Operation Clambake presents:

The H Files

FBI files on L Ron Hubbard


August 5, 1959



Your letter of July 28, 1959, has been received, and I am having a representative of our San Francisco Office contact you in the immediate future.

I was indeed sorry to learn of the passing of your husband, and my associates join me in extending to you our expressions of deepest sympathy.

Sincerely yours,

[stamped] J. Edgar Hoover

2 - San Francisco - Enclosures (2)

ATTENTION SAC: An Agent of your office should call on Mrs. [BLACKED OUT] in the very near future and inform her that the FBI has not investigated the Hubbard Foundation. At the time of his contact, he can call her attention to the December 5, 1950, issue of "Look" magazine which contains an article entitled "Dianetics - Science or Hoax?", identifying L. Ron Hubbard as 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 successfully 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


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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."

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."

Sulet when action completed under caption, "Mrs. [BLACKED OUT] Research (Crime Reco to reach the Bureau no later than 8-12-59.

NOTE: Correspondent's husband has served on the [BLACKED OUT] as Mrs. [BLACKED OUT] indicates, and there has been prior cordial correspondence with him. He was sent a letter on 12-7-45 thanking him for assistance offered the FBI during World War II, and he was always complimentary toward the Director and the FBI. Mr. Closson was given an autographed copy of "Masters of Deceit" in May, 1958 (94-1-3595-66, 62-94080, 66-9330-50 and 66-16274-639) The Hubbard Dianetic Auditors School, Elizabeth, New Jersey, is subject of Bufile 62-94080, and frequent citizen inquiries are received concerning its activities. It is also known as the Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation


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