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Document leak: How Scientology freaked out over losing Lori Hodgson and her mom

[Dee McMurdie and Lori Hodgson]

We told you recently that a new source, a current member of the Church of Scientology, had sent us a small collection of documents (with promises that more are forthcoming). The first document we published was a really entertaining internal memo showing how, in 2008, the church was panicking about […]

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Phil and Willie’s excellent adventure: Taking on Scientology’s ‘disconnection’ policy in L.A.

  Phil and Willie Jones won’t rest. Despite the success of their Echo Park billboard that got a ton of media attention, the Las Vegas couple was back in Los Angeles yesterday with another mission to raise awareness about Scientology’s toxic policy of ‘disconnection.’ When Phil told us what they had planned, we asked […]

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Scientology buys ‘.org’ and ‘.net’ sites to battle anti-disconnection billboard in Los Angeles

  Twice, the Church of Scientology managed to head off Phil and Willie Jones as they attempted to get a billboard put up in Los Angeles about the organization’s toxic “disconnection” policy. The couple, former church members who live in Las Vegas, signed contracts with Outfront Media and Regency Outdoor, but both caved to […]

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Brian Sheen continues to fight Scientology’s ‘disconnection’ in unique and unusual ways

[Brian Sheen meets Miss Lovely, journalist Paulette Cooper]

Last July, we told you the complex saga of Brian Sheen, a Florida man whose grown daughter cut him out of her life on instructions of the Church of Scientology for reasons that were maddeningly murky.

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THE BILLBOARD IS UP: Scientology’s ‘disconnection’ on view in Los Angeles

  After two previous companies turned them down, Phil and Willie Jones were successful today in Los Angeles with their plan to protest Scientology’s disconnection policy with a billboard asking Scientologists to call their loved ones.

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Scientology at Comic Con: An attempt at a minor intervention, as told by Phil Jones

[Emily Jones with a Terl model at the Salt Lake City Comic Con this week.]

For several months we’ve been following the drama surrounding the Jones family, which has been ripped apart by Scientology’s policy of “disconnection.” Phil and Willie Jones are former members of the Church of Scientology, and they are prevented from seeing […]

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Scientology disconnection rips apart another family, this time affecting a familiar face

[Ramana Dienes-Browning and her daughter, Iyana]

We recently received a message from Ramana Dienes-Browning that, sadly, was all too familiar.

“Well, it finally happened,” she said to us over Facebook. “My mum has disconnected from me so she can continue Scientology.”

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Florida rejects complaint over Scientology ‘disconnection,’ but Brian Sheen unbowed

Last month, we scrambled to bring you the story of Brian Sheen. A local television story in Florida had done a story on a man who had made a “civil rights complaint” to the state of Florida about the Church of Scientology denying him access to his daughter, but the story was short on details […]

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The story of Brian Sheen and his ‘disconnected’ Scientology daughter you haven’t heard

The story hit Thursday night at about midnight, just as we were putting to bed our own piece about a Scientology day care scandal.

A local television station in South Florida reported that a man named Brian Sheen, 62, had filed a “civil rights complaint with the state” over Scientology’s toxic “disconnection” policy which […]

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See the message a Scientologist sends to disconnect from a best friend, forever

Here at the Underground Bunker we’ve brought you many stories of “disconnection,” the toxic Scientology policy that rips families apart. But not every order to disconnect involves the kind of family heartbreak that we saw with Sara Goldberg, for example, in Alex Gibney’s film Going Clear.

When Scientology orders people to cut off ties, […]

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