FROM THE FILES OF THE FBI 208
1 - Name Check
1 - Mr. Woods
1 - Mr. Papich, 101 [illegible]
August 13, 1968
RONALD LAFAYETTE HUBBARD [sic]
Also known as L. Ron Hubbard
Born: March 13, 1911
Reference is made to your letter dated July 25, 1968, your reference CSCI
316/02737-68, wherein you requested additional information concerning
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
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Ronald Lafayette Hubbard [sic]
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 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 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.
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