The death of Philip Gale, a student at MIT in 1998 was linked to his membership in Scientology. Here is the article that appeared on April 3, 1998, by Jennifer Chung in The Tech. Former cult member Carlos M. Covarrubias tells his story of involvement.
Gale’s Death Prompts Questions on Scientology
Past incident adds to controversy
Some past experiences have soured the mood at MIT towards the Church, however. Carlos M. Covarrubias ’98 was living at the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity, next door to a chapter of the Church of Scientology in the spring of 1995 when he briefly joined the organization.
“I was feeling lost at the time,”said Covarrubias, “Confused.”Among other things, “I had just changed my major.”
In a way, “Scientology is attractive. It’s an escape,”Covarrubias said. “It’s addicting; I was drawn in,”he added.
“Near the end of the term,” Covarrubias said, “they blundered.” Without checking with Covarrubias, a high-ranking member of the Sea Organization, a group affiliated with the Church, “called up my parents” and told them he was leaving. His parents, who were unaware of his involvement with the Church, “were completely shocked.” Covarrubias had been planning to join the Sea Org, but not so quickly.
Covarrubias’s parents made plans to visit him immediately, while his brothers at PLP contacted ex-Scientologists to speak with him. Before his parents arrived in Boston, however, two Scientologists “came to help me pack,” Covarrubias said. The brothers discovered the Scientologists and Covarrubias packing and confronted them. “They were blocking the doorway in the room,”recalled Covarrubias. “They weren’t going to let me leave.” Covarrubias’s parents later arrived on the scene, and he went home with his parents and took a year off from MIT.
“I would consider [Scientology] something to be wary of,” Covarrubias said. “They’re pretty good. You have to be persistent in order to get away� your life is channeled where they want you to go. You lose autonomy.”
When Covarrubias recently learned that Gale had ties to Scientology, he said that he was certain that it was related to Gale’s death.
To read the rest of the story go here: http://tech.mit.edu/V118/N16/bdeath.16n.html
Just for fun I have included an interesting video clip of Scientology getting it’s ass chewed.