Volume 0, Issue 37 vom 7. 1. 1996
Alt.religion.scientology Week in Review
Volume 0, Issue 37
by Rod Keller [firstname.lastname@example.org]
- AOL Games
- Colorado Response
- Critic Forgeries
- Colorado Schedule
- Copyright Registrations
- Juliette Lewis
- New Years Bash
- Serial Killer
- Las Vegas Pickets
- Diner Story
Alt.religion.scientology Week in Review summarizes the most significant
postings from the Usenet group Alt.religion.scientology for the preceding
week for the benefit of those who can't follow the group as closely as
they'd like. Out of thousands of postings, I attempt to include news of
significant events, new affidavits, court rulings, new contributors,
whatever. I hope you find it useful. Like many readers of a.r.s, I have a
kill file. So please take into consideration that I may not have seen some
of the most significant postings.
The articles in A.r.s Week in Review are brief summaries of the articles.
Many include an excerpt, and all include message IDs for the articles I
cover. This may or may not be useful to you, depending on how long your
site stores articles in the newsgroup before expiring them.
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A list of accounts and domain names registered with theta.com was posted
this week. It contained some interesting entries.
"Allcock, John (JA581) fearm_admin@THETA.COM
7051 Hollywood Blvd. Suite 460
Los Angeles, CA 90028
"Buffington, Steve (SB816) mpe_admin@THETA.COM
L. RON HUBBARD COLLECTIBLES
7095 Hollywood Blvd. #695
Los Angeles, CA 90028
"Johnson, Rev. Alfrede (RAJ5) worldlit@THETA.COM
World Literacy Crusade
1170 1/2 Atlantic Ave.
Lynwood, CA 90262
"RTS MOVIES (REVOLTINTHESTARSFILM-DOM)
7051 Hollywood Blvd. Suite 530
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Ruiz, Javier (JR880) risf_admin@THETA.COM
Technical Contact, Zone Contact:
Elrod, David H. (DHE2) dhelrod@RIVENDELL.COM
Tilman Hausherr has been posting to AOL. Messages critical of the cult
have been deleted by AOL staff, so Tilman has been posting positive
"Hi. Post your wins with scientology here. Remember: if you terminate a
course, you have to write a success story, or you will be questioned,
because it means that you have a M/U, an evil purpose, a missed withhold,
or whatever. So if you don't want to get in trouble: win, win, win !
Chairman of the ARS nutrition subcommittee
'rice and beans is not a healthy and balanced diet'"
The Daily Camera in Boulder, CO published a letter on Jan. 1st from Wendy
Beccaccini. Wendy is from the LA org. Incredibly, Wendy implies that the
cult is actually helping Larry by fixing many computer "flaws".
"Your article stated that the judge ordered the church to return 'all
original computer materials' seized from Larry Wollersheim and Bob Penny
in a court-ordered raid in August. Judge Kane ordered that all seized
computer copies of the church's unpublished scriptures are not to be
"In ordering that some of the church's scriptures be returned to
Wollersheim -- whose possession of them was illegal in the first place --
the judge applied the wrong standards. He ignored the Religious Freedom
Restoration Act which was enacted in Congress in 1993 specifically to
supersede and remedy the flaws in the Supreme Court ruling that he cited.
"In the report, Wollersheim also made unfounded statements about the
church's treatment of his computer equipment and files. Not mentioned was
that at the church's suggestion, Judge Kane appointed a computer expert to
examine Wollersheim's computer and files, and return them to him in
operable condition. The church is paying half the costs of this computer
"As a result, Wollersheim will receive his equipment back in far better
shape than before the seizure; additionally, many of the computer flaws
for which Wollersheim has blamed the church have been found by the
court-appointed special master to be created by Wollersheim himself."
In the wake of several forgeries by the cult of articles supposedly by
Steven Fishman, more forgeries appeared on a.r.s this week. One was forged
under the name "Cory Brennan".
"When I took my free personality test, I was, well, how should I put this,
under-endowed. I had a 34 A bra size. But due to Scientology, I have been
able to increase my bra size to a 39 D.
"I used the OT materials to do this. I communicated to my breasts. I
confirmed that my communications were received. And now my breasts are
larger, firmer, than you could believe.
A court filing dated Nov. 17th was posted this week. I've extracted just a
few lines which provide anticipated dates for the case between the cult
"Joinder of Parties must take place by January 5, 1996.
"Amended Pleadings must be filed no later than June 15, 1996.
"The Discovery Cut-Off-Date is May 31, 1996. If additional parties are
added and require more time for discovery, a motion to amend the Discovery
Cut-Off-Date must be made.
"The deadline for Dispositive Motions is June 15, 1996.
"Depositions of any witnesses not taken or completed prior to December 20,
1995 will be scheduled between February 15, 1996 and May 1, 1996, unless
an earlier time is stipulated to between the parties.
"The parties will disclose the names of their expert witnesses by March
15, 1996. Expert depositions must be taken and reports prepared by May 31,
1995. The Court will permit an extension of the May 31, 1995, deadline if
need is shown due to scheduling problems with experts.
"John L. Kane, Jr.
Senior United States District Judge"
Jeff Jacobsen posted a summary of faxed copyright documents from Steve
Fishman. The documents show the haste with which the cult registered the
OT materials in order to raid and sue Arnie Lerma.
"Steve Fishman faxed me copies of US Copyright Office form TX for OT4-7.
They are dated August 10, 1995, assigned to Church of Spiritual
Technology, and signed by Janet Kobrin. Registrations numbers are;
"OTIV TXu 690-902
OTV TXu 690-899
OTVI TXu 690-906
OTVII TXu 690-904
"They each are stamped 'special relief granted under 202.20(d) of the C.O.
reg.' Each also has a note 'added by CO authority phone conversation
8-21-95 with Ms. Allison Fine, agent for the Church of Spiritual
The identity of Fusedon606, a frequent critic of Larry Wollersheim, was
revealed this week. Joe Harrington wrote:
"FUSEDon606 is a guy by the name of Dennis Brodsky. Lawrence Wollersheim
has lectured at meetings of Urantia book readers to caution them about the
nature of cults and his view that some aspects of the Urantia movement
were becoming cultic in nature.
"Wollersheim's activities regarding Urantia were discovered from the OSA
search of the files following the August 95 raid. This is apparently how
they came across Brodsky's name and recruited him for his current black
"Brodsky is not a Scientologist and reportedly he has alienated many
Urantia people in his area. Should Brodsky fail to respond to my questions
about OSA connections, I will consider posting his earlier replies to me,
and the response I received from Wollersheim about who Dennis really is."
The supermarket tabloid The Globe published a story on the cult
recruitment activities of actress Juliette Lewis.
"Recently the 22-year-old actress was overheard singing the praises of the
religion to Basketball Diaries star Leonard DiCaprio.
"'They were at a restaurant with some friends and Juliette was telling
them about it', says a witness. 'Leonard seemed really blown away with
"Insiders say Juliette is a new recruit to the belief whose members
include Tom Cruise, John Travolta, and Lisa Marie Presley. 'When she
joined, they had her go out and find three other people to join', says a
"'When those three join, your membership fees are waived, like with a
New Years Bash
The proceedings of the New Years event at the Shrine Auditorium in Los
Angeles were posted this week. Keith Spurgeon wrote:
"Miscavige begins to speak- he immediately launches into an attack against
lies, liars, and the tech of how to get to the bottom of lies; he says
that the culprits for the 'lies' are the 'whole track psychs'. Miscavige
does not get into any more detail about it; this is the most interesting
speech I've ever seen Miscavige give in an event- I've never seen
Miscavige look paranoid or scared, although most watching probably didn't
have the same impression that I did.
"The statistical growth of Scientology is presented throughout the event
by Church bigwigs such as Marc Yager, Ray Mithoff, Ronnie Miscavige,
Guillaume Leserve, etc. Even Heber Jentzsch makes a speech, which is
enlightening only to the extent that it reveals Heber's mental condition.
Too many laps around the pole, I guess.
"The stats that were cited this year as signs of Church expansion were all
pretty lame: Missions, Groups, and Orgs were combined into one statistic,
for example. The problem is that any time two people get together and do
auditing outside of the Church (like to do Dianetics -Book 1- auditing at
a seminar, that could constitute a group).
"Heber's classic comment of the night went something like this: 'There are
some deep dark areas of this planet where only uttering the name L. Ron
Hubbard will guarantee you safe passage, because LRH's name COMMANDS
RESPECT!!!' Go figure where he was talking about... RPF!!?? Apparently,
the Colombian Army is being trained in the Way to Happiness.
Marty Salo reported from the event itself.
"I was at a scientology new years eve 'bash' and I was listening to
Miscavige talk about exciting new things, just 'discovered' from the LRH
archives, a few of them were letters written by the man which urged
different treatment of criminals. Claims about how 'the path to true
happiness' (a scientology book?) was being taught to prison inmates in one
Alabama prison system, and how recidivism (repeat crimes) in that city in
Alabama has been reduced to next to nothing.
"Also, I think there was a 'LRH the musician' also recently released."
Tilman Hausherr posted a follow-up to the story of a serial killer in
Germany with cult connections.
"[S]cientology was investigated because CCHR had contact with the serial
killer and another inmate (articles were printed that showed how
scientology 'investigates' psychiatric institutions, e.g. asking for names
"He turned himself in, a short time after the cops had busted his
therapist, Tamar Segal. They had found out that she had about $500,000 in
10 bank accounts in Israel. She also fooled the magazine DER SPIEGEL, who
had printed an interview with her shortly after his escape.
"Scientology is OUT of it: the chief investigator said that the therapist
had set a 'false evidence' in the direction of the cult.
"[H]e says he had always planned to come back, and that he had only
escaped to 'protest against psychiatry' and because he 'felt he would kill
again'. This is not credible - he had drastically changed his look, and
had about $100,000 in his pocket."
Jan Pieter Mante (aka Snorri Helgarsson aka Newkid) posted an update
regarding his legal situation. He was fired by the U.S. Embassy in the
Netherlands following an elaborate plan to embarrass the cult in a
"In the coming month I will initiate a legal procedure against the
American Embassy in The Hague, during which I will contest my dismissal as
well as procedural aspects pertaining to the investigation conducted by
the Regional Security Office, in this matter. Given that:
"New and solid evidence is pointing at the fact that Frank Marshall was
neither a PI working for Moxon nor a State Department Security
Investigator. That his identity is not corresponding to that of Frank
"I will demand: full reinstatement in my previous position. compensation
for damages suffered.
"Further I will sue the Church of Scientology for damages suffered
resulting from inaccurate information supplied to both the Dutch Press as
to my employer. Complaint will be filled against both the CoS Amsterdam as
against some individual's therein.
"I will demand compensation for damages suffered, rectification statements
made to the press, in particular there where other's became falsly
Las Vegas Pickets
Ted Mayett continues his picketing of the Las Vegas org. He has begun
placing ads in the Las Vegas Review Journal and USA Today.
"Las Vegas Review Journal- 12/19/95, 1/1/96. Classifieds, Personals.
"The ads should be scanned in soon. I may also be scanning it into USA
In several posts, he described the reaction to his pickets.
"One guy came out and actually smirked at me for about 15 minutes.
Another guy came out and joined him and the two of them pointed at me and
laughed loudly for a while, all the while talking low so I could not hear
them. This went on for about 20 minutes total. When one of them leaves in
his car he flashed the brights in my face a few times, with a real big
smile on the face. It seems they are getting bolder, they have been coming
out for smokes lately. None of the staff have yet to speak to me."
"Today a male about 40 yrs. came out and tried to engage me in silly
conversation. Something about a bicycle. When he first came out and smiled
expansively and said hello I stepped up my pace. With the roar of traffic
we could only say a few words each time as I passed him. He was on the
porch of the building. Eventually he asked about Larry and the money. I
then asked him if he was staff. He said no.
"I cross six lanes of traffic to get to my car. When I got there I looked
back at the building and two of them were moving the yellow dianetics sign
next to a pole right on the street. This pole has the sign bus stop on it.
It looks like they left me a small gap between the pole and the sign for
my marching. I'll have the police move the sign out of my path. I'm sure
there are laws against blocking a city street with a billboard."
A personal story was posted this week by Ivan Gowch. It describes an
incident he observed near the Toronto org.
"She was an attractive blonde in her early- to late-20s and, it soon
became clear, a COS recruiter from across the street. He was a
well-dressed business type pushing 30 and, it appeared, a loser. Pudgy and
overweight, with pronounced jowls under his hairless chin and a head of
thinning black hair hurrying to catch up, his slack moon-face bore the
unmistakable mark of the Lonely Guy.
"In a fading accent I thought was German but could have been Swiss or
something similar, he told her about his strained and unfulfilling
relationship with his parents.
"Then she interrupted. How much did he say he earned in a year? He
answered the question, then continued to recount his friendless childhood,
his agonizing days as the butt of his schoolmates' jibes.
"A couple of minutes later, she interrupted again. Did his employer pay
him weekly, biweekly or monthly? He told her, then continued his
narrative, describing his one and only love affair that, naturally, ended
unhappily, and his failure to find anyone else who would love him and the
despair he was feeling at the prospect of living a loveless life.
"How many bank accounts did he have, she wanted to know, and how much
money did he have in his savings account? Did he have any other sources of
income? she asked. And what about stocks, bonds and mutual funds? And, oh
yes, what kind of increase in earnings could he expect next year? If his
Scientology auditing cost more than he expected, could he get a bank loan
to pay for it?
"This went on for about a half-hour. He unburdened himself of all the
miseries of his sad existence, while she systematically drew from him a
detailed blueprint of his finances and economic prospects.
"I remember standing up and screaming at him what a jerk he was and
couldn't he see that all she wanted from him was his money, and what kind
of predatory, faithless bitch she must be to try to rip off this poor
schmuck and ... and ...
"Both the predator and her victim looked at me in shocked disbelief like I
was some psychotic whose pills had run out and was babbling about
transistors in his head."