A fellow offered me a job one time. He said, “All you have to do is walk in here, leave your gun at the gate, walk in here and you’re supposed to walk around for eight hours a day, and do so-and-so and so-and-so.”
And I said, “In where?”
He said, “In that enclosure there.”
And I said, “What’s the difference between that and a prison camp?”
“Oh,” he says, “you’re nonsense. You get paid in there.”
That was the first and only time the government offered me a post as a nuclear physicist. That was the end of that. The government offered me that post. They tried to kidnap me on another one, by the way.
They said, “You know you’re still in the reserves and we can call you back to active duty on research in the field of the mind.”
“You’re still in the service,” this admiral said. “Ha-ha. You change your mind any time, you know, about coming in. You can volunteer. Of course, I can put you back on active duty at any time, so you’d better volunteer. You’d probably feel better in there making seventy-five hundred dollars a year” — rather than whatever officers get these days — twenty-five cents an hour or something.
And I said, “Well,” I said, “if you put it that way,” I said, “I’m overwhelmed.” I said, “There’s nothing much I can do.”
Here is actually a proposition of a person being seized because of his own knowledge, just the way you might seize a fellow who carved ivory well, back in the Dark Ages. He carved ivory well so he was seized. He was taken away and put into a position that he couldn’t object to and he was made to work at a trade that he was good at but didn’t particularly like. What’s the difference? What’s the difference?
Not very much. Except maybe I walk with faster feet sometimes. Of course, it was impossible at that time to resign from the service. A reserve officer had to continue as a reserve officer from there on out. But I was down to the Potomac River Naval Command, and I was through Bureau of Naval Personnel. It was Monday when he came to see me, and he was going to come back and see me Thursday. And when he came back and saw me Thursday he said, “Well,” he said, “you’ve decided to come into the service as a civilian?”
And I said, “No, I haven’t. I decided not to.”
And he said, “Well,” he said, “I’ll have to call you back to active duty.”
And I says, “Try and do it,” and handed him my resignation, accepted. He was crushed.
But do you know that immediately predated, by one week, the opening of the Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation of Elizabeth, New Jersey. There would have been no Dianetics, there would have been no Scientology, and there would have been no publications on the subject anywhere had this succeeded. Interesting, isn’t it?
They didn’t want to prevent Dianetics. They didn’t want to prevent Scientology, the publications of books. All they wanted to do was get a piece of research done which they in their tyrannical fashion had decided was far more important than any other research that could be done. They wanted me to work on a project to make men more suggestible. Can you imagine me working on such a project? You can imagine me working on admirals to make them more suggestible, but not on people.
No, even in myself or any other scientist, in any engineer today, there is this background, there is this tradition: That man has a right to his own opinions, has a right to study them, has a right to know his government and his duties as a citizen, and to exercise himself in performing those duties. And he has a right to contribute to the society. And this we’ve known for twenty-three hundred years, and so today call ourselves a civilized race.
But in only the last six years have we known why. Only in the last six years have we actually directly contributed to this stable datum to make it more stable. Only in the last six years have we found the methods and modus operandi by which to make this future culture come true; the future culture in which men are actually all permitted to do this.
Men can become so depressed that they are not themselves capable of exerting their own self-determinism, because it doesn’t exist. We can give it back to them. We can give them that thing which twenty-three hundred years ago, it was stated they must have in order to continue to be free. Therefore, we have a stake in the game, too.1; 2
Reurlet May 22 1953 requesting information from Bufiles concerning captioned organization.
The stated purpose of the Foundation is to “study and conduct research in the field of the human mind and of human thought in action” through the medium of “dianetics,” which may be likened to psychotherapy with certain differences as to method and concept. In this connection, in March, 1951, the Board of Medical Examiners of the Department of Law and Public Safety, State of New Jersey, was taking to trial in the Union County District Court, Elizabeth, New Jersey, a case against the Foundation. The basis for the case was that the Foundation allegedly conducted a school teaching a branch of medicine and surgery without a license.
The Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation, Inc.
211 W. Douglas St.
May 14, 1951
THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
You will find that I have reported some of these matters to the FBI in the Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington, D.C. before but this is getting to a point were the mere delivery of facts into files is pointless.
It is more than a belief on my part that the Communist Party or members of the Communist Party have in the past year wiped out a half a million dollar operation for me, have cost me my health and have considerably retarded material of interest to the United States Government.
I am, basically, a scientist in the field of atomic and molecular phenomena. At least that was my course in college. I followed this into the fields of human thought, identified an energy and produced through twenty years of research, a science of thought known popularly as dianetics.
Although this story starts earlier, when I left the Navy in which I served as an officer during the war, I found myself associated with a woman known as Sara Elizabeth Northrup. I met her in Pasadena in late 1945. She evinced considerable interest in my scientific researches.
In 1949, in Elizabeth, New jersey, I formed an organization known as the American Institute of Advanced Therapy. Miss Northrup, whom I believed to be my wife, having married her and then, after some mix-up about a divorce, believed to be my wife in common law, was instrumental in breaking up this organization. In 1950 I wrote a book called DIANETICS and formed the HUBBARD DIANETIC RESEARCH FOUNDATION in New Jersey.
From the first this organization, quite unlike my naval commands, was a source of great turbulence to me. Strange things were done for which I had no accounting. Orders were rarely carried off. Research was held to zero. Funds were spent in unproductive ways.
In August of that year I had reason to believe my wife was unfaithful and went to California. I was afraid of publicity and did nothing about this. By October, things
had come to such a pass in terms of organizational enturbulence that C. Parker organ, a member of the Foundation board of trustees told me he believed subversion was taking place. He asked the FBI to make an investigation. I know nothing further of this investigation. However, investigating on my own, I found that the publisher of the book, Arthur Ceppos, Hermitage House, was failing to distribute the book and was actually upsetting the organization by invalidating me and the science. I challenged Ceppos with this and forced him to resign from the board of trustees of the Foundation. At this time I learned also that Ceppos was “formerly” a member of the Communist party. Resigning with Ceppos and hand in glove with him, evidently, was J.A., Winter MD, medical director of the Foundation. I discovered then that Winter was a psycho-neurotic discharged officer of the US Army Medical Corps and that Winter seemed to have Communist connections. I was not alert still to any belief that this strange upset in the organization was Communist inspired.
In early October my alleged wife, who a few months later would be claiming we were not married, caused me to make out a will to her via attorney Milt Davis of Los Angeles, leaving her shares in the copyrights and Foundations. I returned to Rahway New Jersey and in late October, while asleep in my home, was slugged. I had no proof of this and so I wisely or unwisely sheered away from publicity for something for which I had no witnesses and tried to carry on. However I was thereafter in poor health.
I returned to Los Angeles. On my first day in town Sara Northrup left our baby in a car and I was arrested for it. I could never understand why the police insisted it was I, but it is a matter of court record that the act was done by Sara.
On December the 5th, while asleep in my apartment on North Rossmore in Los Angeles I was again attacked and knocked out. When I woke I debated considerably going to the police but was again afraid of publicity for again I did not know who might have done this. It never occurred to me to suspect that my wife had any part in this.
I had become so ill by January 1st and was so long overdue in writing my second book that I went to Palm Springs. I returned from Palm Springs in late February to find my wife apparently ill, in bad mental condition, and my baby more or less forgotten in a back room of the Los Angeles Foundation. I instantly took steps, what steps I could, to give my wife help. She seemed to recover.
I was in my apartment on February 23rd, about two or three o’clock in the morning when the apartment was entered, I was knocked out, had a needle thrust into my heart to give it a jet of air to produce”coronary thrombosis” and was given an electric shock with a 110 volt current. This is all very blurred to me. I had no witnesses. But only one person had another key to that apartment and that was Sara.
Further, earlier in the week had found letters in a “love nest” she had had with a Miles Hollister, an employee of the Foundation. These letters contained, with their love language, also enormous amounts of data on the Foundation and my activities. Further there was a telegram which came from Hollister containing the phrase, “Lombardo should live so long” Lombardo being a name she sometimes called me.
I had been convinced by these letters she had been unfaithful but I was too ill to do anything active. I forgave her and tried to get her into better shape. But on Saturday Feb. 25 she flew to San Francisco and my general managers Jack Maloney in New Jersey received a phone call from her and Miles Hollister and a psychiatrist named Meyer Zelig in San Francisco that I had gone insane and that they needed money to incarcerate me quickly.
I learned of this quickly by phone from New Jersey and my orders from my eastern Foundation were to get out. I went back to the apartment that night however and found my “wife” had returned but seemed drugged. I found two strange men watching the apartment. I got her out, she consenting, and took her to Palm Springs. Hollister instantly had warrants issued for my arrest for abducting” my wife and, gave the Beverly Hills police a false address for himself. Further, I had put my baby safely in a nursing home and Hollister issued a complaint against me in Los Angeles for kidnapping my own baby. I tried to get Sara out of California, knowing her to be under terrific duress of some kind. She however would not further accompany me than the Arizona border. I have her signed statement, requested of her by me before the border guards, that she was under her own power and was with me by full consent. At the moment she demanded to go back I could not deter her naturally without using force and so I let her go.
I went east. My baby was delivered to me there. The child was ill and I took her south to get her some sunshine. I wrote my second book in Havana. I returned here to Wichita.
Meanwhile I was able to integrate this matter and obtained more data from friends. There are many witnesses to these things, Frank Dessler, A.E. van Vogt, Mrs. Fay Clauson,
Richard deMille, and others.
Sara was associating exclusively and using her position to support a group consisting of Miles Hollister, Gene Benton, (an alias, his real name being Weinberger), Peggy Benton, Roger Starr, Lyn Hite, Henry Hunter, Marge Hunter and Gregory Hemmingway. In the east she was closely and exclusively associated with Dr. Winter, Arthur Ceppos and a Nancy Roodenburg. Using a Foundation position as Executive vice-president, she provided this group with funds. Handling my own accounts she neglected to pay many debts. She was closely connected as well with Hal Moon, a “pastor” in Monrovia or some such town in California. Also she was associated, as a part of this group with Marc Lawrence, the actor, and via Benton, Stan Kenton, the orchestra leader seems also associated with this group and also with a Bill Graff or Graph. Also connected here is Edward Muhl of Universal Pictures but in what way I am not certain.
Gene and Peggy Benton confessed to our general manager that they had been members of the Young Communists. Henry Hunter and Marge Hunter are alleged to have been connected with Communism. Marc Lawrence, very active in this group, is supposed to have been (admitted in the House to have been) a member of the Communist Party. Hollister stated to me that he had been a member of the Young Communists, and is associated with Dr. Werner Wolfe of Bard College.
In November the Medical Director of the Foundation Dr. Rowland Walker died suddenly, in Winter’s House, of “coronary thrombosis”, after a siege of terrible nerves. In late January or early February, an instructor of the Los Angeles Foundation, on the verge of important research data, was shot to death by his wife who then committed suicide – out of which Hollister and Benton seemed to have attempted to make anti-dianetic publicity. Earlier, in New York, a young patient, after an interview with Gene Benton committed suicide and en effort had been made to publicize this.
The group above named has produced remarkable turbulence in our organization so that the Organization has collapsed and another has had to be set up to replace it, Their removal from dianetics has been attended by a most remarkable smear campaign in California.
In February in Chicago I took tests at the Chicago Psychological Institute to guarantee the fact that I am sane. This talk of insanity and other matters in the press have behind them a remarkable clause in the “divorce” petition leveled by Sara Hubbard” – a receivership for the Foundation and turning it all over to her. She was aware of
that my will had been changed.
Many offers of peace were extended to her before this strange attack was launched. I have been called a “dope fiend” by her. I have been called “insane”. Every effort is being made to get dianetics.
This is data: in- August 1950 I found out a method the Russians use on such people as Vogeler, Mindzenty and others to obtain confessions. I could undo that method. My second book was to have shown how the Communists used narco-synthesis and physical torture and why it worked as it did. Further, I was working on a technology of psychological warfare to present it to the Defense Department. All that work was interrupted. Each time I tried to write a new attack was launched.
As a one-time officer of ONI I try not to see Indians behind every bush. I have not the use of your files. I find out, suddenly, that a Leo West, in charge of our Office is a Communist and so discharge him and close that office. But I could not discover these things until damage has been done.
I enclose a validation pamphlet of dianetics. It is not a psychotherapy but a study of the energy of thought. It is important technology. The proof of it in the field of psychotherapy is indicated in this pamphlet.
These ex-Communists or current Communists “helped me”. They stayed close to me. They shut me off from Communication. I did not realize that my wife was one until this spring. Only then could I separate myself.
While my proof may be slight, it is strange that turbulence in the new Foundation ceased the moment I began to use only personnel screened by a “lie detector”. This present organization is secure as well as I can make it. But the old Foundations have been thrust into oblivion.
Dianetics is important politically. It indicates ways of controling people or de-controling them and of handling groups which is good technology. It is an American science. Arthur Ceppos sat on the press side of dianetics and we have received since the publication of the book a most rabid anti-dianetic press.
The field of Group Dianetics could become an ideology if anyone let it. Who controls dianetics, its techniques and researches can be a menace to the security of this country.
It may be that this is wildcat party activity. It may be that these members are simply ex- Communists. But an Alastair Kyle stated by Parker Morgan to be a Communist, tried long and hard from New York to get our mailing list.
I only know these things – while I let them, unsuspected, cluster around me, these people stopped dianetics in its tracks. With them gone we can run an organization. But once ejected they began, evidently, through Sara, these remarkable attacks. I believe this woman to be under heavy duress. She was born into a criminal atmosphere, her father having a criminal record. Her half sister was an inmate of an insane asylum. She was part of a free love colony in Pasadena.
She had attached herself to a Jack Parsons, the rocket expert, during the war and when she left him he was a wreck. Further, through Parsons, she was strangely intimate with many scientists of Los Alamo Gordos. I did not know or realize these things until I myself investigated the matter. She may have a record.
My plea is simply this: security in which science can work. Why do these people remain at large, free of our presses, destructive of our efforts? I have been developing, in spite of these enturbulences, data of some value as this rudimentary pamphlet proves. Dianetics and the Foundation, potent forces, almost fell into complete Communist control or the control of ex-Communists, whichever it is. I cannot fight the battle of Communists vs the world as the only opponent or threat. Certainly some ore else must be at least faintly interested. My life has been in danger, my work has suffered, my life is still in danger. My reputation is almost ruined so these vermin Communists or ex-Communists whatever they are can take over a piece of society and a technology.
If Russia possessed the notes I have on psychological warfare, she would be that much more potent.
Further, I do not believe these people meant to destroy dianetics but to drive it underground. They “helped” me with radio programs which did not get played, by pamphlets which did not give the whole story (like this validation pamphlet) and by “advice” which attempted to knock every loyal American out of dianetics.
What can one do in the face of this? When, when, when will we have a round-up?
Please compare these notes with your central files. I am certain you will find these names repeated there connected
with Communist activities. Perhaps in your criminal files or on the police blotter of Pasadena you will find Sara Elizabeth Northrup, age about 26, born April 8, 1924(?), about 5’9″, blonde-brown hair, slender. My own investigation seems to indicate that possibility. Her residence from ’42 to 45 was 1003 South Orange Grove, Pasadena, Calif. I have no revenge motive nor an I trying to angle this broader than it is. I believe she is under duress, that they have something on her and I believe that under a grilling she would talk and turn state’s evidence.
I an unsure of Edward, Muhl and Stan Kenton as connected but merely mention them as associated vaguely with this group. I am very sure of the politics or ex-politics of other members of the group. Gregory Hemingway is the son of Ernest Hemingway and is employed at Douglas Aircraft in California. He may be a dupe but he has taken a solid role in this group. Roger Starr is probably a dupe. Lyn Hite is not known to be a Communist but associates solidly with Communists. Marc Lawrence was definitely aiding Sara in January 1950 in her efforts to stop the second book.
All these matters are, of course, confidential. I do not wish them to be published in any way. I am not trying to regain a reputation by blaming Communism. But I am trying hard to understand how it is that these persons, all so solidly ex-affiliated or currently affiliated, as a group, work in such close partnership against a technology they know would hurt Communism and yet remain at liberty.
I m applying to the Department of Defense for permission to deliver to them my work on psychological warfare. I hope this new Foundation can operate. Frankly, from what has happened, I am not certain I will live through this. If I do not, know that I have only these enemies in the entire world.
May I respectfully request, sir, your assistance in rendering America a trifle safer for new sciences. I wish I could ask you to extend that clause in the charter of the FBI about persons in distress.
L. Ron Hubbard
WARNER & JACKSON
639 South Spring Street
Los Angeles 14, California
Attorneys for Plaintiff
[Stamped: FILED Apr 23, 1951, Harold Cecily, County Clerk]
IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES
SARA NORTHRUP HUBBARD,
L. RON HUBBARD, also known as LAFAYETTE RONALD HUBBARD; Los Angeles Department HUBBARD DIANETIC RESEARCH FOUNDATION, a partnership; THE HUBBARD DIANETIC RESEARCH FOUNDATION OF CALIFORNIA, INC., a California corporation; FRANK B.DESSLER; RICHARD B. DE MILLE; VINCE MC GONIGEL; WESTWOOD NURSES REGISTRY AGENCY; BEKINS VAN AND STORAGE CO.; BANK OF AMERICA NATIONAL TRUST & SAVINGS ASSOCIATION; SECURITY FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF LOS ANGELES; DOE ONE, DOE TWO, DOE THREE, DOE FOUR,DOE FIVE, DOE SIX, DOE SEVEN, DOE EIGHT, DOE NINE and DOE TEN,
COMPLAINT FOR DIVORCE
COMES NOW the plaintiff and for cause of action against defendants alleges and says:
That in the early part of 1946, plaintiff, then age 21 and unmarried, resided with her family in Pasadena, and a the University of Southern California, that at said time, defendant L. Ron Hubbard, hereinafter referred to as “Hubbard”, was a married man, age 35, he being then married to Margaret Grubb
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Hubbard of Bremerton, Washington, they having two children; that said Hubbard represented to plaintiff that he was single and unmarried, and plaintiff relying upon said representation, and having fallen in love, entered into a marriage ceremony with said Hubbard on the 10th day of August, 1946, at Chestertown, Maryland that said Hubbard thereafter secured a divorce from said Margaret Grubb Hubbard on or about the 24th day of December, 1947, at Port Orchard, Washington; that plaintiff and said Hubbard ever since the said 10th day of August, 1946, have lived together as husband and wife, and on the 8th day of March, 1950, had a child born to them, Alexis Valorie [sic] Hubbard, at Point Pleasant, New Jersey; that the parties have always considered themselves husband and wife in their travels about the nation; that at all times herein mentioned, said Hubbard has represented to plaintiff that they were legally married, and plaintiff relied upon such representations; that by reason thereof, plaintiff alleges herein. that plaintiff and said Hubbard are husband and wife; that in the event it should be held that the parties are not legally married, plaintiff will seek the damages prayed for herein for fraud and deceit on the part of said Hubbard, in entrapping plaintiff into the matrimonial predicament that she now finds herself in.
That plaintiff was born in Pasadena, California on the 8th day of April, 1925, and grew up and was educated in the State of California; that plaintiff does now and always has considered California to be her home state, and plaintiff and said Hubbard have maintained their residence in California from time to time since said marriage in between their travels about the United States and at all times have had their furniture in the State of California, and have considered California to be their permanent residence; that by reason thereof, plaintiff is now and for more
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than one year immediately preceding the commencement of this action, has been a resident of the State of California; that plaintiff has been a resident of the County of Los Angeles for more than three months, immediately preceding the commencement of this action.
Statistical facts required by section 426a of the Civil Code of Procedure are:
Place of marriage; Chestertown, Maryland;
Date of marriage; On the 10th day of August 1946;
Date of separation; On or about the 24th day of February 1951;
Time elapsing between the date of marriage and the date of separation; Approximately four years, six months and twelve days; and there is one child of the marriage; Alexis Valorie Hubbard, age 13 months.
That there is community property of the plaintiff and said Hubbard consisting of a community interest in the Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation, with its headquarters in Elizabeth. New Jersey, and which operates a school and clinic in Chicago, Illinois, New York City, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Wichita, Kansas, and elsewhere; that said Hubbard and said foundation did over one million dollars in business during the year 1950, and owns valuable community property and assets; that said foundation operates in the State of California, under the name of “The Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation of California, Inc., a California corporation”, defendant herein; that said corporation. is the alter ego of said Hubbard.
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That said separation took place by reason of the extreme cruelty practiced upon the plaintiff by the said Hubbard, which has caused the plaintiff great mental anguish and physical suffering during the past five years of the married life of the parties, consisting in part as follows;
That during the marriage up until the month of October, 1950, said Hubbard, an “older man” completely dominated the youthful plaintiff, both physically, mentally and emotionally and taking advantage of her trusting love and desire for a successful marriage, repeatedly subjected plaintiff to systematic torture, including loss of sleep, beatings, and strangulations and scientific torture experiments, including the following:
That in the latter part of September, 1950, said Hubbard told plaintiff at the Chateau Marmont Apartments in Hollywood, that “I do not want to be an American husband for I can buy my friends whenever I want them”, and he further said that he, Hubbard, did not want to be married, yet divorce was impossible, for a divorce would hurt his reputation, and that she, plaintiff, should kill herself if she really loved him. That at said time and place, said Hubbard systematically prevented plaintiff from sleeping continuously for a period of over four days, and then in her agony, furnished her with a supply of sleeping pills, all resulting in a nearness to the shadow of death. That the foregoing was a frequent occurence [sic] during the married life of the parties. That at said time and place, plaintiff became numb and lost consciousness, and was thereafter taken by said Hubbard to the Hollywood Leland Hospital, where she was kept under a vigilant guard from friend and family under an assumed name, for five days. That shortly following Christmas, 1953, said Hubbard
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violently strangled plaintiff and sadistically ruptured the eustachian tube of her left ear, resulting in the impairment of her hearing. That such strangulation of plaintiff was a frequent practice on the part of said Hubbard.
That in January, 1951, at Palm Springs, while plaintiff was getting out of an automobile operated by said Hubbard he intentionally started the said car in gear, thus propelling plaintiff to the pavement resulting in serious personal injury.
That plaintiff and her medical advisors, following the foregoing incidents, concluded that said Hubbard was hopelessly insane, and crazy, and that there was no present hope for said Hubbard, or any reason for her to indure [sic] further; that competent medical advisors recommended that said Hubbard be committed to a private sanitarium for psychiatric observation and treatment of a mental ailment known as paranoid schizophrenia; that plaintiff, on the 23rd day of February, 1951, caused the national executive officer of the Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation at Elizabeth, New Jersey, to be advised of said preliminary diagnosis and urgent need for treatment; that said national officer immediately advised said Hubbard of said diagnosis.
That at 11;00 o’clock P.M., on said 23rd day of February, 1951, said Hubbard, together with defendant Frank B. Dessler, head of the Los Angeles Dianetic Foundation, abducted the infant child of the parties, Alexis from her crib, and deposited said infant in West Los Angeles with defendant Vince Mc Gonigle under the assumed name of Anne Marie Olson, and concealed said infant from plaintiff until this day. That this was admitted by said Dessler in the habeas corpus proceedings filed on the 10th day of April, 1951 entitled In re Alexis Valorie Hubbard, Los Angeles Superior Court Number H.C. 35879.
That said Hubbard, Dessler and defendant Richard B. De Mille, having secreted said infant child, feloniously dragged
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plaintiff out of her bed attired only in her night gown, it then being 1;00 o’clock A.M., of the morning of the 24th day of February, 1951, and by the use of threats, strangulation, torture, and false promises to return her child to her, carried and kidnapped plaintiff to Yuma, Arizona, all as is detailed at length in the habeas corpus proceeding above mentioned.
That plaintiff has ever since sought the whereabouts of her infant child, and has consulted attorneys, police, sheriffs, Federal Bureau Of Investigation agents, and courts, and has brought said habeas corpus proceedings; that said Hubbard and his attorneys refuse any information as to the whereabouts of her infant child, unless she goes back to live with said Hubbard, an alternative that means certain continued torture and possible death, a predicament no good woman, wife and mother should have to face.
That through all her trials and tribulations, and up until the month of February, 1951, plaintiff bore her suffering and sorrows in silence and even now would not bare the truth to the world, except for the compelling advice of her attorney, Caryl Warner, that she tell the truth for the truth will make her free, and the truth alone, will bring back her baby, if alive.
That by reason of the foregoing crazy misconduct of said Hubbard, plaintiff is in hourly fear of both the life of herself and of her infant daughter, who she has not seen for two months. That all of said acts on the part of said Hubbard towards the plaintiff have been without cause or justification, and without the consent of the plaintiff, and have caused her great mental anguish and horrible physical suffering.
That the custody of said infant child Alexis should be awarded to plaintiff, without reservation or condition; that the Court should order and compel said Hubbard to submit to legitimate
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psychiatric examination in the interests of tile welfare and safety of said minor child, who is secreted by Hubbard someplace in North America.
That said Hubbard is an able-bodied man, and is well able to support and provide for plaintiff and their child; that by reason thereof, said Hubbard should be ordered to pay to plaintiff reasonable support for plaintiff and said infant child during the pendency of this action, and thereafter pay permanent alimony and child support; that in addition thereto, said Hubbard should be ordered to pay a reasonable sum as and for attorney’s fees and costs of suit; that a lien should be impressed upon the real property hereinafter described to secure payment of the sums allowed herein.
That said Hubbard has harrassed [sic], injured and kidnapped plaintiff as alleged herein, and has threatened to kill plaintiff; that plaintiff is informed and believes, and upon such information and belief alleges that said Hubbard, unless restrained from so doing, will carry out his said threats, and will again injure and molest plaintiff; that by reason thereof, the Court should restrain said Hubbard from molesting or injuring plaintiff during the pendency of this hearing of this cause, and upon the trial of this action, the Court should permanently enjoin said Hubbard from committing any of said acts in regard to plaintiff.
That said Hubbard departed from the State of California on the 24th day of February, 1951, and ever since has remained outside of California, for the purpose of evading the process of the Court, and for the purpose of attempting to deprive plaintiff of her marital rights herein; that said absence from the State on the part of said Hubbard was and is for the purpose of resisting
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plaintiff’s efforts to enforce her said rights against said defendant for support and maintenance for herself and her child and to obtain an equitable division of the community property of the parties; that said Hubbard has repeatedly threatened that he would stay out of California so as to make it impossible for her to get any money or support from him and to prevent her from sharing in the community property of the parties, and said Hubbard has stated that he would do everything in his power to deprive plaintiff. of all of her said marital rights; that plaintiff is informed and believes, and upon such information and belief, alleges that pursuant to said threats, said Hubbard has concealed various community assets, and has placed said assets in the name of Hubbard Dianetics Research Foundation, and in the names of the other defendants named herein, and in the names of other persons unknown to the plaintiff that said Hubbard will continue to further hide and conceal said community property assets from plaintiff unless prevented from doing so by the appointment of a receiver herein; that by reason of the said acts of said Hubbard, plaintiff has been compelled to exhaust her own personal estates and to draw upon her family for support; that by reason thereof, plaintiff is without adequate funds for her own support or the support of her child, or to prosecute this action; that all of the acts heretofore set forth on the part of said Hubbard were perpetrated intentionally and willfully and for the express purpose of defrauding plaintiff of her said marital rights, and to unjustly and fraudulently deprive plaintiff of any and all of her rights whatsoever, and to render her helpless and subject to his complete and arbitrary will and domination.
That said receiver should be empowered to take over, operate, and sell the defendant Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation of California, Inc., property at 2300 South Hoover Street, Los
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Angeles, California, and more particularly described as; Lot 6 of Belgravia Tract, in the City of Los Angeles, County of Los Angeles, State of California, 8S per map in Book 23, Page 54 of Miscellaneous Records of said County, and a portion of Lot 3, Block 22, of Hancock’s Survey in said City and County of Los Angeles, as per map recorded in Book 2, page 108 of Miscellaneous Records of said county; that said receiver should be allowed to pay to plaintiff such sums as the Court may allow for the support of plaintiff and the minor child, and for her attorney’s fees and costs incurred herein; that plaintiff has no plain, speedy or adequate remedy at law other then the appointment Of a receiver, for the reasons set forth herein.
That the true names or capacities, whether individual corporate, associate or otherwise, of defendants Doe One through Doe Tens inclusive, are unknown to plaintiffs who there ore sues said defendants by such fictitious names, and will as, leave to amend this complaint to show their true names and capacities when same have been ascertained.
AND FOR A SECOND, SEPARATE AND FURTHER CAUSE OF ACTION, plaintiff alleges and says;
Plaintiff refers to Paragraphs I, II, III, IV, V, VI, and VII of her First Cause of Action and by reference makes them a part hereof.
That plaintiff believes herself to be the lawfully wedded wife of said defendant L. Ron Hubbard, in that she entered
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into said marriage in good faith, all as is alleged herein; that in the event the Court should find that she is not legally married to said defendant, plaintiff in such an event alleges that said marriage should be annuled [sic], and that she be awarded damages as hereinafter set forth; that said defendant wilfully [sic] and intentionally caused plaintiff to believe that she was his lawfully wedded wife, and if she in fact is not, said Hubbard in such an event should be ordered to pay the damages prayed for herein.
That plaintiff, believing that she was the lawfully wedded wife of said Hubbard, over a period of five years, devoted her life to said Hubbard, and served as wife, mother, housekeeper, author’s assistant, and pursuant thereto, washed dishes, cleared floors, scrubbed the floors and walls, cooked and served meals for said Hubbard, bore him a child, [loaned him over $20,000 – crossed out], and otherwise subjected herself to the course of cruelty alleged herein; that by reason thereof, the chances of plaintiff for happiness in life, and chances for a normal marriage have been diminished, and plaintiff has been prevented from following a profession of her choice, and has been so deprived of the “golden years of a woman’s life”, and by reason thereof, she has been damaged in the sum of $100,000.00 a year, making a total of $500,000.00 in all, if in fact it be found that she is not the lawfully wedded wife of said Hubbard, and has been subjected to the shame of a bigamous marriage.
That in the event it be found that plaintiff is not the lawfully wedded wife of said Hubbard, plaintiff should be accorded the right of a putative wife, and by reason thereof, should be allowed the same community property rights and interests in and to the property acquired by the plaintiff and the said Hubbard, following said ceremonial marriage on the 10th day of August,
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1946, all as is prayed for herein.
WHEREFORE, plaintiff prays judgment against defendant, L. Ron Hubbard, as follows;
For a Judgment of divorce from said defendant, that the bonds of matrimony heretofore and now existing between said parties be dissolved; That the custody of the minor child of the marriage, Alexis Valorie Hubbard, be awarded to plaintiff;
That defendant L. Ron Hubbard be ordered to pay to plaintiff reasonable alimony and support, and further provide reasonable support and maintenance for the minor child of the said marriage, Alexis Valorie Hubbard;
That the community property of the parties hereto be equitably apportioned, and the right, title and claim of interest of defendants herein other than said defendant Hubbard, be determined and adjudicated. That a lien be impressed upon the real property of said defendant Hubbard, to secure the payment of the sums of the alimony and support allowed herein;
That reasonable attorney’s fees and costs of suit be awarded plaintiff and her counsel, and that said defendant be ordered to pay the same. That in the event it be held that plaintiff is not a resident of the State of California, for the prescribed period, in such an event plaintiff prays that a decree of separate maintenance be entered herein, in lieu of a divorce;
That the Court appoint a receiver herein with customary powers to take over, manage, operate, and sell the business and properties of the community estate of the parties including the real property described in the complaint, said property to be held by said receiver subject to the order and direction of the Court, and that all defendants herein be ordered
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and directed to pay to said receiver, any community funds and deliver any community property they have in their possession, and that said receiver to be appointed ex parte, and that upon notice, said appointment of said receiver be confirmed and made permanent;
That said defendant Hubbard be restrained from injuring, molesting, or harming plaintiff, and be restrained from interfering with the custody of the minor child, and that upon the trial of the cause, said restraining order be made permanent;
That said Hubbard be restrained from concealing, dissipating, transfering [sic], or hiding any of the community property assets or property of the parties hereto; and
That if said marriage be held bigamous, that it be annuled;
That plaintiff be awarded damages in the sum of $500,000, if said marriage be found to be invalid;
That said Hubbard be ordered to submit to a psychatric [sic] examination as a protection to said infant child; and
That plaintiff be awarded any such other and further relief as is meet and proper.
WARNER & JACKSON
[signed: Caryl Warner]
Attorneys for Plaintiff
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STATE OF CALIFORNIA
County of Los Angeles )
SARA NORTHRUP HUBBARD being by me first duly sworn, deposes and says: that she is the plaintiff in the above entitled action; that she has read the foregoing Complaint for Divorce and knows the contents thereof, and that the same is true of her own knowledge, except as to the matters which are therein stated upon her information or belief, and as to those matters she believes it to be true.
[signed: Sara Northrup Hubbard]
Sara Northrup Hubbard
Subscribed and sworn before me this 23rd day of April, 1951.
[signed: B. R. Trout]
Notary Public in and for said (SEAL) County of Los Angeles, State of California