Not long after the shooting of Thomas Ciancio at a Denver Software Company, the company’s link to Scientology became a key component.
An ATF firearms E-Trace by police revealed that the purchase agreement for the gun by the younger Fowler listed his address at the time as 1413 L. Ron Hubbard Way in Los Angeles. This is the address for the Church of Scientology's American Saint Hill Organization, where "volunteer ministers" receive training.When interviewed by investigators, Alex Fowler told them he gave the Glock pistol to his father as a Christmas gift in 2007.
At the hospital on December 31, an interesting drama unfolded between police and Fowler’s wife, Janet, when they asked to speak with her.Reportedly, Fowler had left a note dated the day of the shooting that directed anyone who found it to "please give the briefcase to Jan." The affidavit revealed that another note, found on Fowler's work desk along with several keys, explained to "Jan" what each key unlocked."Janet Fowler quickly demanded the briefcase," the arrest affidavit stated. She was referring to a briefcase removed from the crime scene by police which contained information about Scientology."One thing I need is his briefcase," Janet Fowler stated according to the record. "It was taken out of his office. It is important to me, my church, and it is religious material and I want it now!"Even if you looked at it and read it, you would not understand anything in it, because it is way above a normal person and you would not know what it meant."Detective Gene Claps explained to Janet Fowler that investigators needed to review the briefcase contents."Janet Fowler then demanded the briefcase be returned again, by saying, 'I want it back now, right now!'"
Several sites on the internet critical of Scientology have been actively following the incident and investigation, calling attention to the large amounts of money that seemingly were diverted to the church. According to those who have left Scientology, members are required to pay large sums of money for Scientology courses and "auditing," which Scientology describes as a "unique form of personal spiritual counseling."
But 50 thousand (maybe) Scientologists sure can!