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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November 20, 1998Scientology's New Tack When Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe filed two criminal charges against the Church of Scientology last week over Lisa McPherson's death, the reaction of church officials was unusually benign. "We'd like to see how to move forward and put this unfortunate incident behind us," said Mike Rinder, a top Scientology official known more for his attacking style. The church's attitude in January 1997 was very different. It sued Pinellas County Medical Examiner Joan Wood after she said McPherson went without fluids for five to 10 days before her death, and a Scientology attorney called the respected medical examiner a "hateful liar."
January 28, 1998St. Petersburg Times: Hardball When Scientology goes to court, it likes to play rough - very rough. In a 14-month, worldwide survey, the St. Petersburg Times documented a consistent pattern of church officials relentlessly pursuing its critics in legal actions that some charge are designed as much to harass as to achieve legal victory.
September 4, 1997St. Petersburg Times: Scientologist's Death Differs in Two Tellings The Church of Scientology's original portrayal of how a 36-year-old woman died under its care bears little resemblance to the sobering tale unfolding this summer with the release of the church's own internal records.
February 21, 1997St. Petersburg Times: Scientology Had Woman in Isolation In the days leading up to her unexplained death, a 36-year-old member of the Church of Scientology was being kept in isolation at the church's Clearwater headquarters and had started banging her fists against the wall, a Scientology lawyer now says.
July 10, 1997St. Petersburg Times: Weakening McPherson Fought Food, Medicine Fourteen days after entering a Church of Scientology retreat in good physical health, Lisa McPherson was so weak she couldn't stand, according to church records - yet for three days after that, church staff members continued to care for her in a room at the Fort Harrison Hotel instead of seeking hospital care.
November 23, 1998State Takes Middle Road Against Scientology The Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization Inc. was charged with abuse and/or neglect of a disabled adult and practicing medicine without a license. Though serious, the lawyers said, the charges carry less emotion than manslaughter and less of a stigma for Scientology than if church members faced individual charges that could put them in prison. Because the Scientology entity was charged corporately, no single person faces prosecution or punishment. "They probably determined that this is the charge that can be best proved, most easily proved, as opposed to manslaughter," said Michael Cheek, a veteran criminal defense lawyer in Clearwater.
December 15, 1996Tampa Tribune: Mystery Surrounds Scientologist's Death After spending half her life as a member of the Church of Scientology, Lisa McPherson told friends she was ready to get out. She hoped to visit them at Thanksgiving and vowed to be home for good by last Christmas. But on Thanksgiving a couple of weeks later, McPherson was at the Fort Harrison Hotel, Scientology's world spiritual headquarters, taken there Nov. 18 by Scientologists for "rest and relaxation." Seventeen days later, she was dead.
December 14, 1997The Death Of Lisa Mcpherson: Daily Camera : The Death Of Lisa Mcpherson:
December 6, 1998The Life and Death of a Scientologist Within 17 days, McPherson - who'd spent most of her adult life and tens of thousands of dollars as a devotee of Hubbard's teachings - would be dead. The once-voluptuous 36-year-old - she stood 5 feet 9 and wore a size 12 dress - lost an estimated 40 to 50 pounds during the ordeal, dropping to 108, her bruised body pocked by insect bites and scabs. She was never seen by a licensed physician during that time.
December 9, 1997The Prosecutor's Duty By their own admission, law enforcement authorities did not investigate the suspicious deaths of members of the Church of Scientology as thoroughly as they might have. They have an opportunity to correct that mistake as they wind up the investigation of the death of Lisa McPherson, a 36-year-old woman who died two years ago after spending 17 days at Scientology's Fort Harrison Hotel in Clearwater. A disturbing pattern now has been established of apparently healthy Scientologists who die suddenly after arriving in Clearwater for training or counseling. An investigation by the Times' Lucy Morgan found at least eight Scientology members, including McPherson, have died under circumstances that are not easily explained.
December 6, 1998Washington Post: The Life and Death of a Scientologist After 13 years and thousands of dollars, Lisa McPherson finally went 'clear.' Then she went insane.
December 8, 1999When Can A Church Be Accused Of A Crime? Lisa McPherson, 36, was a Scientologist who died after being under the church's care in Clearwater in 1995. The state has filed charges of abuse and practicing unlicensed medicine against the church's Flag Service Organization, or simply "Flag." McPherson died that Dec. 5 after 17 days at the church's Fort Harrison Hotel under the supervision of Scientologists. The state says she died of a pulmonary embolism, with dehydration and immobility as contributing factors. The state says her final days featured raving delusions and forced medication.

Lisa McPherson in the News

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January 28, 1997 question, Detective Sgt. Wayne Andrews, Susanne Schnurrenberger, Switzerland, Germany, Ildiko Cannovas, Hungary, Laura Arrunada In discussing three people the police want to question, Detective Sgt. Wayne Andrews said he thinks Susanne Schnurrenberger is in Switzerland or Germany, Ildiko Cannovas is probably in Hungary and Laura Arrunada may be working in the medical field in Mexico. These three are wanted by Clearwater police for questioning (Susanne has been found). He recently asked for help locating them by posting a request for information on the Internet. The three former employees "worked in an office that would have had control over her'' during her stay, Andrews said. Church of Scientology spokesman Brian Anderson said that is false. He said the three have no connection to McPherson's death and the investigation is nothing more than a harassment campaign against the church by police.
February 13, 1995$13,000, Lisa McPherson's account, $17,595.59 A $13,000 debit is applied to Lisa McPherson's Scientology account, dropping the balance to $17,595.59. The notation is "Power (Grade V) and Power Plus (Grade VA) per 25 hours."
March 1, 1995$2,000, Lisa McPherson's account, $14,795.64 A $2,000 credit is applied to Lisa McPherson's Scientology account, bringing the balance to $14,795.64. The notation is "New OT IV (Per 12 1/2 Hours)."
February 22, 1995$240, Lisa McPherson's account, $12,470.59 A $240 cash credit is applied to Lisa McPherson's Scientology account, bringing the balance to $12,470.59. The notation is "Ability Congress Lectures, English."
February 16, 1995$3,000, Lisa McPherson's account, $20,595.59 A $3,000 credit is applied to Lisa McPherson's Scientology account, bringing the balance to $20,595.59. The notation is "OT Levels."
February 1, 1995$3,000, Lisa McPherson's account, $30,595.59 A $3,000 credit is applied to Lisa McPherson's Scientology account, bringing the balance to $30,595.59. The notation is "25 Hour Intensive, Power-Grade V and Power Plus-Grade VA." Judging by a debit on Feb. 13, the total cost of this intensive appears to be $13,000.00.
February 25, 1995$325.05, Lisa McPherson's account, $12,795.64 A $325.05 credit is applied to Lisa McPherson's Scientology account, bringing the balance to $12,795.64. The notation is "12 1/2 Hour Intensive OT Preps/OT Eligibility."
February 17, 1995$8,125, Lisa McPherson's account, $12,470.59. (credit.) A $8,125 debit is applied to Lisa McPherson's Scientology account, bringing the balance to $12,470.59. (The transaction appears as a negative credit.) The notation is "Inter-org Transfer from CC [Celebrity Centre] Dallas, Cancels B802599." Lisa was a former staff member at the Dallas Celebrity Centre.
March 9, 1995$8,475, Lisa McPherson's account, $23,270.64 A $8,475 credit is applied to Lisa McPherson's Scientology account, bringing the balance to $23,270.64. The notation is "Wall of Fire Package."
February 24, 198824 Hour TMO Force Chamberlain writes a 24 Hour TMO on Lisa McPherson.
May 7, 19867 Hr TMO 7 Hr TMO written by Force Chamberlain on Lisa McPherson (Skonetski)
December 5, 1997About 45, Ft. Harrison Hotel, 6:30pm, 2nd, Lisa McPherson's death. They, plays. As, Ft. Harrison Hotel. Some, well. In, hour, di About 45 people stand across the street from the closed Ft. Harrison Hotel at 6:30pm to commemorate the 2nd anniversary of Lisa McPherson's death. They hold lit candles while a bagpiper plays. As they leave they place a wreath against the Ft. Harrison Hotel. Some people place flowers on the wreath as well. In less than an hour, the wreath has disappeared.
May 13, 1987Annoyance report Annoyance report written by Carol Chamberlain on Lisa McPherson (Skonetski)
February 5, 1987Battle Plan Lisa Skonetski (later Lisa McPherson) writes a Battle Plan
February 5, 1987Battle Plan Lisa Skonetski (later Lisa McPherson) writes a Battle Plan
February 13, 1987Battle Plan Lisa Skonetski (later Lisa McPherson) writes a Battle Plan
February 26, 1987Battle Plan Lisa Skonetski (later Lisa McPherson) writes a Battle Plan
February 27, 1988Battle Plan Lisa Skonetski (later Lisa McPherson) writes a Battle Plan
February 10, 1959Birth of Lisa McPherson Lisa McPherson is born.
January 28, 1997Church, Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner, Scientologist, investigated., Medical Examiner Joan Wood, Lisa McPherson, church The Church of Scientology files suit against the Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner in an attempt to get access to records of a Scientologist whose death is being investigated. The suit states that because Medical Examiner Joan Wood made comments to the press about the death of Lisa McPherson, all the records from the death investigation should be available to the church.
November 1, 1996Clearwater Police, Lisa McPherson The Clearwater Police put up a request for information on their web page concerning the death of Lisa McPherson. [November 1996; exact date unknown]
July 16, 1988Commendation Commendation written by Theresa Dolaway about Lisa Skonetski [McPherson].
February 8, 1991Commendation Coleen Neary writes a Commendation on Lisa McPherson.
June 9, 1991Commendation Commendation written by Carol South about Lisa Skonetski [McPherson].
February 21, 1993Commendation Carol South writes a Commendation on Lisa McPherson.