Marty Rathbun: Scientology's Secret Agreement With Joan Wood to Change Lisa McPherson's Cause of Death - 2012-11-18

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F347.png Marty Rathbun: Scientology's Secret Agreement With Joan Wood to Change Lisa McPherson's Cause of Death November 18, 2012, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker

Mark Bunker has uploaded to YouTube a 16-minute interview he did with former high-ranking Scientology executive Marty Rathbun for his movie Knowledge Report. It contains more details of the news that rocked Scientology this week: In attorney Ken Dandar's federal lawsuit, Rathbun is alleging that the church spent $30 million fighting the criminal investigation of Lisa McPherson's death, including an operation to improperly influence county medical examiner Joan Wood.

McPherson was a troubled church member who had a mental breakdown in 1995 and then was taken to be cared for at Scientology's headquarters at the Fort Harrison Hotel in Clearwater, Florida. Seventeen days later, she was rushed to the hospital and died on the way. Scientology was then the subject of a criminal investigation which relied in part on the death certificate that Wood issued. Wood later changed the cause of McPherson's death from "undetermined" to "accident" in 2000, which stopped the state's criminal investigation of Scientology in its tracks. In Bunker's interview, Rathbun talks about how the church applied pressure to convince Wood to make that change.

We've made a decision at The Underground Bunker not to post Bunker's video at this time. Unlike Rathbun's explosive deposition, the YouTube video is not a privileged court document. However, you can easily find the video yourself at WhyWeProtest.net, and we encourage you to watch it and discuss it here.


{{cite news | author = Tony Ortega | title = Marty Rathbun: Scientology's Secret Agreement With Joan Wood to Change Lisa McPherson's Cause of Death | url = https://tonyortega.org/2012/11/18/marty-rathbun-scientologys-secret-agreement-with-joan-wood-to-change-lisa-mcphersons-cause-of-death/ | work = Underground Bunker | date = November 18, 2012 | accessdate = August 21, 2017 }}