Letter from Roger Geller to FBI (November 1, 1985)

Geller & Weinberg
ATTORNEYS AT LAW –
Eighty Boylston Street Suite 910
Boston, Massachusetts 02116
(617)482-5200

November 1, 1985

Tim Leonard, Special Agent
Federal Bureau of Investigation
JFK Federal Building
Government Center
Boston, MA 02203

Re: Gerald Armstrong

Dear Mr. Leonard:

Letter from Roger Geller to FBI (November 1, 1985)

Letter from Roger Geller to FBI (November 1, 1985)

When you called my office on October 21, 1985 concerning the complaint of Mitra Hall about Gerald Armstrong you indicated to me that you would advise me after you had spoken to Mr. Armstrong. It has now been almost two weeks since our call. Have you contacted Mr. Armstrong? Did he admit the incident occurred? Was he told of the criminal consequences of his actions? Will he be prosecuted?

I look forward to your response to these questions.

Sincerely,

Roger Geller

RG/clm

ROGER GELLER * PHILIP M. WEINBERG * JUDY WHISNANT

GA Letter to FBI (October 30, 1985)

Law Offices
FLYNN & JOYCE
400 ATLANTIC AVENUE
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS 02210
———
(617) 350-7200

MICHAEL J. FLYNN
ROBERT W. JOYCE, P.C.
ADAH ROSE BITTERBAUM
MICHAEL A. TABB

October 30 , 1985
OF COUNSEL
WILLIAM A. SHERIDAN

Federal Bureau of Investigation
JFK Building – Room 900
Boston, MA 02203

GA letter to FBI (October 30, 1985)

GA letter to FBI (October 30, 1985)

ATTENTION: Edward W. Ludemann
Assistant Special Agent In-Charge

Dear Mr. Ludemann:

      As required, I am providing herewith my notarized signature to accompany my FOIA request of October 23, 1985.

GDA:emj

Very truly yours,

[Signed] Gerald D. Armstrong
Gerald D. Armstrong
Paralegal

 

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS

Suffolk, SS.

10-30, 1985

 

       Then personally appeared the above-named Gerald D. Armstrong
and acknowledged the foregoing by him executed to be his own free
act and deed.

     Before me,

[Signed] Lorna Doherty
Notary Public

My Commission Expires:
3-31-89 [initials L. D.]

Letter from James W. Greenleaf (FBI SA I/C) to GA (October 29, 1985)

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Letter from FBI to Gerry Armstrong (October 29, 1985)

U.S. Department of Justice
Federal Bureau of Investigation

In Reply, Please Refer to
File No.
John F. Kennedy Federal Building
Government Center
Boston, Massachusetts 02203
October 29, 1985
Gerald D. Armstrong

FBI letter to GA (October 29, 1985)

FBI letter to GA (October 29, 1985)

Law Offices of Flynn & Joyce
400 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02210

Dear Mr. Armstrong:

This is to acknowledge receipt of your Freedom of Information – Privacy Acts request dated October 23, 1985 for information concerning yourself.

Before we can commence processing for release any documents which may pertain to you it will be necessary for you to furnish us your notarized signature to accompany your request. This procedure is designed to insure that documents are released only to those having a right to the information.

 

Very truly yours,JAMES W. GREENLEAF
Special Agent in Charge

By: [Signed] Edward W. Ludemann
EDWARD W. LUDEMANN
Assistant Special Agent in Charge

Statement of Gerald Armstrong (October 25, 1985)

STATEMENT OF GERALD ARMSTRONG
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Armstrong statement (October 25, 1985)

On Sunday, October 13, 1985 I stayed at my residence at 92 Draper Street in Dorchester, all day. I was at that time booked on a flight to Portland, Oregon, on Western Airlines at 7:40 a.m., Tuesday, October 15, 1985, and I was writing at my residence an affidavit I needed to finish before I left. I worked in my office at the firm of Flynn & Joyce on October 14, 1985, Columbus Day.

My residence is a three-family dwelling. I live on the top floor with four other men: Ryan Thayer, the landlord, Richard Pattison, Mark Michaels and Edward Maglott. Two women, Suzanne Shepherd and Sue Bell live on the second floor.

At approximately 12:30 p.m. Suzanne came to the third floor door, knocked and I answered. She said she had two extra tickets for a play entitled “Cloud Nine” for that afternoon at 3:00 p.m., and she invited me and someone else. I declined, informing her that I had a lot of work to get done before I left on Tuesday. However, I talked at that time to Ryan and Edward. Ryan agreed to go, and Edward declined.

Suzanne talked to us for approximately 15 minutes. She then returned to her apartment on the second floor. Ryan and I then talked to Mark who agreed to go with Ryan. All of this took up to approximately 1:15 p.m. I went back to writing in my room.

At approximately 2:00 p.m. Suzanne arrived and said that she was just about to leave. I looked for Ryan but he was not in his room. Suzanne returned to her  apartment, and I wrote a note to Ryan in case he came back.

He arrived back at about 2:20 and we talked briefly at that time. Shortly thereafter he and Mark left to the play. I stayed in the apartment the rest of the afternoon. I did see Edward off and on throughout the rest of the afternoon. And I saw and spoke to Ryan and Mark when they returned from the play.

I declare that the foregoing is true and correct.

Executed this 25th day of October, 1985.

[Signed] Gerald Armstrong
Gerald Armstrong

Notes

GA Letter to FBI (October 25, 1985)

Law Offices
FLYNN & JOYCE
400 ATLANTIC AVENUE
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS 02210
——
(617) 350-7200
MICHAEL J. FLYNN
ROBERT W. JOYCE, P.C.
ADAH ROSE BITTERBAUM
MICHAEL A. TABB
October 25, 1985
OF COUNSEL
WILLIAM A. SHERIDAN

 

Timothy Leonard
Federal Bureau of Investigation
JFK Building – Room 900
Boston, MA 02203

Dear Mr. Leonard:

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GA letter to FBI (October 25, 1985)

Please find herewith a copy of a declaration I wrote following our meeting of October 23, 1985 and an FOIA request made to your office the same date.1

Also please find herewith my statement of what I was doing at the time of the alleged incident of October 13, 1985.2  I request that no one other than officials in the FBI, and specifically not Scientology, whoever filed the complaint against me, nor anyone acting as their agent, be given this statement.

The reason is simple. One of the harassment techniques of Scientology/Hubbard is to depose anyone who becomes involved, even in the most peripheral way, with me in any of the “legal” affairs Scientology or Hubbard create. The depositions are used to upset, harass and intimidate these people and thus make them reluctant to associate with me. In this case, it would create an uncomfortable situation where I live.

I do not believe these people would object to talking to you to confirm what I have stated, if you determine that this matter requires further investigation. However, they are reluctant to become targets of Scientology operations to get to me.

Please call me if you have any questions.

Very truly yours,

[Signed] Gerald Armstrong
Gerald Armstrong

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Enclosures

  1. See GA Declaration (October 23, 1985).
  2. See Statement of Gerry Armstrong  October 25, 1985).

GA Letter to FBI Boston (October 23, 1985)

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Declaration of Gerry Armstrong (October 23, 1985)

DECLARATION OF GERALD ARMSTRONG

 

I, Gerald Armstrong, hereby declare:

1. At approximately 4:10 p.m. on Monday, October 21, 1985, I received a call at work from a man who identified himself as Tim Leonard with the FBI in Boston. Mr. Leonard informed me that someone had filed a complaint with the FBI accusing me of a crime. On my insistence he acknowledged that Scientology was involved in the matter. I agreed to be interviewed by him today at 11:00 a.m.

2. I met today with Mr. Leonard who showed me his FBI identification card. During the interview, Mr. Leonard informed me that the charge he was investigating was “impersonation of an FBI agent.” He would not tell me who had filed the complaint; however, he did inform me of the following details:

A. The alleged incident occurred on Sunday, October 13, at 2:00 p.m. near the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Green Line Auditorium stop in Boston.

B. My accuser was a “body router” for Scientology, handing out cards for the organization’s “free personality test.”

C. My accuser stated that he approached me to get me

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to come in for a free personality test and I said “I’m an FBI agent. I know all about your organization. Ron is hiding out even from his own people. We’re going to wipe you out within two years.”

D. My accuser returned to the Boston organization and with the assistance of his seniors identified me as the individual to whom he had “spoken.”

E. My accuser stated that I was with another individual. Mr. Leonard did not have a physical dscription of this individual, and did not know if the individual was male or female.

3. I have never impersonated, nor identified myself as an FBI agent or any other government official or employee at any time. I have never led anyone to believe by any act on my part that I was an FBI agent or a government official or employee.

4. On October 13, 1985, at 2:.00 p.m., I was at my residence, writing. I did not travel anywhere all day.

5. I was not at the location described to me by Mr. Leonard on October 13. In fact, I have never been to that location in Boston, nor anywhere close to that location.

6. I have never talked to, since my arrival in Boston,

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anyone whom I knew to be, or identified himself or herself as, a Scientologist. Since coming to Boston I have never to my knowledge been approached by a Scientology “body router.”

7. The criminal complaint by the Scientology organization is completely false. Any “evidence” is “manufactured” pursuant to L. Ron Hubbard’s policy attached hereto as Exhibit [A], which states:

“If attacked on some vulnerable point by anyone or anything or any organization, always find or manufacture enough threat against them to cause them to sue for peace.”L. Ron Hubbard HCOPL 8/15/60

8. This is not the first time Hubbard or Scientology has sought to bring phony charges against me. They attempted the same using the Los Angeles Police Department in 1983 during the pendency of my civil lawsuit in the Los Angeles Superior Court.

I declare under the penalty of perjury under the laws of the State of California that the foregoing is true and correct.

Executed this 23rd day of October, 1985 at Boston, Massachusetts.

[Signed] Gerald Armstrong
GERALD ARMSTRONG

 

Letter from Roger Geller to FBI SA Tim Leonard (October 22, 1985)

Geller & Weinberg
ATTORNEYS AT LAW –
Eighty Boylston Street Suite 910
Boston, Massachusetts 02116
(617)482-5200
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Letter from Roger Geller to FBI 22 October 1985

October 22, 1985

Tim Leonard, Special Agent
Federal Bureau of Investigation
JFK Federal Building
Government Center
Boston, MA 02203

Re: Complaint againt Gerald Armstrong

Dear Mr. Leonard:

In both my conversation with you yesterday and my discussion with Agent Graham on October 17, 1985, I pointed out that 18 U.S.C. §912 does cover the actions of Mr. Armstrong which are the subject of Ms. Hall’s complaint.

Apparently the Bureau is not terribly interested in bringing formal charges against Mr. Armstrong for his use of the Bureau’s name in his attempt to harass Ms. Hall.

As I have indicated, Mr. Armstrong has claimed to be close to the Bureau for some time now. Obviously, if he were an agent and/or employee of the Bureau, what he has done would not be a crime.

Therefore, please confirm or deny that Mr. Armstrong is or was an agent or employee of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Thank you.

Sincerely,
Roger Geller

RG/clm

ROGER GELLER * PHILIP M. WEINBERG * JUDY WHISNANT

FBI Complaint: Scientology’s Complaint against Gerry Armstrong (“Impersonation”) (October 17, 1985)

FBI Complaint Form

FBI Complaint Form