DOX: A former L. Ron Hubbard business partner dishes on Scientology to the feds - 2016-02-19
For more than a year now we've been bringing you previously unseen and often startling documents that our friend and researcher R.M. Seibert managed, with the help of the MuckRock website, to pry out of the hands of the Food and Drug Administration in a Freedom of Information Act request.
The FDA investigated L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology from about 1958 to 1971, and raided the Washington DC church in 1963. The documents we've recovered have ranged from Hubbard's high school grades to interviews with family members, former church members, and even some major science fiction figures.
Last January, we told you about a really odd little nugget that turned up in the pile. FDA inspectors became interested in a man named Joseph Ettelmann who had a business dispute with Hubbard. According to the FDA files, Ettelmann and Hubbard had become "close friends" and had gone into business together, becoming partners in a jewelry plant that manufactured Zodiac pendants for use in Hubbard's church. Then they had a falling out, leading to a lawsuit and a wild scene when Ettelmann tried to serve the suit on Hubbard.