Los Angeles Mirror

Dianetics Man Reports He's in Cuban Hospital

April 15, 1951

Mrs. Sara N. Hubbard, 26, suing L. Ron Hubbard, 40, inventor of dianetics, for divorce or annulment, disclosed yesterday that she has received a letter from him mailed in Cuba which assures her that her 13-month old daughter Alexis Valore "is getting excellent care."

The letter was filed in Superior Court with a request for permission to serve Hubbard by publication and by registered mail in the proceedings wherein Mrs. Hubbard charges that he kidnapped their child.

In Cuban Hospital

Hubbard, whose new theories of psychology were proclaimed in a book, purportedly stated in the letter that he has been in a Cuban military hospital in Havana but that he is being transferred to the United States as a "classified scientist immune from interference of all kinds."

"I will be hospitalized for a long time," the letter adds. "Alexis is getting excellent care. I see her every day. She is all I have to live for. My wits never gave way under all you did and let them do but my body didn't stand up. My right side is paralyzed. I hope my heart lasts. Dianetics will last 10,000 years - for the Army and Navy have it now."

May Get A Fortune

The missive further stated that in the event of Hubbard's death the child "will get a fortune" unless Mrs. Hubbard should obtain the baby' s custody. In that event, Hubbard was said to have warned, the child would receive nothing.

In her suit, Mrs. Hubbard charged that her husband subjected her to "scientific torture experiments." The petition, prepared by Atty. Caryl Warner, also accused Hubbard of having spirited the baby away from Mrs. Hubbard last Feb. 24 with the help of his friends and business associates.

The Hubbards were married in Chestertown, Md., Aug. 10, 1946.