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Subject: Armstrong Contrary Facts #5
A. THE STATED "FACT":
"Your assertion that
I was using the documents [see Armstrong Contrary
Facts #1]...to actively support Nibs's claim that Hubbard was dead is a
16 August 1999
B. THE CONTRARY FACTS:
"Michael Flynn, in
opening statements before Superior Court Judge Paul
Breckenridge Jr., said...archivist Gerald Armstrong made off with a
collection of Hubbard's personal papers [approximately 30,000 according
to Associated Press; see AP article below]. Flynn...said Armstrong
brought him the documents for safe keeping ..."
May 3, 1984, Thursday, AM cycle
SECTION: Regional News
LENGTH: 433 words
BYLINE: By DAVID GREENWALD
DATELINE: LOS ANGELES
"Ronald E. DeWolf,
48, Hubbard's eldest son, [being represented by
attorney Michael Flynn's office] filed a petition in a Riverside Calif.,
court for the trustee-ship of his father's $100 million estate. The
petition claims that Hubbard has not been seen since March 1980, and is
either dead or mentally incompetent. ...DeWolf's petition, with its
30,000 ACCOMPANYING DOCUMENTS [emphasis added], portrays Hubbard as a
conniving fraud who was addicted to a variety of drugs, practiced black
magic, performed bizarre abortion rituals and suffered from severe
"Gerald Armstrong, a close associate of Hubbard's from 1971 to 1979
who says he was assigned to archive documents for a planned biography of
Hubbard...left the church in 1981, taking with him documents that he
said were to be used for the biography."
December 6, 1982, UNITED STATES EDITION
SECTION: RELIGION; Pg. 125
LENGTH: 781 words
HEADLINE: Is L. Ron Hubbard Dead?
BYLINE: MICHAEL A. LERNER with DAVID T. FRIENDLY
in Los Angeles
"[T]he oldest son
of Mr. Hubbard, Ronald E. DeWolf, has contended in a
lawsuit that his father is either dead or being held captive by the
former servants. He is suing to gain control of his father's estate,
which he says is worth more than $100 million.
"...'I think L. Ron Hubbard is either dead or he's being kept locked
up by this group of people who have taken over,' Mr. [Gerald] Armstrong
The New York Times
January 6, 1983, Thursday, Late City Final Edition
SECTION: Section A; Page 1, Column 2; National Desk
LENGTH: 2281 words
HEADLINE: FIGHT OVER FUNDS DIVIDES SCIENTOLOGY GROUP
BYLINE: By ROBERT LINDSEY, Special to the New York Times
DATELINE: LOS ANGELES, Jan. 5
"Church of Scientology
officials Monday produced a second letter
purportedly written by church founder L. Ron Hubbard, saying he is alive
and well and believes his estate to be in good hands.
"...The handwritten letter was filed as part of a motion to dismiss
the Riverside County Superior Court probate battle in which Hubbard's
son, Ronald DeWolf, claims his father is either dead or incompetent.
"...Church lawyers submitted an alleged Hubbard letter last week in
the church's Los Angeles County Superior Court suit against former
Hubbard assistant Gerald Armstrong. The church is trying to get back
some 30,000 CHURCH DOCUMENTS [emphasis added] it says Armstrong took."
The Associated Press
February 14, 1983, Monday, AM cycle
SECTION: Domestic News
LENGTH: 569 words
HEADLINE: Church Produces Purported Letter From Hubbard
DATELINE: RIVERSIDE, Calif.
June 13 /PRN/ -- A Riverside Superior Court judge
summarily dismissed today a probate action brought against...L. Ron
Hubbard by his disinherited eldest son, Ronald E. DeWolf... .
"...At the same time, Barrett S. Litt, Los Angeles attorney of
record in the Riverside case, filed contempt motions against DeWolf's
attorneys for violating a court order sealing the documents in the case,
and against Boston lawyer [and Gerald Armstrong's attorney] Michael
Flynn for continuing to act as an attorney in the [DeWolf] case after
being expressly barred from participation by the court."
June 13, 1983, Monday
DISTRIBUTION: TO NATIONAL DESK
LENGTH: 473 words
DATELINE: RIVERSIDE, Calif., June 13
July 8 /PRN/ -- Boston lawyer Michael J. Flynn was
found in contempt of court today by Superior Court Judge J. David
Hennigan for releasing documents the court had ordered sealed in the
recent unsuccessful probate action by the estranged, disinherited eldest
son of best-selling author and Dianetics and Scientology founder L. Ron
"The judge indicated that Flynn had gone beyond what was in public
documents in showing certain papers to Julia Dragojevic, Flynn's
co-counsel in another case, the church reported.
"Although Flynn had asserted the documents were public, the judge
ruled they were not and ordered the out-of-state attorney to pay a $250
fine for violating the court order. In assessing the fine, church
officials said, Judge Hennigan stressed that he had thrown persons into
jail before on contempt charges.
"...At the hearing, Wilkie Cheong, attorney of record for Hubbard's
estranged son, Ronald DeWolf, admitted that sealed information had also
been released by Flynn in the case of the Church of Scientology v.
Armstrong, currently pending in Los Angeles... ."
July 11, 1983, Monday
ADVANCED-DATE: July 8, 1983
DISTRIBUTION: TO NATIONAL DESK
LENGTH: 376 words
DATELINE: RIVERSIDE, Calif., July 8
"LOS ANGELES, July
19 /PRN/ -- Ronald DeWolf, the estranged,
disinherited son of...Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, has paid
$6,382.71 for legal costs incurred during his unsuccessful 1982 attempt
to take control of his father's estate for himself and Boston lawyer
Michael Flynn... .
"DeWolf made an offer to pay following a Monday hearing in Reno,
Nev., during which a Nevada district court-appointed special master,
Craig L. Imara, stated he would authorize a motion to compel DeWolf to
disclose all of his personal and business financial records for the past
five years... ."
JULY 19, 1984, Thursday
DISTRIBUTION: TO NATIONAL NEWS
LENGTH: 332 words
DATELINE: LOS ANGELES, July 19