Monday, March 11, 2013

Narconon - Clinic of Death

Sounds like the title of one of those old Hollywood "B" horror movies doesn't it?  But for families who have spent over thirty thousand dollars to send their loved ones to Narconon in hopes that they would return happy, healthy and hopeful, only to get those loved ones back in a body bag, life is an endless horror movie with no exit sign in sight.  

I know most of you have heard of the recent deaths at Narconon Arrowhead, but there are many more, and there are probably many more than that of which we have not yet heard of.  In case you hadn't heard of the four that died recently, I will list them here for you:

March 3, 2009, Kaysie Dianne Werninck, 28, double pneumonia (failure to get medical attention in time) Narconon Arrowhead, Canadian, Oklahoma

October 25, 2011, Gabriel Graves, 32, sauna and vitamin phase, very terrible headache, cause of death undetermined as yet Narconon Arrowhead, Canadian, Oklahoma

April 11, 2012, Hillary Ann Holten, 21, complications of pneumonia and Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (adrenal failure), withheld medication Narconon Arrowhead, Canadian, Oklahoma

July 19, 2012, Stacy Dawn Murphy, 20, drug overdose, unattended in withdrawal room Narconon Arrowhead, Canadian, Oklahoma

There are those, though, that you may not have heard of, as there were no mass media reports.  I will tell you about a few of them here.

The body of Gregory B. Wisner, age 27, was found in the surf near Indian Rocks Beach, Florida on January 20, 2001. - Gregorys life was a tragedy. He was DISCONNECTED by his father and the rest of his family when he was only 9 years old and he never recovered from this abandonment. His father was R. Michael Wisner, a prominent Scientologist and chief spokesperson for NARCONON. He often appeared on TV touting the benefits of NARCONON. 

Gregory Wisner had started to use cocaine in his teens to cope with his problems and, when he was 27, his parents contacted him and coerced him into joining the controversial NARCONON drug rehabilitation program.

NARCONON did not help Gregory in the least and, as a result, his family abandoned him once again. Gregory confided in a friend, I have no one to turn to and that really sucks. I have never been so stripped of my identity. I'm in the middle of nowhere and with no one to turn to. Shortly afterwards, Gregorys body was found washed up on a beach near Clearwater in Florida. postmortem findings found that he had drowned and detected Cocaine (0.70 mg/L) in his blood and urine. His father did not bother to attend the funeral.  For the rest of the story, click here.

Pius Keel, a confirmed Scientologist of 22, ended his stay at the Schliersee tragically. He got himself  into deep debt for his community. After some time at Narconon he complained to his mother about the barefaced swindle. Narconon is only about money, he said. On September 14, 1990, after less than two months at Narconon, Pius packed his bags and threw himself under a train. - From Narconon Exposed

Grancey-sur-Ource, France - In 1984, a 34 year-old French woman named Jocelyne Dorfmann died from an untreated epilepsy crisis while undergoing treatment at a Narconon center in Grancey-sur-Ource (near Dijon). The assistant-director of that center was convicted[88] of lack of assistance to a person in danger and the Narconon center was closed. Medical experts reported that her death was caused by "an epileptic seizure due to the absence of sufficient treatment at its beginning and of emergency treatment during the seizure". Narconon staff failed to call for medical assistance, as a result of which, Dorfmann died. - From Wikipedia

Next we have a two-fer.  That's right.  Two guys died within a few days of each other from the same facility:

Paride Ella and Giuseppe Tomba, Valsassina, Italy (1995) - In 1995, two young men, Paride Ella (22) and Giuseppe Tomba (26) died suddenly at the Narconon center in Taceno, Valsassina. Paride Ella died of acute kidney failure (symptoms consistent with a niacin overdose), while the recorded cause of death for Giuseppe Tomba was heart attack. Both patients suffered similar symptoms, vomiting and diarrhea, for days before their deaths. The young men died within a few days of one another, in the so-called 'detoxification' (ultra-high doses of niacin and other vitamins, multi-hour saunas) stage of the Narconon program. The Narconon center had no medical staff and was unable - in either case - to diagnose the seriousness of their condition. Before the deaths, the village's mayor had asked for the Narconon center to be closed. - From the same Wikipedia Article

And another one from Italy:

Torre dell'Orso, Italy (2002) - In Italy, a 33-year-old Italian female patient of the Narconon center in Torre dell'Orso died under similar conditions in 2002. Federica X died from peritonitis, according to her autopsy. She first began to suffer from stomach pains on Monday 7 October 2002, and was driven to the first aid station at Meledugno, which she was given painkillers. She was driven to hospital the following evening, where she died soon after being admitted in a coma. Narconon patient Giovanni Costa later stabbed staff member Rodolfo Savino, whom Costa claimed had ignored Federica's symptoms, and given her insufficient medical aid. Costa was arrested and charged with attempted murder.  Also from Wikipedia

And here are a few more from our friends at Reaching for the Tipping Point:

April 2, 2007, Fred Oesterreicher, 53, grounds maintenance, heart attack (cause unknown) Narconon Arrowhead, Canadian, Oklahoma

October 12, 2007, Laura (alias), 30, found dead in her bed (cause unknown) Narconon Zutphen, Deventerweg, Holland

June 11, 2008, Patrick W. Desmond, 28, respiratory failure due to heroin and alcohol ingestion Narconon of Georgia, Norcross, Georgia, US

August 27, 2008, Courtney "Cody" Bates, 31, suicide (hanging) while at Criminon San Francisco SBDC New Life Center Criminon, California, US

January 1, 2009, Jean Lafitte, 52, employee, lived on grounds, gunshot wound to the head, suicide (reason unknown) Narconon Arrowhead, Canadian, Oklahoma

My friends, thank you for reading this. You can help by sharing this information with everyone you know.  It is too late to help these people, but maybe, together, we can help save some lives.


  1. Robert, you are doing a very noble job here in EXPOSING this Evil Cult - BRAVO!!! <3

    And because the Narconon program is such a FAIL, many who are kicked out for not complying with their Scientology indoctrination, die soon after leaving. (LIKE IN THE VIDEO I JUST MADE).

    My list is growing of those who did graduate, but because NN has NO aftercare program, many more die within days or weeks of leaving. Narconon is an "Industry of Death" - so SAD

    Ironic that I just made this Video and Uploaded a few minutes before you posted this article:

    We all have a common "WHY" and some have a personal "WHY" that helps them press on - - this is my "Personal WHY" ♥ ♥ ♥

    Published on Mar 11, 2013
    March 11, 2013 - A remembrance video of a very special person I met at Narconon. She helped me through a lot, and still does. May she Rest in Peace. We will never forget.


    1. David, thanks for your comment. You can believe me, when I find out who has died because of the lack of aftercare, I will be writing about them too.

  2. I'm so sorry for your loss, Intelligence. What a beautiful woman she was. We owe it to the lost ones to keep up the pressure and you two are doing so much to this end. Love to you both.

  3. Thanks Betty. And yes, Intelligence kicks ass too.!

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  5. I have been looking for a Gregory Wisner for over 20 years that would be 43 now, from Clearwater Fl. Do you have anymore information on this man?