Apparent suicide of witness to a mysterious Scientology Narconon drug rehab death


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Apparent suicide of Beau Griffis, witness to a mysterious Scientology Narconon drug rehab death.

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For a couple of years, we’ve been telling you that Scientology’s drug rehab network, Narconon, has been in real trouble, particularly after the deaths of three patients at its flagship facility in Oklahoma over a nine-month period. Gabriel Graves, Hillary Holten, and Stacy Dawn Murphy each died at Narconon Arrowhead between October 2011 and July 2012, and those deaths sparked multiple government investigations as well as numerous civil lawsuits. Of those three, the death of Graves was the most mysterious — to this day, there has been no cause of death assigned by the medical examiner.

How and why did Gabriel Graves, a 32-year-old father of two, die while a patient at Narconon in October 2011? The person who found Gabriel’s lifeless body was his roommate at Arrowhead, a fellow patient named Beau Griffis (pictured).

Griffis, like so many other Narconon “students,” went on to become an employee of the system after he “graduated.” He then promoted Narconon and got involved in Scientology, but he was also a key witness in the death of Graves.

About a year ago, Griffis was deposed in the wrongful death lawsuit brought by Gabriel’s family. We’re told that Narconon’s attorneys were unhappy that Griffis turned out to be such a friendly witness for the plaintiffs. In May 2013, Griffis announced at his Facebook page that he was through with Scientology. And by January of this year, he began writing about his experiences, and posted some initial material online.

But those who knew him well tell us that Griffis was never entirely comfortable in either role — as either Scientology’s promoter, or as a whistleblower against Narconon.

Yesterday, Griffis fell seven stories to his death from a balcony on a building in State College, Pennsylvania in what appears to be a suicide.