Re: Letter from Congressman E. D. Eshelman of 6 December 1968, attached
Sara Northrup Hubbard
In the past, Hubbard has corresponded with this Bureau and the Department of Justice on several occasions for various reasons, including complaints about his wife and about alleged communists. In one lengthy letter in May 1951, it is perhaps noteworthy that Hubbard stated that while he was in his apartment on February 23, 1951, about two or three o’clock in the morning, his apartment was entered. He was knocked out. A needle was thrust into his heart to produce a coronary thrombosis and he was given an electric shock. He said his recollection of this incident was now very blurred, that he had no witnesses and that the only other person who had a key to the apartment was his wife.
I can certainly understand the concern which prompted your communication on March 10th. […]
Your letter of February 22, 1957, with enclosure, has been referred to me by Mr. Nichols, and I appreciate your interest in bringing this matter to our attention. For your personal information, the FBI has received numerous inquiries concerning Lafayette Ron Hubbard and the system of “dianetics” which he apparently originated, but no allegation of a violation within the jurisdiction of this Bureau has been received and, consequently, no investigation of this matter has been conducted by the FBI.
Bufiles contain no information of a subversive nature regarding captioned organization or its president, Lafayette Ron Hubbard.
For your information, the April 24, 1951, edition of “The Times Herald,” a Washington, D. C., daily newspaper, contained an article which reflected that Hubbard’s wife was suing him for divorce. According to the article, she charged that Hubbard was “hopelessly insane,” and that “competent medical advisors recommended that Hubbard be committed to a private sanitarium for psychiatric observation and treatment of a mental ailment known as paranoid schizophrenia.”