“What occurred to your second spouse?” an interviewer as soon as requested Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.
He was referring to Sara Northrup, the lady who’d been at Hubbard’s aspect whereas he developed Dianetics and who later divorced him in a messy, public scandal. The entire world had watched their divorce fill the headlines of each paper. However nonetheless, when the query got here, Hubbard simply smirked and advised the interviewer: “I’d by no means had a second spouse.”
It’s an extremely brazen lie—and an indication of simply how a lot injury Sara Northrup might do to him. Her life is a narrative that the Church of Scientology continues to be attempting to cowl up as a result of the quantity of struggling she endured at Hubbard’s palms is nothing wanting heartbreaking.
10 She Met L. Ron Hubbard In A Intercourse Magick Cult
Sara Northrup’s life was tough from the beginning. When she met Hubbard, she was residing on the dwelling of physicist and occultist Jack Parsons. Each she and Hubbard had been members of Aleister Crowley’s intercourse magick cult.
Northrup’s life was already full of sexual abuse. She’d been molested by her father from a younger age, a trauma that doubtless explains why she was already sleeping with Jack Parsons by age 13. Nonetheless, he wasn’t simply twice her age, he was her sister’s husband.
When Hubbard confirmed up, he will need to have appeared like a savior. Granted, he was each bit as unusual as Parsons was. The truth is, the 2 labored collectively to summon a Babylonian goddess, believing they might deliver her to life by chanting, dabbing runes with animal blood, and masturbating on magical tablets.
However Hubbard was a battle hero, injured in battle, or so he claimed. He gained Northrup over by spinning tales about his heroism that a lot of the cult members wrote off as “tall tales.” However the younger Northrup purchased into them fully.
“I believed all the pieces he mentioned,” Northrup later mentioned. “It simply by no means occurred to me he was a liar.”
9 She And Hubbard Stole Jack Parsons’s Life Financial savings
Jack Parsons believed in free love. Sure by his personal ideas, he couldn’t do a factor however watch as his new pal, L. Ron Hubbard, began sleeping along with his girlfriend, Sara Northrup. Parsons needed to fake to be okay with each little bit of it.
Different lodgers at his home, although, might inform simply how indignant it made him. “There [Hubbard] was, residing off Parsons’s largesse and making out along with his girlfriend proper in entrance of him,” one would later recall. “The hostility was virtually tangible.”
Nonetheless, when Hubbard proposed that the 2 begin a enterprise collectively, Jack Parsons readily agreed to present him $20,000 to get issues off the bottom. Maybe he simply wished to maintain up appearances and fake prefer it didn’t hassle him. Both means, he was the one one who was shocked when Hubbard and Northrup took off to Florida with the $20,000 and a brand-new yacht, purchased with Parsons’s cash.
“He has given away each his woman and his cash,” Karl Germer, certainly one of Parsons’s pals, reported in a letter to Aleister Crowley. “It’s the peculiar confidence trick.”
Parsons tried to sue them however rapidly dropped the case. He accepted a number of of fee and, in change, let Hubbard and Northrup hold the yacht. It was a nasty deal for Parsons, however he didn’t have a lot selection. If he didn’t comply, he was warned, Hubbard and Northrup would let the world know that Parsons had had intercourse with Northrup when she was 13.