Narconon

Scientology falsely claims that front group Narconon is not part of Scientology.

Narconon in the News

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November 24, 1988 Scientology Leader Sent to Jail in Spain A judge in Spain ordered the head of the Church of Scientology International jailed Wednesday pending possible indictment on charges of fraud, criminal association and tax evasion. Judge Jose Maria Vazquez Honrubia said it will be at least a week before Heber Jentzsch of Los Angeles sees a second judge about setting bail. He said Jentzsch was being sent to a prison outside Madrid. The judge said authorities had frozen $1.76 million in bank accounts belonging to officials of the U.S.-based Church of Scientology and the church's drug rehabilitation program, Narconon. crimes, Heber Jentzsch, Madrid, Narconon, Press
November 2, 1986 New Drug Program Has Its Critics Local experts asked to evaluate Narconon's program said that at best it uses unproven theories of doubtful value. At worst, these experts said, the program is potentially dangerous. "I think it's basically charlatanism," said Bob MacFarlane, an addiction specialist at Sharp Cabrillo Hospital. Narconon, Press, San Diego
October 14, 1986 20-Year-Old Gives Narconon $10,000 Check A 20-year-old man who said his housecleaning business has made him a millionaire presented a $10,000 check Monday to Narconon, a Los Angeles drug rehabilitation program. Minkow said he has ordered all 330 people employed by his company to take drug tests. Several workers, including a manager and a member of his board of directors, resigned, saying the test violated constitutional rights, he said. Los Angeles, Narconon, Press
December 28, 1981 article about Narconon St. Petersburg Times: article about Narconon Narconon
October 1, 1981 article on Narconon at St. Cloud Twin Cities Reader reports on Narconon and its problems at the St. Cloud Reformatory. The story notes that Minnesota Senator Rudy Boschwitz contributed $200 to Narconon. Boschwitz later insists in exchanges with Oklahoma Senators David Boren and Don Nichols, and with the Newkirk Herald Journal, that Narconon never told him of their link to Scientology. His aide, Tom Mason, has noted that the Narconon donation was a very small part of Boschwitz's estimated $56,000 in gifts to charity in 1976. However, Narconon views the senator's donation as an asset far out of proportion to its size and heavily publicises the donation as a sign of the Senator's alleged backing for their work. Narconon
April 21, 1981 Bizarre Brainwashing Cult Cons Top Stars Into Backing Its Drug Program Some of Hollywood's biggest stars have been duped into endorsing a controversial drug rehabilitation program called Narconon, which is actually operated by Scientology. More than 170 celebrities' names have been used as "Friends of Narconon." Although a few are Scientologists - such as Cathy Lee Crosby, Priscilla Presley and Karen Black - others were shocked to learn Narconon was an offshoot of the weird cult. celebrities, Celebrities, Narconon, Press
February 11, 1980 article on Narconon Detroit News runs a major expos Narconon
January 2, 1977 article on Narconon Sunday News Journal (Wilmington, DE) article about Narconon, which was introduced into the Delaware prisons in Smyrna and Georgetown in 1972. From 1973 to 1976, about $60,000 in federal funds and about $6,000 in state funds is spent on these Narconon prison programs. In 1976, a study by the Delaware State Agency to Reduce Crime contradicts Narconon's claims of success and raises doubts regarding the connection of Narconon and the Church of Scientology. In the summer of 1976 funding runs out and the program is disbanded. An investigation is launched by the intelligence unit of the state police. Narconon

Narconon in the News

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April 1, 1998 Swedish, Church, King Carl XVI Gustaf, Sweden, voice-over saying: The Swedish media report that the Church of Scientology has been distributing a promotional video including footage of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, with a voice-over saying: "Even His Highness King Carl Gustaf has realized that Sweden has a solution for drug abuse. It is called Narconon." Sweden is presented by Scientology as a country with many drug addicts and the highest rate of theft in the world. The footage turns out to be a decade old, and a spokeswoman for the Court states: "The Royal Couple does not support this organization in any way. We have made contact with Scientology and demanded that the segment with the Royal Couple be edited out." Narconon
June 7, 1995 Five Indian, Chilocco, Oklahoma, Narconon, Bureau, Indian Affairs. Narconon, 25-year, Chilocco site. $16, time;, Narconon, 75, 1 Five Indian tribes in Chilocco, Oklahoma do not want to deal with Narconon any longer but have decided to leave this business to the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Narconon has a 25-year lease for the Chilocco site. The tribes had expected to receive a total of $16 million for this time; but Narconon has only 75 instead of the 1,000 expected beds, therefore the payments have been much lower. The tribes have received about $10,000 a year. [Footnote: the legal bills incurred in the long period of litigation with Narconon probably swallowed up this modest sum several times over.] Narconon
February 19, 1995 22-year-old Paride Ella, Narconon program 22-year-old Paride Ella dies of kidney failure after less than two weeks on the Narconon program. Narconon
February 9, 1995 26-year-old Giuseppe Tomba, Narconon, Tessa. Within, weeks, failure 26-year-old Giuseppe Tomba begins the Narconon treatment program in Tessa. Within three weeks, he will be dead of heart failure. Narconon
February 7, 1995 22-year-old Paride Ella, Narconon, Tessa. Within, weeks, dead 22-year-old Paride Ella begins the Narconon treatment program in Tessa. Within two weeks, he will be dead. Narconon
September 14, 1990 Scientologist Pius Keel, suicide Scientologist Pius Keel commits suicide: "after less than two months at Narconon, Pius packed his bags and threw himself under a train." Narconon
September 13, 1990 District Judge Neat Beckman, Oklahoma Department, Mental Health, October, Narconon Chilocco New Life Center, approval, open. In, District Judge Neat Beckman orders the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health to determine by October whether the Narconon Chilocco New Life Center, operating without state approval, should be certified to remain open. In the meantime, the center will be allowed to operate, but is prohibited from accepting new patients. Narconon
August 2, 1990 Oklahoma State Health Department, Narconon's, Chilocco The Oklahoma State Health Department applies for an injunction to halt Narconon's operations at Chilocco. Narconon
June 30, 1990 Narconon's, Certificate, Need expires. Although Narconon, date, May 21, 1990 Narconon's initial Certificate of Need expires. Although Narconon is supposed to apply for state licensing and certification before this date, they have not done so as of May 21, 1990. Narconon
June 29, 1990 Narconon, Chilocco;, $2,000.00 apiece. donors Narconon holds a grand opening ceremony in Chilocco; tickets have been sold for $2,000.00 apiece. The ceremony features a recognition ceremony for donors, a reception with "opinion leaders, celebrities, politicians and Native American leaders from around the United States," tours, an Indian Pow Wow, and Western barbeque. It's all designed, according to a flyer, to "help establish overwhelming public popularity for LRH." Its initial Certificate of Need will expire the following day. Narconon