“Even in war they let you take care of your dead. Not the Church of Scientology!” cried Karen de la Carriere, an ex-church member. Her 27 year old son, Alexander Jentzsch, was found dead in Los Angeles, California on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at the home of his Scientology in-laws. In typical church manner the death was kept secret and the details hidden. There are rumors of the death being caused by high fever, or – the church’s line – “over-medicated.” But worse than that, Scientology’s legal arm, the Office of Special Affairs, would not let Karen see her son. Her agony tore me apart when we spoke. “This toxic organization must be stopped!”
Karen gave her heart to the Church of Scientology for over 25 years. She was one of the few who was personally trained by Hubbard and she gave it everything she had, working over 60 to 70 hours per week for a meager $50 paycheck. “Not one thank you, no kindness, all I ever got from them was revenge.” The break-up of her family and marriage to former church president, Heber Jentzsch, was manipulated by Chairman of the Board, David Miscavige. She told me that she believes that Heber may not know their son is dead. Heber Jentzsch is currently serving an unspecified sentence in Scientology’s jail in Gillman Hot Springs in California. I encouraged Karen to get an investigation done and try to find out how her son actually died. That may be very hard to accomplish because the church is very manipulative and cloistered. It is reported that a coroner’s report is forthcoming.
Hiding deaths and tragedies: a familiar story:
Quentin Hubbard, L. Ron Hubbard’s oldest son by third wife, Mary Sue, attempted suicide in the Nevada desert in 1976. He lay as a John Doe in a hospital until a church official came and claimed the body and reportedly approved the pulling of life support. The details were never made public to churchgoers. Similar ignominious fates were in store for top church officials Mary Sue Hubbard and Annie Broeker, who both died of cancer within the last few years. After decades of service to Hubbard and Scientology, both women were buried in anonymity and without praise. These slights and humiliations to Mrs. Hubbard and Ms. Broeker point to the self-centered and hateful nature of Hubbard’s successor Miscavige, but the secretive nature of the church was originally put in place by Hubbard’s policies.
It is a common feature of destructive cults and groups to wax enthusiastic and lie despite evidence abounding to the contrary. The truth is kept hidden. The Nazis were “winning the war” up until Allied bombs were audible in Berlin and Munich at the end of World War II. Truth is malleable and relative in destructive groups. And Scientology by all definitions is one. You can jump up and down all you want that the procedures in Scientology counseling work, but no one in their right mind would agree that certain covert and heartless policies as laid out by Hubbard and Miscavige are anything but inhumane, especially disconnection.
Disconnection and death:
In my opinion disconnection caused the death of Alexander Jentzsch. Based on the scanty facts that have come to the surface I surmise that Karen’s son died of medical neglect. There is absolutely no reason for a young man to die of a high fever and if he was “over-medicated,” as purported, a doctor would have remedied that also. It is a common practice among today’s Scientologists and case supervisors to not use medicine and doctors. In a way it goes back to Hubbard’s fight with the “medicos” as far back as the 1950s. However, in later writings Hubbard ordered medical care for the ill and definitely used it himself. As a trained counselor and more importantly, a caring mother, Karen would have gotten her son the proper treatment. If the church had not demanded he disconnect from his mother and/or he did not go along with it, he would most likely be alive today. Alexander would have called his mom and told her that he wasn’t feeling well. She would have rushed him to hospital emergency or to a trusted doctor. He would have been given the proper medical care. His plight would have been in wise hands, not left to the bias of Scientologists with malevolence towards medicine. A mother’s love would have won out.
I urge anyone whose family is broken apart – or even threatened due to Scientology disconnection policies – to take action. (This includes those hiding the truth of their disaffection or church status from their loved ones for fear of disconnection. Especially so if your family member or loved ones are on staff or in the Sea Org, please take heed: the chances of harm increase dramatically.) I strongly suggest that you get informed on how to handle disconnection by reading my earlier posts on the subject (http://blog.scientologyrecovery.com/disconnection-the-unkindest-cut-of-all-2/), studying anti-cult books by Singer, Hassan, or Lalich, or hiring an exit counselor for guidance. Effective action can prevent disasters like Karen’s and with careful planning, hopefully a restoration of the family.