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A visit from a private investigator has us wondering if Scientology is behind it

[Rebecca Dobkin]

Jeffrey Augustine had an odd visitor last week, and we asked him to tell us about it…

On Wednesday, a woman dropped by our house in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Los Feliz and asked to speak to my wife, Karen de la Carriere. Karen was busy, so I talked to her.

She handed me her card, which identified her as a private investigator named Rebecca Dobkin.

I asked her who she was working for, and she told me she was working for an attorney named Amanda Touchton. I asked her to spell it.

She said that Touchton represented Heber Jentzsch.


Heber is Karen’s ex-husband. He has also been, since the 1980s, the nominal president of the Church of Scientology International. I say “nominal,” because it was always little more than an honorary title — the real power to run Scientology was invested in founder L. Ron Hubbard and then, after his death in 1986, current leader David Miscavige.

Heber was well liked by Scientologists and also got along with reporters — for a while, at least, he was the person Scientology sent out to handle questions about the church, and he was pretty good at it. He was also frequently on stage at Scientology’s major events. But then, in the 1990s, his role seemed to get smaller and smaller, until he vanished pretty much altogether.

When Miscavige’s bizarre jail for upper level management was created at Scientology’s secretive management compound Int Base in 2004 — it eventually became known as “The Hole” — Heber was one of its prisoners, which we know from multiple witnesses. Heber has been out of sight almost entirely since then.

One exception was when Alexander Jentzsch, the only child that Karen and Heber had together, died in 2012 at the age of 27. Karen by then had left the church and wasn’t allowed to see her son’s body (he had died of pneumonia, exacerbated by a pain medication he was taking, according to the LA Coroner), and at first she was told that Scientology planned to have no memorial at all. But after the media made a stink about it — including Tony at the Village Voice — the church did hold a ceremony (Karen wasn’t invited) and Heber showed up for it, the first time we’d seen a photo of him in years.


[Last known photo of Heber Jentzsch, center, at the 2012 memorial for his son Alexander at the Scientology Hollywood Celebrity Centre with Stan and Phillipa Gerson.]

Tony has reported in the past how Heber, who is from a huge Mormon family, has been missed by his relatives, who want to hear how he’s doing.

Dobkin told me that Amanda Touchton was representing Heber “in a matter related to Leah Remini’s reality TV show.”

She mispronounced Leah’s last name as “Reh-MEENIE.”

She said that she was investigating an incident that had happened at Int Base, which is near San Jacinto, about 85 miles east of Los Angeles. Apparently, someone had asked law enforcement to make a welfare check on Heber at the base.

I knew nothing about it, I told her.

She claimed that Heber had been thrown into the back of a police car during the welfare check, which I found hard to believe. Law enforcement officers checking on an 82-year-old’s welfare aren’t likely to treat them like a dangerous criminal.

She also handed me a printed out copy of a story that appeared here at the Bunker, which cited Karen saying she had been told that Heber had suffered a stroke.

She asked me how Karen knew that. I said I didn’t recall but that Heber had a lot of relatives. I couldn’t remember.


[Amanda Touchton]

I told Dobkin that Heber Jentzsch doesn’t make enough money as a Sea Org worker to pay for a lawyer, so I assumed the real client was Scientology.

She wouldn’t confirm it.

But we think it’s a pretty good bet that it was.

— Jeffrey Augustine


A new Narconon in Mexico

Scientology has opened another of its Narconon quack drug rehab clinics, this time in Puebla, and spearheaded by Diego Corona Cremean, the state of Puebla’s former Secretary of Infrastructure and Transportation.

According to a press report, “The inaugural event was attended by different personalities such as the former rector of the BUAP, Enrique Agüera Ibáñez; the undersecretary of state health, José Antonio Martínez García; the businessman Rafael Moreno Valle Sánchez and the president of the local Congress, Carlos Martínez Amador.”

Well isn’t that special.

Here’s more evidence for what we started saying three years ago, that David Miscavige has given up on the Arrowhead model — large clinics in the US — and is opening up smaller clinics in countries where there’s likely to be less regulation.



A note from The Proprietor

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While we know it’s going to be hard to ignore some things going on in the news, we’re going to begin asking people not to post purely political observations that have nothing to do with Scientology or the story of the day.

We have always encouraged off-topic conversations, and we want them to continue. But we have something very, very unique here — a great conversation with intelligent people that is generally free of the nonsense and idiocy that goes on in just about every other place on the Internet. It’s pretty amazing what we have, and we want to encourage that.




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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,234 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 1,837 days
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 380 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 268 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,443 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,217 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 2,991 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,337 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 10,903 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,571 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,831 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,871 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,583 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,109 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,198 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,338 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,658 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,514 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,633 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 989 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,291 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,397 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 1,800 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,671 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,254 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 1,759 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,003 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,112 days.


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