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When you’re a child in Scientology’s Sea Org, the stress is meant to overwhelm you

[Mark in Clearwater with his grandmother, who died in the Sea Org]

It was night when I landed in Florida after leaving England. I was accompanied by a female stewardess who had been charged with seeing me to a security point.

My mother met me there with her new husband. A man named Randy.

Randy was 6-foot-2 red head, in great shape, and pretty much the only person in my life who actually took the parent “hat” seriously. He allowed me the freedom to explore my interests, gave me a house to grow up in for a while and helped me to calm down emotionally.

That at the airport, I was struck by how incredibly warm and moist the air was compared to England. I looked at the streetlights and saw haloes around them all. My clothes, meanwhile, instantly started to stick to me.

We walked to a beat-up gray VW station wagon and climbed in. In order to start the vehicle, Randy had to pump the gas pedal and crank the engine for a full 30 seconds before it caught. We pulled out and started to drive to my new destination. Randy was asking if I was hungry and had indicated that we could stop for a burger on the way home.

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As we were driving, he suddenly pulled over and jumped out of the vehicle. He ran to the side of the road and jumped over a hedge to land on a patch of lawn where four men were attacking a guy who was down on the ground. He charged them and they dispersed running in different directions while Randy helped the guy off the ground. That done, he walked back to the vehicle and climbed in and we continued on our way to his house in Clearwater. (Like it was no big deal to interrupt a crime being committed, or something?)

Mom was working at a building called the Sandcastle which was right on the ocean. Randy was not in the Sea Org and this was a problem for my mom’s seniors since people in the Sea Org weren’t supposed to be married to people outside of the Sea Org.

It didn’t matter that that Randy had been in the Sea Org when they married and had worked directly with L. Ron Hubbard at Int Management. In later years he had told me stories of how he had worked with LRH accessing those parts of the mind where the “Rock slam” came from and deliberately creating those reads on the meter. A “Rock slam” is a very specific read on the meter which indicates “evil purposes” on a specific subject.

There is a list of questions in the Sea Org, called List #1. If you get a Rock slam on any of these questions you are sent to the Rehabilitation Project Force, which is the Sea Org’s equivelant of a prison camp.

Randy told me that Narcanon Arrowhead, Scientology’s flagship drug rehab that had been established on Indian reservation land in Oklahoma, was shoehorned into place by the same tactics used in the Snow White Program, with people being bribed and others being given “prizes” which got them out of town so that the politics wouldn’t get in the way of the organization being established there.

Randy was a true Sea Org member and, like Mary Sue Hubbard, took the fall for a lot of shit.

When I got to Florida I was out of shape and had a definite paunch. Randy was in supremely good shape and ran triathlons. My mom was 5’0″ and couldn’t have weighed more than 100 lbs soaking wet. She and Randy ran every day and she biked everywhere she went. When I got to Florida, my dad had emptied my English bank account and given me money orders to the tune of roughly $400, which was supposed to go into a bank account and continue to earn interest. My mom used this money to buy me a bike and some other things that I would be needing as well as a fishing pole.

In the Sea Org, at that time, you were paid $30 a week for working over 80 hours. (Apparently it is now $50 a week, due to inflation). There was no way she was going to be able to buy me a bike or anything else a young teenager was going to need. I was told in no uncertain terms that I was either going to join the Sea Org or else I would not have any money to get stuff with. It also was made pretty clear that if I wasn’t in the Sea Org, I wasn’t going to be able to be with my mother.

Randy was working as a locksmith at the time and I wasn’t going to be able to be with him. I was not interested in the Sea Org and made that clear. But I was told that I needed to give it a go and that I could make up my mind once I had tried it. This began my third attempt at completing the EPF or Estates Project Force, which was the Sea Org’s equivalent of Boot Camp. I was a minor, so I wasn’t allowed to work a full adult schedule, which basically meant that I worked a full adult schedule during the week and was given weekends off.

I was placed in a dorm with other members of the EPF and my schedule was basically treated like a new army recruit. On the EPF, there was a solid day of MEST work, which translates to hard physical labor, followed by 5 hours of study where I was expected to take a series of courses to get me ready for the Sea Organization.

The physical labor turned out to be “housekeeping” in the Fort Harrison and the Sandcastle hotels. We were expected to wash towels, bedding and then to clean every guest’s room. We would knock on the door and say “Housekeeping” and then come in and clean the bathroom, make the bed and chicken-pick the floors to get rid of any miscellaneous pieces of dirt. If we missed something on the floor or didn’t do a good job, we were given a lap which consisted of 20 pushups or 20 sit-ups.

There were five “courses” I was expected to take: First was the Introduction to Scientology Study Technology. Second was the Introduction to Scientology Ethics, which goes over the basics of ethics, the 12 characteristics of a suppressive person, the conditions formulas from Confusion to Power and Power Change. Third was Basic Sea Org member hat, fourth was Welcome to the Sea Organization, a series of reel-to-reel tape lectures of L. Ron Hubbard talking about the Sea Organization and its start on the Flag ship Apollo, (of which my father had been an engineer).

LRH touched on the various ships and the need to completely revamp the crews with training and raising the standards of behavior and cleanliness aboard the ships after a series of bad mishaps, inclusive of which was the sinking of one of the ships after it hit another ship. The Sea Org rose out of the ashes of its own disgrace, a new and better organization like a phoenix out of its ashes.

I will say one thing and that is that LRH has a knack for telling a good story. The fifth course was a personal hygiene course in which we are expected to learn how to take care of ourselves, sew buttons on shirts and in general make a good clean and healthy Sea Org member.

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Overall, it took me almost two months to get through these courses, during which time, I complained bitterly to my mother that I hated this and didn’t want to be there. I hated the fact that I was being made to do push-ups if I missed a piece of dirt. I didn’t like the “running on decks.” I didn’t mind having to call everyone (men and women) “sir.” That was normal.

There is a term which I’m sure isn’t limited to the Sea Org called a “Stat Push” which is where people do weird and unusual things to get the statistics up for the week. I was part of this while doing the Introduction to Ethics course. I was being checked out on the materials I had read and had passed one star-rate checkout when the EPF I/C (“in charge”) started star-rating me on a policy I hadn’t even read. I failed that checkout and was then sent to study the materials. If I had managed to pass this test, he would have signed off without even having me read the materials. (Obviously not the most ethical approach to doing this course). This was an all-night study session with me being 14 years old, not being allowed to go to bed in order to get a course completion to get the stats up for the course room. I remember doing push-ups to stay awake so that I could keep studying. An all-night study session with me then going onto a full day’s production on decks and back to course the next night.

There was another time when I was running a low-grade fever and was obviously not well. I had complained to my mother about how I was feeling, physically, and she had written a formal letter to the EPF I/C which was going to get me released so that I could get better. I’m not sure what he had said to me, but he basically talked me into staying on course even though I shouldn’t have been there, and the end result was me taking my mother’s note and ripping it up and throwing it away to demonstrate just how much I was an SO member and how the body was junior to the intentions of the thetan and that I could just work through this and keep going.

I eventually did graduate the EPF and was then placed “on post” in one of the many HGC’s or “Hubbard Guidance Centers” which is where PC’s or PreClears go to get auditing. This is kind of the entry level position where you start learning about the running of a “service organization” from the ground up. Interestingly enough, it also exposes you to all the “blown out” people coming out of session. These people were practically floating two feet off the floor when they came out of session.

My job was to bring them to the HGC where they would wait for their auditors to come get them and take them into session. I would set up cameras in the rooms sometimes so that the sessions could be recorded for the Case Supervisors (CS) to review things. My job was to make sure that everything went smoothly for the auditor in terms of setting up the room for session, to make sure that the PC’s were fed and ready for session and if they weren’t making sure that it was remedied.

I would take folders to and from the CS office so that they could get reviewed and then returned to the Auditor with corrections, suggestions or acknowledgements. I would get people for interviews with the Director of Processing (D of P) and in general be the “Hey you” guy for any and all things which were needed to keep the HGC running smoothly. It was monotonous and boring work, but I did it with a smile on my face and the PC’s generally liked me which made it easier to do my job. (Imagine a happy sheep dog working the fields with a good shepherd.)

After I graduated from the EPF, I went to stay with my mother and Randy at his house, off base. This was considered highly irregular and my mother was constantly under pressure from her seniors and the higher-ups to move onto base. She refused. She and Randy had worked out codes which she could use when she was trying to get home from the Org and didn’t want her seniors to know she was leaving.

He had a pager, and she would call it and tell him to put a muzzle on the dog. The dog’s name would change depending on which road she was taking to get home. If she was sneaking out and taking Myrtle home she would tell him to muzzle Myrtle. He would know to keep an eye out on that road for her so that she would be sure to get home safely. They had a ring code where she would call, ring twice, and hang up and then call back again and hang up, so that he would know it was her calling him and he would then know to listen for his pager.

I had my own room for a while and was being sent to a Scientology “school” which was in an old apartment complex. This was attended by only Sea Org and Cadet Org kids. No Wogs were allowed. (Wog being the term used in the SO for non-Scientologists.)

I started running daily with my parents and eventually got to a point where I had run off all the baby fat I was carrying. Florida is great for leaning out when you run. I discovered the “runner’s high” which as its name suggests is extremely addictive, in a good way, a release of endorphins which is amazing and makes you feel like you could run forever.

With Randy’s coaching I got my mile to under 5 minutes and could and often did run for 5-15 miles at a go with absolutely no exhaustion. Running became my escape from the trials and tribulations of the Sea Org.

My mom decided that I should go to public school so that I could get some semblance of an education. I remember being so freaked out by the thought that I was going to be back in a public school that I literally had to go to the bathroom. All I could think about was my experience in England and being the target for every bully and kid who had something to prove. I didn’t know what to expect. I was absolutely certain that NO ONE would know I was a Scientologist.

I will say that public school wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be and I was able to pick up the Cello again and join a choir. I would go to school in the day and then report to post for the afternoon/evening and then from there I would go home and start over again the next day. Weekends were mine and life started to take on a semblance of normalcy, as much as could be expected.

My grandma and grandfather were also there and occasionally we would all go out to dinner as a family. My grandparents were in the Sea Org and had been in the Sea org since before I was born. My Grandfather was on the Apollo with LRH. Grandma Grace was working in the Sandcastle as the OT VII FESer. An FESer or Folder Error Summary person reviews folders and locates all the mistakes made and at the OT VII level clears the PC for the next steps on the bridge.

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My mother was the OT VI course admin meaning that she was the administrator for the OT VI level. My Grandfather was on the RPF. He had been assigned to the RPF and had been on the program ever since I had gotten to Florida. At one point, he actually left the Sea Org because he felt he didn’t belong on the program. It didn’t help that he was in his late 60’s and was running everywhere in the Florida heat, wearing black shirt and shorts with black army boots. He had been on the RPF for years; hard labor for 8-10 hours and then 5 hours of study time.

The powers that be decided that if he came back into the SO, they would take him off the RPF and so he returned to duty, on base. He eventually died of lung cancer. My Grandma died of Renal failure and my other Grandmother died with dementia, all of them working until the day they could no longer work at which point they were retired to a community and left to live out their days in peace.

Of course, they were expected to return to duty when they picked up their next bodies and had taken an 18 year Leave of Absence. As I write this, my Grandfather should be in his early teenage years and my Grandma Grace should be about 5 years old. Grandma Phill should be around 4 years old. She still has about 14 years to go before she is expected to report back for duty.

It was interesting that toward the end of my time in Florida, I started having issues with my right hip, ball joint. The muscles were not keeping things properly lined up and the joint was starting to pop slightly when I walked. I brought this up to my mom and her reaction was very telling. She got very cautious and stated simply that I didn’t want this to be brought up as a situation as they could “Fitness Board” me out of the Sea Org if I started having “body problems.”

I was biking everywhere and had a couple of bike accidents, one of which included me being hit by a car and coming off my bike face first onto the concrete. I chewed up my right shoulder, elbow, and face and was working in the HGC that night. I had my arm in a makeshift sling. One of the people tossed a folder at me and I tried to catch it which caused me so much pain that I broke down crying. I wasn’t given any sympathy. People simply looked away until I got myself under control.

I remember another teenage boy, late teens, who was on the RPF. I was in the Fort Harrison, on the 5th floor when the elevator broke down. For whatever reason he was sent into the shaft on top of the elevator to see what was going on. The door closed behind him and the elevator became active. I heard him scream and exclaim “My hand!” The doors were pulled open and he was pulled off the elevator. His hand was wrapped in a towel and he was taken downstairs via the stairwell so that he wouldn’t be seen by the rest of the hotel guests.

He had lost the last two or three fingers on his right hand. It turned out that he was the son of the Director of Processing. He was routed out of the Sea Org and the last time I saw him, he was begging money off his dad. I have no idea what became of him. I never saw him again.

I was immediately pulled into a session where the incident was “audited out.” The auditor had me run through the incident multiple times, reciting what I had heard and seen until my needle was floating on the subject at which point, I was returned to duty and nothing of this was ever mentioned again.

Another time, I came down with abdominal pains, and an extremely high temperature. I was told to go home, which I did, and I put myself to bed. I was left alone, except for being given food and I was out of commission for almost two weeks. My temperature soared to 105 and my mother not knowing what to do went to the pharmacy and asked them what to do. They gave her Aspirin to bring down the fever and told her to give me a cool bath. At this point, I didn’t care if I lived or died. I would have been happier if it had all ended there and I didn’t have to live the life I was in, which I absolutely hated. My mom received no support from the Org, that I was aware of. Eventually, I began to recover.

I spent two years in Florida, growing taller and leaner. I was a Tech Page for the duration of my stay there, moving from one of the HGC’s to another. I was fast, efficient and there is a line running down the length of the passageway that the HGC’s are lined up on with a running man at each end, stenciled to the concrete. This lane was put in for the pages and me specifically because someone finally got tired of people complaining about the page who would run full speed up and down to get PC’s for session, dodging in and out of people walking to and fro. It was a safety measure and last time I was at the Fort Harrison, a good 15 years after I left the Sea Org the line and running man stencils were still in place.

I was given weekends off, being a minor and I would spend weekends at the beach, swimming or biking around. I had a few haunts which I frequented, one of which was a shop which sold shells of the local mollusks. I had been going there every time I got my $15.00 for the week’s production to pick up another shell to add to my collection. There is a beach called Sand Key and it’s a ways from the base, but it has the best beach in the entire area. I would go there and spend the afternoon swimming and sifting through the sand which collected around the base of the large boulders to locate shells. I would take home bags of shells and sort them out on my bedroom table.

Over time, the tension between my mother and Randy grew, and they started arguing. The general gist of these arguments was that he wasn’t in the Sea Org and she was not supposed to be married to him.

While I was at Flag, the Sea Org bought their newest ship, which they had renovated and christened the MV Freewinds. LRH’s granddaughter Roanne Horwich was the one to christen her. There was a general staff meeting and people were asked to place their names on a vacant Org Board, in the position they were interested in working.

My mom and I both stepped up and put our names on the board, she as the Course Admin and myself as a Tech Page. I guess I wasn’t really thinking at that time what this would mean for Randy and my mother’s marriage, but in retrospect, I should have realized that this was the death knell for their relationship. She was trying to get out of it, and this was the most direct fashion possible. All I was interested in was being with my mother.

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Shortly thereafter, I was given some tests to take and my stats were reviewed. I was told that I was going to be sent to Los Angeles, where I would work at PAC Base, to get a production record, before I was to be sent Uplines to International Management. I was being transferred to LRH Archives, which is the part of the Sea Organization charged with preserving all original LRH writings and recordings.

I was a little shocked and more than a little unhappy about being separated from my mother. I was finally starting to calm down a bit, even if I didn’t exactly like life in the Sea Org, at least I was finally with my mother. The powers that be didn’t give a shit about my desires, and my mother didn’t seem to care.

I was shipped to Los Angeles and PAC base, on my own. I was 16.

— Mark Stevens

 
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Jon Atack and Karen de la Carriere

 

 
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Bonus items from our tipsters

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Source Code

“One of the prime principles you must know about any universe to keep it in a good, messy, chaotic, solid, disordered form is to take no responsibility for ever having created it. Say, ‘God did it,’ you’ve practically got it made! And the more you say, ‘God did it,’ the more solid the universe is going to get — if you made it up. Get the idea? Listen, if God made it and that was the true ownership of it, it would disappear! Because that’s assignment of proper ownership; that’s taking a full responsibility for it. That’s understanding exactly what its source was. And it would disappear, just like that.” — L. Ron Hubbard, April 9, 1959

 
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Avast, Ye Mateys

“When you view how far flung the SO is and how much it’s doing, I doubt there’s a group on the planet that could begin to equal it. Now in the wog world, there’s nothing but sunshine, chicken and ice cream. And H bombs and stupidity and snobs and aberration and the draft and droughts and inflation… Did you ever hear of troops fighting a comfortable war? I haven’t.” — The Commodore, April 9, 1969

 

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Overheard in the FreeZone

“How do you do a sort out when the man who made that game (LRH) isn’t here anymore? I will tell you. It is being done from the future. I find myself blowing huge amounts of charge and flashing through pictures so fast I can’t see them and I just know they are running something on me in the future. The way I see it we are just different timelines of the same spirit, so whatever is handled on one timeline cleans the other timelines too. I have been getting this all through my lifetime coming up with cogs of processes months before they are released and even wrote it up before the process came out like, why don’t you run the Dianetic Engrams to the thought itself that created it. Next comes out New Era Dianetics that does just that.”

 
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Past is Prologue

1999: Scientology has begun a publicity campaign in Vienna, Austria. Die Presse reported that a city council member warns children from exposure to Scientology events. “City council member Karin Landauer expressed outrage on Wednesday after a local inspection of the ‘Sky High Travel’ Scientology exhibition, which was taking place at the time in the Viennese Hotel Intercontinental. ‘Unprotected children and young adults are being handed over to the aggressive sect recruiters.’ Dangerous sect gurus from Scientology use subtle recruitment methods to lure children and young adults into their clutches, Landauer criticized. ‘Entrance for people under the age of 18 years is to be prohibited effective immediately,’ demanded the council member.”

 
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Random Howdy

“So Miscavige quit doing processing right around the same time he assumed power? Sounds like he read OT 3, realized it was rubbish and went for the gold instead. That’s pretty much what I’ve always assumed.”

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

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Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Next pretrial conference May 31. Trial scheduled for August 29.
‘Lafayette Ronald Hubbard’ (a/k/a Justin Craig), aggravated assault, plus drug charges: Last hearing was on January 18, referred to grand jury. Additional charges also referred to grand jury after January 5 assault while in jail.
Jay and Jeff Spina, Medicare fraud: Jay sentenced to 9 years in prison. Jeff’s sentencing to be scheduled.
Rizza Islam and other family members, Medi-Cal fraud: Pretrial conference May 20 in Los Angeles
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud: Next pretrial conference set for April 8.
Joseph ‘Ben’ Barton, Medicare fraud: Pleaded guilty, awaiting sentencing.
Yanti Mike Greene, Scientology private eye accused of contempt of court: Found guilty of criminal and civil contempt.

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.’ Valerie’s motion for reconsideration denied on March 15.
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: Appellate court removes requirement of arbitration on January 19, case remanded back to Superior Court. Next hearing scheduled for June 29.
Brian Statler Sr v. City of Inglewood: Third amended complaint filed, trial set for June 28.
Author Steve Cannane defamation trial: Trial concluded, Cannane victorious, awarded court costs. 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] Aussie journo Ben Schneiders helps us grasp the fuss he’s kicked up about Scientology
[TWO years ago] Bobette Riales’ house burned? Scientology: ‘Can’t sue us. Didn’t happen in California.’
[THREE years ago] Scientology policy is to investigate rape victims seeking help, 1963 document reveals
[FOUR years ago] Our prayers are answered — Freedom magazine is coming to Scientology television!
[FIVE years ago] Scientology spends millions on its shiny new buildings, but its workers have to beg for food
[SIX years ago] Scientology buys ‘.org’ and ‘.net’ sites to battle anti-disconnection billboard in Los Angeles
[SEVEN years ago] Jenna Miscavige Hill on her uncle spying on her grandfather: The arrogance is astonishing
[EIGHT years ago] Monique Rathbun in court as appeals panel considers proposed David Miscavige deposition
[NINE years ago] How Scientology’s “Study Tech” Turns Schoolwork Into Conditioning

 
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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 2,629 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,134 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,654 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,674 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,565 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,872 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,740 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,514 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,845 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,318 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,634 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,200 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,119 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,287 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,867 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,129 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,165 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,880 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,405 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 760 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,935 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,486 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,635 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,955 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,810 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,929 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,285 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,588 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,694 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,092 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,968 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,551 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,046 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,300 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,409 days.

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Posted by Tony Ortega on April 9, 2022 at 07:00

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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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