IntroductionOn December 5, 1995, Lisa McPherson died in room 174 of the Fort Harrison Hotel in Clearwater, the "spiritual" headquarters of Scientology. A short time bevore her death Lisa became a clear.
Criminal proceedings against the resident branch of Scientology (FSO) were suspended on June 12, 2000, after Lisas caretakers had already been granted immunity in an effort to break through the "wall of silence." Today the family is still trying to get an explanation for Lisas death by means which include a civil lawsuit (as of November 12, 2001). The case was closed on May 28, 2004 with a confidential settlement.
First impression of the autopsy photosIt is worthy of note that Lisas relatives agreed to have her pictures made public, because these pictures speak for themselves.
As I looked at the photos, I was horrified, because it was clearly evident from them that the deceased had died under very poor general conditions. Lisas visage of death conveyed to me evident signs of her struggle in passing; it looked to me as though she had not left this world at peace with herself.
Lisa could not have had anything to drink for days, as evident from the dehydration sores on her lips,mouth, eyes and nose. As it appears, Lisa died from severe dehydration, because if she would have received adequate liquid shortly before her death, whether orally or by infusion, then there would not have been dehydration symptoms.
No qualified careIf she would have had qualified care, first of all she would have received adequate liquid, whetherorally or by infusion, and the caretaker would have applied baby oil to the dehydration sores with a cotton swab, then put petroleum jelly on her dried out lips. Under good care a patient never would have debilitated to such an extreme state of dehydration, as adequate liquid would have been introduced before Lisa ever got so dried out.
Lung embolism as cause of death is the presumed consequence of extreme dehydration and lack of movement in the patient. This can also happen in a hospital as a result of bed sores in people who have not been able to sit up for days.
Under professional care in a hospital, patients in this condition receive blood-thinning medication, anti-embolism stockings and sufficient fluids, so that a lung embolism could not occur as a result of a thrombosis. In medical jargon, these measures are called thrombosis prophylaxis, and it is one of the most important commandments in the medical care of patients.
Besides that, attempts are made in hospitals to mobilize and rehabilitate such patients, i.e., have them sit or stand up a little bit more every day, then take a few steps with assistance; they are provided easily digestible nourishment, eating a little more each day, first just a spoonful at a time, then more and more, depending on the patients appetite.
These photos could easily justify the charge of negligence and of failure to provide adequate, competent care to a seriously ill woman.
Scrutinizing the autopsy photos more closely
IntubationApparently an attempt was made to bring an already dead Lisa back to life. On photo one, she has been intubated (a breathing tube was put into her windpipe). That means an attempt was made to get her to breathe. The breathing tube could not have been in the patient very long, as evidenced by the tube being fastened rather loosely, the tape was fastened rather carelessly to Lisas face – that sort of makes sense, since there is hardly any danger that a dead person will grab the tube and pull it out. It looks here like a show was made to give the impression that everything possible had been done to save her life, although in a regular lifesaving effort, there would have been EKG electrodes pasted on, unless these were removed, but why only them and not the tube and the vein cannula is not clear.
CannulaOn Lisas left arm was placed a vein cannula. It was placed in her quite obviously after she died, as is clearly evident in that no blood is present in the vein cannula. If this vein cannula had been attached to a living person, it would have been filled with blood from the force of circulation, and then after death the blood would have been visible and coagulated (dark red and sticky). But the vein cannula on Lisas arm is empty, which does not indicate that it was put into the arm of a living patient.
ColorationsThe dark blue marks that you can see in the neck and ear-neck area are "Livores" marks (lividity), which occur post mortem (after death), because the blood is no longer circulating and the serum (lighter blood component) and blood corpuscles (heavier blood parts) separate, with the heavier part sinking down and staying there; without sufficient oxygen the red blood corpuscles are bluish and appear blue to blue-violet through the skin.
The various green-blue discolorations on the left upper thigh and the right hip, as well as on the left rear pelvic area dont look like lividity; they appear to be marks of traumatic injuries about 3-5 days before death.
CockroachesThe pictures of her arms and legs are bad enough. According to expert opinion on the part of the family, there were over 109 places on Lisa where cockroaches had fed (look in the text for "cockroach feeding). Cockroaches dont do this with healthy people; they would certainly move (also look for the quote in this article from the insect expert on cockroaches biting people, which contradicts the assertion of a Scientology attorney). The fact there were cockroaches in the room at all gives a good idea about the conditions in Lisas sick room at the Fort Harrison hotel in Clearwater.
ResultsEven if Lisa had died as a result of an accident, as the Scientologists claimed, why would she not have been afforded competent medical care when she started going downhill?
Lisa McPherson was a beautiful, young woman who still had a
ahead of her and certainly would have been able to fulfil that goal had
she managed to leave Scientology ...