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Scientology lets Diana Hubbard out of the compound again — what’s the occasion?

[The spittin’ image of her mom, Diana signs an album for a fan]

One of our eagle-eyed researchers spotted a stunning photo on Facebook yesterday, and any Diana Hubbard sighting is worth a double-take.

The oldest child of L. Ron Hubbard’s marriage to his third wife, Mary Sue Whipp, Diana Hubbard is the last member of the Hubbard family who is still an active member of the Church of Scientology. She’s 67.

For decades she’s spent most of her time as a hardcore Sea Org member living at Scientology’s secretive 500-acre international management headquarters near Hemet, California known as Int Base or Gold Base.

Despite her notoriety as a Hubbard family member, however, she does not hold an important position in Scientology hierarchy. Guy White, who was once married to Diana’s sister Suzette and is father to three L. Ron Hubbard grandchildren, recently went public with what he saw, which was the shabby way that Scientology leader David Miscavige treated the Hubbard family after the death of Ron in 1986.

Mary Sue died in 2002. Her daughter Suzette and son Arthur live in Los Angeles, but neither of them are active with the Scientology organization.


Only Diana remained. But she wasn’t helping to run Scientology, she was doing Miscavige’s laundry on a remote desert base, cut off from the outside world.

Our sources at the base told us that Diana could come and go as she pleased, so that she could visit other family members in Los Angeles, for example. But we almost never saw her at Scientology events with non-Sea Org “publics.”

An exception was in 2016, when Diana attended a celebration of the International Association of Scientologists (IAS) in Clearwater, Florida…


She was clearly treated like a celebrity by the other celebrants. But that only emphasized for us that for the most part, Diana is kept on the base as a relic of Scientology’s past.

So we’re reeling a bit to see her again, and as one person pointed out to us, looking an awful lot like her mother, Mary Sue.

The photo was posted by Ákos Kunfalvy, a 2008 Scientology Medal of Freedom winner from Hungary, who was listed as a Patron ($50,000 donation) in 2018.

He was also featured on the Scientology website in its “Meet a Scientologist” series, with a brief video about his life as a poet.


In his Facebook posting, he gushed about what a rare opportunity it was for him to get a signature from Diana on her 1979 album “LifeTimes,” a reminder that at one time she had aspirations for a professional music career.


But where did this happen? Kunfalvy doesn’t say.

Hungary has been a focal point for Scientology as it faces stiff opposition there. Chris Owen explained for us how the government there has been cracking down on the way Scientology snoops on its own members in clear violation of new European data privacy laws.

To protest the government’s intrusion, Scientology has sent over numerous familiar figures like the hero of the 1985 Portland crusade, Jeff Pomerantz, and minor celebrities like Kerri Kasem to march in parades pretending that they were fighting for religious freedom and not against a government trying to protect citizens from Scientology’s predatory practices.


But our man in Hungary, Peter Bonyai, tells us that he doesn’t think the photo was taken there.

“He [Kunfalvy] currently resides in England and travels a lot to Russia as an IAS fundraiser,” Peter tells us. “He does not come to Hungary often, so I think this photo was taken at Saint Hill.”

Diana at her father’s former home in England? Now that is interesting. If you know something about it, please drop us a line.

UPDATE: Mark Parry-Maddocks points out that the photo was definitely taken in the Monkey Room at Saint Hill Manor. But when? Was it in the last few days or was this taken back in October when the IAS was celebrating its former Freedom Medal winners?

Also, as to Diana looking like her mother, here are a few shots of Mary Sue for comparison…




St. Paul police investigating death near Scientology Ideal Org

Minneapolis-St. Paul media last night reported that a man was found dead near the parking garage of Scientology’s St. Paul Ideal Org. Housed in a former science center, the Ideal Org held its grand opening in 2011.

So far, St. Paul police have released no details at all, not anything about the man’s age, his name, his cause of death, or if foul play is suspected. On emergency radio, there was a report that there had been an assault in the parking garage, but no confirmation if that’s what resulted in the man’s demise.


Source Code

“We have only 476 special terms, most of which mean what they mean in English. That’s right, that’s the whole vocabulary, 474 of these items. I wish elementary physics could say as much. And with only knowledge of 24 of these items and how to handle these items, you can make the blind see. You could also bring the dead back to life. Well, you think I’m kidding. That’s no trick. It’s whether or not they want to be alive that’s the point. I remember one black man that was busy dying and so on, and I looked him over and I, all I had to say was the magic words, you know? He’d been drowned and he hadn’t been drowned very long. It was very easy you know? And I said so-and-so and so-and-so and I found out he was connected with enough woe in life that it was no wonder that he had busily drowned. I just asked his friend who was standing there, ‘This man lead a happy life?’ ‘Oh boss,’ he says, ‘Oh no, no he have an awful time, awful time.’ I said, OK, cart him away.” — L. Ron Hubbard, January 21, 1961


Overheard in the FreeZone

“I understand the soul types, I understand the soul families, I understand the hierarchies and I also know that a person can spend all eternity searching, multiple eternities, aeons upon aeons, lost… and never restore their Essence. I also comprehend that no amount of auditing the mind makes a scrap of difference to this because the restoration of the essence of the person is found outside the theta/mest construct and all that may be conceived of. Being of Light or Darkness, Adamite or Saturnine, whomever the person actually is, I accompany the person home, all way home and outside all to where the person restores their own divine essence and the person finds they are whole and complete, and completely free. Exit. Gone. So far no-one has left me with a dead body, yet they are well and truly gone for as long as they need to be and tell me they simply return out of compassion and kindness to tell me the story. Its an act of pure love, even for creatures of the dark side, and so now it seem I have free passage to walk the pits of hell as I accompany this type of lost soul home to their divine abodes which are the antithesis of all we know and hold to be sacred and true.”


Random Howdy

“You’re nothing around here unless you’ve been corrected or admonished by The Proprietor at least once.”


Start making your plans…

Head over to the convention website and meet us in St. Louis!


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

[The Big Three: Tom Cruise, John Travolta, and Kirstie Alley]

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] Scientology sells miracles, and we can’t get enough of them
[TWO years ago] Scientology front group targets unwitting indigenous people to spread its propaganda
[THREE years ago] Scientology is still a fraud in France, but it gets some revenge against anti-cult group there
[FOUR years ago] When L. Ron Hubbard tried to convince the BBB that Scientology was raking it in
[FIVE years ago] How Scientology responds to adversity: A classic example from its golden era
[SIX years ago] Where is Scientology keeping Barbara Cordova Oliver?
[SEVEN years ago] Isabella Cruise and Eddie Frencher Reunite After He Leaves Scientology’s “Sea Org”
[TWENTY ONE years ago] Picket Fencing (The Jeff Jacobsen story)


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley (1952-2019) did not see his daughter Stephanie in his final 5,667 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,824 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,328 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,848 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 868 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 759 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,066 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,934 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,708 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,482 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,828 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,394 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,313 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,481 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,062 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,323 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,361 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,074 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,599 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,126 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,689 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,829 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,149 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,005 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,124 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,479 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,782 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,888 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,290 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,162 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,745 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,240 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,494 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,603 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on January 21, 2020 at 07:00

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