Noted Scientology critic Arnie Lerma shoots and injures wife, then kills himself - 2018-03-18
Shocking news out of Sylvania, Georgia today. Ginger Sugerman, 57, tells us that on Friday night her husband, Arnaldo "Arnie" Lerma, shot her in the face with a 9mm handgun, and then later that night turned the gun on himself and committed suicide. He was 67.
When we talked to Ginger, she was back at their home after being released from a local hospital. We spoke to her and to Lerma's son, Joseph Fox, 24, who confirmed that Ginger had been injured and that his father had died.
Lerma was a former Scientologist who became one of the church's fiercest critics and was a central player in Scientology's struggles with the early Internet. It was Lerma who first posted the famous "Fishman papers," and also helped to propagate the "Xenu" story from "OT 3" through Usenet groups. For that he was sued by the church, and his house was raided.