For the first time: The FBI file of Gabe Cazares, the Clearwater mayor targeted by Scientology - 2017-12-12
By the summer of 1976, Cazares had been putting up with several months of intense harassment by the Church of Scientology, and he knew immediately that the letter was just the latest "operation" being run against him.
The letter accused him of being a passenger in a car that had been in a hit-and-run accident in Washington DC and had possibly killed someone. The letter writer claimed that she was behind the wheel during the accident, and that Cazares had been "a good guy" about it, but she worried that their secret was going to ruin his political career. The letter hinted that Cazares had been in the car for illicit reasons, which is why he had asked the driver to keep the accident quiet.
When Cazares heard about the letter from a local newspaper reporter, he knew he had to act, and fast.