When rabid Scientologists got into a fistfight with US marshals to protect L. Ron Hubbard - 2018-05-24
After we got a fun new look at the early days of Dianetics through the never-before-published letters of Don Rogers recently, it motivated us to dive back into some similar documents that our fearless researcher, R.M. Seibert, located for us.
If you remember, Seibert scored a treasure trove of documents from the Food and Drug Adminstration stemming from its early 1960s investigation of Scientology and L. Ron Hubbard. That's how we got our hands on Hubbard's high school grades for the first time, for example, and evidence that Hubbard used the threat of the 'R2-45 method' to intimidate early followers.
Looking through other documents that Seibert sent us, we realized that there was an interesting description of a fairly notorious incident in early Scientology history — famous enough that Paul Thomas Anderson riffed on it for his film The Master.