Scientology's Meltdown: A Story Told in Pictures - 2012-10-03
So there was this Nebraska cornhusker, L. Ron Hubbard, who convinced some people that he had unlocked the mysteries of the universe as no one had ever done before or since...
Hubbard claimed to have created an exact science which would allow you to travel back millions, billions, even trillions of years into your past to see what your immortal self — which he called a "thetan" — had experienced in past lives on countless other planets.
Before he unlocked the secrets of immortality and past-life time travel, Hubbard had been a prolific science fiction writer and inventor of tall tales. But as he grew his movement of "Scientology" through the 1950s and 1960s, his followers were less interested in his past than the elaborate bureaucratic structure he was creating for his movement.