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The best TV show on Scientology you never got to see, Episode 5: Jamie DeWolf

[Jamie filming the Sirens Media series in Los Angeles]

In 2016, the A&E Network had filmed and edited an eight-episode series about Scientology that has never aired.

We have always been curious about this show produced by Sirens Media. So, in this limited podcast series, we’ve been talking to some of the people who were involved in it.

Previously, we talked to Phil Jones, Derek Bloch, Carol Nyburg, and Katrina Reyes about the episodes they were involved in that tried to reunite them with loved ones who had disconnected from them according to Scientology policy.

One of the things we learned from those episodes is how much this series was going to feature a dynamic performer by the name of Jamie DeWolf, who was meant to be the show’s presenter.

Jamie, who is the great-grandson of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, is well known in the S.F. Bay Area for his stage shows and also as a filmmaker.


Jamie himself has never said anything publicly about his deep involvement in this project, which was poised to make him a much more visible figure on a national level.

But now, for the first time, he’s decided to share his thoughts about this experience, and his disappointment that the show never aired.

This episode was the culmination of this limited series that we were hoping for, and we hope you find his story as compelling as we do.

We produced this special series as a thank-you to our paid subscribers, who have been so generous to help us out with our new Substack experiment. If you’re not a paid subscriber, we still have other podcast episodes that you can listen to for free. All of the podcast episodes can be found here.


Technology Cocktail

“Continual headaches come from mental image pictures retained by the pc of having a head crushed or shot off or hit. That is an engram. It actually had to happen. It is NOT imaginary or delusion. The proof is that when the auditor finally erases the engram the recording of the injury is gone and the headaches will not again occur.” — L. Ron Hubbard, 1969


Now available: Bonus for our supporters

Episode 11 of the Underground Bunker podcast has been sent out to paid subscribers, and Michelle “Emma” Ryan charmed us with her stories of running ESMB, the forum that provided such a great landing place for people fleeing Scientology, 2007-2019. Meanwhile, we’ve made episodes 1 through 10 available to everyone, with such guests as Jefferson Hawkins, Patty Moher, Geoff Levin, Pete Griffiths, Sunny Pereira, Bruce Hines, Jeffrey Augustine, and Claire Headley. Go here to get the episodes!



Source Code

“The most sorrowful engram I ever ran into was an AA [attempted abortion] on Christmas Eve. This was a brutal one. This person couldn’t even start to come near a Christmas tree without going to pieces. He didn’t want anything to do with Christmas or any part of it. He was very peculiar about presents. If anybody tried to give him a present, he would say the social amenities of ‘Thank you very much. Oh, yes, I enjoy it a great deal,’ and then hastily throw it into a trunk to get it out of sight so that he wouldn’t run into it again. This peculiar behavior was occasioned by the very sad engram of a mutual AA where Papa was being very brutal. He got drunk and decided that he didn’t want any children around. He did this AA against protest, at the same time talking about Christmas. And then he said, ‘I’ve got a present for him,’ and thrust a needle right straight through the embryo. One thrust, one phrase. It really messed up that person’s life. Mama went to the doctor shortly afterwards and got herself patched up and the baby came through.” — L. Ron Hubbard, September 7, 1950


Avast, Ye Mateys

“To relieve the feeling it’s a totally nutty planet, there are several PLUS-POINTS. 1. Orgs are there. Last Oct. they would have gone bankrupt but hard work by MSH and Gdn Office using FP No. 1 and CS-3 and FBOs got their cash-bills graphs into a solvent situation. 2. We have a strong SO unit at UK and a competent SO C/O at WW who is getting in a CIC at WW. We have the UK SO member aboard in training to put the Liaison Bureaux into UK. 3. We have trained a new C/O for AOSHDK and he is reported by one of our officers just there to be making the fur fly.” — The Commodore, September 7, 1970


Overheard in the FreeZone

DM is just afraid. He is terrified of OTs just as space opera societies have been. Just as the asshole who put us here in this prison planet was. Get an actual OT made, you know, a NOTs completion followed by SOLO NOTs completion, taken standardly through original IV-VII to their FULL EPs. Then the original OT VIII, not the adultered quickied one on the Freewinds, and you’ll have, indeed, a extremely rehabilitated thetan who can exert a LOT of power and control on his environment. Enough, that just a few of them could revert the whole scene in the Church. DM KNOWS this. He really does.”


Past is Prologue

1996: A proclamation from California Governor Pete Wilson was posted to a.r.s this week. In part, it reads: “TO: THE CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY CELEBRITY CENTRE INTERNATIONAL, I am delighted to extend my warm regards and congratulations to everyone who has gathered this evening to celebrate your 27th Anniversary. The future of California depends on the involvement of organizations like yours, who donate their time, talent, and resources to helping others. The Celebrity Centre’s dedication to improving the quality of life for its fellow citizends (sic) represents the kind of civic and humanitarian spirit upon which our society is built.”



Random Howdy

“YouTube routinely takes down videos after DMCA complaints without any sort of review, especially if the complaint comes from a paying customer.”


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

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Trial scheduled for October 11.
‘Lafayette Ronald Hubbard’ (a/k/a Justin Craig), aggravated assault, plus drug charges: Grand jury indictments include charges from an assault while in custody. Arraigned on August 29.
Jay and Jeff Spina, Medicare fraud: Jay sentenced to 9 years in prison. Jeff’s sentencing to be scheduled.
Rizza Islam, Medi-Cal fraud: Trial scheduled for October 24 in Los Angeles
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud: Next pretrial conference set for September 19.
Yanti Mike Greene, Scientology private eye accused of contempt of court: Found guilty of criminal and civil contempt.

Civil litigation:
Baxter, Baxter, and Paris v. Scientology, alleging labor trafficking: Complaint filed April 28 in Tampa federal court, Scientology moving to compel arbitration. Plaintiffs filed amended complaint on August 2.
Valerie Haney v. Scientology: Forced to ‘religious arbitration.’ Selection of arbitrators underway. Next court hearing: February 2, 2023.
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: Appellate court removes requirement of arbitration on January 19, case remanded back to Superior Court. Stay in place, next status hearing October 25. Scientology petitioning US Supreme Court over appellate ruling.
Brian Statler Sr v. City of Inglewood: Third amended complaint filed, trial set for December 6.
Author Steve Cannane defamation trial: New trial ordered after appeals court overturned prior 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] Why Scientology celebrity Elisabeth Moss is problematic as an icon of reproductive rights
[TWO years ago] Prosecutors: Judge isn’t getting the point about Dennis Nobbe’s post-arrest shenanigans
[THREE years ago] More filmmakers who are helping out Scientology with its TV network
[FOUR years ago] Another life connected to Scientology ends in despair, as so many do
[FIVE years ago] Forced to open its books, one overseas Scientology rehab shows that business is grim
[SIX years ago] Scientology’s secret sites: The Bunker premieres drone footage never before seen of ‘Int Base’
[SEVEN years ago] TEN YEARS GONE: Shelly Miscavige, the wife Scientology’s leader wants us to forget
[EIGHT years ago] Sunday Funnies: Scientology is going down in style!
[NINE years ago] Scientology Heresy: Jon Atack on L. Ron Hubbard’s Debt to Psychiatry
[ELEVEN years ago] The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, No. 11: Nick Xenophon


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 2,780 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,285 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,835 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,825 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,716 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,021 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,891 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,996 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,469 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,785 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,351 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,270 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,438 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,018 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,280 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,316 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,031 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,556 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 911 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,086 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,637 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,768 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,106 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,961 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,080 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,436 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,739 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,845 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,243 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,119 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,702 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,197 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,451 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,560 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on September 7, 2022 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, 1995-2021 Just starting out here? We’ve picked out the most important stories we’ve covered here at the Underground Bunker (2012-2021), 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.

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