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DRONE FLYOVER: An even closer look at where Scientology is keeping Shelly Miscavige

The anonymous drone pilot just had to go back for a closer look.

In September, we posted footage shot by a drone operator who has kept himself unidentified. He had shot images of several secretive Scientology locations in the Western U.S., and he allowed the Underground Bunker to premiere his videos. He’s made the footage free to use without strings, and we’ve started to see some of his crisp 4K video show up in television shows.

One of the places he went over in detail was the headquarters of Scientology’s most clandestine entity, the Church of Spiritual Technology. CST is a very odd organization. Its mandate is to dig vaults where L. Ron Hubbard’s words can be preserved for centuries. His words are etched on stainless steel plates which are held in titanium boxes filled with inert gases, and then stored in the underground vaults, three of which are located in California, and one is in New Mexico.

One of the vaults is in a small compound near Lake Arrowhead, California, and that’s also where CST has its headquarters, where the work of preparing those steel plates and other ways of preserving Hubbard’s words goes on. And it’s there, we believe, that Scientology leader David Miscavige keeps his wife, Michele “Shelly” Barnett Miscavige, since banishing her there in the summer of 2005. (A recent sighting near the base is something that we’re taking seriously.)


In September, we got to see the first ever drone flyover of the property, and with the help of a former CST employee, Dylan Gill, we got a pretty good idea of where Shelly may be living and where she may be working on the property. (Please take a look at how we labeled those views to get an idea of what you’re seeing at this compound.)

But the drone pilot tells us that he wanted to get an even closer look, and in this 13-minute video you’ll see just what he means. He really drops down below treetop level to get us our closest and clearest looks ever of the various buildings on the property.

Once again, we’ll recommend that you go full screen for these views and really soak up the incredible 4K detail.



[The vault site]


[The “new production building,” where Shelly may be working]


[The house were Gill says Shelly may be living]

And that’s not all! As a bonus, we’re also including a video the drone pilot shot over the Narconon facility in Nevada, which calls itself Rainbow Canyon Retreat. We’ve mentioned the facility in numerous stories, and it’s been the subjects of lawsuits and journalistic exposes.

Now it’s nice to get a great look at the place, as well as the beautiful surroundings.



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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

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3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on May 15, 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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