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Ron Miscavige on life at Scientology’s secretive Gold Base (and getting thrown in its lake)

Last time we talked with Ron Miscavige, he had some pretty incredible news for us about a laptop computer that may contain some of the most explosive evidence about the Church of Scientology in decades.

We’re working with Ron for an update on that story, but today we have a treat for you: It’s an interview of Ron by contributor Jeffrey Augustine.

The two of them go over some really interesting territory in this discussion. Ron lets us in on what it was like to hear from his publisher about how his book, Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me was selling.

They talk about what life was like on Gold Base in California, where Ron lived and eventually escaped from in 2012. Jeffrey asks Ron about a few famous incidents at the base that we don’t think we’ve heard Ron talk about before.


We learned, for example, that Ron’s musical skills were called upon when Katie Holmes at one point wanted to put together a special song for Tom Cruise. How sweet!

Another time, Ron stayed up 82 straight hours to put together a theme song for Saint Hill Manor, Scientology’s UK headquarters. Now that’s Sea Org dedication!

Ron also discusses a couple of notorious deaths on the base, and about his own experience being thrown in the lake there as punishment.

We think you’re going to find it a fascinating discussion. Let us know what you think about it!



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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 4,657 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,254 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,294 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy in 1,006 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 473 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 4,591 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 1,761 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,081 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,056 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 412 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin in 4,714 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 821 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis for 1,223 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,096 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 677 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike in 1,182 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 1,426 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 12,535 days.


3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on February 8, 2017 at 07:00

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Our book, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely: How the Church of Scientology tried to destroy Paulette Cooper, is on sale at Amazon in paperback, Kindle, and audiobook versions. We’ve posted photographs of Paulette and scenes from her life at a separate location. Reader Sookie put together a complete index. More information about the book, and our 2015 book tour, can also be found at the book’s dedicated page.

The Best of the Underground Bunker, 1995-2016 Just starting out here? We’ve picked out the most important stories we’ve covered here at the Undergound Bunker (2012-2016), The Village Voice (2008-2012), New Times Los Angeles (1999-2002) and the Phoenix New Times (1995-1999)

Learn about Scientology with our numerous series with experts…

BLOGGING DIANETICS: We read Scientology’s founding text cover to cover with the help of L.A. attorney and former church member Vance Woodward
UP THE BRIDGE: Claire Headley and Bruce Hines train us as Scientologists
GETTING OUR ETHICS IN: Jefferson Hawkins explains Scientology’s system of justice
SCIENTOLOGY MYTHBUSTING: Historian Jon Atack discusses key Scientology concepts

Other links: Shelly Miscavige, ten years gone | The Lisa McPherson story told in real time | The Cathriona White stories | The Leah Remini ‘Knowledge Reports’ | Hear audio of a Scientology excommunication | Scientology’s little day care of horrors | Whatever happened to Steve Fishman? | Felony charges for Scientology’s drug rehab scam | Why Scientology digs bomb-proof vaults in the desert | PZ Myers reads L. Ron Hubbard’s “A History of Man” | Scientology’s Master Spies | Scientology’s Private Dancer | The mystery of the richest Scientologist and his wayward sons | Scientology’s shocking mistreatment of the mentally ill | Scientology boasts about assistance from Google | The Underground Bunker’s Official Theme Song | The Underground Bunker FAQ

Our Guide to Alex Gibney’s film ‘Going Clear,’ and our pages about its principal figures…
Jason Beghe | Tom DeVocht | Sara Goldberg | Paul Haggis | Mark “Marty” Rathbun | Mike Rinder | Spanky Taylor | Hana Whitfield


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