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Trouble for Scientology in 1966: When the Daily Mail called L. Ron Hubbard’s degrees ‘bogus’

  Our helper is back who dives through obscure newspaper archives in search of forgotten Scientology history. Last time, he found for us a really remarkable 1968 interview of L. Ron Hubbard when a Daily Mail reporter, Peter Smith, tracked him down on his ship in Bizerte, Tunisia.

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Until the spaceships arrive, Scientologists measure cosmic success in framed glory

  Jeffrey Augustine joins us again to take a fresh look at one of Scientology’s most characteristic schemes. Take it away, Jeff…

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Older than Pythagoras, and guaranteed to raise your IQ: What Scientology promised in 1954

[L. Ron Hubbard, circa 1954]

Previously, our tipster who searches through old newspaper clippings found for us a rare interview of L. Ron Hubbard that took place in Tunisia in 1968. One of our favorite revelations in that interview was that Hubbard didn’t deny that he’d claimed to have made trips to “Heaven.”

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Attempted murder, a fancy lawyer, and the long path to healing: A Scientology life, exposed

  This week Chris Shelton finishes his series about Larisa Smith with a disturbing conclusion — so prepare yourself. Here’s how Chris has chosen to introduce this final episode in his series…

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Chris Shelton dives into Scientology culture with the Larisa Smith story, part two

Chris Shelton continues his new video series, interviewing a young woman, Larisa Smith, who grew up in Scientology and suffered the consequences…

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Pam Bondi thrills at Scientology’s mecca, Hungarian TV bends over, & other updates

  Once again our tipsters have come through for us. We have several interesting things for you today, and we struggled over how to order them. We’ll be interested to see which of these items you found most disturbing, ominous, or wacky.

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L. Ron Hubbard in exile: When Scientology’s leader ran things while on the lam

  In February 1980 in Hemet, California, Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard sat down on a mattress that his driver, John Brousseau, had put in the back of a van. Hubbard reached out his hand and shook Brousseau’s and said goodbye as a young couple, Pat and Annie Broeker, got into the van and […]

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Flirt with Scientology, and its dogged letter writers will hound you forever

  We don’t know if this is a record, but it sure impresses the heck out of us.

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Co-writer Dan Koon answers accusations about the accuracy of Ron Miscavige’s ‘Ruthless’

[Dan Koon and Mariette Lindstein]

Jeffrey Augustine is back with part two of his interview with former Scientology executive Dan Koon. This time, the two get right into some accusations that have been made about the book that Dan co-wrote with Ron Miscavige, Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me.

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As Scientology declines, its members are even giving up on their spooky super powers

  We want to thank Artoo45 for alerting us to the latest Advance! magazine, which has always been one of our favorite Scientology publications. It’s in Advance! that the “OT Phenomena” column runs. Jefferson Hawkins, who once edited Advance!, tells us that column was one of the most popular things the publications division put […]

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