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Agency that wouldn’t check on Shelly Miscavige makes visit to Underground Bunker commenter

On Monday we posted a story that angered a lot of people.

We had interviewed Bobette Riales about her dog, which had been poisoned and went through 42 hours of unreal and bloody agony. Thankfully, the dog survived, but Bobette was shaken, and we couldn’t help notice the timing — her dog Jet had been poisoned just ten days after other plaintiffs in their lawsuit against the Church of Scientology, Chrissie Carnell Bixler and her husband Cedric Bixler-Zavala, had to put down their dog Biscuit when it ingested rat poison hidden in ground beef tossed into their yard.

Readers were angry, and some of them let loose. In particular, a longtime reader who happens to live not far from the secretive Scientology compound where we believe church leader David Miscavige banished his wife Shelly in the summer of 2005.

Our reader, “Wryturman,” is a former rock musician and rehab counselor who now, at 75, is working on his career as a writer in the beautiful mountainous territory northeast of Los Angeles in San Bernardino County, not many miles away from Scientology’s compound, the headquarters base of its Church of Spiritual Technology entity. CST works to preserve Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s words and lectures with expensive technology intended to keep his legacy protected in underground vaults for thousands of years. Shelly Miscavige, we believe, has been doing that work at the small base for the last 14 years.


But Wryturman was angry about another dog poisoning, and he admits that he let his anger get the best of him. Here’s the comment he made:

Just when my fury at the psychotic assemblage of delusion that is Co$ lowered to a smoldering hate, comes yet another tale of merciless attack-against victim’s helpless, beloved pets. The satanic hireling(s) that would do such a thing rank as subhuman, and Geneva Convention rules do not apply…summary Ninja assassination is warranted, period. Oh, to storm the Twin Peaks compound Seal Team Six style, capture/remove staff, Shelley, and any other personnel, then C-4 the structures into mulch, preserving the forest as it was. It’d make a nice dog park, a little payback for the head viper, the runt spawnling of the netherworld, who should be put in front of a firing squad thereafter.

Wryturman now admits that he was unwise to include the references to violence in the comment.

And your Proprietor also must add his own regrets — we’re usually pretty fast to remove comments that entertain the thought of violence against Scientologists or Scientology property. Unfortunately, we didn’t notice the message, which we would have taken down immediately.

Scientology apparently did notice it, and called the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Office, which showed up at Wryturman’s front door yesterday morning.

Wryturman says he isn’t sure how he was located from a comment at the Bunker in a little under two days. His Disqus profile is set to private, and he is careful not to discuss his private information online.

We told him the most likely scenario was that Scientology made a complaint to the Sheriff’s Office, which took it seriously enough to request his information from Disqus or another of his online accounts.

It seems like a lot of effort to find a reader of a news website, but Wryturman says he understands that his comment was over the top.

“My emotions got the best of me because that dog poisoning thing really frosted my petunias, big time. That’s really egregious to me,” he says. “The shit they do is bad enough with the fair gaming and all that, but poisoning a dog?”

Three deputies from the Twin Peaks substation showed up at his door. One in a suit, who did the talking, and a male and female who were in two different kinds of uniforms.

“The only one who spoke was the interviewing deputy, in the suit. He was very low key and very polite. The vibe I got from him was that, ‘I know this isn’t a real terrorist threat, but my commander ordered us out here.’ Like I said, he was low key, but when I asked him about Scientology, he said that he had seen some TV shows about it,” Wryturman says.

“I explained about how the comment was about the dogs being poisoned. This is Scientology, I said, this is their m.o. They’re thugs and criminals. You need to know who you’re dealing with here. Then I told them that I had emailed them and both chambers of commerce several times about the Twin Peaks compound and Shelly. The fact that I didn’t get responses to those emails was in part what fed my anger over the dog poisonings.”

Wryturman also told them what a waste of resources it was for the three of them to have to come out from the Twin Peaks substation. “The woman smiled and acknowledged it. The male uniformed officer wasn’t a happy camper. Either he didn’t want to be there or he wasn’t satisfied with what I had to say. He never cracked a smile. In fact he never looked at me directly.”

The key moment, he says, was when the interviewing officer asked him, did he intend to do any harm to any entity of Scientology?


“I said no. I do not intend harm, I made that real clear. That was the big question. Once that was answered, their work was done.”

After they left, Wryturman realized that he should have asked the officer for his card, so he went down to the substation.

“He was again very nice, and I said I’m sorry, I was recuperating from the end of the flu, and I forgot to ask him for his card. We chatted for a moment or two more, and he gave me his card. I said thank you very much. And I said I wanted to tell him this for the record — I now feel that my animals, my property and myself are in danger. I fear for my safety. I wanted him to make that a matter of record.”


[We’re blocking the name for now because we haven’t had a chance to talk to the deputy.]

Wryturman says he’s taking precautions to make sure that his neighbors are aware that Scientology has taken notice of him. He’s even sent an email to the principal of the local school, to let her know what’s going on.

He also said that in particular, he’ll be keeping a very close eye on his cat and dog.

Meanwhile, we just want to point out that the same San Bernardino Sheriff’s Office that so quickly showed up at our reader’s door is the same agency who would do nothing when it came to very real concerns about Shelly Miscavige. From one of our previous stories about Shelly…

In 2016, we heard from a branch of Shelly’s family that is not involved in Scientology. They asked us for some advice about what to do, saying that they at least wanted to make sure that Shelly was all right. We pointed out to them that the CST compound is in San Bernardino County. So they approached the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, asking that a welfare check be done on her.

They were told that the Sheriff’s Department would require evidence that Shelly was at that location, and the department did nothing.

Surprised by that response, we sent our own letter to the Sheriff’s Department, explaining the evidence that Shelly was located at the compound, as well as a recent possible sighting of her in the town of Crestline itself. We received this response…

Hello Tony,

Concerning the welfare of someone within the jurisdiction of the Sheriff’s department, any call for service we receive will be appropriately addressed and handled accordingly.

We encourage anyone with information regarding a crime, or potential crime, to contact Sheriff’s Dispatch or their local Sheriffs station to report it so the matter can be investigated and resolved.


Thank you,

Adam Cervantes, Deputy Sheriff

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Dept.
Public Affairs Division

So, the LAPD claims it checked on Shelly in 2013 but won’t provide any details about it, and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department says it doesn’t have enough evidence that she’s at the CST compound to go check on her.

So what have we learned?

We’ve learned that Scientology’s Office of Special Affairs is carefully monitoring the Underground Bunker (which we’ve had evidence of for at least seven years). And we’ve learned that the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Office needs a little more motivation, apparently, to take seriously the concerns the public has about Scientology’s secretive bases and what’s going on there.

And we want to be very clear: We want those bases investigated, not harmed.


Source Code

“One girl had married a man named Tom. She was very dissatisfied with Tom. She very much liked a fellow named George. She separated from Tom and married George. We took her into her past and found that her mother was married to a man named George and was very much afraid that George would leave her. All this was in the poor girl’s engrams. They told her she had to love George and stay with George. There was a person in the case named Tom whom her mother detested. This girl had been in love with about twenty-three men, all named George. This was a reactive mind marriage.” — L. Ron Hubbard, February 13, 1951


Overheard in the FreeZone

“I am an OT and irregardless of life’s circumstances I cannot be broken. Changing the world? Well that’s another thing. One OT has already proven it can be done. Look at LRH. Or even look at Sadhguru. Both are OTs and LRH was Guatama Siddhartha, the founder of Buddhism, and Sadghuru was vida, the founder of mysticism. Look what both of those OTs have done in their times alone as OTs. Millions of people are going Clear. Thousands of OTs are being born. Have faith in yourself and have faith in humanity and you will succeed. Look at all things in life. Be there comfortably. And look don’t believe.”


Random Howdy

“Scientology was touted as the religion for the space age, but stylistically it’s firmly stuck in the time period of, let’s say, 1950 to the 1980s. In its own way Scientology and its members come across as being every bit as tragically unhip as their Fundamentalist Christian counterparts. Squares from Space.”


Start making your plans…

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


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] ‘Aftermath’ subject Brandon Reisdorf arrested for entering San Diego Scientology church
[TWO years ago] Evidence, finally, of how Scientology obsessively tracks down its former members
[THREE years ago] A new document shows how much Scientology obsesses over every member’s status
[FOUR years ago] SCIENTOLOGY’S SPACE MAN: As of 2013, active Scientologists fewer than 20,000 worldwide
[FIVE years ago] Days before crucial hearing, Scientology pulls out a ghost to sway a federal judge
[SIX years ago] Scientology video: Some of the best L. Ron Hubbard word salad ever
[SEVEN years ago] Underground Bunker Reader Gets Declared a Suppressive Person by Scientology
[EIGHT years ago] Anonymous vs Scientology: Chanology’s Quadrennium in NYC


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 1,847 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,351 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,871 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 891 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 782 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,089 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,957 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,731 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,505 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,851 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,417 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,336 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,504 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,085 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,346 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,384 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,097 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,622 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,149 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,712 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,852 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,172 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,027 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,147 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,502 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,805 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,911 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,313 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,185 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,768 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,263 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,517 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,626 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on February 13, 2020 at 07:00

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