Why Steve Fishman - of the notorious Fishman Papers - is today serving 21 years in prison - 2015-08-19
The preeminent academic studying Scientology, Dr. Steve Kent at the University of Alberta, recently set us on an interesting pursuit: Trace, he asked us, the effects of TIME magazine's epic 1991 cover story on Scientology, "The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power."
For some time now, we've been thinking about that question, making phone calls, and digging up records. The project appealed to us for a number of reasons, one of which was that we'd just spent a couple of years investigating the Paulette Cooper story, which spanned from World War II to the present day, but involved research mostly focused on the period 1968 to 1985. We've also spent a lot of time thinking about Scientology's more recent history, after the year 2000, as a result of our work at the Village Voice and here at the Bunker. But we have some gaps in that intervening period, 1985-2000, that we were eager to fill in.
We're still reading and searching and interviewing with no end in sight, but we thought we might come up for air after getting our hands on a fascinating document we thought you might want to see. And also so we can do a little crowdsourcing to help us get some ideas about where to go next.