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Cedric Bixler-Zavala blames Scientology for poisoned dog he had to put down yesterday

[Cedric and Biscuit]

For the second time, Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Chrissie Carnell Bixler are burying a dog whose death they blame on a Church of Scientology harassment campaign.

The rock singer (Mars Volta, At The Drive In) posted an image to his Instagram account last night of ground beef that had been laced with rat poison and tossed into his yard, and not for the first time.



“I’m at the vet dealing with another hurt animal. This is what I’ve been finding in my front and backyard. This is what Scientology does when you speak about the predators they protect,” he captioned the photo.

He was referring to his wife Chrissie Carnell Bixler coming forward to the Los Angeles Police Department with allegations that she was raped in 2001 by Scientologist actor Danny Masterson, but had been pressured by the church to keep quiet about it. She decided to come forward when she realized that another woman, whom we refer to as Victim B, also alleged that she had been violently raped by the actor, in 2003. Victim B went to the LAPD in 2004 but that investigation was closed, Victim B was told, because the LAPD couldn’t find other victims. Once the two women discovered that they each had similar allegations, the went to the LAPD in 2016 with a third woman, Victim C, who also says she was raped by Masterson in that time period. All three of the women had been Scientologists (as had Cedric).

In 2017, the LAPD forwarded their investigation to the the L.A. District Attorney’s office, but DA Jackie Lacey has still said nothing about whether she plans to file charges. In the meantime, Chrissie and Cedric told us for a 2018 story that they have been subjected to a ferocious “Fair Game” campaign of surveillance and harassing dirty tricks. And the worst, they said, was the death of their dog Ethel of a broken windpipe while they were living in Austin. Their vet told them it appeared that the little dog had perhaps been kicked, and that it strongly appeared to be an intentional injury. Chrissie and Cedric say they believe the dog was attacked while they were out of the house and had been dodging Scientology private investigators.

Now, in Los Angeles, they’re going through the death of another dog brought about by an intentional act. Last night, Cedric posted a photo of their dog Biscuit (see above), with this caption:

We had to put her down today. This was the result of eating rat poison rolled up in raw meat. This is the 2nd dog we’ve had to put down due to the harassment from private investigators and Scientologists. This only makes us stronger. My boys named her biscuit. They still don’t understand what’s happening. We said goodbye to her and let her go peacefully.

Chrissie was in shock when we asked her about the incident last night.

“She died in my arms today. A team of vets and the ASPCA’s poison department just confirmed she was fed a brick of flavored rat poison. She was supposed to turn a year old this week. They fed her the most lethal kind. The one where she bleeds out internally. Her lungs were filled with blood. Blood was dripping from her nose and mouth. I’m destroyed. They won,” she said.

“The ASPCA opened a case file on it. They are sending me the medical file to then go file a police report here,” she added. “My kids could have died or gotten extremely ill. They’re always out finding treasures. Always putting their hands in their mouths.”

Last summer, Chrissie and Cedric joined Victim B, Victim C, and a fourth woman who joined the LAPD investigation with her own allegations against Masterson but who was never a Scientologist, Bobette Riales, in a lawsuit filed with the help of a formidable national legal team against Masterson, Scientology, and its leader, David Miscavige, for what they say is the harassment they have been going through.

Scientology answered the lawsuit with denials, saying that the “annoyances” Chrissie and the others have experienced are “the price of modern, urban life” and not a coordinated campaign by the church against people it considers enemies.

But Scientology has been blamed for targeting the pets of its enemies for many years. Joel Sappell wrote a memorable piece for L.A. magazine about how, after 20 years, he was still trying to get answers about the poisoning of his shepherd mix Crystal while he was a Los Angeles Times reporter working on a major series about Scientology. Sappell reported that he heard from a judge, Ronald Swearinger, who told him that his dog had been drowned, and he blamed Scientology.

When Sappell reached out to Marty Rathbun, who had been a top Scientology enforcer before his 2004 defection, and asked if he could finally reveal to Sappell what had happened to Crystal, Rathbun denied that he or others at the church would stoop so low as to kill someone’s dog. But Sappell noted, dryly, that Rathbun himself kept a close eye on his own dog, and even admitted that he didn’t put it past Scientology to target the mutt now that Rathbun had defected. (Later, Rathbun switched sides again, becoming Scientology’s go-to attacker on social media, though we doubt he actually went back into the church as a member.)

Did Scientology kill the dogs of Chrissie and Cedric? We don’t know, but if they did, the timing was incredibly stupid, with a lawsuit about exactly that kind of harassment going on.

The couple got no real answers about the death of Ethel. Will law enforcement find out something about what happened to Biscuit? We hope so.





Scientologists killed a potential mugger in St. Paul?

Monday night’s story about a dead man found in the parking garage at Scientology’s “Ideal Org” in St. Paul got even stranger last night as the local press reported that the man, 52, had reportedly tried to hold up a Scientologist on his way into work by pretending that he had a gun in his pocket.

The intended victim fought back, and was joined by several other Scientologists who apparently swarmed the would-be robber and held on to him for five minutes. By the time the police arrived, he was dead.

No charges are being considered, so we have to ask, did a group of Scientologists just get away with snuffing out the life of an unarmed man, simply because he tried to hold up someone? Seems dubious.

We’re looking forward to more details about the deceased, as well as perhaps something about the characters who work at the Ideal Org.


Source Code

“Authorship of the universe is something which has been in question for many years. People have been arguing about this for a long time. Even in ancient times the Christian argument with the conservative, status quo religion of Rome involved the creation of the universe. Who created the universe? In the early days of Greece, you found the various factions fighting over this fact of the actual creator of the universe. People have a tendency to run it backwards and try to find an earlier creator or a master creator, or this and that. What are they looking for? They’re looking for you! You’re hunted! To that degree, you’re hunted. Fascinating.” — L. Ron Hubbard, January 22, 1957


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Ron was taken out of the game in 1972 and later just ‘mocked up’ to explain all the alter-is of the tech in the next 14 years till his alleged death. In this wise the global enslavers took not only control over the church, but they destroyed the workable technology, the Bridge and made sure, that no one can go Clear and OT any more. Neither in the Church nor in the Freezone. As long as the people believe in all the revisions by the new management since about 1973, especially since 1978.”


Random Howdy

“Scientology doesn’t have to murder people. It just drives them crazy and they end up murdering others or they kill themselves. Scientology may have murdered someone in the past, but there’s no conclusive proof — and critics talking like it’s a fact just makes them look kinda obsessed and a little bit nuts to outsiders.”


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

[Elisabeth Moss, Michael Peña, and Laura Prepon]

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] Tonight, Leah Remini takes us into the incredible story of Scientology’s Clearwater takeover
[TWO years ago] Scientology relies heavily on Russian immigrants — and ‘disconnection’ doesn’t spare them
[THREE years ago] National civil rights museum knows it’s harboring Scientology front group, shrugs it off
[FOUR years ago] Here’s your chance to meet the Sea Org at Scientology’s open house next week
[FIVE years ago] Las Vegas attorney files 27th suit against Scientology rehab, Michigan attorney files 2nd
[SIX years ago] Monique Rathbun seeks sanctions, Scientology tries to kill Miscavige deposition in court today
[SEVEN years ago] Scientology Scrambling to Deal with Bad Publicity
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology Sunday Funnies: The “Thrill” of Fundraising!


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 1,825 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,329 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,849 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 869 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 760 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,067 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,935 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,709 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,483 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,829 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,395 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,314 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,482 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,063 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,324 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,362 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,075 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,600 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,127 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,690 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,830 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,150 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,006 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,125 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,480 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,783 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,889 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,291 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,163 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,746 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,241 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,495 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,604 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on January 22, 2020 at 07:00

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