Former Copenhagen staff member Karsten J. Lorenzen traveled to Florida to give testimony in the Lisa McPherson case. Story by Tom Tobin, December 5, 1998.
CLEARWATER — A former Scientologist from Denmark said Friday that he helped force bread, fruit and liquids into the throat of an unconscious woman as part of an effort help her recover from a mental breakdown.
Karsten Lorenzen’s detailed account at a news conference held by a group of Scientology critics resembles the experience of Lisa McPherson, as documented by state investigators and Clearwater police. McPherson was the 36-year-old Scientologist whose 1995 death has resulted in criminal charges of abuse and practicing medicine without a license against the Church of Scientology in Clearwater.
McPherson, too, was recovering from a mental breakdown, and records show church staffers forced medicine and food into her throat. . .
Lorenzen, 23, also told his story this week in several hours of sworn depositions in the wrongful death lawsuit that McPherson’s family filed in Tampa against the church. Lorenzen said the woman was a Scientology staffer who became mentally unstable in May 1996 while training in Clearwater. He said she cut her wrists and was escorted back to Denmark by one of the same church staffers — Valerie Demange — who participated in McPherson’s care six months earlier. The woman was taken to a Scientologist’s apartment north of Copenhagen,
Lorenzen said. One morning during the four-day episode, he said, the woman would not wake up. Demange called a supervisor, who advised them to feed the woman, he said.
Lorenzen said he propped up the woman, sat behind her and reached forward to move her jaw in chewing motions while Demange placed food in the woman’s mouth.
He said he also massaged her throat to get her to swallow. He said the woman remained unconscious but was coughing and spitting. The meal consisted of two pieces of bread, a banana, orange juice and a glass of “Cal-Mag,” a drink of calcium gluconate, magnesium carbonate, cider vinegar and water that Scientologists believe is healthful.
Lorenzen said he has nightmares about the incident and thinks of it when he sees pictures of McPherson.
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To read Internet posts by Karsten relating to another sick member (Gitte Mogensen) who received quack medical treatments in Scientology go here: http://www.whyaretheydead.info/lisa_mcpherson/lorenzen.html