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TRAGIC: Clearwater OT 8 Scientologist, 40, set fire to herself before shooting herself dead

[Whitney Mills]

After we reported on the death of Kirstie Alley, an OT 8 Scientologist who had died of cancer in Tampa, we heard from a reader who wanted us to know about another OT 8 Scientologist who had died in the same area this past May.

The reader told us this was not only a Scientologist, but that Scientology had been involved in some way with her death. We began looking into this matter, making some calls, and learned that the Clearwater Police Department had investigated this woman’s death. Yesterday, the department sent us its report of that investigation.

Whitney Mills was 40 when she shot herself on May 12 and then died days later at Morton Plant hospital. We want to warn you that the details are very disturbing, and they do bring up questions about her involvement in Scientology.

Mills was not only a deeply involved Scientologist, she was a real estate agent in Clearwater, and you can still find her agent pages online, as well as photos such as the one you see above.

In 2019, Mills reached the highest point on Scientology’s “Bridge to Total Freedom” when she completed “Operating Thetan Level Eight” or “OT 8” on Scientology’s cruise ship, the Freewinds.



[Whitney’s OT 8 completion, announced in a 2019 ‘Freewinds’ magazine]

As we discussed after Kirstie Alley’s death, when Scientologists achieve OT 8, they believe they will be granted “cause over matter, energy, space, and time.” In other words, the gamut of superhuman abilities that they have been pursuing for years and after parting with large amounts of money. Finally, they will have raised IQ, total recall, perfect eyesight, the ability to leave their bodies and travel as incorporeal spirits called “thetans” with full perception. And, of course, they believe they will be impervious to disease.

Cancer in particular is supposed to have been “handled” at OT 5, and not an issue after a Scientologist reaches OT 8. For that reason, Mike Rinder and Leah Remini explained after Alley’s death, high-ranking Scientologists will often turn to Scientology answers and delay seeing a doctor about serious matters so that something that might be caught early and treated, like Alley’s colon cancer, will be dealt with only after it has become very serious.

In 2022, Whitney Mills was facing some serious health issues of her own, according to the people who knew her and were interviewed by the Clearwater Police Department. One woman who had recently gotten to know Whitney told police that she had been diagnosed with Lyme disease as well as a mass on one of her ovaries, which “she was refusing to remove,” the friend said.

A family member said Whitney had been diagnosed with depression along with the Lyme disease. And there were at least three women who said they were caretakers for Whitney, helping her with shopping and cooking as she dealt with her health issues.

One of the caretakers told police that Whitney “was supposed to have surgery in a couple of weeks to determine what the mass was, but it was looking like she has cancer, but it was still unconfirmed.”

On the afternoon of May 12, one of the caretakers said that Whitney had gone to see a friend. Later that evening, her brother and mother asked Whitney if she wanted to go to a restaurant with them, but she said she wasn’t feeling well. She also turned down an offer to bring her food from the restaurant.

Later in the evening, Mills wasn’t answering her phone. A welfare check was requested from police, but a female officer had not been able to get inside the apartment. The brother then arrived, obtained some tools from a neighbor, and damaged the electronic lock on the door to get inside. He then found his sister with a gunshot wound to her head. She was still breathing.

Other officers who responded to the scene reported a burning smell and seeing burnt hair around the apartment. It became clear that Whitney had initially set herself on fire before shooting herself. After being taken to Morton Plant hospital, she died about a day and a half later.

Following up on the investigation, a Clearwater detective named Selena Hyppolite contacted family members trying to find Whitney’s phone. It turned out Whitney’s mother had it, and she agreed to meet the detective to give it to her. According to Det. Hyppolite, Whitney’s mother then told her something odd.

The mother said she had looked through the phone, and “Whitney advised she was going to ask the ‘D of P’ for an assist reference suicide,” the detective wrote in her report.

Det. Hyppolite then took the phone to have its data extracted, and reported that it showed…

Whitney reaches out to several friends over the prior month advising that she is in so much pain and wanting to end it all. She also texts her mom how sorry she is for all the trouble. From the month of April until her death, Mills researches ways to commit suicide to include lighting herself on fire and different ways to shoot herself. On the evening of the incident Mills was researching how to set herself on fire and proper way to shoot herself and not feel it. That was googled at approximately 2030 hours, which is right after she last spoke with her mother.


The detective also referred to a conversation in the phone (in texts, apparently) with Whitney telling a caretaker, Albertina, that she wanted to commit suicide, and the caretaker…

…advised her to call the ‘D of P.’ I called and spoke with Albertina, who filled in as a caregiver whenever Nieves (the original caregiver) was out of town. She confirmed that she took care of Mills but appeared that she did not understand any other question, due to the language barrier.

Det. Hyppolite then contacted the Church of Scientology (she didn’t indicate which facility), which explained that “D of P” referred to “Director of Processing,” that an “assist” was a Scientology method of healing that was “not physical,” and when the detective asked if Scientology would assist with a suicide, was told “absolutely not.”

Sunny Pereira, an expert on Scientology’s “technology” and former Sea Org official at the Hollywood Celebrity Centre, tells us that a Director of Processing is a “mid-level position” in each Scientology org, senior to all auditors, running their schedules and the day to day production. “Their main statistic relies on the number of total hours the auditors spend in (counseling) session,” Sunny says.

“The D of P is the go-to person for anyone who is getting auditing sessions,” Sunny added. “In this case, it looks like they were asking what type of ‘assist’ they could do for someone with suicidal intentions.”

Sunny says that when she was working at the Flag Land Base in Clearwater, no Scientologist with suicidal thoughts would be allowed on the premises. She suggests that the references to calling the D of P would be Whitney asking for some kind of instruction about how to deal with her feelings at home.

Sunny suggests that one kind of “assist” that might be recommended by the D of P would have been known as a “locational.”

“It would be having someone walk around with her to point out items in the area and to draw attention away from her thoughts. ‘Look at that tree, look at that car,’ etcetera,” Sunny says.

Another “assist” the D of P might suggest would be something called the “PAB 6.”

“It was written around 1954. It’s the prequel to Introspection Rundown,” Sunny says, referring to the infamous handling for psychotics that L. Ron Hubbard developed in the 1970s that was used on Lisa McPherson, a parishioner who died after being subjected to the Introspection Rundown for 17 days at the Fort Harrison Hotel in 1995.

The PAB 6 is a less harrowing handling, Sunny says. “Basically anyone feeling overwhelmed, especially highly upset, is advised to do the steps covered there.
We call it PAB 6 for ‘Professional Auditors Bulletin,’ but the real title is ‘Case Opening.’ It gives steps such as getting proper food and sleep, daily walks, listing out all of your incomplete situations and then methodically completing them. It includes a vitamin regimen too.”

Sunny says it was clear that Det. Hyppolite, hearing the words “assist” and “suicide” in close proximity from Whitney’s mother, wondered if this was a reference to “assisted suicide,” which is a very different concept and not one that the church would engage in.

“To be clear, Scientology wouldn’t assist a suicide,” Sunny says.


Depressed about her Lyme disease diagnosis and the pain she was feeling from the mass on her ovary, Whitney was apparently looking to a Scientology official for help.

As an OT 8 Scientologist, the last thing Whitney could do was to turn to actual mental health professionals for help: Scientology demonizes the mental health field, and considers psychiatry to be the most evil force in the universe.

Without the option of proper mental health care, Whitney turned instead to heartbreaking suicidal plans, researching how to set herself on fire and shoot herself.

After she died, an autopsy was performed on May 14.

It found that the mass on her ovary was benign.

Whitney Mills did not have cancer.

We left a message for Whitney’s mother, hoping to ask her about the reference to the ‘D of P’ that she told Det. Hyppolite, and about what her daughter had been going through before her suicide. The next time we tried to call, we received a notification that our number had been blocked.

The Clearwater Police Department noted that it had also given a copy of the investigative report to the Tampa Bay Times, and we are looking forward to what that publication can do on this story to give us more answers about what Whitney Mills faced, and why she didn’t get the treatment that might have lessened her physical and mental pain.


Continuing our year in review: The stories of August 2022

While Scientology was trying to stop a major new labor trafficking lawsuit in Tampa, the plaintiffs doubled down with an amended complaint with many more horrific details about what it was like to be Sea Org workers on the cruise ship Freewinds.

A big exclusive for us: We learned that the reason Danny Masterson’s attorney Shawn Holley was asking for a delay in the case was that she was involved with secret proceedings involving an appeal by Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer in Washington DC. Jane Doe 1, one of Masterson’s accusers, made a rare public statement, asking the court not to allow a baseball player’s arbitration to take precedent over allegations of violent, serial rape. Judge Charlaine Olmedo denied the request for a delay.

In a podcast episode, Geoff Levin went over some of our Scientology celebrity predictions for who would defect and who would stay.


Also in August, we started a special limited podcast series about a TV show about Scientology that never aired, and we interviewed Phil Jones to kick it off, and Derek Bloch, Carol Nyburg, Katrina Reyes, and in September, Jamie DeWolf, who would have been the show’s presenter.

Bruce Hines told us about the time he got to visit the super-secret Scientology compound that, years later, would become the place where Shelly Miscavige would be stashed away.

Scientology claimed that Elisabeth Moss had turned down the request by Valerie Haney to be an arbitrator in her case. (Sure, sure.) She then nominated Tom Cruise and, if he was busy, Shelly Miscavige!

Andreas Heldal-Lund, founder of Operation Clambake and an old friend, learned that he has an aggressive cancer, and he was preparing for an end to his life with equanimity and integrity.

A LOOK BACK AT AUGUST 2021: We count down Tom Cruise’s Scientology superpowers. Our attorneys got a subpoena quashed that had tried to haul us into Danny Masterson’s case. Laura Prepon told People she’d been out of Scientology for five years. The apologist journal CESNUR slimes Gerry Armstrong.

A LOOK BACK AT AUGUST 2020: We started a new list, Top 25 People Enabling Scientology. Judge Burdge denied Valerie Haney’s motion for reconsideration. New Clearwater city councilman Mark Bunker suggested making Scientology a tourist attraction. And episode one or Bryan Seymour’s spiked ‘Black Ops’ series leaks here at the Bunker.

A LOOK BACK AT AUGUST 2019: Chris Owen detailed Scientology’s 1970s attempt to take over the UK’s National Association of Mental Health. Rod Keller looked at Scientology attempts to make inroads with the Trump administration. Victoria Locke describes her abuse in Scientology. Danny Masterson’s accusers sue him and the Church of Scientology. Leah Remini and Mike Rinder finished their A&E series ‘Scientology and the Aftermath’ with a powerful final episode.

A LOOK BACK AT AUGUST 2018: David Miscavige’s “transparency medal” blew up into a major press story in Colombia as senators there call for an investigation. R.M. Seibert delivered again with a government document showing the US was fully aware of Scientology’s essential scam 50 years ago. Scientology scrambled to throw money at Efrem Logreira after realizing how much trouble it was in. The mid-year Maiden Voyage whales surfaced. Sea Org was now expected to salute donors. Scientology had to remove a kiosk from an LAPD station.

A LOOK BACK AT AUGUST 2017: Carol Nyburg told us about her part in an unaired TV series. Leah’s second season started off with a bombshell about child molestation. Michael Peña’s wife Brie Shaffer backed her former employer, Danny Masterson. Pastor Willy Rice got the Scientology smear treatment. We made the full 2009-2010 FBI file about Scientology trafficking public (and on the same day we took in the solar eclipse with Jefferson Hawkins). We attended a San Antonio court hearing about Marty Rathbun.

A LOOK BACK AT AUGUST 2016: Scientology didn’t make us feel very welcome at its Harlem grand opening. Life in retirement looks pretty good for Scientology’s notorious dirty trickster, Eugene Ingram. In the presidential campaign, a lot of comparisons between Donald Trump and L. Ron Hubbard were being made, but we pointed out that it was the Clinton White House that had serious Scientology baggage.

A LOOK BACK AT AUGUST 2015: Steve Fishman, of the famous Fishman Papers, is doing serious time for a bizarre crime. Tom Cruise gave a speech in Spanish, and turned up at a Scientology org in Colombia. And Paulette Cooper had an amazing encounter in Europe.

A LOOK BACK AT AUGUST 2014: We remembered Denise Brennan on the occasion of her passing. Mary Sue Hubbard’s house finally went up for sale, as we had predicted. And Kim Poff and Michael DeLong filed lawsuits over the troubling behavior of Oklahoma state officials who were too afraid to take on Scientology.

A LOOK BACK AT AUGUST 2013: Leah Remini filed a missing-person report on Shelly Miscavige, PZ Myers read A History of Man with us, Gerry Armstrong helped us tell his tale, and Monique Rathbun filed her harassment lawsuit.



Technology Cocktail

“In processing we very often run into a person who has ‘heavy facsimiles.’ In other words, these facsimiles are so heavy and so weighty that he can barely push them around. This is simply basically a postulate that these things are heavy, that energy is heavy, but next to that it is a consideration that one cannot do anything to them. One cannot cause them to vanish—therefore, one cannot cause them to affect one less.” — L. Ron Hubbard, 1954



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

“The term thetan, of course, is one which is derived as a mathematical symbol, derived from that symbol, and is an effort to have a precise word, which will describe a precise thing: The unit of beingness, which is the individual. Theta is a Greek letter and you know mathematicians they can’t talk English, so they use Greek symbols and mathematicians long since have picked on theta as a symbol, which they commonly use and the Greeks used it to symbolize thought. And so we have theta, thought, mathematical symbol and then we just put ‘thetan’ on it, and we have something which could describe at once, but doesn’t describe really: the human soul, a ghost, a spirit, a saint, a god, an individual, a being. It’s one of these nice big ‘group’ words. Why? Because it is the word which describes the energy-space production unit which is the individual himself.” — L. Ron Hubbard, December 28, 1953


Avast, Ye Mateys

“TO ANCHOR: We’re going out to anchor so don’t walk off the gangway if there’s no boat under it! (Joke).” — The Commodore, December 28, 1970


Overheard in the FreeZone


“I don’t believe that a thetan will ever completely relinquish his right to disagree with MEST, or anything else, despite the persuasion he may experience. We may not know the exact details, but I fancy some of us will refuse to react to provocation whatever button may be pressed. And some of us may yet cling to the hope that there is another solution to stress, or being banky, and put that ‘charge’ to one side knowing somehow, that there is another reality there, somewhere, no matter how faint.”


Past is Prologue

1996: Jeff Jacobsen posted an account of his trip to Scientology headquarters Golden Era Studios (aka Gold Base). “I went by an apartment complex that they use for berthing, and took a photo of the apartment and 3 buses in front. Then I went on to Golden Era Studios. I parked near the new studio and started taking photos. Immediately a guy on a motorcycle came up to me and asked what I was doing. I said I just wanted to take photos of the property and then I’d be leaving. He asked who I was and who I was working for and I refused to answer both questions. He called on his walkie-talkie ‘professional photographer coming up.’ As he drove off to get my license plate number, I went on to take photos of the ship and such. As I was about 20 yards from the gated entry, 2 guys came out and started taking pictures of me. One had a telephoto lens and the other a cheapy camera. I told them that I was just going to take a few photos and leave. They said they were worried about me because I wouldn’t reveal who I was or who I was working for. So I took their photo too. The one guy told me that the curb was their property line, which doesn’t leave much room for walking! I took shots of the sign (after the one guy finally got out of the way when I said I’d stay there as long as it took to get that photo), the ship, and the chapel. When we got to my car he took photos of the inside of the car. Then I opened the trunk to get out my video-camera. He called on his walkie- talkie ‘he’s taking out a video camera.’ Sheesh. He photographed the inside of the trunk of the car, and I told him I considered that a violation of my privacy. I told him I was only going to take about 30 seconds of the studio, which I did. I then thanked him for the conversation, shook hands, and drove off. They have many remote cameras along the metal fences. They have high-powered lights all along the fence. You can read Andre Tabayoyon’s affidavit for other unseen security systems. And on top of the hardware used, security guards instantly come out to question anyone who even stops near their property.”


Random Howdy

“I’m guessing Dan Sherman has a ‘Word of the Day’ thing he sends out on the telex doohickey.”


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] Scientology is trying hard to make 2022 the year America goes ‘Ideal’!
[TWO years ago] Scientology social media is like space age Christmas, praise Xenu!
[THREE years ago] Danny Masterson asks for more time to answer lawsuit — while he’s skiing in Park City
[FOUR years ago] Best Scientology shoops in the Bunker this year, and let’s see your faves too
[FIVE years ago] Joy Villa on the prospect of Trump going after Scientology’s tax-exempt status: ‘Nope’
[SIX years ago] After Steve Cannane’s big year writing about Scientology, we hit him up for a look back
[SEVEN years ago] Confirmed: Narconon’s entire Northern California network splits with Scientology
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology’s 2014 in review: New lawsuits and a house for sale in August!
[NINE years ago] Scientology’s 2013 in review: July fireworks, courtesy of an actress from Brooklyn
[TEN years ago] Scientology’s 2012 in Review: The Master Goeth Before a Fall
[ELEVEN years ago] Scientology Story of the Year — The Vote Is In!


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 2,892 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,397 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,947 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,937 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,828 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,133 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,003 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 2,108 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,581 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,897 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,463 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,382 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,550 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,131 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,392 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,428 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,143 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,708 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,023 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,198 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,749 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,880 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,218 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,073 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,192 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,548 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,851 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,957 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,355 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,231 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,814 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,309 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,563 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,672 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on December 28, 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…

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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


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