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‘Book ’em, Danno’: Just for fun, L. Ron Hubbard’s fingerprints, revealed!

HubbardLAPDThanks to researcher R.M. Seibert and the MuckRock website, we’ve been receiving some pretty great original documents about L. Ron Hubbard and his family lately, some of which have never been seen in public or put online before.

Much of it is also very serious, and is having us rethink some of the historical record about Hubbard and Scientology. But also, there’s some fun stuff. Like the new file that came through Friday.

It’s a document that we’ve found online before, but only in textual format. Is this the first time L. Ron’s actual full set of fingerprints have been online? We think it is, but either way we still think it’s fun!

Our researcher tells us that when the FBI released Hubbard’s file, it included references to Hubbard’s fingerprints, but it left out the fingerprint card itself. But in a new release of Interpol documents, the fingerprint card turned out to be intact.

According to the FBI’s notation, Hubbard’s fingerprints had been taken four different times by 1983 when the agency went looking for them.

On January 22, 1943, Hubbard was fingerprinted by the FCC, perhaps for a military assignment. (It’s marked “non-arrest entry,” which means it might be for a job or some other security measure.)


Hubbard submitted fingerprints on another non-arrest entry on the last day of 1947 to the Los Angeles Police Department. It was around this time that Hubbard became a “special officer” for the police force in some kind of auxiliary role. Just the week before, on December 24, he had obtained his divorce from his first wife, Polly Grubb, although he had already married his second wife, Sara Northrup, the year before.

The third set of fingerprints were gathered on August 17, 1948 by the San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Department on the charge of petty theft, for writing bad checks.

Then, on December 16, 1952, Hubbard was fingerprinted by US Marshals in Philadelphia on a bankruptcy charge.

It’s the 1948 San Luis Obispo arrest that produced the fingerprint card you see here…


Hey, wasn’t that fun? We can’t wait to see what gets dug up next.


IN ONE WEEK: Paulette Cooper invades Scientology’s Florida ‘mecca’!


One week from today, on Sunday, June 28, Paulette Cooper and your proprietor will be making our most controversial stop so far on the tour to support our book about Paulette, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely.

We’ll be appearing at 2 pm at the main public library in Clearwater, right smack in the middle of Scientology’s vaunted spiritual “mecca,” the Flag Land Base.

We hope to see you there.


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Hey, we had a blast last night in Chicago at The Annoyance, a really perfect theater venue that was made available to us by Bunkerites Jennifer Estlin and Susan Messing. Joining us on stage was Chicago Fire actor Christian Stolte, who really helped us put on a good show.

Stolte completely shocked us by opening things up with an account of his own brief experience in Scientology. We didn’t know he was going to do that! But it turned out to be a great start to the program. The photo you see above was taken by Christian’s daughter, Greta. What a charmer.

Stolte also revealed that his Bunker handle is “Miles Biondo,” and he and the audience asked us great questions about the book and about Scientology in general.


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We didn’t get a chance to include photos in our book, so we’ve posted them at a dedicated page. Reader Sookie put together a complete index and we’re hosting it here on the website. Copies of the paperback version of ‘The Unbreakable Miss Lovely’ are on sale at Amazon. The Kindle edition is also available, and shipping instantly.

Our upcoming appearances (and check out the interactive map to our ongoing tour)…

June 22: Toronto (with Paulette Cooper) Toronto Public Library, 40 Orchard View Blvd, 7:30 pm, sponsored by the Centre for Inquiry-Canada

June 23: Toronto (with Paulette Cooper) The “Getting Clear” conference

June 28: Clearwater, Florida (with Paulette Cooper) Clearwater Public Library, 2 pm, sponsored by Center for Inquiry-Tampa Bay

July 12: Washington DC, Drummond Hall, 2 pm Center for Inquiry (with Paulette Cooper)

July 14: Hartford, MARK TWAIN HOUSE (with Tom Tomorrow)

July 17: Denver, The Secular Hub, 7 pm (with Chris Shelton)

July 20: Dallas, Times Ten Cellar, 7 pm (with Robert Wilonsky)

July 22: Houston, Fox and Hound, sponsored by Humanists of Houston

July 24: San Antonio

July 25: Austin

July 29: Paris (with Jonny Jacobsen)

August 4: London, Conway Hall (with John Sweeney)

August 24: Boston, Boston Skeptics in the Pub, 7 pm

September 16: Arizona State University


Posted by Tony Ortega on June 21, 2015 at 07:00

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