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The Brick



Board Technical Bulletins from 1970 cases, published in l977


These were Sea Org members on board the ship Apollo with Hubbard the Captain. In each of these cases, L. Ron Hubbard acts as the Ivory Tower case supervisor, reading reports from the auditor and giving instructions on how to handle a crew member displaying psychosis. The bulletins are mostly Hubbard instructions on what the auditor should do, and the auditor reporting what happened when the instructions were applied to the crew member. I believe these cases were a part of the “research” that Hubbard used to formulate the Introspection Rundown he developed in 1973, and that was used on Lisa McPherson.


Psychosis Research Case 1 October 14 through November 18, 1970


A woman who was causing problems for staff. She was placed in isolation even though she kept saying “I want to leave and handle my divorce.” She complained of physical pains. The auditor writes that she had a “psychotic break.” LRH writes “Probably an institution history, probably a drug-addict.”

“the MO being ordered to put her to complete bed rest. Off post, off duty. Isolated.” “She wishes to leave. She will fall directly into the hands of psychiatry in the US.” “She should continue in isolation.”


There is no explanation of the final resolution of this case


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Pychosis Research Case 2 October 12, to January 30, 1971

A highly trained OT III who wanted to leave the Sea Org. Physical ailments like swollen glands and headaches.


“I keep saying that I don't want to be here... I want to leave.”


She was given Vitamin B injections against her will. Hubbard writes “3 to 10 days is the isolation destimulate period.”


In auditing she is asked “have you been implanted to harm us?”


On Nov. 19 Hubbard writes “we can lift her from complete isolation now. But not on duty yet.”


Case ends with her doing better but still having trouble

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Psychosis Research case 3, October 11, 1970 to January 11, 1971


“I've got this inclination to leave.” Has been upset, feeling ill (seasickness).

Hubbard writes “Potential blow. ISOLATE.”


The person writes “The thing that basically ARC breaks me is the idea that when someone wants to leave 'it must be because of...' or 'all instances of... stem from.' It seems to contradict the idea that there are no absolutes in this universe.”


“I know our way is the only way out. Yet I want to leave & work from another point.”


“I am starting to go psychotic thinking I might be psychotic! Please don't keep me back here too-much longer.”

The auditor states “Late in the session he crushed the [e-meter] cans so he couldn't be audited further and after doing so 3 times the auditor ran out of cans. At one point he fought with the auditor.”


The person writes “I can't imagine what kind of gains you expect me to make from auditing when, after each session I am returned to isolation – a situation which is causing me both physical and mental anguish at this point. I want to get on a routing form and return to LA.”


Hubbard writes “The Medical Officer is not likely to let you travel while in a destructive frame of mind as you would come to harm on the way home. When you can be certified as out of danger by the Medical Officer you will of course be routed out of the SO and Scientology and may proceed anywhere you like at your expense.”


The person continually asks to be let out of isolation.


Dec. 17 Hubbard writes “Take him out of isolation.”


Dec. 29 auditor writes “He's still wanting to leave.”


Hubbard writes “Research is the reason we keep auditing him.”


“He may still be on LSD.”


the final note states that the person was let go and was about to board a plane to LA when he changed his mind and decided to remain in the Sea Org.

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Psychosis research case 4, October 19 through 1970 through January 10, 1971


A man who states “I want to help Scn but don't want to be in SO,” and “even if I didn't have overts I wouldn't want to be here.”


“I'm just getting fed up being treated like a nut in isolation.”


Hubbard sends questions back for the auditor to ask, including “How successfully have you been in betraying this group?”


When the auditor asks Hubbard if the person can be let out of isolation, Hubbard replies “No. It wd be a major change. Complete the O/Ws.”


After evaluating later auditing, Hubbard writes “Confirms people wanting to leave are still crazy.”

End of document has Hubbard saying “He may go. Trust he signed the note etc.”

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Psychosis Research Case 5, October 12, 1970 to February 11, 1971


This person was “chronically ill” and “frequently in ethics trouble.”


Hubbard later responds “This case is actually negative on physical ills. This makes it total psychosomatic.”


Auditor notes “ARC Break, from GF, on not being able to get anyone to duplicate her reality on wanting to leave taken to clean.”


December 26 the person is no longer in isolation, and states she feels better. The auditor says “coming off the medicine did it.”


the end of the report states that she is improved and allowed to go on a 3-week mission.

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Psychosis Research case 6, December 12, 1970 to February 23, 1971


the person complained of being ill and having trouble sleeping.


The auditor writes “She is in the isolation area at present but her exact status there is not determined.”


One of the questions Hubbard tells the auditor to ask, “What have you done that would make us kill you if we found out?”


On January 19 Hubbard wrote in all caps “REMOVE FROM ISOLATION.”


The person was self-auditing using Hubbard's book “History of Man.”


On February 11 the auditor discovered the person had been sniffing acetone.


The person was put back on post, with the final note stating “The case did however provide invaluable research data.”

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Psychosis Research case 7, January 19, 1972 to March 1, 1972


This person had been feeling ill and weak, was coughing and having sleep and eating problems.


On January 31 the case supervisor writes “Get him onto MO Orders and policed to get food, sleep and vitamins. Urgent.” He was given sleeping pills and aspirin.


On February 8 Hubbard wrote “If you can get a psycho to cool off (destimulate) so he can sleep and eat then he will gradually come out of it.”


The person was put on deck detail to give him a new environment and have physical labor make him more able to sleep.


Later Hubbard complained that the person was moved to other duties and given a stimulant by other staff who didn't know the program the person was on. “Mishandling cross orders, alter-is do not belong on a psycho case. CALM, employed, smooth handling, no restim is the answer. Not frantic psychiatric upsets or environmental nonsense.”


On Feb. 11 Hubbard wrote “CONTINUE NIACINIMIDE 1000-2000 mg mornings only. Heavy calcium & magnesium when in bed in evening.”


The MO reported the person “has continual pirate pictures going on in his head. He can apparently control them if he keeps his attention fixed elsewhere.” Later the auditor said this was cleared up.


In the final note the program was declared a success in this case, and the person was allowed leave to deal with issues with his mother.