I have been trying to continue with something FactNet had been doing- trying to find the names of people who have passed away either while in Scientology or shortly after being routed out. My sources for this information have been reading personal stories (some of you just knock me out!) and going through reconnection requests. One of the things I started to discover is that in reading someone's request for information about a person, I could answer the question already.
I think that there is a validity for this kind of database. I know that Mick is doing something similar with Ex SO but there are many public and staff that I'm trying to account for as well.
An aside to Mick, I would love to compare notes. I know you linked to the Ex SO on OSMB but I wasn't able to see the site.
I think that a valid resting place for the data would likely be the "Completions" site. It may also be something that Arnie would find useful.
This project started with two thought pathways- the first was that I wanted to see if there is a difference in cancer rates between Scientologists and the general public based on cancers that are thought to have a lower mortality rate when caught early. In cases where I can only find that a person had "cancer" (no origin known) I then try to find any filed death record to see if there was ever a diagnosis. If I can find that data I add it.
The second focus is to see if there is anything to the idea that there are more suicides, attempted suicides, and psychotic breaks in Sci than in the general public. Again, the information has never, that I am aware of, been compiled to a single location. But I can see where being able to quantify the statistics could be valuable.
Why am I doing this? Because the question gets asked but there really isn't an answer. And the data can be helpful for people trying to trace back the people that they have lost over the years. Why me? I have the time to burn in the effort. I work from home and am accustomed to being in front of a computer screen. Research is something I have always been good at and I can certainly use Access and most data modeling tools. But as Emma knows, I can't manage to put a hat on a kitty. I leave that to the talented ones! (thanks again for the pink! )
I am currently combing this board, OCMB, and Enturb along with FactNet.org. If you know of a resource I am missing, please let me know. If you know about people, let me know. I seem to recall that Paul had done a similar study at one time but I can't find the link again.
Any input at all will be welcome. Also, if there is information that you think would expand the usefulness of such a tool, please let me know. And if Chuck is reading, I know I owe you an email.