Timeline and Scientology Cover-Up
1974: Jeremy Perkins is born on December 20, 1974 to Don and
Elli Perkins. A daughter, Danielle, is born a year later.
1970s: Don and Elli Perkins go "Clear". Don Perkins' clear
number is 19906; Elli's is 13072 (data collected by Ida Camburn.)
Elli later made it to OT V (Operating Thetan level 5), also known as
Audited NOTs, and Don
was OT IV. To reach this level of spiritual advancement, Scientology
had taught them to make telepathic contact with the spirits of murdered space
1998: Jeremy creates an I Am A
Scientologist cookie-cutter web page which is published by
Scientology at www.our-home.org.
ca. 1995-1996: Jeremy's sister, Danielle Perkins, a
Scientologist her entire life, marries Jeff Carlson. Jeff eventually
becomes ED (Executive Director) of the Buffalo Org. In the photo at right, Danielle
is shown demonstrating a Scientology E-meter.
1999: Jeremy and his family take
courses on the Freewinds. Jeremy completes the "OT Debug Service"
and the "State of Man Congress Course". The Freewinds is a high
security environment: Scientologists must be vetted by their local Org
before they are permitted to travel to the ship, which remains in the
Carribean and never enters American waters.
The OT debug service is a "Freewinds only" type service designed to
find out "why" a person is not moving up The Bridge and through the OT
levels. The service first started being delivered in 1995. (The
"tech" that is used is HCOPL 23 August 1979R, Issue I, revised 23 Aug
1984, entitled "Debug Tech". There is also a 13 page "Debug Tech
Checklist" and by means of all things Scientological, one is
questioned either on or off the E-meter to find out why one is not
producing products or in the case of the OT Debug, why one is not
moving up the Bridge. The cost is roughly $5,000.)
1999: Danielle Perkins Carlson is ordered to the FLAG Land Base
in Clearwater, Florida for three years of Scientology training. Her
husband Jeff does not go with her, and only gets to see her a few
times during that period.
ca. 2000: Jeremy signs a Sea Org contract and flies out to Los
Angeles to enter the Sea Organization, whose members dedicate
themselves to working for the Church of Scientology over multiple
lifetimes for the next one billion years. After three months, he is
rejected and sent back home due to his mental problems.
May 13, 2001: Jeremy files a Knowledge Report on Fred Lennox,
complaining that Fred hasn't shown up for his Scientology coursework.
Fred and Jeremy are "twins" on the course, meaning they are supposed
to do two-person Scientology exercises with each other.
2001: Ann-Marie Dunning
twins with Jeremy on one of the Scientology courses he was taking.
They did TRs (Scientology Training Routines) together. Dunning said
later she was "deathly afraid" of Jeremy; he "had a vibe about him"
that terrified her, and she said the look in his eye reminded her of
Early 2002: Jeremy injures his head while working on his truck,
which some people think contributed to his worsening mental state. He
starts acting bizarrely. Jeremy is eventually labeled "PTS Type III"
(Scientology jargon for "psychotic"), and a notice is added to his
ethics folder by his mother Elli. As a consequence, he is no longer
permitted to take Scientology courses, and is banned from the
building. Scientologists knew not to talk about Jeremy; anyone who
asked after him was told "it's not any of your business."
2002: Jeremy develops clear signs of schizophrenia, including
hearing voices and talking to people who aren't there. (This was reported by Glenn
Gramigna, a fellow Scientologist and long-time friend of the
2002: Elli, Don, and Jeff want Glenda Rose, a Scientologist
chiropractor, to examine Jeremy and prescribe vitamins for him, but
Rose refuses because Jeremy had "gone crazy". She does assist the
family in watching him, but won't treat him for fear of legal
May 2002: Jeremy is arrested for trespassing on the University at Buffalo campus. He's
hearing voices and tells the police officers he is acting under the
direction of the Roman goddess Diana. He remains in custody, in a
holding center, for two weeks. Elli is adamant about Jeremy not
getting a psych evaluation because of her religious beliefs. She
brings documentation, including a Scientology release form (see The Lisa Clause) stating that he
objected to mental health treatment. Because of this documentation,
the authorities agreed to allow Jeremy to skip the evaluation.
Eventually he is released.
2002: At the suggestion of Jeff Carlson, Elli Perkins seeks
help for Jeremy from Dr. Conrad Maulfair, an
osteopath and fellow Scientologist in Topton, Pennsylvania. Maulfair
requests a sample of Jeremy's hair, which he sends out for analysis.
See the Quackwatch.org page on commercial hair analysis for
background on the hair analysis scam. Here's a quote from that page:
Jeremy's sister, Danielle Perkins Carlson, demonstrates an E-Meter at the
Church of Scientology of Buffalo.
In 1986, Doctor's Data, a Chicago-based laboratory agreed to stop
accepting human hair specimens from New York State unless it can
obtain a permit from the New York State Department of Health. The
company also agreed to pay $25,000 in costs and penalties. Action was
taken because a bogus "nutrition consultant" had been using the test
as a basis for prescribing vitamins, minerals, and other supplements.
Maulfair links to the Doctors
Data web site, and to another hair analysis lab, Great Smokies Diagnostic Laboratory,
from his own web
After they visit his clinic, Maulfair tells Elli that her son is
suffering from high levels of arsenic and toxic metals in his system,
for which he recommends a course of intravenous therapy. (A source
familiar with the case later said that Maulfair recommended ten
treatments at $1,000 each.) Most likely this was the chelation
therapy advertised on Maulfair's web site, hardly an appropriate
remedy for schizophrenia. See the Quackwatch page on chelation therapy for a
Elli decides to instead treat Jeremy with a mixture of vitamins that
she assembles herself.
December, 2002: Scientology purchases the former Buffalo
Catholic Institute at Virginia and Main Streets and announces plans to
move there after extensive renovations. Ironically, Jeremy is
permitted to help with the renovations to the new building, despite
being banned from the current one.
March, 2003: Elli makes plans to send Jeremy to a facility in
Springville, New York: a farm whose owner takes people in when they
need to get away from stressful situations for a few days. The
owner is not a Scientologist, and has no medical training. He has
agreed to use the assists in the Scientology Handbook if Jeremy "gets
out of hand". This is his first experience with Scientologists.
Jeremy is supposed to arrive on the evening of March 13.
March 11, 2003: Anne-Marie Dunning, Ethics Officer at the
Buffalo Org, receives a phone call from Elli Perkins. The call is a
cry for help: Elli doesn't know what to do with Jeremy. Anne-Marie
can't help her; while she is on hold, Jeff Carlson tells Anne-Marie to
advise Elli to keep Jeremy busy -- "Give him MEST work to do". Elli
says she'd already started on that. ("MEST work" is Scientology slang
for manual labor. MEST stands for Matter, Energy, Space, and Time.)
The Day of the Murder: March 13, 2003
It's L. Ron Hubbard's birthday, a Church of Scientology holiday.
9:45-10:15 am Elli Perkins is on the phone with her best
friend of 30 years, a female Scientology "public" (parishioner) of the
Buffalo Org. Jeremy comes out of the shower, gets a knife from a
drawer in the kitchen, and attacks her, pushing her into her bedroom
where he stabs her to death. The woman hears the attack and calls the
police and the Buffalo Org.
Jeff Carlson goes out to the house.
10:30am Police arrive and interview Jeremy.
1:30 pm Jeremy gives a written
statement, and signs search
waivers for his person, his clothing, and his room.
Afternoon: The Scientologist public who was on the phone with
Elli when she was killed is contacted by OSA staff from New York City,
who tell her not to talk to any reporters, but to cooperate with the
police when they arrive to interview her.
6:00 pm A 5-7 person crisis management team from New York City
flies in to Buffalo to orchestrate the cover-up. One was Pam
Vilinsky, from the New York Org and OSA (Office of Special Affairs),
and another was a man named Minalfi (spelling uncertain) who was a
Class XII auditor and Scientology minister. Two men from Florida also
flew up, both OT auditors. They were brought in to "handle" Don right
there in the Org.
At the Buffalo Org, Pam Vilinsky requests Jeremy's ethics folder.
Anne Marie Dunning had a key to the room; she went in and got it,
and gave it to Vilinsky. She never saw the folder again.
His PC folder might not even have been at the Org, because Jeremy
had been receiving auditing down at FLAG.
The Cover-Up Begins
March 14: Danielle Perkins Carlson flies up from Clearwater.
March 14: Don Perkins is called to the Org, and held for hours in a
room guarded by Sea Org staffers Mary Lou Reile (the mother of CoS
Buffalo President Teresa Reger) stood guard over the auditing area so
no one could go back there.
March 14-21: the Buffalo Org offers "group processing" to help
publics grieving over Elli's death. They do "locationals" and other
group auditing processes: "look at this wall", "look at your shoes",
"say hello to someone", "point at this object". Parishioners are also
offered opportunities to talk to any of the ministers, but the Org
staff aren't permitted to participate in any of this. They have to go
March 22: A Saturday afternoon memorial service for Elli is
held at the Buffalo Org. Bob Bolt, a public and a Scientology
minister who does most of the Sunday services at the org,
Late March: The Scientology "public" who was on the phone with
Elli goes out to Los Angeles. She was scheduled to go in May for
auditing, but her time is moved up to March, and she leaves a couple
of weeks after Elli's death.
April 7-10, 2003: Jeremy undergoes a mental status evaluation
by Joseph W. Liebergall, Ph.D., and a psychiatric assessment by Brian
S. Joseph, M.D., indicating chronic paranoid schizophrenia. Read their
April 11, 2003: Scientologist Glenn Gramigna publishes
a remembrance of Elli
in which he talks about her spirituality and her opposition to the use of
drugs to treat mental disorders, but carefully omits any mention of the
April, 2003: Danielle Perkins Carlson stays in town for about 5
weeks, then returns to Clearwater to resume her training at FLAG.
April, 2003: An article
at AlternativeMentalHealth.com, a web site operated by a
Scientology-affiliated quack group called Safe
Harbor, describes a woman who recently sought help for her
psychotic son, but ended up being killed by him. Is this Elli
June 3, 2003: Jeremy Perkins is indicted for second degree
murder. His court-appointed attorney is John Nuchereno.
Jule 29, 2003: Judge Shirley Troutman finds Jeremy Perkins "not
responsible by reason of mental disease or defect."
The Cover-Up Continues
Late 2003 Jeff Carlson is demoted from ED to PES (Public
Executive Secretary) because Scientology management wants an all-OT or
all-Sea Org exec team. Carlson is not even "Clear".
November 2003: Don Perkins' completion of the False Purpose
Rundown is reported in issue
145 of Source, the magazine of the Flag Land Base. Scientology is
keeping him firmly clasped in its tentacles.
2003, November 16: Cult leader David Miscavige presides over
the grand opening of the new home of the Church of Scientology of
Buffalo. Buffalo News reporter Mark Sommer covers the event, and
meets Jenna Elfman and Teresa Reger. Scientology doesn't want to say
who funded the acquisition and renovation of the new building, but
Sommer later discovers it was Scientologist Joseph Sgroi.
January 27, 2004: Jeremy Perkins is committed to a
state hospital due to his continued suffering from a "dangerous mental
May 2004: Don Perkins completes New OT
V at FLAG, as reported in issue
155 of Source, the magazine of the FLAG Land Base. This was the
same level Elli had reached before her death.
2004: Teresa Reger lies to Mark Sommer, claiming Jeremy
Perkins was never a Scientologist and never took any courses at the
Buffalo Org. Sommer knows better. He's pursuing the story, and the
failure of the cover-up is only a matter of time.
January 30, 2005: Mark Sommer blows the lid off
the Jeremy Perkins story.
Some time in 2005: Scientology issues its
FLAG World Tour DVD, with a clip
of Danielle Perkins Carlson saying "Any PC who sits down in front
of me, I know I can do something to help that person. I know that I
can take that person's aberrations and use standard tech, apply it to
that person. And, I can make that person saner." Further evidence
that Scientologists have no sense of irony.
October 28, 2006: CBS 48 Hours Mystery airs TV documentary, Scientology:
A question of Faith, detailing the Perkins murder and
Scientology's attempted cover-up. Watch
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