Countdown to Room 174: Remembering, in real time, Scientology's grimmest scandal - 2015-11-12

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F347.png Countdown to Room 174: Remembering, in real time, Scientology's grimmest scandal November 12, 2015, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker

Right around this day twenty years ago, Dallas resident Fannie McPherson, who was then 70 years old, had her last telephone conversation with her 36-year-old daughter Lisa.

Two years earlier, Lisa had moved from Dallas to Clearwater, Florida when the company she worked for, AMC Publishing, moved there with all of its employees. AMC catered to the insurance industry and was a WISE company — owned by Scientologists and run on Scientology principles — and the move brought the company to Scientology's spiritual "mecca" on Florida's Gulf Cost. Lisa had been a Scientologist since 1982 and had done very well with AMC, making $136,000 in 1993. But after the move to Florida, she began to struggle, not only at her job, but also in her attempts to move up Scientology's "Bridge to Total Freedom."

By the middle of 1995 Lisa was so frustrated she began telling friends that she was through with Scientology. But then she gamely made another attempt to make progress on her case. As the holidays neared, she again talked to a friend in a way that made it sound like she was leaving Scientology. She said she was planning to be back in Dallas in time for Thanksgiving.


{{cite news | author = Tony Ortega | title = Countdown to Room 174: Remembering, in real time, Scientology's grimmest scandal | url = https://tonyortega.org/2015/11/12/countdown-to-room-174-remembering-in-real-time-scientologys-grimmest-scandal/ | work = Underground Bunker | date = November 12, 2015 | accessdate = August 21, 2017 }}