Cult's Records Seized
Police Quiz 2 on Staff of "School"
March 26, 1953
Detroit police Wednesday night seized the books, records and equipment of the Detroit Dianetics and Scientology School at 8901 Dailey Court.
Taken to headquarters
for questioning were Earl Cunard, 37, who operates the school at his home,
and his assistant, Mrs. Rosa Postel, 35, of 16545 Oakfield.
Krug, head of the Special Investigations Bureau, said he did not know
what charges, if any, would be placed against Cunard and Mrs. Postel.
A search warrant,
signed by Recorder's Judge O.Z. Ide, stated the complaint as operating
a vocational school without a license.
Dianetics, the science of mental health, has been called the "poor man's psychiatry." It sprouted as a fad three years ago on the West Coast.
Krug and six officers questioned Cunard and 12 students for more than an hour and a half at the school, which is in the Grand River-Joy area.
were not taken to headquarters.
Mrs. Postal had been
picked up earlier in the evening by other officers at her home.
"We have not
completed our investigation as yet," Krug said. "Those involved
are pretty good people."
Working with Krug
was Assistant Prosecutor Sam Bresner, but neither would give any details
of what they learned. Krug would say only that he acted on "confidential
The school, which
reportedly has 50 students, has been operating for more than a year. Lessons
are said to cost $5 each. Cunard made no statement to reporters.
Dianetics was started
in May, 1950, at Los Angeles by L. Ron Hubbard, a former science fiction
Hubbard calls the mental science "the most clearly presented method of psychotherapy and self-improvement ever invented."
Followers of dianetics
claim that it can cure psychosomatic ills. A psychosomatic ailment is
one that manifests itself physically but stems from the mind.
is that the subconscious mind stores away painful experiences, which can
affect the body.
The auditor may be
a professional or simply a friend who is versed in the theory of dianetics.
The theory holds
that the patient can think back all the way to his prenatal state and
actually remember and repeat things his parents said before he was born.
In this way, according to Hubbard, the mental trouble is removed and the physical ailment disappears.