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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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.
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.
August 4, 2001Doctor in Lisa McPherson case suspended St. Petersburg Times: Doctor in Lisa McPherson case suspended
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
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 16, 2000Photos of McPherson autopsy stir new conflict St. Petersburg Times: Photos of McPherson autopsy stir new conflict
June 13, 2000McPherson case expected to haunt medical examiner St. Petersburg Times: McPherson case expected to haunt medical examiner
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.
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 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.
March 26, 2000Records Outline Scientology Case The records came in unrelenting batches. Medical studies, scientific research, sworn testimony and more - thousands of pages from the Church of Scientology that Medical Examiner Joan Wood considered over five months before changing her ruling in the 1995 death of Lisa McPherson.
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.
November 24, 1999Scientology Prompts Review Of Death Case In an unusual step, Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner Joan Wood has agreed to reconsider her conclusions in the 1995 death of Scientologist Lisa McPherson. The medical examiner's findings are key elements in two court cases against Scientology. Three years after McPherson's death, the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office charged the church's Clearwater operation with two criminal counts: abuse of a disabled adult and practicing medicine without a license. The church also faces a wrongful death lawsuit filed by McPherson's family.
October 30, 1999Anti-Scientology Foundation Created A critic of the Church of Scientology said he is financing a new foundation named after Lisa McPherson, a Scientologist who died in 1995 while in the care of the church. Robert S. Minton said he would incorporate the Lisa McPherson Educational Foundation. McPherson, 36, suffered a severe mental breakdown 17 days before she died of a blood clot in her left lung. Her death prompted a wrongful death lawsuit, filed in Tampa, and criminal charges against the church in Pinellas County. Minton's foundation will reach out to disaffected members of the church and educate the public about what he says are the harmful effects of Scientology.
October 23, 1999Jury May Levy Damages On Scientology The family of Lisa McPherson can seek punitive damages if the Church of Scientology is found to have caused her death, a judge ruled Friday. Scientology's Clearwater branch has been criminally charged with abusing and illegally practicing medicine on McPherson. Ken Dandar, said, "This organization exists for one reason - to make money," he said of Scientology. "Therefore, punitive damages are the only thing that wakes them up to stop what they are doing."
December 29, 1998In the Presence of Scientology In 1995, a 36-year-old believer of Scientology died. Now, three years later, the state attorney has filed charges against the church, which made its headquarters in Clearwater, Fla., 23 years ago. As believers and non-believers clash, the relationship between community leaders and church members is delicate. The coming trial - a status conference is scheduled today in St. Petersburg, Fla. - promises to be a low point in the long history of acrimony over the religion's presence here. And it will raise uncomfortable questions about the way the church deals with its own affairs and those of the surrounding community.
December 9, 1998McPherson relatives lead protest St. Petersburg Times: McPherson relatives lead protest
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 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 6, 1998McPherson Relatives Lead Protest Relatives of Lisa McPherson made a tear-filled trip Saturday night to the Scientology hotel where she spent her final days under guard and in the grips of a mental breakdown. Her aunt and uncle, Dell and Art Liebreich, and her cousin Kim Krenek led a group of about 60 anti-Scientology protesters who held candles and laid a wreath outside a privacy wall at Scientology's Fort Harrison Hotel. A few feet away, just beyond the wall, was Room 174, where McPherson is said to have spent 17 days under the care of fellow Scientologists. She died at 36 on Dec. 5, 1995, and the Church of Scientology was criminally charged last month with abuse and practicing medicine without a license.
December 5, 1998Ex-Scientologist Shares Familiar Tale of Force-Feeding A former Scientologist from Denmark said Friday that he helped force bread, fruit and liquids into the throat of an unconscious woman as part of an effort help her recover from a mental breakdown. Karsten Lorenzen's detailed account at a news conference held by a group of Scientology critics resembles the experience of Lisa McPherson, as documented by state investigators and Clearwater police. McPherson was the 36-year-old Scientologist whose 1995 death has resulted in criminal charges of abuse and practicing medicine without a license against the Church of Scientology in Clearwater.
December 1, 1998Scientology Pleads Not Guilty in 1995 Death The Church of Scientology pleaded not guilty today to criminal charges in connection with the 1995 death of a member whose family maintained that she had been held against her will by the church for 17 days. The church's Flag Service Organization, its chief operating arm here, was charged in the case this month with abuse or neglect of a disabled adult and practicing medicine without a license, both felonies. No individuals were charged.
November 23, 1998Death in the Sunshine State Scientologists share at least one strongly-held belief with mainstream sceptics: they will have no truck with psychiatry. So McPherson was taken instead to the Fort Harrison hotel, owned by the organistion. Seventeen days later, she was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at HCA hospital, New Port Richey. Her family blames Scientology for her death, for her dehydration, the bruises on her arms and legs, the abrasions and lesions, the apparent bug or animal bites. A medical examiner said she had died of a blood clot complicated by dehydration. She also had an infection, which the church blames for all her symptoms.

Lisa McPherson in the News

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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.
March 21, 1997Inside Edition runs a second program on Lisa McPherson Inside Edition runs a second program on Scientology victim Lisa McPherson. They find the medical liason officer for Flag at the time of Lisa's death, Janis Johnson-Fitzgerald. She refuses to talk, however. They catch Scientology lawyer Elliot Abelson in a mis-statement because he claimed there was no one with medical training at the hotel during Lisa's stay (Janis was a doctor in Tucson Arizona before moving to Clearwater). Janis is one of the three Scientologists who drove Lisa to the hospital on December 5, 1995.
February 18, 1997harasses Jeff Jacobsen, Lisa McPherson, page Scientology harasses Lisa McPherson Memorial Page is one of the best Scientology resources on the net.">Jeff Jacobsen upon announcement of his Lisa McPherson web page
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.
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.
January 13, 1997Jeff Jacobsen, Lisa McPherson, public Lisa McPherson Memorial Page is one of the best Scientology resources on the net.">Jeff Jacobsen makes his Lisa McPherson memorial page public.
November 25, 1996Critic Jeff Jacobson, Clearwater, Florida, Web, Lisa McPherson. ARS, it's, Lisa Critic Jeff Jacobson notices the Clearwater, Florida police have put up a Web page asking for information on the death of a woman named Lisa McPherson. ARS sees it's first posting about Lisa.
November 25, 1996Jeff Jacobsen, Clearwater Police Department's, Lisa McPherson, a.r.s Lisa McPherson Memorial Page is one of the best Scientology resources on the net.">Jeff Jacobsen notices that the Clearwater Police Department's web site includes a request for information about the death of Lisa McPherson. He posts about it to a.r.s.
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]
December 29, 1995Three, death, Lisa McPherson's, $5,460.00 Three weeks after her death, Lisa McPherson's Scientology account is debited $5,460.00. The notation is "Grades & NED Processing (per 12 1/2 hours); Replaces SRV 11850 of 3/8/95 as it had to be cancelled due to account set up reason."
December 28, 1995Three, death, Lisa McPherson's account. $200.00 Three weeks after her death, two transactions are made with Lisa McPherson's Scientology account. The account is credited $200.00 for "Grades & NED Processing (per 12 1/2 hours)", then debited $200.00 for "Wall of Fire Package". (Oddly enough, in the account history prepared by Scientology, these figures do not change the running total. The balance begins at $5,460. After adding $200, it remains at $5,460. After subtracting $200, it's still at $5,460. (Of course the two amounts would balance out, but it's strange that the balance doesn't change after the first of the two.)
December 27, 1995Three, death, Lisa McPherson's account. $490.00 Three weeks after her death, three transactions are made with Lisa McPherson's Scientology account. The account is credited $490.00. The notation is "Public Inter-Account Transfer, Dept. 7." It's logged as a negative debit. A negative credit for $490 also appears on this date. These transaction may be related to the August 3 transactions; on that date, $490 was first credited to Lisa's account with the notation "Wall of Fire Package," then debited with the notation "Public Inter-Account Transfer, Dept. 7, To Prodex Corp from SRV 11827." Prodex is another name for AMC Publishing, Lisa's employer. In addition, there is a debit for $5,460 for "Grades & NED Processing (per 12 1/2 hours)".
December 19, 1995Two, death, Lisa McPherson's, $5,773.00, account Two weeks after her death, Lisa McPherson's Scientology account is debited $5,773.00, the total amount in the account. The notation is "Repayment."
December 6, 1995Police, Clearwater, Florida, Lisa McPherson Police in Clearwater, Florida begin an investigation into the death of Lisa McPherson.
December 5, 1995Log of Lisa McPherson Watch The Scientologists who had been watching Lisa McPherson are debriefed. Excerpts: "yesterday she was refusing the protein shake and when Laura arrived today she was looking bad, she was not moving her body. ... Laura told Janis, that Lisa was not eating and maybe needed an IV."
December 5, 1995Cult, Lisa McPherson, care Cult victim Lisa McPherson dies of severe dehydration while under cult care.
December 5, 1995Three Scientologists, Flag Medical Liaison Officer Janis Johnson-Fitzgerald, Lisa McPherson, New Port Richey (25, 4, away), Scie Three Scientologists, including Flag Medical Liaison Officer Janis Johnson-Fitzgerald, take Lisa McPherson to New Port Richey (25 miles and 4 other hospitals away) to be treated by Scientologist physician David Minkoff (who is at least an OTVII). Emergency room personnel begin CPR. A nurse later tells police "she was dead" when she arrived. At 9:51 pm, Minkoff pronounces Lisa dead.
December 4, 1995Lisa McPherson, Scientology's Fort Harrison. According, Elliot Abelson, Fort Harrison, McPherson's, tint, church's Medical Liais Lisa McPherson remains confined at Scientology's Fort Harrison. According to Scientology lawyer Elliot Abelson, near the end of her stay at the Fort Harrison, McPherson's skin took on a yellow tint. She was seen by someone from the church's Medical Liaison Office, which refers church staffers to health professionals. "It didn't seem to be an emergency situation," he said. Scientology officials have not produced any caretaker logs for this day.
December 3, 1995Log of Lisa McPherson Watch Scientologists watch over Lisa McPherson, held captive at the Fort Harrison hotel; no logs exist for this day.
December 2, 1995Log of Lisa McPherson Watch The Scientologists watching Lisa McPherson write logs summarizing events during their watch. Excerpts: "I gave her 4 Valarian root capsules, 4 Orinthane (not positive of the name -- haven't seen the bottle, but it is one of the herbal sleeping preparations) ... She has scratches and abrasions all over her body & on elbows & knees has pressure sores. ... The finances for her protein drinks ran out last night. I was in comm a security guard who said the source of the money was Lisa's employer & he thought he could get more this morning. ... She has tried to stand several times but is not strong enough yet. ... She feels the pain of the bruises on her body and comments on it when she is moved or bumps herself. ... When she awakened this AM she was very confused & combative ... At 5 AM she got 2 more chloralhydrates & has slept very well since then."
December 1, 1995Log of Lisa McPherson Watch Scientology Medical Officer Janis Johnson writes a report on Lisa McPherson: "...Given 2 gm MgCl2 IM at 1030 + 2 - 500mg Chloral Hydrate (capsule pierced and as much possible squirted into her mouth). She swallowed and fell asleep in the middle of a sentence. ... Needs 2L fluids when awake and attempt to feed..."
November 30, 1995Log of Lisa McPherson Watch The Scientologists watching Lisa McPherson write logs summarizing events during their watch. Excerpts: "Dr Johnson just visited. Not possible for her to have any more chloralhydrate. I need to get 4 more valarian root capsules into her & a quart of fluid. ... She is using her legs to kick again. Yesterday it wasn't much of a threat. ... This AM she is deliberate & nasty -- even evil. ... She's asleep! Dr Johnson was here & gave her 2 chloralhydrates. I believe she got the entire amount in each capsule. ... She became very restless & almost awakened. I used 2 chloralhydrates & got approx 1 in her."
November 29, 1995Log of Lisa McPherson Watch The Scientologists watching Lisa McPherson write logs summarizing events during their watch. Valerie Demange says that "She was violent for about 2 hours yesterday night, the rest of the time she was calmer and looks very tired." A later watcher says "The 'watch' said she was quieter, but suspects its because she's weak."
November 28, 1995Log of Lisa McPherson Watch The Scientologists watching Lisa McPherson write logs summarizing events during their watch. Rita Boykin notes "Valeri & I gave her 2 valerian root capsules 2 of the little gel tablets & 2 white tablets ... 1/3 of a bannna shake with five more of the small white tablets. ... the rest of the bananna shake with the 5 white tablets & 2 more valarian root capsules" and says Dr. Johnson was called about Lisa's lack of sleep.
November 27, 1995Log of Lisa McPherson Watch Scientologists watch over Lisa McPherson, held captive at the Fort Harrison hotel; no logs exist for this day.