Her son, Jeremy, started showing signs of strange and disturbing behavior which she attempted to correct with treatment approved by Scientology. Jeremy's schizophrenia eventually progressed to the point where he felt Elli was poisoning him, prompting an unsuccessful suicide attempt. When this failed, Jeremy instead murdered his mother.
- Scientology - A Question of Faith: Did A Mother's Faith Contribute To Her Murder?, CBS News (2006)
- PerkinsTragedy.org - Web site cited in Los Angeles Weekly ad and by Salon