Tom DeVocht: Watching David Miscavige watch Lisa McPherson and her faulty 'needle' - 2015-11-15
Twenty years ago today, on Wednesday, November 15, 1995, Lisa McPherson and her friend Brenda Hubert drove from Clearwater, Florida to Orlando and checked into a hotel. Lisa had not slept much the night before, so she went up to her room for a nap while other employees of AMC Publishing were still arriving.
Lisa and her co-workers were in Orlando for the annual meeting of the National Association of Independent Life Brokerage Agencies. The NAILBA conference was an important one for AMC, which catered to brokers, and while Lisa napped the others helped out at the registration desk, meeting attendees.
Later that afternoon, Lisa came down to join the scene at registration. And that's when AMC employee Craig Burton noticed that something about her was off. Lisa was known for being outgoing and extroverted, but also polite. So Burton was surprised to see her go up to a man at the conference and get in his face. He couldn't hear what she was saying, but whatever it was she was just inches from the guy's face, berating him about something until Brenda came over and pulled her away.