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Losing a friend they knew in Scientology: A tribute to a remarkable woman

In the realm of life, there are individuals who leave an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of those fortunate enough to cross their paths. Willie and I had the fortune to know one of those individuals. It was one of those rare positive things that came out of our stint in Scientology.

It was the early ’90s when we met Julie Moss, when she and her husband started work at a company where I was employed. Over the next 30 years our lives intertwined through social connections, various companies we all worked for, and of course Scientology.

Julie was a truly remarkable woman, whose presence illuminated the world around her. Everyone liked her. She was a ray of sunshine always and never spoke ill of anyone. Her father Ron Moss was a music producer, who in earlier days had managed Chick Corea.

Born with a radiant spirit and an unwavering determination, this extraordinary woman approached life with unwavering grace and resilience.

For a time Willie and Julie owned a flower shop together in the area just north of Clearwater. I have to say they produced some beautiful work and were well-received in the community.


But beyond that, it was Julie’s role as a mother, a sister, a daughter, and a friend that truly defined her. She poured her heart and soul into nurturing her loved ones, offering unwavering love, guidance, and wisdom. Her family and children were the center of her universe, and she devoted herself to their well-being and happiness, leaving an enduring legacy of love and strength.

It was a shock to hear of her passing. A sad day for sure. Willie and I felt like we’d lost a sister.

I’m not sure if Julie’s younger half sister Elisabeth Moss will make a comment publicly, but I’m sure she must be hurting as well.

For Julie, we mourn her loss, but we also celebrate the immeasurable gift she was to each and every one of us who were fortunate enough to know her. We’ll cherish the good memories.

— Phil Jones


Technology Cocktail

“The maximum time to release a non-insane person by CCH 1, 2, 3 and 4 is probably around 350 hours. And sometimes this route has to be taken as in a nonconsent case or a child or a very low reality case or a case that can’t or won’t talk.” — L. Ron Hubbard, 1959



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 [41] Louise Shekter [42] John Sweeney [43] Tory Christman [44] Kate Bornstein [45] Christian Stolte [46] Mark Bunker [47] Jon Atack [48] Luke Y. Thompson


Source Code

“So, somebody trying to understand life sitting down on a mountain top some place in lower Jesus or some place — Jerusalem, excuse me — and he’s contemplating his navel or something, and trying to get the hot dope, he gives you all sorts of things. If he starts to get close to the truth, then the things he utters appear to be idiocies, see. If he gets close to the truth. Like, there really is no universe – Mary Baker Eddy. There is no universe. All is infinite mind. Isn’t it true? It’s very, very, very true but that doesn’t prevent Christian Science from being the leading religious faith you find on the rosters of insane asylums.” — L. Ron Hubbard, July 14 1964



Avast, Ye Mateys

“To all staff & students: Per HCO P/L 26 July 1965, ‘All students of any course are debarred from visiting any medical or healing practitioner unless they are given Ethics clearance first and all possibility of ‘rollercoaster’ (sudden case decline) has been looked into and any suppressive or bad auditing precisely isolated. The exception is an emergency involving severe injury, or infectious disease, but in this case the student must be cleared by Ethics to be permitted back on course or even in the Org. This includes all accidents.’ This line is to be in as of now. Course Admin is to ensure student goes to Ethics first. Staff are to go to HCO Reception and route to MO then MAA & Examiner. Until the new routing forms are approved & issued — Reception and Course Admin will have to write it in. The point is this line is effective now and no one sees the MO without following the line.” — Norma Randell for HAS, July 14, 1971


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Did Leah Remini really leave the Church of Scientlogy, or was it a ‘reverse psychology’ operation to expose hundreds of thousands of people to the church? I once saw an article that after her series started Scientology had a huge run of people ordering books and taking auditing.”


Past is Prologue

1999: Grady Ward reported that Scientology has filed for sanctions against him. “RTC filed a motion on July 14, 1999 demanding $4,446 in sanctions from me for allegedly canceling a hearing without giving them adequate notice. Besides the material factual errors that can be corroborated both by Pacific Bell and Judge Infante’s courtroom deputy Ms. Andrea Hollis herself, this motion shows the extent the RTC will try to blow smoke to hide the underlying issues. Meritless — indeed frivolous — and *itself* a sanctionable violation of filing standards of FRCivP 11 and 18 USC 1927.”


Random Howdy

“If the ‘tech’ is perfect, how did all these SP’s slip through into the upper echelons of Scientology management in the first place?”



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

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Found guilty on two counts on May 31, remanded to custody. Sentencing on Sep 7.
‘Lafayette Ronald Hubbard’ (a/k/a Justin Craig), aggravated assault, plus drug charges: Grand jury indictments include charges from an assault while in custody. Trial scheduled for August 15.
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud.

Civil litigation:
Baxter, Baxter, and Paris v. Scientology, alleging labor trafficking: Forced to arbitration. Plaintiffs allowed interlocutory appeal to Eleventh Circuit.
Valerie Haney v. Scientology: Forced to ‘religious arbitration.’
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 sentencing of Masterson on Sep 7.
Jane Doe 1 v. Scientology, David Miscavige, and Gavin Potter: Case unsealed and second amended complaint filed. Next hearing August 1.
Chiropractors Steve Peyroux and Brent Detelich, stem cell fraud: Ordered to mediation.



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 nice Scientologist who was caught writing code for ransomware scammers
[TWO years ago] Another hype video! Scientology still begging members to go to the cruise ship’s ‘OT Bubble’
[THREE years ago] ‘Scientology Black Ops’ series with Leah Remini & Paul Haggis spiked by Aussie network
[FOUR years ago] Is it time for Scientology to replace its cruise ship? If so, we’ve done the shopping.
[FIVE years ago] Scientology fundraiser: ‘It was commonplace to lie to church members to get donations’
[SIX years ago] Now that Neil deGrasse Tyson is up against Leah Remini for an Emmy, will he rethink Scientology?
[SEVEN years ago] To Scientology’s Emily Jones: We have a message from your mother
[EIGHT years ago] Wise Beard Man visits Scientology’s new Fantasyland in Clearwater
[NINE years ago] The Dallas Morning News asks a question about Scientology, and we want your response
[TEN years ago] Someone Apparently Forgot to Notify the VA that Scientology is a Religion
[ELEVEN years ago] Alexander Jentzsch, Son of Scientology’s President, Memorialized At Sea
[TWELVE years ago] Scientology Wants Your Money! Donate Now!


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 3,090 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,605 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,155 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,145 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 2,026 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,330 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,201 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 2,306 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,753 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,095 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,661 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,580 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,747 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,329 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,590 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,626 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,342 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,906 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,221 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,396 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,947 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,078 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,416 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,271 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,390 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,746 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 7,049 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,155 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,553 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,429 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 3,012 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,507 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,761 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,870 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on July 14, 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, 1995-2022 Just starting out here? We’ve picked out the most important stories we’ve covered here at the Underground Bunker (2012-2022), 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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