The Mirror Los Angeles
April 23, 1951
Dianetics Author Crazy, Wife Charges
Torture, kidnapping and bigamy charges today were made by his wife against
L. Ron Hubbard, 35, fabulous leader of Los Angeles' "Dianetics" cult.
Mrs. Sara Northrup Hubbard, 25, daughter of a wealthy Pasadena family,
charged in suing Hubbard for divorce that "he is hopelessly insane and
She expressed fear for the life of their daughter, aged 131/2 months, victim
of an alleged kidnapping by Hubbard and Richard B. DeMille, son of Producer
Cecil B. DeMille.
She also charged Hubbard, head of the $1,000,000 Hubbard Dianetics Research
Foundation, 2300 S Hoover St., "repeatedly subjected her to systematic
It included "loss of sleep, beatings, strangulation and scientific torture
experiments," the young wife declared in action filed in Superior Court by
Atty. Caryl Warner.
Following one ordeal of torture, the suit charged, Mrs. Hubbard was
hospitalized for five days and kept under guard by her husband, who, she
said, had been diagnosed as insane by competent psychiatrists.
Mrs. Hubbard also accused her husband of marrying her bigamously Aug.
10,1946, and asked $500,000 damages if the court proves her bigamy charges
Hubbard, head of a new psychology whose followers practice self-analysis,
"dominated her physically, mentally and emotionally," her suit alleges. It
quoted Hubbard as telling her once:
"I do not want to be an American husband. I can buy my friends whenever I
He "further said that he did not want to be married, yet divorce was
impossible for a divorce would hurt his reputation," the suit charges, "and
that she should kill herself if she really loved him."
Mrs. Hubbard declared her 131/2 -month-old daughter, Alexis Valery, was
"abducted from her crib" last Feb. 23 by Hubbard and Frank B Dressier, a
"Dianetics" associate, and hidden from her by them and DeMille.
Her suit detailed a nightmare incident at 1 a.m. the following day in which
Mrs. Hubbard allegedly was "dragged out of bed attired in a nightgown" by
Hubbard, DeMille and Dressler.
"By use of threats, strangulation, torture and false promises to return her
child," the suit said "they carried and kidnapped her to Yuma, Arizona."
Hubbard is still in Yuma and the child-"if alive"-is in hiding under an
assumed name in West Los Angeles, Mrs. Hubbard charged.
"Even now she would not bare the truth to the world," the suit declared,
"except for the compelling advice of [her] attorney that she tell the truth,
for the truth will bring back her baby, if alive."
In torturing her, Mrs. Hubbard said, her husband once kept her awake in
their Hollywood apartment for 96 hours, then gave her an overdose of
sedatives which resulted in her hospitalization for five days.
On another occasion, she declared, Hubbard caused her "serious personal
injury" by starting up the car "intentionally" as she alighted from it.
"By reason of the foregoing crazy misconduct of Hubbard," the suit said,
"she is in hourly fear for both the lives of herself and her infant
Seeking divorce, annulment or separate maintenance, the suit also asked the
court to compel Hubbard to submit to psychiatric examination. Competent
psychiatrists, the suit declared, already have recommended that he be
confined "for treatment of a mental ailment known as paranoid
The suit charged Hubbard "frequently" strangled his wife and that shortly
after last Christmas "he violently strangled her and sadistically ruptured
the Eustachian tube in her left ear, resulting in an impairment of hearing."
Hubbard kidnapped the child and abducted his wife to Yuma, she said, when he
learned that she had informed his superiors in the "Dianetics" cult of his
Mrs. Hubbard's 12-page complaint identified Hubbard's previous wife as
Margaret Grubb Hubbard, of Bremerton, Washington, whom he divorced December
24, 1947, in Port Orchard, Washington, over a year after his present