10 Tragic Particulars About Sara Northrup, L. Ron Hubbard’s Partner

“What occurred to your second partner?” an interviewer as quickly as requested Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.

He was referring to Sara Northrup, the lady who’d been at Hubbard’s side whereas he developed Dianetics and who later divorced him in a messy, public scandal. All the world had watched their divorce fill the headlines of every paper. Nonetheless nonetheless, when the question bought right here, Hubbard merely smirked and suggested the interviewer: “I’d under no circumstances had a second partner.”

It’s an especially brazen lie—and a sign of merely how so much hurt Sara Northrup may do to him. Her life is a story that the Church of Scientology stays to be making an attempt to cowl up on account of the amount of struggling she endured at Hubbard’s arms is nothing in want of heartbreaking.

10 She Met L. Ron Hubbard In A Intercourse Magick Cult

Sara Northrup’s life was robust from the start. When she met Hubbard, she was dwelling on the residence of physicist and occultist Jack Parsons. Every she and Hubbard have been members of Aleister Crowley’s intercourse magick cult.

Northrup’s life was already filled with sexual abuse. She’d been molested by her father from a youthful age, a trauma that attainable explains why she was already sleeping with Jack Parsons by age 13. Nonetheless, he wasn’t merely twice her age, he was her sister’s husband.

When Hubbard confirmed up, he might want to have appeared like a savior. Granted, he was every bit as uncommon as Parsons was. In precise reality, the two labored collectively to summon a Babylonian goddess, believing they could convey her to life by chanting, dabbing runes with animal blood, and masturbating on magical tablets.

Nonetheless Hubbard was a battle hero, injured in battle, or so he claimed. He gained Northrup over by spinning tales about his heroism that lots of the cult members wrote off as “tall tales.” Nonetheless the youthful Northrup bought into them totally.

“I believed each factor he talked about,” Northrup later talked about. “It merely under no circumstances occurred to me he was a liar.”[1]

9 She And Hubbard Stole Jack Parsons’s Life Monetary financial savings

Jack Parsons believed in free love. Positive by his private concepts, he couldn’t do an element nonetheless watch as his new pal, L. Ron Hubbard, started sleeping alongside along with his girlfriend, Sara Northrup. Parsons wanted to pretend to be okay with every little little bit of it.

Completely different lodgers at his house, though, may inform merely how indignant it made him. “There [Hubbard] was, dwelling off Parsons’s largesse and making out alongside along with his girlfriend correct in entrance of him,” one would later recall. “The hostility was practically tangible.”

Nonetheless, when Hubbard proposed that the two start a enterprise collectively, Jack Parsons readily agreed to supply him $20,00zero to get points off the underside. Possibly he merely wished to take care of up appearances and pretend want it didn’t trouble him. Each method, he was the one one who was shocked when Hubbard and Northrup took off to Florida with the $20,00zero and a brand-new yacht, bought with Parsons’s money.

“He has given away every his woman and his money,” Karl Germer, one in every of Parsons’s buddies, reported in a letter to Aleister Crowley. “It is the peculiar confidence trick.”[2]

Parsons tried to sue them nonetheless shortly dropped the case. He accepted a few {{dollars}} of price and, in commerce, let Hubbard and Northrup protect the yacht. It was a nasty deal for Parsons, nonetheless he didn’t have so much various. 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.

8 Hubbard Was Nonetheless Married To His First Partner When They Obtained Married

Sara Northrup married L. Ron Hubbard on account of he threatened to kill himself. He’d requested her various events already, nonetheless she had refused every time until he made it clear: If she talked about no, his dying might be on her conscience endlessly.

What Hubbard hadn’t suggested her, though, was that he was already married. 13 years earlier in 1933, he’d married Polly Grubb. She was the mother of his two children, and in commerce, Hubbard had taken off to New York to cheat on her with totally different ladies.

At this stage, the two have been so estranged that they hadn’t seen each other in about two years. Nonetheless they’ve been nonetheless married at Hubbard’s insistence. Polly had repeatedly requested for a divorce, nonetheless he saved turning her down.

Hubbard solely agreed to a divorce after he’d been married to Sara for a superb yr and a half. Nonetheless he nonetheless saved his marriage to Polly a secret. In its place, he took Sara with him to Polly’s house with out explaining an element, which compelled her to try to find out why these people have been so hostile in direction of her.

It was his son, L. Ron Jr., who suggested her. Sara was devastated. She rushed out of the house crying and tried to get onto the next ferry that may take her as far-off from Hubbard as attainable.[3]

In the long term, she didn’t go away. Her new husband begged and pleaded until she stayed.

7 L. Ron Hubbard Brutally Abused Her

L. Ron Hubbard started beating his partner all through summer season season 1946. It began when Sara’s father died. No matter her subtle feelings in direction of the individual, Sara was overwhelmed with grief and unhappiness.

To Hubbard, her unhappiness was nothing larger than an annoyance. When she cried, he would beat and strangle her into silence, complaining that she’d distracted him from his work.

Hubbard was dropping his ideas. He wrote a letter to Veteran Affairs (VA), begging them to help him pay for psychiatric treatment. Nonetheless the VA under no circumstances responded, and Hubbard obtained an increasing number of worse.[4]

One morning, he woke up his partner by pistol-whipping her all through the face. She’d been smiling in her sleep, he suggested her, and he was sure it was on account of she was contemplating of one other individual. Northrup fled into the night, virtually escaping her abusive husband as soon as extra. Nonetheless as quickly as further, she bought right here once more.

She felt sorry for him on account of she knew he was dropping his ideas. She later talked about, “I saved contemplating that he must be struggling or he wouldn’t act that method.”

Staying solely made it worse. By the purpose Northrup truly did file for divorce, she’d gone by means of what the divorce proceedings described as “repeated” and “systematic torture.” He strangled her recurrently. He threw her out of a transferring car. He as quickly as saved her awake for Four days straight after which tried to strain her to overdose on sleeping tablets.

A couple of of those scars would under no circumstances heal. On Christmas 1950, Hubbard broke into such a rage that he deliberately ruptured her left eardrum. Her listening to might be impaired for the rest of her life.

6 Hubbard Tried To Beat Her Into A Miscarriage

None of those beatings, though, may look at to what he tried to do to her when she obtained pregnant.

One night, after Hubbard had gone into one his mad rages, he threw his pregnant partner onto the underside. They’d not convey a child into this world, he had decided, and he would guarantee of it. L. Ron Hubbard tried to make his partner miscarry by repeatedly stomping on her stomach.

By some uncommon miracle, the child survived. Nonetheless this was hardly the first time that Hubbard had tried to beat an unborn youngster to dying.

His eldest son, L. Ron Hubbard Jr., claims that, as a child, he had caught his father standing over his mother with a coat hanger in his hand. And Hubbard Jr. says that his private begin, virtually three months premature, was the outcomes of a failed late-term abortion:

“I wasn’t born. That’s what bought right here out due to their attempt to abort me.”[5]

Hubbard admitted to a couple of the abortions himself. In his personal memoir, he wrote that he and Polly’s marriage had resulted in “5 abortions and two children.”

5 He Reported Her To The FBI As A Communist

As Dianetics started to take off and Hubbard grew to turn into worth a small fortune, his eye started to wander. As he’d completed alongside along with his first partner, Hubbard started to cheat on Sara with a youthful lady: Barbara Klowden, his 20-year-old PR assistant.

Sara didn’t take it lying down. After Hubbard compelled her to go on a double date with Klowden, Sara started a revenge affair with one in every of his workers, Miles Hollister.

Nonetheless nobody may chew once more as onerous as L. Ron Hubbard. He wrote the FBI a letter reporting his partner and her lover as “vigorous and dangerous” Communists, calling Hollister “outspokenly disloyal to the US.”

J. Edgar Hoover actually answered Hubbard’s letter and invited him to fulfill with an FBI agent—which Hubbard did. He suggested them that Hollister had brainwashed his partner and pushed her insane. Then Hubbard went proper right into a mad rant about how Dianetics may convey an end to communism and the way in which people talked about he was crazy nonetheless he positively wasn’t.

The agent nodded politely, quietly making a bit phrase in his e-book that merely study: “Psychological case.”[6]

They under no circumstances tried to herald Northrup or Hollister. Possibly, partly, it was on account of this was hardly the first time that Hubbard had tried to point out anyone in. The FBI’s dossiers have been crammed with letters from L. Ron Hubbard, reporting every German particular person he seen as an undercover Nazi and a “menace to the state.”

4 Scientologists Tried To Brainwash Her Into Staying With Hubbard

Of their very personal strategies, Hubbard and Northrup tried to make the marriage work. Northrup went to a psychiatrist and tried to steer Hubbard to get treatment for the paranoid schizophrenia that was destroying his life. Nonetheless he wouldn’t hear.

Hubbard suggested her that she was in league with devils. Then he put two of his males, Richard de Mille and Dave Williams, to work at brainwashing her. As John Sanborne, one in every of Hubbard’s former confidants, recollects:

“He made this foolish attempt to get Northrup brainwashed so she’d do what he talked about. He saved her sitting up in a chair, denying her sleep, making an attempt to utilize Black Dianetic concepts on her, repeating again and again irrespective of he wished her to do. Points like, ‘Be his partner, have a family that seems good, not have a divorce.’ ”[7]

It didn’t work. Northrup nonetheless wished a divorce. In the long term, Hubbard suggested her that he didn’t want to be alongside together with her, each. He was merely nervous about his reputation. There was solely method out.

“For many who truly love me,” Hubbard suggested her, “you’ll want to kill your self.”

In November 1950, Sara Northrup tried to only try this. Whereas L. Ron Hubbard was out, she downed a bottle of sleeping tablets and lay down, hoping under no circumstances to stand up as soon as extra.

It didn’t work. She woke up alive in a hospital mattress, registered beneath a pretend establish.

3 Hubbard Kidnapped Her Little one

It was 1:00 AM on February 24, 1951, when L. Ron Hubbard and two of his buddies dragged Sara Northrup out of her mattress, nonetheless carrying her nightgown. Hubbard had taken her youngster. “Now we now have Alexis,” Hubbard suggested her, “and likewise you’ll under no circumstances see her alive besides you embody us.”[8]

They threw Sara into the once more of a car and drove her to Yuma, Arizona. Not prolonged after, Hubbard had a change of coronary coronary heart. He kicked her out, compelled her to return residence, and saved the new child with him.

She tried begging Hubbard to supply her once more the new child, nonetheless Hubbard refused time and time as soon as extra. Then, out of the blue, he known as her and suggested her the worst issue attainable: Alexis was ineffective, and he had killed her.

“He had decrease her into little gadgets,” Sara says he suggested her, “and dropped the gadgets in a river and that he had seen little legs and arms floating down the river and it was my fault. I’d completed it on account of I’d left him.”

Hubbard was lying. Nonetheless Sara might want to have felt unimaginable ache when he talked about it. A short while later, he despatched her a letter. He admitted that Alexis was alive and tried to blackmail Sara into giving him full custody.

“My will is all modified. Alexis will get a fortune,” he wrote, “besides she goes to you as she would then get nothing.”

He signed his blackmail phrase: “Goodbye. I actually such as you. Ron.”

2 Polly Hubbard Had Gone By All The An identical Points

Sara publicized each factor on the advice of a lawyer, who suggested her that she couldn’t protect all of this a secret any longer. “Inform the fact,” he suggested her, “for the fact will convey once more [your] youngster, if alive.”

She filed for divorce, and the papers grew to turn into filled with horror tales regarding the man who had tortured her and introduced her youngster. Positive, she’d put it off too prolonged. Nonetheless now, it was clear that there was no totally different method to ever see her child as soon as extra.

Polly Hubbard, Ron’s first partner, contacted Sara for the first time after finding out regarding the divorce. Every phrase written by Sara was terrifyingly acquainted to Hubbard’s first partner. Polly wrote Sara a letter of full assist:

“If I could assist in any method, I’d want to. You need to get Alexis in your custody. Ron simply is not common. I had hoped that you may straighten him out. Your charges sound unbelievable to the widespread particular person. Nonetheless I’ve been by means of it—the beatings, threats on my life, the entire sadistic traits you price—twelve years of it.”[9]

“Please do take into account,” she wrote. “I obtain this want to support you get Alexis.”

1 Sara Had To Absolve Hubbard Of All Guilt To Get Her Little one Once more

In June 1951, Sara Northrup obtained to see her youngster as soon as extra. For months, Hubbard had been hiding their child in Cuba, nonetheless now they’ve been once more in Wichita. Ron was eager to talk.

He’d totally given into his paranoid delusions. There was no sense of actuality for him. Sara had no various nonetheless to play alongside. In her phrases:

“He suggested me that I was beneath the have an effect on of this communist cell. And that they’ve been dictating to me what to do, and that I was in a state of full madness. I suggested him, ‘Yep, I imagine you’re correct. The one issue I can do is to work by means of it and do irrespective of they’re saying.’ ”

He made her sign a paper absolving him of all blame. It was the one method that he would give her once more her child.

“The problems I’ve talked about about L. Ron Hubbard in courts and most of the people prints have been grossly exaggerated or totally false,” the paper talked about. “L. Ron Hubbard is a superb and wise man.” That was what he cared about—not his child and by no means his partner, merely his reputation.

Nonetheless all Sara cared about was getting her child once more. She signed the papers, and in commerce, he drove her and Alexis to the airport.

Hubbard stopped the car a few ft away from the airfield. He’d had a last-second change of coronary coronary heart. Shaking his head, he suggested her: “I’m not going to mean you can go.”

Sara clutched her child, obtained out of the car, and ran. She left her suitcase and all her points behind. Alexis’s shoe fell off, nonetheless Sara didn’t stop. She merely saved working in direction of the airplane, in direction of freedom, alongside together with her child in her arms for the first time in Four months.

“It was the 19th of June,” Sara later talked about, “and it was the happiest day of my life.”[10]

Mark Oliver

Mark Oliver is an on a regular basis contributor to Listverse. His writing moreover appears on numerous totally different web sites, along with The Onion’s StarWipe and His website is recurrently updated with each factor he writes.

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