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Kirstie Alley: Forgotten by the Scientology Hollywood Celebrity Centre?

I’m glad I won’t be dying at the hands of Scientology.

I don’t even know (or care) if my death will ever be remembered, but hey, a couple of “goodbyes” would be nice, when the time comes.

I was saddened to learn, according to a source inside the church, that Kirstie Alley will not have a memorial service at Celebrity Centre. According to that source (which Tony told us about first last week), it appears that the only Scientology memorial service for Kirstie will be held as a private event at the Flag Land Base in Florida. Heck, it might even have already happened.

In the ten years that I worked at Hollywood Celebrity Centre, Kirstie was always a figure of personality and influence in the org. She was often around or available when she was needed for promotion of events and such. I can’t remember a single year that she missed the Christmas Stories fundraiser event. From the very first time Christmas Stories was done, she was always playing several characters in the various plays.


And when we had the launch of the Golden Age of Tech in 1996, she was the celebrity there waiting at CC to greet and welcome back our newest and freshest trained staff from Flag. And we are talking about people who were arriving home from their flights very late at night, or early morning. And she was there ready to welcome them.

And what happens when she dies? Because of the way staff is isolated, nobody at Celebrity Centre would have known that she had passed away.

According to that source, and our own checking around with our contacts, we have seen no evidence of a memorial being held at the Hollywood Celebrity Centre.

From my own personal experience, a chance to grieve and remember a person helps, and is part of, the healing process. In Scientology, if you are upset about something, you get a session about it (after you pay for it, of course) and that is supposed to be the end of the grieving. They truly believe their technology is that effective.

My own personal experience has been that I still grieve some people that have passed from decades ago. It’s part of being human, I think.

And so it saddens me to find out that this lady, who did so much for Celebrity Centre, not only won’t be remembered, but might as well be forgotten.

I’m deeply sadden and angered that someone had dedicated so much of themselves to their religion, and their religion does not take the time to allow its parishioners, all of them, to remember and grieve one of their own. What does that say about this religion called Scientology?

Well Kirstie, I wish you well and I thank you for the contributions you have made to this world. I send you virtual flowers to whatever skies you have gone to.

— Sunny Pereira


Technology Cocktail

“In sanitariums the briefest observation demonstrates that the 8th dynamic is most prominently the aberrative dynamic, for here we have the idea that God inhabits all space, thus making it impossible for the preclear to have any space of his own. The preclear must either have no space or must be himself God. To solve the God problem, one simply rigs up large spaces in abundance ‘full of God’ and more large spaces ‘full of preclear’ until the preclear can have large spaces of both.” — L. Ron Hubbard, 1953




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 as Danny faces a potential sentence of 45 years to life in prison. NOW WITH TRIAL INDEX.


THE PODCAST: How many have you heard?

— The Underground Bunker Podcast

[1] Marc Headley [2] Claire Headley [3] Jeffrey Augustine [4] Bruce Hines [5] Sunny Pereira [6] Pete Griffiths [7] Geoff Levin [8] Patty Moher [9] Marc Headley [10] Jefferson Hawkins [11] Michelle ‘Emma’ Ryan [12] Paulette Cooper [13] Jesse Prince [14] Mark Bunker [15] Jon Atack [16] Mirriam Francis [17] Bruce Hines on MSH

— SPECIAL: The best TV show on Scientology you never got to see

[1] Phil Jones [2] Derek Bloch [3] Carol Nyburg [4] Katrina Reyes [5] Jamie DeWolf

— SPECIAL: Your Proprietor’s updates on the Danny Masterson trial

[1] Sep 21 [2] Sep 28 [3] Oct 4 [4] Oct 10 [5] Oct 11: Day One [6] Oct 12: Day Two [7] Oct 13: Day Three [8] Oct 17: Day Four [9] Oct 18: Day Five [10] Oct 19: Day Six [11] Special interview with Chris Shelton, Oct 19 [12] Oct 20: Day Seven [13] Oct 21: Day Eight [14] First week in review, with Jeffrey Augustine [15] Oct 24: Day Nine [16] Oct 25: Day Ten [17] Oct 27: Day Eleven [18] Oct 28: Day Twelve [19] Second week in review, with Jeffrey Augustine [20] Halloween special [21] Nov 2: Day Thirteen [22] Nov 3: Day Fourteen [23] Nov 4: Day Fifteen [24] Third week in review [25] Nov 5, Saturday special [26] Nov 6, Sunday special [27] Nov 7, Day Sixteen [28] Lisa Marie Presley breaking news [29] Nov 8, Day Seventeen [30] Nov 9, Day Eighteen [31] Nov 10, Day Nineteen



Source Code

“As long as religion brings solace to man in any way, shape or form, as long as churches stand in any way for the spiritual freedom of man, psychiatry will not really be able to progress, whatever its end goals are. Therefore, our rebuttal to any such attack is that psychiatry should not be permitted to wipe out a small church and then go on to a bigger church and then go on to a bigger church, and so take it all over. And also that the Minister of Health, as we have just told the press, has no right whatsoever to comment upon religious beliefs or practices. And in addition to that, that they are telling us that we must not do something we are not doing. Now, this is the yickle-yackle that appears in the world. The public at large is in actual fact getting ready to turn. Much of it has already turned. They see something very rotten in this idea of attacking Scientology. They are sick of this, see, because it’s gone on too long. And we hear cross comments of this particular character here and there. And they’ve gone too far and they’ve said too much! And they are now talking to a hostile public on the subject. It’s up to us to make sure that this is the downfall of all suppressive practices in that line.” — L. Ron Hubbard, December 13, 1966


Avast, Ye Mateys

“Lots of fan mail and FN VGIs from people on the FSO on Valuable Final Products. I hope we can get in any corrections and additions. Send them to LRH Comm Ship. Funny but it’s like gold. Before one sees real gold dust in a miners pan, he can be fooled by anything. He thinks mica, bright rocks, fool’s gold, anything is gold. Then you show him real gold and never afterwards does he fail to recognize it. Can’t be fooled at all. It’s that way about a list of actual valuable final products. Once you see what sort of they are for a department, div or org you can’t ever be fooled.” — The Commodore, December 13, 1970


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Is the Galactic Federation behind Trump (covering his back), Communists being the Marcab side, what do you think? This news is interesting because it’s mainstream, and the timing of it. ‘This is going to be BIBLICAL’ was Powell’s words about the massive voter fraud now being unwinded. We will also have the ‘Star of Bethlehem’ in the sky for the first time in 800 years. Can this get more interesting than it already is?”


Past is Prologue


1995: Tilman Hausherr reported a phone call from Thomas Riche this week, a Scientology private investigator. “He asked me two questions. 1. If I had sent $$ to Atack. I refused to answer this and explained that he’d need a court order to find that out. Since when do PIs call people for financial information? I asked how he had the name, he said ‘from the internet’. Thinking back, it seems that I followed-up to Bob Penny’s appeal for help. He didn’t want to tell more or could not. He later told me that he is not on the internet, but that there is a Cyber cafe nearby. 2. If Atack and Lawley had sent me documents. I said no. I explained that I am just an unimportant guy following this from the net, etc., and that I don’t even know what’s Lawley doing these days. I told him that the church had failed to return some documents to Lawley. He said that Lawley had lived in Wetzlar, Germany for some time.”


Random Howdy

“Future membership growth for the Church of Scientology has been effectively terminated by the Internet and Anonymous and the old guard critics. Its name is MUD. It’s definitely headed for Shakerdom and that was the original goal. As far as bringing DM to justice and the government doing anything about that, I wouldn’t hold my breath.”


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

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Mistrial declared November 30. Status conference scheduled January 10, retrial scheduled March 27.
‘Lafayette Ronald Hubbard’ (a/k/a Justin Craig), aggravated assault, plus drug charges: Grand jury indictments include charges from an assault while in custody. Plea deadline scheduled for December 16.
Jay and Jeff Spina, Medicare fraud: Jay sentenced to 9 years in prison. Jeff scheduled to time served with three years supervised release, restitution of $9.7 million.
Rizza Islam, Medi-Cal fraud: Trial scheduled for March 1 in Los Angeles
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud: Next pretrial hearing December 9.
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. Hearing November 17 to argue the arbitration motions, awaiting ruling.
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 at least through February 7.
Brian Statler Sr v. City of Inglewood: Case settled ahead of scheduled Dec 6 trial.
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.



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 does Scientology lie about founder L. Ron Hubbard’s supposed war wounds?
[TWO years ago] More Scientology orgs boarded up, our readers report: What’s going on?
[THREE years ago] Scientology will try to force Danny Masterson accusers into its internal ‘arbitration’
[FOUR years ago] Scientology reveals it has a secret donor with an NFL connection giving millions
[FIVE years ago] Defeated in court, L. Ron Hubbard’s son boasted about spreading lies in new FBI document
[SEVEN years ago] Scientology’s latest filing in the Trout Run zoning fight: We bleed for all religions
[EIGHT years ago] Jonny Jacobsen: New Scientology legal setbacks in Belgium, France, and Holland
[NINE years ago] Monique Rathbun back in court today: DAVID MISCAVIGE WILL BE DEPOSED, JUDGE DECIDES


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 2,877 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,382 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,932 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,922 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,813 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,118 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,988 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 2,093 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,566 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,882 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,448 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,367 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,535 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,115 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,377 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,413 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,128 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,693 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,008 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,183 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,734 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,865 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,203 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,058 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,177 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,533 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,836 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,942 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,340 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,216 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,799 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,294 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,548 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,657 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on December 13, 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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Tony Ortega at The Daily Beast


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