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Scientology’s saddest celebrity, Eddie Deezen, committed after latest arrest

[Eddie Deezen in ‘Wargames,’ and today]

On April 11 we broke the news that actor Eddie Deezen had been arrested again in Cumberland, Maryland, this time for burglary and trespassing. Three days later, TMZ added the detail that Eddie had pushed his way into a nursing home and refused to leave, resulting in the arrest.

According to the Maryland District Court website, on the day we first reported this latest arrest, Eddie was making his first appearance in court on the matter, and he was ordered held without bail. The next day, on April 12, an “Order for Outpatient Examination Competency to Stand Trial” was issued.

The docket then indicates that three days later, on April 15, the report of that examination by the Maryland Department of Health was received by the court.

Then, this past week Eddie qualified for representation by a public defender, who was appointed and made her first appearance on Wednesday, at Eddie’s scheduled competency hearing.

As a result of that hearing, according to the electronic docket, Eddie was committed to the Maryland Department of Health.


We have reached out to Eddie’s public defender, Jessica Colwell, to ask for details on this. How long might Eddie be committed while undergoing further evaluation? What’s his next step in the process?

We’ll let you know if we hear back from her.

Last June, we told you about the bizarre dustup between Eddie, a young waitress, and a restaurant in Cumberland, Maryland that resulted in the arrest of the Grease and Wargames actor, and his strange justifications for his behavior at his Facebook account.

Eddie, 65, has been a Scientologist for a very long time (since John Travolta got him interested in Dianetics while they were filming Grease in 1977), and he was most recently mentioned in a Scientology magazine as completing OT Preps in 2015. Eddie went Clear at some point around 1990.

He was known in more recent years for working the photo-and-signature circuit at conventions, and for being a shouty geezer on social media. But increasingly, he has been going a bit haywire.

As a longtime Scientologist, Eddie would be indoctrinated in the organization’s deep hatred and mistrust of the psychiatric profession. Even former Scientologists will tell you that it is very difficult to overcome that conditioning and seek counseling.

We hope Eddie can overcome his Scientology background and accept the help of the Maryland Department of Health.


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“The first time you ask your preclear, ‘Now let’s go out across the country until we find a sawmill running. All right, now step into the buzz saw.’ He’s going to say gulp. It’s going to astonish him. But you’d be surprised what happens to him when he finds out he can do just that. He’s going to realize all of a sudden that there he is. He can be anything. Well, if he can be anything then he can have an unlimited number of viewpoints. If he can have an unlimited number of viewpoints, then he can know anything, can’t he? Well, if it’s written down, he can certainly be in the middle of a book at the library and read it. Well, that’s very easy. Or if somebody knows it at that time, he can go pick that somebody’s brains. That’s right. Read somebody’s mind.” — L. Ron Hubbard, April 24, 1953


Avast, Ye Mateys

“It is NOT hygienic to leave damp towels flung DOWN on bunks when they should be hung UP to air; it is NOT hygienic to have dirty sheets left on unoccupied bunks. It is NOT good to have those areas emmesty and NOT squared up and looking decent and clean. Therefore, all occupants of men’s and women’s dorms may expect a thorough inspection tomorrow forenoon, Saturday.” — W/O Bob Prior, April 24, 1970


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Scientology and LRH accomplished an effective impact on the world, despite everything! It’s difficult to prove, but this world would have been far different had there been no Scientology whatsoever.”


Past is Prologue

2001: The Chicago Tribune reported on the death of Hope Hinde, one of the early supporters of the original Cult Awareness Network. “Hope Buckner Hinde, 86, who helped found an anti-cult group and led parent-teacher associations at three Highland Park schools before moving to Lake Forest, died Sunday, April 15, in Lake Forest Hospital after a stroke. Born in New York City, Mrs. Hinde earned a master’s degree from Columbia University and worked as a social worker for Catholic charities. Mrs. Hinde helped found the Cult Awareness Network in 1979 after a friend’s daughter joined a cult.”



Random Howdy

“You can’t even receive auditing if you’re engaged in other ‘spiritual’ practices like meditation. The whole ‘other religions are OK with us’ is demonstrably false.”


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

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 May 5.
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.



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] The Top 25 People Enabling Scientology, No. 1: The Feds
[TWO years ago] Raising money in the time of the virus: Scientology will always find a way!
[THREE years ago] It’s an anniversary of shame for Scientology: Will they go for a repeat?
[FOUR years ago] Scientologist pair running for office double down on their denials about church involvement
[FIVE years ago] Nan McLean in 1973: Rare Scientology documentary goes online, and it rocks
[SIX years ago] Texas Supreme Court asks for Monique Rathbun’s response to Scientology’s petition
[SEVEN years ago] Scientology opens a new ‘Ideal Org’ in Basel this weekend — nearly a year after its last one
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology’s drug rehab hit with another lawsuit; Laura D asked to turn over computer
[NINE years ago] Claire Headley Tells Us How to Keep Scientology Working
[TEN years ago] Charges Dropped Against Scientology Executive Jan Eastgate


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 2,644 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,149 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,669 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,689 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,580 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,887 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,755 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,529 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,860 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,333 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,649 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,215 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,134 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,302 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,882 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,144 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,180 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,895 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,420 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 775 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,950 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,501 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,650 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,970 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,825 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,944 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,300 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,603 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,709 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,107 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,983 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,566 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,061 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,315 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,424 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on April 24, 2022 at 07:00

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