Executed in 1841 for a decade-long crime spree which included pushing seventy people to their deaths from the heights of the Aqueduto das Águas Livres (Aqueduct of the Free Waters), the severed head of Diogo Alves was preserved in a vat of formaldehyde. This was done so that scientists could study the brain of a criminal.
“The head of Diogo Alves was sold in a private transaction by the University of Lisbon’s Faculty of Medicine,” said Scientology spokesman Ken Delusion. “Mr. Miscavige wanted to acquire the head for the Church of Scientology. The head is a reminder of Mr. Hubbard’s policy:
‘When things are bad (Bad Indicators heavily visible) putting a body on the gallows is very salutary. We call it “Putting a head on a pike”. Too many BAD Indicators and too goofed up a situation and we must put a head on a pike. Then things simmer down and we can begin to get tech in…
‘When there are lots of bad indicators about — low and falling statistics, goofed cases, we get very handy with our Interrogatories and put the place very nearly under martial law – we call this a State of Emergency.
‘Once Emergency is declared, you usually have to put a head or two on a pike to convince people that you mean it. After that necessity level rises and the place straightens up…
BAD TECH – When results just don’t happen in the Academy, HGC or Review one or another, look for the Potential Trouble Sources and Suppressives. Only they can keep tech out. Put a big head on a pike and then begin to interrogate every slip in the place. Suddenly Tech is in again.’ — HCO POLICY LETTER OF 16 MAY 1965 Issue II, INDICATORS OF ORGS
“Like Mr. Hubbard, Mr. Miscavige also feels that putting a head on a pike is salutary and serves as a warning to Staff and Publics alike to step up their production and contributions to the Church of Scientology.”
Diogo Alves (standing by parapet of Aqueduto das Águas Livres): “Forty-one, forty-one, forty-one, forty-one, forty-one…”
Passer-by: “Pardon me, senhor, but why the devil are you repeating that number over and over?”
Diogo Alves (having pushed passer-by to his death): “Forty-two, forty-two, forty-two, forty-two, forty-two, forty-two…”
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If we in Scientology had more regges like Diogo Alves then there would be no excuses. It would be “Hand over your money now or we will push you off the Aqueduto das Águas Livres!”
That is how to SLAM IN ETHICS on the theetie-wheetie panty-waisted dilettantes who call themselves Scientologists.
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Hey, otviiiisgrrr8, I think you missed the real reason Diogo Alves’ head-in-jar has pride of place on COB’s desk: it is a subtle threatening message to the DA of L.A. County to not prosecure Danny Masterson for his sexual crimes. Diogo Alves’ initials: DA. District Attorney initials: DA. Coincidence? I think not.
Tony Bones and Vinnie find dat leavin’ just a head ain’t enough. Da boys find leavin’ bits an’ pieces of some rat scattered around da hood iz fah bettah fuh raising ourz protection numbuz. It’s really good if itz a really fat rat, az duh parts get ripe real quick like.
It’s shocking to see that transparent cults that hustle the wealthy out of so much money can actually still exist!
I wouldn’t join this racket if they paid me each year.