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Scientology cranks up its ‘noisy’ investigation of Leah Remini, and she fires back

Last week, we told you that Leah Remini has come under a new round of what appears to be a Scientology “noisy” investigation. Since then, we are learning that the operation has kicked into high gear.

Following the playboook Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard set down decades ago, the church targets people it considers enemies by sending private investigators to pretend that they are law enforcement officers or reporters seeking information in order to spread rumors about a target.

On March 26, we revealed that a former NYPD detective had boasted about being hired to tail Remini while she was filming a movie with Jennifer Lopez in Manhattan and Brooklyn. We also learned that a woman who called herself Valerie Morgan had showed up at the home of one of the sons of Angelo Pagan to ask if the young man had been mistreated by his stepmother, Remini.

Since then, we’ve learned that “Valerie” is on quite a tear. She visited the homes of Pagan’s two other sons (all three are in the SF Bay Area), she showed up at the house of a waitress who works for Pagan at his Studio City restaurant, Vivian’s Millennium Cafe, and then she approached Remini’s younger sister Shannon at the restaurant.


Morgan claimed to be a reporter working for a German magazine, but couldn’t name it when she was asked.

We called the number on Morgan’s business card, but were unable to leave a message because the voice mailbox had not been set up.

This seems a strange oversight for a reporter to make.

Morgan claimed that the German magazine was doing a “fact check” on Remini’s book, Troublemaker, which came out more than two years ago.

Yeah, sure.

So while Scientology is doing its best to present a more mainstream image of itself on its new television network (and failing badly), it continues to stay true to its authentic self with more “Fair Game” harassment and noisy investigations.

Remini herself responded to the ongoing intimidation campaign with an Instagram post which made it clear that it only made her more resolute…



James Earl Ray in Los Angeles, a Scientology connection?

The Los Angeles Times has a piece today that by some miracle mentions Scientology. It’s a look at the months James Earl Ray spent in Los Angeles before he traveled to Memphis and assassinated the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968.

Matt Pearce’s article says that Ray was from the Midwest (not South, as many assumed) and had picked up the alias “Eric Galt” by the time he got to L.A. in November 1967. Over the next few months, he sought out numerous hypnotists and other potential gurus to help transform himself. One biographer claims that among the groups he had contact with was Scientology.

But no other biographer makes that claim, and the church itself denies that Ray had any involvement in Scientology.

Do any of our oldtimers have any memory of James Earl Ray/Eric S. Galt showing up for a course or two at an org in L.A. in early 1968? Let us know.


[James Earl Ray, 1959]


Make your plans now!

Wow, it’s already April! Our flight and hotel is booked — who’s going to join us in Chicago? Remember, Friday (June 22) is Fly Day, and Saturday night (June 23) Chicago Fire star Christian Stolte will be helping us present things on stage as we hold our event at an actual theater this year. It’s going to be a wild time. Head over to our HowdyCon 2018 website to start making your travel plans!



Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,074 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 1,677 days
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 220 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,283 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,057 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 2,831 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,177 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,671 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,711 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,423 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 949 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,038 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,178 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,498 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,473 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 829 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,131 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,237 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 1,640 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,512 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,094 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 1,599 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 1,843 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 12,952 days.


3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on April 4, 2018 at 07:00

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