Lisa McPherson Memorial Page

Information en Français: Le page de Roger Gonnet (titre: critique sur Scientologie, dianetique, Hubbard, et autres sectes (LRH)) avec des traductions des articles importantes sur Lisa McPherson.

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On December 5, 1995, Lisa McPherson was dead on arrival at a hospital north of Clearwater Florida. According to the coroner's report, Lisa was underweight, severely dehydrated, and had bruises and bug bites (see the entire report here and the autopsy photos here).

Lisa's last address is listed as 210 S. Ft. Harrison in Clearwater Florida, which is the Fort Harrison Hotel, a Church of Scientology property. Lisa had been a Scientologist from the age of 18 to her death at age 36.

The available evidence in my opinion points to Lisa having been put on the Introspection Rundown that Scientology uses to handle those who have had a psychotic break. On November 18, 1995, Lisa was involved in a minor car accident. She was apparently not hurt, but she got out of her car and took all her clothes off and seemed mentally unstable. She was taken to a hospital where it was recommended that she be taken to a mental institution for evaluation. However, some Scientologists arrived and stated that Lisa did not believe in psychiatry, and she checked out after a short evaluation and left with the Scientologists. She went with them for "rest and relaxation" and it is not known for certain what happened from November 18 to her death December 5. Three Scientologists the police are looking for as investigative leads have apparently left the country, and amazingly, the church claims that they have also all left the church.

Scientology has in the past been accused of hiding members from having to give tesimony in sensitive cases.

The family of Lisa McPherson is now suing the Church of Scientology for wrongful death.

For a timeline of the Lisa McPherson story click here.

How the Story Broke

The original Clearwater police web site, listing mysterious death investigation (see current page here). See #3.

My first post on November 25, 1996, about Lisa after I noticed that the address in that investigation was a church of Scientology property.

December 15, 1996 Tampa Tribune article appears after reporter Cheryl Waldrip hears about the case and investigates (see Tampa Trib's archive of articles).

Media Coverage in chronological order

Isolation as a Scientology practice

A summary of the Introspection Rundown.

A London Independent article about the rundown.

A case from Gosford Australia

Roxanne Friend stated that she was detained by Scientologists. Roxanne sued the church and they settled out of court.

Dennis Erlich states that as a Scientologist he was locked in the basement of the Ft. Harrison Hotel in Clearwater.

Craigory alleges that he saw someone in isolation in the Ft. Harrison Hotel

Margery Wakefield says she was in isolation at the Ft. Harrison Hotel

Hana Eltringham says she was in isolation at the Ft. Harrison Hotel

Anne Rosenblum says she was in isolation at the Ft. Harrison Hotel

Zane Thomas alleges that he saw someone in isolation at a Scientology site in Scotland

Monica Pignotti saw the beginnings of the Introspection Rundown.

L. Ron Hubbard on civil rights.

Please Help with this police investigation!

If you know the whereabouts of any of these 3 people:

Found! The Police thank you!Susanne Schnurrenberger, (or possibly Susanne Schnurrenberger-Graewer)
Ildiko Cannovas (or possibly Konyves), believed to be in Hungary
Laura Arrunada, believed to be in Mexico

please contact the Clearwater Florida police department.
Thanks to
Inside Edition for their Januray 21, and March 21 1997 segments
Hard Copy for the January 21, 1997 segment
Tampa Tribune for breaking the story and continuing with it.
St. Petersburg Times for keeping up on the story.
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last update 5/27/97

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