Daily Notifications
Sign up for free emails to receive the feature story every morning in your inbox at


We have your Scientology ‘Maiden Voyage’ robo-call invitation, Los Angeles!

[Partying on L. Ron Hubbard Way]

Starting tomorrow, L. Ron Hubbard Way in Los Angeles will be transformed into the Caribbean Sea as the always naval-minded Church of Scientology celebrates one of holy dates on its space-age calendar.

Over the next four weeks, Scientologists around the world are being called down to their local orgs for a series of videos that were shot recently on the church’s private cruise ship, the Freewinds, which spends its time in Caribbean waters (but as we reported earlier, has fewer places to drop anchor).

In June, Scientology leader David Miscavige invites his most wealthy donors and other bigwigs down to the spiritual barge to preview new initiatives. The fat cats get a special sneak peek, see. But now the rest of the membership gets to see what happened on the ship, watching videos of Miscavige speaking for hours at a time. It’s a gas.

So if you’re a Scientologist in the Los Angeles area, you would have received this robo-call in the last few days. One of our tipsters in the church forwarded it to us. Tell us, would this get you down to L. Ron Hubbard Way for the festivities, which will no doubt include appeals for more donations? Let us know.




HowdyCon 2017 is all about the Bunker community

Wow, what a great time we had last night, with old friends coming together to meet new friends in Downtown Denver for HowdyCon 2017.

Kim O’Brien really set us up well at the Curtis Club, where we imbibed while watching My Scientology Movie and got some great behind-the-scenes anecdotes from one of the movie’s stars, Marc Headley.

Marc even put a slide show together about it, and so we’ve decided to add his presentation to tomorrow night’s big event, along with his wife Claire, journalist Steve Cannane, and actress Cathy Schenkelberg.

As for today, we’ll be scattering around town to get the genuine Denver experience, and then meeting again for happy hour drinks tonight.



Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 4,790 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 2,547 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 1,893 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,387 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,427 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy in 1,139 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 665 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 4,754 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 1,894 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,214 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,189 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 545 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin in 4,847 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 954 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis for 1,356 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,229 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 810 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike in 1,315 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 1,559 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 12,668 days.


3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on June 23, 2017 at 07:00

E-mail tips and story ideas to tonyo94 AT gmail DOT com or follow us on Twitter. We post behind-the-scenes updates at our Facebook author page. After every new story we send out an alert to our e-mail list and our FB page.

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


Share Button
Print Friendly, PDF & Email