Quentin Hubbard

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Quentin Hubbard
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Geoffrey Quentin McCaully Hubbard
Born (1954-01-06)January 6, 1954
United States
Died November 12, 1976(1976-11-12) (aged 22)
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

Geoffrey Quentin McCaully Hubbard (January 6, 1954 – November 12, 1976), was the son of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and his third wife, Mary Sue Hubbard. He died at the age of 22 in an apparent suicide.[1]

After Ron's eldest son Ron Jr. quit Scientology in 1959, Ron chose Quentin as his successor to lead the organization. Quentin went to sea with Ron when he established the Sea Organization, living on the flagship Apollo and reaching the highest level of auditor training. He disagreed with his father's plans, sometimes saying that he wanted to be a pilot,[2] and in 1974 that he would like to be a dancer. Soon after this, a friend found him in the midst of a suicide attempt. Quentin survived this attempt and was assigned to the Rehabilitation Project Force.[3]

Former Scientologists have said that Quentin was homosexual,[2][3][4] and that this clearly caused him a great deal of personal torment as Scientology doctrine classified homosexuals as "sexual pervert[s]" and "quite ill physically."[5] Another source close to him claims that rumours of his homosexuality were due to him sometimes claiming to be that way in order to discourage women who were interested in him, to protect them from the consequences of his father's disapproval.[6] Quentin is described as having had a gentle demeanor, with none of his father's bombast.[2][3]

In 1975 the Sea Org moved to shore in Clearwater, Florida. Quentin was assigned to operations there but was often absent.[3] Police discovered him unconscious in his car in Las Vegas on October 28, 1976, without any identifying documents. L. Ron Hubbard was furious at the news, shouting, "That stupid fucking kid! Look what he's done to me!"[3] Quentin died two weeks later without having regained consciousness.[3] Although there had been a hose from the car's window to the tailpipe, a test for carbon monoxide was negative.[7] Mrs. Hubbard told Scientologists that Quentin had died from encephalitis.[2] L. Ron Hubbard is said to have deteriorated rapidly after Quentin's death, becoming dishevelled and increasingly paranoid.[3]

The Church of Scientology has never attempted to discredit Quentin (as was the case with Ron Jr.), but has maintained a complete silence around the subject of Quentin and does not make any mention of him in any of their publications or websites.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sappell, Joel; Robert W. Welkos (June 24, 1990). "The Mind Behind the Religion : Life With L. Ron Hubbard : Aides indulged his eccentricities and egotism". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 19, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d Atack, Jon (1990). "Chapter 6 - The Flag Land Base". A Piece of Blue Sky. Carol Publishing Group. ISBN 0-8184-0499-X. Retrieved 2007-06-25. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Miller, Russell. Bare-faced Messiah. 
  4. ^ Interview with Kima Douglas, Oakland, California, 27 August 1986
  5. ^ Hubbard, L. Ron (1985). "Part 2, Chapter 5". Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health (1985 edition ed.). Los Angeles, CA: Bridge Publications. p. 140. ISBN 0-88404-219-7. "The sexual pervert (and by this term Dianetics, to be brief, includes any and all forms of deviation in dynamic two such as homosexuality, lesbianism, sexual sadism, etc., and all down the catalog of Ellis and Krafft-Ebing) is actually quite ill physically." 
  6. ^ Monica Pignotti's account of her time in Scientology: "Quentin and I came very close to getting involved sexually, but we didn't because he told me that several years earlier, he had become sexually involved with a young woman and she had been sent off the ship when his father found out. He didn't want to get me into that kind of trouble, so we remained good friends."
  7. ^ Clark County Coroner. Report of Investigation, Case #1003-76.

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