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Hideouts for Scientologists on the lam: Another book from Ron Miscavige

HideoutsLast May, we told you about a slim volume of home-spun tales by a retired musician remembering his 1940s childhood in rural Pennsylvania.

What made that book, True Confessions of a Kid, remarkable, however, was that it was written by Ron Miscavige, father to Scientology leader David Miscavige, and a man who literally had to escape from Scientology’s secretive International Base in California in 2012. We broke the news of Ron’s escape from Scientology, and we’re still waiting to hear the man tell his story of souring on his son’s organization.

Instead, Ron put out a book of childhood yarns. And now, he’s done it again. In Hideouts for Midgets on the Lam and other totally disrelated stories, we are told again about what it was like to grow up in Mt. Carmel, Pennsylvania, where coal was king, and where young Ron began playing trumpet professionally in bars at only 13.

But this time, he brings us forward to hear more about his adulthood. We hear about his service in the U.S. Marines band, for example. But for Underground Bunker readers, there was one anecdote that has special interest.

“Life in the suburbs was good,” Ron writes. “A nice colonial house, three bedrooms, two and a half baths and a recreational field within a half block of where we lived.”

Ron taught his kids how to swim, and they had a dog, Fluffy, that had a tendency to bite people. Ron then recounts what it was like to renovate a rec room with the help of his father. And then he interrupts his tale for an anecdote…

As an aside, prior to building this rec room, I decided to put in a fenced-in area in back of our house, so I could put two of my kids outside and not worry about them running into the street.

So one weekend, when my Dad was visiting with me, we went out to a local hardware store and bought some fencing, stakes to wire the fencing to and a gate to complete up our little enclosure.

We came home, went to work and by dinner time were finished with this little project. Here comes the litmus test. I go in the house, grab my kids — who by the way were twins — good looking as all get out — take them out the back door to show them their play area and without hesitating for a moment, they climbed over the fence and looked at me and my Dad. We just looked at each other and laughed.

It’s a charming tale, and of course, the twins he’s referring to are today Denise Gentile and David Miscavige — the young man who went on to be the ultimate ruler of a ruthless, billion-dollar worldwide organization.

We couldn’t help marveling at the image of Ron’s kids escaping the enclosure he’d built for them, knowing that decades later, Ron would have to escape the enclosure his son had put him into in the California countryside.

Another interesting tidbit. Ron remembers his days in Catholic school, where he was called Ronnie Miskiewicz, his Polish name. (If you’ve ever wondered where the odd name Miscavige comes from, now you know.)

As for the book’s title, Ron allows himself a fanciful chapter that will win him no brownie points with Peter Dinklage or other Little People. Or with woodpeckers. We’d explain, but it’s probably better left to the imagination.

We appreciated learning more about Ron Miscavige in this little book — like that he lives and dies with the Philadelphia Eagles, for example — but we’re still left waiting for the story of how he fell into Scientology and then watched his young son become its most powerful member. And how he managed to find a way out of the heavily guarded Int Base. Ron, come on, give us a call.


A very minor celebrity died today, and we’re sorry for her family.

Peaches Geldof, 25, did dabble in Scientology, and at least did the Purification Rundown. But a sign of how serious she was came later, when she said she’d moved on to OTO.

Ordo Templi Orientis was something L. Ron Hubbard took part in several years before he invented Dianetics and then went on to Scientology. Our regular readers are well aware of Hubbard’s experiments with fellow occult fan and rocket scientist Jack Parsons of Caltech as they performed OTO rituals in 1945 and 1946. Ohio State professor Hugh Urban has demonstrated that Hubbard subsequently lifted many ideas from OTO when he developed Scientology, so it’s not all that surprising that someone dabbling in these ideas would move from one to the other.

Did Geldof’s involvement in Scientology or OTO have something to do with her death? Probably not. But who knows. We’re going to refrain from the breathless analyzing going on at other publications. Peaches grew up in a family with some pretty serious issues, and we feel mostly for her two small children.


Posted by Tony Ortega on April 7, 2014 at 07:00

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  • madmax

    I sent Jenny Craig a message regarding their new/old spokeswoman, and this was their response:

    “—thank you for your comment. The decision to work
    with Kirstie is unrelated to her personal beliefs. We believe she will
    serve as an inspiration to others who may be looking to reenergize their
    weight loss goals. We welcome Kirstie back to the Jenny Craig family
    as we would anyone looking to get back on track with their weight loss
    journey. Thanks again for reaching out”

    Think I should keep the discussion going?

    • CO$CUZ

      “The decision to work with Kirstie is unrelated to her personal beliefs? That is like hiring Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church as your spokesman and saying his personal beliefs don’t come into play. Kirstie Alley shoves her personal beliefs down our throats on the media, so it is very relevant….”

      This was my response. I am madmax and co$cuz. (tried to have one disqus for radar and one for here and it’s entirely too confusing as i can’t remember so many passwords and don’t comment that much anyway 🙂

      • ObsessedReader

        Great response! I plan to stay on it and encourage others to do so also.

        • CO$CUZ

          I did a little research, and North Castle Partners, acquired Jenny Craig from Nestle (another evil company) along with Curves (aren’t they a Christian company?)

          Here is a list of their current portfolio:
          Flatout Glatbread, Palladio Herbal & Vitamin Enriched Cosmetics,
          Octane Fitness, Red Door Spa-Elizabeth Arden,
          Jenny Craig, World Health, Ibex, Contigo Avex, Curves, Mineral Fusion, Doctors Best, Performance Bicycle
          and Spa Lady.

    • ObsessedReader

      Yes, keep it going please!!!! I sent one also, and posted on their Facebook page (I will be surprised if it doesn’t get deleted). All businesses supporting scamology in ANY way should be boycotted, and we should make it LOUD AND CLEAR why we are doing so.

      • CO$CUZ

        Thank you! They haven’t been deleting the comments yet (mine at least) but I am going to take screen shots just to document. My messages and comments have been on Facebook as well. Curious if they will release a public statement.

  • cs sarabia

    Seems like the gossip spinners are trying to connect the dots between Purification Rundown and Peaches Geldof’s death. Whether true or not, anything that makes Co$ look bad can’t be a bad thing. Blind item appeared this morning:

    This organization is going to have a lot to answer for if this woman’s passing is linked to their practices.

    In the weeks and months just prior to her demise, she lost an extreme amount of weight, supposedly from a “diet.”

    That was no “diet.” That was a “purification” ritual prescribed by the organization. She was told by their leaders that it would cleanse her of the toxins that had built up in her body after years of substance abuse.

    The purification consisted of excessive exercise (several hours each day), very restricted food intake, vitamins, and long sauna sessions (sweating out the toxins for four or five hours a day). Does that sound healthy to you?

  • richelieu jr

    If only he’d kept on playing with his trumpet instead of putting it in Mrs Miscavige the world would be a much better place.

  • lolana

    Miss you guys

    • Dice

      we are still here, but in the future. Fast forward!

      • lolana

        Where ru hanging out these days? Not the Village Voice right?

        • Dice

          Nope, but i found your comment on a month old posting, so i thought i would tell you that we are hanging out on todays posting 🙂

          • lolana

            Cool. Someone very dear to me has been lost to a certain organization for a long time. I have mostly accepted this, but not really. I am shunned…so I get it. I’ll come over and say hi.

            • Dice

              See you there 🙂