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1983: United States Treasury Department agents prove that L. Ron Hubbard is alive!

Well, that's what they'd have us believe, anyway. There were two of them: a forensic chemist for the Treasury Department's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF), Richard L. Brunelle, and a "former" (uh-huh) Treasury Department document examiner, Howard C. Doulder. And there was special ink available only to government agencies involved. And fingerprinting. And...well, fraud.

It was February 1983, and L. Ron Hubbard had been missing for three years. "In seclusion" to write, some said. On the lam from civil and criminal prosecution, some said. Deader than a mackerel, some said. In fact, L. Ron Hubbard's estranged son, Ronald DeWolf (with several a.k.a.s) had filed a suit claiming just that.

We think the reports and documents on this site prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the "deader than a mackerel" camp probably had it right. It even appears, oddly enough, that the DeWolf suit claiming Hubbard was dead was just a big, ugly con created specifically so Treasury Department "experts" could be brought in by tax attorneys Sherman and Stephen Lenske--both "Special Directors" of the Church of Spiritual Technology (CST)--to much fanfare and press "proving" that the missing L. Ron Hubbard was actually alive, well and in complete control of his affairs and business interests. Of course, what the Lenskes weren't saying was that they were the ones who were really in control of his affairs and business interests. All of them: his estate planning, his literary properties, the DeWolf litigation, and his general "business interests"--whatever that meant.

And what they really weren't saying was that for years they had been working side-by-side, hand-in-hand with the Treasury Department's own darling, former Assistant Commissioner of IRS, Meade Emory, founder of CST, mastermind of the entire Hubbard probate, architect of the entire corporate restructuring of all of Scientology.

Well, where else do you think these Treasury Department agents were swarming in from?

The whole tortured story is told in a set of documents and media stories we have on the site. To fully understand all the forces in play at the time, we recommend that you go to our chronological Documents index and go through the entire thing in order. But if you just can't wait to read the story of the Treasury Department agents rushing in to "prove" that L. Ron Hubbard was alive--when he almost certainly wasn't--go directly to our overview of the three letters. Do not pass "Go." But do collect as much gullibility as possible to take with you:


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