Lisa McPherson died on December 5, 1995, after 17 days in the custody of the Church of Scientology. She was 36 years old. This site catalogs the 6,700 pages of evidence the Clearwater Police Department collected in the investigation of her death.
This is actually an old site I put up years ago, but I thought it might be of interest to the MetaFilter community now because it's acknowledged in Janet Reitman's new book, Inside Scientology
. Reitman gives an in-depth account of Lisa's life in Scientology. The documents at The Lisa Files - which include transcripts of police interviews, Scientology ethics reports, and medical records - provided a lot of the background.
You can browse documents by type (prosecution summaries, police statements, subpoenas) or year. You can also get brief summaries of the dozens of individuals involved in the case and read the documents related to them. On many pages (such as this police interview with Lisa's Scientology case supervisor, Alain Kartuzinski
), you can mouse over Scientology jargon and people's names to learn more.
The original documents were provided by the Clearwater Police Department (at the time, they would send a CD of all 6,719 scans to anyone who requested it, for a small fee). The OCR, proofreading, and manual transcription were done by a number of dedicated volunteers (I did some of it). Various documents were hosted on different sites about Lisa and Scientology, but I wanted to see them all in one place, linked together, with some explanations and background - so I created this site.