Twenty-five years ago today: The final hours of Lisa McPherson's Scientology life - 2020-12-05
We want to warn you the story we're reprinting today is very disturbing and contains graphic descriptions that some may find difficult to deal with. Five years ago we marked the 20th anniversary of the death of Lisa McPherson by recording, in real time, the final weeks of her life. Today marks the 25th anniversary of her final day on earth, and we are reproducing the culminating piece of our series which we published five years ago.
It's a harrowing account of Lisa's final hours, and not for the squeamish. If you are not familiar with her story, you might go back to the beginning of our series (links are provided below) about this lovely woman whose mental breakdown was treated by Scientology with a grim enforced seclusion at their holiest place, the Fort Harrison Hotel in Clearwater, Florida. By this point, she was on her 17th day of isolation, with her caretakers not saying a word to her as dictated by the policies of L. Ron Hubbard.