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Scientology Test Drives Girl to Suicide?

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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STRESS-FREE Cruise Most people realize that the Scientology "stress tests" and e-meters run by eerily placid recruiters on subway platforms are pretty much made of tin cans, chicken wire, and a few AA batteries. So the Norwegian tabloid Verdens Gang's story about the 20-year-old daughter of a Norwegian member of Parliament killing herself after getting an "extremely bad result" from an e-meter is even more bizarre. Details are sketchy—the story doesn't say how she offed herself or present any credible evidence that the test and the suicide were linked. It does note that she got the result back "a few hours" before she was found dead. The Scientology angle didn't even come into play until weeks after the death, when her family found the completed test, poor score and all, in her room (she lived not a fjord's distance from the Church).

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We're gonna go out on a limb and say there's more to this story than has thus far been reported—pinning the suicide solely on the back of a meaningless test is a stretch, particularly for someone who hadn't yet totally immersed herself in the Scientology dogma. But when Tom Cruise is your public face, people can't be blamed for jumping to conclusions.

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