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
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
McPherson and her daughter, Lisa
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.
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
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.
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.
Police have released a cd of all the evidence they collected
in their criminal investigation. You can view an html
version of the evidence.
estate is suing the Church of Scientology Flag Services Organization
and individuals for wrongful death.
Jacobsen was instrumental in bringing Lisas story
to the public. Jeffs
website is devoted to Lisa McPherson.