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TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: It’s not every day that we get a Scientology private investigator under oath, so this is really something. This former NYPD detective was quizzed this week about stalking Leah Remini in Manhattan in 2017, and how his cover was blown by a reporter at the time. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]


Technology Cocktail


“All bad auditing is done by auditors who have no reality on the track, and the then-ness of pictures. These are seeking to escape and thus pull the pc into escaping, whereas clearing lies in confronting. Auditors whose pictures flick in and out and who never linger are “out of valence” on the track or are otherwise seeking to escape. The remedy is to make such, as pcs, run pictures with unknown when found, not escape from them. Several lectures cover this.” — L. Ron Hubbard, 1961



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 [50] Bruce Hines [51] Spanky Taylor and Karen Pressley [51] Geoff and Robbie Levin [52] Sands Hall [53] Jonny Jacobsen [54] Sandy Holeman



Source Code

“Now, we are not in conflict with the customs and philosophy of the planet or the universe. Quite the contrary. It’s not a case of everybody is out of step but Jim. It’s a case of others want people badly out of step. And they’re getting them pretty badly out of step. But if you can talk to and communicate with anybody on the subject of Scientology, he agrees with what you’d say. He agrees very rapidly with what you say, unless he misses a word. If he misses a word then he won’t agree with what you’ve said, but you are actually talking to him about things which have been with him as customs, far, far, far longer than any Johnny-come-lately psychology or mental science that has been foisted off on him in recent times.” — L. Ron Hubbard, September 15, 1964


Avast, Ye Mateys

“With a lot of fireworks of all kinds the Great Word Clearing Festival got off to a start. There was a small amount of excitement when two lions escaped and rushed to the galley. But instead of eating the cook, he put them to work washing dishes. That’s why you had paw prints on your plates this morning.” — The Commodore, September 15, 1971


Overheard in the FreeZone

“People of Jewish race are the almost sole promoters of 1.1 stuff like Feminism, Gay Agenda, Communism, Freemasonry, and others, though the real creators of that are a small number of Illuminati, Illuminati create them, Jews promote them.”


Past is Prologue


1999: Keith Henson protested in San Jose this week. “I picketed the San Jose org from 6:16 pm to 7 pm. There were 33 cars when I started. Because so many left, I counted again at the end and there were only 18. No interesting confrontation, though ‘blue shirt’ (wearing an polo shirt today) did stop on his way out and yell at me for being crazy. Hey, I replied to him, *I* am not the one who thinks he is infested with murdered space aliens.”


Random Howdy

“Jeez, does everybody around here have a sock except me?”


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:
Leah Remini v. Scientology, alleging ‘Fair Game’ harassment and defamation: Complaint filed August 2, first hearing set for Dec 4.
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. Next hearing set for Sept 26.
Jane Doe 1 v. Scientology, David Miscavige, and Gavin Potter: Case unsealed and second amended complaint filed. Next hearing Nov 6.
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] Paul Haggis opposes motion to keep Scientology out of next month’s trial
[TWO years ago] Would you purchase a Scientology E-meter from this man?
[THREE years ago] Scientologist chiro Nobbe: There’s an innocent explanation, judge. Prosecutors: No there isn’t.
[FOUR years ago] Scientology reels in politicians and gets photo ops out of Hurricane Dorian
[FIVE years ago] Sharp new memoir digs into Scientology’s toxic cruelty experienced by those who grow up in it
[SIX years ago] Scientology’s newest infiltration — Rebecca Minkoff and Meghan Fialkoff at Nasdaq!
[SEVEN years ago] SCIENTOLOGY DENIED: California Supreme Court rejects appeal in forced-abortion lawsuit
[EIGHT years ago] Back where it all started: Hoping to see you in Phoenix to talk Scientology then and now
[NINE years ago] Scientology’s secret plans for world domination — even better than the last time!
[TEN years ago] Scientology Sunday Funnies: Texas Memories, Valley Whales, and Top Secret Plans!
[TWELVE years ago] Hugh Urban: An Interview With the Professor Who Took on Scientology


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 3,153 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,668 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,218 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,208 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 2,089 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,393 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,264 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 2,369 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,816 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,158 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,724 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,643 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,810 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,392 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,653 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,689 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,405 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,969 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,284 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,459 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 7,010 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,141 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,479 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,334 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,453 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,809 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 7,112 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,218 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,616 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,492 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 3,057 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,570 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,824 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,933 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on September 15, 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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