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Miss Lovely is still unbreakable: It’s Paulette Cooper’s birthday!

Once again, the very reason for the Underground Bunker’s existence is here again, as we celebrate Paulette Cooper’s birthday on July 26. It was while working on our book about Paulette, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely, that we created our website back in 2012 to keep in touch with our audience so they’d know when the book was ready.

We admired Paulette right from the beginning of our introduction of Scientology studies, way back in the mid-1990s, and that admiration only grew as we got to know her personally and then spent a couple of years on the book project. Since then, we’ve written a second book with her, she’s come out with a memoir, and we’ve loved keeping up on all the things she and her husband, Paul Noble, have been up to. So we asked her what was the latest in her world, and she told us a shaggy dog story. Ha!

I purchased a dog on Facebook that didn’t exist and the scam cost me $4,000. So, I turned around and wrote a story about it (“I was Puppy Scammed on the Internet”) to warn others about this fraud. I sold my article to Newsweek, and then posted it to Facebook when it came out.

I got an immediate email from an animal rescue site that they had an adorable 5-pound, 5-year-old Maltese/Shih Tzu for me that they had rescued from a puppy mill.

The next day Paul and I adopted Peaches, a loveable pup who had spent five sad years in a cage until we saved her. She is now living a happy and wonderful life with us and our other dog, Piki.


(I donated the payment for the Newsweek article to the rescue site to help other pets get adopted.)

Here’s Peaches the first day we adopted her — when she saw grass for the first time.


Another photo of Paul and Piki and Peaches.


Congratulations on another trip around the sun, Paulette! And we hope Paul can keep up with those cute pups.

Tell us, Bunker denizens, what is your favorite part of Paulette’s story? Her survival as a child during the Holocaust? Her years as a glamorous magazine journalist in Manhattan in the swinging 60s? Her daring exploit to smuggle herself onboard a cruise ship for a magazine story? Her exposure of L. Ron Hubbard with her 1971 book, ‘The Scandal of Scientology’? The years of harassment she went through, with Hubbard and the Guardian’s Office going so far as to recruit lookalikes and soundalikes to impersonate her, and eventually to get her framed for a crime she didn’t commit, facing 15 years in federal prison? And so much more?

This woman is simply amazing.



Technology Cocktail

“Historical note: The whole Christian movement is based on the victim. Compulsion of the overt act-motivator sequence. They won by appealing to victims. We can win by converting victims. Christianity succeeded by making people into victims. We can succeed by making victims into people. It’s time the inversion turned anyway.” — 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 [49] Mark Ebner


Source Code

“We’re trying to make somebody Clear. Clear of what? Clear of his reactive bank. Now, Freud said that man had an unconscious or a reconscious or something of the sort which was subconscious under the underconscious. He thought there was something there and it was inhabited by a beast known as the censor, who kept the fellows from pulling a social faux pas. And when the censor was asleep or nulled or something of the sort by drugs, why, the fellow would do antisocial acts, and that was the whole explanation of the human mind, except it was all caused by sex. I hope you’re following me closely. But anyhow, we are actually indebted to Papa Freud, because he did say out loud that there was some kind of a mind that was kicking back on somebody. He didn’t really discover the reactive mind; we did.” — L. Ron Hubbard, July 26, 1966


Avast, Ye Mateys

“SMERSH: Smersh just lost half of its suit on us. It was suing us for defamation of its character. The sum of the result will probably be the judge’s question ‘What character?’ Part of the evidence of the next part of the suit was a restricted issue of an Ed they stole out of an org! ‘What character?’ Charles Parselle is doing a great job on Legal in the UK. The Guardian’s Office is going at its usual TERRIFIC! over the world.” — The Commodore, July 26, 1971


Overheard in the FreeZone

“LRH seems to have been here some centillion years. On the other hand, very big beings are here and their invalidative vibrations probably affect us. And don’t forget the entities that attach to the thetan here.”



Past is Prologue

1997: Lawrence Wollersheim reported that FACTNet has rejected a $12 million settlement offer from Scientology. “I went to L.A. for two days about ten weeks ago and met with Monique Yingling (of the law firm of Yingling and Yingling of Washington D.C.), Marty Rathbun, and Mike Rinder. We continued to negotiate for the next four weeks. The basics of what Scientology sees in their minds as restrictions reciprocally and equally binding on both parties and a peace with dignity are as follows: That the non-profit free speech library and historic preservational archive called FACTNet be taken off the Internet and closed forever. That all FACTNet library databases containing electronic books, articles court decisions, government reports and former member debriefings about Scientology (or any other cultic organizations) contained in those databases be completely destroyed. That a total gag order be agreed to by Bob, Arnie, and Lawrence so that they can never again speak out about Scientology. That Bob, Arnie, and Lawrence are never again permitted to assist anyone in any manner trying to fight or expose Scientology. That Bob, Arnie, and Lawrence are never permitted to testify at any legal proceeding or government investigation or serve as expert witnesses concerning Scientology without service of a real adverse subpoena. That no money from the 12 million dollar package settlement could go to anyone continuing to fight or educate in any way against Scientology. That FACTNet return Scientology’s court-submitted financial records and all copies of their ‘advanced trade secret’ materials and non-original copyrighted materials. That humiliating false and self-incriminating public statements be made that imply that the FACTNet research on Scientology’s problem with members going psychotic or attempting or committing suicide while involved with their bizarre initiation rituals is not credible. That we falsely state in a public statement that FACTNet existed exclusively and solely for anti-Scientology activities. They also wanted an ‘agreement violation’ damage clause that could eventually amount to a flat penalty of $750,000 in damages against us every time they proved we have violated ANY term of the agreement no matter how inconsequentially and without showing any real damage to themselves. And finally, while Scientology corporations and fronts not bound by this agreement could sue us back to the Stone Age for alleged violations or anything else they could and would dream up, we of course, are still bound by every single other term of the agreement as far as restricting us from speaking out or working against Scientology. Scientology wanted all the Hubbard family heirs’ names included in our deal so that all probate actions to examine the fraudulent asset transfers away from the Hubbard family heirs to David Miscavige’s and Starkey’s control would be stopped. Early on in the discussion, Scientology wanted a statement retracting all statements that Miscavige’s mother-in-law’s suicide/murder might have had any connection to David Miscavige or Scientology. Scientology has once again conclusively shown me it has not changed one iota from the entrapping Gerry Armstrong, Margie Wakefield, Flynn type settlement strategies. In fact it has gotten worse in its settlement demands.”


Random Howdy

“Jan Eastgate is the Myra Hindley of scientology. She looks just like her.”


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] Scientology tried to destroy her, but Paulette Cooper is living her best life
[TWO years ago] Miss Lovely tells us she has a birthday wish this year, and it’s about Mr. Lovely
[THREE years ago] Leah Remini blames Tom Cruise for the spiking of Aussie Scientology investigation
[FOUR years ago] Happy Birthday, Miss Lovely! And look what Paulette Cooper gave herself for a gift
[FIVE years ago] Paulette Cooper turns 76: ‘I found my best friend from the orphanage — from 70 years ago’
[SIX years ago] Paulette Cooper at 75: Still unbreakable, and still Miss Lovely
[SEVEN years ago] Hungarian tabloid’s wacky claim: Shit poured on Scientology’s leader in Budapest protest
[EIGHT years ago] Happy Birthday, Miss Lovely: A tribute to the dauntless and unbreakable Paulette Cooper
[NINE years ago] Scientology surrenders — at least partially — in seven lawsuits against its rehab network
[TEN years ago] Scientology, Your Proprietor, and the Airwaves
[ELEVEN years ago] Jamie DeWolf, L. Ron Hubbard Great-Grandson, Gaining More Notoriety for His Views on Scientology
[TWELVE years ago] Tad Reeves: More Scenes from the Life of a Scientologist


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 3,102 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,617 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,167 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,157 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 2,038 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,342 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,213 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 2,318 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,765 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,107 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,673 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,592 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,759 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,341 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,602 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,638 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,354 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,918 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,233 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,408 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,959 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,090 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,428 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,283 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,402 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,758 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 7,061 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,167 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,565 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,441 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 3,024 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,519 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,773 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,882 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on July 26, 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…

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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