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Postscript: How David Miscavige spun the death of Lisa McPherson


We’re very glad to be done with our series about Lisa McPherson, who died 20 years ago yesterday. But after paying such close attention to Scientology’s grimmest of scandals, we thought we owed you a laugh today.

So, as a postscript to what you’ve just been through, we’re posting something we know some of you have already seen, but is worth a look if you haven’t encountered it before. It’s David Miscavige, at the Maiden Voyage event in 2000, spinning the church’s victory after the criminal prosecution for Lisa’s death was dropped that year.

This is some vintage Miscavige, but even more so than usual because he’s spinning these conspiracy theories in a speech rather than filtered through a Freedom magazine investigation or a Golden Era video with a voiceover actor.

Someone has put some very entertaining titles on the videos, which were posted in 2008, when Chanology was new. We’re more interested in your observations, however, especially now that we’ve all had a chance to refresh our memories about what actually happened to Lisa McPherson…





Bonus photos from our tipsters

Ivonne Armant has been reminiscing lately and posted this photo of her first visit to Flag. Ivonne is a Mexican actress who posed for Playboy, won ‘Big Brother VIP’ in Spain, and happens to be the daughter of Placido Domingo Jr., but they are estranged (we think). She writes: “Never in my life have I seen anything like it, nor have I known a study technology so superior to everything else, so futuristic and so incredible!”


Whale Jim Mathers with the next phenom, a kid from St. Petersburg…


Check out Denver, rolling out the big stats: “We have a game of the highest Survival Rundown hours every week and these were the winners.”


Even the clams can’t wait for December 18…


Here’s our first glimpse of Robin Hogarth in a while. Hey, Robin, how’s the Duggan kid?


Joy Villa helps promote yet another Scientology front group, this one founded in 2009 to promote “Purposeful Play.” Because L. Ron Hubbard’s athletic accomplishments have been cruelly overlooked. Or something.


Denice Duff posted this photograph of herself and Jason Dohring in a skit at the Celebrity Centre that benefited the LAPD’s Police Activities League. Nothing like getting even cozier with the local cops.




We didn’t get a chance to include photos in our book, so we’ve posted them at a dedicated page. Reader Sookie put together a complete index and we’re hosting it here on the website. Copies of the paperback version of ‘The Unbreakable Miss Lovely’ are on sale at Amazon. The Kindle edition is also available, and shipping instantly.

Our book tour is concluded for now. (But you can re-experience it through this nifty interactive map!) We’ll let you know about future appearances. Previous events: Santa Barbara (5/16), Hollywood (5/17), Orange County (5/17), San Diego (5/20), San Francisco (5/22), New York (6/11), Chicago (6/20), Toronto (6/22), Clearwater (6/28), Washington DC (7/12), Hartford (7/14), Denver (7/17), Dallas (7/20), Houston (7/22), San Antonio (7/24), Austin (7/25), Paris (7/29), London (8/4), Boston (8/24), Phoenix (9/15), Cleveland (9/23), Minneapolis (9/24), Portland (9/27), Seattle (9/28), Vancouver BC (9/29), Sydney (10/23), Melbourne (10/25), Adelaide (10/28), Perth (10/30)


Posted by Tony Ortega on December 6, 2015 at 07:00

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