Scientology's Shame: Lisa McPherson, 16 Years After Her Death - 2011-12-05

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F11.png Scientology's Shame: Lisa McPherson, 16 Years After Her Death December 5, 2011, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice

On December 5, 1995, a 36-year-old woman perished while several people were taking her to a hospital in Florida.

Within a few years, the mysterious and strange circumstances around the death of Lisa McPherson -- who had been a Scientologist since the age of 18 -- had the Church of Scientology facing a criminal prosecution, generated the worst publicity for the church since it was raided by the FBI in 1977, and inspired a new generation of critics who ever since have kept close watch on the controversial organization.

Lakes of ink have already been spilled writing about Lisa McPherson. Earlier this year, we placed her #10 in our series, "The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology," and in that piece, we printed excerpts from probably the best, most moving journalistic telling of Lisa's story, in Janet Reitman's excellent book, Inside Scientology.


{{cite news | author = Tony Ortega | title = Scientology's Shame: Lisa McPherson, 16 Years After Her Death | url = http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/12/lisa_mcpherson_scientology_shame.php | work = Runnin' Scared | publisher = Village Voice | date = December 5, 2011 | accessdate = January 14, 2017 }}