Quentin had tried to measure up to his father's expectations - he was one of the few top-grade Class Twelve Auditors - but he did not share his father's temperament. By all accounts he was far too gentle to govern Scientology, or indeed to govern anything. All he wanted was to fly airplanes, and he often pleaded with his father to allow him to leave the Sea Org and do just that. He had disappeared several times in an attempt to escape. There was also an aspect of his nature which could never be reconciled with his father's philosophy: Quentin was a homosexual. There is little doubt that his death was self-inflicted, as he had attempted suicide before. 11
Mary Sue broke down and wailed when she heard the news. She later tried to persuade friends that her son had died from encephalitis. Quentin's father's response was cold-blooded, he was furious that his son had let him down. There was an immediate cover-up. Documents were stolen from the coroner's office and taken to Hubbard. In accordance with Hubbard's policy regarding bad news, Scientologists were not told about Quentin's death. Some who found out were told he had been murdered.
In hiding in Washington, Hubbard busied himself trying to discover the secrets of the Soldiers of Light and the Soldiers of Darkness. He thoroughly agreed with the old gnostic belief that we are all born belonging firmly to one band or the other.
Additional sources: Documents referred to in text
1. Playing Dirty, p.86
2. Technical Volumes of Dianetics & Scientology vol. 11, p. 236
3. St. Petersburg Times, "Scientology," pp. 7, 2 & 27; Armstrong affidavit, March 1986, p.50.
4. GO Program Order 158; Mary Sue Hubbard Stipulation, pp.90f
5. St. Petersburg Times, "Scientology," p. 8
6. Clearwater Sun, 4 November 1979; St. Petersburg Times, "Scientology"
7. Terri Gamboa in vol. 24 of transcript of Church of Scientology of California vs. Gerald Armstrong, Superior Court for the County of Los Angeles, case no. C 420153, p.4238
8. Interview with witness
9. Technical Volumes of Dianetics & Scientology vol. 2, p. 157
10. Miller interview with Kima Douglas; coroner's reports
11. Interview with Frank Gerbode, Woodside, California, October 1986
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