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When your ex is into Scientology, a custody battle can get cosmically worse

[Michael Creger with Mike Rinder in Clearwater]

Chris Shelton interviewed San Diego resident Michael Creger for a new video this week. Shelton and your proprietor have been communicating with Creger for a couple of years, and you may have run across him in one of the Facebook groups dedicated to Scientology watching.

If you have, you might know that Creger has been battling an ex-wife over the upbringing of their 14-year-old daughter, and that his ex-wife’s involvement in Scientology has made things difficult. Thankfully, Creger turned to Los Angeles attorney Graham Berry for help, and just recently things have gotten very interesting in the case.

Creger, for example, managed to serve the Tampa Ideal Org, where he believed his daughter had undergone indoctrination, demanding that the Scientology facility turn over any contracts she might have signed or any other records of her involvement which he would be entitled to get copies of as her father with joint custody. (Later the same day that the org accepted service, Creger went to a ‘Scientology and the Aftermath’ gathering in Clearwater and met Mike Rinder, see photo above.) More recently, Berry has sent multiple letters to the org, demanding the girl’s records, but so far Scientology is ignoring the demand. A court order might make things very interesting.

“I think you will find Michael’s story as intriguing and horrifying as I did,” Chris says about the video. “This is an ongoing court case, and hopefully Michael will be reunited with his daughter.”




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

[Erika Christensen, Ethan Suplee, and Juliette Lewis]

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] Why did a 26-year-old ‘Clear’ kill herself at Scientology’s spiritual mecca?
[TWO years ago] Derek Bloch on fighting Scientology ‘disconnection’ in an unaired TV series
[THREE years ago] How Scientology split up teen sweethearts who reunited more than 40 years later
[FOUR years ago] A new look inside Scientology’s bomb-proof vaults, and a visit to Hubbard’s final rodeo
[FIVE years ago] Scientology Sunday Funnies: The Nancy Cartwright countdown to godhood edition!
[SIX years ago] Jon Atack: A Case of Scientology Fair Game Deflected with Disinfecting Sunlight
[SEVEN years ago] Scientology’s Worlds Colliding: Bert Leahy and David Edgar Love Together in Oklahoma
[EIGHT years ago] Tom Cruise Proves He Has a Sense of Humor, Signs Anti-Scientologist’s Guy Fawkes Mask


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,520 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,649 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,153 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,673 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 693 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 584 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 3,891 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,759 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,533 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,307 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,653 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,219 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,138 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,306 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,887 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,148 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,187 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,899 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,425 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,514 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,654 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,974 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,830 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,949 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,304 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,607 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,713 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,115 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,987 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,570 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,065 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,319 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,428 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on July 27, 2019 at 07:00

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