Former member shot and killed outside Church of Scientology’s Celebrity Centre

26 11 2008

Cross posted at Counterknowledge.com

On Sunday, November 23 in Los Angeles, California, a former Scientologist wielding two samurai swords was shot dead by a security guard as he approached the Church of Scientology’s Celebrity Centre. Police initially detained the security guard for questioning, but later released him after watching a surveillance tape that backed up the guard’s version of events. LAPD detective Wendi Brendt is quoted in the L.A. Times as saying the man had a previous relationship with the Church of Scientology, but it was unclear to what degree.

In the hours after his death, journalists and members of the internet collective known as “Anonymous” scoured the internet for details about the man, identified as Mario Majorski, of Florence, Oregon. According to this AP newstory featured on a local Oregon news channel website, Majorski was not of entirely sound mind. In October, he had been arrested for threatening an auto club member. He also threatened the police. He had a prior arrest for unlawful possession of a weapon, and, in 2006, a medical facility that was taking care of Majorski’s mother sought a restraining order against him.

In 1993, while he was a student at the University of California, Los Angeles, the Church of Scientology used Majorski as a plaintiff to sue psychiatrist Dr. Louis J. West. The lawsuit claimed that West interfered with Majorski’s Scientology practises, but it was dismissed for lack of evidence.

Mario Majorski may already have been unstable when he got into Scientology, but did Scientology make his mental illness more manageable, or did Scientology make it worse?

This is not the first time the “Church” has aggravated mental illness in its adherents: in 2003, Scientologist Elli Perkins was stabbed 77 times by her schizophrenic son Jeremy. Jeremy’s schizophrenia could have been controlled with medication, but following advice from the “Church”, Jeremy did not get the treatment he needed. While the security guard did what he was trained to do to protect the safety of his client, the Church of Scientology is surely – at least in part – responsible for Majorski’s breakdown and tragic death.

UPDATE: In the LA Times piece I linked above, Scientology spokesman Tommy Davis lied about Mario Majorski’s involvement with the Church of Scientology. Further research has shown that Majorski may have been active as recently as 2004. His name is shown among a list of people slated to start an important Scientology course. I have produced the scans of that magazine HERE and HERE

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27 11 2008
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[…] Former member shot and killed outside Church of Scientology’s … On Sunday, November 23 in Los Angeles, California, a former Scientologist wielding two samurai swords was shot dead by a security guard as he approached the Church of Scientology’s Celebrity Centre. Police initially detained the … […]

28 11 2008
David

Issue #318 of The Auditor, a Scientology magazine, lists Majorski as an attendee of the “Saint Hill Special Briefing Course” in 2004. http://forums.whyweprotest.net/625943-post13/

28 11 2008
number6enturb

Hi David,

I meant to update my post as I did at Counterknowledge, but I forgot about it as I was writing a new story. I will do it right now.

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