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Another Scientology OT dies of Covid, this time near the Florida ‘spiritual mecca’

[In January, Sergio Rojo was the happy buyer of a Mirit Castro painting.]

We’ve learned about the death of another OT Scientologist to Covid, and we found out about it from a Scientologist who had also been battling the disease, a woman named Julia in Clearwater, Florida, which is home to Scientology’s “spiritual mecca,” the Flag Land Base.

Julia detailed at her Facebook account how her entire family — herself, her husband, and her son and daughter — spent the month of August battling scary cases of Covid. Her husband had it worst, spending several weeks in the hospital on oxygen but not on a ventilator. None of them were vaccinated, and Julia was convinced her husband had been infected when he was around vaccinated people who were “shedding” the virus. When a commenter cast doubt on that theory, she was incensed.



Her son was also hospitalized, but she was relieved in early September when they both came home. Her husband was still on oxygen and his kidneys had been damaged, but all four of them were improving.

Sadly, she noted, a friend of theirs, another Scientologist in Clearwater, OT 6 Sergio Rojo, wasn’t so lucky.


According to the Scientologists leaving remembrances at a GoFundMe for Sergio’s family and at Facebook, Rojo was a very well liked former SF staff member who had also spent time in Los Angeles before coming to Clearwater.

“Sergio has a way of making you feel like you are the only person in the room… his presence is missed,” said one person donating to his family’s fundraiser.

We said this the other day in regards to an OT 8 in California, and the message is the same after the death of an OT 6 in Florida: Your Scientology superpowers do not work on the virus. Please get the vaccine. It works.


Bonus items from our tipsters

Hey, it’s only September, but what the hell, let’s have a holiday survey!



1. What do the holidays mean to you?
2. What object or image represents the holidays to you?
3. What does happiness mean to you?
4. What object or image represents happiness to you?
5. Do you give ‘The Way to Happiness’ booklet to others?
6. Why do you give the booklet to others?
7. What personal benefit do you get by giving the booklet to others?
8. How have you seen others benefit by receiving ‘The Way to Happiness’?
9. What problems concern you the most in the world today?
10. How does ‘The Way to Happiness’ help with this?


11. Where are you located? (City, State, Country)
12. Age: Under 18, 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80-89, 90 or older
13. Which of the following best describes your current occupation?


Management occupations
Business and Financial Operations Occupations
Computer and Mathematical Occupations
Architecture and Engineering Occupations
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
Community and Social Service Occupations
Legal Occupations
Education, Training, and Library Occupations
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations
Healthcare Support Occupations
Protective Service Occupations
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations

Personal Care and Service Occupations
Sales and Related Occupations
Office and Administrative Support Occupations
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations
Construction and Extraction Occupations
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations
Production Occupations
Transportation and Materials Moving Occupations
Other (please specify)

14. What is your gender?



Meanwhile, Houston is on fire!



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Source Code

“There is cyclical illness which is dictated in the various R6 implants. A fellow was forced to get sick at the age of five, followed multiples of five, and he’s supposed to get sick from this and from that, and from the other thing. Measles and, you know he’s supposed to have and that’s certain. They predict his health, in other words. When he’s fifty he’s supposed to something or other. What they’re trying to do is make a body cave in. See?” — L. Ron Hubbard, September 30, 1968


Avast, Ye Mateys


“It was more dangerous to raise the stern anchor than it was to hope it held as it was holding. Rear view mirror into the past. We should have anchored on the other side of the little island day before yesterday. We’re sitting here held by my postulates and a stern anchor. If either let go we’d wreck our screws. Let this be a lesson in seamanship. The morale is anchor more safely when you can, not after you’re unsafely anchored.” — The Commodore September 30, 1970


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Freezone is much less expensive. Average Class VIII charges between $100 and $200 an hour for auditing.”


Past is Prologue

1997: Lawrence Wollersheim warned that Factnet may be on the verge of closing down. “Scientology has run Factnet out of its insurance money. They have again threatened that they are going to destroy us as they destroyed THE CULT AWARENESS NETWORK (CAN) and put Factnet’s Director and or former directors into bankruptcy. They have filed a flurry of frivolous motions to further expedite the depletion of our legal funds.”


Random Howdy

“I realized this maybe six years ago when I first read about TR-Alice. I was gobsmacked at how obvious it was. I’ve read numerous examples of Hubbard having a laugh at his followers’ expense since then.”



Full Court Press: What we’re watching at the Underground Bunker

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Next hearing set for November 10. Trial tentatively scheduled for February.
Jay and Jeff Spina, Medicare fraud: Jay sentenced to 9 years in prison. Jeff’s sentencing to be scheduled.
Hanan and Rizza Islam and other family members, Medi-Cal fraud: Pretrial conference October 7 in Los Angeles
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud: Next pretrial conference set for November 19.
Joseph ‘Ben’ Barton, Medicare fraud: Pleaded guilty, awaiting sentencing.

Civil litigation:
Luis and Rocio Garcia v. Scientology: Oral arguments were heard on July 30, 2020 at the Eleventh Circuit
Valerie Haney v. Scientology: Forced to ‘religious arbitration.’ Petition to US Supreme Court submitted on May 26. Scientology responded on June 25.
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: California Supreme Court granted review on May 26 and asked the Second Appellate Division to direct Judge Steven Kleifield to show cause why he granted Scientology’s motion for arbitration. Oral arguments scheduled for November 2.
Matt and Kathy Feschbach tax debt: Eleventh Circuit ruled on Sept 9 that Feshbachs can’t discharge IRS debt in bankruptcy. Dec 17: Feshbachs sign court judgment obliging them to pay entire $3.674 million tax debt, plus interest from Nov 19.
Brian Statler Sr v. City of Inglewood: Third amended complaint filed, trial set for June 28, 2022.
Author Steve Cannane defamation trial: Trial concluded, Cannane victorious, awarded court costs. Case appealed on Dec 23. Appeal hearing held Aug 23-27. Awaiting a ruling.



We first broke the news of the LAPD’s investigation of Scientology celebrity Danny Masterson on rape allegations in 2017, and we’ve been covering the story every step of the way since then. At this page we’ve collected our most important links, including our four days in Los Angeles covering the preliminary hearing and its ruling, which has Danny facing trial and the potential sentence of 45 years to life in prison.


After the success of their double-Emmy-winning, three-season A&E series ‘Scientology and the Aftermath,’ Leah Remini and Mike Rinder continue the conversation on their podcast, ‘Scientology: Fair Game.’ We’ve created a landing page where you can hear all of the episodes so far.


An episode-by-episode guide to Leah Remini’s three-season, double-Emmy winning series that changed everything for Scientology watching. Originally aired from 2016 to 2019 on the A&E network, and now on Netflix.


Find your favorite Hubbardite celeb at this index page — or suggest someone to add to the list!

Other links: SCIENTOLOGY BLACK OPS: Tom Cruise and dirty tricks. Scientology’s Ideal Orgs, from one end of the planet to the other. 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 a weekly series. How many have you read?


[ONE year ago] Could Danny Masterson’s odd legal fight over his Hollywood house endanger his freedom?
[TWO years ago] Scientology tried to sell ‘Daily Mail’ on story she was a sexual abuser, Leah Remini says
[THREE years ago] Scientology going ‘Ideal’ with drug rehabs too, and will replace an ailing clinic
[FOUR years ago] Never before seen: Video from the first ‘LRH Birthday’ aboard the Scientology ‘Freewinds’
[FIVE years ago] When L. Ron Hubbard briefly let down his guard and admitted Scientology was all a con
[SEVEN years ago] Does a judge’s order in the Garcia fraud lawsuit suggest trouble for Scientology?
[EIGHT years ago] Meet the New Editor of Scientology’s Propaganda Magazine, Freedom!
[NINE years ago] Scientology Sunday Funnies!
[TEN years ago] Scientology’s SF Leaker Talks: We Ask Amy Scobee to Interpret


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 2,439 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,944 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,464 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,484 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,375 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,682 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,550 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,324 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,654 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,128 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,444 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,010 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,929 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,097 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,678 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,939 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,976 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,690 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,215 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 570 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,745 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,296 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,445 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,765 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,620 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,739 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,095 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,398 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,504 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,902 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,778 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,361 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,856 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,110 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,219 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on September 30, 2021 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, 1995-2020 Just starting out here? We’ve picked out the most important stories we’ve covered here at the Underground Bunker (2012-2020), The Village Voice (2008-2012), New Times Los Angeles (1999-2002) and the Phoenix New Times (1995-1999)

Other links: BLOGGING DIANETICS: Reading Scientology’s founding text cover to cover | UP THE BRIDGE: Claire Headley and Bruce Hines train us as Scientologists | GETTING OUR ETHICS IN: Jefferson Hawkins explains Scientology’s system of justice | SCIENTOLOGY MYTHBUSTING: Historian Jon Atack discusses key Scientology concepts | Shelly Miscavige, 15 years gone | The Lisa McPherson story told in real time | The Cathriona White stories | The Leah Remini ‘Knowledge Reports’ | Hear audio of a Scientology excommunication | Scientology’s little day care of horrors | Whatever happened to Steve Fishman? | Felony charges for Scientology’s drug rehab scam | Why Scientology digs bomb-proof vaults in the desert | PZ Myers reads L. Ron Hubbard’s “A History of Man” | Scientology’s Master Spies | The mystery of the richest Scientologist and his wayward sons | Scientology’s shocking mistreatment of the mentally ill | The Underground Bunker’s Official Theme Song | The Underground Bunker FAQ

Watch our short videos that explain Scientology’s controversies in three minutes or less…

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Our non-Scientology stories: Robert Burnham Jr., the man who inscribed the universe | Notorious alt-right inspiration Kevin MacDonald and his theories about Jewish DNA | The selling of the “Phoenix Lights” | Astronomer Harlow Shapley‘s FBI file | Sex, spies, and local TV news | Battling Babe-Hounds: Ross Jeffries v. R. Don Steele


Tony Ortega at The Daily Beast


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