FROM THE FILES OF THE FBI 207
August 13, 1968
RONALD LAFAYETTE HUBBARD;
HUBBARD EXPLORATIONAL COMPANY, LTD.
No investigation has been conducted by this Bureau concerning Hubbard.
However, our files reveal that he was the founder and president of the
Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation, Inc., which was incorporated in New
Jersey during April, 1950.
The December 5, 1950, issue of Look magazine contained an article entitled
"Dianetics - Science or Hoax?" which related that Hubbard was an obscure
writer of pseudo-scientific pulp fiction.
During March, 1951, the Board of Medical Examiners, State of New Jersey,
had a case against the Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation scheduled for
trial on the grounds that the organization was conducting a school
teaching a branch of medicine and surgery without a license.
The April 24, 1951, issue of the "Washington Times Herald" carried an
article indicating that Hubbard's wife, in suing him for divorce, had
claimed that he was "hopelessly insane." According to this article,
"competent medical advisors recommended that Hubbard be committed to a
private sanatorium for psychiatric observation and treatment of a mental
ailment known as "paranoid schizophrenia."
In January, 1963, the Food and Drug Administration directed a raid against
the Academy of Scientology in Washington, D.C., in which machines used by
the Academy in the practice of Scientology were seized. It was alleged
that these machines, known as "Hubbard Electrometers," were falsely
advertised as being effective in treating various types of illnesses.
In the past, Hubbard has corresponded with this Bureau and the Department
of Justice on several occasions for various reasons, including complaints
about his wife and about alleged communists. In one lengthy letter in
May, 1951, it is
Original and 1 - Legat, Paris (163-1744)
_NOTE:_ See letter to Paris, 8/13/68, "Hubbard Explorational Company,
Ronald Lafayette Hubbard
Hubbard Explorational Company, Ltd.
perhaps noteworthy that Hubbard stated that while he was in his apartment
on February 23, 1951, about two or three o'clock in the morning, his
apartment was entered. He was knocked out. A needle was thrust into his
heart to produce a coronary thrombosis and he was given an electric shock.
He said his recollection of this incident was now very blurred, that he
had no witnesses and that the only other person who had a key to the
apartment was his wife.
With regard to Hubbard Explorational Company, Ltd., no specific pertinent
information is available.