This story shows that when it comes to grubbing for money, Scientology has no shame whatsoever. Harriet Baker was a 73-year-old widow who recently lost her husband to cancer. Unfortunately for her she let these vultures get a toehold in her life; in short order they picked her clean. This story, which included a picture of her standing in front of the house that she lost, was in the famous Time Magazine article, “Scientology, the thriving cult of greed and power,” of May 6, 1991. To read the full article go here: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/Fishman/time-behar.html
When Baker, 73, lost her husband to cancer, a Scientologist turned up at her Los Angeles home peddling a $1,300 auditing package to cure her grief. Some $15,000 later, the Scientologists discovered that her house was debt free. They arranged a $45,000 mortgage, which they pressured her to tap for more auditing until Baker’s children helped their mother snap out of her daze. Last June, Baker demanded a $27,000 refund for unused services, prompting two cult members to show up at her door unannounced with an E-meter to interrogate her. Baker never got the money and, financially strapped, was forced to sell her house in September.
Has Scientology changed since this story broke years ago? No, they do the same thing day after day, year after year. If anything the cult has grown even more grasping for money.