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Dead Person Of The Day December 5 – Lisa McPherson

0 Comments 06 December 2011

Sweet Jiminy Folks,

What an effed up story this is. I’ll tell ya, the more I learn about Scientology the more paganism makes sense. Its a long article but showcases some stellar reporting…congrats to the St. Pete’s Times for their first appearance!

Lisa McPherson (February 10, 1959 – December 5, 1995)

By Thomas C. Tobin and Joe Childs, Times Staff Writers

The night after Lisa McPherson died, the leader of the Church of Scientology sent word for one of his top lieutenants to wait by a pay phone at the Holiday Inn Surfside on Clearwater Beach.

When Marty Rathbun answered the ringing phone in the lobby, David Miscavige let him have it:

Why aren’t you all over this mess? The police are poking around. Do something.

“Yes sir,” Rathbun said.

McPherson, a 36-year-old parishioner in apparent good health, had spent 17 days in a guarded room at the church’s Fort Harrison Hotel. Scientology staffers tried to nurse her out of a mental breakdown, but she became ill. She drew her last breaths in the back seat of a van as they drove her to a hospital in the next county. Continue

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