By the start of 1951, L. Ron Hubbard's marriage was in terminal decline. He was suffering badly from paranoia and depression, and his Dianetics Foundation was in serious financial trouble. He blamed his wife Sara for this and became morbidly convinced that she was trying to kill him. He wrote:
"I was in my apartment on February 23rd, about two or three o'clock in the morning when the apartment was entered, I was knocked out, had a needle thrust into my heart to give it a jet of air to produce a "coronary thrombosis" and was given an electric shock with a 110 volt current. This is all very blurred to me. I had no witnesses. But only one person had another key to that apartment and that was Sara."Curiously, Ron did not report this to the police and produced no medical evidence of any injuries. But the following day, he decided to retaliate. He kidnapped his baby daughter Alexis Valerie - whom he was later to disown as "illegitimate" - to use as a bargaining chip against his wife. He took his daughter to a nursing agency in Los Angeles and then went back to kidnap Sara, in an attempt to have her declared insane by a tame psychiatrist. (See Sara's affidavit for her account of this incident.) The following document is the completely false declaration which Ron made to the nursing agency, using the pseudonym "James Olsen".
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