Adam Holland, Scientology whistle-blower who exposed Sea Org conditions, 1988-2019 - 2019-03-01
We heard from a family member last night that Adam Holland, a former Canadian Sea Org member who went public about degrading Sea Org conditions after leaving the organization in 2009, took his own life on February 17. He was only 30 years old.
Adam was born on August 8, 1988, into a Scientology family. His mother's brother, Peter Byrne, is still today Executive Director at the Vancouver, B.C., Scientology org. His mother, Denise Byrne, met Paul Holland at the Toronto church.
For various reasons, Adam himself wasn't very involved in Scientology until he was about 18 years old, but then he soon joined the Sea Organization, signing its billion-year contract in 2007. He spent some time getting trained in Los Angeles, but spent most of his time in Toronto where, in 2008, the Anonymous protests against Scientology happened, and Adam saw Scientology's executives panicking. Security was increased, and the already stifling life of total dedication in the Sea Org became even more claustrophobic. By Christmas 2008, when he was denied permission to visit his family but he went for a week anyway, he was having serious doubts about Scientology.