Faith or Fraud
Her death was suspect. The medical report stated that Lisa (in Scientology for 18 years) had been restrained, had bruises all over her body and hadn't eaten, drunk and slept for days. The McPherson case became the symbol of Scientology's cruelty in the world.
Ron Hubbard and his followers have had legal troubles in several countries throughout the world. Tax fraud, manipulation, violation of civil rights are the more frequent charges against them. Among the most famous cases, the decision against Hubbard's wife, Mary Sue, and other eight members of the Guardian Office (the inner secret service) for conspiracy against US Government and obstruction to justice, in 1979.
In 1984, in his decision confirmed in appeal of 1991, Judge Paul Breckenridge stated that
Jesus Magazine interviewed a priest who runs a call center for victims of cults.
Father Cadei says that disconnection is confirmed by inner writings. They also interviewed Dino Michieletto, an "historical enemy" who lost his wife and 3 children in Scientology. He says he has had no contact with his (adult) children since 1986.
In 1991 Michieletto got a historical decision in his pre-divorce case (separation). The judge said that
"The separation must be intended without fault as the behaviour of the parties seems to be on one hand the effect of the circumvention operated by the "staff" of Scientology, and on the other hand the reaction due to the (husband's) awareness of a danger, also at a psychological level, the wife was running into by participating in the Dianetics organization".
The wife tried to assign fault to the husband, saying he was beating her etc. One of their adult daughters (a Scientologist) confirmed this thesis, but the judge didn't believe it.