Scientology And The Death Of Elli Perkins

On March 13, 2003, Jeremy Perkins, a 28 year old untreated schizophrenic, stabbed his mother Elli 77 times. She bled to death in her own home. Jeremy was under the care of the Church of Scientology at the time.

He had been diagnosed with schizophrenia a number of years before the incident, however Elli Perkins (a senior auditor at the Church of Scientology in Buffalo, New York) had refused traditional mental health care for her son.

The official diagnoses had come after Jeremy had been found trespassing outside of the University at Buffalo in 2001. He was arrested and remanded to a local hospital and a subsequent court-ordered psychiatric exam confirmed that he had schizophrenia.

After his arrest Elli Perkins convinced the court to release her son into her custody, where instead of pursuing the recommended course of treatment and psychiatric care she instead followed the rules of the church.

Scientology doesn’t believe in psychiatry or allows the use of anti-psychotic medications by its members.

In fact some pro-Scientology materials declare that psychiatrists are not only useless, but evil, their medications nothing but poisons.

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Elli was instructed to follow treatment in accordance with Scientology, and after various failed treatments for Jeremy, (including a spell with the Sea Organization in California) sought the help of a Dr. Conrad Maulfair, an osteopathic physician and fellow Scientologist.

According to Jeremy’s defense attorney, that despite all the evidence to the contrary, Dr. Maulfair concluded that Jeremy “was suffering from certain digestive problems, that he had certain chemical toxins in his body, and he needed to be purged of it.”

Maulfair had said he simply needed to be “energized” through vitamin therapy.”

As Jeremy’s condition worsened due to not having the right kind of care, he began to think his mother was trying to poison him.

Among Jeremy’s explanations for his actions was the fact “she makes me take these vitamins everyday.”

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On the day of the attack, Elli and Jeremy had had an argument. To calm him down, Elli told her son to take a shower, which he did.

When he finished his shower, Jeremy found his mother in the kitchen talking on the phone. He retrieved a steak knife and attacked his mother as she spoke to her friend.

According to a statement given to the police, Jeremy Perkins stated:

I tried to slit my wrists after the shower … but I wouldn’t die so I decided to do my mom in instead…She was screaming, ‘No, Jeremy, don’t.’ I stabbed her about four to five times before she fell down. … I then stabbed her about ten more times in the stomach after she fell to the ground. I knew she was a goner. … I believe that I have lived different lives for the past thousand years, and wished I was in another life now.

Other explanations included, “she gets mad at me when I play my drums in my room. When she made me take the shower this morning this was the last straw.”

Autopsy reports confirmed that Elli Perkins was stabbed 77 times. Jeremy had also tried to stab out one of her eyes, as he believed it was evil.

In June 2003, Jeremy Perkins pleaded not guilty to charges of criminal weapons and second degree murder based on diminished responsibility.

He is currently being held at Rochester Psychiatric Center, having been found not responsible for Elli’s murder by reason of mental disease or defect.

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Scientology And The Death Of Elli Perkins

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          1. Damn Community college students always knowing whats best for society smh, lets deprive someone of a basic right, im sure they wont care right? While we are at it lets put all religious people in a camp, and we can mark em with a brown cross, that way we know who they are and we can shame them

          2. and to prove we are the atheist master race we can all have a symbol we wrap around an arm, that way we can salute other atheist master racers when we see them in public!

          3. so please take more politic classes at whatever shitty community college you are stuck in before you try telling others what they can or cant do lmao :>

          4. You have a mental illness. I didnt say any of that. And i graduated college 20 years ago, you need to gain some life wisdom, because right now your an idiot of the highest magnitude and i don’t debate the mentally ill. so enjoy your day.

          5. Yes you are mentally ill for insisting you know something about a stranger on the internet. I am almost 50 genius. Seek mental help TODAY!

          6. the only guy that needs mental help is the one trying to impose his cool aid view on others through the internet, come on cucklord give me an actual argument and maybe ill back off

          7. Wow your mental illness runs really deep, How is a comment on the internet impose views on others? Stay in school man, you are too stupid to make it on your own.

          8. >you are too stupid to make it on your own.

            insists that religion is the worlds problem, what irony haha

          9. well this was fun man, i hope you enjoy the rest of your life getting trolled on backwater forums

    1. religion can be bad but it can also keep people from committing crime and helps focus morals. Who are we to say their beliefs are wrong. there are millions who have been bettered by their religion and you persecute an entire religion because of those who are worsened by it.

  1. Idea, let’s write a book that’s the basis for a wild, new religion called Boloneyology. We’ll make up the rules as we go along, enslave people, tax their income at 10 percent, give them a little bang for their buck and setup an enforcement arm of the church for anybody thinking of leaving. We’ll take them to court, if they dare to slander us and make their lives miserable if they dare to reveal anything. We’ll control their relationships, acting like a dating site, dress them up like sailors, and generally make religion an all encompassing ideology of how to live your life. We’ll make hundreds of millions of dollars, attract celebrities, and the attention of the media.

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