I can certainly understand the concern which prompted your communication on March 10th. […]
Sara Northrup Hubbard
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.
DATE: 27 February 27, 19571
TO: Mr. Nichols
FROM: M. A. Jones
SUBJECT: Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation, Lafayette Ron Hubbard; Request for Information by Senator Styles Bridges
Although Bureau records do not show that we have investigated the Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation, there have been numerous inquiries concerning the activities of this organization on the part of private citizens and law enforcement agencies both in this country and abroad. The Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation, Inc., was incorporated on June 1, 1950, in New Jersey for the purpose of furthering the work of Hubbard whose book, “Dianetics,” had been published in 1948. In 1951 the organization moved to Kansas, then to Arizona and recently to Silver Spring, Maryland. The Foundation has encountered difficulty with police authorities in New Jersey, Michigan and the District of Columbia for allegedly conducting a school in those areas in which a branch of medicine and surgery was taught without a license. Bufiles contain a newspaper clipping from the “Washington Times Herald” for April 24, 1951, with a date line in Los Angeles relating that Hubbard’s wife, in suing for divorce, claimed that he was “hopelessly insane” and had subjected her to “scientific torture experiments.” (62-94080-30)
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.”