Lisa McPherson

The story of Lisa McPherson's death broke in 1996, a year after she died in the Church of Scientology's Fort Harrison Hotel after being held against her will for seventeen days.

On November 18, 1995, Lisa was involved in a minor car accident. She was apparently not hurt, but she got out of her car and took all her clothes off and seemed mentally unstable.


Fannie McPherson and her daughter, Lisa

She was taken to a hospital where she was physically evaluated as being unharmed, but the hospital wanted her to be psychologically cared for. However, some Scientologists arrived and stated that Lisa did not believe in psychiatry, and she checked out after a short evaluation and left with the Scientologists.

She went with them to the Ft. Harrison Hotel for "rest and relaxation" according to the church, but church logs from Lisa's stay there from November 18 to her death December 5 show differently. Some logs are missing, and a high ranking ex-Scientologist has written an affidavit in which he claims that the church has in the past destroyed documents that might get the church in trouble.

On December 5, 1995, Lisa McPherson was dead on arrival at a hospital 45 minutes north of Clearwater Florida. According to the coroner's report, Lisa was underweight, severely dehydrated, and had bruises and bug bites (see the entire report here).

Lisa's last address was listed by the police as 210 S. Ft. Harrison in Clearwater Florida, which is the Fort Harrison Hotel, a Scientology property. Lisa had been a Scientologist from the age of 18 to her death at age 36.

As the details of her tragic and senseless death began to be publicized, more and more people across the country came together through the Internet to oppose the abuses occurring in the Church of Scientology.

The Clearwater Police have released a cd of all the evidence they collected in their criminal investigation. You can view an html version of the evidence.

Lisa's estate is suing the Church of Scientology Flag Services Organization and individuals for wrongful death.

Jeff Jacobsen was instrumental in bringing Lisa’s story to the public. Jeff’s website is devoted to Lisa McPherson.

Our Lisa McPherson Media Page

Lisa McPherson Photo Gallery

The Lisa McPherson Criminal Case Documents

State attorney drops criminal case against Scientology

Home--What is Scientology--Legal Section-- Personal Stories- -LMT Media