The Arizona Republic
Sept 4, 1955
Phoenix Man Jailed On Medicine Charge
by Jack Karie
A practitioner of the Church of Scientology was jailed here
yesterday on a charge of practicing medicine without a license.
Edd Clark, 56, of 1811 N. First Ave., was named in a five-count
complaint filed before Justice of the Peace Stanley Kimball.
Clark was released after making $1,000 bond.
County attorney William P. Mahoney Jr. said Clark's arrest
culminated a six-month investigation made by his office, city police,
and sheriff's deputies.
Clark, who claims to be nearly blind, readily admitted having
conference with a Phoenix police woman and with a secretary from the
prosecutor's office, police said.
Mahoney said Clark told him that, "after helping" the two women he
accepted payments from them, but he asserted that the money
represented contributions to the Church of Scientology.
Detective Romona Wacker and Eythel Deuel were the two women used in
the investigation of Clark's activities.
Both women declared they told Clark they wanted him to help them
clear up their headaches and other aches and pains (all non-existent
Miss Deuel said she asked Clark how much it would cost to clear up
her headaches. "He told me that the amount was enitirely up to me to
decide on," she said. "Later I gave him a check for $25."
Mrs. Wacker said she paid Clark a total of $30.
The arrested man said he received a bachelor of science degree after
studying five months at the Hubbard Association of Scientologists,
International, at Puget Sound near Seattle, according to the police.
He said he came here to study at the Hubbard Dianetics Research
Foundation which then had its national headquarters in Phoenix, police
L. Ron Hubbard, foundation head, recently moved the headquarters to
Washington, D.C., officers said Clark told them.
Clark said he changed his profession from a music teacher to
minister because "I really believe in dianetics which is merely a
modern science of mental health," police quoted him.
Clark officers said denied that he had offered to treat the women,
but said he told them he would show them the way to help themselves.
"I used techniques of scientology in an attempt to help them," Clark
told the police. "I used the theory of present time awareness on them
- first making sure they realized where they were and why."