Operation Clambake presents:

The H-Files

FBI files on L Ron Hubbard


1 - Mr. Scatterday
1 - Mr. O'Connell
1 - Foreign Liaison Desk (Detached)

Legat, Copehagen (163-222)


Director, FBI


Reference Legat, Madrid, letter to the Bureau 11/22/71, copy sent your office, and your letter to Bureau, 12/10/71, both captioned as above.

A review of Bureau files shows that Ronald Lafayette Hubbard [sic], also known as L. Ron Hubbard, was born 3/13/11, Tilden, Nebraska. No investigation has been conducted by the Bureau concerning Hubbard; however, 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, as well as the self-appointed head of the Founding Church of Scientology in 1951.

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.'"


1 - Legat, Madrid (Enc.)(163-168)(Info)

JEO:cs (7)

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Letter to Legat, Copenhagen
Re: L. Ron Hubbard

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 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. (62-94080)

Enclosed for your assistance is a copy of an article which appeared in The Washington Post issue of 12/23/71, date lined London, and captioned "Report Criticized Scientologist Ron," which pertains to the subject of your inquiry.

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