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Death in slow motion: Part 2 of 3 in a special report on the Church of Scientology - 2009-06-22

F7.png Death in slow motion: Part 2 of 3 in a special report on the Church of Scientology June 22, 2009, Thomas C. Tobin, Tampa Bay Times

The night after Lisa McPherson died, the leader of the Church of Scientology sent word for one of his top lieutenants to wait by a pay phone at the Holiday Inn Surfside on Clearwater Beach.

When Marty Rathbun answered the ringing phone in the lobby, David Miscavige let him have it:

Why aren't you all over this mess? The police are poking around. Do something.

"Yes sir," Rathbun said.

McPherson, a 36-year-old parishioner in apparent good health, had spent 17 days in a guarded room at the church's Fort Harrison Hotel. Scientology staffers tried to nurse her out of a mental breakdown, but she became ill. She drew her last breaths in the back seat of a van as they drove her to a hospital in the next county.

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{{cite news | first = Thomas C. | last = Tobin | author2 = Childs, Joe | title = Death in slow motion: Part 2 of 3 in a special report on the Church of Scientology | url = http://www.tampabay.com/news/death-in-slow-motion-part-2-of-3-in-a-special-report-on-the-church-of/1012234 | work = Tampa Bay Times | date = June 22, 2009 | accessdate = January 14, 2017 }}