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The Lisa McPherson Files - Investigative Report, Anita Motley

This summarizes ongoing investigative activities, including contacting other guests at the cabanas at the Fort Harrison, as well as interviews with Barbro Wennberg, Joan Stevens, Gilda Burton, Margaret Kern, and Brian Rakestraw.


SUPPLEMENT/CONTINUATION
FL0520300/Clearwater Police Department          Report No.         95-29158
Offense          Death Investigation           Date of Report     4/11/97

Location          644 Pierce Street            Orig Incident Date 12/6/95
Victim            Lisa McPherson               VI Prosecute      Yes X No
Investigator      Jorge Carrasquillo
Previous Status   Active
Subject           None
Impound Inventory None


NARRATIVE:


Wednesday, April 9, 1997


The Church of Scientology provided the names of 63 individuals along with their
pertinent information who stayed at the Cabanas, at 210 S. Ft. Harrison Av., from
October of 1995 until December 5, 1995. After scrutinizing the list and taking the
following criteria's into consideration:

  1. Location of room in relation to Lisa McPherson's room.
  2. Time of stay, between November 18, 1995 and December 5, 1995.

The list was reduced to 13 individuals.

                  1. Alan Lake     Rm # 280   Nov. 18, 1995
                     101 South Old Coachman Rd. #805
                     Clearwater, Fl. 34625
                     H# 813-726-9162
                  2. Judith Schwyter Rm#270   Nov. 30, 1995
                     319 Midway Island
                     Clearwater, Fl. 34630
                     H# 813-416-1140
                  3. Joe Kraus     Rm#180     Nov. 1, 1995
                     210 North Glen Oaks Blvd. #C


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SUPPLEMENT/CONTINUATION FL0520300/Clearwater Police Department Report No. 95-29158 Offense Death Investigation Date of Report 4/11/97 Burbank, Ca. 91502 W# 818-543-7061 4. Brenda Jones Rm. # 177 Nov. 2, 1995 122-A Thunder Rd. N. E. Eatonton, Ga. 31024 H# 706-485-3365 W# 706-485-2711 5. Liliane Eckharter Rm. # 276 Nov. 2, 1995 Weissdorweg 10 Vienna, Austria 1180 H# 431-479-7935 W# 431-456-1134 6. Muriel Lore Rm. # 266 Nov. 8, 1995 67 By Imperatrice Eugenic Domaine De L'arche Nice, France 06200 H# 939-60456 W# 938-57711 7. Jim Norton Rm. # 278 Nov. 11, 1995 1932 1 Fisher Lane Santa Ana, Ca. 92705 H# 714-832-7497 W# 714-776-0131 8. Tony Hitchman Rm. # 274 Nov. 12, 1995 625 Via Trepodora Santa Barbara, Ca. 93110 # 805-967-6780 9. Mary Ann Broughn Rm. # 270 Nov. 13, 1995 98 Boul St-Jean-Baptist #201 Page 2 of 8
SUPPLEMENT/CONTINUATION FL0520300 / Clearwater Police Department Report No. 95-29158 Offense Death Investigation Date of Report 4/11/97 Chateauguay, QC, Canada J6k3a6 H# 514-699-6939 10. Paul \ Susan Ortner Rm. # 275 Nov. 20, 1995 207 Paradise Dr. Belvedere Tiburon, Ca. 94920-2534 H# 415-435-2227 W# 415-435-88 14 11. Khonda Andrews Rm. # 271 Nov. 23, 1995 3874 East Jackson Blvd. Jackson, Mo. 63755 H# 573-243-1756 W# 573-243-7246 12. Jim Meskimen Rm. # 278 Nov. 24, 1995 5031 Donna Ave. Tarzana, Ca. 91356 #818-881-8509 13. Sue Swank Rm. # 268 Dec. 5, 1995 1805 North State Route 721 Bradford, Oh. 45308 #513-947-1093 On April 9, 1997, at 1645 hours Det. James Little and I attempted to make contact with Alan Lake at his residence with negative results. I inquired at the office and learned that the individual residing at apartment #805 was a Jeffery George Lake. At approximately 1735 hours on April 9, 1997 Det. Little and I attempted to contact Sue Swank at her residence with negative results. At 0700 hours on April 10, 1997, I once again attempted to contact Lake at his residence with negative results. Page 3 of 8
SUPPLEMENT/CONTINUATION FL0520300/Clearwater Police Department Report No. 95-29158 Offense Death Investigation Date of Report 4/11/97 Thursday, April 10, 1997 Two Investigative depositions were conducted on this date at the State Attorney's Office on 49th Street, from 0900 hours until 1200 hours. Present were Assistant State Attorney Mark McGarry, FDLE Agent Lee Strope, and Myself. Three employees from AMC Publishing were interviewed at CPD by Det. James Little and myself from 1400 hours until 1600 hours. The individuals were interviewed separately in the presence of their Attorney Ronald Cacciatore. The following individuals were deposed: Joan Stevens, W/F, DOB 6/11/48 Originally from Virginia has been in Clearwater since 1993. Background: Became involved with the Church of Scientology in 1975 while in New York. Has worked as a Staff person since 1976, Also jointed Sea Org. In 1976. In 1995 she was employed as Staff Personnel handling new staff, training, and courses. Stevens likens the position as that of a personnel Director. Stevens has no medical background. Involvement with Lisa McPherson: Stevens was assigned to relieve Leslie Woodcraft her senior on November 23, 1995 at approximately 2200 hours. Stevens said when she arrived at Lisa's room Leslie Woodcraft and Janis Johnson were in the room. Stevens stated she was involved in only one watch with Lisa, from 2200 hours on November 23, 1995 until 1000 hours on November 24, 1995. Stevens said the door to Page 4 of 8
SUPPLEMENT/CONTINUATION FL0520300/Clearwater Police Department Report No. 95-29158 Offense Death Investigation Date of Report 4/11/97 Lisa's room was not locked, However Sam Ghiarna was posted outside of Lisa's room as security. Stevens said Lisa tried to leave once and was stopped by Security and Stevens. Stevens said Lisa was very active during her watch. When asked to explain active Stevens gave the following example. During the watch Stevens stated Lisa struck her in the face at least six to eight times and attempted to hit her with a potted plant. Steven stated at one point in time security person Paul Kellerhaus had to restrain Lisa for approximately 45 minutes. Stevens stated during her watch their were different people coming and going out of Lisa's room. Stevens stated she wrote a report regarding her watch, however she forwarded the report to Lisa's Confessional Folder. The deposition with Joan Stevens was recorded by a court reporter. See transcript for further details. Barbro Wennberg, W/F, DOB 11/12/56 Originally from Stockholm, Sweden moved to Clearwater in 1984. Background: Has been a member of the Church of Scientology since 1979. Became Staff in 1984 currently is Director of Inspection and Reports. Wennberg said she has a medical background as a dental assistant. Leslie Woodcraft was her senior in 1995. Involvement with Lisa McPherson: Wennberg was assigned to watch Lisa McPherson on two separate occasions. On November 24, 1995 Wennberg watched Lisa from 0700 hours until 1600 hours. The November 24, 1995 watch was the second watch she was involved with, the first watch was either two or four days early. During both times Wennberg was assigned to watch Lisa, Sam Ghiarna was stationed outside Lisa's door. Wennberg relieved Heather Petzold during the first watch. Page 5 of 8
SUPPLEMENT/CONTINUATION FL0520300/Clearwater Police Department Report No. 95-29158 Offense Death Investigation Date of Report 4/11/97 Wennberg said during the first watch Lisa was pacing around, continuously talking, and acting restless. Lisa was not violent during this watch. I asked Wennberg if Lisa had stated I'm feeling better now and I want to go home would she let Lisa go. Wennberg stated no, because Lisa was talking to herself, Wennberg would have to check with security. During the second watch Wennberg said Lisa was violent. Wennberg said Lisa attempted to hit her and struck Stevens. Wennberg said at one time Lisa was restrained by several individuals possibly Joan Stevens, Paul Kellerhaus, Heather Petzold, and herself. Wennberg said Dr. David Houghton was called by security to check on Lisa. Wennberg said while Lisa was being restrained Dr. Houghton attempted to feed Lisa some sedatives like aspirins and antihistamines. Wennberg wrote a report after the second watch, but doesn't recall writing one after the first watch. The report was directed to Marcus Quirino. The deposition with BarBro Wennberg was recorded by a court reporter. See transcripts for further details. The following individuals were interviewed: Gilda Kay Burton W/F, DOB 2/6/53, SS# XXX-XX-XXXX 2030 McKinley Street Clearwater, Fl. 34625 H# 813-433-0270 Burton stated she first met Lisa in 1982 at The Church of Scientology in Dallas, Texas. Burton stated she worked with Lisa at AMC Publishing from May of 1991 Page 6 of 8
SUPPLEMENT/CONTINUATION FL0520300/Clearwater Police Department Report No. 95-29158 Offense Death Investigation Date of Reiort 4/11/97 until February 1995. Burton said in either May or June of 1995 when Lisa took the leave of absence from work, she (Lisa) was expressing desires to commit suicide. Burton stated when she went to Texas in 1996 and spoke with Fannie McPherson she wrote a report and forwarded same to Brain Anderson. For additional information see transcript of interview with Gilda Burton. Margaret Jean Kern W/F, DOB 1/4/56, SS# XXX-XX-XXXX 302 N. Madison Ave. Clearwater, Fl. 34615 H# 813-441-2766 W# 813-446-1100 Kern said she was originally from Washington State and has been a Scientologist since 1979. Kern said she had been employed by AMC Publishing since July of 1994. Kern said during the time Lisa was working at AMC Publishing Kern was the cook. Kern said she did not have much interaction with Lisa at work or on a personal level, therefore could not provide much information about Lisa's personal life. Kern's interview was not transcribed, however custody of the tape was given to Sgt. Wayne Andrews. Brain Robert Rakestraw W/M, DOB 7/3/56, SS# XXX-XX-XXXX 2492 Coach Whip Terrace Clearwater, Fl. 34625 H# 813-726-9441 Employed: Exectech 13555 Automobile Blvd. Clearwater, FL W# 813-573-0094 Page 7 of 8
SUPPLEMENT/CONTINUATION FL0520300/Clearwater Police Department Report No. 95-29158 Offense Death Investigation Date of Report 4/11/97 Rakestraw said he was employed by AMC Publishing from January 1, 1995 until October 1996 as the Vice President of Sales. Lisa worked indirectly for Rakestraw. For additional information see transcript of interview. Investigation continues. Ofc. Reporting Det. Jorge Carrasguillo ID No. 630 Case Status Active Date Cleared _____________ Clearance Type Exception Type 1. Arrest 1. Extradition declined 3. Death of Offender Adult Juvenile 2. AR of primary offense, 4. V/W refused to cooperate 2. Exceptional secondary offense, 5. Prosecution declined 3. Unfounded w/o prosecution 6. Juv/No Custody Ofc. Review Date SAO Info Page 8 of 8