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He was a student and teacher at Scientology’s elite boarding schools: Now he’s dishing

Scientology’s boarding school The Delphian in Oregon — where wealthy Scientologists send their kids for indoctrination in the L. Ron Hubbard way and also where the church recruits for the Sea Org — has been in the news here at the Bunker a couple of times recently.

In July, we found out that the Delphian was hit with an outbreak of Covid-19, with 43 students and 8 staff testing positive, according to the state’s health authority. And last month, we were kind of stunned to learn that the state’s paper of record, The Oregonian, had named Delphian the small business with the best “values” in all of Oregon.

Each time we tried to explain what Delphian was like and why Scientologists consider it the best of the Hubbard-themed schools. But now, Leah Remini and Mike Rinder have a new inside view of Delphian. And it’s coming from Julian Wain, who we first heard from here at the Bunker in November 2020, and who made a previous appearance on Leah’s podcast in July.

Now they’ve had him back, and specifically to talk about his experiences at the Oregon school. Says Mike…


We welcome back Julian Wain, who appeared with his wife Katherine in Episode 49. This time we talk about the Delphian schools — Julian both attended and taught there. These are indoctrination schools for Scientology, and recruitment pools for the Sea Org, despite the claims they make publicly.

Listen to the episode right here!


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Source Code

“I went to a Picasso show one day with a fellow from Greenwich Village. He was wearing a turtleneck sweater and I was wearing a business suit, and everybody who was coming to the Picasso show was dressed in tails and ermine wraps and evening gowns. This was really swell, it was really upstage…I was interested in the neurosis from which Picasso was probably suffering, but more importantly, in why he was doing it. I was coming to the conclusion that it was just a big experiment, as far as he was concerned, whereby he was testing color and design lines. We were going hot and heavy. This artist would say, ‘Oh, but no! There is so much soul! There’s this! There’s that.’ And I would say, ‘No, it just merely looks to me like he’s got a libido complex or something.’ We got up to the second floor, and he and I had such a falling out about one of the paintings that we reached a static, and we were silent for a moment. We happened to look around and we had about fifty people following us along the line of pictures and listening to us. Some of them were trying hard to look very edified. So I got very interested in the people who were watching the Picasso show and took a series of notes. I wrote an article for the New Yorker on it.” — L. Ron Hubbard, October 12, 1951


Avast, Ye Mateys

“THE GLASS: Lowest barometer we’ve ever seen. Got down to 29.27. But it began to rise yesterday even steadily and did not pump (go up and down) which is good as that means HURRICANE and you don’t want to be in a port in the path of one of those. You want to be at sea following Buys Ballot’s law (see Bowditch or other texts), steering away from the center. So we apparently sail on schedule.” — The Commodore, October 12, 1970


Overheard in the FreeZone


“Back in the day, we used to refer to certain things as ‘tracky.’ I don’t know if anyone does that any more. But the most ‘tracky’ movie I’ve ever seen is The Matrix. The film’s story arc and dialog are so accurate it’s almost frightening. This universe is a world which had been pulled over our eyes to blind us to the real truth. As you move up the Bridge, the layers fall away until, toward the end, the real truth becomes visible.”


Past is Prologue

1995: Kim Baker has resigned from the FACTNet board of directors following a phoned-in bomb threat. “On Monday evening, 9 October, at approximately 7.00 pm, Malcolm Nothling, a veteran critic of the Church of Scientology, received a telephone call in Johannesburg, South Africa. He said the caller was male, and had a Zimbabwean (Rhodesian) accent. The caller said that based on the results of the Gerry Armstrong hearing, a planned action to bomb a Scientology Org (he did not specify which Org) was going to occur within the next ten days. He asked Malcolm if he wished to help with the planning of the operation. A new level of operation against Scientology is going to occur as a result of the Church’s actions against its detractors. I feared this would happen, and I cannot be a part of it. I have resigned from the Board of Directors of FACTNET, and I withdraw from the conflict.”


Random Howdy

“I had really bad nightmares when I was young — one was a nightly reoccurring one that lasted almost a year and almost drove me insane. Something about HR Pufnstuf reminds me of those dreams. My dream would start soon as I laid down because in the dream I was still awake lying in my bed. All of the sudden reptilian hands would shoot up from underneath the end of the bed and grab my legs and pull me underneath the bed dragging me at breakneck speed down a hellish tunnel where creatures were living in the walls to meet my arch nemesis King Frog and his henchman Baby Huey. They would torture me for hours laughing and mocking me.”


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 December 17 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.’ US Supreme Court denied Valerie’s petition Oct 4.
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] Bijou Phillips on her husband Danny Masterson: A macho ‘Strong Island’ guy
[TWO years ago] Scientology wants your children: The 1957 lecture they think will convince you
[THREE years ago] Dave’s shrinkage: Help us determine turnout for Scientology’s IAS 2018 gala
[FOUR years ago] ‘Miss Lovely’ as you’ve never seen her — new photos of Paulette Cooper, war survivor
[FIVE years ago] DRONE FLYOVER FINALE: Getting a close look at Scientology’s secret New Mexico compound
[SIX years ago] That time Scientology’s Sea Org grunts donned cut-offs and bikinis to fake out L. Ron Hubbard
[SEVEN years ago] Scientology Sunday Funnies: In valleys near and far, it’s time to stand and deliver!
[EIGHT years ago] TOMKAT PROJECT IN LOS ANGELES: Here’s Your Chance to Help the Show Get to Tinseltown
[NINE years ago] Scientology Metaphysics: How Do Thetans Work?
[TEN years ago] Scientology Hates Clean Ice: The “Fair Game” Operation That Should Turn Your Stomach


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 2,451 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,956 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,476 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,496 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,387 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,694 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,562 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,336 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,666 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,140 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,456 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,022 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,941 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,109 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,690 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,951 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,988 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,702 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,227 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 582 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,757 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,308 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,457 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,777 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,632 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,751 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,107 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,410 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,516 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,914 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,790 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,373 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,868 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,122 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,231 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on October 12, 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…

Check your whale level at our dedicated page for status updates, or join us at the Underground Bunker’s Facebook discussion group for more frivolity.

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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