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Why did a 26-year-old ‘Clear’ kill herself at Scientology’s spiritual mecca?

[Kristi Bouck went Clear in 2015]

In 2015, our correspondent Rod Keller posted at his own website a photo from Scientology’s South Coast mission in Orange County, California (see above). It featured a young woman named Kristi Bouck showing off a document indicating that she had attested to “Clear.”

The state of Clear was the original goal of Dianetics when L. Ron Hubbard began his movement in 1950. It has been superseded since then, but it remains an important intermediate milestone for any Scientologist and can take years to obtain.

Kristi Bouck grew up in a Scientology family in Orange County, and going Clear meant that she was on her way to L. Ron Hubbard’s promised superhuman powers. She had previously spent some time in Scientology’s “Sea Organization,” the most dedicated hardcore group in the church.

Last month, in early June, Kristi drove across the country with her boyfriend on their way to Scientology’s spiritual mecca in Clearwater, Florida. Her boyfriend reportedly was planning on going from Clear to OT 3, another major milestone for any Scientologist, by taking expensive auditing levels at the Flag Land Base.

Along the way, one family friend says, the two of them got engaged.


On June 6, just a few days after they arrived at a rental house in the nearby town of Dunedin, Kristi, who was just 26, was found dead of a gunshot wound to the chest.

We have obtained a copy of the Pinellas County medical examiner’s report which determined that Kristi Bouck committed suicide.

Her memorial at the Orange County Ideal Org on June 30 was reportedly attended by some 200 people. Kristi Bouck was well liked and admired.

Many Scientologists have tried to put a happy face on the situation, celebrating Kristi at various Facebook pages and discouraging questions about how or why she died.

But other Scientologists are puzzled, as we learned when we obtained a copy of a letter that was sent by one church member to Kristi’s parents.

Why had there been nothing said publicly about Kristi’s death occurring while she was at Flag, the letter writer asked. What was she doing in the few days she was there? How did she obtain a gun in order to kill herself? Was she under pressure at Flag to return to the Sea Org and give up her plans of marriage?

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office has repeatedly told us that they have nothing to say about the matter other than to give us the address of the Dunedin rental house where Kristi was found.

On Wednesday, we called Kristi’s father, and he declined to talk to us.

Because Kristi’s family and her friends are active Scientologists, we are skeptical that we’re going to get much more information about this shocking incident. A Scientology Clear, at Flag, and only 26 years old and newly engaged, killing herself?

“I find it incredibly sad that another second generation Scientologist has taken her life,” former Sea Org officer Sunny Pereira tells us. “Scientology claims to have the solutions to everything, but this was someone who had been a part of it her whole life and had moved up in awareness to ‘Clear,’ and still had the same or similar issues to everyday man. A Clear should be free of abberative ‘human’ behaviors. Clears are supposed to be rid of their reactive mind, extroverted, and happy. Sadly, she was unable to get the help she needed because of being convinced somehow that Scientology had the answers.”

Meanwhile, looking into Kristi’s story revealed that her home base — the South Coast Mission — is in disarray. The woman who attested Kristi Bouck Clear, the mission’s executive director, Kim Perry, was reportedly declared a “Suppressive Person” in May, Scientology’s version of excommunication. Her many Scientology friends abandoned her Facebook page almost overnight.

We have seen no indication that the two incidents — Perry’s declare and Kristi Bouck’s suicide — have anything to do with each other. But their relative proximity has us curious.

We also wondered about Kristi Bouck’s attestation to Clear, which took place at the South Coast mission. Sunny, a technical expert, was surprised when we told her about that.

“I have been out since 2004, but never in my years on tech lines did I ever hear of Clears being made in missions,” Sunny says. “In fact, on Hubbard’s own grade chart it notes that Missions are only able to deliver services up to NED case completion, which is all of the grades and then Dianetics sessions. Clear verifications have always been required to be done in orgs. This was Hubbard’s instruction. Part of the reason was to keep Missions from hoarding public and instead having them move up. Apparently all Missions are now authorized to make Clears.”

Missions creating Clears. A California mission in disarray. A California woman dead. If you have a piece of this puzzle, please drop us a line. We have a feeling there’s a lot more to uncover.




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