Who is Bennetta Slaughter? And why is she so interested in Reed Slatkin's bilked
Slaughter of Clearwater, Florida has been busy organizing a committee of
Slatkin investors. At least 4 non-scientologist investors have reportedly been
contacted by her, according to very credible sources. This appears to be a Scientology
"op" to monitor and control the defrauded investors, especially those who are
not Scientologists. Slaughter is not just a Scientologist herself, she's Scientology's
leading "OSA public" in Clearwater.
OSA, the Office
of Special Affairs, is Scientology's secret investigative service and dirty
tricks squad. An "OSA public" is a Scientologist not officially on staff, but
who works with OSA to advance Scientology's agenda in situations where the cult
doesn't want to use its own name.
From the files of Scientology magazine "Celebrity" comes this 1993 interview with Slatkin investor and public relations swiss army knife Bennetta Slaughter (link to our page on Bennetta here).
March 26, 2002
St. Louis Post - Dispatch
Slaughter Lies (real title : Villa Gesu Will House Teachers
Of Group With Scientology Link ; Applied Scholastics Plans A Commuity Center As
Well, Hopes To Open Next Fall)
A nonprofit organization promoting the teaching methods of L.
Ron Hubbard, founder of the Church of Scientology, is moving its world headquarters
to Villa Gesu, a former retirement home for Catholic nuns along Riverview Drive
north of Interstate 270.
This is easily disproven. Applied
Scholastics, a subsidiary of the Church's "social betterment"
Better Living and Education (ABLE), licences schools to use "learning
technology" designed by L. Ron Hubbard. ABLE is even included in the
that the Church of Scientology made with the IRS in 1993.
Asked about the relationship between the Church of Scientology and Applied Scholastics,
Slaughter says there is none.
Bennetta annoints herself Queen of the Slatkin Investors
Emails go a long way to demonstrating the role that Bennetta would like to
play on behalf of the Church of Scientology in this case. A text version of the
emails is here.
Slaughter & Scientology
Slaughter is Scientology Patron Meritorious, meaning she's donated more
than a quarter million dollars to the Church of Scientology.
Is or isn't Slaughter a Reed Slatkin investor? She appears on one of the original
lists, but did not have a balance as of 2001. This discrepency is noteworthy
when you consider the lengths Bennetta went
to in order to corrall the investors into Scientology infiltrated lawfirm
Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker.
& Lisa McPherson
Slaughter assisted the Church of Scientology's failed coverup in the death of
McPherson, who was employed at Slaughter's company,
AMC Publishing. Claiming to be Lisa's best
friend, Slaughter told
the Tampa Tribune's Cheryl Waldrip that Lisa "just got sick and died...
There's nothing else there." But there was much more there: criminal charges
were eventually filed against Scientology, and a wrongful death civil suit is
now under way. For more information on Lisa McPherson, go here.
Slaughter also tried to frustrate the efforts of prominent Scientology critic
Bob Minton to set up a foundation to help cult victims. After Minton announced
plans to name his group after Lisa McPherson, Slaughter ran
out and registered The Lisa McPherson Foundation, The Lisa Foundation,
Friends of Lisa McPherson Foundation, and the Lisa McPherson Educational
Foundation. Her actions were against the wishes of Lisa's family, who support
Minton's organization, the Lisa
She says in this
article that many activities are planned for both foundations, and boasts
membership of over 300. The groups have been inactive if not dormant since then.
The "Citizens for a Better Clearwater" instituted a plan
in which citizens could donate up to $55 for bricks (each brick would bear an
inscription chosen by the donor) that would line an alley way. As a 'secret' member
of the "Citizens for a Better Clearwater", Slaughter only became a known
member of this group *after* the group (Chairperson Pam Marks specifically)
had already A) denied having any Scientologists as members and B)
rejected a submission from Church of Scientology foes and Lisa McPherson Trust
members Jeff Jacobsen and Stacy Brooks. (Read St. Pete Times
Jacobsen's brick was to say "Remember Lisa McPherson," and Brooks' brick
was dedicated to the memory of former Scientologist Roxanne Friend, a personal
friend of Brooks. When the ACLU stepped in, the
group relented and Jacobsen and Brooks got their bricks accepted. However,
Marks obviously lied on behalf of Slaughter, as she publicly thanked
Bennetta for all her hard work on the committee during the alleyway's opening
So it turns out that Lisa McPherson's 'Good Friend' Bennetta Slaughter stifiled
an attempt to honor her!
Slaughter & her 'Clubs'
Bennetta is the ultimate Scientology "Church Mom." She starts up and
joins community groups all the time, all of them with benign sounding names but
each with the same purpose ~ furthering Scientology's goals.
"Gung Ho Groups"
"The Lisa McPherson Foundation"
"The Lisa Foundation"
"Lisa McPherson Educational Foundation"
"Friends of Lisa McPherson Foundation"
"Clearwater Community Volunteers"
"Clearwater Beautification and Development Association"
"Tampa Bay Organization of Women"
"Citizens for a Better Clearwater"
"Clearwater Business Association"
"Boy Scout Leaders"
"The Say No to Drugs Holiday Classic Race of 1997"
For more info on Scientology front groups, including these, go to the Occupied
Here's an internal
Scientology memo from 1997 commending the members of various Clearwater-based
Scientology committees and groups. Notice that Bennetta is the most notable overacheiver
Ex-Scientologist recounts his personal experience with Bennetta Slaughter
Ex Scientologist Michael Pattinson did work on Bennetta's 1.2
million dollar home back in 1995. In this
post he says, "Later when I sent them a bill for my services their
reply was to get their attorney to threaten me with a lawsuit for extortion if
ever I asked for money from them again. Be forewarned."
Slaughter Attempts to "Handle" a Critic
Here is a long transcript
of a meeting between Scientology critic Jeff Lee, Bennetta and VP of Scientology
NY (and OSA) John Carmichael and their attempt to "handle" Jeff
and dissuade him from picketing. Carmichael is frequently assigned the task of
'handling' critics, so it's not surprising to see him paired with frequent Scientology
Throughout the interview Bennetta spews both half-truths and outright
lies. This is a very important read to anyone approached by Slaughter as it
shows how deliberately deceptive she will be on behalf of the Church of Scientology.
So, as an investor, would YOU trust this woman to look out for your best interests
as opposed to the Church of Scientology's best interests? What do you think the
chances are that YOUR interests overlap with the 'CHURCH'?