Scientology Gets a Smooch from the L.A. Times - 2012-07-13

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F11.png Scientology Gets a Smooch from the L.A. Times July 13, 2012, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice

Welkos, left, and Sappell In 1990, just before he and his colleague Joel Sappell were about to publish a landmark series exposing Scientology's secrets in the Los Angeles Times, Robert Welkos found that someone had placed in a manila envelope against his home's front door a brochure from a mortuary, encouraging him to plan his own funeral.

He checked with the funeral home, but it said it would never solicit in that way. Then another brochure showed up two days later, left by a man spotted scurrying away by Welkos's wife.

I would never know if the deliveries were just a mix-up or a sinister prank. Just as I have never known who made the dozens of hang-up telephone calls to my house; what caused my partner's dog to go into seizures on the day the Times published the secret teachings of Scientology; why a bogus assault complaint was filed with the Los Angeles Police Department against Sappell by a man whose address and name proved to be phony, or why car dealers we had never dealt with were making inquiries into our personal credit reports...


{{cite news | author = Tony Ortega | title = Scientology Gets a Smooch from the L.A. Times | url = http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2012/07/scientology_smooch_los_angeles_times.php?page=all | work = Runnin' Scared | publisher = Village Voice | date = July 13, 2012 | accessdate = January 14, 2017 }}