Lisa McPherson candlelight vigils

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Shiny & Free
Here are some reports on the candelit vigils held this weekend to remember Lisa McPherson:

San Diego:

Two of us turned out to stand outside the org with signs.

1956 - DEC. 5 1995

As it happened, the org was having a Christmas party and we took the opportunity to inform arrivals that Lisa would not be having a Christmas celebration this year.

Seven years gone. I hope some of them realized what happened to her, or take the time to look at

We were out and about for five hours, collecting candles, making signs, and enturbulating. Just the two of us. When the cult turned off their crappy outdoor music (meant to drown us out, but the parking lot acoustics are grand) we figured they were all in, turtled up, and out of earshot, so we left.



Lisa McPherson candlelight vigil in Hollywood (post-game)
So, this last night (December 5), we had a candlelight vigil using LED candles in cups, while passing out cards to passersby. A permit was purchased for this one, and the cops were notified.

Apparently, they had a plan for us when we arrived, because they sent out carolers, yes, CAROLERS, to sing while we did our thing. They had better fake candles than us. Not sure what they wanted to gain out of that, because it only made our vigil look better. The carolers were public Scientologists.

Tim Armer and two other guys came by with their "MERRY CHRISTMAS" signs and tried blocking apo's LED marquee sign for a few minutes, until a couple of us warned Tim that we were there on a permit, and we could call the police for them interfering with us and blocking us. And it worked, too, because they left within a couple minutes, and hung out about 100 ft. away for like and hour and a half longer.

Tory came in from out of nowhere and hung around for a little while before being on her way to where she was going.

Also, a bunch of drunken Hollywood-goers walked by and tried singing along drunkenly to the carolers while stumbling around, it was pretty funny.

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New York

Anons Mark Anniversary of a Scientology Victim's awful death

The Church of Scientology was aglow -- three lit-up tree-forms crowned its marquee and three ornamental wreaths hung on its windows. Across the street from their ironically festive West 46th Street headquarters a competing light shone.

It came from the candles solemnly held by members of Anonymous, the anti-Scientology group, who gathered on the sidewalk to mark the 13th anniversary of the Scientology-related death of Lisa McPherson.

They also held posters with McPherson's picture, showing the pretty 36-year old before she died as a result of a pulmonary embolism on December 5, 1995. The pictures after her death would be too horrible to publicly display. Autopsy photos show her pale arms and legs mottled by bruises and cockroach bites.

McPherson suffered through 17 days of isolation while going through the "introspection rundown," Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard's remedy for psychotic breakdowns. "They have a responsibility for what happened to her and they have a responsibility for the people who they are still putting through this rundown," said MedicAnon, a fixture at the Anonymous protests, who handed flyers with the names of others who shared a similar fate.

In November 1995, McPherson, a dedicated Scientologist living in Clearwater, Florida, ran her SUV into a disabled vehicle on the road. While she sustained no injuries, she removed her clothing and solicited the help of paramedics at the accident scene. They delivered her to the hospital, where doctors recommended she stay for a psychiatric evaluation.

Scientologists detest psychiatry and war with mental health providers. So a group arrived at the hospital that evening, convinced McPherson to sign herself out, and brought her to the Scientology-owned Fort Harrison Hotel for treatment.

Anon LittleSister shuddered when she thought about McPherson's days of isolation. "She was screaming and crying and banging on the walls and drawing with her blood," she said. "Before she died she pretty much lost her mind. She began to hallucinate in the end. It's the worst kind of torture I could ever imagine."

Scientologists charged with watching McPherson were barred from interacting with her. They maintained logs with their observations of her behavior, which became public during a wrongful death suit.

Eventually McPherson's condition became so alarming that an unlicensed physician handling her case decided to bring her to a hospital for help. She and another Scientologist drove the dying McPherson to a hospital 45 minutes away -- passing four other hospitals along the way.

"[They did that] because there was a Scientologist doctor there and he could cover their tracks," explained PokeAnon. "Rather than caring about the life of this woman, they care about the image of their church."

By the time they arrived McPherson was dead.

The story resulted in a lot of bad press for the church, once the media picked up on the unusual circumstances of her passing. A wrongful death lawsuit and a criminal investigation followed.

In an autopsy report, coroner Joan Wood, who examined the body, listed the cause of death as a blood clot, which resulted from "bed rest and dehydration". She later wavered on that conclusion and as a result prosecutors dropped a criminal case against the church. A civil suit brought against the Church of Scientology by McPherson's aunt was settled out of court.

Anon Meto1 said that the Church skirted punishment by threatening people involved with lawsuits, a common form of intimidation reserved for its critics.

"Our legal system is not their personal playground," he said, as he held a handwritten sign and candle. "People here remember what happened to this lady."

Wisened One

Sad the occasion......:sadsigh:

But.....Great vid!

And I want one of them LED signs, WOW! That would be AWESOME at any Night Protest! :yes:


True Ex-Scientologist
Yep... that's Tory.:thumbsup:

If you want to give her a little surprise gift sometime... I think that she likes chocolate cake.


Silver Meritorious Patron

I am sorry that Lisa will not be with her family this year. May her death (and all the other $ci victims) not be in vain.

Sleep well, R.I.P

(good job Anons)