“Legislation regulating Narconon Arrowhead and other drug rehabs is headed to the governors desk and could be signed into law this month.
Senate Bill 295 co-authored by a Senate Democrat Tom Ivester D- Sayer and House Republican Jason Murphey R- Guthrie passed the Senate unopposed with a the final vote at 43-0.”
– Mary Cantu is suing for fraud after paying $13,000 to Narconon for her son to attend in July 2011, but then he left in a panic just two weeks later after feeling his safety was endangered. (NN AH, NN Int, ABLE)
– Lisa Gray is suing after putting her son in the facility in May 2011 and then removing him in July. Like Cantu, she says Narconon is a fraudulent program that doesn’t deliver what it promises.
– Gina Nelsen is suing after paying $25,000 for her son’s treatment in October 2012. When she raised questions about the untruths she’d been told about the program, she alleges that her son was kicked out of the facility, “Thereafter, the Defendants transported Plaintiff’s son to the Salvation Army in Tulsa, Oklahoma, more than a hundred miles away, with only the clothes on his back, where he stayed until he was able to take a bus and secure some clothing, that was donated by local churches and friends.”
– Sue Ann Newman and Dena Shobe are suing after Sue Ann was admitted as a patient at Narconon in May 2012 on false promises that she and her sister, Dena Shobe, could get a special low price through a work program. Instead, “Defendants fraudulently, and without Plaintiffs’ knowledge or permission, applied for a Discovery Card and a Visa Card, in the name of Plaintiff, SHOBE. Thereafter, Defendants fraudulently billed to Plaintiff’s Discovery credit car $7,000 and billed $7,500 to Plaintiff’s Visa credit card, again, all without the knowledge and/or permission of the Plaintiffs.”
– Vicki White is suing because she say fraudulent means were used to enroll her son in Narconon and keep him there, despite her attempts to get him out because of concerns that his medical needs weren’t being addressed. Like the others, she is alleging that Narconon’s business practices are simply a form of fraud.
Richardson is also handling the wrongful death lawsuits for families in the deaths of three Narconon patients: Gabriel Graves, 32, who died in October 2011, Hillary Holten, 21, in April 2012, and Stacy Dawn Murphy, 20, in July 2012. County and state investigators are also reportedly looking into the 2009 death of Kaysie Dianne Werninck, 28.”
“McALESTER — Narconon Arrowhead’s top executive and several of his employees have had a counseling certification revoked by the National Association of Forensic Counselors, officials say.
Karla Taylor, president of NAFC, confirmed Narconon Arrowhead CEO Gary Smith’s certification and those of several Narconon employees was revoked earlier this month.”
All I can say is, why did it take 4 deaths before something like this happened?
“Narconon has been operating in Oklahoma since 1992. President and CEO, Gary Smith is a devoted believer. He said the program helped him kick an addiction 36 years ago.
‘I’ve had it personally, I’ve helped people, I’ve seen what it does,’ said Smith. ‘Yes, it’s very serious’.
According to Narconon International’s website, the treatment the facility offers is based on teachings by author and Church of Scientology founder, L. Ron Hubbard. A series of Hubbard’s books are used to help rehabilitate those in therapy.
‘They try to teach you to be a Scientologist. That is my belief,’ said Shirley Gilliam, the mother of Gabriel Graves.
While he admits the Church of Scientology is a supporter, Smith said his program is not a tool to recruit anyone to Scientology, and has no religious affiliation whatsoever.”
“The results of Hillary Holten’s autopsy states that “the cause of death is unknown. The autopsy showed no significant injuries or acute disease processes which could have explained the death,” according to the report released today.
December 5, 1995 Lisa McPherson was driven to OT 8 Scientologist Dr. David Minkoff instead of to the nearest hospital, or the next nearest, or the next nearest, or the next nearest. She was pronounced dead when she got to New Port Richey hospital where Minkoff was. Could she still be a live if she was instead driven a few blocks to Morton Plant Hospital? We’ll never know.
Lisa was severely dehydrated, had bruises all over her body, and according to the coroner, had bug bites as well. She had been held against her will at the Church of Scientology’s Ft. Harrison Hotel for the last 17 days of her life.
Scientology never faced a criminal court for what they did to Lisa. Her family’s wrongful death civil suit was settled out of court. Her memory and story remain on many web sites on the internet. She will not be forgotten, nor what was done to her.
There’s a great rare book called The False Messiahs, by Jack Gratus. In it he gives the history of some really strange cults throughout history.
One point he made has stuck with me that makes me wish I had the book. It’s the relationship between close followers and cult leaders. At times the followers’ faith may lag, but then the cult leader rises to the occasion and gives a great speech, or maybe performs a miracle to raise the faith of the followers.
At the same time, the cult leader’s faith in himself (or herself) may lag. Maybe he gave a bad interview, or a miraculous healing failed. This is where the toadies come in. THEY prop up the cult leader’s faith! Oh, dear leader, you are unique and wonderful! Think of all the people you have saved/cured/audited! etc. So the leader and the toadies keep the cult going by propping up each other.
Toadies also bring any doubters back into line. If some member’s faith is lagging, the toady rushes in to either shore up their faith or berate them into submission. If it weren’t for the toadies, many more people would leave a cult.
Merriam-Webster gives several synonyms for toady: apple-polisher, bootlicker, brownnoser, fawner, flunky (also flunkey or flunkie), lickspittle, suck-up, sycophant. Yes-man also works. Toadies are generally those close to the cult leader who have been given some degree of power in the group as a reward for their toadyism. They return the favor by actually seeing the emperor’s invisible clothes. They keep the scheme going. Without toadies, what would a cult leader do?
I bring this up merely to point out that toadies must share the blame for what a cult has done. They perpetuate the scam. Without them a cult would collapse.