Operation Clambake presents:

The H Files

FBI files on L Ron Hubbard


February 3, 1959

c/o Hubbard Dianetic Auditors School
Elizabeth, New Jersey

275 Morris Avenue
Elizabeth, New Jersey

No investigation pertinent to your inquiry has been conducted by the FBI concerning the captioned individual and organization. However, the files of this Bureau reveal the following information which may relate to the subjects of your name check request.

The December 5, 1950 issue of "Look" magazine contained an article entitled "Dianetics - Science or Hoax?" which revealed that L. Ron Hubbard was an obscure writer of pseudoscientific pulp fiction prior to the publishing of his book entitled "Dianetics." Hubbard's book asserts that "the creation of dianetics is a milestone for Man comparable to his discovery of fire and superior to his inventions of the wheel and the arch...the intelligent layman can sucessfully [sic] and invariably treat all psychosomatic ills and inorganic aberrations," according to Hubbard. "These psychosomatic ills, uniformly cured by dianetic therapy, include such varied maladies as eye trouble, bursitis, ulcers, some heart difficulties, migraine headaches and the common cold." According to the article, Hubbard's book has "outraged scores of psychiatrists, biochemists, psychologists, physicians and just-plain-ordinary scientists, who look upon the astounding claims and the growing commercial success of this strange new phenomenon with awe, fear and a deep disgust... Hubbard's greatest attraction to the troubled is that his ersatz psychiatry is available to all. It's cheap. It's accessible. It's a public festival to be played at clubs and parties."

Orig and one to OSI-4
Pro rec'd: 1/19/59

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Lafayette Ron Hubbard
Hubbard Dianetic Auditors School

The April 24, 1951, issue of the "Times Herald," Washington, D.C., revealed that Hubbard's wife charged in a divorce suit that "competent medical advisors recommended that Hubbard be committed to a private sanitarium for psychiatric observation and treatment of a mental ailment known as paranoid schizophrenia."

The foregoing information is furnished to you as a result of your request for an FBI file check and is not to be construed as a clearance or a nonclearance of the individual and the organization involved. This information is loaned for your use and is not to be disseminated outside of your agency.

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