Arnie Lerma has posted a message on the Operation Clambake forum indicating that Shawn Lonsdale, a critic of scientology who produced a series of videos on Scientology for public access television in Clearwater, has been found dead in his room, an apparent suicide. For those of you who watched the John Sweeney Panorama documentary, “Scientology and Me,” Shawn was the guy who was being interviewed by John Sweeney when Tommy Davis drove up and walked over with a dossier on Shawn indicating that he was a “sex criminal” (to use Davis’s words).
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In Lonsdale, the Church of Scientology has encountered a confusing and difficult nemesis. Unlike most ardent Scientology critics, Lonsdale was never a member. And unlike other critics, Lonsdale has proved difficult to squash.
Same guy who was smeared by Scilon front group
Shawn Lonsdale of Clearwater got into a fight with someone claiming to be a Scientologist while he was filming on a street corner across from the church on July 8. After looking at Lonsdale’s videotape, police arrested the Scientologist, Michael Fitzgerald, on battery charges.
Now, posters with a mugshot of Lonsdale are popping up in store windows near the church warning people that he’s dangerous and has been arrested for sex crimes.
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