Scientology's E-meter police, and the horse doctor of LaBelle, Florida - 2014-05-01
Last month we told you about Jillian Schlesinger, a young woman who escaped from Scientology's "Sea Organization" and then, just weeks later, began telling her story for publication. We wondered if that short period between her dash for freedom and speaking out might be a sign of Scientology's deepening crisis that is driving so many members away.
And now another longtime member has decided to tell his story just weeks after walking away from the church.
Lee Shewmaker, 71, is a veterinarian. Originally, he's from Kentucky, and he speaks with a pleasant twang. He operates his animal clinic in the Florida town of LaBelle, on the Caloosahatchee River, about halfway between Ft. Myers and Lake Okeechobee. Lee serves the local community not only with his clinic, but also with a converted RV so he can take his practice on the road for large animal care.