively treated the withdrawal symptoms associated with a variety of opioids. Its safety, lack of effects on attention or memory, and absence of dependency, withdrawal, or abuse potential make it suitable for this purpose. Nevertheless, no research is available to back up our approach. This article is based on our long-term experience with this medication. We wish to create an awareness of this novel use of hydroxyzine and hope it would stimulate research to validate our clinical experience.

This article is based on our clinical experience for more than 20 years with hydroxyzine (Vistaril), according to which we have found this medication to be a safe and effective means of detoxification in patients withdrawing from opioids. Our clinical experience has involved structured facilities, such as jails, general hospital settings, and outpatient settings, where we have encountered large populations of opioid, heroin, and methadone users in need of detoxification and stabilization.

Practice points
The symptoms of opioid withdrawal can be very severe and contribute to the high rates of relapse.

The 5-day hydroxyzine protocol presented here provides an alternative for those who cannot use conventional medications for detoxification.

Hydroxyzine is cost- effective and lacks toxicity and physical dependence.

Each patient should be closely observed for the emergence of withdrawal from concomitant substance use.

The hydroxyzine protocol for opioid withdrawal was first used by a psychiatrist in the Travis County Jail in Austin, Texas, in 1982. Between 1985 and 2002 we used it in the Travis County Jail, which had a population of more than 2000 inmates. We have also used hydroxyzine to treat withdrawal symptoms at our county hospital. This protocol provides basic relief from most of the symptoms associated with opioid withdrawal, and it can be easily and safely used in general hospitals, correctional facilities, and outpatient clinics where a patient’s history and presentation can be unreliable.

However, this approach is not supported by clinical research or by the medical literature. We hope that this discussion will generate interest in validating our experience by clinical trials. A review of medical literature published during the past 2 decades revealed no references to hydroxyzine in association with opioid withdrawal. There are articles on its use for the treatment of anxiety and of combining it with opioids to decrease the opioid dosage and enhance pain control.1-3 More sophisticated substance abuse programs may use other methods of detoxification, often combining agents such as benzodiazepines, alpha-blockers, hypnotics, and opioid agonists/antagonists.

Table 1 lists opioids often encountered in clinical practice. According to our experience, many opioid users will have taken higher opioid doses or more drugs than they admit. Much of the discomfort associated with drug withdrawal is made up of anxiety, agitation, and insomnia. Hydroxyzine has been shown to be a safe treatment for anxiety1 and is frequently used in the elderly to treat both anxiety and insomnia.

For opioid withdrawal, we start with 50 to 100 mg of hydroxyzine, 4 times daily for 5 days. The drug is usually stopped after 5 days, although some patients may need a longer period of tapering. If patients become too sedated, twice-daily or 3-times-daily dosing can be used, or the doses can be reduced.

We have found this hydroxyzine protocol to be most useful in settings where other drugs are contraindicated because of underlying medical problems or unreliable medical histories. Hydroxyzine costs approximately 19µ for a tablet, is easy to dispense by the nursing staff, and is easy to use by physicians of all levels of experience and specialties. In this age of managed care, where cost-effectiveness and efficiency are important, we believe that hydroxyzine represents a safe, efficacious, and inexpensive option....
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Post by J. Swift » Thu Jul 09, 2009 2:17 am

Connecting some dots:

1. LRH famously expressed his usage of "pinks, grays, and rum" in a letter to his wife. LRH Jr. stated that his father used drugs recreationally/spiritually during the 1950's. We have first person and second person testimony for LRH using illegal drugs.

2. LRH may have well been addicted to opiates and become even more dependent upon them later in life as his body aged. LRH suffered a fairly serious motorcycle accident in Tenerife in December, 1973. He was treated with painkillers, but skipped formal medical treatment. The injuries he suffered could have led to a dependence on opiate pain killers.

3. Enabling: LRH's personal physician Dr. Denk would have been able to write multiple prescriptions to Hubbard's aides to cover the tracks and quantity of opiates LRH was taking. It is not unusual for opiate addicts to take 30-40 pills per day. Rush Limbaugh was reportedly taking 30-40 pills per day when he was addicted to opiate painkillers. Michael Jackson is rumored to have been taking a similar amount of painkillers. I am not judging addiction to painkillers here; I am just noting quantities of pills that are mentioned in two well-known cases.

4. Per the study cited above, using Vistaril to treat opiate withdrawal was innovated in prison populations. Scientology's Criminon and Narconon groups would have had access to this data. Furthermore, Dr. Denk would not have given LRH any drug classed as a psych drug. Hence, Vistaril, classed as an antihistamine among its other uses, becomes a PR-friendly drug.

5. Opiate withdrawal is associated with anxiety and Vistaril is indicated for anxiety.

6. Assuming that LRH was addicted to opiate painkillers, DM and LRH's inner circle were faced with a potential PR crisis following LRH's first stroke on or about January 16, 1986. If the inner circle decided to act morally and rush LRH by air ambulance to UCLA or another world class hospital, LRH's blood would be tested and LRH himself would be exhibiting classic opiate withdrawal symptoms. If this were discovered, it would be a PR nightmare for CoS publicly and internally, particularly given the deep schism that DM and his circle had caused a few years before with the Finance Police debacle in which they seized control of the Church.

7. One decision in the face of a crisis would be to first detox LRH at his ranch using Vistaril before allowing him near wog doctors or hospitals. Alternately, DM and his inner circle also had to contemplate that LRH was near death and make a decision to give or withhold lifesaving care with respect to Mr. Hubbard. In any case, the decision was taken to allow LRH to languish and die at his ranch while DM, Dr. Denk, and others gambled in Lake Tahoe. This decision has never been explained by David Miscavige or any other Scientology official. Why was LRH allowed to die of medical neglect? LRH's death is evocative of Lisa McPherson's death in isolation and medical neglect.

8. The inner circle had to anticipate that LRH was near death. The inner circle would have anticipated that the coroner might demand to do blood tests on LRH's body; this although a legal challenge would be mounted by attorney Cooley. The worst case would be for the coroner to find opiates in LRH's blood. Opiates stay in the blood for 2-4 days. Hence, it could be theorized that Dr. Denk decided, after LRH's stroke, to use Vistaril to withdraw Hubbard from opiates. The Vistaril also acted to soothe Hubbard's post-stroke anxiety and possible fury that no one was helping him, that he did not have access to a phone, and that his CMO was off somewhere.

9. In a conspiracy theory, the goal would be to ensure that Hubbard lived for at least 4-5 days in order for all traces of opiates to wash out of his blood.

10. In one scenario, LRH died PTS Type III. With respect to comments being made about CoS treating people in the Introspection Rundown with chloral hydrate, Vistaril washes out of the blood faster than chloral hydrate. Furthermore, Vistaril is defensible in a post-mortem blood test as a treatment for allergies. The presence of chloral hydrate in LRH's blood might have raised for more problems, particularly from disaffected members of CoS who were aware that chloral hydrate was used in the Introspection Rundown. These disaffected members could talk to the media about the possible implications of chloral hydrate in LRH's blood.

11. Logically, Vistaril became the drug of choice to facilitate Hubbard's dropping his body. I reject Scientology's contention that LRH was given Vistaril for allergies because this argument fails to answer the larger question of why Hubbard was allowed to languish and die and not taken by air ambulance to a world class hospital such as nearby UCLA. Scientology's recent admission that LRH was given Vistaril for allergies is a tacit admission that he was also left medically untreated for a stroke and thus allowed to die by medical negligence, which negligence contemplates a criminal conspiracy.

12. CoS' tacit admission that LRH was not treated for a stroke leaves the door open for my theory that LRH was secretly being withdrawn from opiates during the last days of his life and that Vistaril solved many explanatory problems that would surround LRH's death -- at least in the minds of those parties who elected to allow Hubbard to die in favor of rushing him to a hospital for lifesaving treatment.

11. One of the strongest medical reasons for using Vistaril is that it does not impair the memory. Vistaril would help support a story that LRH was sufficiently lucid on the day before he died to sign a new will that transferred the entire estate to DM and his cabal. Are we to believe that an elderly, post-stroke LRH who was being treated with Vistaril and denied any hospital care was mentally competent, let alone lucid? Vistaril makes people sleepy.

11. LRH was unceremoniously cremated after the coroner took blood samples. The 12-14 pictures the coroner took of LRH's body were destroyed by the Coroner at the request of Norman Starkey, the executor of LRH's estate. Norman Starkey is presently a long-term resident in the SP Hall at Gold Base in Hemet, California.

12. Mr. Starkey is not available for comment except as needed by Mr. Miscavige to rebut the allegations of Messrs. Rinder, Rathbun, Headley, et. al. that COB has beaten Sea Org members. With respect to the allegations that David Miscavige beat members of his church, the matter of DM's medical neglect of L. Ron Hubbard certainly must be considered when forming an opinion about Mr. Miscavige's character and conduct.

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Post by J. Swift » Thu Jul 09, 2009 2:21 am

From the pen of the late Robert Vaughn Young, a former high-ranking Scientology official:
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The death of L Ron Hubbard

The Church of Scientology is loudly voicing their strong resistance to what they call "psych drugs". It is therefore ironic that the founder of Dianetics and Scientology, L Ron Hubbard, was taking a "psych drug" when he died. This is not unusual in itself, since bitter old men often go psychotic when dying. Witnesses testified that Hubbard died acting like a raving lunatic.

This is from the 1983 edition of the Physician's Desk Reference, pg 1571. It was a couple years out of date when Hubbard died. Vistaril is the psych drug found in Hubbard's body.

(hydroxyzine hydrochloride)
Intramuscular Solution
For Intramuscular use Only
Hydroxyzine has demonstrated its clinical effectiveness in the chemotherapeutic aspect of the total management of neuroses and emotional disturbances manifested by anxiety, tension, agitation, apprehension or confusion.
It induces a calming effect in anxious, tense, psychoneurotic adults and also in anxious, hyperkinetic children without impairing mental alertness. It is not a cortical depressant but its action may be due to a suppression of activity in certain key regions of the subcortical area of the central nervous system.
Indications: The total management of anxiety, tension and psychomotor agitation in conditions of emotional stress requires in most instances a combined approach of psychotherapy and chemotherapy. Hydroxyzine has been found to be particularly useful for this latter phase in its ability to render the disturbed patient more amenable to psychotherapy in long term treatment of the psychoneurotic and psychotic although it should not be used as the sole treatment of psychosis or of clearly demonstrated cases of depression. ....

VISTARIL® (hydroxyzine hydrochloride) Intramuscular Solution is useful in treating the following type of patients when intramuscular administration is indicated:

1.The acutely disturbed or hysterical patient.
2.The acute or chronic alcoholic with anxiety withdrawal symptoms or delirium tremens.
3.As pre- and postoperative and pre- and postpartum adjunctive medication to permit reduction in narcotic dosage, allay anxiety and control emesis.
According to what Hubbard's doctor told the coroner, and what the labs from the autopsy found, Hubbard had been injected with Vistaril® and only Vistaril® in a non-hospital setting. That's what you do with a psychiatrically disturbed or drug withdrawal patient.

L Ron Hubbard was given Vistaril® by Dr. Gene Denk in his final days, by intramuscular injection in the right buttocks. Vistaril® is a psychiatric drug, used to calm frantic or overly anxious patients. He died on January 24th, 1986, eight days after the fatal stroke, and one day after signing his last will and testament. He died in a 1982 Blue Bird motor home, about five miles East of Creston, CA, at the very remote "Emanuel Camp". His fingernails and toenails were long and unkempt. His hair was long, thin and receding on his forehead.

David Miscavige personally arrived with documents requesting that no autopsy be performed. 13 photographs taken of his body were later destroyed at the request of Norman Starkey.

These are public documents, available from the San Luis Obispo Sheriff's Office. Coroner's file #8936:

Coroner report:
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Hubbard Toxicology Report:
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Hubbard Death Certificate:
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RVY recalls the death of LRH

For years, Robert Vaughn Young rubbed shoulders with the more elite schelon in the CoS organization. Since leaving scientology in 1989, he has been an avowed and outspoken critic of the CoS, and has testified as an expert witness at several trials. He has been --- at times --- a regular poster to the USENET newsgroup alt.religion.scientology, where he has offered invaluable insight into the inner workings of the CoS. He is also an acomplished and gifted writer, as the following will attest.

RVY was actively involved in the events surrounding Hubbard's death, but it is only within the last few years that he has begun to doubt the 'official' version of what happened during January, 1986. In an article to alt.religion.scientology, he offered this intriguing tale of his own investigation into the death of LRH.

From a post by Robert Vaughn Young (September 2, 1998)

When Hubbard died, everything changed. (duh) I went to the death site (his ranch at Creston, near San Luis Obispo CA) that night along with David Miscavige and some attorneys. Since none of us - including Miscavige - had ever been there, we were met at a restaurant by Pat Broeker who took us to the ranch. We arrived at perhaps 4 a.m. (Hubbard was found dead at about 8 p.m. I was told at 10. We left LA at perhaps 1 a.m. I wasn't always watching the clock, given the circumstances.)

What's amusing in the cult's attempt to DA me is their saying that I went to the ranch along with some gardeners and cooks. Right. Gardeners and cooks were the first to be rushed up that night, before the authorities were called or the body taken away. ROFL! Don't you just love these guys!

Creston was where the story was put together that he had moved on to the next level of research, or however it was worded, when it was announced at the Palladium and to the world. The event was so carefully constructed that no one noticed that something essential was missing, but I'll get to that in a moment. But during the event, I stayed at the ranch to deal with any media who might show up or call. None did and less than 48 hours later, the Challenger space shuttle blew up, bumping news of his death and any serious questions from the media. I was monitoring the TV news via a satellite dish and watched it happen and reported it. While the rest of the world was in shock, DM was happy because we had been bumped from the news. But that is how one comes to view the world at that echelon.

I later moved to another ranch Hubbard owned, at Newberry Springs, east of Barstow CA and stayed there for a couple of months. Hubbard never visited it (it was merely a fallback location for him) and I never did see that anyone learned about this one, even the media. I guess they were all hung up on the Creston property, near San Luis Obispo, where he died.

The most lasting benefit of my stay at Newberry was that that was where I stopped smoking. One day DM, Mitoff, Pat Broeker, Mike Eldridge and I were sitting around and we all agreed to stop smoking, although Broeker was the only non-smoker. Mitoff had a horrible time of it. He ended up on Skoal Bandits, spitting disgustingly into a bucket while driving back and forth to LA, and also addicting me to the little cusses. In the end, I was the only one who stopped, making me wish we had put some money in a pool.

In the months I spent between the Creston and Newberry ranches, Pat and I became good friends. He had been Hubbard's closest and most trusted aide and confident for those final years. With what I already knew about Hubbard, Pat and I had the greatest talks. Sometimes Pat and I were the only ones at the ranch, so we eould chat while moving horses or going to town to shop. I began to learn about the life Hubbard had lead while in hiding for those last years, moving between towns in the Bluebird bus and finally settling down in Creston. (BTIAS)

Meanwhile, a power struggle was brewing to see who would take control of Scientology and Newberry was the place where many of the discussions occurred while DM stayed either in LA or in Hemet. (Jesse will have something to say about that someday because he was seriously involved in the ensuing explosion.) It would result in a number of people fleeing (such as Jesse) or going to the RPF (such as me).

A key element in the power struggle was Hubbard's last message to the rank-and-file. Those who were in the cult back in 1986-87 will remember this incident. It was a message from Hubbard that was issued as a Sea Org directive. It said goodbye, wishing them well and establishing a new rank/position called Loyal Officer or LO. (The term is taken from OT3.) Pat was to be the LO1 and his wife Annie was to be LO2 and it basically turned the management of the Sea Org over to them. And since the SO ran Scientology, that meant they were at the top of the heap. DM was not mentioned in the directive. It was later was issued to all staff - with DM's approval and authority - reduced in size and put in a small fram with a photo of Hubbard for the desk of every staff member.

In the meantime, Pat began to slowly take control. I would often get phone calls from him. He would never identify himself on the phone, going back to his years of tight security, but merely would say, "Hi, it's me."

I won't try to give the details of the ensuing power struggle because I was in LA and it was happened at Creston, Newberry and Hemet. (I leave it to Jesse, who was there.) But the outcome was that Miscavige won. And typical of any political coup, there was a sudden purge as he consolidated his power. Anyone DM thought might be a friend of Broeker's who would pose a threat were sent to Scientology's equivalent of Lubayanka Prison or Siberia: the RPF, so I went. For 16 months and three escape attempts.

Now here is where it gets interesting, folks.

While I was on the RPF, a directive came out from Miscavige saying the supposed final message from Hubbard that named Broeker was a forgery by Broeker and it was being canceled. That same day, Annie Broeker appeared on the RPF. This was not the Annie I had come to know. What stumbled into the RPF was a completely broken person. She was pale and hollow and her eyes were empty. There was no mistaking it. She had been broken and only now was she being thrown away into the trash heap called the RPF. Even then, she was kept under guard, just to be sure.

With the cancellation of the message from Hubbard, there were now two vital things missing that were 100% Hubbard and 100% standard tech and yet no one seemed to notice or, if they did, no one dared to remark on it. But then, as Hubbard correctly pointed out, the hardest thing to notice is the thing that is omitted.

What was now missing was (1) something from Hubbard to all Scientologists saying goodbye and what he was doing and (2) something that passed his hat, which is one of the most basic tenets in the organization. They had been missing at the event announcing his death but with the cancellation by Miscavige, they were missing more than ever.

One does not require much knowledge about L. Ron Hubbard to know that it would be completely unlike him to simply leave - especially if the story about his going off to do more research were true - and not leave a message. So if he HAD left as Scientologists were told, where was the message if the other was a forgery?

But perhaps more importantly, where was the hat turnover? I don't mean the volumes of policies and bulletins. I mean something that says, I hereby appoint Joe Blow to take over as... Would Hubbard leave the planet and not pass on the command? Hardly.

Or let's put it in one of the most basic tenets from Hubbard: if it isn't written, it isn't true.

(Note: Hubbard's will was hardly a Scientology hat turnover and has not been issued to the rank and file as policy.)

So the question became (to those of us who wondered), if the LO directive was a forgery, where was the real one? Where were Hubbard's wishes IN WRITING?

Of course, DM never provided anything and no one was willing to ask and risk being sent to the RPF with the rest of us. He said it was a forgery and that was that. End of discussion.

For the rest of my stay in the cult, Pat Broeker was never mentioned because, in the cult, you learn what to not talk about. Pat became what in Orwell's "1984" is a non-person. He had been written out of history, with anyone who cared (such as me) being sent to the RPF or interrogated (security checked) until they got the point, which meant (per the head on a pike policy) that everyone else got the message.

So without a shred of WRITTEN evidence from Hubbard and by canceling what even DM had first agreed was from Hubbard, Miscavige was now in control while Broeker had disappeared.

Can you say, "coup"?

But hold on! It gets better.


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Post by Don Carlo » Thu Jul 09, 2009 2:48 am

I hope witnesses will turn state's evidence against Miscavige, to send him to prison in return for a reduced sentence. At least, they should secretly write down the truth, with instructions to open it after their death. I'll always be curious to know this story. This theory about detox is quite interesting and could give prosecutors some leads for grilling DM on the witness stand.

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Post by newclear » Thu Jul 09, 2009 3:15 am

Hubbard discussed opiates quite extensively in Mission Earth. Unfortunately, I don't have it around anymore. Maybe someone else can look up references.
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Post by J. Swift » Thu Jul 09, 2009 8:40 am

IMO, David Miscavige's medical neglect of L. Ron Hubbard needs to be investigated and the true cause Hubbard's death re-examined. It can be alleged that LRH died of a second stroke as a result of medical neglect driven by a conspiracy. Miscavige's conduct in the death of LRH would be worth exploring during any deposition or trial in which Mr. Miscavige was legally compelled to appear. As the head of the Scientology religion in 1986, why did DM not allow LRH to receive lifesaving medical care? Why did DM fail to take heroic measures to save LRH's life when DM had abundant financial means to do so? Why did DM and his inner circle allow the Founder of the Scientology Religion to die medically untreated and in isolation?

Recent statements made by Marty Rathbun indicated that false statements were made to the Clearwater PD by Scientologists concerning Lisa McPherson's death on December 5, 1995. If DM knew these statements to be false, if DM acted with others to conceal evidence, then this suggests a conspiracy to kill Lisa by medical neglect. IMO, Rathbun's remarks bear further scrutiny and a re-opening of the McPherson case by the Clearwater PD.

When we compare Hubbard's death on January 24, 1986 with Lisa McPherson's death on December 5, 1995 there appears to be a pattern, or the appearance of a pattern, that needs to be investigated: Did David Miscavige act in concert with other Scientologists to kill L. Ron Hubbard and Lisa McPherson by medical neglect?

Miscavige's apparently ruthless conduct in both cases goes to his character and argues that he is perfectly capable of beating his subordinates and acting in extremely physical and psychologically cruel ways.


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Post by J. Swift » Thu Jul 09, 2009 4:30 pm

Robert Vaughn Young believed that Scientology's inner circle killed L. Ron Hubbard. That is the only conclusion that fit the circumstances of Hubbard's death. Here is Part II, from the pen of Robert Vaughn Young:
After Stacy and I fled the cult in 1989, I put it all behind me. I simply wanted my life back and the last thing I needed was to think about the cult. They had taken enough of my life without my adding more. But after a couple of years of drying out, Stacy and I were invited to help with some legal cases and this gave us a chance to handle the material that once handled us. We could now read Hubbard and TALK about the material, which is completely forbidden in the cult. It was like back-flushing a radiator and watching what comes out.

I came across a copy of Miscavige's cancellation of Hubbards final message and I began to kick it around with Stacy. As we talked, I started to comment on the various little oddities, starting with the cancellation itself. I began to remember a few others that I had packed away at the time. We were having a conversation that Sea Org staff could no more do than a loyal Communists might question the change of power in the Kremlin, and for the same reasons.

In the weeks and months that followed, I couldn't shake the events surrounding Hubbard's death and DM's takeover. Little oddities took on forms like pieces of a jig saw puzzle. I felt like an amnesiac trying to recover his memory yet what was there to recover? I was there at the ranch. I was there when Hubbard's body was taken out. I was there when the execs were called up the ranch and told to get an event together, but not being told why. I was there when the attorneys reported his death and then scurried to get the body through the coroner. Etc, etc, etc. So what was the problem? Yeah, the next higher level of research story was the sort of pap we used to feed the rank-and-file all the time but it wasn't as if we LIED to them. (Sort of the way Clinton said he didn't LEGALLY lie.) We didn't LEGALLY lie, did we?

Per Hubbard's policy, they were given an "acceptable truth" because of "the greatest good for the greatest number of dynamics." What that means in plain speak was that there would be panic and disaffection in the ranks if it was thought that Hubbard - the OT of all OTs, of course - was not at cause over life and death. If the tech couldn't help him, how could it help others? That was the myth that had to be protected at all costs and that was what the story did when his death was announced. It fed the myth that everyone so wanted to believe. (And it kept the money coming in.)

While in the cult, I had done a lot of investigative reporting and some of the best I did was working on some of the CIA's mind control documents created under the code name MK ULTRA. When the CIA released them, much was blanked out and working with a team of people hand-selected by Stacy, we went through documents that the media had skipped past because they were so fragmentary and so heavily deleted. In one file, for example, there were receipts for the installation of mufflers on a 1953 Mercury, a tiny battery-powered motor, elevator tickets to the Empire State Building, nose plugs, a receipt for someone to attend a Microscropy convention, etc.

Bit by bit, we struggled to give them meaning until one piece cracked another, like breaking a code. We came up with the experiment and got national news on Operation Big City where bacillus were released (through the mufflers) to test for bacterial warfare. (The elevator tickets were so agents could go up and measure the amount of released bacteria.) It is a story the cult still likes to cite, along with several others I did for them, under my byline in the Freedom rag. Since then, per Orwell, my name has been deleted, of course.

Pouring over those heavily deleted CIA documents was how I felt like while I chewed on the oddities around Hubbard's death, such as nothing in writing from him, Broeker missing, the fact that Denk (Hubbard's physician at the time of death) had also disappeared, Annie's appearance and little things that I had seen and learned at the ranch.

And then it hit me. It was what Hubbard calls a blue flash, the sudden insight.

Hubbard didn't die.

He was killed.

I fell back in my chair, completely stunned. In all of the years since 1986, I had never once considered that possibility. Even with my being long out of the cult and directing criticism at various practices and policies, the thought had never crossed my mind that Hubbard might have been killed.

I got a sheet of paper and began to take notes, my heart pounding and my breathing hurried. That nagging feeling had turned into an adrenaline rush that I couldn't explain.

Who was there at the Creston ranch when Hubbard died?

Pat Broeker - MIA.
Annie Broeker - broken, under their control.
Two Scientology ranch hands. While trusted to work on the ranch, I came to see how much they were kept out of the loop.
Gene Denk - Hubbard's personal physician. (And mine. Small world.) Denk had disappeared for a year after the death, which was one of those oddities, before returning to his practice up the street from the main Hollywood complex.

End of list, a too-short list so I started to add who went up that night in the three-car caravan that included DM, some attorneys and a couple of us "gardeners and cooks." Nothing there.

I looked at the list. Pat Broeker was the only possibility, if he was out and alive. For all I knew, he was dead or locked up somewhere and in a mental state that approximated cold oatmeal. There was no middle ground. He wouldn't have been given a safe back-lines job or I would have heard about it.

So how would I find Pat Broeker, if he was alive. I racked my memory, trying to dig out some clue he might have given me in the months that we were together but I came up with nothing. My tendency to not inquire about a person's personal life had just sold me short. I didn't even know what state he was from. Who might? Who would know where he came from or where he was born? I needed some clue to start the search and the problem was the security that Pat used for his job. He had explained to me how any trace of him had been wiped out, to ensure that no one could find Hubbard by finding him. Plus if Pat had escaped or fled, he was skilled enough to hide from any search as that was what he had been doing for years to hide Hubbard from the authorities.

I finally remembered one location he told me about and sent a message there saying that I was trying to reach him but no reply came. After a few months I sent another and waited. The months turned into nearly a year and I basically gave up until one day when the phone rang.

"Hello?" I said.

"Hi," came a voice. "It's me."

I paused, saying nothing.

"Pat?" I finally said with some incredulity. "Is that you?"

"Yeah," he said, with what I swear was a twinkle in his voice. "How are you?"

What a question!

Let's jump ahead a few years when I was in a deposition in Denver, in the FACTNet case. The usual goon squad was there, including Mike Rinder, who proudly heads up the criminal Dept. 20 where Scientology's felons are produced. Rinder was struggling to stay awake in the corner while the cult attorney was going through a list of names, wanting to know if I had spoken with any of them. Rinder's head was bobbing as the attorney asked monotonously, "Pat Broeker?"

I glanced at Rinder. I had to enjoy this one.

"Yes," I said.

I couldn't have gotten a faster reaction with a bucket of water. Rinder jumped awake and looked at me in shock, fear and hatred. I smiled.

The questions about my involvement with Broeker were routine, from a list that they asked for each person I named but Broeker wasn't routine. They soon stopped to take a break. Like the good sock puppet that he is, Rinder dashed out of the room, obviously to call DM. (I so wish I could have watched DM's face too.) About 15 minutes later, Rinder returned and shoved some questions at the attorney and the depo continued. But little was gained and not one question was asked about what Pat might have told me about Hubbard's death, if he had at all. They clearly didn't want it on the record, under oath. I found it amusing, this great powerful cult was so terrified of the subject, not to mention Broeker.

So let me tell you a little bit about Pat: he's doing fine and his sense of humor has improved. End of a little bit.

Now lets back up a tad, before Pat and I spent several days together, going over old times. I went to San Luis Obispo, the county seat for where Hubbard died. It was there that I got the full coroner's report from a very friendly deputy sheriff. I poured over the pages and noticed that something called Vistaril� was found in Hubbard's blood. Since the cause of death was a stroke, I assumed it was a stroke medication so I didn't bother further. Several days later, I called a physician friend and was going over the documents and the medical language.

"By the way,? I asked casually, "what's Vistaril�?"

"A psychiatric tranquilizer," he answered matter-of-factly.

I nearly dropped the phone.

"Excuse me," I said in near-shock, "but what did you say?"

"Vistaril® is a psychiatric tranquilizer, usually injected through the buttocks."

I flipped to the document where the Coroner had examined Hubbard's body. I read it to my friend, about the needle puncture wounds found on the left buttock, under a band-aid. "Could that be the Vistaril shots," I asked.

"Probably," he said. "That's where they are usually given."

I looked at the Coroner's report and the blood sample report.

Holy shit, I said to myself, in my best French. Holy fucking shit.

I pulled out another document, signed by Hubbard. It prohibited any autopsy of his body on "religious" grounds, which was legally binding on officials. DM and attorney Earle Cooley had shoved it at the coroner to stop him, leaving him to take only blood samples, which turned up the Vistaril.

So, I thought, L. Ron Hubbard, the man who fought psychiatry since 1950 and who railed against the dangers of any psychiatric drugs had died with them in his brain while signing a new last will.

Plus even the coroner was suspicious of the will as it had been signed by Hubbard just before he died. Coincidences like that tend to make coroner's worry. (I wonder what the coroner would have thought had he known that Denk was gambling at Lake Tahoe when Hubbard had his stroke, as several people can attest. The impression the coroner had was that Denk was "in attendence" with Hubbard not only at death but was there at the stroke, having stayed at the ranch for months. Hmmm....)

I fell back in my chair, trying to catch my breath.

Okay, I said to myself, lets see if we understand this. Hubbard signs a will while on the psychiatric tranquilizer Vistaril and then dies. The coroner cannot conduct an autopsy because Hubbard also signed a paper (also while on Vistaril?) prohibiting an autopsy on religious grounds. The Scientologist doctor who was in attendance (except when he went to Lake Tahoe and Hubbard had the stroke) signs the death certificate as the physician attending to Hubbard and then disappears for a year. Then even though David Miscavige has nothing else in writing from Hubbard, he cancels Hubbard's last message and hat transfer to trusted aide Broeker and ousts Broeker, who disappears while his wife is turned into a compliant vegetable, leaving DM in charge.

Nope, nothing wrong here, I facetiously thought. No outpoints, borrowing Hubbard's word for oddities.

I had to take a walk.

I don't know when it was but I clearly remember a particular moment when I sat down at my computer keyboard. I am one of those writers who needs either the opening words of the article or a working title in order to really start. I had a working title, not for an article, but a book, and I typed it out. Then I leaned back in my chair, took a deep breath and read it. It said, "Who Killed L. Ron Hubbard?"

I leaned back and my eyes roamed over each word and letter. I took in the question and then the words and letters and back to the question. I even digested the tiny pixels on the screen, as if I hoped the answer would leap from the phosphorescence but nothing changed but the black cursor blinking at me, almost mocking my effort. Yes, I thought, it is a pretentious question but it was the one I had to try to answer, if there was an answer.

Then I had the exact moment for the opening words. It was on the night that Terri Gamboa - former Executive Director of Author Services, Inc. and now out of Scientology - called me to DM's office where I was told that Hubbard had died and that I would be going to his ranch.

I leaned towards the keyboard and began to write. To my amazement, the words and the scene poured out effortlessly. I wasn't striving for literature. I merely had to capture the scene.

As the cursor flitted across the screen, I began to remember how it happened that night and into the days that followed. There was more that I needed to remember but for now, this would do. Let it roll, I told myself. Let it roll. It was as if I was regaining myself.

Perhaps six or so hours later, I finally stopped, exhausted and sufficiently satisfied for the moment. But even then, I found it difficult to sleep as my mind kept returning to the ranch, Broeker, DM, the RPF, the Challenger disaster, Newberry, the ambulance taking away his body. I was searching for pieces of a puzzle that had no comprehension.

And how could I possibly answer the question?


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Post by J. Swift » Thu Jul 09, 2009 4:34 pm

When will Loyal Officer 1 (LO1) Pat Broeker walk back onto the world stage and speak out against David Miscavige? Now is the time for all Loyal Officers to speak out and end the "Miscavige Captivity" of the Scientology Religion.


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Post by curiosity » Thu Jul 09, 2009 8:49 pm

Young was a very smart guy and a hero to rank-and-file Scientologists when he did his investigative reporting for the Freedom magazine. His departure from COS was a loss to Scientology.

I don't think a "Broeker Recapture" would do much to change Scientology. He was a Hubbard loyalist, and I doubt that he would do any kind of big reform. Hubbard in his narcissistic idiocy and with his brilliant :roll: personality evaluation skills let Miscavige reach a position where Miscavige could do what he did. I say let Miscavige stay and finish the job of dismantling COS.

If people really want to do the Bridge later, all of the necessary materials are out there somewhere in the public domain, and people can get together in groups and co-audit if they want.

As you can tell, I'm no Loyal Officer. I guess I'll be quarantined to that electrified cage with Xenu.

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Post by Dorothy » Sat Jul 11, 2009 5:38 pm

When an elderly person becomes vulnerable to abuse, it is often their family that looks out for them, monitors their care, etc. When an elder can no longer take care of themselves, or is terminally ill, there are plenty of services they can turn to. LRon was isolated and at the mercy of those around him. He was mentally unstable. He died a victim of his own creation, a cult who's philosophy on death is to speed up the process- your body has succumbed to the MEST universe, you have become degraded, and you must move on as quickly as possible.

I think it is ironic that the one thing that might have given LRon a dignified end to his life and his legacy- his family, was a concept he betrayed, rejected and exiled, both physically and spiritually. IMO, it is Ron's own anti-family policies and practices that resulted in the extremely degrading way he ended up leaving his big life. Surrounded by vultures who had their own agenda for his estate and his legacy, he became a problem that had to be solved. The man who wrote "I am Metteya", his passing had to be staged and handled in such a way, with many layers of smoke and mirrors, so the control of the followers could be maintained and even greatly increased from that point forward.

Were the truth about LRon's passing to come out- imo that is the one area of information that is capable of getting the attention of the followers, because "Source" is the glue that holds scientology and its believers together. They can wave off Slappy's crimes. They cannot wave off the truth about the end of their Founder's life. This is a very, very important story. Swift you are a master at beating the bushes. Keep it up!
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Post by lermanet_com » Sat Jul 11, 2009 11:07 pm

I know it is speculation... but consider.. the blood given to the coroner "for his convenience" for doing the autopsy, by Dr Denk ( another OT who later died of CANCER) (for his convenience were Denks words ) had NO vistaril in them!! Tested negative.

He had how many needle marks in his butt? 12?

DM could have had each of those present give him one shot of vistaril, thus all would have to be silent... tis a capital crime...

The lab test for vistaril ( kudos to Michael Tilse for pointing this out ) only shows positive for trace or better it is not quantitative. There is no test for 'how much" vistaril.

A devious Doctor would know this and tell a devious dwarf. ... lation.htm

the link above includes prior excerpts used by Mr Swift in this thread with links
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Post by J. Swift » Sun Jul 12, 2009 12:53 am

David Miscavige had LRH attorney Earle Cooley knowingly lie to the assembled Scientologists at the Palladium in Hollywood. Cooley claimed that LRH's body was healthy and could have continued to serve LRH for many more years had Hubbard chosen to remain in his body. This was clearly a lie agreed upon Cooley and Miscavige, for both men knew that Hubbard died of a stroke. Both men knew that Hubbard was denied medical treatment for his stroke. We have video evidence of attorney Earle Cooley lying to Scientologists about Hubbard's physical condition at death: ... deos.shtml

It can be alleged that Cooley conspired to withhold material evidence about Hubbard's true condition in order to persuade Scientologists that Scientology gave LRH the supernatural ability to physically leave his healthy body at will. It can be argued that Scientologists relied upon the misrepresentations of Cooley and Miscavige to donate hundreds of millions of dollars to the Scientology Cult since Hubbard's death. The lies about LRH's death could arguably serve as the basis of a class action suit against Scientology, for Scientologists relied upon the misrepresentations made by DM and Earle Cooley to maintain their belief that LRH had supernatural powers. Further, Scientologists relied on the misrepresentations made by DM and Earle Cooley to maintain their belief that all Scientologists could potentially enjoy the same supernatural powers as Hubbard if they continued to donate for services and followe the "exact path" laid out by Hubbard:

We read in The Mysterious Death of L. Ron Hubbard:
Just days before Hubbard's death, his personal physician, Scientologist Gene Denk, left for a gambling vacation in Las Vegas with some of Hubbard's top aides, including Gamboa, Miscavige and wife, and the Aznarans. By the time he returned, there was nothing he could do. Hubbard died, and the battle for control of his legacy, which had been simmering for years, took centre stage...

The day before Hubbard died, his will was redrafted. Gone was the reference to Pat Broeker, who had been the executor in the previous will. The new executor, who would oversee the transfer of all Hubbard's intellectual property to a trust known as Author's Family Trust-B, and from there, into the newly created vessel, the Church of Spiritual Technology, was Norman Starkey, a longtime CoS heavyweight who had earned the animosity of many now-disenfranchised Scientologists during the days of the Missionholders Conference in 1982, when David Miscavige and the young rulers first made waves as the new power behind LRH's throne. Gone, too, was Norton S. Karno, Hubbard's former tax lawyer whose presence weaves through the story of the Church of Scientology like an invisible, but unbreakable thread.

Starkey became Hubbard's executor, and David Miscavige took the reins of power as effortlessly as he had disposed of his rivals to the throne in previous internal skirmishes. There was no explanation for this last minute changing of the guard. But it was not long before those most likely to raise questions about the new regime - Pat and Annie Broeker - disappeared from the eye of the storm as though they had never been. With the Broekers out of the picture, there was no one who could pose a significant threat to Miscavige, and, like one born with the divine right of kings, he took his place as titular head of the church, highest ranking officer in the Sea Org and ruler of the Scientology empire without firing a single shot. He remains there to this day.

Earle Cooley emerges as one of the ultimate Shadowmen in Miscavige's seizure of power in Scientology. In this older 60 Minutes program, Earle Cooley can be seen next to Heber Jentzsch @ 8:04 into the tape:

(Note: Is that CoS Orientation video actor Larry Anderson seated directly behind Mike Wallace @ 8:29?)

(Note: Although he is presently incarcerated on a long term basis in Scientology's SP Hall at Gold Base, Heber Jentzsch, ironically, declares at @ 8:32 that, "Scientology is the only road to total freedom. Whether you agree with it or not that is the truth. And he has outlined a road to do it..." After his declaration, Heber then extols Hubbard and defends Scientology in a lunatic fashion.

Heber: Do you feel less free now than you did before you joined Scientology? Is life in Scientology's Gulag any form of freedom whatsoever?)

By his own admission at the Palladium Event, it was Earle Cooley who had L. Ron Hubbard cremated and cast into the sea less than 24 hours after Hubbard died. What else does Earle Cooley know about DM's criminal seizure of power? And how can we have Earle Cooley arrested by the DoJ?

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What chutzpah!

Post by RedPill » Sun Jul 12, 2009 8:50 am

J. Swift wrote:David Miscavige had LRH attorney Earle Cooley knowingly lie to the assembled Scientologists at the Palladium in Hollywood. Cooley claimed that LRH's body was healthy and could have continued to serve LRH for many more years had Hubbard chosen to remain in his body. This was clearly a lie agreed upon Cooley and Miscavige, for both men knew that Hubbard died of a stroke. Both men knew that Hubbard was denied medical treatment for his stroke. We have video evidence of attorney Earle Cooley lying to Scientologists about Hubbard's physical condition at death: ... deos.shtml

What came to mind for me ... Agent Smith's soliloquoy in "The Matrix", speaking to Morpheus: "Have you ever just stood and stared at it, marveled at its beauty, its genius? Billions of people, living out their lives, oblivious ..."

I saw that particular video clip before in its entirety, but reviewing it again, I had to just stare at it, and marvel at its beauty, its genius ... thousands of Scientologists buying into that, forking over millions of dollars, oblivious ...

When you think about it, not even Mao's successor nor Stalin taking the reigns of power after the death of Lenin could have pulled off what Miscavige did, regarding putting in place such a legend to lay to rest the former leader. It's almost enough to make me run out and start a cult of my own. Unfortunately, I am still looking for the "Cults For Dummies" and "Cult Leader Charisma for Dummies" books over at Borders, still no luck finding them.


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Post by SCIE-NO-MO- » Sun Jul 12, 2009 10:20 am

Very interesting discussion.

This is a question to Swift and Arnie: I have studied many sociopaths and their twisted ways of thinking, like Ted Bundy's justifications for killing all these young girls was that "there were so many, so I'm entitled to a few"' or Ted Kazynski (Unabomber) "you have to make a stand against destructive technology destroying life" etc.

I believe DM is a true believer that really believes that civilization on Earth depends on whether Scientology becomes a main player in everything, and that justifies everything he does. I can wrap myself around that and embrace that he is just another Hitler or Saddam Hussein that just has to be taken down. DM is by no means stupid. So tell me: How can he KNOW how bad off Elron was in his final stages and still believe that the tech can bring about OTs. Could it be that in DMs thinking DM believes that Elron went off the rails because he had yet to apply the DM version of Scientology? And how does DM justify in his own mind the fact that he is not where he should be, stats are down, the Tom Cruise strategy has utterly failed, his wife is gone, life is no fun etc. etc. etc .

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Post by Wieber » Sun Jul 12, 2009 6:52 pm

Good questions, SCIE-NO-MO-. I'm sorry but I cannot empathize with a psychopathic personality to even guess at how they think or at what they are thinking. It's almost like they were members of another species like lizards or methane breathers, except I do not mean to demean lizards or the, as yet hypothetical, methane breathers.

Check this out. It may contain some clues.

Psychopathy and the Characteristics of a Cult Leader
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