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Hear the threats that an Alabama man pleaded guilty for sending to Mark Bunker

[Ricky Myers and Mark Bunker]

In May Tampa Bay Times reporter Tracey McManus revealed that an Alabama man named Ricky Myers had been arrested for making a series of threats against Clearwater city councilman Mark Bunker.

Bunker is known for his criticism of Scientology’s grip on Clearwater, but the threats by Myers did not reference Scientology. Instead, he accused Bunker of having “cut his throat” and putting him in prison for 17 years, and Myers vowed to cut off Bunker’s head.

Bunker told us in May that he didn’t want to say too much about it at the time, not as long as Myers, who had been arrested and extradited to Pinellas County from Alabama, was still going through the justice system.

Yesterday Myers pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor, and so now Bunker turned over to us evidence of the threats that he had received. We’re glad he’s fine, and that he had calmly saved these threats and turned them over to police.

We asked him if he had learned anything about why Myers might have made these threats, which didn’t seem to bear any resemblance to reality.


“No, I have no idea. I asked the state attorney’s office if he gave a reason but if he did it wasn’t shared with me,” Bunker said.

We know you’re curious about the threats themselves, so we put the three calls together in a single sound file, and you can listen to them yourself. Just please be warned that the language is awful and there are vivid suggestions of violence. The three separate voice mails were left at different times on October 19, 2022.

[Listen to the recording here.]


Technology Cocktail/

“When Basic on any chain is found flatten it fully and permit it to be stripped of any lock engrams or earlier incidents that appear. (In finding basics remember that the Time Track by my most recent measurements considerably exceeds a trillion, trillion, trillion years. Basics may occur as early as they occur but seldom nearer PT than 200 trillion years ago, and quite ordinarily at 15 trillion, trillion years ago.)” — L. Ron Hubbard, 1963



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

“The only other thing I could tell that you really need to know about this meter is, when it’s all the way up to the vicinity of 6.0 or even into the black, you’re reading a thetan who believes he is dead. Completely aside from the theta bop, these are the readings of a body if it were dead: But the thetan believes he’s dead up that high. I learned this from plants. When plants think they’re dead, man, they rise right up there and there they are. And a plant can conceive that it’s dead long before it departs. It says, ‘I’m dead,’ goes right on up here to 6.0. After that, you get no needle motion. You get nothing.” — L. Ron Hubbard, November 16, 1959


Avast, Ye Mateys

“You know, I get an idea of what it must be like for the Space Command Vessel ‘Astra’ to land amongst the Ooglie-Booglies and try to explain their perfectly innocent but super modern procedures for measuring gravity and communicating. They turn on an intercomm and the Ooglie-Booglies go into terror rumours that the Astra keeps live men in little boxes! Even staid old England has it that we deal in black magic! Certainly anything that works as fast as our tech and admin MUST be magical! REASSURANCE is the keynote of showing anyone around this ship. Show them the fire detectors, the gyro room, the electro-log, the two radars, where they are on the chart, how lifeboats work, copies of the SWPB. Feed them well, give them lots of drinks. Whoever is in charge of the guests should be inventive of things to interest them and be REASSURING, noting and cheering up any misunderstoods. Make good friends out of the guests.” — The Commodore, November 16, 1969



Overheard in the FreeZone

“Don’t forget that LRH did a lot of research. I.e., why does the body sleep? Because of the photosynthesis cycle? Even if bodies were manufactured, why do cells retain memory in the form of engrams? Hmm. Also if bodies are manufactured you have to have a thetan in them to animate them, yeah? Hence an entity, yeah? Hmmm when people think they are famous well that’s a matter for auditing. The track is very long and there are many similar planets and times and lives operating on the same implants. Before bodies there were thetans and theta traps and war with MEST biengs. I don’t care who thinks what they were and how fantastical it gets just if they blow charge.”


Past is Prologue

1998: Gerry Armstrong posted a declaration this week describing Scientology’s private investigator tactics. “A San Anselmo Police cruiser pulled up in front of my car with its lights flashing. The officer driving the cruiser ordered me to stay in my car, and then within a minute or so approached my car to communicate with me. He told me that a woman had made a report at the San Anselmo Police Department that I had chased her. The officer told me that she had specifically identified me, the car I was driving and the exact location where I had parked it. I had at no time chased a woman or anyone or even encountered a woman or anyone either while in my car or while walking from my car, and I advised the officer of those facts. The officer detained me for approximately 30 minutes during which time he essentially accused me of chasing the woman, whom he would not identify, and needled me about being nervous. Finally he let us go. I believed at the time that the ‘police report’ made by the ‘woman’ was part of an operation by Scientology agents, and that it was likely that the police officer was a knowing participant in the operation. I believed that Scientology agents initiated this operation with the expectation that a call to the dispatcher would reveal a bench warrant for my arrest and
that I would be arrested and jailed. I also believed that it was likely that the officer was attempting to get me to react so that I could be apprehended and charged. In June, 1998 I received a declaration of Janet L. Holsclaw which confirms that as early as December, 1997, agents of Scientology had improperly obtained private and confidential information from Budget
Rental Car Company concerning my rental of Budget cars, and had identified cars I had rented from Budget. I am therefore now completely convinced that the incident in San Anselmo in March was a Scientology operation.”


Random Howdy

“My wife used to say the reason I was a such a morbid negative weirdo was because of all the horrible stories my dad use to tell me about Korea and WWII and all the other mondo cane shit he saw during his time in the merchant marines. I think she may have been right.”



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. Sentenced to 30 years to life 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. Next pretrial hearing October 30.
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud.

Civil litigation:
Leah Remini v. Scientology, alleging ‘Fair Game’ harassment and defamation: Complaint filed August 2, Scientology submitting anti-SLAPP response Oct 26.
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: Discovery phase.
Jane Doe 1 v. Scientology, David Miscavige, and Gavin Potter: Case unsealed and second amended complaint filed. Scientology moves for religious arbitration.
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] And now we wait: Jury deliberations in the Danny Masterson trial
[TWO years ago] How do we know the ‘Chase Wave’ happened? ‘Aftermath’ guest Mark Fladd: ‘I was part of it’
[THREE years ago] Judge in Danny Masterson lawsuit doubts Scientology ‘arbitration,’ sets hearing
[FOUR years ago] Scientology banned his book and trashed him as an apostate. Here’s his full-throated reply!
[FIVE years ago] Scientology’s ‘Super Power’ poster boy gets dunked on by yet another irked judge
[SIX years ago] How Pete Griffiths sued a Scientologist and ended up being vilified by former friends
[SEVEN years ago] Scientology’s websites try a little too hard to convince you that all is right in crazy town
[EIGHT years ago] Lisa McPherson in Orlando: What her hotel roommate witnessed, and the Slaughter rule
[NINE years ago] Sunday Funnies: Get yer boots on for some Scientology line dancing in Austin!
[TEN years ago] Jon Atack: Did Mary Sue Hubbard Doubt Scientology’s Key Experience?
[ELEVEN years ago] Scientology’s Big Gamble: “Golden Age of Tech 2” Is Here!


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 3,215 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,730 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,280 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,270 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 2,151 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,455 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,326 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 2,431 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,878 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,220 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,786 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,705 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,872 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,454 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,715 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,751 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,467 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 3,031 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,346 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,521 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 7,072 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,203 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,541 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,396 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,515 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,871 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 7,174 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,280 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,678 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,554 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 3,119 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,632 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,886 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,995 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on November 16, 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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