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A Julian Swartz production: The Scientology day-care from hell

Back in 2015 when we first wrote about him, there hadn’t been court testimony about Julian Swartz and his deeds as an enforcer for David Miscavige.

That would come years later, at the trials of Danny Masterson, and like the rest of the people sitting in court during the second trial, we were stunned to see a photo of Swartz posted on a screen in the courtroom — the same photo that Leah Remini and Yashar Ali posted to Substack this weekend.

Swartz was the subject of testimony in the Masterson trial because he was one of several Scientology ethics officers who had been telling the Jane Doe victims that they couldn’t use the word “rape” and that they would be punished for turning Masterson in. It was great to finally get a face to go along with the name, but we didn’t have cameras in the courtroom, of course.

We were glad to see Leah and Yashar get that photo out to the world, and in the piece they wrote to go along with it, one of the cases they said Swartz is known for is the Day Care from Hell that we wrote about eight years ago, in 2015.


We thought it might be a good idea to post that story again, since it’s been so long and since Julian is back in the news.

Read our 2015 story here.


Technology Cocktail

“I would be very happy to see a lot of wins coming out of Sec Checking only. This requires model session meter rudiments and TRs, and knowing never to leave a question as long as there are withholds on it. (Surest way in the world to blow a PC out of the HGC is to leave a question with charge still on it.)” — 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

“Unfortunately, Black Dianetics is inherent in Dianetics. In 1945, this was all the Dianetics there was: how to drive people crazy, how to foul up political systems, how to restimulate individuals just by talking to them, without planting engrams. And in addition to this, how to interrupt life force in an individual. We haven’t gone into that very much. It is a wonderfully smooth way of committing murder.” — L. Ron Hubbard, September 17, 1951


Avast, Ye Mateys

“No one is to play the piano in A Deck Lounge without the written permission of Lt. Cmdr. Diana Hubbard.” — Lt. Nikki Freedman, Sun Deck I/C, September 17, 1971



Overheard in the FreeZone

“All truly exceptional geniouses will, and perhaps have to be, quite offensive to us, that’s the way things Have to work in this crazy universe. You just can’t get the GREATEST without also getting some horrible personality qualities. The greatest human beings will learn how to assist the Greatest for the greatest good of all Dynamics despite the horrible qualities they have to maneuover around, quietly, and successfully. God Bless LRH forever, and forevermore.”


Past is Prologue

2001: The National Enquirer reported on September 18th that Scientology celebrity Tom Cruise is trying to introduce his new girlfriend, actress Penelope Cruz, to Scientology. “Penelope is a Buddhist – and Tom is a devout Scientologist. Cruise has given his new girlfriend the grand tour of the Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre in Hollywood – but Penelope has reservations about Scientology. ‘Tom has begun preaching the word of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard to Penelope,’ disclosed the insider. ‘So far she’s put Tom off, but knows she’s going to have to deal with it.'”


Random Howdy

“I’ve always wanted a goat. A small place in the country with a goat, a couple of pigs, some chickens, a duck or two and of course the usual cats and dogs..oh, and a semi-tamed crow or raven.”


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] PODCAST: Jesse Prince is here to shake up your understanding of Scientology
[TWO years ago] Scientology makes another attempt to defeat its terrible image, this time with Millennial OTs!
[THREE years ago] Scientology chiro Dennis Nobbe drops dead after being informed he’s going to jail
[FOUR years ago] Why isn’t Scientology’s ship the Freewinds hauling emergency supplies to the Bahamas?
[FIVE years ago] Visit to London Ideal Org shows that the Scientology bubble is still firmly in place
[SIX years ago] Scientology leader David Miscavige has empty buildings all over the world — here’s a rundown
[SEVEN years ago] With Jason Lee out, what does it mean for Scientology’s tightest celebrity clique?
[EIGHT years ago] Surreal encounter at Scientology’s secretive Int Base shows up in Danish documentary
[NINE years ago] New leaked videos from the super beings at Scientology!
[TEN years ago] Jenna Miscavige Hill Talks to Us As Her Book Comes Out in Paperback
[TWELVE years ago] Scientology Oz-fest: Commenters of the Week!


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 3,155 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,670 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,220 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,210 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 2,091 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,395 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,266 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 2,371 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,818 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,160 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,726 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,645 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,812 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,394 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,655 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,691 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,407 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,971 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,286 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,461 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 7,012 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,143 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,481 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,336 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,455 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,811 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 7,114 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,220 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,618 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,494 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 3,059 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,572 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,826 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,935 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on September 17, 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

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