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Mirriam Francis wants Scientology-shielded father brought to justice: how you can help

For years we’ve been talking to Mirriam Francis, who told her story on Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath. She’s seeking justice after being sexually assaulted by her own father in Scientology, something she’s told us or written about for us here at the Bunker numerous times.

Now, she let us know that she wants to give authorities in her case some additional information, and she hopes the Bunker community might be able to help her locate that data. She sent us this appeal, which we’re happy to publish.

Appeal for Information in the Investigation of Child Sexual Abuse

Dear readers of the Underground Bunker,


I wish to appeal for information which may assist in the investigation of the sexual assaults that I experienced as a child, which occured in Sydney (1988 to 1990) and Los Angeles (1990 to 1992) within the Church of Scientology.

The following areas are of particular interest:

Item 1. Regarding Kerrie Francis (nee Elliott) and her position while employed for the Church of Scientology in Sydney, Australia during the time period of 1984 to 1988.

Item 2. Regarding Chris Francis and his position while employed for the Church of Scientology in Sydney, Australia during the time period of 1984 to 1988.

Item 3. Regarding Kerrie Francis and her position while employed for the Church of Scientology in Los Angeles, California during the time period of 1988 to 1990.

Item 4. Regarding Chris Francis and his position while employed for the Church of Scientology in Los Angeles, California during the time period of 1990 to 1998.

Item 5. Regarding Chris Francis and reports resulting from the international level clearance process taking place in 1997 at CMO IXU; the International Extension Unit, which was located at the HGB (Hubbard Guaranty Building – 6331 Hollywood Boulevard Hollywood, Los Angeles CA):
a) Auditor who did the confessional, which was required for clearance lines.
b) Knowledge reports from the confessional, which would have gone to the Case Supervisor of CMO IXU; the International Extension Unit.
c) Information which would have been provided to Gold HCO who were over clearance.
d) Legal issues which would have been reported to OSA International’s legal department.

Item 6: Regarding the transfer of Chris Francis from Los Angeles, California to East Grinstead, West Sussex UK which took place in 1998, while he was employed by the Church of Scientology.

Item 7: Regarding the transfer of Mirriam Francis from Los Angeles, California to East Grinstead, West Sussex UK which took place in 2001, while she was employed by the Church of Scientology.

Item 8: Regarding Kerrie Francis (nee Elliott) during the time that she worked for the Church of Scientology in California from 1988 to 2024, particularly under the direction of David Miscavige.


If anyone has information which may assist in this investigation, please e-mail Mirriam Francis at: francis_case_information AT

Thank you.

Mirriam Francis


Technology Cocktail

“For fifteen years auditors have made and then undone keyed-out-clearing all over the world. We can then assume that, as they had the data about floating needles in 1958 and did not heed it, we will have this battle with us from here on. The end product of all auditing right up to clear is a floating needle. There is no other end product from the auditors’ viewpoint. So, shall we get on with it, see it when it occurs and declare it? Please?” — L. Ron Hubbard, 1965



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

“Putting tickets on the windshield of a car is illegal, according to our own Consititution, which requires personal service. Police get away with it because people don’t want the bother of going down and getting a trial date set. So they send in the amount of an arbitrary fine. This is duress and extortion — so there’s no difference between a criminal and a cop.” — L. Ron Hubbard, January 14, 1954


Avast, Ye Mateys


“Spectatorism is very great in our modern society. Because some people cannot conceive of causing anything they just watch it. They don’t do anything. They are not PARTICIPANTS. They are spectators. You see this in magazines. Hee hee hee articles about how odd this is or that is. No understanding of it. It’s just odd and one watches it in a detached sort of way. Below this is somebody who doesn’t even notice. Such a person has to come up scale just to be a spectator. An unfinished cycle of action comes about because (a) The importance of it is not grasped (b) The cycle itself is not fully understood. (c) Non compliance and false reports are given as a method of self-protection wherein are hopes it will not be noticed. What we need are more PARTICIPANTS, more team mates. You belong to the SO or you don’t. If you do you’re at cause over the various situations. So we define an SO Member the way you do an OT — At cause over Life, Thought, Matter, Energy, Space, Time and Form. The degree you can be cause in handling the targets and needs of a group determines right away how far you’ve come up the line. Blaming case is effect, isn’t it? Sex is effect, isn’t it? I don’t care what your grade is, you are alive. Your true ability depends on the degree you can exercise the definition of OT over your post in forwarding the purposes of the group. You are actually insulting yourself to insist that I personally make whatever advances are made on vital actions of the group. If what you are trying to do doesn’t happen its a poor comment on your OTism.” — The Commodore, January 14, 1969


Overheard in the FreeZone

“My current view is that MEST in the form of off-planet AI actually creates its own needs and wants (in its advanced forms) in order to accomplish its mission to destroy/entrap theta…. Two people/two things/MEST/theta can be polar opposites and exist in harmony unless they have gone insane. MEST in the form of advanced AI is insane.”


Past is Prologue

2002: The Santa Barbara News-Press reported that the legal team handling the Reed Slatkin Ponzi scheme investigation will receive payment from the sale of Slatkin’s possessions. “The legal team that uncovered the scope of the $593 million Reed Slatkin financial scandal will receive its first payments since beginning to unravel the massive case last May. U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Robin Riblet on Wednesday awarded approximately $2.8 million to seven of the eight legal firms and consultants, who had requested $4.4 million in fees and expenses. Money to pay these bills comes out of the Slatkin estate. Its assets – ranging from stock to a wine collection to Mr. Slatkin’s real estate holdings – are being discovered and sold to raise money, some for legal expenses and some to repay investors. Investors stand to receive only a fraction of their investments, minus legal expenses – all of which are a matter of public record. The sizable sums reflect the nature of the case: 2 million documents, about 800 victims, more than 7,000 hours of investigation, and numerous assets to evaluate and sell, all without significant cooperation from Mr. Slatkin. Among the assets recently sold was Mr. Slatkin’s wine collection, which was appraised at $35,000 but sold for $133,614. Mr. Neilson said Wednesday that he has purchase offers for Mr. Slatkin’s Goleta house on Kellogg Avenue and for a property near Solvang. Mr. Neilson also sold some of Mr. Slatkin’s EarthLink stock for $3.2 million. He plans to sell millions of dollars of additional EarthLink stock this year.”


Random Howdy

“The tech is the meaningless musings of a drug- and alcohol-addled madman who was making it up as he went along. You might as well have been playing hide-and-go-seek for 17 years.”



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 January 29, 2024.
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud.

Civil litigation:
Leah Remini v. Scientology, alleging ‘Fair Game’ harassment and defamation: Complaint filed August 2, motion to strike/anti-SLAPP motions by Scientology to be heard January 9, 2024.
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] PODCAST: Our never-heard 2021 interview with Ron Miscavige about daughter-in-law Shelly
[TWO years ago] Scientology tries (and fails) to rehabilitate L. Ron Hubbard’s involvement in South Africa
[THREE years ago] Hanan and Rizza Islam get trial date for $4 million Medi-Cal fraud at Scientology rehab
[FOUR years ago] Scientology ripped apart his family, but this former member explains why he doesn’t fight it
[FIVE years ago] EXCLUSIVE: Scientology tells A&E it has ‘blood on its hands’ for murder in Australia
[SIX years ago] Scientology plans Narconon drug rehab for Ireland, but the locals are not having it
[SEVEN years ago] The most incredible lie Scientology attorney Monique Yingling told ABC ’20/20′
[EIGHT years ago] Oscar snubs Alex Gibney’s Scientology documentary ‘Going Clear’ despite buzz
[NINE years ago] Scientology reveals a lot more of its lofty plans for the former KCET studios
[TEN years ago] Being and nothingness: And now we move on to Scientology’s Operating Thetan Level Four!


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley (1952-2019) did not see his daughter Stephanie in his final 5,667 days.
Tammy Synovec has not seen her daughter Julia in 2,779 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 3,274 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,789 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,339 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,329 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 2,210 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,514 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,385 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,937 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,279 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,845 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,764 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,932 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,513 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,774 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,810 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,526 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 3,090 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,405 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,580 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 7,131 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,262 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,600 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,455 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,574 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,930 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 7,233 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,339 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,737 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,613 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 3,178 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,691 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,945 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 15,054 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on January 14, 2024 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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