Narconon whistleblower Lucas Catton puts out a new memoir about his Scientology nightmare - 2020-01-18
We have a new entry in our 'Scientology Lit' series, this time an excerpt from a new book by Lucas Catton, who at one time was president of Scientology's flagship drug rehab clinic, Narconon Arrowhead in Oklahoma. Back in 2012 Luke became a major whistleblower which got him an appearance on NBC's 'Rock Center' program. He also came out with a 2013 book about his Narconon experience, 'Have You Told All?', which he later removed from the marketplace. Now he's back with another memoir, 'Reconnection,' and he was kind enough to provide us with this excerpt from it.
In June of 2014, I received a subpoena to testify before a criminal investigation into Narconon Arrowhead by the Oklahoma Attorney General's office. They had sent it to a multi-county grand jury to review some of the evidence that the state had gathered up to that point. Once the dates were worked out, the Oklahoma AG's office booked a flight and hotel for me to testify at the end of the month. On the day of travel, I had a layover at Dallas-Ft. Worth Airport, but my connecting flight got cancelled, and I was bumped to the next morning. Rather than waiting for the flight and potentially being late, I was able to get a rental car and drove from Dallas up to Oklahoma City. It was a very odd and lonely feeling crossing that Oklahoma border just before sunset that summer night. It had been two and a half years since I left Oklahoma, and I certainly hadn't envisioned returning for that purpose. On one hand I was sad for all of the people and circumstances involved, while on the other I was glad to do my share to keep telling the truth of what I knew and had experienced to those with the capacity to take action.
I wound up getting to the hotel fairly late that evening, and I was paranoid that there were potentially private investigators trying to keep an eye on me while I was there. Every time I saw someone who might have looked my way, I stopped to observe them for a bit to see if they really were watching me. I didn't wind up seeing anything out of the ordinary, and thankfully I slept much better that evening than I had when traveling to New York the previous year. Although Scientology has admittedly used private investigators to follow people for decades, and still do so today to harass whistleblowers and intimidate witnesses, I never found any evidence that they had dispatched one my direction, thankfully.