Last revised Monday, March 4, 1996.
This Time-Line was originally compiled by Jeff Jacobsen <email@example.com> and converted to HTML by Ron Newman <firstname.lastname@example.org>, who is now actively maintaining it. Special thanks also go to Maggie Council, Tilman Hausherr, Jim Lippard, Ron Newman, Martin Poulter, and others who have contributed to this list. The online master copy of this file lives at http://www2.thecia.net/users/rnewman/scientology/harass/timeline-95.html .
DISCLAIMER: below are accusations of harassment by the Church of Scientology by alt.religion.scientology (a.r.s.) users who were critics of Scientology during the year 1995, or attacks on a.r.s. itself. We are simply compiling the accusations. All events not specifically identified by country occured in the United States.
It is sometimes unclear whether some church actions should be included, as they are only marginally related to a.r.s. Also, some items might only marginally be called harassment. No doubt there will be disagreements about what should and should not be included here.
We consider a threatening letter from an attorney for posting a fair use quote to be very harassing, so we have included all such email and letters. We could not verify times for some incidents so have included those at the bottom.
If you'd like to take action against this harassment, consider attending the worldwide "Stop the Harassment, Scientology" protest demonstration on Saturday, March 9, 1996.
Please email Ron Newman (email@example.com), for corrections, deletions, or additions. Thank you.
A asterisk(*) denotes entries that are new, or have new hyperlinks, since the last revision of this document on February 18.
Helena Kobrin (RTC attorney) sends email to Tom Klemesrud demanding he stop Dennis Erlich from posting to the Internet through Klemesrud's bulletin board system in southern California.
Thomas Small (RTC attorney) emails anonymous remailers requesting that they block access to a.r.s.
Helena Kobrin attempts to rmgroup (a software command to remove a newsgroup) a.r.s.
Tom Klemesrud and Linda Woolard meet. The alleged frameup of Tom is attempted (or a date turned sour, from Linda's viewpoint).
Russell Shaw posts his idea for "handling" a.r.s.
The Finnish anonymous remailer anon.penet.fi is raided by Finnish police looking for the identity of -AB-, who allegedly stole files from Scientology computers. Scientology lawyer's and private eyes follow the trail to Caltech, where they try for the next several days to obtain the true identity of -AB-.
Dennis Erlich is raided. Church spends 7 hours going through his home in Glendale, California, searching for alleged copyright violations. The Church sues Erlich, Tom Klemesrud (operator of the BBS that Dennis uses to access the Net), and Netcom (a large Internet service provider that exchanges Usenet news and e-mail with that BBS).
Deirdre begins to get the Treatment from CoS. Egregious posts begin to appear about her on a.r.s., first from anon.penet.fi and then from "Vera Wallace". According to Deirdre, "an OSA goon who looked like he'd slept a week in his suit showed up in Deirdre's town" (in rural New England) "but didn't stick around for the posse."
Nico Garcia gets a threatening e-mail letter from Kobrin regarding copyright violations.
an anonymous person posts a declaration from both Dennis Erlich's ex-wife (a Scientologist) and his daughter, which contain derogatory information about Erlich.
In British Columbia, Canada, Martin Hunt gets a threatening e-mail letter from attorney Helena Kobrin.
Grady Ward gets an e-mail from Kobrin threatening suit over copyright violations.
Vera Wallace posts Dennis Erlich's home address and place of employment.
Someone pretending to be Homer Smith calls the phone company and gets information from Homer's phone bill.
Stu Sjouwerman sends Sloth email saying he's reported Sloth's web page to OSA (Scientology CIA).
Australian Tony McClelland is threatened with a lawsuit by a Scientologist while picketing Scientology.
Scientologists call police and accuse picketers in Mesa Arizona of yelling at cars.
Daniel Davidson and his administrator get a threatening e-mail letter from Kobrin. As a result, Davidson is summoned to a disciplinary hearing where he has to plead (successfully, it turns out) for the right to keep his account at San Francisco State University.
Woody (firstname.lastname@example.org) first appears; makes hundreds of off-topic and 1 sentence useless posts from then until now.
Eugene Ingram visits Jeff Jacobsen at work in Arizona, and snaps photos of him.
Eugene Ingram and a clone visit Jacobsen's sister in Arizona, asking about Jeff's income.
Ingram hangs around Jacobsen's neighborhood in Arizona. Neighbors call the cops. Ingram asks a neighbor kid about Jacobsen.
Jet@aloha.com takes over #clambake irc channel and bans a.r.s. critics. He posts "rules for #clambake" and claims to have only banned 45 people.
the phone company calls Jacobsen to say there were 4 attempts by a Jacobsen imposter to gain access to Jacobsen's phone bill information (thwarted by a pass code).
Kobrin calls Homer Smith 3 times about Scamizdat postings through his remailer.
"TarlaStar" gets a phone call from "Judy" who falsely claims to work for her ISP, asking TarlaStar to confirm certain personal information.
Andrew Milne "outs" TarlaStar, posting her real name.
Martin Hunt visited by a policeman in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, regarding his posts.
Robert Brooks files a complaint against Ron Newman's MIT account web page.
Vera Wallace outs TarlaStar, but includes Tarla's full address and phone number in Oklahoma, and Tarla's husband's name.
Vera Wallace attempts (incorrectly) to out Sri Changiana Saar.
Grady Ward is visited unannounced by Jeff Quiros and another Scientologist at his home in Arcata, California.
Martin Hunt says Scientology got his unlisted phone number illegally from the raid on Dennis Erlich.
Dennis Erlich posts that his ex-wife seized his bank account to pay child support.
Gary Reibert is tailed and has other suspicious actions happen to him.
Helena Kobrin writes to Andrew Burt, system administrator of Denver University's public-access Nyx system, complaining that the anonymous user "henry" has posted a bomb threat. "henry" says that the message posted under his username is a forgery.
Helena writes a second e-mail letter to Andrew Burt regarding "henry".
April 23 & 25*
Russell Shaw and Vera Wallace separately threaten Jacobsen that if he pickets Scientology, they will picket Jacobsen's employer.
two private investigators are camped outside Jacobsen's home, in Arizona, but leave when confronted by Jacobsen and later the police. They had also gone through Jacobsen's garbage.
two private investigators (one having also staked out Jacobsen's home) write down license plate numbers, videotape and photograph a picket of Scientology in Mesa, Arizona.
Eugene Ingram calls Grady Ward's publisher accusing Grady of crimes.
Ingram (aka "Jack Hoff") visits Grady Ward's mom in Tacoma, Washington, and allegedly steals (theft by artifice?) a photo from her.
After Steve Marinick wrote an article critical of Scientology in the June issue of Arizona's Java Monthly, the local Scientology PR representative repeatedly called the publisher of Java asking for Steve's address and phone number. (The publisher refused.) The publisher also received harassing phone calls from someone falsely claiming to be a distributor of the paper. In early August, the Scientology PR rep showed up unannounced at the publisher's home.
Chris Miller accuses Jacobsen of lying to federal law enforcement.
(about) Chris Miller posts to soc.women claiming he has a daughter working for MoFo (the law firm representing Erlich), seeking material on "clients who are actually abusers of women and children."
Kobrin sends Damon Chetson threatening email.
Kobrin sends email to Marina Chong in Singapore.
Richard Price, in the United Kingdom, receives an unannounced visit from a Scientology-hired private investigator several days after he posts an emotional message to the Internet about his sister's involvement in Scientology. Later that night, a threatening letter from Hodkin & Co., Scientology's UK law firm, is slipped under Price's door. For more information, see the web page of Price's organization, Families Under Scientology Stress (FUSS).
Kobrin writes to Martin Poulter and his administrator at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom.
Poulter's account is temporarily closed (for about a day) after Scientology complaints.
Robert Marcus posts an apparent death threat against Diane Richardson.
Kobrin writes to "henry."
Kobrin writes threatening email to Maggie Council.
Kobrin writes to Jim Lippard regarding Jesse Garon's postings. (He replies, and she sends him another e-mail letter on July 27. The hyperlink points to a file containing all these messages.)
Kobrin writes SteveA of Castle Systems in the United Kingdom.
Kobrin sends email to Keith Spurgeon.
Kobrin writes to "Jesse Garon".
Kobrin writes to "Jesse Garon" a 2nd time.
Kobrin writes to "Doctorb Science!" at Rutgers University.
Maggie Council gets a 2nd threatening email from Kobrin.
Kobrin sends email to H. Keith Henson.
Kobrin writes to TarlaStar.
Kobrin writes to Michael Reuss at Hewlett-Packard in Loveland CO and to H-P's legal dept. in San Jose CA.
Kobrin writes to Joel Hanes and to his sysadmin.
Andrew Testa gets email from Kobrin.
Kobrin sends 2nd email to Marina Chong in Singapore.
Kobrin writes Maggie Council's administrator at the University of Southern Florida, seriously putting Maggie's account in jeopardy.
Andrew Testa gets an even more threatening email from Kobrin.
Arnie Lerma gets a fax from attorney Melvin Jager after he posts the Fishman documents to a.r.s.
Kobrin writes to David Touretzky demanding that he remove the OT materials from his web site at Carnegie-Mellon University. Helena also sends a fax to CMU's legal counsel Walter DeForest.
Lerma is visited by 2 OSA women.
The WELL, an online service in California, gets 2 phone calls from Scientologist Alan Cartright complaining about Jerod Pore's Scamizdat gopher.
A Chinese admin. receives email from Kobrin threatening suit regarding copyright violations.
Someone claiming to be Grady Ward calls the phone company and gains information from Ward's phone bill.
Arnie Lerma's home in Virginia is raided by Scientology. The church sues both Lerma and his Internet service provider, Digital Gateway Systems.
David Gerard posts that Kobrin has been writing to his administrator complaining about his posts (such as the parody "I am the Very Model of a Modern Legal Criminal").
Kobrin posts a threat to a.r.s. as a whole regarding copyright violations and demands all copies of OT be returned to her.
Elliot J. Abelson, a Los Angeles lawyer representing the Church of Scientology, sends snail mail letters to Shelley Thomson, editor of the e-zine **Biased Journalism**, and to Kim Baker, a former Scientologist in Cape Town, South Africa, who was then serving as a director of FACTnet.
Scientology raids the Colorado homes of FACTnet directors Larry Wollersheim and Bob Penny, and sues both them and FACTnet.
XS4ALL, an Internet service provider in the Netherlands, is "raided" by Scientology.
Ron Newman is accosted by Scientologists and forced to hand over his picketing flyers on Beacon Street in Boston.
Paul Grosswald has his foot stomped by an OTVIII at a demonstration in New York City.
at almost all pickets worldwide a Scientology flyer accusing picketers of being "copyright terrorists" is distributed.
Jerod Pore reports that he has again been threatened with a lawsuit, first by phone, then snail mail, over his Scamizdat gopher.
Helena Kobrin writes Cistron Internet Services in the Netherlands and demands that Cistron either remove files from the website of a user named "newkid", or else send Helena "newkid"'s mailing address. Cistron refuses, citing Cistron's legal responsibility to its users under Dutch law. [Note: the "newkid" web site disappeared some time in 1996, so no hyperlink is provided here any more.]
Scientology defies a court order to return all FACTNet's computer files.
Heber Jentzsch declares he will go to jail rather than return the OT files to FACTNet which were seized in the raid.
Eugene Ingram visits police in State College, Pennsylvania; "henry" loses his job at Accu-Weather as a result. Vera Wallace posts "henry's" true name and a legal investigation of "henry" from a court document "henry" claims is sealed.
Malcolm Nothling, a litigant against the CoS in South Africa, receives a telephone call detailing a planned bombing of an unspecified Scientology Church. He telephones Kim Baker, a South African former Scientologist who was active on the Internet and who was then serving as a director of FACTnet. Nothling asks Baker to post a message for him to the Internet.
Baker posts the message on Nothling's behalf, and resigns as a director of FACTnet.
(Note: In a message dated February 21, 1996, Kim Baker has requested that we include her statement that "The alleged planned bombing was in NO WAY connected to FACTnet, or any of the individuals named in the key word list" of names that Scientology lawyers searched for in the disks they seized from FACTnet).
Representatives of OSA International and OSA-South Africa pay an unnanounced and unwanted visit to Kim Baker in Cape Town.
after a 4 hour deposition, Jacobsen is told "we will raid you and sue you; you are on notice!" by Lynn Farny, CoS attorney Kendrick Moxon's assistant.
An Interpol investigation into the South African bombing threat occurs, and Kim Baker is questioned. The South African official in charge of the questioning is Lt. B. Posthumus, stationed with the SA Police, Inspectorate of Explosives. (Tel: 021 - 467-6630)
Kim Baker signs a declaration compiled by OSA, containing numerous false statements.
Lt. Posthumus questions Kim Baker again about the alleged intended bombing.
Kim Baker signs a second declaration compiled by OSA. (This has never been posted to the Net, but both Lawrence Wollersheim's and Bob Penny's responses have been.)
Mark Dallara posts that CoS lawyers have called the University of Memphis complaining about him.
Scientology sues XS4ALL, Dataweb, Cistron, Stichting de Digitale Stad, and Karin Spaink in the Netherlands for copyright violations.
Kobrin sends threatening email to Ron Newman claiming he is violating church copyrights, but providing no details.
Kim Baker receives a call (international, since there was a "beep" that she recognised from receiving international calls in the past) from an unidentified male caller, with an American accent, threatening her with death unless Baker refuted her October 25 declaration. Baker filed a complaint with the local police in Cape Town, which is listed as case number: CAS1123/11/95
Kobrin again writes David Touretzky demanding removal of the Fishman affidavit.
Representatives of OSA International and OSA-South Africa leave Cape Town.
Tom Klemesrud is served with a restraining order prohibiting him from posting anything about the Miss Blood affair on the Internet. This gag order is lifted on November 29.
Linda sues Tom for $5000 in small claims court.
Kim Baker signs a third declaration, this one written by herself rather than by OSA. This declaration refutes the statements she made in her previous two (OSA-written) declarations of October 25 and November 5.
Cory Brennan accuses Tilman Hausherr, a German citizen, of "supporting those who promote the Nazi agenda." Challenged by Tilman and others, Cory retracts this statement on January 16, 1996.
In the UK, Richard Price gets a call from a CoS private eye regarding Atack and Lawley, and Martin Poulter. The same day, a friend of Price (who prefers for now to remain anonymous) receives a similar phone call.
Rogue Agent loses his account at Northeastern University in Boston after complaints from CoS people.
In Germany, Tilman Hausherr gets a call from private eye Thomas Riche regarding Atack and Lawley.
Vera Wallace sends Jeff Lee email that indicates someone has been investigating Lee's background.
The Cancelpoodle (aka Cancelbunny) almost throughout the entire year cancels posts of a.r.s. critics only, usually claiming copyright violations.
Dennis Erlich loses his job and claims CoS had a hand in the loss.
Chris Miller calls Modemac a child pornographer.
Oussama Cherribi, member of the Dutch Parliament, is harassed by CoS.
Steve Fishman's internet account is mail bombed.
A Scientologist attempts to prevent Jeff Jacobsen's employer from being able to attend a seminar where the company promotes itself.
David Gerard has various problems with his university account in Australia due to CoS complaints about "Xenu Magazine", a student publication that he helped to produce.
Someone from Alan Cartright's office poses as a user of the online service The WELL, and claims copyright over files Jerod Pore has on his site.
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