Robert Vaughn Young. Death of a Hero.
ReligionNewsBlog.com • Wednesday June 18, 2003
Three years ago, Robert Vaughn Young wrote:
Until Jesse Prince stepped forward, I was the highest-ranking
Scientology executive to speak about the organization without its
approval. I served in and saw virtually every echelon of the
organization, from a franchise where I started in 1969 to working
directly with David Miscavige. About 18 of those years was spent in or
senior to Dept. 20 (now called the Office the Special Affairs or OSA),
the section that deals with the ”enemies” of the organization, which
comes to mean anyone who disagrees with or criticizes any aspect of
Scientology, Hubbard or ”management.” Thus it is Dept. 20 (and now
also RTC) that deals with the media, the courts, government agencies,
critics and ARS itself.
I was diagnosed on 11/23/99 with an ”advanced and aggressive”
prostate cancer that has metastasized to the bones. It is called Phase
D or ”end stage” or just plain old ”terminal.” No prognosis has
been given or is really possible and when metastasized, surgery is out
of the question. There is no ”cure” at Phase D. Hence, end stage or
So what I’m going to do is retire as an ”expert” in legal cases or
in giving media interviews.
- Hello & Goodbye from Robert Vaughn Young
Last Sunday, June 15, 2003, Robert Vaughn Young died:
Subject: ROBERT VAUGHN YOUNG. DEATH OF A HERO.
Date: 15 Jun 2003 20:28:59 -0700
Robert Vaughn Young
It is with great sadness that I have learned of the death of Robert
Vaughn Young. He died early Sunday afternoon June 15, 2003 after a
long illness. His son had just been visiting with him and his beloved
companion Caren was at his side. I am told he was resting peacefully
and comfortably when he passed on.
Vaughn was one of the most wonderful people that I have had the honor
to know. He had a master’s degree in Philosophy and was teaching at
University of California Davis when he became involved with
Scientology in the early 1970s. He became one of Scientology’s highest
ranking public relations officers and he was one of L. Ron Hubbard’s
archivists. He has described his Scientology experiences on many
occasions. There are his own writings, his own testimony and those who
have written about him. To access some of this writing and testimony
search his name on Google groups.
In the late 1980s Vaughn “escaped” from Scientology with his then wife
Stacy Brooks. He was one of the highest level executives to have ever
defected from the church. In 1993 Vaughn and Stacy agreed to testify
as expert witnesses in litigation then being handled by Dan Leipold,
Esq. and myself. The rest of that story is also history.
More recently Robert has been involved with pioneering a website
resource and community group for men diagnosed with prostate cancer.
His wonderful work and that legacy can be viewed at:
Robert Vaughn Young made a major contribution to Hubbard’s Church, at
least until he learned the truth about L. Ron Hubbard and his past.
Robert revealed much of this truth after he escaped from the cult. He
leaves behind a mountain of knowledge about the dark side of
Scientology and its sordid history.
I feel honored and privileged to have been a friend of Vaughn. He was
a man of courage to his very last breath. In my experience, he was a
person of the highest integrity and honesty, and in every thing he did
and said. He was highly intelligent, charming, articulate, literate
and loyal. I shall miss and mourn him. He was one of the best. A true
hero to me and to many.
Graham E. Berry
Some of Young’s writings exposing the true nature of Scientology are posted at Apologetics Index.
To learn more about Scientology’s Office of Special Affairs, see:
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