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Disconnection, neglect, and suicide: Scientology, it’s even worse than you think

[Marie Bilheimer]

We first heard from Marie Bilheimer more than a year ago. Like so many other former members of the Church of Scientology, she wanted to communicate with us even though she wasn’t ready to go public with her story.

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How Liz Gale came to disconnect from her own mother, Scientology style

  “Today I cut ties with my mother, the most dedicated Scientologist I know.”

That’s how Liz Gale opened an essay published last month at former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder’s website.

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Scientology’s ‘disconnection’ policy gets sacrificed on the Burning Man altar

  We heard from a special correspondent who sent us photos from this year’s Burning Man event at Black Rock City, Nevada.

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How Scientology split up teen sweethearts who reunited more than 40 years later

  On Sunday, The Spokesman-Review, a newspaper in Spokane, Washington, published a touching story about high school sweethearts who were forced apart and then finally, after more than 40 years, reunited and got married.

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BILLBOARD UP IN FLORIDA: Scientology ‘disconnection’ on view near Clearwater ‘mecca’

  We just got word from Phil and Willie Jones. Their second “Call Me” billboard just went up in Largo, Florida, bringing attention to Scientology’s “disconnection” policy just a few miles from where the church has its international spiritual “mecca” in the town of Clearwater.

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‘Call Me’ says their billboard — and their daughter in Scientology did just that

[Phil Jones and his daughter Emily]

  Phil and Willie Jones, the Las Vegas couple who got a lot of press for raising the money to put up a billboard in Los Angeles bringing attention to Scientology’s “disconnection” policy, have arrived in Florida this week for the unveiling of a new billboard in the town […]

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To Scientology’s Emily Jones: We have a message from your mother

[Phil and Willie Jones and their children Mike and Emily, before disconnection]

Earlier this year, Phil and Willie Jones came to us when they wanted to raise money for a billboard in Los Angeles that would urge Scientologists disconnected from their families to pick up the phone and call their loved ones. Our readers came […]

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Battle for a Scientology soul: Kazakh 20-year-old ‘prisoner’ is back home, but will she stay?

[Rigina Hikmatulina and her mother, Dina Tylevich, in a photo taken yesterday for the Underground Bunker]

  Rigina is back. But is she there to stay?

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CLEARWATER DONE DEAL — Couple seeks big crowd for Scientology ‘disconnection’ billboard

  After the readers of this website once again came through for former Scientologists Phil and Willie Jones, contributing several thousand dollars for another “Call Me” billboard to raise awareness of Scientology’s “disconnection” policy, the Las Vegas couple are announcing that they have signed a contract for a billboard in Clearwater, Florida.

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Scientology is holding this Kazakh 20-year-old prisoner, says her media-grabbing mom

  We turn to the Underground Bunker’s Russian-language wing to help us with a story developing in Kazakhstan that has generated some excitement over at WhyWeProtest.net and elsewhere. And even with expert translation assistance, this story is a bit batty and we’d like to get it more completely sorted out.

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