FROM THE FILES OF THE FBI #135
February 10, 1956
[ADDRESS BLOCK BLACKED OUT]
Dear [BLACKED OUT]
Your letter dated February 3, 1956, has been received, and I sincerely
appreciate your interest in writing.
In the very near future, a representative of our Boston Office will
contact you concerning the matters mentioned in your communication.
John Edgar Hoover
cc - Baltimore, with copy of incoming
2 cc's - Boston, with two copies of incoming
ATTENTION SAC, BOSTON: You will note that the copies of correspondent's
letter indicate that L. Ron Hubbard has used the name of the FBI in
letters to the correspondent. This use of the name of the FBI is
unauthorized since, although L. Ron Hubbard did send a copy of the
pamphlet mentioned in correspondent's letter to the Bureau, no
acknowledgement was made to Hubbard relative to the pamphlet.
The stated purpose of the Foundation is to "study and conduct research in
the field of 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 concept.
In regard to Hubbard himself, an inquiry was initiated on February 26,
1951, after information was received that he had been arrested in Chicago
for kidnaping his wife and daughter and taking them out of the State of
California. The U.S. Attorney, Los Angeles, instructed that no
investigation should be undertaken. The Los Angeles
Letter to [BLACKED OUT] February 10, 1956
ATTENTION SAC, BOSTON (Continued)
"Times Herald," in its issue of April 24, 1951, related that Hubbard's
wife accused him of subjecting her to scientific torture experiments. The
news story reported that Mrs. Hubbard, in a divorce suit, claimed that
Hubbard was "hopelessly insane."
Hubbard has contacted the Bureau on several occasions to make complaints
concerning his wife and the staff of his organization, stating that he
believed them to be communistically inclined. Allegations have also been
made that the Foundation was of particular interest to sex perverts,
hypochondriacs, and curiosity seekers.
You should have an Agent contact [BLACKED OUT] and thank him for his
communication. He should be advised that no information can be given to
him in this regard because of the confidential nature of Bureau files.
The originals or copies of letters written by Hubbard to [BLACKED OUT]
should be obtained and transmitted to the Bureau. Submit reply to reach
Bureau no later than February 24, 1956, under the caption of "L. Ron
Hubbard, The Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation, Box 242, Silver Spring,
Maryland, Research (Crime Records)." For your information, Bufiles
contain no reference to [BLACKED OUT]
NOTE: Information relative to Hubbard and his organization obtained from
Bufile 62-94080. A copy of the information furnished to the SAC at Boston
is being furnished to the SAC at Baltimore in the event contact with
Hubbard is deemed necessary at a later date.
Followed-up made for February 28, 1956
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Killed by Boston letter 2-20-56