Thank you so much for recounting this so eloquently for us Vumba. This is why the cult must be stopped.
This must have been difficult for you, but also cathartic as well, I hope.
Obviously I had already heard a small part of this before, but to see it all laid out here was a very sobering experience. Even with what we know of the paranoia and stupidity extant in the cult at this time, it beggars belief that this should have been allowed to happen to you. Of course, we know that similar things happened to many other children, but to hear it first hand is truly shocking.
It is so important that you tell your story so that we and everyone else (including those that think that Hubbard was a saint and never did anything wrong) can know what really went on in ‘the good old days’.
I was glad to hear that you have been able to discuss this with your mother. Is there any chance that she might be persuaded to tell her story?
Also, do you have any more personal stories about Hubbard? For example, I have heard that he needed glasses but never allowed himself to be photographed wearing them. Did you see this?
Thank you once again, I look forward to hearing more of your story.
Hi Ax and thank you for your support and your message. Yes, as a family we are very, very strong and the support we have for each other is only strengthened for having gone through what we did. It also informs our relationships with fellow ex members too, as they have the same reality level about what went on. This is probably why the ESMB is so popular, and it helps us all come together in one Forum.
As for mum telling her story, I am afraid that the stroke she suffered whilst in the S.O. did affect her memory so she is unable to remember too much, but I will ask her if she wishes to say anything. When she had her stroke, my little 8 year old brother found her, and ran to try to find help. Mum was taken to hospital, but it was decided by someone in the GO that it was "Out PR" for a Scientologist to be in hospital. The next day Peter Morgan and Elise Marks took my sister and I to the hospital. We were told were just going to go and visit her, but it turned out that against medical advice, they signed her out. She was taken to Stonelands and put into a bed in one of the coldest, noisiest rooms in the building near the galley. She did not recognise us. She was unable to speak. She was unable to swallow or to see to her personal needs and couldn't walk. My sister (who is writing this with me) refused to return to work so she could look after mum. For this, she was put into Treason!!! She nursed her (remember she was 16 years old) and fed her by dribbiling soup she had made from scraps into mum's mouth, and then rubbing her throat until she swallowed. This went on for a week. Each day my sister would phone our GP in East Grinstead (NOT a Scientologist) and tell him exactly how bad mum's condition was. He said he couldn't do anything because the Scientologists had taken responsibility for her. After six days, my sister phoned the doctor again and said mum's condition had deteriorated, and if he didn't get her into hospital himself, then she would be calling an ambulance regardless of what the Scientologists wanted. From there, an ambulance picked her up and took her to hospital, where she was put on life support and it was discovered that she had suffered a further stroke. It was a horrid experience. Anna Rutherford looked after mum in the evenings so my sister coujld get some food, and because she was in Treason, they refused to feed her at Stonelands and she lived at Brook House. It was wicked neglect, and I will never, ever forgive them for it. Sorry.... just hit a button inadvertently whilst I was typing this... I had forgotten this one!
Thanks for being there.....