Cult victim collapses
[January 27, 1999]
On January 20, 1999, Thomas Padgett of South Orleans, Massachusetts collapsed from an episode of syncope, sudden loss of consciousness, caused by heightened stress. Since leaving Scientology years ago, Padgett has been involved in ongoing legal battles initiated by his ex-wife, who is still a Scientologist.
A Scientology policy written by founder L. Ron Hubbard states that members are to use the legal system to harass, ruin, and destroy its perceived enemies, including former members and critics. This policy may consequently bring the “enemies” to both silence and bankruptcy. According to Tom Padgett, Laura Padgett of Madisonville, Kentucky, along with her parents Carl and Betty Vannoy also of Madisonville, have been engaging him in civil and criminal litigation for six and a half years, and he sees no end in sight.
On January 19, the Hopkins Circuit Court in Madisonville, Kentucky assessed child support payments and arrearages far in excess of Padgett’s ability to pay. Padgett will appeal the order; he questions the legal proceedings thus far and points to evidence of Scientology tampering with judges in other cases. Earlier court orders from the Padgett case are missing from court records, including an April 4, 1994 order overruling the inadmissibility of Scientology in the case, and a sustained motion for Laura Padgett and Scientology to cease harassment of Tom Padgett at his places of residence and work. Padgett’s successful hotel management career was ruined by years of relentless character attacks against him to his former employers. He has also sustained threats in the forms of anonymous phone calls, letters, and vandalism of his home; Padgett holds that the threats have been linked to Scientology by a private investigator.
On January 20, Padgett collapsed in a restaurant and was attended to by other patrons until medics arrived and brought him by ambulance to Regional Medical Center in Madisonville. After several hours in the emergency unit, he was admitted into a regular room for further observations and testing, and his condition became stable. He will receive follow-up treatment upon returning home to Cape Cod. This is the second time he has collapsed from syncope. Meanwhile, Padgett, a Presbyterian Christian, has been denied normal access to his children by his ex-wife. It appears she is following the Scientology policy of “disconnection” from non-Scientologist family members.
Tom Padgett may be reached through a representative/spokes person at:
C.A.S.H. (Citizens against Scientology Harassment)
PO Box 884
Harwich, MA 02645
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