- Alexander Jentzsch, 27-year-old son of Scientology president Heber Jentzsch, died July 2
- LAPD coroner says that his father-in-law discovered Alexander in bed at 9am, but ran errand before calling 911
- Medical examiner found prescription painkillers and NyQuil in his system
By Beth Stebner
PUBLISHED: 20:32 EST, 17 July 2012 | UPDATED: 23:20 EST, 17 July 2012
The Los Angeles Police Department is continuing their investigation of the death of the only son of the current president of Scientology, it has been revealed.
Alexander Jentzsch, a Scientologist and the 27-year-old son of Heber Jentzsch, was found dead earlier this month at his father-in-law’s residence, and was said to have been taking prescription pain medication.
His mother claims that the L.A. County Coroner told her of evidence that Alexander’s in-laws found him unresponsive, but ran errands before dialing 911.
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The LAPD confirmed that its investigation into his death is still open, pending the coroner’s report. Neither the Church of Scientology nor the coroner’s office immediately responded to request for comment.
Radaronline.com also reported that Coroner Assistant Chief Ed Winter told them: ‘Let’s just say we have questions about his death.’ He added: ‘We also have been told that Alexander’s father-in-law found his body, and ran an errand, and then came home and called 911.’
Karen de la Carriere told MailOnline that Winter said to her that Alexander’s in-laws noticed her son was in bed around 9am on July 2nd. It wasn’t until nearly 24 hours later that they placed the call to emergency services.
She said that Winter told her that the father-in-law had dropped off one of their children at school on the morning of July 3, before eventually calling 911, the Village Voice reported.
The father-in-law has not yet responded to any of the chief’s comments.
A representative for the Los Angeles County Coroner’s did not immediately return request for comment from MailOnline.
Alexander’s cause of death is pending a toxicology report, which should be released within the next four to six weeks.
Ms de la Carriere, left the Church in 2010, and said she was banned from seeing her son’s body before he was cremated, and was not allowed access to the ashes. Instead, the grieving mother held a memorial at sea with close friends, sharing memories of the man they knew and loved.
At the end of the ceremony, they threw rose petals into the open water, shown in a touching video posted to YouTube.
Alexander died July 2 after complaining of a fever the night before, leaving his grieving mother, Karen de la Carriere, without any closure.
For Ms de la Carriere left the Church some two years ago, and because of her decision, she said her son was forced to disconnect from her – an act which she has labelled ‘savage.’
Ms de la Carriere revealed to MailOnline the tragic life of her only child, saying: ‘For two years, he was gone from my life, and a few weeks ago his life fell apart…and now he’s dead.’ She described how her son’s wife was allegedly pressured to have an abortion, triggering a downward spiral that ended with his death last week.
Ms de la Carriere, who is the premiere collector for recently passed contemporary artist Thomas Kinkade, said in an emotional interview that she tried in vain to visit her son’s body at the Los Angeles County Morgue. But even that was impossible, because she was excommunicated by the Church of Scientology and deemed an SP – a suppressive person.
She wept as she said: ‘I put in 35 years, I lived on rice and beans, the discipline and the savagery…there’s no mercy, there’s no benevolence. The Church of Scientology has no charity.’
She said that her son’s last months were troubled. He had been living with his wife Andrea in Dallas, where both worked for Sea Org. Sometime within the span of two years when Alexander shunned his mother, he had been in a bad car accident and injured his back. The accident required him to take prescription pain medication.
Ms de la Carriere said she only found out because of her son’s autopsy. She said: ‘I was never told and he could never tell me because I’m shunned.’
Financially struggling and recently separated from his wife, Alexander moved back to Los Angeles and moved in with his in-laws, continuing to take painkillers.
Ms de la Carriere said it was leaked to her that her son had a breathing problem. Rather than take Alexander to a doctor, she said that his in-laws performed a touch-assist on him. ‘A touch-assist is for bruised knees,’ Ms de la Carriere said, ‘breathing difficulty is medicine.’
Alexander’s father-in-law discovered him unresponsive around 8am that morning.
Incarcerated: Heber’s ex-wife Karen de la Carriere says that the president, who is now 76, is being kept against his will in the S.P. Hole without access to the internet or a cell phone
A spokesman for the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office said that he was found with multiple prescription medications, as well as NyQuil.
She said there were clues that her son’s life was crumbling, though she hadn’t seen or heard from him in two years. ‘I know as a mom how much his life was falling apart,’ the art collector said.
‘He had no job, he had no father, he had no mom, his wife and him were separated. He had a back injury that required drugs. This is the kind of destruction that comes with the shunning policy.’
She added: ‘He always called himself “the boy with no dad.”‘
Alexander, she said, grew up without seeing Herber. Ms de la Carrier explained: ‘Alexander’s chip on his shoulder was he never saw his father. In 16 years, he may have seen his father 9 times.
‘His father didn’t call for Christmas, he couldn’t call to wish him happy birthday. Alexander had a huge sadness, and would say “My father doesn’t love me,” but he didn’t understand that he is in prison.’
Heber Jentzsch has not been seen in public for nearly a decade, one of several high-profile Scientology members removed from the public eye.
The wife of church leader David Miscavige, Michelle ‘Shelly’ Barnett, has not been seen since 2007.
She said that this is a ‘deeply embarrassing’ situation for the Church.
She said: ‘Let me explain the why: The church of Scientology is a self-protection mechanism. The church must survive because they think they are the greatest good for the greatest number. Therefore, anything you do to anyone is fair game.
‘You can destroy an enemy, you can cheat them, you can steal. This is fair game policy.’
In the end, she said she is not looking to gain anything. ‘I just wanted to look at my son’s body for fifteen seconds before he was cremated,’ the mother said.
She said that she has a short-term tactical attack, of which she would say no more. But for the long term?
‘On the longer range,’ she said, ‘I will continue to whistle-blow and I will continue to shed light. I was in for 35 years. I will try to right a wrong, but my motivation is truly not revenge because I didn’t see my dead son’s body. My motivation is – this has to stop, we have to create change. And even if it stops people giving them more money, it turns people off so they don’t want to contribute, then that is forward progress.’
Happier times: Left, Karen and Heber on their wedding day and right, Heber and their young son Alexander
In an explosive tell-all published on a friend’s blog in 2010, Ms de la Carriere revealed her struggle with the religion, and explained how Alexander, who was born in 1984, was inculcated with the beliefs of Scientology from infancy.
According to her, Alexander was a member of Sea Org for more than a decade.
She also wrote of the policies surrounding Scientology and reproduction. Alexander’s wife, Andrea, became pregnant in 2007.
She wrote in the post: ‘Pressure is brought to bear for an abortion. It is done skilfully – no heavy threats, but both are taken off post to look at “the greatest good…” In the end, Andrea had an abortion and they were returned to post.’
Ms de la Carriere said in a 2011 interview that she and then-husband Heber had to petition for a second child, a newly-ordained rule at the time.
She said she wanted a girl. ‘A new [rule] had come out that you had to petition to have a baby,’ she explained. ‘And along with the petition, you were to name why you should be allowed to have a baby.’
Ms de la Carriere said that though she and her husband petitioned for three months, their petition was denied. She also said that her husband was beaten for making the request.
She again became pregnant three years later.
A spokesperson from the Church of Scientology International told MailOnline: ‘Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with Heber Jentzsch and his entire family during this difficult time.
‘The Church takes offense at the irresponsible and false claims from excommunicated self-promoters who are sadly exploiting private family matters for their own personal financial gain.’
Ms de la Carriere told the Village Voice: ‘The dead body of the son of the president of the Church of Scientology has been sitting in a morgue for days, and they didn’t tell me because I’m a declared SP.’
She told RadarOnline.com that Alexander’s wife, Andrea, refuses to let her see her son’s body.
When Ms de la Carriere sent a friend over to their home with a letter for Andrea, the friend was turned away with the message, ‘All communication goes through the Office of Special Affairs.’
The mother told the Village Voice that the Church created a ‘hate website’ about her, and coerced Alexander to cut all ties with her.
She said that he was spoon fed what to tell her, including the words: ‘Never phone me, never e-mail me. Until you get your s*** together, we can have no communication. ‘Until then, we are disconnected.’
The mother added: ‘For two years, he disconnected from me, and now he’s dead.’
She found out three days after the fact that her son had died from former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder. Apparently, Andrea had told some of her Scientology friends on Facebook about Alexander’s death, and the news eventually tricked down to Rinder, who currently lives in Florida, RadarOnline.com reported.
Once told by Mr Rinder, Ms de la Carriere called the coroner’s office, which solidly confirmed her son’s death.
Scientology was developed by L. Ron Hubbard in 1952. Their website reads: ‘The ultimate goal of Scientology is true spiritual enlightenment and freedom for all.’