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That feeling when Scientology tries to creep you out as a recruiting strategy

We’ve seen some pretty strange letters come out of Scientology as it tries and tries to get people who have left to come back into the fold.

Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard believed wholeheartedly in letter writing as a key recruitment tool, and so today his followers robotically send letters out by the ton, keeping people on mailing lists years and decades after they took a single class or bought a single book of Scientology nonsense.

For the most part, these appeals are harmless if eerily persistent. But some of them get downright strange. And then there was this example received by one of our readers from a registrar at the Tampa Ideal Org.

“My wife took some entry level Scientology classes a few years ago at the behest of a friend who happens to be an OT 8, but nothing in the last ten years,” he tells us. “My wife has since developed a disorder of the brain called MDDS that causes her to feel as though she is on a rocking boat and it’s pure hell for her. Marijuana helps at night, but she is far from an addict. She made the mistake of telling her OT 8 friend about the relief she got from smoking at night. The friend has obviously since sent in a Knowledge Report. I have been unsuccessful at trying to get a copy of the KR, but I believe this letter my wife received has a ‘we know what you’ve been up to’ vibe. It really creeped her out.”


Here’s the letter…


Dear [redacted],

Hey, I read a note that you have been addicted to pot. Is that true? How has that affected your life?


Sasha Player
Advance Scheduling Reg

And then, a few days later, they did it again…


Dear [redacted],

I am the chaplain and I am here to help you.


My first marriage was to an unhappy person who thought drugs would fix it but they only hide it.

I can help you. Let me know what you need from me.

Best Wishes,

Alexis Sexsmith

How’s that for dissemination tech?

Just keep it up, Scientology. You’re doing a heckuva job.


Chris Shelton on Scientology’s ‘Public Image’

Says Chris, “This week, I am taking a close look at a specific Hubbard policy on public relations called “Public Image” from 1969. This policy launched Freedom Magazine, CCHR and maybe had a part in the genus of Narconon as well as many other PR stunts the church has pulled over the years. In this video, I take a close look at Scientology’s relationship with psychiatry since it’s at the very heart of the policy.”



HowdyCon 2019 in Los Angeles

This year’s HowdyCon is in Los Angeles. People tend to come in starting on Thursday, and that evening we will have a casual get-together at a watering hole. We have something in mind, but for now we’re not giving out information about it.

Friday night we will be having an event in a theater (like we did on Saturday night last year in Chicago). There will not be a charge to attend this event, but if you want to attend, you need to RSVP with your proprietor at tonyo94 AT gmail.

On Saturday, we are joining forces with Janis Gillham Grady, who is having a reunion in honor of the late Bill Franks. Originally, we thought this event might take place in Riverside, but instead it’s in the Los Angeles area. If you wish to attend the reunion, you will need to RSVP with Janis (janisgrady AT gmail), and there will be a small contribution she’s asking for in order to help cover her costs.

HOTEL: Janis tells us she’s worked out a deal with Hampton Inn and Suites, at 7501 North Glenoaks Blvd, Burbank, (818) 768-1106. We have a $159 nightly rate for June 19 to 22.



Scientology’s celebrities, ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and more!

[Jenna Elfman, Giovanni Ribisi, and Greta Van Susteren]

We’ve been building landing pages about David Miscavige’s favorite playthings, including celebrities and ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and we’re hoping you’ll join in and help us gather as much information as we can about them. Head on over and help us with links and photos and comments.

Scientology’s celebrities, from A to Z! Find your favorite Hubbardite celeb at this index page — or suggest someone to add to the list!

Scientology’s ‘Ideal Orgs,’ from one end of the planet to the other! Help us build up pages about each these worldwide locations!

Scientology’s sneaky front groups, spreading the good news about L. Ron Hubbard while pretending to benefit society!

Scientology Lit: Books reviewed or excerpted in our weekly series. How many have you read?



[ONE year ago] Kirstie Alley goes OT 8, celebrates her ‘confront’ level on Scientology’s cruise ship ‘Freewinds’
[TWO years ago] Reza Aslan is already being dishonest about indie Scientology ahead of CNN episode
[THREE years ago] No longer working for Monique Rathbun to sue Scientology, Ray Jeffrey opens up
[FOUR years ago] ‘Going Clear’ subject Tom DeVocht reveals new info about Tom Cruise and Scientology’s leader
[FIVE years ago] French land sale falls apart once town learns Scientologists are involved
[SIX years ago] The Mother and Child Reunion: Another Dianetics Nightmare
[SEVEN years ago] Battlefield Earth: Still Making the World Safe From Scientology Nearly 12 Years Later


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,393 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,522 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,026 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,506 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 569 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 457 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 3,764 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,632 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,406 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,180 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,526 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,092 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,012 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,179 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,760 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,020 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,060 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,772 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,298 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,387 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,527 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,847 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,703 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,822 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,178 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,480 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,586 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 1,988 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,860 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,443 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 1,938 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,192 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,301 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on March 21, 2019 at 07:00

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Our new book with Paulette Cooper, Battlefield Scientology: Exposing L. Ron Hubbard’s dangerous ‘religion’ is now on sale at Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats. Our book about Paulette, 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, 1995-2018 Just starting out here? We’ve picked out the most important stories we’ve covered here at the Underground Bunker (2012-2018), The Village Voice (2008-2012), New Times Los Angeles (1999-2002) and the Phoenix New Times (1995-1999)

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