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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.

We asked Jeffrey to summarize the points made in the podcast:

— How Dan had several high ranking former Sea Org workers like Mark Fisher and others fact check the book.

— How St. Martin’s lawyer went through the book and thoroughly vetted it with Ron and Dan.

— Ron stands 100 percent behind his book. So does Dan and St. Martin’s. It is a solid book that became a NYT bestseller.


— Dan is also asked about the depiction of David Miscavige by actor Andrew Perez in Louis Theroux’s My Scientology Movie. He says that if anything the portrayal was a mild one — no one, Dan says, can blow his top like Miscavige can.

— How Dan got into the Sea Org and his different assignments.

— How Ron Sr and Dan met when they were in the Sea Org and became very good friends.

— How Ron Sr was well regarded in the Sea Org. Ron Sr was not allowed to skate because he was David Miscavige’s father. Ron was a great musician and always had to pull his own weight. He would have been kicked out of the Golden Era band if he weren’t an exceptional musician.

— Dan knows all the people who are interviewed and appear on the Ron Sr. smear website operated by the church and he says they had a gun to their heads to trash Ron Sr.

As always, please give us your own thoughts about the interview and the assertions that Dan makes.



We’re big in Milwaukee

Speaking of podcasts, the guys at Mythicist Milwaukee last night made available the interview we did with them recently. Give them some love and give the podcast a listen.

And just a few hours ago, our appearance on Richard C. Hoagland’s “The Other Side of Midnight” radio show was scuppered by technical issues. As far as we know, UFOs were not to blame. We’ve rescheduled for next Tuesday night.


3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on September 13, 2016 at 07:00

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