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DEATH AT SCIENTOLOGY MICHIGAN DRUG REHAB SPARKS WIDESPREAD INVESTIGATION

Amber Bullins

Amber Bullins

More than a year ago — on May 19, 2012 — a 22-year-old woman from North Carolina named Amber Bullins died at Tranquility Detox, a Scientology-based drug rehab facility in Battle Creek, Michigan associated with a man named Per Wickstrom.

Former employees of Wickstrom tell us that it’s only in the past few months, however, that the Battle Creek Police Department has begun to investigate the death in what is becoming a more general probe of Wickstrom’s two rehab centers in the town. (He owns businesses — or the buildings they lease — in two more Michigan towns, and has plans for another in Michigan and one in Indiana.)

We have received information that the investigation is taking a hard look at those facilities and the kind of complaints that plague other businesses run on Scientology’s drug rehab model, known as “Narconon.”

The advertised telephone number for Tranquility Detox was disconnected when we called. We then called its sister facility in Battle Creek — A Forever Recovery — and asked if Tranquility Detox was still open as a business.

“It might be,” said the woman at A Forever Recovery who answered the phone. We asked if she was aware of the police investigation sparked by Amber’s death, and the woman told us, “Investigation? I’m not allowed to release information like that.”

She took our phone number and said someone would call us back, but we’re still waiting.

Amber was scheduled to go to a related Wickstrom facility, Best Drug Rehabilitation in Manistee, Michigan, on Thursday, May 17, 2012, but for some reason, she was sent to Tranquility Detox in Battle Creek. Two days later, on Saturday evening, she was dead.

We obtained a copy of Amber’s toxicology report, which indicates that she died of a “mixed drug intoxication.” Her blood tested positive for a cocktail of drugs including Xanax.

How, two days after she was admitted to a drug rehab center, could she have gotten her hands on so many drugs? That’s one question that an investigation is trying to determine.

Our sources tell us that criminal and civil investigations of Per Wickstrom’s drug rehab facilites throughout Michigan are ongoing — and we hear that ABC News is planning a major piece about Wickstrom’s mini-empire of Narconon centers in the near future.

Narconon has, in the past year, come out of nowhere to become one of Scientology’s biggest headaches. A reliable cash cow for years, Narconon centers in Oklahoma and Georgia became mired in law enforcement investigations and civil lawsuits in the wake of several patient deaths. Troubles at Narconon’s flagship facility in Oklahoma — Narconon Arrowhead — became the focus of NBC’s Rock Center (a program that was recently cancelled). And now, we hear, government agencies are beginning to take a harder look at the network of rehab centers in places like Michigan, Florida, and California.

Complaints are being raised about the Michigan centers that are similar to what we’ve seen in litigation about Narconon in other parts of the country — that Wickstrom, for example, operates numerous generic-looking websites that appear to offer impartial advice but actually are set up to drive people to his Narconon-based centers, and that the connection between the centers and Scientology is not mentioned until patients arrive and then are put through Scientology training rather than drug counseling.

Per Wickstrom, meanwhile, is no stranger to litigation — earlier this year, Best Drug Rehabilitation sued several people for daring to post anonymous criticisms of the rehab center at the Ripoff Report website. Five of those suits were recently settled, and their complaints were posted on a new website, NarcononReviews.net, that is aiming to be a comprehensive destination for Narconon news around the country.

The defendants in those five lawsuits were all represented by a Lansing, Michigan attorney by the name of Jeffrey Ray — a name that will have an interesting resonance for readers of this website, who are used to hearing about litigation against the Church of Scientology handled by San Antonio attorney Ray Jeffrey.

Jeffrey Ray not only defended the five people who were sued for defamation by Wickstrom, he is also the attorney representing Richard Teague, a man suing Wickstrom’s businesses who was disfigured during his stay at a Narconon center in a Wickstrom-owned building.

On January 14, 2011, at a facility in Albion, Michigan — Narconon Freedom Center — Teague was found to be going through Benzodiazeprine Withdrawal Syndrome, according to the court complaint, but he was left alone in his room, unsupervised, where he used a lighter and an aerosol can to light himself on fire. That lawsuit, which alleges fraud, negligence, and breach of contract, is ongoing.

Carnegie Mellon Professor Dave Touretzky brought the defamation lawsuits to our attention. He pointed to the remarkable job Jeff Ray did in the briefs answering the suits (which, as we said, were settled — and we don’t know on what terms).

In this representative brief, Ray accuses Wickstrom of using the defamation suits as a way to expunge negative reviews about his business from Google searches.

This, then, is the negative review from just one of those lawsuits that Wickstrom reportedly wanted removed from Google searches, reproduced here as a direct quotation from a privileged court document…

Horrified! I originally called a drug hot line and was referred to this place. Later learning that Owen was most likely an employee working for [Best Drug Rehabilitation] I was ready to bring my son to this facility and a last minute check and I couldn’t believe the information I was reading. Everything I was warned about in this review was exactly what I was, sales pitched by this facility. They said that my insurance co. would pay for everything and I needed to just change my address to 121 Capital Ave NE (admin office) so they could receive the insurance checks.

I called my insurance and they said they have never heard of Best Drug Rehab and that I should never do this. They said that would be considered unethical practice and insurance fraud.

I also had a red flag when I was told my son could pick any type of treatment and Scientology was offered. I do not consider this to be Christian. Which means Christ. I also was uneasy about dropping him off to a place that would be 4 hrs away from where he would be transferred, without even seeing the facility. I am so glad that God has given me a uneasy feeling and that I further researched this place before sending my vulnerable son here.

I hope this helps keep anyone from almost making a huge mistake!!!!

Our sources tell us additional lawsuits will be hitting Wickstrom’s businesses in the near future.

Wickstrom himself is an interesting character. Unlike some of the other people who own or run Narconon centers, Per Wickstrom appears to seek the limelight and enjoys rubbing shoulders with “celebrities,” as can be seen in several videos he’s posted to YouTube. Here’s a representative segment…

 

 
Hey look, Cathy Rigby.

 
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Mark Bunker on the the Janine Turner Show

Bunker talks about Leah Remini on a unique show — Janine Turner shares some of her tales encountering Scientology as an actress…

 

 
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Posted by Tony Ortega on July 31, 2013 at 07:00

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  • Observer

    RIP Amber Bullins. How many deaths will it take before the clams get it through their thick shells that LRH’s “tech” Does. Not. Work?!

    It sounds like Per didn’t do as good a job soft pointing the local PD as Arrowhead did with Sheriff Joel. I hope this turns out very badly for him, and that he and Pornstache Smith get to bunk together in the Hole.

    • Robert Eckert

      Now we just need to find a Jay Reffrey.

    • John P.

      How many deaths will it take before the clams get it through their thick shells that LRH’s “tech” Does. Not. Work. and, in fact, kills?!

      Sadly, they will not get that until the cult has completely collapsed, and even then, maybe not. Since they resist with all their might noticing the evidence that the “tech” is harmful to their own well being and mental health, why would they suddenly notice that the tech doesn’t work when some random “wog” dies, since they are trained to believe they undoubtedly “pulled it in” in some way?

      • McLovin_1982

        Agree JP…. most are not even aware of these deaths, cult brainwashing has trained them not to look or believe in this entheta, and are given shore stories to cover it all up.

        What they will do when the cult collapses is speculative, there is always the indie movement for them to go to, and I suspect some will open their eyes once they are out and realize the fraud the cult is.

        The anticipation is delicious!

      • stateofcircle

        What I really don’t understand is how anyone, besides actual Scientologists, even make the decision to enter a Narconon for rehabilitation services anymore with the plethora of damning information out there. I understand their deceptive practices, especially the use of generic websites to lure people in, and I understand the desperation people feel in these situations, but at some point the name “Narconon” (or whatever the particular facility’s name is) comes up and at least some research has to be done. The first page of google results of “narconon” yields negative information. So who the hell is going there anymore? Actual Scientologists can’t afford it. I would love to see a leak of current enrollment numbers.

        At this point, if they want to stay in some sort of business, they should just advertise it as a “holistic” health-spa type deal (FTR, I’m not supporting Narconon in any form whatsoever, just doing their work for them) where people can go to “detox” their minds and bodies (which, by the way, is not a real thing, Narconon or not) from the “stresses” of life, pollution, diet…whatever. Just not from drugs.

        I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I have zero comprehension of how many, many more people haven’t died or hurt others at these facilities from just going through withdrawal without ANY medical or psychiatric help whatsoever. I understand being against psychiatry, and while I don’t personally agree with it, everyone has a right to draw their own conclusions from information they’re given, and I understand, especially as a nutritionist, wanting to try natural methods, but there are so many variables at play with addiction and withdrawal – variables that can potentially cause death and serious harm to oneself or others – that the environment in which drug and alcohol rehabilitation occurs must take every precaution possible to ensure the safety and health of the patient (not the fucking STUDENT. come on.) and staff. Completely ignoring factual, evidence-based medical and psychiatric methods simply because one guy – whose, incidentally, name is synonymous with “scam”, who started a “religion” based on aliens, who has been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt to have lied countless times about everything under the sun, who was indicted on federal criminal conspiracy charges, and who died with psychiatric medications in his system – declared that psychiatry is evil with absolutely no evidence whatsoever to back it up. (Hell, there is even a “museum” that you can go to that shows you that there really is no factual evidence whatsoever. How helpful of them. You get to see an entertaining “what if” scenario, had psychiatry been the root of all evil, but thankfully that world doesn’t exist). Taking what one arguably insane man says over decades of clinical and applied research is a public health hazard.

        • Missionary Kid

          Many people don’t perform due diligence when buying something, especially those desperate for help.

          The idea that there are remnants of drugs in one’s system is a persistent one, and is similar to the bullshit on late night TV that there is a build up of unhealthy blockages in the intestines that their product will cure.

          • stateofcircle

            Those TV and print ads drive me insane. Except in the case of drugs/substance abuse – and even there the term is not entirely correct – there is no such thing as “detoxing” your body. There is no magic food or drink that sucks up all the bad stuff and keeps all the good stuff. Furthermore, the “bad” items present in one’s body that causes problems are not necessarily “toxic” either, and are very subjective to the individual person. You feel like shit? Eat healthy food. Make sure it has fiber. The “toxins” that are weighing you down are more than likely from the garbage you eat. People ask me all the time for advice on “detoxing”, and when I tell them the same thing (albeit in a much nicer way), they either think I’m stupid or just wrong, since they heard on TV that them there new fangled detoxificaters vacuum every last spec of the piles and piles of crazy toxins present in ones body for one to simply poop out. Not only is this information not true, but it gives people the idea that, for one thing, they can eat or drink whatever they want and just “detox” it out of themselves, and it also leads people to believe that these “toxins” are some mysterious substances they’re picking up or breathing in when in fact the crap piling up in their bodies is mostly from food – preservatives, trans fat, saturated fat, sugars, etc etc. So, the only real way to “detox” – which is a fancy was of saying “get healthy” – is to eat less and ideally cut out crappy food and eat that stuff that grows (naturally, not Monstantoally) in the ground. OK, sorry, rant over. :)

        • John P.

          Your comment got me to take a second and Google “Narconon.” Interestingly, there are now about an equal number of critical sites and Narconon recruitment sites. The last time I looked, which was perhaps 6-9 months ago, the first page of search results was all Narconon recruitment sites, with the possible exception of the Wikipedia article. That provides an interesting indicator that the amount of controversy kicking up is overpowering the best search engine optimization efforts of the cult and its minions. We can only hope that this is having an effect on recruitment.

          Continuing presence of critical information on the first page of Google Search is perhaps the most important short-term way to save people from NN — I don’t recall the exact number, but some ludicrously high percentage of Google searches (well over 50%, IIRC) result in people only looking at the first page of results. One can only imagine that desperate parents seeking a solution while their child is in the ambulance on the way to the ER would be even more likely than most folks to look only at the first page.

      • ze moo

        NarCONon will collapse only when no one pays for their ‘services’ and they can’t get liability insurance. No one will want to ‘own’ a NarCONon franchise unless they can LLC their way out of any liability.

      • FistOfXenu

        “How many deaths will it take”

        Sorry. I gotta do this. “The answer is blowing in the wind”. It really is. Every time we think what the cult did was the last straw and they can’t get away with it and even they can’t pretend the drechnology works and they just have to see that LRH and DM are like book ends of insanity, some thing happens and we have to wait a little longer. Again. And again.

  • sugarplumfairy

    Is there more to this article that my phone isn’t letting me see? For me it stops at “We called its sister facility, A Forever Recovery, an…”

    • aquaclara

      Mine ends there, too.

    • Vistaril

      And me and I’m on a network linked terminal.

    • Gerard Plourde

      Same here.

    • Observer

      Yep, it cuts off there.

    • 1subgenius

      Relax. It got posted early, its up now.

  • Simon

    Didn’t a certain famous Scilon say only a Scilon can help when someone’s in trouble? Something alone the lines of “If you drive past an accident, you have to stop because you know you’re the only one who can help”. Really? Not trained paramedics, not doctors with years of experience, but someone who believes he’s superhuman and destined to be reunited with a dead crook on a planet called Target 2? Yeah, ok.

    • Eivol Ekdal
    • Lark Smith

      “If you drive past an accident, you have to stop because you know you’re the only one who can help”.

      One of Tinytom’s “stupitudes” (Sherbert -where do I send the $5.00 lol). The arrogance is simply shocking and outrageous. When the truth is any “services” provided by these Scilon groups have led to personal ruin and sadly death. The drech is a costly farce in oh so many ways.

      • Sherbet

        Keep accumulating the fives, and eventually you’ll be hearing from my personal goons.

        • Lark Smith

          Oh no!!! not Ice cream and Popsicle. Hehe

      • FistOfXenu

        Stupitudes? I missed a Sherbert dazzler! I better get my check in the mail.

        • Sherbet

          See what happens when you stay away from the Bunker Mr. FOX? You miss a new word that I made up. Tomorrow be prepared to start speaking Esperanto.

          • FistOfXenu

            Kial mi volas ion tiel? Mi sufiĉe gxenas kun la angla.

            • John P.

              Mi deziras, ke mi povis paroli Esperanton.

            • FistOfXenu

              Min ankaŭ.

  • baddog5623

    It looks like the clams got tony midway through the artical, but not before he could hit the send button.

    • Simon

      Maybe the Sciloons have found him and are forcing him to watch Kirstie Alley’s acting. THAT is torture.

  • 1subgenius

    Cathy Rigby got used.

    • Captain Howdy

      Yea, Cathy and Joanna Cassidy.. WTF? Not to mention that Joanna appears to be wearing a fur coat.

      And YAY! Janine Turner. I knew there was a deeper reason for all those quality moments I contemplated her incredible cuteness back in the day. I get the impression Mark is stuck in a few electronic incidents himself talking to Janine.

  • mook

    Sad sad sad…

  • mook

    And the deaths at NarCONon keep coming :(

    Did those celebs know that they were promoting a CoS front group? Thank goodness for the Internet
    http://www.joannacassidy.org/contact.html
    http://www.fanmail.biz/77952.html
    https://mobile.twitter.com/HeffronDrive

    • BrianClear

      I noted that Catherine Bell (JAG, Army wives) tweets quite often about how wonderful Narconon is.

      • mook

        she’s been a CoS member, I believe even before she was on JAG.

  • Captain Howdy

    All sympathies to Amber Bullins’ family.

  • Simon

    Fucking disgusting. How many more people have to die before some of these brainwashed celeb Sciloons wake up and realise what they’re part of?

  • http://www.tingleff.org/jensting/muslinger/ Jens TINGLEFF

    So sorry to hear about yet one more. Let’s hope the authorities enjoy a bit of attention from the media as they look into this…

  • sugarplumfairy

    Per Wickstrom.. From addict to addiction demigod.. scientology has served him well.. he has found his own personal scientological ‘making money off the backs of the lesser beings’ kingdom..

    • Bury_The_Nuts

      And he is right behind Grant Cardone in EPIC ASSHATTERY!

    • Captain Howdy

      Per Wickston is a lying, cheating, unscrupulous, morally debased piece of shit. And as someone who is to a large degree of Norwegian descent, he gives Scandinavians a bad name.

      Sue me Per..I double dare you.

      • Missionary Kid

        Don’t hold it against me, Cap’n, but I’m 100% of Swedish background. I also agree with you.

        • Captain Howdy

          So why do the Swedes and the Norwegians hate each other?

          • Missionary Kid

            It’s not really hate, but Sweden ruled Norway, as well as a vast empire that included for a while, all of Scandinavia, and even Poland for a while.

            The reason that there’s 3 crowns in the Swedish symbol is because it ruled Norway as well as Denmark, hence the three kingdoms, as I remember it.

            At this point, here in the U.S., it’s like a rivalry between fans of the Auburn and Alabama football teams. It’s like a rivalry between cousins.

            • http://lliira.dreamwidth.org/ Lliira

              It’s like a rivalry between cousins.

              Or spouses. I’m 1/4 Norwegian and 1/4 Swedish — Swedish grandmother married Norwegian grandfather. He was a rotten bastard (her words, and I never heard her swear otherwise), but even he wasn’t as bad as Wickstrom.

            • Sandy

              my Norwegian Grandmother had to elope with my Danish Grampa, because she was “marrying outside of her race”. True story.

            • http://www.tingleff.org/jensting/muslinger/ Jens TINGLEFF

              Jah, suuuure… (Minnesota accent …)

              In Denmark, i.e. in Copenhagen, we’re still trying to grow a sense of humour about the location of the one and only nuclear power plant in Sweden (a land of vast unpopulated wildernesses, also) : as close to Copenhagen as they could make it without having to construct an actual artificial island on which to put it.

              Nice one :)

            • John P.

              I don’t want to step in the middle of Scandinavian rivalries — I hear enough “pompous Norwegian” and “dumb Swede” muttered under people’s breaths in a town near where my parents have their waterfront estate getaway.

              That said, It is a slight exaggeration that the Ringhals plant is so close to Copenhagen. It’s almost 250km from your fair city. They could have put it in Helsingborg or Malmö. It has to be on the coast for cooling water, so they couldn’t put it on any of the lakes that freeze up in the winter. And of course, putting it in the far north and irritating the Finns is out of the question, because they wouldn’t want to take a chance on any møøse nibbling on spent fuel pellets and getting even bigger.

            • cicely neville

              Well, the Norwegians were so annoyed with the Swedes back in the 19th century, that when for some mad reason they decided they wanted a king, they asked a Dane to take the job – sort of one in the eye to Sweden.

              “Swedes are Norwegians wit’ da brains knocked out” ( quote, Norwegian uncle)

            • aquaclara

              MK- you speak Southern! Wow. You’re multi-lingual! Auburn and ‘Bama.

              Where does your heart lie? Auburn or the Tide? Great football coach at Auburn, btw. An old friend of my brother.

            • Missionary Kid

              I don’t really speak Southern. I spent two years in Pensacola, and then lived in Fairhope, (pronounced Far-hope for you Northerners), AL, working as a flight instructor and charter pilot for several months over 45 years ago.

              I do understand the connection between college fans and their teams. Back then, the Bear ruled Alabama, and it was common to see a picture of him, with his hounds-tooth hat, walking on water. Ah, yes, the Redneck Riviera.

              Because I disliked the elements of segregation that still existed in Southern college football, my dislike carried over to ‘Bama, but I kept my mouth shut.

              What I didn’t realize was that Bear set up the game with USC, where Sam Cunningham, in an all black backfield ran roughshod through the ‘Bama defense. Of course, after that, the good old boys said, “We gotta get us some Sam Cunningham.”

              College football integration in the South soon became a fact. After the loss, the Bear thanked the USC coach, John McKay for making it easier to integrate the team. (The Bear had already given a scholarship to a black player, but he couldn’t play yet because he was a freshman), The game made his task of integrating ‘Bama and Southern football much easier.

            • Missionary Kid

              Actually, I’m just in favor of a good game between them, and they usually don’t disappoint.

          • junojones

            On WWP there is a thread “Fruit-fag’s Daily comic” which for several months chronicled the differences between the scandinavian countries in a humorous manner:

            https://whyweprotest.net/community/threads/fruit-fags-daily-comic.68054/

            https://whyweprotest.net/community/attachments/sweden-denmark-and-norway-jpg.91526/

            Wish I could get the pic to come up, sigh. It’s a really cute comic, and even a bit cutting in a gentle way, especially the character of sister america…

          • ze moo

            Norwegians put butter on their lutefisk, Swedes put milk gravy on theirs. Besides language and history, they really are very similar (I think).

            I have a sister and nieces and nephews in Norway and I have been there several times. There was some bad blood because of things Sweden did early in ww2, but they sort of redeemed themselves later in the war. I don’t think they hate each other, more like jokes between Canadians and Americans. Norwegians go to Sweden to buy cheaper food and booze and Swedes go to Norway to look at different fjords.

            • Missionary Kid

              I went to a Vasa society dinner, and we had our lutefisk with butter.
              I think that the Danes and Norwegians are friendlier than the Swedes. If I hadn’t of had relatives in Sweden, it would have been a much different trip. Swedes tend to be more private.

            • John P.

              Swedes go to Norway to look at different fjords.

              And trolls. Don’t forget the trolls. And not the Internet kind, either.

            • ze moo

              Norwegians love their trolls for some reason. In the olden days (middle ages) you could pay your Swedish taxes by building a bridge. Somehow that morphed into trolls living under bridges and all. Having a troll figure is some how considered good luck. There is a souvenir shop in downtown Oslo with nice sweaters and lot of trolls. They display trolls like we display cigar store Indians.

            • media_lush

              I have loads of Norwegian friends and visit the country at least twice a year; the one thing that always amused me is that their nick-name for Swedes was hockey players… I asked why and they said it was because just about every pro hockey player in Sweden had a mullet haircut as a matter of course.

              Another interesting tidbit is that the Danes and Norwegians can talk to each other in their rerspective languages and understand themselves totally…. they haven’t a clue about Swedish and talk in English

              …. final bit… I highly recommend that you try Norwegian goat cheese… it’s not like French but is a brown block that has the consistency of a block of yucky American burger cheese but actually tastes like cheesy peanut butter…. a truly unique flavour

            • Andrew Robertson

              I remember traveling on the ferry between Copenhagen and Oslo and wondering why there were a number of recumbent people on the deck, asked a Danish woman who told me in a disapproving voice “They’re Norwegians, they come to Denmark for the cheap booze!”

              This surprised me as I thought the booze price in Denmark was exorbitant. But I discovered on arrival that price was a relative concept. And a 17 hour ferry ride gave plenty of time to sober up.

              At that time in Spain I could get a pleasantly drinkable red wine in a 1 litre cardboard box at the supermarket for the equivalent of UK 50 pence so Scandinavia lost its appeal!

              Andrew

      • ze moo

        Per smells worse then cooking lutefisk.

        • FistOfXenu

          Damn! That bad ze moo? I have a hard time even imagining a worse smell. What would a worse smell be? Somebody eating it and then dying in the hot sun and bursting open? No that would still be mainly the smell of the lutefisk and even that can only rot once. Hubbard’s cyst if it was filled with lutefisk and then it ruptured? Still just lutefisk stink.

          So what would some thing that smells worse than cooking lutefisk smell like?

          • Andrew Robertson

            Sitting next to someone on a Hong Kong bus who has just purchased a durian fruit from the local market.

            It smells like a mixture of rotting onions, raw sewage and worse. However, once the fetid exterior is removed, a delicious golden treasure is revealed and it truly is, the Queen of fruits.

            Andrew

            • FistOfXenu

              Don’t know that 1. Guess I’ll end up going to Hong Kong just to smell it. And taste it of course.

            • Bradley Greenwood

              I still barfed when I tried it in the Philippines.

          • Unex Skcus

            LRH’s breath?

            • FistOfXenu

              Okay ladies and gentlemen we have a WI-I-I-NN-A-A-A-A-A-A-A!

  • baddog5623

    The Huffington Post interview he did last year is very telling.

    • baddog5623

      Looks like he is tied to Imagination Heals, a group that does puppet and magic shows for kids in hospitals. http://vimeo.com/tag:imagination+heals

      • Captain Howdy

        “a group that does puppet and magic shows for kids in hospitals.”

        So did John Wayne Gacy.

        • sugarplumfairy

          At least Gacy put his victims out of their misery quickly.. He didn’t enslave them for 30 or 40 years and slowly drain the life out of ‘em..

          • Captain Howdy

            True dat.

      • Eivol Ekdal
        • Eivol Ekdal

          to be fair in the above press release Wickstrom states he sponsored the Imagination Heals Event. But the website sure looks like his template and the video is of similar style…
          http://imaginationheals.us/celebrity-ambassadors/
          it shows Cheech Marin….say it ain’t so!!

  • CoolHand

    Any bets on which Scientology rehab racket gets wiped out first – Narconon or Per Wickstrom’s ring? Both are funneling big $$$ directly to Scientology. Both are committing fraud daily. Both have had clients die. Both are under criminal investigation. That’s Per Wickstrom in the upper right-hand corner of the pick from an IAS Impact Magazine last year stating he is a “Gold Meritorious” Patron.

    • Bury_The_Nuts

      Can we hope they circle the drain together and soon?
      Like….now would be good!

    • Once_Born

      While it would be great to see either of them brought to account, it would be better if the responsibility for both was traced back to to ‘source’ as well.

      From the UK, I get the impression that this is made more difficult by the division between State and Federal Government, and the way the CofS exploits your first amendment.

      Still… would be fun to watch.

      • Gerard Plourde

        Actually in an insurance fraud case recovery of assets is a primary goal, so tracing the ultimate recipient of the funds (the cult) is very important.

        • Phil McKraken

          Perhaps they’ll be melting down titanium plates engraved with gibberish to recover some of the ill gotten booty.

          • Gerard Plourde

            It’s quicker and more lucrative to auction off the real estate. Goodbye Idle Orgs.

            • Observer

              I hope so–I want to see how Davey spins that one!

            • Bradley Greenwood

              I have dibs on the oiliness table!

            • FistOfXenu

              You’ll have a fight on your hands Bradley. There’s a few of us here that claimed that some time last yr. But if you don’t mind sharing it with us we can install it into the Bunker for use by members of our own cult, the ARC. ;)

            • Robert Eckert

              If you’re going to have a fight on the oiliness table, make sure it is video’d and uploaded to YouTube!

            • Observer

              How come nobody wants the pain station?

          • RMycroft

            The plates are supposed to be stainless steel/nickel. It’s the cases that are supposed to be titanium.

            I say supposed to be because people have only seen display copies on tour. If the vaults were full of cases of Hubbard’s works, do you think that David Miscavige could resist showing photos of the long ranks of cases in a vault at one of his presentations? So far, nothing. An outpoint, as they say.

            Come Mr Miscavige, ve haff vays to make you tick-tock.

            • Marie Claire Wolf

              Right on! Another huge scam for the true believers.

    • Marie Claire Wolf

      Simply sickening, these smiling scibots, meritotious patrons indeed! One day in the not too far future, pics like these will be an object of shame to these idiots.

      • Captain Howdy

        Idiots have no shame.

        • Bradley Greenwood

          But lots of cowbell!

          • GlibWog

            ” WE NEED MORE COWBELL! “

            • FistOfXenu
            • GlibWog

              Absolute Classic FOX.. Walken and Ferrell.. ” I got a FEVER and the only prescription is MORE Cowbell. ” Fallon couldn’t keep it together in background.

          • Captain Howdy

            “All praise
            He’s found the awful truth, Balthazar
            He’s found the saucer news”

    • 10oriocookies

      What a joke. This cat scams people for a living and Scn gives him a trophy. Typical.

    • Studious Judious

      I can’t help but laugh at the tacky trophies that these people pay so much money to get. The ever increasing ridiculous names that they give to the IAS patron status levels is laughable. Silver! Gold! Diamond! Patron! Meritorious! How freaking childish. It all amounts to an ego-feed. Yep, you rich people constantly need to be told just how awesome you are.

      I have a suggestion: Let’s create our own status levels for SP. After all, some SP’s are worse than other SP’s. I don’t think we should try to create a hierarchy of SP status. That will just cause arguments. But I’d love to hear the creative status levels that the commentators here will think of.

      I’ll start with a few of my own.

      I would like to endow the status of “Entheta Incarnate” upon Tony Ortega.

      Others that just came to mind include:
      Obsessive Suppressive, Disloyal Office, Bridge Buster, Enturbulous Maximus, Operating Enthetan, Deleterious Libertarious,

      And let’s not forget to add the multitude of colorful adjectives, but instead of gold, silver, platinum, perhaps we should use goldenrod, ebony, crimson, ecru.

      Have fun…

      • Andrew Robertson

        In the olden days there was a set of suppressive persons levels published on the Usenet newsgroup alt.religion.scientology. Some of the terminology may seem arcane to those unaware of the lengths that Scientology went to to destroy a critical newsgroup:

        ……………………………………

        These are the Official a.r.s. Central Committee SP Levels. To have your level ratified, it is necessary to claim, with supporting documentation, that some action by the cult has qualified you for that level, by posting your claim to the alt.religion.scientology newsgroup. Since the a.r.s. Central Committee, a faceless bureaucracy, run by we know not whom – but which no doubt contains a large number of psychiatrists – reads every message posted to the newsgroup, your message will be noted and ratification should follow soon.

        SP1: The SP1 grade is gained by criticizing the cult openly. This is generally achieved by posting a message critical of the cult to alt.religion.scientology, but can also be done by protesting outside a Scientology location (this, generally, ensures automatic promotion to SP2, thereby skipping a level – it is considered bad form to skip too many levels at once).

        SP2: SP2 can be earned by receiving an acknowledgement from a Scientologist. This generally takes the form of a response to your message on the newsgroup, but in the case of protests, will generally be achieved by a Scientologist talking to you. The response can be (and generally is) completely inane – it is the fact that you have received the response that counts, not the quality of the response.

        SP3: One of the early senior levels, SP3 is earned by having one of your messages cancelled by a forged cancel message from the pro-Scientology cancelpoodle.

        This level differs from many of the others by virtue of the fact that cancel messages are logged to alt.religion.scientology by Lazarus. Thus, if you have posted material that you consider likely to warrant a forged cancel, all you need do is check the newsgroup for a Lazarus cancel notification of your message and claim your new level.

        There is no officially ratified means for acknowledging multiple messages being cancelled, although some SP’s use the Clam Cluster to signify this.

        SP4: SP4 is achieved by receiving a legal threat from the “Church” of Scientology.

        In the vast majority of cases, this has been via an email message from Helena Kobrin, the Scientologists’ pet lawyer, but other forms of service are equally valid (for the purposes of SP status: email is certainly not a valid form of legal service, and you’d have though a lawyer would have known that).

        It is regrettable that, thanks to Kobrin’s recent antics, the status of SP4 has declined somewhat due to the number of individuals who have received legal threats from her. Indeed, since she recently “served” the entire newsgroup, an unprecedented action in legal history, some potential suppressives argue that everybody is now SP4. This is clearly not in the spirit of the SP awards, and it is my submission that a prerequisite for SP4 should be the attainment of either SP2 or SP3 prior to the legal threat.

        Like SP3, holders of SP4 rank can endorse their level in cases where multiple threats have been received.

        SP5: To attain SP5, you must be Fair Gamed, sued, or attacked by the cult. To date, membership of SP5 is an exclusive club, held mostly by …[Note: here the original document seems to be damaged]

        SP6: SP6 status is achieved by making SP5, then successfully defending yourself against their suit or causing them to cease their Fair Game activities against you. SP6 is, indeed, a lofty grade, and one hitherto achieved by very few.

        SP7: To achieve SP7, it is necessary to instigate a legal action against the cult, or members of it. In some ways, this makes SP7 easier to achieve, since experience suggests that it is nearly impossible to force the cult to cease attacking once it has started (necessary for SP6), while cult members regularly provide SP’s with cause to instigate a suit against them. Nonetheless, it takes a brave SP to do such a thing.

        SP8: A prerequisite for achieving SP8 is to have made SP7: SP8 requires that you win your lawsuit against the cult. Note: winning a lawsuit against Scientology and collecting the damages are two very different matters.

        SP9: Comparatively few individuals have ever made it to SP9, which requires that one not only makes SP7 by bringing a suit, but passes through SP8 by winning it, then finally, to qualify for SP9, collects the damages. The cult is quick to trumpet its respect for the values of law, order, and justice when it is bringing actions against other people. When the law finds against them, the response varies from accusations of duped judges through to a flat refusal to pay.

        SP9′s are indeed worthy individuals.

        Andrew

        • Studious Judious

          Thanks for posting this. I wish I had bothered to read a.r.s back when I did my short stint with the {church.} I was more interested in r.m.gd. :) :) :)

          • Marie Claire Wolf

            r.m.gd. Hmmm, let me guess: repressive.mind.grinder.

        • Observer

          May Laura and the Garcias soon join the exalted ranks of the SP9s!

        • Marie Claire Wolf

          Do tell how many SP9 are there alive today.

          • Andrew Robertson

            Lawrence Wollersheim for one!

            “not one thin dime for Wollersheim,” chanted the Scientologists at the court hearings. But Larry got quite a few thin dimes after battling for many years.

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_Wollersheim

            Andrew

          • http://www.tingleff.org/jensting/muslinger/ Jens TINGLEFF

            Bonnie Woods. No gag order, either.

            David Love has already collected on a minor lawsuit. Again, no real gag order (David is discreet about the amount he was awarded and that’s it).

          • FistOfXenu

            Tony just had a thing about Bonnie Woods. More than 1 suit too wasn’t it?

        • I am

          I had no idea I had achieved such a worthy title, SP 5! I was just happy to survive the attack and be left alone.

        • aquaclara

          Thanks for unearthing this treasure, Andrew!!! I think Laura hits SP9 quite nicely, since she has her folders in hand.

      • Observer

        Ohhh, I want to be an Operating Enthetan! Where do I send my check?

        • Studious Judious

          No money needed, just keep up the shooping!

        • FistOfXenu

          “Operating Enthetan” – that should be a real rank here.

          • Studious Judious

            I dubbed Tony as Entheta Incarnate. But OEVIII does have a nice ring to it.

      • Verve

        Mauve Wild Beaver

      • richelieu jr

        Jeff Hawkins has a good story in his book about making a cool (and reproducible) trophy for the first Org to go ‘St Hill size’… No one had. Any idea how to do it…

    • ze moo

      My ‘Most improved Bowler’ trophy look better then that.

  • sugarplumfairy

    Great interview with Mark Bunker.. I love how Janine Turner refers to miscavige as ‘the owner’ of scientology..

    • shasha40

      {That’s not his ” real” title ? } It certainly fits well !

      • sugarplumfairy

        He didn’t buy co$, he stole it..

        • shasha40

          True, how true.

  • baddog5623
  • Observer

    If Scientology has all the answers to all the world’s ills, how do you account for all the tragic (and sometimes unexplained) deaths and disappearances in its wake? Shouldn’t they be leaving a trail of happy, healthy people instead of the shattered lives, damaged minds, broken families, financial ruin and tragedy that they actually do?

    • sugarplumfairy

      Co$ always turns things around to make it the victim’s fault.. The damaged ones weren’t doing it right, the shattered ones had crimes and pulled in the tragic outcomes..

      • Observer

        And that sniveling blame-the-victim crap makes it 100 times worse.

    • Interested

      Should have read your post before writing mine. But you put it so much more succinctly.!

  • Mimi Armagh Parrow

    I’m familiar with the Albion center. I picked up a girl getting out, the police in Albion were more than happy to assist in getting her out and told us point blank that they had no idea HOW they were still open.

  • Truthiwant

    Would a person that has moral values and knew that there was much controversy in the practices and facilities of Narconon, knowing also that there have been many deaths within these facilities recently, actually promote this “cure” for drug addiction?

    Well the answer is obviously “NO”.

    Hence this means that any person promoting Narconon has no moral values whatsoever.

    I would go one further and say that these people are criminals and are interested only in making money out of desperate and fragile people who just want to help their loved ones.

  • 1subgenius

    Off topic, but Scientology Harlem just got pawned.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aATQ46sbiAQ

    • Captain Howdy

      So the “cracker” scientologists got pwned by the neo-Nation of Islam or the New Black Panthers? That’s like saying that Hamas got pwned by Hezbollah.

      • 1subgenius

        Not either of those groups.

        • Bury_The_Nuts

          Well whatever group they are….they appear to have been schooled at Delphi!!!

          • Captain Howdy

            They are disaffected NOI members who have turned against Farrakhan because of the scn connection. In other words, they are still racist psycho violent assholes.

            • Sherbet

              …making it clear that anti-scientology NOI does not make them any easier to love. Or trust.

            • FistOfXenu

              Maybe some kind of NOI fundamentalists still loyal to Elijah Mohammed?

      • Robert Eckert

        The narrator appears to be a student of actual Islam, who is not at all sympathetic to the direction that “Nation of Islam” has gone.

        • Captain Howdy

          He appears to be a follower of Elijah Mohammed to me. And Nation of Islam is an even deadlier cult than CofS, and is responsible for the cold blooded murder of numerous people throughout it’s history. Check out the Zebra Murders for a start.

          • Robert Eckert

            Yes I see. Not actual Islam, but the pre-Farrakhan NoI, is where he is coming from.

    • http://scamofscientology.nl/ scamofscientology

      This is another interesting video, which has had 120K views in a single day… Good production values, too bad they tripped on the memberbership number, but they got in a mention of Shelly and the Hole…

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qezD8L7r68

    • ReneeG

      Thanks for that video. They TOTALLY got pwned. I laughed and laughed. Those poor little staffers are SO in over their heads.

    • Marie Claire Wolf

      I love that persistent brother, he stood his grounds so elegantly, thanks 1subgenius.

    • Spackle Motion

      Dr. Ali (I wonder what gives him that title) is an articulate man but the NOI is another cult. I don’t see why this video is funny at all. It’s like watching two disabled people get into a bitch slap fight.

      • Marie Claire Wolf

        Oh so true Farakan’s NOI is totally cultist, but the brother ‘Dr Ali’ (they love having titles, don’t they?) was magnificent. Good chuckles!!

      • 1subgenius

        He’s not NOI.

        • Spackle Motion

          It sure sounded as if he was.

        • Captain Howdy

          He was NOI and he split because of scientology. He obviously still venerates Elijah Mohammed and looking at his website he seems to be trying to start his own cult by selling DVD’s at $15.00 a pop with titles like…”The Baphomet Project “The Veneration Of Amon” An In Dept Look At The Mythology Behind The Dreaded Baphomet”.

          Yea, he’s alright.

          • Gerard Plourde

            Baphomet also figures in Aleister Crowley’s “Magick”.

            • Captain Howdy

              Me and Baphomet go way back.

            • FistOfXenu

              Sure but you weren’t really tight unless he said you could call him “Baffy” in public. Baffy and me used to play stick ball in front of the power station growing up. He had a great junk ball. Impossible to hit. And his fast ball was on fire. Coulda played in the majors if he didn’t get all grandiose.

          • 1subgenius

            He opposes Farrakhan, Scientology, and the unholy alliance of the two.
            This is relevant to my interests.
            I don’t care if he starts his own cult or sells DVD’s.

            • FistOfXenu

              The enemy of your enemy is your friend? Gee, nobody ever got into a bad fix using that logic. :)

            • 1subgenius

              Never said he was a friend.
              In fact I have repeatedly said that I don’t believe the enemy of my enemy is my friend.
              I don’t believe that at all.

            • FistOfXenu

              My mistake 1sub. I must’ve misunderstood what you were saying there.

            • 1subgenius

              No prob.
              Actually the “enemy of my enemy is my friend thing” is one of my pet peeves.

            • FistOfXenu

              I lost what you meant with “I don’t care if he starts his own cult or sells DVD’s”

            • 1subgenius

              I understand.
              I don’t care if I disagree with him on almost any aspect of his existence.
              (For instance, he’s apparently a follower of Elijah Muhammad)
              I don’t care what color his socks are, or if he listens to Rush Limbaugh, or likes rhubarb.
              I don’t even care if he’s a notary public.
              He went out there and did something to expose the cult and the unholy alliance.
              I also think he did a creditable job in dealing with the Scientology “handling”. He immediately challenged the handler about trying to suggest that what he was doing wasn’t perfectly legal, acceptable, and in fact, constitutionally protected.
              He also mentioned the commissions people get for bringing in new customers, which cannot be repeated enough.
              He actually, in my opinion was too gracious in agreeing that she not be videoed. (The camera person however got enough of her that I would be interested in an ID.)
              None of that makes him my friend. Or my enemy, for that matter.

            • FistOfXenu

              I understand what you said better now. Thanks.

            • 1subgenius

              To communicate is to be misunderstood.

            • FistOfXenu

              To communicate more is to be misun— hang on

  • Vistaril

    Another cracking good piece of sound journalism from The Bunker, thank you. How wonderful to learn of another warrior, one Jeffrey Ray, who’s efforts are are delivering meat world results as well bringing heart to the keyboard warriors and small time local community activists like me. And good on you for giving narcononreviews.net another plug. I hope everyone here gives the site some serious click love and dissemination across their own networks to help drive up the search engine rankings.

    What I appreciate about Narconon is that it lays bare the core function of Scientology without the religious cloaking. For anyone applying due dilligence, or even a Google search, it quickly becomes apparent that the promotional material is stacked with lies, a known “ruin” has been established for psychological exploitation, the promises made to fix that “ruin” can never be kept, the individual needs of the people being lured in are secondary to their ability to pay for the service, wog laws concerning fraud and/or privacy are of little concern, and, should the proverbial hit the fan, as it almost inevitably does, there is exactly zero accountability. It promotes itself as being some sort of therapy but it is blatantly not. That is Scientology without the religious angle. How Narconon has got away with this for so long speaks volumes for the US model of public health care – but, again, my spidey senses are tingling. Wee rents and squiggly fissures are opening up now. The picture I’m beginning to develop, as naively optimistic as I tend to be, is of the little boy standing with his finger in the dyke, and that little boy’s name is David Miscavige.

    Interesting to learn of Janine Turner’s Scientology experience at the hands of Milton Katselas. I presume WBM had a chance to fill her in on Milton’s own experience of “fair game” when he was subject to attempted character assassination by OTVIII Grant Cardone. Needless to say, that sick event in the history of Scientology was ably covered by none other than our host, TonyO. There is at present an on-going edit war over at Wikipedia with Grant Cardone’s biography page. For some reason, there’s a few “editors” over there who don’t want Grant’s involvement in that “fair game” incident noted. Check out the “edit”, “history” and “talk” pages over there for an idea of how Scientology lurks in all sorts of corners seeking to rewrite history, even on so small a scale as a dweeb like Cadone. What a pity the DOX are out, eh Grant?

    • Sherbet

      The lrh quote shows the true colors of a bully. Sickening. And Cardone “loves it.” One would think scientology were a precious child, not a money-making philosophy and fake religion. lrh should have guarded his real children with the same rabid zeal.

      • Captain Howdy

        “lrh should have guarded his real children with the same rabid zeal.”

        Well, according to Jon Attack he did “guard” some of his kids with “rabid zeal”.

    • Marie Claire Wolf

      Preying on the needy is a Co$ specialty: bring us your sick, your depressed, your desperate, your vulnerable and we will recycle them with tech so they will end up infantilized, lost and totally broke. That is if not dead.

    • Observer

      A disgusting bully just like his idol Ron. And judging by this entry in his Admissions, just like your garden-variety bully LRH folded like a house of cards when confronted by people he couldn’t cow:

      “You are not a coward. Fist fighting had no bearing on your courage.
      You were ill when you were fought before. You did not understand the
      rules. You can whip anyone now and have no physical fear of hand to
      hand fighting. They who fought you before were knaves and fools. You
      would be merciless to them now. Nothing can stand up to your fighting
      now. You are strong and wonderful in combat. You never know fear or
      defeat. You refrain from fighting because you are too powerful.”

      New people, if you haven’t read the Admissions, you should. LRH was trying to hypnotize himself into Big Beingness. The preface by Gerry Armstrong tells how this came to light.

      http://www.gerryarmstrong.org/50grand/writings/ars/ars-2000-03-11.html

      • Marie Claire Wolf

        Thank you so much Obs. for the link, what will stay with me is the level of paranoia express by Armstrong, it blows me away! Do you think that wogs can be mauled by the cult as well? I have taken no cover as I believe in my fundamental right to my opinions.

        • Observer

          Yes, wogs have been viciously fair gamed in the past. OSA is spread very thin right now and can’t go after very many people (though individual clams can). I don’t think there’s much chance of it at this point, but I subscribe to the “better safe than sorry” school of thought. I’ve heard Davey does read here, as it’s one of the top global entheta sites, and I imagine he’s not a fan of my shoops.

          • Marie Claire Wolf

            Thank for your wise words Obs. ;-)

            • Observer

              I’m not sure how wise they are. Some might call them paranoid. lol

          • Missionary Kid

            Davy may not be, but the bunkerites LOVE YOUR SHOOPS!!

            • Observer

              :-)

          • Lark Smith

            I just read the Admissions and I now have to scrape the oiliness off- how absolutely vile. If the is the thought process of the CO$’s Biggest Being it is no wonder that his followers adhere to disgusting policies that have them skipping down the road to no where. What a whack job!

            • Observer

              Explains a lot about why Scientology is the way it is, doesn’t it? Davey may have taken the abuses to new heights, but he did not originate them.

            • Lark Smith

              My respect for the Indies just went down 3 notches.

          • MissCandle

            But we are big fans of your shoops, Obs.

        • FistOfXenu

          Marie, Mr Armstrong isn’t paranoid. He dates back to the days when it was way more dangerous to criticize Para$citology than it is now and when the cult had the money and time and thug power to go psycho on every body and any body that annoyed them. And so few people dared that it was even easier for the cult to pick off people 1 by 1. It must be hard for those pioneer critics to forget what those days were like. Start with Paulette Cooper’s story if you’re curious. The woman’s a hero of the fight against the cult. And she wasn’t even trying to be. Liar Ruin Humbug turned her into 1 by being such a vicious bastard. I think of her as 1 of the cult’s early foot bullets. They took an innocent questioner and made her a target. Then they turned her into a martyr. Then they turned her into an enemy that embarassed the hell out of them and showed them up for what they really are. She was just an early 1. There’s plenty more.

          They used to go after wogs big time too. I put a link a few days back about a guy that did a newspaper cartoon with the word “Scientology” in it. Wasn’t even about them, just mentioned them. They tried to get him fired and get his syndication canceled. Publishers, politicians, academic types researching religions and cults, didn’t matter. Used to be that critic = target.

          The internet plus Anonymous has made it a lot harder and Demented Midget’s style of “management” is so bad he makes it even easier for critics to get away with exposing $cientarCONon’s lies and crimes. Nowadays if Para$citology comes after some body for criticizing them the critic probably is gonna get a lot of support from a whole bunch of us. Add the way DM is bleeding the cult and the result is a cult that’s not as dangerous as it was although it’s still dangerous.

          We’re the lucky people that came after that.

          It’s easy for us by comparison so people like Armstrong look paranoid.

      • Studious Judious

        I remember having to hold my mouth close while reading “Admissions.” It truly is shocking.

        • cicely neville

          i had to grab the waste paper basket. Could only stand to read it once.
          His inner self was like a festering mass of maggots.

        • FistOfXenu

          Must’ve been really uncomfortable to puke like that. ;)

          • Studious Judious

            I may sneer in disgust, cuss in frustration, or shake my head in disbelief but I refuse to allow LRH or the CoS to make me physically ill.

      • junojones

        I love the admissions. They are such a funny study of L Ron attempting ‘magical’ technique ala Crowley.

        He also tries to convince himself that it isn’t his fault if his first wife (Polly) was a cutter and had no desire for sex…

        Thanks Gerry. Now pass the eye bleach…

  • Simon

    Off topic but the Sciloon music video We Stand Tall, their We Are The World style dirge, is beyond hilarious, especially the sight of midget Miscavige singing We Stand Tall, dressed in “normal” clothes to appear humble and, you know, a regular dude.

  • Sunny Sands

    5 anonymous posters at Ripoff Report were somehow tracked down and sued. That is a story in itself.

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      And that’s why some of us here are still cloaking our true identity. I actually hate being anonymous.

      (Although I wouldn’t mind being Anonymous, if you know what I mean…)

      • ze moo

        I like the masks and wigs. Hugo Weaving is an excellent actor…

  • Simon

    Even creationist wingnut Janine Turner is more decent and sensible compared with the Sciloons!

  • Gerard Plourde

    In its quest for a steady, lucrative funding source the cult may finally have taken the tiger by the tail. The likelihood of a prosecutor or the police becoming involved in a dispute over Scientology services or disconnection or the captives in “The Hole” (who may be so brainwashed that they deny their captivity) is small because successful prosecution is uncertain while the avenue of civil suits is expensive and equally uncertain. Insurance fraud on the other hand is a major concern and instead of individuals with limited resources Scientology’s opponents are large corporations with vast resources and state agencies expert in tracking inflated or bogus payment claims. The prognosis for the cult weaseling out of this one is not very good for them.

  • Douglas D. Douglas

    It took over a year, it seems, for Amber’s death to come to light. Makes one wonder just how many deaths have actually taken place within the Narconon system.

    Is there an “acceptable” ratio of patient deaths in rehabilitation facilities? It should be understood that some people will not respond to treatment and. sadly, will die while under even the best of care. The CoS sponsored anti-psych rallies always include photos of the “victims” of psychiatry/psychology/big pharma. But considering the millions who are under physician care, the ratio must be exceedingly small. Narconon, on the other hand, seems much more hazardous to one’s existence.

    • Marie Claire Wolf

      I also would like someone (maybe R. &R.) to actually try and give figures; after all they were at the center of Co$’s ops. There must be quite a line-up of victims considering this scam has been active since the mid-20th century. But as you say Narcocon is the too obvious offender.

      • ze moo

        There are 55 or 57 labeled NarCONons in the US. Each facility has a possible profit margin to CO$ (the operator gets a hefty cut too) of 3 to 6 million dollars per year. That’s 171 million dollars to the clamdom per year. Add in insurance and credit card fraud and the clams have a very intense interest in preserving the cash flow and preventing investigations into their practices. Georgia authorities are investigating fraud allegations, lets hope the investigation spreads to other states. The LA Times did a nice story on rehab abuses and fraud in California yesterday. Their system seems to be totally f*&ked up.

        • California

          Good morning, Ze Moo.

          Could you supply the link to the LA Times story on rehab facilities in California, please? I cannot find it although if you google Narconon and then click on news one can find several current and topical stories critical to Narconon.

          And I am not sure about the figure 55-57 labeled Narconons in the US at this time…. can you put the list here, please?

          • ze moo

            Sorry the story I referenced was on cnn. I do believe I was another write up on the LA Times site. Fifty seven is the ‘official’ number per why we protest….

            http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/29/health/rehab-racket-siu-cir-part-one/index.html?hpt=hp_C2

            • California

              Thanks. It is a great article. I posted the link now before I saw this.

              Fifty-seven seems very high…. There are 19 acknowledged Narconon rehabs, including Narconon of Georgia (shut down) and Narconon Arrowhead (being investigated and not up to full site population). This working list does not include Narconon/ABLE education sites.

        • Marie Claire Wolf

          Follow the money, an axiom to live by.

    • MissCandle

      Other than the fact that S-Lying-Tology cannot cure addiction, they also don’t have medical doctors on site to help when the “inmates” get sick through drug overdose, pneumonia, dehydration, or anything else. Real doctors just cost money and reduce the profit margin.

  • Papa Xenu

    Of all the celebrity Scientologists, Leah Remini is probably the last one (aside from Cruise) that the church would want to piss off. She doesn’t seem like the type of person who would be indimidated by the church or would be afraid to talk publicly about what she knows or has seen. I think the church will most likely refrain from going after her much like they did when Katie Holmes left. The last thing they want to do is provoke her into doing a ‘tell all’ interview. Like Katie, she’s seen & heard a lot of things the church, especially Davey-boy would not like to be aired publicly. I doubt there will be a ‘who is Leah Remini’ attack site as that would just backfire on them, much like it would have if they had tried to smear Holmes, albeit for different reasons. Leah is well known as someone who will say what’s on her mind & has a considerable amount of credibility, far more than the church has. I think the church will simply remain silent, hoping not to upset her &/or give her any reason to strike back. Miscavige has most likely told Kristie Alley & others to ‘shut up’ & not to provoke Leah, they have enough PR problems to ‘handle’, they don’t need someone with the star power, credibility & ammo like Leah going on the record about what she knows. But God do I want them to provoke her, that would be such an epic interview.

    • Bury_The_Nuts

      You are talking about a logical response.
      They are not known for being pragmatic.
      Like Tony O. told us, they already put together the dead agent pack on her.

      Always attack, never defend!
      It is policy!

      • Marie Claire Wolf

        Just what I was thinking B_T_N, rationale is not what DM is known for.

        • ze moo

          Davey has enough professional advice that he would be an idiot to provoke Remini. So I expect the little Napoleon to screw up and have a shill do the dirty deed. Remini will see through the shill and mayhem will result. Miscavige is the kind of guy who has to pick at the scab….

      • Observer

        Besides, Ron said to do it so it will work! Ron knew everything!

      • Phil McKraken

        I kind of agree with Papa on this. I think Davey has just barely enough sense to know that publicly attacking Remini will be immediately and severely flappy. (Flappy like Hubbard’s lips.) He’s seen the example of the blowback against Kirstie Alley and her errant tweets.

        On the other hand, if Remini makes much public waves about the cult and Shelly, Davey will be a cornered animal, and that’s dangerous.

    • Gerard Plourde

      Katie has kept a pretty low profile since the divorce (partially, I think, to ensure that TC doesn’t try to tamper with the custody agreement). Leah, on the other hand has been pretty open in her criticism. I expect a response from DM but I also expect it to have significant blow-back.

    • FistOfXenu

      Papa! Well well, soon we’ll have a full house here.

      Anyways, I think it all depends what the voices in Miscavige’s head are telling him.

      Right now I figure the cult (DM) just wants to figure out what they can do to hit her hard before they start any thing with her. If they were being sane they’d do like you say but the cult and that means Dinky Miscavige is not entirely sane. Sane means if you keep doing something and it keeps not working you learn and do some thing else. DM has a Humbug policy to carry out. Spot your enemy and attack your enemy until you destroy your enemy. If he’s not doing it now he’s working up to it or else he’s waiting to see what she’s gonna do before he attacks. So I don’t think he’ll do what’s sensible because he doesn’t know. He knows policy and he knows the fantasies in his head. I guess we’ll find out when we see what he does with the “confidential” stuff in her folders.

  • Missionary Kid

    I always thought Janine Turner was cute on Northern Exposure, but her conservative Christian views are not my cup of tea.

    That being said, she is in one of the perfect demographics to fight $cientology. Once exposed, they will go after the cult tooth and nail. What should put them at the forefront is the forced abortions that $cientology participates in..

    • Simon

      Yep. It throws the Sciloons’ lunacy into sharp relief when even Janine Turner seems sane in comparison!

    • Captain Howdy

      Yea I just discovered she’s another Patricia Heaton, Victoria Jackson. Oh well, sex trumps politics anytime. You can always kick them out of bed afterwards for reading Rush.

      • Simon

        Yeah but Patricia Heaton and Victoria Jackson are not attractive. Janine Turner WAS pretty hot back in the day but not now.

        • Phil McKraken

          Gotta defend Patricia Heaton. She was pretty hot too, though not quite in Turner’s league, and she’s nowhere near as off-the-rails as Victoria Jackson.

          • Simon

            Ok, I had a quick google images search and I guess you’re right.
            http://images4.fanpop.com/image/photos/23300000/Patricia-Heaton-patricia-heaton-23371900-1333-2000.jpg

            • Captain Howdy

              Mommy!

            • Sherbet

              I think I know where she spent her “Raymond” salary…

            • Captain Howdy
            • Sherbet

              Men!

            • GlibWog

              Good God ” GET A HOLD OF YOURSELVES!” ( Don’t say it. It’s just too easy!)

            • Douglas D. Douglas

              But her eyes are so GORGEOUS! I could just lose myself in them…!

            • Sherbet

              To which the other men in the Bunker reply: “She has eyes??”

            • GlibWog

              It’s like I’m listening to a guy’s sophomore locker room.. Gawwwwwwwwwwd

            • FistOfXenu

              No it’s true Sherb. She has great eyes. Trust me. Not cruel or bitchy or smug or cold or any of that. She’s got eyes like there’s a smart warm genuine person in there. If that picture is what she looks like then 3D is right.

            • GlibWog

              Don’t Bull Shit a Bull Shitter Douglas..

              Sherbet..hahahha You know it!

            • Sherbet

              LOL, Glib!

            • FistOfXenu

              Are you calling us all at once or 1 at a time? :D

            • Simon

              Well spent.

            • FistOfXenu

              Did she dye her hair Sherb? I’m pretty sure it was darker than that.

            • sugarplumfairy

              Lol.. You guys could have written this script..

              Merry Christmas..

              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCPwQwDAY0E&feature=youtube_gdata_player

          • Spackle Motion

            I recall Nora Dunn being vocal about Victoria Jackson’s schtick of acting like a little girl 24/7 as being degrading and bad form. I have to agree with that although Dunn was off the rails herself. I read a SNL book with various contemporary interviews and Dunn still comes off as a bitter wet blanket.

          • Robert Eckert

            Heaton is very strongly “pro-life” (not just opposed to abortion, but also to stem-cell research, and got swept up into the Terry Schiavo anti-euthanasia imbroglio) but breaks ranks with the fundies on contraception (she’s all for it) and gay rights (she’s OK with marriage equality) and is quoted as saying it is a shame that all Christians get “lumped in with the crazies”.

            • Anonymookme

              Heaton also waded into the Sandra Fluke/Rush the Puke brouhaha. She had some incredibly stupid, insensitive tweets regarding Ms. Fluke.

            • Robert Eckert

              Ah, hadn’t heard that one. Yes, she seems to have some selectivity about what parts of right-wing Christianity constitute being “crazy”: she likes the strawberry Kool-Aid but won’t touch the grape Kool-Aid, and can’t understand why people put all Kool-Aid in the same category.

            • Douglas D. Douglas

              Most Christians, at least, do get to think for themselves. The “Kool-Aid” that is Scientology comes in one flavor only, and once sipped is hard to get free from.

            • Robert Eckert

              Well, there’s the Christians who don’t drink Kool-Aid at all, and then Christians who are deep into the Kool-Aid. It is somewhat rare to find someone drinking this bit of Kool-Aid and not that.

            • aquaclara

              actually, it’s not all that rare….often, the media creates hard and fast labels based on old assumptions. These tags don’t fit most people. Especially in 2013.

        • Captain Howdy

          No shit. I disciplined the simian more than once back in the day because of her.

          • Sherbet

            Thank goodness you weren’t being audited at the time.

            • Captain Howdy

              Yea, and thank god I didn’t have to go to confession either. It would have taken a team of priests working in shifts to cover my multitude of sins.

            • Sherbet

              Do what the celebs do: Go to Betty Ford, write a memoir, appear on The View, and – Bingo! – the slate is wiped clean.

              Anyway, your “sins” sound interesting and fun.

      • Robert Eckert

        “reading”?

      • Missionary Kid

        Victoria Jackson is just flat out a nut case. She was off the trolley before she got on SNL, what people didn’t realize was that her dumb act wasn’t an act. To put Janine in the same category is, IMO, a stretch, or, for that matter, to put another human being outside of an inpatient mental facility in the same category is a stretch.

    • FistOfXenu

      She was in that? No wonder I recognize her. Good show and I was sorry when it ended.

  • Simon

    I’ve studied the tech very hard and it works. For me it’s all about KFC. It’s just good chicken. PYT, Pretty Young Thing. T2, Terminator 2. PwC, Price Waterhouse Coopers.

    • Spackle Motion

      Lulz.

    • Mrs Libnish

      That was the BEST vid evah!! I love Jerry O’Connell.

  • ze moo

    The NarCONon wanted the prospective patient to change their address to the NarCONons address so the out of network check was sent to them and not the subscriber. It’s all about the money….

  • 10oriocookies

    http://youtu.be/5W6WO8M34tk

    This is Per pretending to be a professional fighter. I cant wait to see what happens in Mi. Per has it coming to him for sure. Every week they are admitting 40-50 new people to his facilities. Every week. His scam is tight, not for long though.

    • RMycroft

      He’s doing something interesting with his web sites now. When the pages come up, it has a local number (usually 269-704-7239) and then it uses Javascript to fetch another number (usually toll free) from an accounting/tracking system and it puts that up instead. That guy has a LOT of toll free numbers!

      The thing is, a search on the toll free numbers won’t find anything because those numbers aren’t on the page when Google’s bot crawls the page. (That local number is a goldmine however. Adding more to my tracking list, nom-nom-nom…)

      • Sherbet

        You’re a gem to have around, Mycroft! I don’t understand what you’re doing, but keep doing it.

        • Captain Howdy

          Mycroft is a freaking genius..jut like his brother.

          • Sherbet

            And their sister Katie is no slouch in undercover work, either.

            • Robert Eckert

              What you did there: I see it.

            • aquaclara

              good one.

  • aquaclara

    Huge kudos to David Touretsky and to Jeffrey Ray. Translating cult-speak (and cult-behavior) into something comprehensible is an art form. Jeff nails it with this brief, calling Best Drug Rehab on their connection to Scientology, frivolous lawsuits, intentional harassment, evasion and then of course, attempts at manipulation of both victims and Google. Welcome, Jeff, to the Bunker, where you will find new fans as well as huge hugs for your refusal to be intimidated by the cult.

    My heart goes out to Amber’s parents for the loss of their daughter. She was just 22 years old, and she was far away from home when she died. This could have beenone of our own kids. At that age, they are still babies in so many ways. When I packed my kids off to college, or waved goodbye to them as they left for a school trip, or sent them off on a plane to visit grandmom, I trusted that they would be safe. Amber’s parents TRUSTED that this treatment center would help their daughter. And that trust was broken in the worst possible way. I hope everyone will keep Amber in their thoughts and prayers today, and remember that her family is hurting.

    Tony, thank you for posting her picture here, and for reminding everyone that this is why it has to be stopped. It is incredibly painful to hear of yet another death in a Narconon facility, fooled by a system that had anything BUT the patient’s best interests in mind.

    • Studious Judious

      I can’t say how pleased I am that David Touretzky is still active.

      • aquaclara

        I know. He was early in the fight, and has seen and done so much. I realize now that I have misspelled his name, but perhaps he is here in the Bunker today to see how much everyone here appreciates his work.

  • 0tessa

    Mike Rinder’s blog: Placido Domingo Jr has been officially declared SP. Friends are explained by email how to unfriend him …

    • Bury_The_Nuts

      The childishness of “unfriending” someone on facebook is really hilarious.
      Most of the people on your friends list aren’t even real, genuine friends.

      I am still friends with Fess Parker and he has been dead a couple a years now.

      Silliness!

      • Observer

        It’s very junior high/middle schoolish, but that’s pretty much the emotional tone of all Ron’s edicts regarding how to deal with people who don’t like him.

    • tetloj

      Sam to the courtesy phone pls

  • California

    The dangers of Narconon Drug Education and Narconon Drug rehab have been “out there” on the Internet since 2004/2005 as first Nanette Asimov of the San Francisco Chronicle began her coverage of Narconon/SCN’s infiltration of California’s public schools (June 9, 20014), then the SFUSD BOE voted to ban Narconon Drug Education in Aug. 2004 (with one member Jill Wynns, wife of self-acknowledged SCN’er George Wynn’s abstaining from voting after Narconon’sSCN well-known-to-the-ex’es-and-activists threats and retaliatory behavior failed) and finally in Feb., 2005 the California Department of Education published its evaluation of Narconon Drug Education, refusing to recommend it for use in California public and charter schools.

    The SF Chronicle articles (12 from June 2004 to March 2005) can be found in the SF Chron archives section and the Narconon report is still up and running on the CDE web-site.

    At the time there were no reasonable laws/rules/regulations and over-sight of private substance abuse facilities, although the public facilities were very well regulated. That has changed. SAMHSA (the federal Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration) now has “teeth,” as they say, in this matter and each state must adhere to the regs. As virtually all SA private programs are now being evaluated, we can count on many being told to get in compliance or be shut down.

    And that is not even mentioning the many law-suits and insurance fraud (etc.) investigations around Narconon.

    This is the year of ending bad rehab programs, I think, including Narconon. Cash cow no more.

    • Gerard Plourde

      There are also provisions in the Affordable Care Act that deal with enforcement.

      • Spackle Motion

        Please share those provisions. The ACA is a specialty of mine and I don’t recall seeing that.

        • Gerard Plourde

          I’ll defer to your expertise. I thought that there were provisions that dealt with reliable outcomes.

    • Peter

      And, i would bet, they would be unable to meet any of the standards or requirements. So far, we’ve not yet heard anything from the insurance companies re fraud, but you may be sure that ALL of them are on it if they had any coverage anywhere having to do with the multiplle narconon organizations. They will push hard on the fraud if they feel it can be easily proven and will not be bought off. The best part of it is that they WILL follow the money trail, something which is MUCH easier to do under RICO and IRS regs.

  • Yan117

    Just read a very interesting article about Paul Haggis’ take on Leah Remini’s defection on The Hollywood Reporter. I highly recommend the read. Leah Remini truly seems to be a remarkably nice person according to Haggis. I must say, I am very impressed by that woman’s integrity and character. I never really knew her but feel I now do. And I am a fan.

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      Yan117, meet media_lush…

  • media_lush

    Paul Haggis has penned an open letter of support for Leah in The Hollywood Repoter. http://m.hollywoodreporter.com/news/leah-reminis-scientology-break-paul-595708

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      Media_lush, meet Yan117…

      • media_lush

        this almost happened http://youtu.be/OqxLmLUT-qc

        • Yan117

          I am almost un-google-able.

          I’m only the sixth or seventh most famous Yan117 in the world. Hopefully, none of my namesakes ever feel the wrath of the Cult of Greed because of my online opposition to that oh-so-very-evil man eating corporation.

        • ze moo

          That is up there with Lroons breaking a 50′s computer by asking a question.

    • 1subgenius

      From Haggis’ letter:

      “When I was leaving and was visited by waves of angry friends and a phalange of top Scientology executives, trying to convince me to tear up my letter and resign quietly, I made a similar mistake by insisting they look into the charges of abuse detailed by the Tampa Bay Times. I was working on a film aboutMartin Luther King Jr. at that moment and made the polite suggestion that even great leaders like Dr. King were human and fallible. Two of the senior church leaders leapt to their feet and shouted at me, “How dare you compare a great man like David Miscavige to Martin Luther King!” I ended the meeting at that point, thanking them for coming.”

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      And I see our old friend St. Claire is johnny-on-the-spot with some irrelevant hand-wringing. The passive-aggressive word for the day is “distasteful.” As in, how distasteful for Paul Haggis to write an open letter, rather than contacting Leah privately.

      Oh brother.

    • Interested

      Re this open letter from Paul Haggis. i personally think the fact he wrote this as well as spoke to Leah is fantastic. he has made his opinions known to the world. That he will stick by her no matter what. And that she stuck by him even when she was in the cult.
      Martin Luther king….. David M how can they even dare…..

      • Studious Judious

        Are they any streets named after David Miscavige?

        I will know that Scientology is gone when they rename L. Ron Hubbard Way.

        • Sherbet

          Yes. “Dead End”

        • Marie Claire Wolf

          In hell maybe.

  • Bradley Greenwood

    Quacks in Battle Creek? Paging Dr. Kellogg!

  • Interested

    Apart from these poor souls who died through the dangerous Narconon program, I am shocked to read about how many OT’s die so young. Two names jump out at me. Yesterday jim lynch. And today reading Marty’s blog – moving on up a little higher -Morton Astrupgaard also in his early 50′s And I don’t know how many more; cancer diabetes, I cannot even think of how many lives lost due to this insane idea that LRH tech cures all. And yet I know people out there still believe it. I actually have a lifelong friend (not a member of the cult) who insists that scientology cures all and that they never get colds. What is so hard to fathom is if I’m told something cures all sickness, and yet those around me are dropping like flies well before the average age then damn it, I’d tell em to shove it.

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      Jim Lynch was not an OT, however. Just a hired gun who did, indeed, die young after his brush with the infallible Tech that is Dianetics.

      • Interested

        You are right. Sorry. I meant others like annie broeker etc. should have been clearer.

      • Robert Eckert

        Doing dirty work for the cult apparently “pulls it in” too.

  • media_lush

    this just popped up on DListed.com

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      OK, that made me laugh. I have to share the screen shot. (Go to the site to see the runners-up.)

      • baddog5623

        For the Lulz

        • media_lush

          added it to my blog under the original….

    • baddog5623

      He he

  • Mary_McConnell

    Thanks for reporting on this investigation and tragedy. However, there are some points that I feel need clarifying.
    I was surprised this matter of Amber Bullins sad and very negligent death was leaked while mid investigation. Amber Bullins did not die from ingesting street drugs, as some might surmise from how you commented on the toxicology report. The Toxicology/Autopsy report, which I have also read, shows that all her the medicines found in her system were prescription drugs given to her by a physician in his attempt to wean her off her addiction to Heroin and Xanax (Alprazolam). She died from Mixed Drug Intoxication of mixed prescribed medications along with underlying contributing health issues. At the time of his report, the Medical Examiner determined that it was an accidental death due to drug intoxication. The prescribing physician, Dr Seth Egelston – is one of a group of doctors currently being being sued in another A Forever Recovery case, Richmond v AFR et al.. http://narcononreviews.net/lawsuits/richmond-vs-a-forever-recovery-its-medical-director-et-al/

    Egelston was Amber’s physician at intake and the last physician to see her. The investigation concerns what occurred between the time she entered the program until the time she was reported dead to 911. To my knowledge, illicit drugs are not a factor in this case. That does not mean that drugs are not to be found in those facilities because we at Reaching For The Tipping Point Forum and Narcononreviews.net to get reports of this occurring at most of the Narconon and unbranded facilities like AFR ans BDR.

    Tranquility Detox is the fictitious name used for corporate and sales purposes for the medical and non-medical withdrawal detox center run by and licensed to both A Forever Recovery and Best Drug Rehabilitation and sometimes used by patients referred by Narconon Freedom Center. This is where people are sent first if they need detox or withdrawal. Usually they never hear the name Tranquility Detox until after the patient arrives to start their program at either A Forever recovery or Best Drug Rehabilitation Center. There’s big money in billing insurance for medical detox, less liability in sending people to detox…even Narconon has gotten into the game by sending patients to outside places or separate locations where a physician weans the ‘student’ off meds they are addicted to. There is no legal program licensed in Michigan by the name Tranquility Detox but there is a corporation registered by the son of AFR owner Pamela Anderson and nephew of Per Wickstrom : Steve Anderson. This ‘Tranquility Detox ‘center owned by AFR and BDR is located at 163 NORTH AVENUE in BATTLE CREEK, MI, Their licensing information for this location can be found here:
    A Forever Recovery
    Address : 163 NORTH AVENUE BATTLE CREEK, MI 49017
    Service Description License Type Begin Date Date Expired
    RESIDENTIAL DETOX STANDARD 04/02/2012
    http://www.dleg.state.mi.us/bhs_car/dt_sal.asp?BHS_LIC_NBR=130115

    Best Drug Rehabilitation
    Address: 163 NORTH AVENUE BATTLE CREEK, MI 49017
    Service Description License Type Begin Date Date Expired
    RESIDENTIAL DETOX STANDARD 04/07/2012
    http://www.dleg.state.mi.us/bhs_car/dt_sal.asp?BHS_LIC_NBR=130116

    Another note regarding Per Wickstrom. He is the former owner of the now defunct Narconon Stone Hawk which was once the facility where A Forever recovery’s main facility is now located. While I know Lucas Catton begs to differ, it is my belief that Narconon International has an agreement with Per Wickstrom to allow him to use the Narconon program at their sites that these unbranded programs he and his family run, as long as he pays for use of the materials like all the other Narconons do. This is an agreement made long ago after he closed Narconon Stone Hawk and opened up A Forever recovery under his sister Pamela Anderson’s name.
    Every person who has come forward to speak about these 2 facilities has stated they even use the Narconon books and do all the drills and take all the vitamins just like one does in Narconon. So these are essentially Narconon programs by different names. And because the Narconon is infamous on the internet, Narconon’s are now using fictitious names like Redwood Cliffs, Huntington Harbor, Fresh Start, Arrowhead Detox….. to lure people in without mentioning the name Narconon.

    Additionally, Per Wickstrom’s TIA Corp was dismissed from the Teague case last

    Aug-28-2012 ( ORD (1 pages) DISMISSAL(TIA CORPORATION ONLY) MISC ACT-JDG TIA CORPORATION DISMISSAL ORDER SIGNED RE: TIA CORP ONLY )
    https://mcc.co.calhoun.mi.us/details.php?c=2012+0000001483&se=party#case_overview

    Thanks for the mention of Narconon Reviews http://narcononreviews.net. It’s actual purpose it to help educate people not just on Narconon and the unbranded clones, but on how to search and find appropriate help for oneself or a loved one without being conned and deceived or getting shoddy service. The resources include state licensing gencies, state requirements for facilities, how to file complaints, obtain records. and for attorneys and the media there are formal, informal and legal complaints – some which link to Tony’s scribd and mine.

  • Douglas D. Douglas

    I hope that Mary McConnel’s excellent post is simply “down” for some editing or something. I was trying to respond with this:

    Thanks so much for the salient information.

    I cannot help but wonder at the fact that the Church of Scientology, which claims there is so much evil in “big pharma” and “psychs” apparently turn a blind eye to facilities like this that continue to give people prescription medications. Obviously, as long as the money is flowing up, they really, really don’t care what happens to the patients in the Narconon program. It’s all so… unethical.

    • Mary_McConnell

      No. I Posted it twice thinking first time was an error but both were remived. It’s being moderated. Probably by Disqus because I had a certain amount of links in it. If it doesn’t show up later, I will post it at the blog at NarcononReviews.net Thanks for your kind words.

      • Douglas D. Douglas

        It’s there. And thank you!

      • FistOfXenu

        Hi Mary. For what it’s worth I just tried going to NarcononReviews.net and got “Error 503 : Service Temporarily Unavailable”. I guess it’s just me because 3D just said he saw your post there. I’ll keep trying.

        • Mary_McConnell

          Not sure what happend there but the site is up and running. Do try again :) I still haven’t poste on the blog yet. Need some food in my system first.

          • FistOfXenu

            Thanks!

      • aquaclara

        Tried to post this to your initial message. It’s awaiting moderation, and won’t accept replies, so here it is. For everyone, if you see Mary’s message noted as “awaiting moderation” click and read. Much good info there.
        Mary, Thank you for all of this. I hope that all of your work, and that of others like you, this will be thoroughly investigated. Amber’s facebook is so optimistic and full of joy. It is heartbreaking.
        I admire your work in tracking the b**tards down that prey upon victims and their families. And for keeping up with the details to make sure the cases don’t fall off the rails. And for those that pursue the bits and details that the cult hides behind.
        The new website http://Narcononreviews.net is excellent. What a tremendous body of work. (showing both click love and post love here…..)….

        • Mary_McConnell

          Thank you, aquaclara. There are many people involved in helping bring justice to these victims. It’s getting better every day, especially because Tony reports what’s going on as he gets the news. My post is moderated by Disqus. I didn’t realize people could still read it . Didn’t know they could see the awaiting moderation link there . That’s good!

          So glad you like the web site, too :)We are hoping many people read it so that deaths like Amber’s and the others never happen again.

          • aquaclara

            There is a “show comment” next to the message that people can click on….important reading that I hope everyone sees here or on http://Narcononreviews.net

    • Mary_McConnell
  • Douglas D. Douglas

    Thanks so much for the salient information.

    I cannot help but wonder at the fact that the Church of Scientology, which claims there is so much evil in “big pharma” and “psychs” apparently turn a blind eye to facilities like this that continue to give people prescription medications. Obviously, as long as the money is flowing up, they really, really don’t care what happens to the patients in the Narconon program. It’s all so… unethical.

  • media_lush

    since Paul Haggis mentioned Jabba the Kirstie’s vile tweets it looks like she’s being told off again, lulz

    • Gerard Plourde

      Do you have any clues as to the link she was pushing?

      • media_lush

        her scene in Woody Allen’s Deconstructing Harry http://youtu.be/FZVGhG59l3M

        • Gerard Plourde

          “The best scene of any film anywhere”

          Kirstie, you’re so humble.

    • Lark Smith

      Boy some folks from Kansas sure like to cuss in public… Apparently Big Beings are also foul mouthed to the extreme. It is quite odd when you think about it. I’m very enlightened you MFers, Asshats, Vag. jumping CS asswipes. What is up with that? …weird.

  • Mark

    “We have drug praablms, we have addiction praablms… praablms, praablms, praablms…”

    I was waiting for this Wickstrom joker to follow up with “So what’re ya gonna do about it? Sue me? Big whoop!”

    He’d be more use as a voice-artist for Family Guy.

  • dagobarbz

    It was probably ten years ago when Vince Daniels, a local radio talk show host in Riverside Co. addressed a case where Wickstrom’s Narconon Stonehawk charged a lot and dumped the client at a ratty motel miles from anywhere for his father to pick up.

    Per Wickstrom actually came to California to dispute the allegations lodged against Narconon Stone Hawk. In the end, he would up giving a refund with the obligatory gag order, but the father had already spilled all the beans.

    Given that this sort of thing has been ongoing, WHY IS PER WICKSTROM STILL IN BUSINESS? What the hell is wrong with that state?

  • Mrs Libnish

    I could only get to 1:30 of that Wickstrom vid. What a total dbag. The Turner/Bunker broadcast…brilliant, and easy to understand for someone not familiar to the cult. Mark is great as always.

    • Johan

      He has the kind of face you just want to punch

  • Lark Smith

    I was just called a pathetic scientologist by a scieborg – I think? At http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/leah-reminis-scientology-break-paul-595708. I merely pointed out that all the up votes were guests on their messed up rants. I think I am proud of myself for that weird.

  • California

    Here is CCN’s take on bad rehabs in California:

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/29/health/rehab-racket-siu-cir-part-one/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

    Although Able Family Services has an interesting name it does not seem to be Narconon. Narconon is not mentioned in the article but there is information about where to go to file complaints within California.

  • richelieu jr

    Funny how in all their forgetting of Katie’s name, they are still counting her as the second wife and Nicole as the first…

    What could be more Hubbardesque tan having had three wives and only admitting two?

  • California

    Also, here is information about a major FBI take-down of bad rehabs in Michigan: http://www.fbi.gov/detroit/press-releases/2013/forty-four-individuals-indicted-in-health-care-fraud-and-drug-distribution-scheme

    Are there Narconons in Michigan? Yes, although none are mentioned in this story.

    But there are names of FBI and other authorities that one can contact about this challenge of fraud in substance abuse rehab centers in Michigan.

  • Sarah James

    Is scientologies narconon drug rehab or euthanasia ?

    • 1subgenius

      Good question to ask.

    • 0tessa

      The ‘eu’ meaning ‘good’ for Scientology Inc?

      • Sarah James

        no never.

      • Sarah James

        No, never.

      • Sarah James

        No never

  • Sarah James

    How did Amber Bullins get a cocktail of drugs and xanax in a Narconon ” drug rehab,” and how did Stacy Dawn Murphy also die of a drug overdose? I know David Miscavige is all about the money and the death of anyone of his ” students” would end the income. The cult believes we live many lives. The kool-aid drinkers, well some could believe more than others. I was thinking about the twisted mind of Charles Cullen when I posted before. Sorry if I upset anyone by not finishing my thought.

  • India Crep

    What a nightmare. Since 1994 we have been working hard trying to inform State law enforcement and regulatory agencies about how Scientology kills people with their quack medical “drug treatment” frauds, and every time we’ve been offered any reply, it’s been “we can’t do anything to regulate a business like this, victims must sue, we can’t do anything about it ourselves” despite the fact that the regulatory agencies we’ve blanketed across the country with emails and paper mails with *ARE* the correct agencies that *CAN* stop these fucking insane killers.

    Now look at the body count since 1994 when the effort to stop these fucking murdering asshole criminals started in earnest.

  • Still_On_Your_Side

    So Wickstrom is worried that a google search will bring up bad news about Best Drug Rehabilitation, Tranquility DeTox, and A Forever Rcovery? So he has his attorney file 7 frivolous lawsuits, in a forum that is not only inconvenient for the defendants, but has no connection with them (the forum is only convenient for Wickstrom’s attorney). This is something out of a John Grisham novel- shady, corrupt crooks running a drug rehabilitation scam sue victims of their scam knowing the victims can’t afford lawyers or carfare because all of their money had been scammed by the crooks. Or something out of Mad Magazine…

    Well, today’s blog should insure that Per Wickstrom’s worst nightmare comes true and that every google search for his name and his businesses all pick up the fact that he is under civil and criminal investigations. Just to make sure, I will repeat the names a few more times:

    Per Wickstrom, Best Drug Recovery, Tranquility DeTox, and A Forever Recovery are all connected to Narconon which is a Scientology front group and is under investigation for insurance fraud and deaths at their facilities.

    Per Wickstrom, Best Drug Recovery, Tranquility DeTox, and A Forever Recovery all being investigated for violations of the civil and criminal laws of the State of Michigan because, among other things, a young woman, Amber Bullins, died under their care.

    By the end of the year, I will not be surprised to learn that Per Wickstrom, and the other principals of Best Drug Recovery, Tranquility DeTox, and A Forever Recovery are all either indicted or already in jail.

    • aquaclara

      I also hope that Per Wickstrom, Best Drug Recovery, Tranquility Detox and A Forever Recovery are all being investigated for criminal isolationist in the State of Michigan. Amber Bullens died while in their care, needlessly. My heart goes out to her.

  • Sarah James

    Uh-oh Please tell me I’m not disconnected? I had a lot going on today. I continued my thought process in my head and not in my last post. Amber Bullins age 22 dies of ” a cocktail of drugs” + xanax ,at narconon drug rehab. Stacy Dawn Murphy also dies of a drug overdose while in the ” care” of narconon. I know Gabriel Graves, Kaycie Werninck, Hillary Holten ,and Patrick Desmond are all dead patients of narconon. I don’t know if they were victims of drug overdose. Who dies of drugs in a rehab? Read THE GOOD NURSE by Charles Graeber. Young people do not die from drugs in a drug rehab.

    • Studious Judious

      Patrick Desmond died of an overdose. I’m not familiar with Graves, Werninck or Holten

      • Sarah James

        Thanks for the information. I found one more, Herrbert Pfaff age 31 died 1988. They put him on scientology processing and vitamins and took him of his medications.

    • Proud to be an SP

      These were young people with their whole life ahead of them. Nothing short of criminal to let them die in rehab.

  • Sarah James

    Does anyone know the hiring practices of narconon? Level of education and experience? Anyone here ever apply? Does everyone working at narconon have to be a lrh believer?

  • Sarah James

    David Miscavige loves money not people. I imagine there deaths are a reflection of his lack of morals. David Miscavige policy in action.

  • thanhdanh

    This is known to kill people but where the center is a rehabilitation center.

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  • Spiderpope

    Yet another victim to add to the list. Miscavige and his ilk have a lot of blood on their hands.

  • Stephanie

    I used to work for Per. There is nothing good about what they are doing. The allegations about all of the websites set up to look like resource lines but are really just all going to the same person are true. I had to answer the phone “treatment solutions” when I worked for A Forever Recovery… I was told it would be best to use an alias… and my job was to sort the people with “money” from the people without, and then send them to an “intake counselor” Which are just recovering addicts looking to make the most money possible…and who are in no way qualified to make any kind of treatment decision…One of those “counselors” commit suicide the year I left. We would get random drug screens all the time, and breathalyzers. People failed them at 9am… I worked her for a short time and it was way more then enough. This place is horrible and it makes me sad that people believe they are getting their loved ones help. Don’t ever go here. EVER.

  • Matthew Cole

    despite the fact that I don’t lke the cult of scientology, I went to Best Drug Rehabilitation and Tranquility Detox center myself this past year. Although I hated the place it did give me my life back! fuck all the nasty comments. Its one incident. shit happens. She probably snuck them shit in or jumped the fence like multiple people did while I was there. WE are addicts… that why we go there! we will do what it takes to get that fix

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