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New Shelly Miscavige sighting actually took place earlier than you may have heard

Reporting on things like missing persons can be very tricky. We hear rumors all the time, but we do our best to make sure we have some confidence about sourcing before we bring things to you.

That’s especially true with the whereabouts and condition of Shelly Miscavige.

The wife of Scientology leader David Miscavige, Shelly disappeared from Int Base near Hemet in late August or early September, 2005.

We have talked to multiple people who were there at the time in order to nail down that timing.


From multiple lines of independence evidence, we believe strongly that Shelly was moved in 2005 to a compound owned by a Scientology corporation, the Church of Spiritual Technology, near Crestline and Lake Arrowhead in the San Bernardino Mountains.

Shelly was then seen by multiple witnesses at the 2007 funeral of her father, Maurice “Barney” Barnett, which took place on a boat in San Pedro Harbor. We have talked to a person who was actually there and saw it with their own eyes, and who confirmed that Shelly was there with a Scientology “handler.”

After that, we reported that a woman in Crestline saw someone in town in 2015 and 2016 who looked like Shelly Miscavige. This person, who we gave the name “Rachel,” said that she saw Shelly in a hardware store and a grocery store on two different occasions, and that both times Shelly did not look well. On those occasions, she was being escorted by young men.

In 2021, we recorded an interview with Ron Miscavige several weeks before he died, and this is when we first learned that Shelly had actually been taken to the CST compound with two other women: Antonella Tisi, who had been Shelly’s Scientology auditor, and Anne Rathbun, Marty Rathbun’s ex-wife, who was acting as Shelly’s “handler.” We made this interview public in January.

Also, some months ago we began hearing about a sighting of Shelly at a café with three other Scientology Sea Org workers that took place in Redlands, supposedly in 2020.

We did not tell you about this sighting because we had not reached the person who actually made it.

Now, after some effort, we have finally heard from the person who made the sighting of Shelly with her three friends.

This person knew Shelly personally, and recognized her and the three Sea Org friends she was with, one of whom was Anne Rathbun, and that they appeared to be spending some free time. “They seemed relaxed and appeared to be having a good time.”

They tell us that this sighting did occur in Redlands — which is conveniently just about 35 minutes from Crestline — but that the timing was much earlier, sometime between 2008 and 2013.

The person said that while Shelly did look well, they pointed out, “most likely, this was long before the interminable nature of her isolation had set in.”

They also agree with us that Shelly has likely been held at the CST headquarters near Lake Arrowhead (with some short excursions to Crestline or Redlands) this entire time.

We will continue to seek information about Shelly Miscavige, and we’ll do our best to bring you the facts.

Again, to review the timeline:

2005: Taken to CST headquarters


2007: Seen at the funeral of her father with a handler

2008-2013: Seen by someone who knew her in Redlands with Anne Rathbun and others

2015-2016: Possibly seen in Crestline looking unwell

For more information about Shelly’s fate and her likely current location, please see our annual roundup of reporting about her.


Technology Cocktail

“It is quite amusing to notice that atomic radiation DOES reverse the genetic line. It gives a throwback. It produces the more original forms. So you would expect the human race at this time to be walking toward greater and greater individual survival and less and less group survival. And here you are with some kind of a notion of the fact that the third dynamic exists and you are able to march out a bit on the third dynamic and the rest of the world is retreating back to the first dynamic — probably an inverted first.” — L. Ron Hubbard, 1957



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?

[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

— The first Danny Masterson trial and beyond

[18] Trial special with Chris Shelton [19] Trial week one [20] Marc Headley on the spy in the hallway [21] Trial week two [22] Trial week three [23] Trial week four [24] Leah Remini on LAPD Corruption [25] Mike Rinder 2022 Thanksgiving Special [26] Jane Doe 4 (Tricia Vessey), Part One [27] Jane Doe 4 (Tricia Vessey), Part Two [28] Claire Headley on the trial [29] Tory Christman [30] Bruce Hines on spying [31] Karen de la Carriere [32] Ron Miscavige on Shelly Miscavige [33] Karen de la Carriere on the L’s [34] Mark Bunker on Miscavige hiding [35] Mark Plummer [36] Mark Ebner [37] Karen Pressley [38] Steve Cannane [39] Fredrick Brennan [40] Clarissa Adams


Source Code

“I don’t know what number the GPM is back at the year 200 trillion. On some PCs it will probably be number 52; and on some PCs it’ll be number 31, don’t you see? So to get a consistent numbering, when we say the first GPM, we mean the one which is nearest or the latest formed one. It’s the goal of that one that you have to have, but some pcs have skidded their wheels. They’ve listened to speeches by the Democrats or they’ve they’ve looked over Australian legal procedure or something like that, and they’ve skidded their wheels. And they’ve gone back to the second GPM and are living this life in the second GPM. You understand that? They’ve met an oppterm, let us say, in the second GPM of sufficient magnitude to cause them to be the terminal of the second GPM. You understand? That’s horrifying, isn’t it? Well, I’ll tell you why it’s horrifying. Because if you found the goal that they are living at this moment, it wouldn’t run. That makes some PCs more difficult to find goals on than others. You follow that? Now, what is more complicated is that the first GPM may or may not be fully formed. You may have only the first eight items of the first GPM formed, or you may have only the first 16 items of the first GPM formed because of course the PC normally is forming these things progressively as you move on up the track. Well, as we were saying last night, it is really too bad that we didn’t have somebody at various points of the track, and he took a gun and he said, ‘Everyone will now postulate his 65th GPM goal’ —bang! You see, and we all did it at once. Only it didn’t work that way. Some fellows postulated theirs thousands of years ago, some billions of years ago, and some trillions of years ago. So this of course makes it an uneven number.” — L. Ron Hubbard, March 21, 1963


Avast, Ye Mateys


“Vixie is OK. She was taken to the vet this morning. Her leg isn’t broken. It was a torn ligament. Mary Sue gave her a touch assist last night. Vixie went totally anaten. The pain shock was in her shoulder and went up to her head which she for awhile refused to permit to be touched. The touch assist was done on both sides of the body (other leg too) and near and far areas. You wear thick gloves in giving a dog or cat a touch assist as they snap and scratch and disassociate. The swelling went down and she came up to growl tone. On return from the vet she got a bone and sat in the foyer where she could bark at people.” —The Commodore, March 21, 1970


Overheard in the FreeZone

“I was three months into being a Scientologist and auditing was great for my PTSD but the church isn’t happy that while they were closed for the pandemic I got psychiatric help. Now I’m ‘not stable enough’ to even donate. It’s hard. I love the tech but they can be overbearing. I’m hoping to find an independent auditor. And hoping to learn the assists. But the church has made it clear I’m not welcome there anymore. I do believe in spiritual healing as a general thing but just never got to explore it.”


Past is Prologue

1996: An excerpt posted from the tech dictionary this week, describing a disease invented by LRH. “METALOSIS, osis. Greek. action; process, condition abnormal or disease condition caused by . METAL, any of a large group of substances (as bronze steel) that typically show a characteristic luster, are good conductors of electricity and heat, are opaque,can be fused or are usually malleable and ductile. A psychosomatic condition caused by the the interaction of body electric flows and magnetic and other fields of metal. The effects take a long time to occur. Engrams are formed. METALOSIS RUNDOWN. The procedure used in expanded Dianetics to cure metalosis.”


Random Howdy

“So when some little kid says ‘goo goo ga ga’ during an auditing session the auditor tells the parents that junior was speaking in a whole track alien dialect?”



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

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Mistrial declared November 30. Retrial scheduled, jury selection begins March 29. Next pretrial hearing: Feb 16.
‘Lafayette Ronald Hubbard’ (a/k/a Justin Craig), aggravated assault, plus drug charges: Grand jury indictments include charges from an assault while in custody. Next pretrial hearing Feb 13.
Rizza Islam, Medi-Cal fraud: Trial scheduled for March 1 in Los Angeles
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud: Next status conference Feb 13.

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: March 15, 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.
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] Quentin Hubbard’s suicide: A Scientology-based explanation so insane it might be true
[TWO years ago] ABCMouse honcho gives Scientology another $10 million — for construction of ‘LRH Hall’
[THREE years ago] Scientology and the coronavirus: Keeping the orgs open as ‘essential services’
[FOUR years ago] That feeling when Scientology tries to creep you out as a recruiting strategy
[FIVE years ago] Kirstie Alley goes OT 8, celebrates her ‘confront’ level on Scientology’s cruise ship ‘Freewinds’
[SIX years ago] Reza Aslan is already being dishonest about indie Scientology ahead of CNN episode
[SEVEN years ago] No longer working for Monique Rathbun to sue Scientology, Ray Jeffrey opens up
[EIGHT years ago] ‘Going Clear’ subject Tom DeVocht reveals new info about Tom Cruise and Scientology’s leader
[NINE years ago] Video Vault: L. Ron Hubbard at his campiest, in 1960’s State of Man Congress!
[TEN years ago] The Mother and Child Reunion: Another Dianetics Nightmare
[ELEVEN years ago] Battlefield Earth: Still Making the World Safe From Scientology Nearly 12 Years Later


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 2,975 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,480 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,030 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,020 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,911 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,215 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,086 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 2,191 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,668 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,980 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,546 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,465 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,633 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,214 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,475 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,511 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,227 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,791 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,106 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,281 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,832 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,963 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,301 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,156 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,275 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,631 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,934 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,040 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,438 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,314 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,897 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,392 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,646 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,755 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on March 21, 2023 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.

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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