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January 26, 2010 6:18 AM   Subscribe

Magician, actor & Scientologist Larry Anderson wants his money back. Although he had modest success in Hollywood, he was known to millions as the narrator of Scientology's introductory film Orientation; certainly his most famous line was said for that movie:
"If you leave this room after seeing this film and walk out and never mention Scientology again, you are perfectly free to do so. It would be stupid. But you can do it. You can also dive off a bridge or blow your brains out. That is your choice."
Listen in as Larry negotiates with Church officials to recover $120,000 he deposited with the church in anticipation of receiving services from it.

In related news, Adams County, CO DA is charging Scientology OT7 Rev. Rex Fowler, owner of Scientology-run Fowler Software with murder and attempted murder for shooting ex-partner Tommy Ciancio three times in the head as he attempted to collect his severance pay, then turning the gun on himself, firing one shot up through his chin. Authorities initially believed Fowler was the victim based on witness testimony, but forensics showed that Ciancio could not have fired the three shots that killed him.
posted by scalefree (59 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
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posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 6:21 AM on January 26, 2010


"If you leave this room after seeing this film and walk out and never mention Scientology again, you are perfectly free to do so. It would be stupid. But you can do it. You can also dive off a bridge or blow your brains out. That is your choice."

Between Scientology and blowing one's brains out, there must be many ways.
posted by jquinby at 6:24 AM on January 26, 2010


Church of Psychotonomy (NSFW)
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 6:26 AM on January 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


Don't need a clock to waste your time, don't need a gun to blow your mind. - J. Lennon
posted by ExitPursuedByBear at 6:27 AM on January 26, 2010


forensics showed that Ciancio could not have fired the three shots that killed him.

Pfff with logic you can prove anything even remotely true.
posted by DU at 6:28 AM on January 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


Wow and Fowler Software is like a trip back through time. Their software is true 32 bit and runs on both Windows 95 and NT.
posted by DU at 6:30 AM on January 26, 2010


I prefer this orientation video.

It is way less creepy.
posted by Slap Factory at 6:30 AM on January 26, 2010


The Adams County Coroner said Thursday afternoon that Ciancio was shot more than once in the head and the wounds do not appear to be self-inflicted.

Clever. Shoot yourself three times in the head instead of the usual one. That will throw them off the track.
posted by three blind mice at 6:37 AM on January 26, 2010 [7 favorites]


If Ciancio had been shot 3 times in the back the police never would have figured it out.
posted by Daddy-O at 6:40 AM on January 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


jquinby: "Between Scientology and blowing one's brains out, there must be many ways."

I made an MP3 out of the audio to "Orientation" and listen to it on my iPod once in a while. It's so deliciously creepy. The methinks-they-doth-protest-too-much insistence on what a legitimate religion it is. The reflexive, rabid antipathy towards psychiatry. And of course the hagiography of Hubbard - "Mankind has never had a better friend."

Blowing one's brains out at least has the advantage of being only a one-time expense.
posted by Joe Beese at 6:43 AM on January 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


I made an MP3 out of the audio to "Orientation" and listen to it on my iPod once in a while.

Good Lord, man! That's just what they want you to do. Next you'll be lighting candles and singing to a picture of LRH as a joke, but soon enough you will believe. Then it's e-meters and anal probes all the way down.
posted by Burhanistan at 6:46 AM on January 26, 2010 [8 favorites]


Scientology: Making Every Other Religion Look Good By Comparison Since 1952
posted by The Card Cheat at 6:52 AM on January 26, 2010 [6 favorites]


You can also dive off a bridge or blow your brains out. That is your choice.

Even more "Everyone needs a hug" replacements! They practically write themselves.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 6:53 AM on January 26, 2010


Then it's e-meters and anal probes all the way down

Dude, I don't know much about the CoS but I am positive they are anti-anal, probing or otherwise.

[insert unnamed celebrity rumor joke here]
posted by MCMikeNamara at 6:55 AM on January 26, 2010


THIS IS WHAT SCIENTOLOGISTS ACTUALLY BELIEVE
posted by jckll at 6:55 AM on January 26, 2010 [6 favorites]


Ah, Scientology. They make the crazy transparent -- and people still believe.
posted by LordSludge at 7:07 AM on January 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


In somewhat related news: John Travolta Flies Rations, Scientology Ministers Into Haiti.
posted by ericb at 7:18 AM on January 26, 2010


ericb, I'll seee that & raise you: Scientology rescue plane leaves 70 doctors & nurses behind.
posted by scalefree at 7:23 AM on January 26, 2010


Thank [deity], for a minute there I thought you meant Harry Anderson and I was really upset.
posted by JoanArkham at 7:24 AM on January 26, 2010 [5 favorites]


But you're feeling muuuuch better now, right, JoanArkham?
posted by Servo5678 at 7:27 AM on January 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


Denver Post links took themselves offline.
posted by yesster at 7:31 AM on January 26, 2010


So other than showing Scientology in a negative light, what do these incidents have in common?
posted by oddman at 7:33 AM on January 26, 2010


Denver Post links took themselves offline.

I can still get to them.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 7:33 AM on January 26, 2010


So other than showing Scientology in a negative light, what do these incidents have in common?

Shooting yourself in the head. I thought that was obvious.
posted by scalefree at 7:35 AM on January 26, 2010 [4 favorites]


It is the will of Elron.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 7:35 AM on January 26, 2010


Scientology attracts some interesting people. The strangest night I've ever had was partially spent at a birthday party for L. Ron Hubbard two years ago.

I was hanging around downtown LA with some friends, and we were just driving around after a delicious meal of chicken and waffles from Roscoe's. As we were headed down Fountain Ave we saw a huge banner strung across L Ron Hubbard Lane announcing L Ron's birthday extraveganza. Being a curious bunch, we decided to check it out.

It was a bit surreal. We had at least 6 people approach us to try and get us to buy Clearing Congress DVD sets for about $250. We watched part of a simulcast from one of the Sea Orgs where they talked about the creation of a new center and how that was going to bring about a new world order (their words, not mine) over some cheesy techno. We were followed by this 15 year old kid halfway across the event so that he could hand us surveys to fill out - The weirdest survey I'd ever taken. How much debt have you accrued? Have you ever been a part of an oppressive group (which obviously includes psychiatrists)? Have you ever blown a Sea Org?

The oddest part of the evening, though, was what happened as we were leaving. We were walking down L Ron Hubbard Lane back towards our car, and we saw a bunch of people in line for something - a huge line that crossed the Lane. Or, initially that's what we thought. As we got closer, though, we realized that they were all facing our direction down the street. They were standing shoulder to shoulder in a line across the sidewalks and the street like some kind of human wall. Weird. As we approached the line this kid ran up to us, telling us to go back to the party because there was cake. We ignored him. When I got to the line I said 'excuse me' to a lady in that wall and she didn't move, speak, or make eye contact with me. She was completely refusing to acknowledge me. We had to push through the line to get to the other side.

The icing on the cake - we had just rounded the corner back to Fountain Ave when we passed a couple, all gussied up and headed towards the party. Just after we'd passed the couple, the woman (apparently realizing where they were going) starts yelling out "No. No! I'm not going in there!" She turns around and storms off with her boyfriend in tow.

Moral of the story: Scientology is not for me.
posted by Consonants Without Vowels at 7:49 AM on January 26, 2010 [18 favorites]


As we approached the line this kid ran up to us, telling us to go back to the party because there was cake.

Do I have to say it?
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 7:58 AM on January 26, 2010 [29 favorites]


Say it! Say it!
posted by wenestvedt at 8:20 AM on January 26, 2010


There was even going to be a party for you. A big party that all your friends were invited to. I even invited your best friend, Xenu. Of course, he couldn't come because you wouldn't pay to learn about him. All your other friends couldn't come either because you don't have any other friends because of how unlikable you are. Unlikable, it says so here in your file: 'unlikable' - liked by no one.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 8:23 AM on January 26, 2010 [4 favorites]


Okay, okay.

Cake is a lie.
posted by -t at 8:25 AM on January 26, 2010


The cake is real; it's everything else that's a lie.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 8:25 AM on January 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


Last time we discussed Scientology there was some thinking that the church was falling apart. Lots of high ups going on record with the Tampa Bay paper splitting from the church, etc. That was a few months ago: what's going on now?
posted by Nelson at 8:25 AM on January 26, 2010


Cake, but no tea?

Can't be a religion.
posted by lysdexic at 8:33 AM on January 26, 2010


Moral of the story: Scientology is not for me.
posted by Consonants Without Vowels


Let me just clear this up and invalidate it. This is just the kind of overt propaganda I'd expect from the supressive BoingBoingigazi. Just because the apparancy of cake's beingness isn't steampunk enough for you doesn't mean you need to deprive the rest of these lovely people experience the havingness of some delicious frostingness and/or auditing. Xenu bless you, you know not what you do.

WE WERE PLAYING RED ROVER YOU JERK!
posted by haveanicesummer at 8:50 AM on January 26, 2010


Please do not enturbulate the icing on the cake before we cut it.
posted by Burhanistan at 8:56 AM on January 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


I even invited your friend, Weighted Companion Thetan, but you cleared him.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 9:05 AM on January 26, 2010 [3 favorites]


this kid ran up to us, telling us to go back to the party because there was cake.

That's funny; I hear Anonymous hands out pie.
posted by octobersurprise at 9:18 AM on January 26, 2010


> You can also dive off a bridge or blow your brains out. That is your choice.

Worst. Choose Your Own Adventure. EVAR.
posted by you just lost the game at 9:24 AM on January 26, 2010 [15 favorites]


> You can also dive off a bridge or blow your brains out. That is your choice.

Worst. Choose Your Own Adventure. EVAR.
posted by you just lost the game


Eponysterical.
posted by haveanicesummer at 9:34 AM on January 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


Man shoots himself in the head five times and survives.

When released from the hospital he said he plans to dive off a bridge, and if that doesn't work he'll try Scientology.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 10:22 AM on January 26, 2010 [5 favorites]


I went to one of those orientations long ago as a joke, and that quote was by far the most hilarious climax of the film! IIRC, the video was of the narrator in a library slowly walking toward the camera. After saying that magnificent quote, he throws open the doors and the screen is washed in a blinding white light.

The whole video was rhetorically masterful, I thought. It was all about how governments all across the world were being forced to grant Scientology tax-exempt status (to images of falling gavels), initially subtly but then more and more powerfully conflating the notion of Scientology being granted status as a religion and Scientology being true.

My friend and I giggled throughout. At the end, they said to us, "so, you thought that was pretty funny, huh?" They were watching us through a two-way mirror!

The e-meter didn't work on my friend when they told him to think of a painful memory from his past, so they told him that they were going to pinch him, and they pinched him. The needle moved slightly. It proved he was full of thetans!
posted by painquale at 10:34 AM on January 26, 2010


That is your choice.

In that case, I choose driving off the bridge. If only because it will give me that extra few seconds in which I might get Raptured/ abducted by aliens/ ascend to a pure energy form of existence/ grow wings/ or, you know, land in something soft and survive.
posted by quin at 10:39 AM on January 26, 2010


JoanArkham, I thought the same thing when I read it at first this morning. I'm glad that I wasn't alone in my Harry Anderson thoughts and was also relieved to be wrong, even if it meant I didn't get to use my snarky Mel Torme/Richard Moll joke.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 10:44 AM on January 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


Scientology escapees.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 10:44 AM on January 26, 2010


That was a few months ago: what's going on now?

Well it hasn't collapsed yet, but several more OT8's have left publicly; it's the best bellwether available to us on the outside. Also they keep building these ridiculous Ideal Orgs that look pretty & sit empty - it's become a joke to call them Idle Orgs. The situation's not sustainable, they're bleeding themselves dry with no plan I can see for refilling the coffers besides turning the entire operation into a massive begging/extortion machine on a scale that even the cult's never done before. It shows a level of desperation they've never had before. I continue to feel the time is short, very short, until circumstances catch up with them & collapse occurs.
posted by scalefree at 10:49 AM on January 26, 2010


Durn Bronzefist: Do I have to say it?

Actually, you might be surprised to know that there was indeed cake. That's how the kid with the surveys caught up with us - one of my friends saw this big vanilla sheet cake in the window of the welcome center and we decided to circle in for a piece. After doing the survey from the kid (who acted like he'd been lobotomized with a rainbow), though, we decided to just get out of there. Also, no one else at the party had touched the cake at all, which seemed like a bad sign.
posted by Consonants Without Vowels at 10:58 AM on January 26, 2010


I was hanging around downtown LA with some friends, and we were just driving around after a delicious meal of chicken and waffles from Roscoe's. As we were headed down Fountain Ave we saw a huge banner strung across L Ron Hubbard Lane announcing L Ron's birthday extraveganza.

Great story and everything, but

1. It's L Ron Hubbard WAY
2. There are no Roscoe's in downtown LA
posted by ethnomethodologist at 11:00 AM on January 26, 2010


I don't know how good of a magician this Larry Anderson is, but I bet that if it were Harry Anderson, he'd have gotten his money back without them even knowing it.
posted by Halloween Jack at 11:07 AM on January 26, 2010


ethnomethodologist: Great story and everything, but...

You're right about the street name, apologies. I take issue with your second point, though, as there's a Roscoe's right in that area. I'm assuming that doesn't actually constitute downtown LA? I'm not a local, so I guess I don't really know.
posted by Consonants Without Vowels at 11:13 AM on January 26, 2010


There is a Roscoe's (1514 N. Gower St.) in Hollyood ... a fourteen minute walk from the 'Scientology Celebrity Centre' (5930 Franklin Avenue).

Maybe 'Consonants Without Vowels' was referring to the Centre and not Ron Hubbard Way.
posted by ericb at 11:18 AM on January 26, 2010


1. It's L Ron Hubbard WAY

Sure. The Steven Wright one-way that's also a dead end, so you wonder how anyone lives there.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 11:21 AM on January 26, 2010


ericb: ...Scientology Celebrity Centre...

Nope, it was actually at the Chruch of Scientology of Los Angeles which is on the corner of Sunset and L Ron Hubbard. We actually saved the Celebrity Center for the next day. To get the full Scientology experience.
posted by Consonants Without Vowels at 11:31 AM on January 26, 2010


Scientology is delicious. It's like they took every money-making, power-grabbing, personality-worshipping tactic from the collection of all religions and left out the messy morality stuff in order to get a purified cult of greed.
posted by Mental Wimp at 12:54 PM on January 26, 2010


I'm assuming that doesn't actually constitute downtown LA?

Yeah, that's Hollywood, close to the eastern edge. I'm trying to get the abbreviation XeNuHo to catch on for that neighborhood, but so far, no traction.
posted by speicus at 2:58 PM on January 26, 2010


There was even going to be a party for you. A big party that all your friends were invited to. I even invited your best friend, Xenu. Of course, he couldn't come because you wouldn't pay to learn about him. All your other friends couldn't come either because you don't have any other friends because of how unlikable you are. Unlikable, it says so here in your file: 'unlikable' - liked by no one.

Plus, it says here you're adopted. So that's funny, too.
posted by Sebmojo at 4:10 PM on January 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


COUNTY COURT, ADAMS COUNTY, COLORADO
CASE NO.

FILED IN ADAMS COUNTY COMBINED COURT
JAN 22 2010

ADAMS COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE
CR NO 11CN09019487

AFFIDAVIT AND APPLICATION FOR ARREST WARRANT

PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF COLORADO

VS.

FOWLER, WILLIAM REX/DOB 03-31-51

I, Gene R. Claps, state under oath that I have read the criminal complaint herein filed against the above named defendant; the allegations are true to the best of my knowledge,information
and belief; and I believe the defendant committed the offense(s)in the complaint. I state under oath the facts known to me which establish probable cause to believe the criminal offense(s) was committed and was committed by the above defendant are the following:

The affiant is a commissioned deputy with the Adams County, Colorado, Sheriff's Office and currently assigned to the Detective Division.

The affiant has knowledge of the following information from personal observations, interviewing witnesses and concerned parties, speaking with other peace officers, reviewing reports of other peace officers, reviewing official reports/records of law enforcement agencies, and reviewing information stored in computer, electronic image, and manually maintained databases.

On December 30, 2009, at 1000 hours, Adams County Sheriffs Office deputies were dispatched to 8391 Delaware Street in unincorporated Adams County in reference to shots fired. ADCOM dispatched that an reporting party, later identified as Steven Blatt, DOB: , called 9-1-1 saying he heard gunshots and had a bullet hole in his wall. Deputies arrived on scene and set up a perimeter around 8391 Delaware and 8390 EIati Street.

While Deputy Dean Dominguez was on perimeter an unknown male later identified as Rex Fowler crawled out of the building. Rex Fowler was bleeding from the head. Deputy Dominguez requested an ambulance and pulled Rex Fowler to a secured area from the building. Mr. Fowler was transported to Denver General Hospital and underwent emergency surgery.

Detective Steve Hupper responded to Denver Health located at 777 Bannock Street, where William Rex Fowler had been transported to. Detective Hupper contacted Doctor Liao who stated it appeared that William Fowler suffered a gunshot wound to his head. William Fowler
was later taken to a cat scan. Doctor Liao stated to Detective Hupper that the cat scan showed the entrywound was under the chin and the exit wound was on the top of his head.

Deputy Cindi Robertson arrived on scene and secured five witnesses who were employed by Fowler Software Design and Alarm Design Solutions. The witnesses were identified as Steven Blatt,DOB: i and Joel Blatt, DOB; who are the owners and employees of Alarm Design Solutions, Emily Witt, DOB: Ubaldo Ciminieri, DOB:, and Susan Gaut,DOB: , who were identified as employees of Fowler Software Design. All five witnesses were moved to safety located at the Burger King located at 301 West 84th Avenue, Denver, unincorporated Adams County, Colorado.

Your affiant and other detectives responded to 301 West 84th Avenue and conducted brief interviews with the witnesses and relayed the information to the command post for their tactical planning. Detectives then transported the five witnesses to the Adams County Sheriff's Office Substation located at 4201 E. 72nd Avenue, Commerce City, Colorado. Your affiant and Detective Aaron Pataluna interviewed Emily Witt. Emily Witt stated she works for Fowler Software Design. She stated that earlier in the morning while working at her desk Thomas Ciancio entered the office and asked her about Christmas and what she had planned for New Years. Thomas Ciancio then asked about Ubaldo Ciminieri and if he was around to talk to. Emily Witt stated that she told him that UbaIdo Ciminieri was in the restroom. Thomas Ciancio then proceeded to the lower level office of Rex Fowler. Emily Witt stated approximately one to two minutes after Thomas Ciancio went downstairs to talk to Rex Fowler she heard what she thought was hammering and then realized that she heard possibly three gunshots, a couple of seconds break, and then two more gunshots. Emily Witt stated she heard what she thought was Rex moaning from downstairs. Emily Witt then started to look for Ubaldo Ciminieri and went to the men's restroom where she retrieved Ubaldo Ciminieri and asked if he heard the shots also. Emily Witt stated she and Ubaldo then went to Susan Gaut's office and retrieved her. Emily Witt stated they all went into the conference room and shut the door until they saw the Adams County deputies arrive on scene. Emily Witt stated once the deputies arrived they exited through the east doorway and into the parking lot.

Your affiant and Detective Pataluna interviewed Ubaldo Ciminieri. Ubaldo Ciminieri confirmed that he was in the restroom and was contacted by Emily Witt. Ubaldo Ciminieri stated he heard three loud bangs and then one single bang. Ubaldo Ciminieri stated he thought the bangs were hammering or construction and then realized it was gunshots. Ubaldo Ciminieri stated he and Emily Witt went to Susan Gaut's office and then all secured themselves in the conference room until the police arrived. Ubaldo Ciminieri stated they all left the building when officers arrived.

During the interview Ubaldo Ciminieri stated that Thomas Ciancio and Rex Fowler have not gotten along well in the last year, which was part of the reason Thomas Ciancio resigned at Thanksgiving time this year. Ubaldo Ciminieri stated he knew Thomas Ciancio was coming to the business today to pick up a settlement check from Rex Fowler. Ubaldo stated he never saw Thomas Ciancio come to the business today and did see Rex Fowler earlier in the morning. Ubaldo Ciminieri stated he had never seen Rex Fowler or Thomas Ciancio with ally firearms but stated Thomas Ciancio talked about owning guns and being an avid hunter and fisherman.

Your affiant asked Ubaldo Ciminieri why Thomas Ciancio and Rex Fowler did not get along. Ubaldo Ciminieri stated that approximately one year ago he heard that Rex Fowler took approximately two hundred thousand dollars out of the company without permission and gave it to a church or some type of charity. Ubaldo Ciminieri stated Thomas Ciancio blamed Rex Fowler for the company struggling saying that Rex Fowler was an evil person and running the company into the ground. Your affiant asked Ubaldo Ciminieri if there were actual fights or arguments that he heard or saw. Ubaldo Ciminieri stated no.

Detectives Phil Meaney and Glen Gannnel interviewed Susan Gaut. Susan Gaut advised that she heard a loud noise which she thought was something falling. Susan Gaut then found Emily Witt and Ubaldo Ciminieri who stated they had heard gunshots and were freaking out asking what they should do. Susan Gaut stated they went to the conference room and locked themselves inside.

Detectives Phil Meaney and Glen Gammel interviewed Steven Blatt, who stated that he heard a loud bang, and saw a bullet hole in the wall. He heard several more shots. Steven Blatt stated that he grabbed his coat and his brother's coat, told his brother they must leave, and went outside and called 9-1-1.

Detectives Phil Meaney and Glen Gammel interviewed Joel Blatt. Joel Blatt stated that he heard three or more gunshots. Joel stated that he went to the office where his brother Steven was who showed him the hole in the wall. Joel stated he and his brother left the building, went outside and called 9-1-1. Joel stated he waited at the door for 30 seconds listening for sounds, heard nothing, and ran around to the west side of the building and went into the west side door, up the stairs, and contacted Ubaldo and Emily. Joel Blatt stated he told them the police were on their way. Joel Blatt stated he left the building and went back to where his brother was on the east side until the police arrived.

Your affiant was notified that between 11 00 hours and 1210 hours the Command Post and Tactical members attempted to contact Thomas Ciancio by cell phone and PA announcements into the building. Your affiant was also advised that the Adams County Sheriffs Office SWAT team had then entered and cleared the building at 1256 hours. Your affiant was advised that one unknown male was pronounced dead in the "Course" room which is attached to Rex Fowler's office located on the first floor. This deceased male, later identified as Thomas Ciancio, appeared to have a bullet wound to his head. Also noticed in the "Course" room was a semi-automatic handgun on the top .of a wood table, along with what appeared to be a gun magazine containing at least one bullet. The SWAT team then withdrew pending the authorization of a search warrant for the business.

Your affiant was briefed by Detective Mark Faulhaber who stated he spoke with Laura Ciancio, the wife of Thomas Ciancio. Mrs. Ciancio stated Thomas Ciancio and Rex Fowler were business partners and had been arguing over company matters for several months. Mrs. Ciancio stated Rex Fowler had sent several e-mails to Thomas Ciancio's laptop computer making financial threats that had to do with the business. Mrs. Ciancio stated Thomas Ciancio went to the business today for a 10 0'clock appointment to receive a ten thousand dollar settlement check.

Detective Faulhaber asked Laura Ciancio if Thomas Ciancio owned any Glock semi-automatic pistols and Laura Ciancio said Thomas Ciancio owns several pistols, both semi-automatic and revolvers, but she does not believe any of them to be Glock.

On December 30, 2009 at 1237 hours, your affiant interviewed Laura Zaspel, who is the CEO of Fowler Software Design. Laura Zaspel stated Thomas Ciancio had resigned from the company on November 23, 2009. Laura Zaspel stated Thomas Ciancio had been involved with a disagreement with William Rex Fowler concerning Thomas Ciancio's ending pay or separation pay. Laura Zaspel stated a total sum of pay was agreed upon December 29, 2009 where Thomas Ciancio was going to receive a check for nine thousand nine hundred dollars and Thomas Ciancio was going to sign a waiver of release. Laura Zaspel stated she worked on December 29, 2009 where she saw William Fowler in-person, and received e-mail(s) from Thomas Ciancio. Laura Zaspel stated she did not expect any problems when the meeting was scheduled and did not expect any problems that day. Laura Zaspel stated the meet was scheduled for December 30, 2009 at 1000 hours.

On December 30, 2009 at 1330 hours, your affiant and Detective Phil Meaney interviewed Charlotte Ciancio who responded to the Adams County Sheriff's Office Substation. Charlotte Ciancio stated she was trying to get information on her brother Thomas Ciancio, after hearing the news of Thomas Ciancio being a person of interest. Charlotte Ciancio stated her and her family knew Thomas Ciancio had a business partnership with Fowler Software Design and he was going to the business today at 1000 o'clock and pick-up a check. Charlotte Ciancio stated she had no other information concerning the incident or what occurred at Fowler Software Design. Charlotte Ciancio stated Thomas Ciancio was going to Fowler Software and then
meeting his son for his birthday party. Charlotte Ciancio stated Thomas Ciancio and his son were then going to Red Robin for part of his birthday.

Your affiant was then updated by briefings and reports from patrol officers on scene. Deputy Dean Dominguez and Deputy Matthew Skowronski responded to 8390 Elati Street and set up a perimeter on the west side of the building. Deputy Dominguez stated he had an unknown male, later identified as William Rex Fowler, coming out of the building and he assisted Deputy Skowronski. Deputy Dominguez stated William Fowler was wearing a blue suit, walking out of the building, and bleeding from his face. Deputy Dominguez stated Deputy Skowronski asked William Fowler to come outside cifthe building. Deputy Dominguez stated the uriknown male took one step out of the thresh hold of the doorway, and suddenly walked back into the building. Deputy Dominguez and Deputy Skowronski then rushed into the building, grabbed William Fowler, and escorted him out of the building to safety. Deputy Dominguez stated when William Fowler attempted to talk, blood rush out of his mouth.

Deputy Skowronski stated while covering the west side of the building he observed a white male, later identified as William Fowler coming up the stairs inside the building. Deputy Skowronski stated William Fowler appeared to have blood coming from his mouth and the top of his head. Deputy Skowronski stated he yelled to William Fowler to come to him. Deputy Skowronski stated William Fowler started to come out the door and then turned around and went back towards the stairway. Deputy Skowronski stated he went into the building to retrieve William Fowler and escorted him back to the street. Deputy Skowronski stated he could see that William Fowler was bleeding from the interior of his mouth and requested an ambulance to respond.

Deputy Skowronski stated he asked William Fowler if Thomas Ciancio was still inside the building. Deputy Skowronski stated William Fowler answered him by shaking his head up and down, for yes. Deputy Skowronski stated he asked William Fowler if Thomas Ciancio had shot him. Deputy Skowronski stated Willam Fowler did not respond. Deputy Skowronski stated he then asked William Fowler Thomas Ciancio had hurt him. Deputy Skowronski stated William Fowler again did not respond. William Fowler was then transported to Denver Health for medical treatment.

On December 30, 2009 at 1700 hours, your affiant and Detective Whytock responded to the Adams County District Attorney's Office and requested a search warrant for 8390 Elati Street and 8391 Delaware Street which was signed by Adams County Court Judge Amy Bockman at approximately 1808 hours.
On December 30, 2009 at about 1830 hours, your affiant and detectives from Adams County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at 8390 Elati Street and 8391 Delaware Street.

During the search warrant detectives located a deceased white male, identified as Thomas Ciancio, who had what appeared to be at least two gunshot wounds to his head. Four spent FC Federal Luger 9mm shell casings and four bullets were also recovered from the room and the' area where the body was located, along with, a 9mm Glock handgun and one magazine on the table. Detectives also located another 9mm magazine with ammunition on the shelf in the. closet of William Fowler's office. Your affiant was told that when the Adams County SWAT team entered William Fowler's office they found the closet door secured and locked. SWAT team members forced entry to clear the closet and that was when they noticed the 9mm magazine and a bullet setting a shelf. Detectives located several printed electronic correspondents between Rex Fowler, Thomas Ciaucio, aud Laura Zaspel. Four computers were .also removed from the office of Rex Fowler, one Dell CPU serial number, one Dell CPU serial number, one Gateway., and one Lenovo Laptop serial number.

Detectives also located on the back side of William Fowler's door, what appeared to be blood which was smeared on the dead bolt lock from the inside of the office and conference room. The apparent blood appeared to be smeared from turning the dead bolt while it was being unlocked or locked. Detectives also found the office neat and no appearance of a struggle. While searching the office and conference room area Detectives located Thomas Ciancio's personal files, a check book, and papers where Thomas Ciancio appeared to have been sitting at the table. On the floor next to the table and Thomas Ciancio there was a writing pen and one pair of glasses.

During the search detectives also located several hand written and typed notes from William Rex Fowler. One of these notes were located in the closet of William Fowler's office. This note said, "30 December 2009" "There is nothing confidential in this briefcase, Please give the briefcase to Jan." "Rex". Another note located on William Fowler's desk was found in a folder under several keys and a container of keys, which contained hand written diagram(s) of the keys on the key ring, explaining to "Jan", what each was for. These computers along with other evidenc,e collected were then later booked into property evidence. Your affiant also found that Janet Fowler, William Fowler's wife goes by "Jan". These notes were addresses to her, "Jan".

Two vehicles were also secured from the parking lot which were one silver, four door, 2001, Toyota Corolla bearing Colorado 887TYT, registered to Janet and William Fowler, and a gold, four door, 2003, Ford Taurus bearing Colorado 676ILE, registered to Thomas Ciancio. These vehicles were towed to the Adams County Sheriffs Office Substation and secured inside of the building.

On December 30, 2009 at 1907 hours, Kari Jones and Victoria Roberts from the Adams County Coroner's Office responded to 8390 Elati Street and recovered the body of Thomas Ciancio at approximately 2050 hours.

On December 31, 2009 at 0945 hours, your affiant and Detective Whytock responded to Denver Health located at 777 Bannock Street, Denver Colorado and contacted the emergency room staff who indicated William Fowler still had some personal property at the hospital which was locked up and secured. Your affiant then signed for William Fowler's property which consisted of a black wallet which contained 29.00 dollars, several credit cards, miscellaneous papers, and a living will.

On December 31,2009 at 1000 hours, your affiant and Detective Whytock then completed a gunshot residue trace evidence kit on William Fowler. William Fowler was being treated in the second floor ICU room and still had his hands bagged and taped with white medical type tape. Your affiant cut the tape, removed the bags, and collected the gunshot residue kit.

On December 31, 2009 at 1030 hours, your affiant and Detective Whytock contacted Janet Fowler, in the visitor waiting room. Your affiant asked Janet Fowler if she would talk to us and she agreed. Janet Fowler quickly demanded the briefcase that Detectives removed from William Fowler's office, saying "One thing I need is his briefcase. It was taken out of his office. It is important to me, my church, and it is religious material and I want it now!" I explained to Janet Fowler that Detectives did take a briefcase out of William Fowler's office and it had not yet been reviewed. Janet Fowler stated, "Even if you looked at it and read it, you would not understand anything in it. Because it is way above a norma! person and you would not know want it meant." Janet Fowler then demanded the briefcase be returned again, by saying, "I want it back now, right now!"

Your affiant explained to Janet Fowler that your affiant just needed some background infonnation on William Fowler. Janet Fowler then agreed to speak to your affiant and detective Whytock. Your affiant conducted a recorded interview. Your affiant asked Janet Fowler about William Fowler and Thomas Ciancio. Janet Fowler stated Thomas Ciancio had been writing threatening e-mails to William Fowler and there had been problems between the two of them. Your affiant asked Janet Fowler what she meant by threats from Thomas Ciancio. Janet Fowler stated William Fowler had received e-mails that said Thomas Ciancio was going to hire an attorney and sue William Fowler, because of the money that Thomas Ciancio said Fowler Software Design owed him. Your affiant asked Janet Fowler if that was the only threat. Janet Fowler stated yes that she was aware of. Your affiant asked Janet Fowler about William Fowler or herself owning any firearms or guns. Janet Fowler stated William Fowler only owned one small black handgun that she was aware of, unknown brand and caliber. Janet Fowler stated she had not seen the handgun for a couple of years and thought it was currently locked in their gun safe at her house. Your affiant asked Janet Fowler if your affiant could go with her and check the whereabouts and type of the handgun. Janet Fowler stated the only way your affiant could see the gun or check on the gun, was if your affiant had a search warrant and it detailed in writing what your affiant was looking for.

Your affiant asked Janet Fowler to explain more about Williatn Fowler. Janet Fowler stated William Fowler is a Sciencetologist and that William Fowler would have not gone without a fight. Janet Fowler stated William Fowler probably would have grabbed the gun during the
. struggle and that Williarri Fowler would have not just let somebody shoot him.

On December 31, 2009 at 1200 hours, Detective Faulhaber responded back to 6810 Halifax Avenue, Castle Rock Colorado and contacted Laura Ciancio and Charles Caincio. Laura Ciancio agreed to turn Thomas Ciancio's lap top computer over to the Adams County Sheriffs Office. Laura Ciancio gave Detective Faulhaber a black leather brief Case which contained a Hewlett-Packard Pavilion DV3, laptop computer, a power cord, a flash drive and some US postage stamps. Charles Ciancio also turned over four binders of L. Ron Hubbard College of Administration Course, which he called study material that was given to Thomas Ciancio to study for "Scientology."

On December 31, 2009 at 1330 hours, your affiant and Detective Whytock responded to the Adams County Coroner's Office for the autopsy of Thomas Ciancio. The autopsy was performed by Doctor Wilkerson. Doctor Wilkerson found that Thomas Ciancio had suffered three gunshot wounds to the head. All three gunshots were from left to right. One entered next to the left eye and two gunshots entered from the left rear side of Thomas Ciancio's head, behind the left ear. Doctor Wilkerson stated all three gunshots he considered fatal, with one shot hitting the brain stem. Doctor Wilkerson was asked if any of the gunshot wounds to Thomas Ciancio's head were incapacitating. Doctor Wilkerson stated all three gunshot wounds traveled through the brain and would have rendered him immediately unconscious and immediately incapacitated. The Adams County Coroner Jim Hibbard stated the manner of death was a homicide.

On January 4, 2010 your affiant requested Detective Faulhaber to conduct a search through ATF E-Trace on the Glock, 9mm, semi-automatic pistol, model number 19, serial number HRL359, which was located in William Fowler's Office on the table. The E-Trace from ATF came back to a purchase in California. The E-Trace showed that the pistol was sold by Andrews Sporting Goods lnc, 835 South Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena, California 91105 on February 27, 2006, to Alexander Hyung Fowler, DOB 07-03-84, with last known address of 1413 L Ron Hubbard Way, Los Angeles, California 90027. Alexander Hyung Fowler, used California driver's license and is described as an Asian male, 5'7" tall, 145 pounds, and born in Boulder Colorado. The address used by Alexander Hyung Fowler is listed to the L Ron Hubbard of Sciencetology. Detective Faulhaber attempted to Gontact Alexander Hyung Fowler by telephone and has had negative contact and is unaware of his location.

On January 4, 2010 at 1600 hours, your affiant completed four search warrants to include search warrants for Thomas Ciancio's car, Thomas Ciancio's computer, and William Fowler's car and four computers. The search warrants were signed by Adams County Judge Kirby.

On January 5, 2010 at 1330 hours, your affiant and Detectives Whytock and Bailey executed the search warrants on William Fowler and Thomas Ciancio's vehicles. While searching William Fowler's vehicle, detectives located several personal files which contained sent and received e-mails from Laura Zaspel and William Fowler concerning Thomas Ciancio and their business. Detectives found e-mail(s) dated December 28, 2009 from Laura Zaspel to William Fowler, telling William Fowler that she did not trust Thomas Ciancio and their problem needed to be resolved. Detectives also located several hand written notes to "Jan", explaining that William Rex Fowler had transferred or moved money from one account to another account. These notes were dated December 30,2009 and found inside of white storage boxes, like found in William Fowler's office. Detectives fOillld nothing of evidentiary value in Thomas Ciancio's vehicle.

On January 5, 2010 at 1623 hours, your affiant and Detective Whytock were contacted by Robert Read, at the Adams County Sheriffs Office. Robert Read stated he was hired by Thomas Ciancio and had been working for Fowler Software Design since 2007. Robert Read stated in the end of 2008, Fowler Software Design had slowed down because of the economy and then financial problems caused by William Fowler. Robert Read stated he had knowledge of William Fowler taking 160,000.00 to 200,000.00 dollars and sending it to Africa or some type of chanty. Robert Read stated he knows this information because William Fowler had to apologize to everyone in writing for what he did.

Robert Read stated Thomas Ciancio worked very hard for Fowler Software Design and would never say no to any job. Robert Read stated Thomas Ciancio started to become very frustrated with William Fowler, saying that he was embezzling money and a crook. Thomas Ciancio told Robert Read that William Fowler said Thomas Ciancio owed Fowler Software approximately 62,000.00 dollars in bad depts. Robert Read stated Thomas Ciancio resigned from the company in November 2009 and William Fowler as still holding Thomas Ciancio responsible for accounts, and bad depts, including the Benjamin West account. Robert Read stated in December 2009 Thomas Ciancio became very frustrated trying to receive a settlement from William Fowler and concerned about the stock in PIGGIPOD. Robert Read stated on December 28, 2009 he talked to Thomas Ciancio about the PIGGIPOD stock and that was the last time he talked to Thomas Ciancio.

Robert Read stated, "Who you really need to talk to is Stephan Samuel." Your affiant asked why, Robert Read stated Stephan Samuel worked with Thomas Ciancio and had knowledge of what occurred and the money William Fowler used.

On January 6, 2010 at 1000 hours, your affiant received a telephone call from Stephan Samuel. Stephan Samuel reiterated some of the same information as Robert Read. Stephan Samuel stated he worked for Fowler Software Design from November 2008 to July 2009 being responsible for the company's financials. Stephan Samuel stated he and Thomas' Ciancio were able to see several large withdraws by William Fowler totaling in the area of 200,000.00 to 250,000.00 dollars. Stephan Samuel stated William Fowler wrote the programs
for Fowler Software Design accounting and it appeared that money was being taken out of accounts by William Fowler. Stephan Samuel stated Thomas Ciancio did not like William Fowler taking the company's money and causing a financial hardship on the company. Stephan Samuel stated Thomas Ciancio became frustrated with the way the company was being run and resigned in November 2009.

Stephan Samuel stated he continued to be friends with Thomas Ciancio and would even spend time at Thomas Ciancio's house. Stephan Samuel stated Thomas Ciancio told him that even after he resigned, William Fowler was holding him responsible for delivering bills and other company tasks. Thomas Ciancio also told Stephan Samuel that William Fowler was claiming that Thomas Ciancio owed Fowler Software approximately 150,000.00 dollars.

Stephan Samuel stated the last time he talked to Thomas Ciancio was on December 29, 2009 at 7:09 P.M. when he received a text message from Thomas Ciancio. Stephan Samuel stated the message said, "You are never going to believe this, they are going to write me a check." Stephan Samuel stated on December 30 or 31,2009 he heard Thomas Ciancio had been shot.

On January 6, 2010 at approximately 1100 hours your affiant and Detective Whytock interviewed Alexander Fowler, at the Adams County Sheriffs Office Substation. Alexander Fowler had brought in car keys for William Fowler's vehicle. Your affiant asked Alexander Fowler if he owned any guns. Alexander Fowler stated yes, and then explained that he purchased a Glock, model 19, 9mm, handgun, with two ten round magazines, while he was in California. Alexander Fowler stated he gave his father, William Fowler the handgun for Christmas of 2007. Alexander Fowler stated he went shooting with William Fowler one time after that Christmas, and William Fowler shoots much better than he does. Alexander Fowler stated that he heard that William Fowler had been shot on December 30, 2009 and came here from Santa Fe New Mexico where he lives. Alexander Fowler stated he is staying with his mother Janet Fowler in Broomfield while he is in Colorado.

Your affiant asked Alexander Fowler if he checked the house, for the handgun he gave to his father. Alexander Fowler stated, "Yes" and then said that the gun and magazines were not there. Your affiant asked about ammunition. Alexander Fowler stated, "The ammo is there, I even checked to make sure it was all there." "Because I thought that would be weird, if some was gone." .Alexander Fowler then paused and said, "Well he could have stopped and picked some up." Your affiant asked Alexander Fowler if he heard of any information concerning the shooting. Alexander Fowler stated, "No."

William Rex Fowler, is described as a white male, 6'3" tall, 200 pounds, green eyes, gray hair, and Social security number x.

Based on the foregoing facts and circumstances, the affiant feels that he has probable cause to believe that the offense of first degree murder as is defined by C.R.S. 18-3-102 has been committed and that William Rex Fowler, , did commit this offense. William Rex Fowler's whereabouts are unknown.

Request is hereby made that a warrant be issued for the arrest of the defendant named above.

The court having reviewed the affidavit and application for arrest warrant, finds probable cause for the arrest of William Rex Fowler.

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 22 day of January, 2010.
posted by scalefree at 9:53 PM on January 26, 2010


So are we using that instead of the Treaty of Westphalia?
posted by MikeKD at 1:04 AM on January 27, 2010


Suspect's Scientology Faith Ripples Through AdCo Murder Probe.
posted by scalefree at 6:54 AM on January 28, 2010


Completing the circle, here's a recent story about a long-time Scientologist diving off a bridge.
posted by scalefree at 7:48 AM on January 28, 2010


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