was a long time member of Scientology whose
life was disrupted when he left the church
and spoke out against the fraud he saw committed
by Hubbard's cult.
he was in Scientology, he was a high ranking
Cramming Officer. His job was to make
sure everyone followed Hubbard's policies
to the letter.
needed to know every Hubbard policy.
Raid on Dennis's House
leaving Scientology, his knowledge was put to
use on the internet newsgroup, alt.religion.scientology.
There he became one of the first people to to
be able and willing to speak out about the inner
workings of Scientology and its till then top
posted a Scientology document to the net and asked
Dennis to comment of the authenticity of the material.
Dennis' response included the automatic quoting
of the original post. From this, Scientology was
able to convince a judge that Dennis was posting
judge issued a warrant allowing Scientology to
raid Dennis' home and on a rainy day, February
13, 1995...they did just that.
Dennis phoned Priscilla Coates of the original
Cult Awareness Network who altered the media about
the ongoing raid. The local Fox affiliate come
with a camera crew and produced the video tape
you see here. Broadcast use of this footage is
local newspaper also ran a
story on the raid and wrote an
editorial about Scientology's actions.
a post to alt.religion.scientology describing
the raid. This and many other Dennis
Erlich posts have been archived on the web
by Tilman Hausherr.
years of being targeted for abuse, Dennis reached
a settlement with Scientology but his
website remains online and he continues to
help people with cult issues.