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On December 5, 1995, Lisa McPherson was dead on arrival at a hospital 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 and the autopsy photos here).
Lisa's last address is listed as 210 S. Ft. Harrison in Clearwater Florida, which is the Fort Harrison Hotel, a Church of Scientology property. Lisa had been a Scientologist from the age of 18 to her death at age 36.
The available evidence in my opinion points to Lisa having been put on the Introspection Rundown that Scientology uses to handle those who have had a psychotic break. On November 18, 1995, Lisa was involved in a minor car accident. She was apparently not hurt, but she got out of her car and took all her clothes off and seemed mentally unstable. She was taken to a hospital where it was recommended that she be taken to a mental institution for evaluation. However, some Scientologists arrived and stated that Lisa did not believe in psychiatry, and she checked out after a short evaluation and left with the Scientologists. She went with them for "rest and relaxation" and it is not known for certain what happened from November 18 to her death December 5. Three Scientologists the police are looking for as investigative leads have apparently left the country, and amazingly, the church claims that they have also all left the church.
Scientology has in the past been accused of hiding members from having to give tesimony in sensitive cases.
The family of Lisa McPherson is now suing the Church of Scientology for wrongful death.
For a timeline of the Lisa McPherson story click here.
The original Clearwater police web site, listing mysterious death investigation (see current page here). See #3.
My first post on November 25, 1996, about Lisa after I noticed that the address in that investigation was a church of Scientology property.
December 15, 1996 Tampa Tribune article appears after reporter Cheryl Waldrip hears about the case and investigates (see Tampa Trib's archive of articles).
A summary of the Introspection Rundown.
A London Independent article about the rundown.
A case from Gosford Australia
Roxanne Friend stated that she was detained by Scientologists. Roxanne sued the church and they settled out of court.
Dennis Erlich states that as a Scientologist he was locked in the basement of the Ft. Harrison Hotel in Clearwater.
Craigory alleges that he saw someone in isolation in the Ft. Harrison Hotel
Margery Wakefield says she was in isolation at the Ft. Harrison Hotel
Hana Eltringham says she was in isolation at the Ft. Harrison Hotel
Anne Rosenblum says she was in isolation at the Ft. Harrison Hotel
Zane Thomas alleges that he saw someone in isolation at a Scientology site in Scotland
Monica Pignotti saw the beginnings of the Introspection Rundown.
L. Ron Hubbard on civil rights.
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