Dave Richards, 1948-2018, ran the Founding Church of Scientology in DC - 2018-10-11

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F347.png Dave Richards, 1948-2018, ran the Founding Church of Scientology in DC October 11, 2018, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker

We were saddened to learn from Ron Miscavige and Becky Bigelow last night that Dave Richards died unexpectedly yesterday at his home in Phoenix. He was 69.

Dave Richards was one of the most congenial of the longtime former Scientology executives to leave the church and then speak up about its abuses. He had joined Scientology in Alberta in 1970, then had gone to DC in 1971 and was soon put in charge of the Founding Church of Scientology there as its commanding officer in his early 20s.

(Just a quick note, because we find that even some veteran Scientologists seem unclear on this — FCDC was called the "Founding" church, but it actually wasn't the first. L. Ron Hubbard created his first "Church of Scientology" corporation in Camden, New Jersey in December 1953, and the first actual physical church was started a few months later in Los Angeles in February 1954. The "Founding Church" in DC wasn't created until the following year, 1955.)

Wikipedia cite:
{{cite news | author = Tony Ortega | title = Dave Richards, 1948-2018, ran the Founding Church of Scientology in DC | url = https://tonyortega.org/2018/10/11/dave-richards-1948-2018-ran-the-founding-church-of-scientology-in-dc/ | work = Underground Bunker | date = October 11, 2018 | accessdate = October 11, 2018 }}