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It’s only April, but we already have a leading contender for Scientology mother of the year!

We’ve run a number of stories in the past about Scientologists giving up their children to the organization’s staff and Sea Org, which can be brutal places to work for almost no pay. It’s been hard to read about people like Mirriam Francis, whose mother seemed so much more focused on Scientology than her own flesh and blood, or Lori Hodgson, who fought so hard to keep her children out of the Sea Org but only saw them pulled away from her.

And we always come back to Laura DeCrescenzo, who joined the Sea Org at 12, and was punished when she admitted to missing her mother during her 90-hour work weeks with never a day off.

We’ve seen many commenters wonder, who can do this? Who can honestly believe that it’s a good idea to put children into a brutal work force with no hopes of schooling, let alone college. Who values Scientology’s “expansion” over the futures of their children?

Well, we had all of those things in mind when a tipster forwarded to us the following Facebook post put up by a Scientology mom. We debated whether to hide her name or not before deciding ultimately to cover it up. Why? Well, we wanted you to see the mind at work here, the calculation, the utter dedication to a dying organization that demands total loyalty — and we don’t want to distract that by having people try to hunt down or pester this woman. She’s already in a prison of belief as it is…



And while we were looking through this woman’s public Facebook timeline, we found this entry from last year. Sure, this woman can remember what it was like to have hopes and dreams, and expectations that she might go into a number of different careers. But not for her daughter? Maybe, just maybe, she’ll remember that younger self and her dreams, and it will help her to get out of the situation she now finds herself in…



Bonus items from our tipsters

Speaking of the Orlando Ideal Org, we got an update from one of our readers: “Progress has really stepped up. The construction materials that were previously stacked in the parking lot and in job-site storage containers are all inside now. Work crews were here on Sunday. Looking very Miami South Beach style from the outside now.”



Make your plans now!


We’re only 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

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,093 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 1,696 days
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 239 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,302 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,076 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 2,850 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,196 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,690 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,730 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,442 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 968 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,057 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,197 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,517 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,492 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 848 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,150 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,256 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 1,659 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,531 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,113 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 1,618 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 1,862 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 12,971 days.


3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on April 23, 2018 at 07:00

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The Best of the Underground Bunker, 1995-2017 Just starting out here? We’ve picked out the most important stories we’ve covered here at the Undergound Bunker (2012-2017), 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…

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