January of 2001, Lawrence Woodcraft and his daughters,
Astra and Zoe, as well as Astra's daughter, Kate, visited
the Lisa McPherson Trust in Clearwater, Florida. During
their visit, each of the Woodcrafts shared intimate
details of their personal experiences in Scientology's
paramilitary Sea Organization.
Interview with Lawrence
Interview about the Freewinds
Woodcraft was a licensed architect in England when, in 1986,
he was recruited to join the Sea Organization and go to work
for Scientology in Clearwater, Florida. He left England with
his two young daughters, Astra and Zoe, and joined his then-wife
Leslie, who had already been recruited and was a staff member
at Flag in Clearwater. ImMediately all the promises that had
been made to convince him to join staff were broken. He was
ordered to take a job that had nothing to do with architecture;
his entire family was crammed into one motel room instead
of the two-bedroom apartment he had been promised; his children
did not go to private school as he had been told they would;
in fact, Zoe did not go to school at all and Astra attended
public school only briefly.
Lawrence had routed out of the Sea Org and built a successful
architectural practice in Los Angeles. He subsequently helped
both of his daughters get out of the Sea Org. This allowed
Astra to save the life of her unborn baby, as had she stayed
in the Sea Org she would have been forced to have an abortion.
His younger daughter Zoe had never been to a
proper school and is now, at age 16, in a public high school
working hard to catch up with her fellow students.
his daughters get out of the Sea Org, Lawrence was declared
a Suppressive Person in September 2000. All of his Scientology
clients were ordered to cease doing business with him in an
attempt to destroy his architecture practice.
Lawrence's affidavit about his experiences
in Scientology, and also Lawrence's affidavit in which
he gives a firsthand account of the deadly levels of blue
asbestos he encountered on the Scientology ship Freewinds.
said, "While I give financial support to my daughters
and try to help them complete school and college, the Church
condemns me as a 'suppressive' and treats me as a common criminal."
to the world of Scientology -- through the looking glass.