Scientology Story is a six part series from the June 24-29, 1990, Los Angeles Times, about the Scandal of Scientology, a network
of franchises, "Orgs," "Churches," etc.,
throughout the world based on theories and
policies of L. Ron Hubbard, a science-fiction writer. Steven
Scientology in Germany is an alert about how Scientology
is a dangerous cult run like a big business.
Since the late 1970s there have been reports of the children of
of God, "The Family," and "The Family International" being
abducted and moved to other countries. The Family's "Law of Love" permits sex outside marriage and that the group once condoned a practice known as "flirty fishing" -- the use of sex to win converts.
On March 22, 1997, a small cottage in the French Canadian village
of St. Casimir exploded into flames with Disciples
of the Order of the Solar Temple. Over 70 members
died in Canada, Switzerland and France. Luc Jouret, the Belgium leader of the secretive sect.
Davidians, a.k.a. Students of the Seven Seals -- For 51
days, from February 28 to April 19, 1993, armed
Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco
and Firearms agents surrounded the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas. The standoff ended in a fire.
David Koresh, the leader, and 80 followers,
including two dozen children perished. Agents claim the Davidians
set the fire and shot themselves. Witnesses said the fire was caused by the ATF. In 1994, 11 members were acquitted of murder or conspiracy to commit murder. Five Davidians
were convicted of voluntary manslaughter and/or weapons charges.
The Davidian who testified for the government was sentenced to three
years; all others were sentenced
to 40 years. In 2000, the US Supreme Court reduced most
sentences to 15 years plus supervised
release for 3 - 5 years.
In Montana, in the hills of a 960-acre wheat farm and sheep
ranch, in "Justus Township," at least 21 people called themselves Freemen.
They refused to leave the ranch, which they claimed as sovereign
territory. The Freemen reject the validity of the US, state
and county governments, even refusing to register cars. June 13, 1996: 81-Day Montana Standoff Ends
Gate Cult Mass Suicide -- in a rented San Diego County
mansion “monastery,” 39
celibate people (castrated males and androgynous females) between the ages of
26 and 72, carrried out a group suicide in March 1997. They believed 2000 years earlier, their leader
left his body, to travel by space-ship to Earth, to be incarnated as Jesus Christ.
Asahara, born Chizuo Matsumoto, partially
blind from birth, became an acupuncturist. He owned a folk medicine shop,
a yoga school and and claimed to teach others supernatural
1987, he organized Aum Shinri Kyo. Asahara is Christ to his 20,000 followers. His
beliefs are based on the Book of Revelations, and
Nostradamus. Asahara called for a final world revolution
and established chemical factories to prepare for Armageddon and poison others.
Former followers of The
Way International claim the cult demands blind obedience and
pulls families apart. Adherents say it
is an alternative religion.
The Life and Death of Peoples Temple
On November 18th, 1978, in Jonestown Guyana, 900 Peoples Temple members died. Jonestown was the informal name for the Agricultural Project run by a leader preaching apostolic socialism. On November 18, 1978, US Congressman Leo Ryan, and four others, were assassinated at the nearby Port Kaituma jungle airstrip. At the compound, the founding leader James "Jim" Warren Jones commanded the mass suicide/murder of every man, women, and child by drinking potassium cyanide and tranquilizers mixed in a sweet drink. Journalist, Tim Reiterman accompanied Congressman Ryan. Odell Rhodes, a Temple member who survived by hiding underneath a building, said the first to line up for the deadly drink were mothers and their babies. He said that there was no panic or emotional outburst; people looked as if they were "in a trance." -- The Jonestown Death Tape (FBI No. Q 042) (November 18, 1978).
In April 1999, Jacques Robidoux, 29, the leader of "The Body," ''Attleboro cult,'' or ''Attleboro sect'' a small sect of two extended families (40 members), living communally, who reject modern medicine, government and science, starved his
eleven-month-old son, Samuel, for 51 days, to fulfill a religious vision. Out of jealousy, Robidoux's sister, Michelle Mingo, concocted a prophecy about withholding solid food. Robidoux rejected the insanity defense and refused examination by a psychologist, believing the medical system was controlled by Satan. He is serving a life sentence without parole for first-degree murder. He believed if any harm came to his son, from diet, “he could bring the child back to life." One of his father's beliefs was that institutions, including the legal system, the medical system, and mainstream religion, were among "Satan's seven counterfeit systems." Karen, who claimed she was brainwashed, was acquitted of second-degree murder, but convicted of assault on a child. In an appeal, Robidoux claimed he grew up with his parents’ religious beliefs and was subjected to mind control when his son starved to death. Jacques father originally led the cult influenced by Carol Balizet. Michelle Mingo pled guilty to Accessory Before the Fact in 2004, and was sentenced to time served. She divorced during the trial and her exhusband has custody of their five children. Rebecca Corneau, a religious
extremist, whose gross negligence allowed her last baby
to die is a member of the "sovereign
nation" of adults from interrelated
families who reject governmental authority and adhere to
their interpretation of the Old Testament.
Manuela and Daniel Ruda killed Frank Hackerts, 33, a close
friend, with a hammer and 66 stab wounds. His decomposing
body was found in their apartment. They
admitted to stabbing their friend at their trial, but pleaded not guilty under orders from the devil. They showed no remorse, and grinned
at the victim's mother. They received 13
and 15 year sentences at a secure
psychiatric ward. Manuela's final gesture was a satanic sign with her little and index fingers and inch-long black nails. Manuela said, "It was not murder. It was the execution of an order. Satan ordered us to. It simply had to be. We wanted to make sure that the victim suffered well."
Jeffs, born December 3, 1955, was the prophet of leadership to 10,000 polygamous Fundamentalist Latter Day Saint (FLDS) members, in the US and Canada. The meek appearing, soft-spoken, former school teacher, and accountant was arrested near Las Vegas with wigs, cell phones, laptop computers and $54,000 cash. The "President and Prophet, Seer and Revelator". and "President of the Priesthood," is now in Powledge Prison Unit in Palestine, Texas, for sexually assaulting two girls, 12 and 15, and accomplice to child rape. As he awaits trial for bigamy, he controls the FLDS from his cell. Members were given until December 31, 2011, to show their loyalty to Jeffs by getting rid of all pets and toys, abstaining from all sex and giving $5,000 per month to the church, or lose everything, including their religion. Between 1,000 and 1,500 members were forced to leave in excommunications. Warren's father, Rulon T. Jeffs, the FLDS prophet for 15 years, died at age 92, with 75 wives and 65 children. In 2002, Warren Jeffs, one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives, lived in seclusion surrounded by bodyguards. During his sex-abuse trial, mainstream Mormons and modern polygamists were repulsed that he repeatedly quoted Mormon founder Joseph Smith. John Dougherty, New Times staff writer, researched
the culture of sexual and psychological abuse, and unlawful
expenditure of millions of public dollars for secretive,
isolated polygamist communities at the Arizona-Utah
killing fields -- Mountain Meadows Massacre
in 1857. Both Mormons and Native Americans
were blamed for the attack. In 1857, 120 unarmed members of a wagon train moving through southern Utah were attacked and slaughtered by Mormon militia. A cover-up has gone on for 150 years.
of Mormonism: How It All Began -- This describes
what the Mormon Church believes and teaches. There are interviews with Mormons
who tell why they believe what they do. There are excerpts of the famed "Manti" passion
Henry Lyons, leader of the National Baptist Convention, troubles began in July 1997 with an arson
at a home he owns with a woman other than his wife.
Lyons was charged with racketeering and grand theft.