Dianetics Made Me Do It! Double-Murderer Uses Scientology In His Defense
You've of course heard the saying, "The Devil made me do it!" Well, a new iteration on a familiar theme has cropped up in the defense of a double murderer in Prescott, Arizona who's claiming that the devil in the form of Dianetics explains away his heinous actions. Kenneth Wayne Thompson is standing trial for the murder of his sister-in-law and her boyfriend who he allegedly killed before setting their house on fire.
Thompson's lawyers are arguing that he truly believed that he was safeguarding his nephew by killing the child's parents. Robert Gundacker, Thompson's defense attorney, says that when Thompson learned his nephew was being treated with medication for a mental illness murder was the only way to protect him.
"One of the central tenets, and it was core to the whole wider system of beliefs, is that psychology is evil, probably the most evil thing on planet Earth," Gundacker said before the court. "Think back to Tom Cruise."
If you're at all familiar with the Church of Scientology, you'll know that even in the science-fiction tinted "scriptures" by pulp fiction author and huckster L. Ron Hubbard the IRS and psychiatrists are often referenced as forces as evil as... well, equally as evil as the dread galactic overlord Xenu! Mental illnesses, according to Scientology, are a result of the brainwashed alien souls (or "thetans") who were brainwashed in a volcano on Earth millions of years ago and "attach" themselves to humans. I know, pretty crazy, right?
"They believe psychology does not only not cure people, it causes mental illness. They think psychological medicines are central to this evil," Gundacker went on. "This is Kenny's mindset."
Despite the state's claim that the murder had been premeditated, Gundacker is claiming that the event occurred as an act of passion. All this, despite the fact that Thompson made a 24-hour drive from Missouri to the crime scene in Arizona, purchasing weapons including a hatchet and a knife and attempting to hide the evidence by burning the house down.
Regular readers of The Goldwater will recall that "the Scientology defense" is becoming more popular lately. We recently reported on how Allison Mack is using a precedent from a Scientology related case involving blackmail and forced labor to beat charges related to coercion in the NXIVM sex slave cult case. No word yet on whether Thompson's attorney Gundacker stole the idea from Keith Raniere and company.