Lisa McPherson

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

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No Report Report

July 31, 1986: No Report Report written by Paco Casales about Lisa Skonetski [McPherson].

Late Report

February 1, 1987: Carol Chamberlain writes a Late Report on Lisa McPherson.

Dev-T

February 2, 1987: Force Chamberlain writes a Dev-T on Lisa McPherson.

Battle Plan

February 5, 1987: Lisa Skonetski (later Lisa McPherson) writes a Battle Plan

Battle Plan

February 5, 1987: Lisa Skonetski (later Lisa McPherson) writes a Battle Plan

Dev-T

February 6, 1987: Force Chamberlain writes a Dev-T on Lisa McPherson.

Dev-T

February 7, 1987: Carol Chamberlain writes a Dev-T on Lisa McPherson.

Battle Plan

February 13, 1987: Lisa Skonetski (later Lisa McPherson) writes a Battle Plan

Job Endangerment Chit

February 16, 1987: Lisa Skonetski (later Lisa McPherson) writes a Job Endangerment Chit on a fellow Scientologist.

Conditions Order

February 18, 1987: Force Chamberlain writes a Conditions Order on Lisa McPherson.

Lisa McPherson in the News

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November 14, 1998 Hubbard's Teachings Guide Treatment Of Mental Illness The Fort Harrison has no provision for intravenous feedings. So, when McPherson refused to take nutrition, staffers tried to force it down her throat. Had McPherson been taken to a psychiatric facility, she probably would have received medication to calm her, psychiatrists say. She also might have been restrained, if necessary, and given intravenous feedings. Hubbard died in 1986, but his anti-psychiatry zeal has been passed on to his followers, who recently began a campaign to "take over the field of mental health by the year 2000." L. Ron Hubbard, Lisa McPherson, psychiatry, teachings
November 14, 1998 Scientology Charged in Member's Death The Church of Scientology in Clearwater has been charged with criminal neglect and practicing medicine without a license in the 1995 death of Lisa McPherson, the mentally disturbed Scientologist who turned to outsiders for help before church officials intervened and placed her under their care. Unlicensed Scientology staffers "medicated her without her consent," isolated her and took other measures to treat her physical and mental condition at Scientology's Fort Harrison Hotel, according to an affidavit filed Friday in Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court. Clearwater, crimes, deaths, Lisa McPherson
November 14, 1998 Florida Charges Scientology In Church Member's Death Florida prosecutors filed criminal charges against the Church of Scientology in connection with the death of a church member while she was under the care of Scientologists three years ago. The church's Flag Service Organization, its chief operating arm in Clearwater, Fla., was charged with abuse or neglect of a disabled adult and with the unauthorized practice of medicine in the death of the church member, Lisa McPherson, 36. Clearwater, crimes, Lisa McPherson, Press
October 20, 1998 Butterworth Offers Help in Scientologist Case Florida Attorney General Bob Butterworth has offered "the complete services of my office" to help investigate the 1995 death of Scientologist Lisa McPherson. McPherson, 36, had been under the care of fellow Scientologists who tried for 17 days to nurse her through a psychotic outburst at the Fort Harrison Hotel, Scientology's retreat in downtown Clearwater. Although physically healthy when she entered the hotel, she was dead on arrival after Scientologists drove her to a Pasco County hospital. Clearwater, crimes, Lisa McPherson, Press
January 28, 1998 St. 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. Lisa McPherson, Press
January 18, 1998 Death of a Disciple Puts Scientology in the Dock Nobody was hurt when Lisa McPherson drove into the back of a boat being towed through the Florida city of Clearwater. Yet 17 days later McPherson was dead and the minor traffic accident had become the focus of a police investigation that is causing embarrassment for one of the world's most controversial churches. McPherson was a Scientologist. A Florida prosecutor is considering whether to bring charges against Scientology officials who were looking after McPherson when she died. crimes, deaths, Lisa McPherson, Press
December 24, 1997 Scientologists Get To Question Critics' Backer The Church of Scientology won the right Tuesday to question the man who has been financing its critics. Scientology's lawyers say they want to know who Minton has financed and why because his motivations and those of potential witnesses could be an issue if the case goes to trial. Moody agreed, but warned the church its questions of Minton must be relevant to the McPherson case. Bob Minton, lawsuits, Lisa McPherson, Press
December 16, 1997 Charges Urged in Scientologist Death After a two-year investigation, local and state police are recommending criminal charges be filed in the 1995 death of Church of Scientology member Lisa McPherson. Investigators on Monday delivered their findings to Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe in the form of a "prosecution summary." Clearwater Deputy Police Chief Paul Maser said the document recommends charges, but he refused to discuss specifics or who might be charged. Clearwater, crimes, Lisa McPherson
December 14, 1997 The Death Of Lisa Mcpherson: Daily Camera : The Death Of Lisa Mcpherson: deaths, Lisa McPherson
December 9, 1997 The 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. Clearwater, Lisa McPherson, Press, Scientology and Society

Lisa McPherson in the News

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November 21, 1995 Log of Lisa McPherson Watch Valerie Demange, watching Lisa McPherson, writes logs summarizing events during her watch. Lisa gets more sleep today, and lots of vitamins, but isn't eating much. She's talking in her sleep, mostly saying "Thank you" (a phrase used during Scientology drills and practices). Lisa McPherson, log
November 20, 1995 Log of Lisa McPherson Watch The Scientologists watching Lisa McPherson write logs summarizing events during their watch. She is getting very little sleep, food, or water. She is staring into lights. Lisa McPherson, log
November 19, 1995 Log of Lisa McPherson Watch The Scientologists watching Lisa McPherson write logs summarizing events during their watch. An excerpt: "This afternoon Lisa walked like a robote [sic]. What is new: if she starts talking she talks and talks, than she stares at a spot." Lisa McPherson, log
November 18, 1995 Log of Lisa McPherson Watch The Scientologists watching Lisa McPherson write logs summarizing events during their watch. Lisa McPherson, log
November 18, 1995 Cult, Lisa McPherson, accident. Her, evaluation. Cult, her. Seventeen, later, care Cult victim Lisa McPherson is involved in a minor traffic accident. Her strange behavior causes her to be taken to the hospital for mental evaluation. Cult officials quickly retrieve her. Seventeen days later, she dies of severe dehydration while under cult care. Lisa McPherson
November 1, 1995 Lisa McPherson, she's, Scientology Lisa McPherson tells friends she's ready to get out of Scientology. "She called me three weeks before she died and she was crying,'' Fannie McPherson (Lisa's mother) said. "She said she was having trouble with her sales. She said, 'Mother, I've let my group [AMC Publishing in Clearwater, her employer] down.'" Lisa also talks to her childhood friend. "She said she couldn't get into it over the phone but she said she had a lot to talk about," said Kelly Davis, her friend since childhood. "She said she would explain when she got here." [November 1995; exact date unknown] Lisa McPherson
October 1, 1995 Lisa McPherson, Clear. Source #99 Lisa McPherson gets an award for going Clear. Source #99 [1995]: lists Lisa McPherson as having attained the State of Clear and completed the Sunshine Rundown. She also speaks to a non-Scientologist friend. Lisa McPherson
April 24, 1995 Lisa McPherson, Tampa Tribune: Lisa McPherson writes a letter to the Tampa Tribune: "I work for a company that has been using this technology for years, and we have continued to expand and do well as a result. "My own personal income has increased over the past five years without ever dropping, and I just got promoted because of the application of all this information." She had been asked to write that letter - and told how to write it - three days earlier: "As before, this letter will need to be qualled back here at Valko, so when you're done, please fax it over here," said Alycia Silver of Valko & Associates. "We'll either fax it back to you with an OK to send it on or we'll fax it back with the needed corrections for you to correct and then send it on." Lisa McPherson
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." Lisa McPherson
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)." Lisa McPherson