Mary Florence “Flo” Fike Barnett

Missouri, USA
Death 8 Sep 1985 (aged 52)
Compton, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 97790675 · View Source
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Mary Florence Barnett Miller (known as Flo Barnett) died after suffering three gunshot wounds to the chest and one to the head. After a homicide investigation and an investigation by the County of Los Angeles, Examination at Forensic Science Center, Chief Medical Examiner-Coroner -- the death was ruled a suicide.

Father was Edward E. Fike (1872 - 1934). Edward E. Fike was born March 5, 1872 in De Kalb, Missouri, and died November 3, 1934 in Hopkins, Missouri. He is the father of Mary Florence's older brother Merlin Fike.

Mother was Frances Myrle Mahan (born about 1895 to Frank Mahan and Alice Mahan of Nodaway, Missouri). In 1940 census Mary Florence Fike was living with her brother Merlin Fike, her widowed mother Myrle Fike, and her grandparents.

Her husband at time of death was James "Jim" P. Miller. Prior to James P. Miller, she was married to Maurice Elliott Barnett (1930 - 2007), with whom she had three daughters. Her three daughters with Maurice Elliott Barnett were all born in Dallas County, Texas, per Texas Birth Index. Maurice Barnett later remarried to Kathleen DaSilva in California on October 14, 1979.

Her daughter Clarisse Barnett is a member of the elite Scientology group the Sea Org. She was born in Dallas, Texas as Mary Clarisse Barnett, September 18, 1956. She was married to John "JB" Brousseau who left the Sea Org.

One daughter died in infancy: Metarie Lynn Barnett. She was born May 13, 1958 in Dallas, Texas. She died May 14, 1958.

Michelle "Shelly" Barnett, her daughter, was born in Dallas, Texas as Michele Diane Barnett, January 18, 1961. She married Scientology leader David Miscavige in 1981.

Her daughter Camille Barnett Griffin was born Marie Camille Barnett on October 1, 1962 in Dallas, Texas. She married Jeff R. Griffin born 1960.

Last residence was Carson, Los Angeles, California, per Coroner's Report.

She was transported to by Goodhew Ambulance to Dominguez Valley Hospital, Compton, Los Angeles, California, where she died. She was identified by daughter Camille Barnett.

She was survived by: her husband James P. Miller; daughter Michelle "Shelly" Barnet Miscavige (married to David Miscavige); Metarie Lynn Barnett; Mary Clarisse Barnett Brousseau (at the time married to John Romeo Brousseau "JB"); and Marie Camille Barnett.


Note: Birth and death dates and locations confirmed via "California, Death Index, 1940-1997", listed entries with same exact dates as both "Mary Florence Barnett" and as "Mary Florence Barnett Miller". Father listed as "Fike"; mother listed as "Mahan".

Note on her last name: Per Coroner's Report: "It should be noted the decedent is married to James Miller, but never changed her name. She still uses the last name of Barnett on all documents."

Birth and death dates and location on California Death Index are confirmed by Coroner's Report:

County of Los Angeles, Examination at
Forensic Science Center, Chief Medical Examiner-Coroner, September 8, 1985 - case: Mary Florence Barnett Miller, death 09/08/1985 at 20:15

"Edward E. Fike". 1930 United States federal census. Hopkins, Missouri, United States.

"Mary Florence Fike". 1930 United States federal census. Hopkins, Missouri, United States.

"Mary Florence Fike". 1940 United States federal census. Hopkins, Missouri, United States.

Morton, Andrew. Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography. 2008. St. Martin's Press. pp. 133-136.

Ortega, Tony. "The Strange Death of Flo Barnett, Mother-in-Law to Scientology Leader David Miscavige". The Village Voice. Blogs. Runnin' Scared. Scientology. January 25, 2012.

Ortega, Tony. "'Tom Cruise Worships David Miscavige Like a God': A Scientology Insider Gives First Full-Length Interview to the Voice". The Village Voice. Blogs. Runnin' Scared. Scientology. July 28, 2012.

State Registrar Office, Austin, Texas. Texas Death Index: Barnett. May 14, 1958. Location: Dallas, Texas. Gender: Female. Birth date: May 13, 1958. Birth place: Dallas, Texas. Father: Maurice E Barnett. Mother: Mary F Fike. Certificate number: 26482. Film number: 2115363. Digital folder number: 005145210. Image number: 00607.

"Texas, Birth Index, 1903-1997," Mary Clarisse Barnett, 1956.

"Texas, Birth Index, 1903-1997," Metarie Lynn Barnett, 1958.

"Texas, Birth Index, 1903-1997," Michele Diane Barnett, 1961.

"Texas, Birth Index, 1903-1997," Marie Camille Barnett, 1962.

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