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The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, No. 10: Lisa McPherson - Village Voice (blog)
9 September 2011, 9:07 am

Lisa McPherson has been dead almost 16 years now, and yet, in Janet Reitman's terrific new history of the church, Inside Scientology, four central chapters are focused on McPherson's life and death.

I asked Reitman in an interview why one woman's death in 1995 is still such a big part of the Scientology story.

"Because nothing changes in Scientology," she answered. "The fundamental problem is that this is a fundamentalist religion. [David] Miscavige is a fundamentalist leader... Their mindset is that anything L. Ron Hubbard said or wrote is 'Source,' it's doctrine. This is literal. And as long as they have this literal interpretation of everything, [something like the McPherson incident] could happen again."

What did happen is that a young woman who wanted help with a bad marriage in 1982 turned to a group that she soon dedicated her life to. From Reitman's book:

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RIP, Lisa McPherson. You are not forgotten.

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