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Feds suing ‘stem cell’ scammers for preying on the elderly. Oh, and they’re Scientologists.

[Peyroux, left, and Detelich]

In March 2020, about a week before the pandemic hit us here in the US, we wrote a story about how a Colorado physician named Chris Centeno was exposing fly-by-night operations selling bogus cures based on what sounded like legitimate, emerging medical technologies. But even if stem cells and other emerging trends in medicine held great promise, what these scammers were doing was just downright fraudulent, and the government wasn’t keeping up with it, Centeno argued.

What intrigued us specifically about Centeno’s whistleblowing was that among the bad actors he had identified were a couple of Scientologists. Grant Cardone, for example, Centeno singled out as a huckster who was selling bogus stem cell nonsense to chiropractors, a favorite Scientology target.

And another person Centeno named that we included in that article was Brent Detelich, a Scientologist who was convicted of health care fraud in 2007 but still remained on Scientology’s WISE roster of church-affiliated businesses.

And now, we have another lawsuit to add to our “Full Court Press,” our daily listing of litigation involving Scientologists. Because in August, Detelich and another Scientologist chiropractor, Steve Peyroux, were sued by the federal government and the state of Georgia for running a bogus stem cell operation.

We only recently became aware of the lawsuit thanks to an alert reader, and when we checked we noticed that of course Centeno blogged about it back in August when the lawsuit was filed. (That’s what we get for not keeping an eye on his website since we wrote our story about him.)

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[One of the ads from Detelich and Peyroux, included as evidence in the lawsuit]

Here’s how Centeno described the case against Detelich and Peyroux…

These companies [founded by Detelich and Peyroux] would purchase regenerative medicine products like amniotic tissue, umbilical cord tissue, and “exosomes” and then sell that to chiropractic offices while teaching them how to claim that these were stem cell products and how to sell these to the elderly as miracle cures for various diseases including aging, arthritis, strokes, ALS, etc… They would charge between 5K-20K apiece for these treatments, despite the fact that no clinical research had ever been conducted that these products had stem cells or that they could do what they were claiming…

The state of Georgia and the FTC charged [Peyroux and Detelich] with violating the Georgia Fair Business Practices Act (FBPA) and the FTC Act by making false and misleading claims about the regenerative medicine products they offered to consumers in Georgia. The charges are based on the fact that the pair aggressively marketed various regenerative medicine products to the elderly and there was no credible scientific evidence that what they were selling could help these patients in the way they claimed.

The FTC put out a press release about the lawsuit, but none of the many press stories about the lawsuit have mentioned that both Detelich and Peyroux are longtime Scientologists.

Now that we’ve become aware of the case, we’ll be keeping tabs on the lawsuit, which at this point appears to have begun its discovery phase.

 
Meanwhile, an update in Hollywood: According to Compass Realty, the firm handling the sale of Danny Masterson’s Hollywood Hills home, the offer which had been made on the house in October was withdrawn yesterday. Well, that’s a lump of coal in Danny’s Christmas stocking. He appeared to be so close to getting the $6.9 million he was asking, and he has two new attorneys to pay.

Will no one else step forward to pay for Danny’s Hollyridge Drive estate? Now’s your chance.

 
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Continuing our year in review: The stories of April 2021

April began with an interesting development overseas. Journalist Ben Schneider, writing for The Age, looked into Scientology’s finances in Australia and asked why the US church was spending millions there. We’ve been pointing out for years that Scientology leader David Miscavige has been lavishing funds on places like Ireland and Australia and South Africa where Scientology is on life support, but Schneider’s report, in a major mainstream publication, really hit home. Publications all over Australia picked up the drumbeat, and the Aussie government gave signs that it would look into the matter. Frustratingly, Ben explained to us in an interview, even if they took it on in earnest, it would be in complete secrecy. So we wait patiently to see if the Australian government really is about to turn up the heat there.

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We noted the death of Izzy Chait, an OT 8 Scientologists and well known Los Angeles art dealer who had been featured in many stories here. We were especially heartened to learn that Izzy had seen his disconnected son Joey before the end.

The next day, we revealed that one of Saturday Night Live’s up-and-coming cast members, Chloe Fineman, was brought up in Scientology, and showed signs of still being a dedicated member. We followed that with eyewitness testimony from a recent Scientology defector who gave us even more detail about Chloe’s involvement in the church. We noted how interesting it was that SNL had hired a Scientologist only a few years after producing the most hilarious parody of Scientology ever done.

On April 3, we continued our series about Scientology’s enablers, and put the judges helping Scientology out with its “religious arbitration” scam in the number 3 lot.

A few days later, Scientologists at Clearwater’s downtown development board hatched a plot to try and get Mark Bunker kicked out of his (non-voting) seat on the board. It was brazen, and it was called out as bull by the city council.

On April 13, your proprietor was on the scene as wealthy Scientologist chiropractor Jay Spina was sentenced to nine years in prison for his part in a massive Medicare swindle. We provided a detailed blow-by-blow, when, for example, Spina actually quoted L. Ron Hubbard in his statement to the court, and when Judge Kenneth Karas said that Spina’s crimes made his “blood boil.” All in all, it was a remarkable day in federal court in White Plains, New York.

The next day, we pointed out that one of the scientists on the team running the latest Mars rover grew up in Scientology and has been very active in it.

We noted that there seem to be an increasing number of Scientologists making noise about ditching Los Angeles for Clearwater, including Kirstie Alley’s daughter Lillie Parker.

In the UK, celebrity presenter Matt Willis made news for claiming that Scientology had tried to get him to divorce his wife, so we asked a panel of our experts who said that it was actually quite common for this to happen in Scientology.

A Bunker favorite, tax attorney Monique Yingling, made our list of Scientology’s enablers at the #2 spot, which she richly deserved.

One of the true rock stars here at the Underground Bunker, Tommy Davis, rang us up to let us know he and his new bride had welcomed a son into their family. Well no, he didn’t tell us about it, he hates our guts, but we found out about it and congratulated him anyway.

On April 24 we finally reached #1 on our list of Scientology’s enablers, and to no one’s surprise it went to the IRS and the Department of Justice, federal agencies that allow Scientology’s abuses to go unchecked, year after year after year.

We published an essay by an OT 3 Scientologist who argued that we have Scientology all wrong, and that it’s not a destructive group. Our readers were very energized by this claim.

And then a bit of a wild time ensued when we were stunned to see what looked to us to be Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid in a Scientology hip-hop video. Instead, locals informed us that it was actually a well known Reid lookalike who called himself Almost Andy Ried. His actual name was Matt Black, and Matt was mortified to learn that he’d been unwittingly used by Scientology in its propaganda. We were glad Matt talked to us about it for a story.

 

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A LOOK BACK AT APRIL 2020: Whoopi Goldberg recommended Narconon. Wealthy Scientologist Jim Mathers said of Covid, “healthy people don’t get sick.” Scientology started putting out some very weird videos as a result of members being locked down at home. LRH 2.0 faced a revolt. Another confirmation from Scientology itself that its numbers are in the thousands, not millions. David Miscavige turned 60.

A LOOK BACK AT APRIL 2019: Shooting victim Brian Statler was identified. Chris Owen filled us in on Scientology’s odd efforts in Papua New Guinea. Graham Berry shared another stunning demand letter with us. Sunny Perreira told us her story about Brad Pitt bringing his pet igauna to the Celebrity Centre for some auditing. Danny Masterson’s accusers and Mike Rinder’s daughter had a confrontation caught on video.

A LOOK BACK AT APRIL 2018: Chris Owen found that L. Ron Hubbard tried to buy Malawi. Leah Remini was subjected to a Scientology “noisy investigation.” We chatted with the convicted felon who says he’s the returned L. Ron Hubbard. Tommy Davis showed up with a new look. Kim Poff was finally able to give us an interview about getting fired by Oklahoma for blowing the whistle on Narconon. Rocker Cedric Bixler-Zavala told us about the harassment his wife Chrissie Carnell Bixler was going through after coming forward as a victim of Scientologist actor Danny Masterson.

A LOOK BACK AT APRIL 2017: Scientologist actor Erika Christensen raised eyebrows for playing a Christian convert on film. We dug up a reference to ‘Mount Xenu’ in a Hubbard lecture. Dee Findlay schooled the Clearwater city council. A 1973 documentary featuring Nan McLean resurfaced.

A LOOK BACK AT APRIL 2016: David Miscavige was filmed opening an Ideal Org in Atlanta. Phil and Willie Jones put up a billboard in Los Angeles about Scientology disconnection. We revealed that Giovanni Ribisi’s daughter Lucia Ribisi had ditched Scientology. The Gregg Hagglund story — seeing a Fair Game operation from both ends. How David Miscavige ripped apart his own family, and how Lisa Marie Presley became (at least for a short time) his biggest nightmare. David Miscavige threatened to sue his own Dad, and we were live on the scene as Laura DeCrescenzo’s lawsuit survived a second motion for summary judgment. Was this the greatest single month for news in the history of the Bunker? It was certainly up there.

A LOOK BACK AT APRIL 2015: We broke down the elements that made SNL’s parody, ‘Neurotology,’ so great. We brought you full audio tapes of police interviews with the Scientology private eyes who stalked Ron Miscavige. And we dug up the true history of Tom Cruise and Mimi Rogers.

A LOOK BACK AT APRIL 2014: We checked with his tailor to find out David Miscavige’s actual height. Tax documents spelled out Scientology’s amazing cash value. And an insider provided us documents showing that Narconon Arrowhead is running on fumes.

A LOOK BACK AT APRIL 2013: Live-blogging Rock Center‘s Narconon expose, behind the scenes at Int Base with “Love in the Time of Miscavige,” and Narconon in Georgia raided.

 
Eight of our favorites from the most-upvoted comments of April 2021

April 1: Mark Parry-Maddocks

Good to hear that Izzy Chait was more of a mensch than a Scibot in the end. My sympathy to Joey and his family, and to hell with disconnection.

April 7: Patty Moher

All of the folks that were investigating Narconon were in turn, being investigated by the cult of Scientology. Per policy Scientology will investigate those that are investigating them until they find the evil government officials crimes and threaten to expose them if they don’t STFU. That’s aka blackmail and has been a success tool used by the cult to stop protesters, investigations and arrests. I know this because I was part of doing these investigations for the cult back in the 80’s and 90’s. There’s no evidence of blackmail here but then again, there never is.

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April 8: Andrea “i-Betty” Garner

One does not simply walk into Clearwater and remove the legend that is Mark Bunker.

April 9: Graham

Just got my second jab an hour ago [and Mrs G got hers yesterday]. WogTech: the tech that works.

April 10: Holy Cow

Seems like, in theory, a second gen celebrity would be the hardest nut to crack from a deprogramming standpoint since they will have grown up with indoctrination all their lives and at the same time will enjoy the privileges that celebrities are afforded by the Church, thus shielding them from the kind of jarring experiences which make civilian Scientologists think twice. That’s a pretty secure double air lock for anything approaching critical thinking to get through. I’ve just watched a couple of Chloe Fineman’s SNL clips on Youtube and she is clearly very talented. Her Drew Barrymore impersonation is a particular hoot. Having someone on the cultural behemoth that is SNL will be huge for the Church and no doubt they will be rolling out the red carpet for Chloe so she will presently be as comfortable with her life as anyone can be who is part of a mind sapping cult. And if she needs any further help living with two different mental silos, she can always give Nancy Cartwright or Elisabeth Moss a call.

April 16: Mat Pesch

In the mind set of Scientology they OWN their staff and public, much like one might own a milk cow. Staff get traded back and forth between their organizations without a thought of how it will affect the individual, their marriage or their children. If Scientology thinks it can get more milk out of a “cow” by intentionally breaking up a marriage or family it is done without the slightest concern. It is their “normal”, usual behavior. It’s the same mindset that allows Scientology to load up a van of young woman to go get abortions. The husbands are sometimes never told about the pregnancy or the abortion as it might affect their production and value to the organization. By the way, when there is a spike in the number of abortions needed the girls are taken longer distances to free clinics so as not to risk a PR flap. Good heavens, one never wants to risk tarnishing the public image of Scientology.

April 23: Panopea Abrupta

Tommy Davis storming out of the Bashir interview. Tommy Davis pushing and prodding Sweeney for the rant heard around the world. Tommy denying that disconnection exists, thereby pushing Paul Haggis to blow. There is much for which to be grateful. I still think his supplying Larry Wright with all the material to start on “Going Clear” marks his high-water point. The damage he did to the Co$ then was monumental.

April 26: Jefferson Hawkins

To OT 3 Scientologist from OT IV Ex-Scientologist: First of all, thank you for coming out in a public forum and defending your chosen religion. That takes guts. I want you to know that I have stood where you are standing. I was a committed Scientologist for 30 years, and, like you, wanted to hotly defend Scientology. I even did radio interviews defending Scientology. I was as committed as one can get – I joined the Sea Org and was an SO Member for many years. I was in charge of Scientology marketing and ran some of the most successful public outreach campaigns in Scientology’s history- you might remember the 1980’s “Dianetics” Campaign with the exploding volcano. That was me. That campaign sparked off the biggest Scientology expansion boom in history. I became a Sea Org Officer and worked at the International Base in San Jacinto, California for about 18 years. I worked directly with David Miscavige. I saw the inner world of Scientology that few people – and few Scientologists – ever see. I eventually grew disillusioned and left. Why? I saw that David Miscavige was not the saintly leader that Church publications try to paint him as, but a sociopathic bully who maintains his control over Scientology by abusing, threatening, and even physically attacking his subordinates. He physically attacked me on five separate occasions. Anyone critical of him was immediately offloaded or sent to the RPF (which is, face it, a hard labor re-education camp similar to those in Communist countries). All of those things are typical of cults. This is why Scientology is called a cult – because it ACTS like a cult: The all-powerful leader who must be adored and cannot be questioned, harsh re-education for any who stray, and group “shunning” or disconnection for any members who leave. Study other cults and see how they operate, and what the similarities are with Scientology. I would encourage you to read my book, “Counterfeit Dreams,” as well as books by other former insiders, like Marc Headley, Amy Scobee, Nancy Many, Janis Gillham Grady and others. I would also highly recommend Stve Hassan’s book, “Combatting Cult Mind Control.” We are not “Nazis.” We are people who saw behind the curtain and now want to expose the rotten core of Scientology. We are not lying to you – your church is. You may not believe this, but I am your friend.

 
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Source Code

“You’ll find that there’s a hollow spot in back of the body. And if you will let one of those hollow spots — at least, there’s at least one — if you’ll let it say ‘hello’ backwards, you know, have a spot in back of the body say ‘hello’ backwards, you will discover some of the more interesting spaces. You get why that is? A thetan has always come in on the body on the back, you see, and nobody has ever said ‘hello’ to him. There’s quite often a machine pulled in there, which is one of the more interesting things you run into with this process. Big, big juicy machine with valves, tubes, endless belts and every other thing.” — L. Ron Hubbard, December 24, 1954

 
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Avast, Ye Mateys

“There has never been any order permitting mail to be taken directly to the post office by individuals. I would like to find out who started this. It is illegal to send mail any other way than via the Dept of Comm.” — N. Jessup, CS-1, December 24, 1968

 
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Overheard in the FreeZone

“Disconnection is an individual’s choice. Yes, Ethics might encourage someone to do it, but at the end of the day it’s the persons who do it, who are to accept responsibility for it and not blame the church with the ‘following orders’ excuse. I don’t blame the church when my friends in the church disconnected from me. I blame them and their inability to confront the truth, and also just that they were happy with the church and I’m cool with that, it was their personal decision to disconnect from me, not the church’s. But I just don’t like it when people blame big organizations for actions they do. For example, it wasn’t Hitler’s fault for the holocaust, it was the SS soldiers who did it. They believed in the cause, they wanted to do it, they thought what they were doing was right, they should take responsibility for it and should be blamed for it.”

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Past is Prologue

1998: A Scientologist and dentist in Providence, Rhode Island has been sued by his former receptionist for forcing her to study Scientology. From the Associated Press: “Dentist Roger Carlsten was promoting religion in the workplace when he asked his receptionist to take a statistics course written by the founder of Scientology, according to a complaint filed in Superior Court. Susan Elizabeth Morgan, a Catholic, said she is suing her former boss because she was fired after she refused to take the course written by L. Ron Hubbard, the late science fiction writer and founder of the controversial Scientology religion. Morgan asserts that material in ‘Hubbard Management Technology,’ is based in Scientology, not statistics. Carlsten, 52, said although he practices Scientology, he did not try to impose his beliefs on his employees, and religion had nothing to do with firing 32-year-old Morgan of Johnston. ‘There is no religious issue here,’ said Carlsten’s lawyer, Sandra Lanni. ‘There’s a perception that this is a lawsuit against Scientology and it’s not. These courses are strictly business courses.’ The complaint, brought under the Rhode Island Fair Employment Practices Act, alleges that Carlsten failed to accommodate Morgan’s beliefs as a Catholic and the Carlsten fired her based on religion.”

 
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Random Howdy

“‘If all Scientologists were John Travolta clones, Scientology would be a good deal.’ I’m not sure the Massage Association of America would agree with you on that one, Jimmy.”

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

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Next hearing set for February 8. Trial scheduled for August 29, 2022.
‘Lafayette Ronald Hubbard’ (a/k/a Justin Craig), false imprisonment, aggravated assault, plus drug charges: Next hearing scheduled for January 18.

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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 January 22 in Los Angeles
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud: Next pretrial conference set for February 11.
Joseph ‘Ben’ Barton, Medicare fraud: Pleaded guilty, awaiting sentencing.

Civil litigation:
Luis and Rocio Garcia v. Scientology: Eleventh Circuit affirmed ruling granting Scientology’s motion for arbitration. Garcias considering next move.
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 held November 2, awaiting a ruling.
Matt and Kathy Feschbach tax debt: Eleventh Circuit ruled on Sept 9, 2020 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.
— Chiropractors Steve Peyroux and Brent Detelich, stem cell fraud: Lawsuit filed by the FTC and state of Georgia in August, now in discovery phase.

 
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THE PROSECUTION OF DANNY MASTERSON

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.

SCIENTOLOGY: FAIR GAME

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.

LEAH REMINI: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE AFTERMATH

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.

SCIENTOLOGY’S CELEBRITIES, from A to Z

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?

 
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THE WHOLE TRACK

[ONE year ago] Whoops. Letter shows Scientology gave Jane Doe #1 permission to sue Danny Masterson in 2004
[TWO years ago] Scientology is denied an emergency hearing, but here is its ‘arbitration’ motion
[THREE years ago] We got a correspondent into Scientology’s New Year’s Event Saturday in Los Angeles
[FOUR years ago] Year in review: In April, Dee Findlay delivered a truth bomb to Scientology in its spiritual mecca
[FIVE years ago] A Christmas Eve treat: Our man Down Under on Scientology’s antipodean troubles in 2016
[SIX years ago] Release the hounds! Scientology suddenly getting more aggressive with media: Report
[SEVEN years ago] As Luka Magnotta is convicted, questions about his Scientology involvement remain
[EIGHT years ago] The Underground Bunker Year-in-Review starts today: A January for the ages!
[NINE years ago] Scientology’s 2012 in Review: Springtime for Miscavige
[TEN years ago] Scientology Succession: Commenters of the Week!

 
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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 2,524 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,029 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,549 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,569 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,460 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,767 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,635 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,409 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,740 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,213 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,529 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,095 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,014 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,182 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,763 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,024 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,060 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,775 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,300 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 655 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,830 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,381 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,530 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,850 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,705 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,824 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,180 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,483 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,589 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,987 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,863 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,446 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,941 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,195 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,304 days.

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Posted by Tony Ortega on December 24, 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

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