A judge ruled Monday that Church of Scientology founder... - 1983-06-13
RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- A judge ruled Monday that Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard is alive and well despite the claims of his estranged son and dismissed a probate suit against the reclusive church leader.
Ronald DeWolf, 49, who changed his name from L. Ron Hubbard Jr. after leaving the church 23 years ago, filed a petition last November contending that his father is either dead or mentally incompetent and unable to handle his huge fortune. DeWolf, manager of an apartment complex in Carson City, Nev., asked to be made a trustee of Hubbard's estate.
Superior Court Judge David Hennigan dismissed the case, saying he was convinced Hubbard was living in seclusion.