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Scientology tried to ruin her. Now, Sylvia DeWall has a message for her former friends and family.

Some of you will remember the blockbuster audio recording we posted in 2014 that captured the sounds of a woman, Sylvia Wagner DeWall, being kicked out of the Church of Scientology as it was happening.

In the recording you could clearly hear a young Scientology “ethics officer” named Daniel inform Sylvia that the “crimes” she had admitted to in a previous interrogation, such as watching Leah Remini perform on the ABC program Dancing With The Stars and otherwise consorting with enemies of the church such as Lawrence Wright and Jason Beghe, made her a “suppressive person” in the eyes of the church.

Sylvia tried to reason with Daniel, telling him that she didn’t really consider herself a Scientologist anymore, so there was no use to kicking her out, especially because she promised not to cause any trouble. But Daniel kept repeating that she had to take responsibility for her actions as he calmly told her she was being declared.

Sylvia was married to Tim DeWall, a man so dedicated to Scientology his nickname among friends was “Mr. Church.” Sylvia informed Daniel that if he really delivered this sentence upon her, she’d have to divorce her husband, her kids would have to choose sides, and their painting business, which catered primarily to Scientologists, would be in jeopardy.


It’s an incredible moment that shattered Scientology’s lies for public consumption that it doesn’t engage in “disconnection” or “Fair Game,” and it confirmed that Scientology’s defectors are the ones telling the truth.

Before you go on to hear Sylvia’s new statement, we recommend that you listen to that stunning audio recording, now reposted at our YouTube channel with captions…


When Sylvia got home from that meeting with the ethics officer, she really didn’t know how her husband Tim was going to react to the news that she’d been declared a suppressive person. According to church doctrine, any member who wants to remain in good standing with the church must avoid an “SP” or risk being declared suppressive themselves.

But Tim DeWall decided his life with Sylvia was more important to him than his involvement in the church. They stayed together, moved to Colorado, and began a new life outside of Scientology.

It’s one of the truly great stories of Scientology in the last decade or so, and as thrilled as we are that the Underground Bunker brought it to you, we’re pretty shocked that no one has picked it up for a television program.

Anyway, Sylvia reached out to us recently to say that she had decided it was time to speak up again, this time about what she went through after that recording went public. She had a statement she wanted to make to the friends and family who turned their backs on her when was declared.

And wow, we’re certainly glad that she did. Grab a cup of something, and maybe some tissues, and get ready to hear Sylvia out. Her statement is really something…



Scientology’s celebrities and ‘Ideal Orgs’ — now with comments!

[Michelle Stafford and the Greater Cincinnati Ideal Org]

We’re building landing pages about David Miscavige’s favorite playthings, including celebrities and ‘Ideal Orgs.’ We’re hoping you’ll join in and help us gather as much information as we can about them, in order to build a record and maintain a watch as Scientology continues its inexorable decline — and yes, we finally have comments working on these new pages! Head on over and help us with links and photos and comments.

Previously, we posted pages for celebrities Anne Archer, Beck Hansen, Catherine Bell, Chick Corea, Elisabeth Moss, Erika Christensen, Ethan Suplee, Giovanni Ribisi, Greta Van Susteren, Jenna Elfman, John Travolta, Juliette Lewis, Kelly Preston, Kirstie Alley, Laura Prepon, Marisol Nichols, Michael Peña, Nancy Cartwright, Tom Cruise Danny Masterson, Stanley Clarke, Edgar Winter, Alanna Masterson, Billy Sheehan, Judy Norton-Taylor, Terry Jastrow, Eddie Deezen, Sofia Milos, Bodhi Elfman, Rebecca Minkoff, Doug E. Fresh, Christopher Masterson, Justin Meldal-Johnsen, and Michael D. Roberts. And for the Ideal Orgs of Portland, Oregon; Sydney, Australia; San Diego, California; Denver, Colorado; Nashville, Tennessee; Perth, Australia; Tokyo, Japan; Sacramento, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Silicon Valley, California; Rome, Italy; Orlando, Florida; Moscow, Russia; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Seattle, Washington; Dallas, Texas; Melbourne, Australia; San Fernando Valley, California; Pasadena, California; Bogotá, Colombia; Budapest, Hungary; Phoenix, Arizona; London, England; Orange County, California; Atlanta, Georgia; Auckland, New Zealand; Miami, Florida; Basel, Switzerland; Berlin, Germany; Birmingham, England; Brussels, Belgium; Buffalo, New York; Cambridge, Ontario; Copenhagen, Denmark; and Dublin, Ireland.

Today it’s Michelle Stafford and Greater Cincinnati (Florence, Kentucky)!


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,240 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 1,873 days
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 416 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 304 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,479 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,253 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,027 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,373 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 10,939 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,607 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,867 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,907 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,619 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,145 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,234 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,374 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,694 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,550 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,669 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,025 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,327 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,433 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 1,836 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,707 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,290 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 1,795 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,039 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,148 days.


3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on October 17, 2018 at 07:00

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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 can also be found at the book’s dedicated page.

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…

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

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