Lisa McPherson

Lisa McPherson was a Scientologist who died after 17 days in the custody of the Church of Scientology.

More about Lisa McPherson

Knowledge Report

May 2, 1982: Knowledge Report written on Lisa McPherson (Skonetski)

Ethics Notes

June 5, 1982: Ethics Notes written about Lisa Skonetski [McPherson].

Ethics Report

June 5, 1982: Ethics Report written about Lisa Skonetski [McPherson].

Ethics Report

June 7, 1982: Ethics Report written about Lisa Skonetski [McPherson].

Notes

June 7, 1982: Notes written about Lisa Skonetski [McPherson].

Knowledge Report

June 8, 1982: Knowledge Report written about Lisa Skonetski [McPherson].

Knowledge Report

June 9, 1982: Knowledge Report written about Lisa Skonetski [McPherson].

No Report Report

June 16, 1984: No Report Report written about Lisa Skonetski [McPherson].

Idle Report

February 4, 1986: Lisa Cameron writes a Idle Report on Lisa McPherson.

Job Endangerment

February 19, 1986: Force Chamberlain writes a Job Endangerment on Lisa McPherson.

No Report

February 20, 1986: Lisa L writes a No Report on Lisa McPherson.

Re: attached KR

May 1, 1986: Re: attached KR written on Lisa McPherson (Skonetski)

Knowledge Report

May 1, 1986: Knowledge Report written on Lisa McPherson (Skonetski)

Job Endangerment

May 6, 1986: Job Endangerment written by Force Chamberlain on Lisa McPherson (Skonetski)

7 Hr TMO

May 7, 1986: 7 Hr TMO written by Force Chamberlain on Lisa McPherson (Skonetski)

TMO 24 Hrs. (2nd D)

May 8, 1986: TMO 24 Hrs. (2nd D) written by on Lisa McPherson (Skonetski)

No Report

May 9, 1986: No Report written by Enrique Salinas on Lisa McPherson (Skonetski)

document

May 16, 1986: document written by Stuart Cameron on Lisa McPherson (Skonetski)

No Report

May 31, 1986: No Report written on Lisa McPherson (Skonetski)

Dev-T Report

June 12, 1986: Dev-T Report written about Lisa Skonetski [McPherson].

Commendation Chit

June 15, 1986: Commendation Chit written by Mark Muir about Lisa Skonetski [McPherson].

No Report

June 25, 1986: No Report written by Kathy about Lisa Skonetski [McPherson].

No Report

June 25, 1986: No Report written by Kathy about Lisa Skonetski [McPherson].

Knowledge Report

July 7, 1986: Knowledge Report written by Katie Chamberlain about Lisa Skonetski [McPherson].

Job Endangerment

July 8, 1986: Job Endangerment written by Lisa Skonetski about Lisa Skonetski [McPherson].

Lisa McPherson in the News

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April 6, 2000Scientologists Are Saying Church Being Persecuted Lawyers for the Church of Scientology argued yesterday that criminal charges filed against them in a church member's death were brought by prosecutors determined to negatively brand the church. Prosecutors countered this case is not one of religious freedom, but one of medical neglect. Lisa McPherson had been under the care of Scientology for 17 days following a minor car accident and a mental breakdown. Prosecutors said she was badly dehydrated, malnourished and that the medical care church members gave her was unlicensed and inadequate.
April 8, 2000Judge Rejects Church Argument In a ruling that stunned the Church of Scientology and its lawyers, a Hillsborough County judge said Friday that religious rights are not a central issue in the 1995 death of Scientologist Lisa McPherson. Hea also said it is not clear whether McPherson consented to her treatment by Scientology staffers before she died in their care. That question should be left to a jury, the judge said.
April 8, 2000Scientology Suit For Jury To Decide, Circuit Judge Says A judge says issues of consent - not religion - are at the core of a lawsuit against the Church of Scientology. As criminal charges against the Church of Scientology over the 1995 death of Lisa McPherson hang in the balance, a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the church by McPherson's family grinds toward a June trial. McPherson, 36, died after a 17-day stay at the hotel. Lawyers for McPherson's family contend the 13-year Scientologist was held against her will and force-fed medication.
April 9, 20002 Judges, 2 Counties, and a Lot of Baloney How to explain the mental nose dives of the medical examiner and the chief circuit judge when they were confronted with the story of the slow, miserable death in 1995 of Scientologist Lisa McPherson at the Fort Harrison Hotel? This is the part I gag on: The Internal Revenue Service gave Scientology the tax-exempt protection of a religion. If what they do at Scientology headquarters in Clearwater is a religion, then I'm a planet. Saturn, say, rings and all.
June 13, 2000McPherson case expected to haunt medical examiner St. Petersburg Times: McPherson case expected to haunt medical examiner
June 16, 2000Photos of McPherson autopsy stir new conflict St. Petersburg Times: Photos of McPherson autopsy stir new conflict
July 21, 2000Judge releases McPherson autopsy photos St. Petersburg Times: Judge releases McPherson autopsy photos
July 21, 2000Judge releases McPherson photos Tampa Tribune: Judge releases McPherson photos
June 22, 2001A judge dismisses the allegation that Lisa McPherson was falsely imprisoned St. Petersburg Times: A judge dismisses the allegation that Lisa McPherson was falsely imprisoned
August 4, 2001Doctor in Lisa McPherson case suspended St. Petersburg Times: Doctor in Lisa McPherson case suspended
December 9, 2001Church Loads Up For One Last Fight A civil wrongful-death lawsuit, itself now almost 5 years old, alleges church workers let McPherson die Dec. 5, 1995, in the Fort Harrison Hotel, where she spent the last 17 days of her life being cared for by fellow Scientologists. The lawsuit contends that church staffers allowed McPherson, 36, to become so dehydrated she was too weak even to stop cockroaches from biting her. Paperwork alone has swelled to near epic proportions. The case now sports 194 volumes - stacked up, they're as tall as a two-story building.
January 18, 2003Lawsuit Grinds To Another Delay After six years, it finally appeared the wrongful death suit against the Church of Scientology was headed for trial, but a clearly frustrated judge postponed the highly publicized case once again, probably for at least several months. Schaeffer granted the delay so the church could appeal her earlier ruling that Ken Dandar should not be disqualified as attorney for the estate of Lisa McPherson, the church member who died in 1995 after 17 days in the care of Scientologists in Clearwater.

Lisa McPherson in the News

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February 10, 1959Birth of Lisa McPherson Lisa McPherson is born.
May 2, 1982Knowledge Report Knowledge Report written on Lisa McPherson (Skonetski)
June 5, 1982Ethics Notes Ethics Notes written about Lisa Skonetski [McPherson].
June 5, 1982Ethics Report Ethics Report written about Lisa Skonetski [McPherson].
June 7, 1982Ethics Report Ethics Report written about Lisa Skonetski [McPherson].
June 7, 1982Notes Notes written about Lisa Skonetski [McPherson].
June 8, 1982Knowledge Report Knowledge Report written about Lisa Skonetski [McPherson].
June 9, 1982Knowledge Report Knowledge Report written about Lisa Skonetski [McPherson].
June 16, 1984No Report Report No Report Report written about Lisa Skonetski [McPherson].
February 4, 1986Idle Report Lisa Cameron writes a Idle Report on Lisa McPherson.
February 19, 1986Job Endangerment Force Chamberlain writes a Job Endangerment on Lisa McPherson.
February 20, 1986No Report Lisa L writes a No Report on Lisa McPherson.
May 1, 1986Re: attached KR Re: attached KR written on Lisa McPherson (Skonetski)
May 1, 1986Knowledge Report Knowledge Report written on Lisa McPherson (Skonetski)
May 6, 1986Job Endangerment Job Endangerment written by Force Chamberlain on Lisa McPherson (Skonetski)
May 7, 19867 Hr TMO 7 Hr TMO written by Force Chamberlain on Lisa McPherson (Skonetski)
May 8, 1986TMO 24 Hrs. (2nd D) TMO 24 Hrs. (2nd D) written by on Lisa McPherson (Skonetski)
May 9, 1986No Report No Report written by Enrique Salinas on Lisa McPherson (Skonetski)
May 16, 1986document document written by Stuart Cameron on Lisa McPherson (Skonetski)
May 31, 1986No Report No Report written on Lisa McPherson (Skonetski)
June 12, 1986Dev-T Report Dev-T Report written about Lisa Skonetski [McPherson].
June 15, 1986Commendation Chit Commendation Chit written by Mark Muir about Lisa Skonetski [McPherson].
June 25, 1986No Report No Report written by Kathy about Lisa Skonetski [McPherson].
June 25, 1986No Report No Report written by Kathy about Lisa Skonetski [McPherson].
July 7, 1986Knowledge Report Knowledge Report written by Katie Chamberlain about Lisa Skonetski [McPherson].