The Herald Express Los Angeles
April 23, 1951
Wife of Dianetics Founder Asks Divorce on Cruelty Grounds
Claims Systematic Torture
Also Alleges He Had Another Wife at Time of Wedding
L. Ron Hubbard, 40 founder of the Dianetics Research Foundation, was sued
for divorce today by his pretty wife, Sarah Northrup Hubbard, 25, on
sensational charges that he had another wife when he married her, and
subjected her to "systematic torture" which threatened her life.
In the suit filed by Attorney Caryl Warner, Mrs. Hubbard contended that
Hubbard was already married to Margaret Grubb Hubbard on Aug. 10, 1946 when
he married her, representing himself as single. More than a year later he
obtained a divorce from the first wife, she asserted.
The complaint also outlined a long series of alleged abuses, charging that
Hubbard "dominated her. physically and mentally, and subjected her to a
systematic torture, including beatings, loss of sleep, strangulation and
scientific torture experiments.
She also charged that Hubbard abducted their 13-month-old child, Alexis, and
hid the infant in a West Los Angeles home under an assumed name.
The wife demanded return of the baby, and asked the court for $500,000 from
Hubbard for her services to him in the event their marriage was not ruled