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FBI files on L Ron Hubbard


March 2, 1953


Honorable Homer Ferguson
United States Senate
Washington, D.C.

My dear Senator,

Your letter of February 26, 1953, addressed to Mr. Nichols, forwarding an inquiry from [BLACKED OUT] of Traverse City, Michigan, concerning L. Ron Hubbard, publisher of "Handbook for Preclears," has been received.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has not conducted any investigation of Hubbard. Information has been received, however, that Hubbard is the author of a book entitled "Dianetics, The Modern Science of Mental Health" and founder of the Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation, Incorporated, with headquarters of Elizabeth, New Jersey.

The stated purpose of the Foundation is to "study and conduct research in the field of the human mind and of human thought in action" through the medium of "Dianetics," which may be likened to psychotherapy, with certain differences as to method and concepts.

In this connection, in March, 1951, the Board of Medical Examiners of the Department of Law and Public Safety, State of New Jersey, was taking to trial, in the Union County District Court, Elizabeth, New Jersey, a case against the Foundation. The basis for the case was that the Foundation allegedly conducted a school teaching a branch of medicine and surgery without a license.

In regard to Hubbard himself, the Los Angeles, California, Times Herald in its issue of April 24, 1951, related that Hubbard's [illegible words] accused him of subjecting her to scientific torture experiments. This news story reported that Mrs. Hubbard in a divorce suit, claimed

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Honorable Homer Ferguson March 2, 1953

that Hubbard was "hopelessly insane." Her complaint stated that "...the Hubbard Dianetics Research Foundation, which deals with the modern science of mental health,' did more than $1,000,000 business in 1950."

I regret that we do not have available any information concerning the book "Handbook for Preclears," mentioned by [BLACKED OUT]

With expressions of my highest esteem and best regards,


[stamped] J. Edgar Hoover

NOTE: Above data from files 62-94080-1; 62-94080-1, encl. 10; 62-84080-4; 62-94080-A. Hubbard was interviewed at the Bureau on 3-7-51, when he came in to complain about Communists in his organization. (62-84080-1). [BLACKED OUT TWO LINES] On February 26, 1951, we initiated an inquiry concerning Hubbard, after receiving information that he had been arrested in Chicago for kidnaping his wife in California and taking her out of the state. Since this was a family matter, the U.S. Attorney at Los Angeles instructed no investigation should be undertaken. (7-6000-2)

Since information in body of letter is public information, and will cover essentials of Senator Ferguson's inquiry, not believed necessary to include any data from above paragraph in body of letter.


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