Read for yourself: The LRH “technology” that killed Lisa McPherson

“I have made a technical breakthrough which possibly ranks with the major discoveries of the twentieth century*… it is called the introspection rundown.” — LRH

* Other major discoveries of the 20th century: Nuclear fission, carbon dating, microwave ovens, aspirin, the Big Bang Theory, television, antibiotics, blood typing, blood banks, powered flight, heart transplant surgery, DNA, and Scientology’s least favorite discovery… the Internet.

Lisa McPherson died after Scientologists checked her out of a hospital and brought her back to a Church property to apply LRH’s treatment for psychotic breaks, the “Introspection Rundown” (billed by LRH as “THE TECHNICAL BREAKTHROUGH OF 1973!”). Now that WikiLeaks is back up, you can download the LRH bulletin that outlines this “treatment” and read it for yourself.

Now, a note of caution: This is a revised bulletin. The date code is “23 January 1974RB”, the RB indicating that this is the third revision (R, RA, RB), and the final date is 1991, 5 years past LRH’s death.

Some highlights:

Psychotic breaks as explained by LRH. In this bulletin, LRH says, “Man has never been able to solve the psychotic break,” and that a psychotic break is accompanied by “violence, destruction and all.” (This, of course, isn’t even close to correct. Psychotic breaks can take many forms and symptoms which run the gamut from hearing voices to catatonia. This is easy information to come by – all it takes is a simple Web search – but most Scientologists would rather stab themselves with a fork than read anything written by those dreaded psychs, so they’re willing to take LRH’s uninformed word for it.)

How psychiatrists handle psychotic breaks. According to LRH, upon witnessing a psychotic break, a psychiatrist “would have sharpened up his ice pick, filled his syringes with the most powerful (and deadly) drugs he could find and turned up the volts.” Scientologists actually believe this. (For the record, Scilon readers: This isn’t true.)

Isolation is critical. LRH says to “…isolate the person wholly with all attendants completely muzzled (no speech).” In a follow-up bulletin, LRH explains that isolation is paramount, and that aside from auditing – discussed next – no one can speak while in earshot of the victim. Only one person, the case supervisor (C/S), may communicate with him or her – and then only by passing notes, which must be answered in writing. I don’t think you need a PhD in clinical psychology to figure out how much psychological damage one does by refusing spoken contact to a person who is losing touch with reality. (Lisa died after 17 days of “isolation watch.”)

Audit, audit, audit. (Lisa apparently did not live long enough to get to this stage.) According to LRH, the reason for a psychotic break is that some incident happened that caused the person to focus their attention inwardly. No, really, that’s what he says. So the cure is auditing – holding the cans of the E-Meter while being given commands like “Has another ARC broken you [made you upset]?”, “Have others demanded withholds of anyone else they didn’t have?”, “Locate an incident of others giving others a false assignment that they were being done in,” and “What would be the intention behind the giving of problems to people that don’t belong to them?”

Frankly, all this would be pretty funny, except for the fact that a) Scientologists really do this instead of proper medical treatment, and b) it really killed Lisa McPherson.

The Independent’s view

Now, you might be wondering where Marty Rathbun stands on the issue of Lisa McPherson. Surely, in his search to eliminate the abuses of the Church, he wouldn’t advocate this sort of ridiculous reaction to a serious medical condition, right? Wrong. According to Marty, Lisa McPherson died because DM “squirreled” (altered) Hubbard’s technology and misinterpreted the state of Clear. Let me reiterate: According to Marty, isolating a person and asking them inane questions is the proper cure for a psychotic break. Don’t take my word for it: Read Marty’s blog entries concerning Lisa’s death here and here.

If you think Scientology is just a kooky-but-innocent religion, think again. Scientology is dangerous and harmful – just ask Lisa McPherson.

Oh, wait, you can’t.


13 responses to “Read for yourself: The LRH “technology” that killed Lisa McPherson

  1. Concerned citizen

    Obvious flaws with Scientology aside; I find it immensely disturbing that the founders solution to an introverted person is to:
    A. Ask them incredibly introverted questions and;
    B. Detach them from communication with other people.

    I can think of only two outcomes – a person insane enough to accept anything you suggest to them – or someone so into their own mind that they accept they are the cause of everything bad happening to them.

    The Founder clearly was not educated (despite his claims) – and if he was then his solution to people’s real problems can only be the origination of pure vindictiveness towards his fellow men.

    Has it ever occurred to anyone that this man for the last 20 years of his life was only surrounded by his followers – and yet in this time he developed his most disgusting processes and harsh justice – who were his guinea pigs? His own people that trusted him.

    I do not know what is more terrifying – being a Scientologist, or being surrounded by people (Scientologists) that think it is OK to practice on people without any idea of what the meter actually does, or the effects of their meddling with the human brain. I doubt any Scientologists actually have studied anything about the Human body or the mind.

    I heard once there was a few Scientologists that were Doctors. A closer inspection reveals they are two-bit practices and not professional surgeons – and they shame their industry.

    In summary I find this to be process medical malpractice. And the Church should be sued for the damage they cause through administration of it.

  2. Breakthrough?

    He calls this a “breakthrough” comparable to greats like Einstein, Rutherford, Curie… the list goes on.

    This man gave humanity absolutely nothing but a bunch of hapless notes and theories on the human Mind based on zero research while he was off drinking; taking drugs; abusing children and keeping them as slaves and swindling millions.

    How dare he compare himself to the “greats”. anyone who would believe such guff has obviously not studied what has happened in the last 150 years of advancement of the mankind.

    But I am not surprised that Scientologists stick by their religion – when you have a cult taking 500 Million p.a. from their followers, and the “Field Staff Members” make a tidy 10% – that’s a 50 Million Dollar incentive to keep their fellow men in the dark. Hell, some Scientologists make a full time income sucking in their fellow “friends” to pay for this ridiculous stuff or to build an “ideal org” just so they can make their nice 10%.

    Why do I get the idea that after an introspection rundown would follow a heavy reg cycle where the person would then fork out $20,000 for more nonsense to “fix themselves”.

    I should know – I have seen it while on staff.

    If you want to see ignorance in it’s brimming all, go into a local organization (or Marty’s Place) and quiz them on the “History of Man” and let some 18 year old who never finished school start to glow with glee as she commences to tell you that you have lived for 74 Quadrillion years and there are millions of planets and aliens – not based on research, just a book written in the height of the UFO Phenomena designed to get people in.

    And then the 18 year old will start to tell you how all education is irrelevant and only Scientology has the answers. Darwin is wrong. Newton is wrong. They are all wrong! Do not ask the person a simple question like “Is there any evidence?” because the look on their face is like “OMG, a non-believer! an Educated Person! A Suppressive Person!” and watch them run and ask you to leave.

    Only suckers need apply…

  3. Robert Biasotti

    Good God, Aaron, then “Concerned Citizen” is dead on target!

    So, how do they avoid a mountain of medical malpractice suits?


  4. RB: They have people sign waivers before taking the more potentially dangerous (or, as more frequently happens, potentially litigious) courses or processes.


  5. Robert Biasotti

    That is just LOW.
    What’s more, I doubt that it would stand-up on its own against a competent attorney in a court of law.
    Of course, if that attorney and his family were being hounded, harassed and intimidated Scilon-style, it just might work!
    That’s even LOWER!

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  7. That is a fine and sharp article.


  8. Do you only put the viewpoints on here that agree with the anti Scientology brigade, or would you like to try someone who has been inside a mental hospital for 6 months, and seen for himself what happens there?

    Oh yes, and has also read (studied) many of the Dianetics and Scientology, had auditing, and has more experience on this than Caliwog and Anonymous put together?

    I note once again in line with hiding behind masks, here we also have hiding behind user names, something that Marty Rathburn is not doing. Why?

  9. Hi Kim, thanks for joining us.

    As a general rule, I don’t censor any comments on this blog. If someone leaves a pro-Scientology viewpoint, it stands. That’s radically different from the policy of Marty Rathbun’s blog, where you only get to read the comments he deems fit for you to read.

    As for user names, don’t forget that Marty is running a business. His blog is, among other things, a promo tool. If I were selling deprogramming services, I’d probably use my real name, too.

    Or maybe Caliwog IS my real name. Hmm…


  10. Interesting stuff. I was audited by the Church of Scientology and they said I was already a Thetan VIII. So no extra work was needed and I went home and had a box of Ring Dings.

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