Rest In Peace
1968 – September 14, 1990
We don’t know much about Pius Keel, but we do know his was another Narconon-related death that shouldn’t have happened. All that we know comes from a brief paragraph in an article in Der Spiegel from 1991, called (translated) Junkies In, Alkies Out (see Bob Lobsinger’s English translation), and some other miscellaneous info we can derive from other sources. But just because we don’t know much about him doesn’t mean we can’t think of him today and honor his memory with a short article.
He’s been dead now for longer than he lived.
22 years old, and an avid scientologist, Pius had accumulated deep debt as a member of the “Church”. He ended up at Narconon in Bavaria, which was operating out of a former children’s home with room for 40 clients on picturesque Lake Schliersee, about 50 kilometers south of Munich.
I gather from the Der Spiegel article, although I am not certain, that he had turned to heroin out of desperation about his financial situation. Not long after arriving at Narconon, he complained to his mother about the “barefaced swindle” and told her “Narconon is only about money.”
Then, on September 14, 1990, after less than two months at Narconon, Pius packed his things and left Schliersee with his duffel bag and headed for the train station in the neighboring town of Neuhaus. When he arrived, he threw himself under a train and was killed, an apparent suicide, and another tragic and unnecessary death.
Condolences to any who knew and loved him.
The president of Narconon Schliersee during that period of time (October 25, 1988 – February 5, 1992) was later convicted of 200 individual cases of the practice of medicine without a license. At the time of the trial, in 1995, he had resigned from Narconon, had no association with the “Church” of Scientology, and was working with the German Red Cross in Berlin.
Our German readers can find out more about Narconon in Germany from Ingo Heinemann.
We’ll have the Weekend Narconon News Roundup for you tomorow.