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More proof that L. Ron Hubbard really did want Scientologists to consider him the Antichrist

Last night, we heard from our old friend Steve Hall after he read our interview with Justin Craig, who claims to be the returned L. Ron Hubbard. During our interview, Craig/LRH denied that the infamous “Original OT 8” materials were genuine.

Several years ago we came to the opposite conclusion, that the notorious document, which was used briefly by the Church of Scientology in 1988 before being abandoned, was actually intended by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard to be a shocking revelation to his followers that he considered himself the Antichrist. The church has called the document a hoax. But was it? Hall sent us this stunning account of how he ran into that document while he was working at Scientology’s secretive Int Base near Hemet, California — and that he also witnessed another contested work by Hubbard, the “Affirmations.” We knew you’d want to see his recollections!

Tony, I read your post about the new LRH criminal/con man hoping to pick up where the original LRH criminal/con man left off. Oh boy.


Regarding the authenticity of the Original OT 8 document, during the six years that I was the director of scriptwriting at the Int base, I along with my associate writer and friend Dan were frequently called on the carpet to meet with COB (Chairman of the Board, RTC, David Miscavige). Among other things, we were saddled with the onerous task of having to write all his propaganda videos used in events.

This position was not obtained by choice. I was forced onto the post as I had become somewhat adept as a copywriter and had made a name for myself as the “Senior Writer” in marketing. No one had ever lasted more than a year as scriptwriter, so I got thrown in with the sharks. My swim lasted six tortuous years until I finally scripted my own escape, but that’s a story for another time.

Dan and I both loathed the scripts we had to write and detested the job; it was abject slavery. We were tasked with writing more than thirty types of scripts and the COB “traffic” (micro-managerial orders) on how to write each of those scripts comprised twelve linear feet of traffic. Here’s a riddle, how do you become good at writing what is inherently shit? Yet to refuse the post would have meant never seeing my wife again and being trap-doored straight into RPF hell in another city. It had already happened to me once in 1990.

These COB “meetings” (a/k/a “shit storms”) took place with about equal regularity at Int Base in the CMO Int Conference Room, the WDC Conference Area (both were part of the CMO Int triple-wide trailers which later became ‘the Hole’), the Cine Conference room (just across from the flagpole facing the highway), or the Building 50 Atrium (which was the new RTC Building).

One night, round about the year 2000 or so, we arrived in the CMO Int Conference room. COB came in followed by Marc Yager, CO CMO Int, and the other usual suspects like COB Secretary (Laurisse “Lou” Henley-Smith), ED Int (Guillaume Lesevre) etc. One of COB’s slaves handed me and Dan an “LRH Advice,” and DM ordered us to read it while flashing a knowing glance at Yager. Of course that glance was not lost on me. COB was out to make some kind of point, but what was the point?

LRH Advices were unpublished notes from L. Ron Hubbard (of which there were thousands) by which he ran the Church during his final years when he was in hiding and not supposed to be running the Church. LRH advices were written on all subjects having to do with Scientology, the administration of Scientology organizations, running the Int Base, and any other subject. Officially, they don’t exist. But Scientology’s “Incomm” computer system provided us with a search function enabling approved Int Base staff to access certain libraries of LRH Advices. The system was called “SIR,” an acronym which as I recall stood for Source Information Retrieval.

There were other unpublished LRH “references” some of us had access to and were expected to utilize. For example, in the late 1990s I happened upon a paper copy of Hubbard’s damning “Affirmations” document of self-hypnosis from the late 1940s where Hubbard revealed some pretty frightening crazy, like a violent sexual lust, a predilection for what sounded like rape, the determination to impregnate random women before throwing them away, and a vow to make all men his slaves. I came across that document at the Int Base and read the whole thing, astonished that it had accidentally landed in my hands. It was real and had been included in a packet of LRH references for a submission. In Marketing, every submission had to include the relevant LRH Advices and references tabbed with highlighted excerpts as a part of our “Completed Staff Work.” I was appalled when I read it, which brings us to the disputed document mentioned during your interview of the fellow claiming to be New LRH.

That night when Dan and I were called up to the CMOI Conference Room, we were handed a single LRH Advice which was the very one now identified as from the Original OT 8 materials, but neither Dan nor I knew from whence it had come.

In the advice, LRH said that he had been Lucifer, whose name meant “bringer of light.” He said that Jesus was a lover of young boys, etc. After we read the advice, COB wanted to know what Dan and I thought about it. We didn’t really know what to say (as per usual, a fact which drove COB nuts) since with COB anytime he asked you a question, you were on the edge of a precipice. Answer wrong, and you could expect instant retaliation and likely punishment. In that kind of situation, something vague was usually a safer response. So we both just said we thought it was “really cool.” COB questioned us a bit more to verify we had a positive reaction to it. We said we thought it was “definitely OT.” After he saw our reaction was “positive,” he looked at Marc Yager as if to say, “See, I told you so you, you stupid fuck.”

Today, that encounter tells me that it was probably COB’s idea (if not Hubbard’s) to incorporate that advice into the OT 8 materials, an idea that went over like a lead balloon filled with bricks… and angry killer bees. [The Original OT 8 course was only offered for a few months in 1988, reportedly causing considerable upset with the Scientologists who experienced it. Since then a different version, which we detailed here, has replaced it, and makes no mention of Hubbard’s claim to be the Antichrist. — Ed.]

Incidentally, I was also one of the lucky few who actually got to read Danny Sherman’s unpublished LRH biography which admitted that Hubbard had been married to two women at the same time and other such-like problematic issues, which poor Danny did his best to explain away. But even full-strength Shermanspeak whitewash wasn’t enough to lipstick those pigs. I was supposed to write a script which was to become the film biography of LRH’s life, so I was given the manuscript to study by the LRH Biography In/Charge CMOI, Andy Lenarchic, who was Danny’s personal Sea Org handler. It should now be obvious why Danny’s biography has never and will never see the light of day. Andy got in hot water with COB when he found out I had been given the Bio to read.

So in my personal experience, the statements earlier identified as from the Original OT 8 materials are genuine L. Ron Hubbard, as are the equally appalling “Affirmations.”

— Steve Hall


[Steve Hall in Dallas]


Make your plans now!


We’re just a little more than two months out, and Chee Chalker is working hard to make sure things are going to run smoothly at this year’s HowdyCon in Chicago, June 21-23. As in past years, we’re looking forward to meeting readers of the Bunker, culminating in Saturday night’s main event.

The biggest difference this year is that our Saturday night event is separate from that evening’s dinner. Chee is setting up an inexpensive pizza dinner that you don’t need to pay for ahead of time, after which we’ll walk over to the theater where our event, hosted by Chicago Fire star Christian Stolte, will take place.

Because it’s a separate event, we’re asking that you pay $10 each to get into the Saturday night event, which will help us recoup what the Bunker paid for the venue. (We have never made a penny on our HowdyCon meetups, we only try to break even.)

Please email your proprietor (tonyo94 AT gmail) in order to reserve your spot for Saturday night’s main event. Seating is limited, and we’re going to have some really interesting people on stage and they may make a few announcements that you don’t want to miss.



Scientology disconnection, a reminder

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