Lisa McPherson Memorial Page

Inside Edition excerpt Real Audio file of Lisa McPherson segment of 21 january 96

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, dehydrated, and had bruises and bug bites (see summary of report here). Clearwater police are seeking the 3 Scientologists named below to help their investigation.

Lisa's last address is listed as 210 S. Ft. Harrison in Clearwater Florida, which is 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 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. Those who took her to the hospital 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.


How the Story Broke

The Clearwater police web site, listing mysterious death investigation (see #3). Or click here.

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.


More Media Coverage

St. Petersburg Times article.

followup Tampa Tribune article.

Local lawyers defend Coroner

Tampa Tribune editorial calling for a thorough investigation.

St. Petersburg Times editorial calling for a thorough investigation.


Isolation as a Scientology practice

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.

L. Ron Hubbard on civil rights.


Please Help with this police investigation!

If you know the whereabouts of any of these 3 people:

Suzanne Schnuremberger, believed to be in Switzerland or Germany
Ildiko Cannovas, believed to be in Hungary
Laura Arrunada, believed to be in Mexico

please contact the Clearwater Florida police department.


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