Letter to David Miscavige
As you undoubtedly know, the University of London’s Warburg Institute Library has set the unsealing of the “Babalon Working” and related documents for January 1, 2010. I believe these materials will confirm what I have, after considerable diligence, discovered: that you and your Scientology representatives perpetrated and are perpetrating a black fraud upon me, and perhaps upon other people similarly placed, regarding L. Ron Hubbard’s role in that occult operation with John W. Parsons, and in the whole occult milieu, and, to an advanced degree, regarding the occult’s role in Scientology.
The Library says it’s closed for the holidays until January 4, which presumably is the date the subject documents will become publicly available. I’m publishing this letter to the Internet and announcing the web site I’ve been developing, “Hubbard and the Babalon Working,” so that people, in the UK and around the world, have the opportunity to act to protect, study and discuss these documents. I hope naturally that people do more than that.
I hope too that the unsealing moves you to tell the truth in this matter, as you and your most knowledgeable devotees know it. Your telling of the truth will end the fraud, and the sooner the better, of course, for everyone, even you. You and Scientology would still have to make whole the people you’d defrauded, but at least you wouldn’t be damaging more people with your untruths than you’ve already damaged.
Perhaps there are people Hubbard lied to or you lie to who love to be lied to, and wouldn’t feel defrauded, but instead perhaps indebted to you, when they discovered that depending on some lies you’d told had cost them years, money, family, friends, opportunities, mental health, and peace. I am not, however, one of such people. They would have to be without a doubt Scientologists. I find your lying, and your devotees’ and agents’ lying, about Hubbard’s and Scientology’s occult beginning repulsive and willfully cruel.
I would never have given Scientology one minute of my time or one penny of my money if Hubbard, hundreds of Scientologists along the way, and you personably since at least 1981, had made the truth known. Because that truth is so key to even one person’s life-displacing decisions, I believe you’ve had a legal duty from the beginning to have told that truth. I am not accepting that the lies you’ve been telling have been what’s true for you.
I believe I’ve found what the truth is for me, without your help, and despite your intentional and manufactured hindrances. It’s likely, moreover, that there’s an entire class of people who would never have done or joined Scientology if they’d known the truth that you could have told them. To each of them you also had a duty to tell the truth, and to each of them I’m telling it as I’ve now discovered it to be. They will not then have to do all the searching I’ve done to make the same discovery that they’d been identically defrauded.
The documents in the Warburg Institute Library that will be unsealed will only, I believe, be and confirm what I have independently discovered is true for me. I believe these documents will not support what you, Scientology and knowledgeable Scientologists have been saying was true. What was actually true for you and them, you and they didn’t say, and you all should have said. Your ethics in this matter have been truly abysmal.
On October 5, 1969, the Sunday Times published an article by Alexander Mitchell in Spectrum on Hubbard’s black magic involvement that was based on documents the Warburg Institute Library possesses in its Gerald Yorke Collection. Yorke, as you know, was Crowley’s friend, disciple and typist, and the collection is considered the most important publicly available archive of Crowley/OTO related materials. Certain of these documents, and specifically the Babalon Working materials, have been sealed for twenty-five years, as Yorke directed, and will now be unsealed. Why exactly Yorke had these things sealed I don’t know, but it relates to the Mitchell article, and subsequent legal actions or threats of legal action.
I am very aware, and everyone should be aware, that it is perfectly possible that Scientologists or their agents have ransacked and plundered the Yorke collection, including even the presently sealed documents. It’s also possible that Scientology has inserted its own documents or other forms of disinformation into the collection. Scientology has a long known history, which includes both under Hubbard’s and your own command, of document alteration, theft and destruction.
There’s a 2006 note from someone at the “Aleister Crowley Society” of reports of “significant theft from or damage to the [Yorke Collection] archives, especially in the Eighties.” The ACS person urges the Warburg Library’s “trustees [to be] suitably protective these days.” I similarly cautioned a Warburg Librarian with whom I’ve corresponded about the unsealing. I’m proceeding, nevertheless, in this letter to you, and in my search for the truth, in the assumption that Scientology’s agents have not gotten to the sealed documents, and these materials will not substantiate your organization’s claims.
Because of the Mitchell article’s importance in Scientology’s and your ongoing fraud and my discovery of the fraud, and to avoid your common gripe that facts against you are being taken “out of context,” I am quoting the article in its entirety.
5 October 1969
SCIENTOLOGY: Revealed for the first time…the odd beginning of Ron Hubbard’s career
JOHN WHITESIDE Parsons, a brilliant rocket fuel scientist, joined the American branch of Crowley’s cult in 1939. He struck up earnest correspondence with “The Beast 666,” as Crowley was known by his followers, and soon became his outstanding protégé in the United States. By January, 1946, Parsons was impatient to break new frontiers in the occult world. He decided to take the spirit of Babalon, the “whore of Babylon,” and invest it in a human being.
But to carry out this intricate mission Parsons needed a female sexual partner to create his child in the astral (spiritual) world. If this part of the fixture went successfully Parsons would be able to call down the spiritual baby and direct it to a human womb. When born, this child would incarnate the forces of Babalon. During his magical preparations for this incarnation Parsons found himself overwhelmed with assistance from a young novitiate named Ron Hubbard.
Parsons wrote to Crowley at the beginning of 1946, “He (Hubbard) is a gentleman, red hair, green eyes, honest and intelligent and we have become great friends. Although he has no formal training in magic he has an extraordinary amount of experience and understanding in the field. Ron appears to have some sort of highly developed astral vision. He describes his angel as a beautiful winged woman with red hair whom he calls the Empress and who has guided him through his life and saved him many times.” He concluded almost ecstatically, “He is in complete accord with our own principles. I have found a staunch companion and comrade in Ron.”
But within two months the bonds of friendship were under some strain: Ron claimed Parsons girl-friend, Betty. With admirable restraint Parsons wrote to Crowley, “She has transferred her sexual affection to Ron. I cared for her rather deeply but I have no desire to control her emotions.” As if to cement their loyalties Parsons, Hubbard and Betty decided to pool their finances and form a business partnership.
Meanwhile preparations for the mystical mission were well under way. From January 4 to 15, 1946, Parsons and Hubbard engaged in a nightly ritual of incantation, talisman-waving and other black magic faithfully described in Parsons’ diary as Conjuration of Air, Invocation of Wand and Consecration of Air Dagger. With a Prokofiev violin concerto blaring away the two of them pleaded with the spirits for “an elemental mate” — a girl willing to go through sexual rites to incarnate Babalon in the spirit world.
Parson mentions that windstorms occurred on a couple of nights and one night the power supply failed. But nothing seriously responsive until January 14, when Ron was struck on the right shoulder and had a candle knocked out of his hand. “He called me,” Parsons wrote, “and we observed a brownish yellow light about seven feet high. I brandished a magical sword and it disappeared. Ron’s right arm was paralyzed for the rest of the night.”
The following night was even more portentious. Hubbard apparently saw a vision of one of Parsons’ enemies. Parsons wrote, “He attacked the figure and pinned it to the door with four throwing knives with which he is expert.” For four days Parsons and Hubbard were in a state of tension. Then, on January 18, Parsons turned to Ron and said, “It is done.” He added, “I returned home and found a young woman answering the requirements waiting for me.”
The incarnation ritual set out in Parsons’ manuscript, The Book of Babalon, is difficult reading for the unconfirmed spiritualist. Broadly interpreted, Parsons and Hubbard constructed an altar and Hubbard acted as high priest during a series of ceremonies in which Parsons and the girl shared sex. The owner of the documents, who is an expert on Crowley’s magic, says that Parsons at this stage was completely under Hubbard’s domination. How else can one explain Hubbard’s role as High priest in the rites after only a few weeks in the trade?
For the first of the birth ceremonies which began on March 1 Hubbard wore white and carried a lamp while Parsons was cloaked in a black, hooded garment carrying a cup and dagger. At Hubbard’s suggestion they played Rachmaninoff’s Isle of the dead as background music.
Parsons account of the start of the birth ritual is as follows: “The Scribe (Hubbard) said, ‘The year of Babalon is 4063. She is the flame of life, power of darkness, she destroys with a glance, she may take thy soul. She feeds upon the death of men. Beautiful — horrible.’ The scribe, now pale and sweating, rested awhile, then continued.” There are two possible reasons why Hubbard showed anxiety at this stage of the ceremony, the owner of the papers says. He was either deeply moved by the spiritual depth of the ceremony or he couldn’t think what to say next.
Hubbard further instructed Parsons: “Display thyself to our lady; dedicate thy organs to her; display thy mind to her; dedicate thy soul to her, for she shall absorb thee. Retire from human contact until noon tomorrow. Speak not of this ritual. Discuss nothing of it. Consult no book but thine own mind. Thou art a god. Behave at this alter as one before another.”
On the third day the ritual began four hours before dawn. Ron tells his companion, “Lay out a white sheet. Place upon it blood of birth. Envision her approaching thee. Think upon the lewd, lascivious things thou coulds’t do. All is good to Babalon. All. Preserve the material basis. Thus lust is hers, the passion yours. Consider thou the Beast raping.” These invocations along with other passages in the ritual indicates that Parsons had collected specimens of his own sperm and the girl’s menstrual fluid.
The climax of the ceremony occurred the following day with Ron at the altar working his two subjects into a sexual frenzy. Over Rachmaninoff he intoned such gems as:
Her mouth is red and her breasts are fair and her loins are full of fire,
And her lust is strong as a man is strong in the heat of her desire.
An exalted Parsons wrote the next day, “Babalon is incarnate upon the earth today awaiting the proper hour of her manifestation. And in that day my work will be accomplished and I shall be blown away upon the breath of the father even as it is prophecied.” (In fact, Parsons was “blown away” in a rocket fuel explosion at his experimental laboratory in Pasadena in 1952.)
Unable to contain his joy, Parsons decided to tell Crowley what had happened. On March 6 he wrote, “I can hardly tell you or decide how much to write. I am under command of extreme secrecy. I have had the most important, devastating experience of my life.” Crowley was dumbfounded by the news of the incarnation ceremony. He wrote back, “You have me completely puzzled by your remarks. I thought I had the most morbid imagination but it seems I have not. I cannot form the slightest idea what you can possibly mean.”
With a distinct note of concern he dashed off a letter on the same day to the head of his American cult saying, “Apparently Parsons or Hubbard or somebody is producing a Moonchild. I get fairly frantic when I contemplate the idiocy of these louts.” (This acid rebuke comes from a man whose activities were once summed up by a judge like this: “I have never heard such dreadful, horrible, blasphemous and abominable stuff as that which has been produced by the man who describes himself as the greatest living poet.”)
By May that same year Crowley was not only concerned about Parsons’s spiritual well-being. There was a smaller matter of certain moneys. When the trio formed their business enterprise, Parsons is believed to have put in 17,000 dollars, Hubbard about 1,000 dollars, and Betty nothing. Using about 10,000 dollars of the money, Hubbard and his newly acquired girlfriend, Betty, bought a yacht. A report to the head of the American branch by another cult member says, “Ron and Betty have their boat at Miami, Florida, and are living the life of Riley, while Brother John (Parsons) is living at rock bottom and I mean rock bottom.
In a more sinister way, the report added: “Let us consider this matter of the magical child which Jack Parsons is supposed to turn loose on the world in nine months (now seven). Ron, the Seer, was the guy who laid down the main ideas, technic (sic), etc., of said operation.”
On reading Parson’s accounts of the ceremony and the reports from branch headquarters in America, Crowley cabled his US office on May 22: “Suspect Ron playing confidence trick — Jack Parsons weak fool — obvious victim prowling swindlers.” In a letter a few days later he said, “It seems to me on the information of our brethren in California that Parsons has got an illumination in which he lost all his personal independence. From our brother’s account, he has given away both his girl and his money. Apparently it is the ordinary confidence trick.”
A much-chastened Parsons wrote to Crowley on July 5, “Here I am in Miami pursuing the children of my folly. I have them well tied up. They cannot move without going to jail. However, I am afraid that most of the money has already been spent. I will be lucky to salvage 3,000 to 5,000 dollars.” Just how Parsons managed to capture the errant lovers is in keeping with the other extraordinary chapters of this story. “Hubbard attempted to escape me,” Parsons wrote, “by sailing at 5 p.m. and performed a full invocation to the Bartzabel within the circle at 8 p.m. (a curse). At the same time, however, his ship was struck by a sudden squall off the coast which ripped off his sails and forced him back to port where I took the boat in custody.”
Parsons recovered financially and possibly as a backlash to his experience with Hubbard, he took the Oath of the AntiChrist in 1948 and changed his name to Belarion Armiluss Al Dajjal AntiChrist. In his scientology publications Hubbard says of the period, “Crippled and blinded at the end of the war I resumed studies of philosophy and by my discoveries recovered so fully that I was reclassified in 1949 for full combat duty.”
Hubbard claims that more than two dozen thinkers, prophets and psychologists influenced scientology (which he launched in 1951); everyone from Plato, Jesus of Nazareth to Sigmund Freud whom he says he studied under in Vienna. The record can now be righted with the inclusion of Aleister Crowley, the Beast, 666.
In 1946 Aleister Crowley (left), the sorcerer and mystic whose dabblings in black magic earned him the title The Wickedest Man in the World, found a new disciple and welcomed him to one of his occult communities in California. The extraordinary activities of this new and enthusiastic disciple are described in a vast collection of papers owned by a former admirer of Crowley, which we have examined. The man in question is Lafayette Ron Hubbard (right), head of the now notorious Church of Scientology.
PARSONS, “the AntiChrist”
On December 28, 1969, The Sunday Times published this statement:
London Sunday Times 28 December 1969 Scientology: New Light on Crowley
Scientology: New Light On Crowley
ON 5 OCTOBER, 1969, Spectrum published an article “The odd beginning of L. Ron Hubbard’s Career.” The Church of Scientology has sent us the following information.
‘Hubbard broke up black magic in America: Dr Jack Parsons of Pasadena, California, was America’s Number One solid fuel rocket expert. He was involved with the infamous English black magician Aleister Crowley who called himself “The Beast 666.” Crowley ran an organisation called the Order of Templars Orientalis over the world which had savage and bestial rites. Dr Parsons was head of the American branch located at 100 Orange Grove Avenue, Pasadena, California. This was a huge house which had paying guests who were the USA nuclear physicists working at Cal. Tech. Certain agencies objected to nuclear physicists being housed under the same roof.
L. Ron Hubbard was still an officer of the US Navy because he was well known as a writer and a philosopher and had friends amongst the physicists, he was sent in to handle the situation. He went to live at the house and investigated the black magic rites and the general situation and found them very bad.
Parsons wrote to Crowley in England about Hubbard. Crowley “The Beast 666” evidently detected an enemy and warned Parsons. This is all proven by the correspondence unearthed by the Sunday Times. Hubbard’s mission was successful far beyond anyone’s expectations. The house was torn down. Hubbard rescued a girl they were using. The black magic group was dispersed and destroyed and has never recovered. The physicists included many of the 64 top US scientists who were later declared insecure and dismissed from government service with so much publicity.
As you know, in the 1984 Los Angeles Superior Court trial in the first Scientology v. Armstrong case, Gerry Armstrong testified about this article and identified Hubbard as the author of the “information” that Scientology had sent The Sunday Times. The following is excerpted from the trial transcript produced by the LA Superior Court’s reporters:
Q BY MR. FLYNN: Why did you send me exhibit 500 quadruple O, Mr. Armstrong?
I think I have got a little bit ahead of myself.
Let me withdraw that for the time being and go back to 500 quadruple J, “L. Ron Hubbard and J.W. Parsons”; why did you send me that?
A [Gerry Armstrong] Inside the organization I had come across what were called entheta newspaper articles dealing with or claiming that Hubbard was connected with the OTO, the black magic group.
Hubbard — I had seen at that point a statement which had been published in the — I think it is the London Sun Times which appeared to be a statement from the organization refuting the original claim of a black magic connection. And this was part of a pack of materials which I had while in the port captain’s office dealing with Mr. Hubbard. And it was to be used as proof that Mr. Hubbard was not connected to the black magic group, but in fact had been working for Naval intelligence and had been sent in to break it up because of the number of atomic scientists who were connected to the group, which he did. And he rescued a girl.
Throughout the course of the biography research I found that Mr. Hubbard was not working for Naval intelligence; was, in fact, connected to the OTO, the magic group, and that the head of the group was John W. Parsons who Mr. Hubbard was very much connected to.
This pack concerns John W. Parsons and Allied Enterprises. And Allied Enterprises is a company which Mr. Hubbard, Sarah Northrup, and John W. Parsons formed in, I believe, 1946.
Q And what was the purpose for the company?
A It was a profit-making company, but — they planned at one point to bring sailing vessels from the East Coast to the West Coast and sell them at a profit on the West Coast.
Q And how much money did Mr. Parsons put into the project?
A I recall $10,000, but I don’t — I don’t — it is in this pack of materials, and I would have to refresh my memory.
Q And how much money did Mr. Hubbard put into it?
A I don’t know if he put any in. I do recall a figure of a thousand dollars, and I don’t know if that is from Sarah or from Mr. Hubbard.
Q Now at that point in time was Sarah Jack Parson’s girl friend?
A I — here is what I know of that. I interviewed a man named Lou Goldstone in San Francisco. This would have been in the summer of 1980 and he had been living at that time in the same place, John W. Parsons’ home in Pasadena. It was a very big home and he stayed there, and he said that Sarah, who they then called Betty, was Parsons’ girl friend, and that Hubbard arrived in December of 1945, and within a short time had taken Sarah from Parsons and was living with her first in the house and then in a trailer which was also parked on the property.
Hubbard then had a big trailer. I also know the same story from another man that I interviewed who was a current/head of the OTO in California, a man by the name of Grady McMurtry, and he had the same set of facts.
Q Did Mr. Parsons sue L. Ron Hubbard?
Q And is that lawsuit among the materials in that pack?
Q And why did you send me that?
A Well again it tied into this story of Mr. Hubbard’s involvement with black magic. The significance that this whole thing had to me was not so much his involvement with the black magic, but it had to do with the fact that he lied about his involvement and I had been trained and drilled to lie about it, and that was the significance. I really couldn’t care if he was — what he had done, but the fact that he had just continually lied was what was important to me and this was a part of the picture which showed that the story he had written and he had, in fact, authored the London Sunday Times article, I had the printed article, and I had the same thing in his handwriting.
Q You had his handwritten notes that contained the precise article?
A Yes, and the instructions in which he sent it to be typed up and submitted to the newspaper.
Q Now, in 1946 was that the period that Mr. Hubbard claimed that he was crippled and blinded?
Q When he entered into the business arrangements with Mr. Parsons?
I don’t really agree with Gerry’s 1984 opinion that Hubbard’s involvement in the occult was insignificant in comparison with Hubbard’s continual lying about his involvement. To me, Hubbard’s occultism is inseparable from his lying, and just as significant. I think that his occultism included and stoked the power he manifested as pathological lying. Gerry, of course, acknowledges that in the Sea Org he was actually trained to tell the Hubbard shore story on this very point – Ron the Secret Agent to the Cults – so that might explain why Gerry thought Hubbard’s lying was more important than what Hubbard was lying about. To me, as I said above, what Hubbard lied about is so significant that if I had known before Scientology what I have now discovered is true — the truth Hubbard was lying about — I would never have entered his cult or control, nor ended up in your cult and control.
I’m hoping with my site http://blacklies.xenu.ca/ to make easily available to anyone interested the same relevant material I have now examined to reach what I know is true, both for me and for other reasoning people. I want as many others as possible to have the knowledge I now have. Hubbard lied, and Scientology and Scientologists under your direction, have lied, and are still lying. If you know of anything untrue, or any error of any kind, on this site, please let me know, just as I am letting you know that what you all are saying is untrue, and that what’s true for me is the truth. Hubbard really was a dramatizing black magician while keeping the Babalon Working, and wasn’t an agent or operative, secret or not, of US Naval Intelligence, the FBI or the LAPD, or any other official or governmental agency. Ron was on his own occult power trip. Scientology was part of that same trip. Now it’s your power trip.
Please feel free, no matter what your trip is, to contribute to this body of knowledge, particularly because you possess even more material on Hubbard and the Babalon Working than I have had available to me. Additionally, you, as much as perhaps anyone else on earth, except for Gerry, know that what I’ve found is true for me in this matter is what’s true. If you stopped lying, you’d say it’s true for you too. I, of course, welcome any knowledgeable person, Homo novis or Homo sapiens, contributing to this knowledge.
I look forward to the day when Scientologists, importantly you, speak the truth to end the endless fraud. I’m looking forward as well to the day when the Warburg Institute Library unseals the Working and whatever else has been sealed these past twenty-five years. If you and your knowledgeable Scientology juniors tell the truth before it’s all unsealed, this would be quite an ideal scene.