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Did Marc and Claire Headley just find Shelly Miscavige’s new location?

In a new video they posted yesterday, Marc and Claire Headley revealed that a “Michele Diane Miscavige” registered to vote in 2017 at a Scientology address in Petrolia, California.

We’ve believed that since the summer of 2005, Shelly Miscavige — the wife of church leader David Miscavige whose name is Michele Diane Barnett Miscavige — has been held at Scientology’s “Twin Peaks” headquarters of the Church of Spiritual Technology in San Bernardino County. CST is the super-secretive Scientology subsidiary that operates a number of underground vaults where Scientology stores the words and lectures of founder L. Ron Hubbard so they can withstand civilization collapse.

There was plenty of evidence that Shelly was at Twin Peaks, including public records. And reporting by Yashar Ali last year showed that Shelly had registered for a drivers license in 2010 in West Covina, just down the mountain from Twin Peaks, and that she and an attorney had met with the LAPD in West Covina after a missing-person report was filed by Leah Remini.

We have often been asked if Shelly might be moved to another CST facility, such as the remote vault location in Trementina, New Mexico, but we were skeptical of that idea because only the Twin Peaks facility has any real activity, with about a dozen people working on projects for CST. Places like Trementina have almost no one there — how could they keep Shelly in such a place?


But the voter registration suggests that Shelly may have been moved to the Petrolia vault location, one of the most remote, near the California-Oregon border.

After the increased scrutiny of Leah’s 2013 missing-person report, and increased press attention on Twin Peaks, did David Miscavige have his wife moved to a location where only a couple other people would be working as caretakers? That’s pretty grim.

Marc Headley agreed with us, saying that typically a vault location will only have two people staying there.

“It’s usually a married couple,” he says. And he also agreed that the idea of Shelly being moved there was pretty bleak.

“Petrolia, that’s the one I’ve actually been to. It’s almost impossible to get to. And you are never getting away from there. It’s literally in the middle of nowhere,” Marc says.

But he says the timing does make sense to him.

“It makes sort of sense in the timeline. In 2017, that was when you and others were up at Twin Peaks poking around,” he says, and he figures that David Miscavige must have felt the Twin Peaks location was no longer isolated enough.

At Twin Peaks, Shelly could have been part of a crew of 12 or 15 people with work to do for CST. But at a place like Petrolia? There would be almost nothing to do.

“This is a sit-on-your-hands post. Make sure the weeds don’t grow too high, make sure the pipes don’t freeze. Just make sure nothing gets fucked when you’re there,” Marc says. “This feels like a remote location that serves Dave’s paranoia more.”

A Google earth view shows how far the vault location is from the buildings associated with it. It’s miles from the “LRH House” to the vault, and more miles to town.

Back in 2016 we featured drone footage of the Petrolia location, and our drone pilot happened to catch some kind of renovation work being done at the vault location, which has a kind of space-saucer look to it.

As with other CST locations, there’s an “LRH House,” an elaborate residence for L. Ron Hubbard to inhabit if he ever comes back. Is Shelly living there now? Would Dave allow her to live in an opulent house intended for Hubbard?



Technology Cocktail

“The commands to be used for 8-C are: Look at that wall. Thank you. Walk over to that wall. Thank you. Touch that wall. Thank you. Turn around. Thank you. The auditor points to show which wall each time.” — 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

“Man is continually representing to you that he owns a body, and he doesn’t. He steals one. And Freud was looking for guilt. Do you want to find some guilt? Let’s look that one in the eye for a moment. The very thing he owns with he stole and he knows he stole. And somebody comes along and grabs him and throws him into the clink or something for having run off with a couple of teaspoons from the local manor or something, and he goes into a complete fit. Why does he go into a fit? He thinks he’s going to be tried for his basic crime in this life which is the theft of one Homo Sapiens, which is kidnapping.” — L. Ron Hubbard, January 23, 1953


Avast, Ye Mateys

“JANIS GILLHAM is assigned a condition of LIABILITY for goofing up an LRH Conference recording resulting in that one side of the tape did not record. I am assigning myself a condition of NON-EXISTENCE for not testing recorder before the recording started.” — Msm Anne Tidman, January 23, 1971


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Ultimately the truth is that each of us is here by our own choices, perhaps naively without understanding the consequences, yet it is our own choices and compromises that have ultimately led us through the entire cycle of creation to where we are now. Whilst someone else is responsible for the problem and the solution. The person is basically at total effect. This is a lie, and a trap, a prison of disbelief the person has chosen to adopt as a way of protest. The responsibility is elsewhere with someone else. This is false. A neat trap.”



Past is Prologue

1997: Jeff Jacobsen reported having lunch with two Scientologists this week, who tried to persuade him to take down the Lisa McPherson web page and to stop the upcoming picket in Clearwater to protest her death. “To sum up, it seemed that they basically wanted a few things from me; 1) don’t mention the OT stuff next time I’m interviewed, 2) tone down my web page, 3) dump the Lisa McPherson page, and 4) stop organizing pickets of the church. #4 was the most interesting to me. They tried to imply that my calls to picket are dangerous because unstable people might join the picket and shoot someone or do something harmful. Their proof of this theory was a big stack of a.r.s. posts from names I don’t recall saying things like ‘bring a gun to your local picket and shoot up the place’, and ‘henri’s’ post stating ‘bomb your local Church of Scientology.’ I protested that there could be nuts on both sides and that us picketers are in just as much danger from crazy people as the Scientologists. I also reminded them that my demonstration page ( has *always* promoted a peaceful, non-violent picket,and I even quote Gandhi and Vaclav Havel. But they didn’t seem moved by these arguments. The worst part of the lunch was at the end, when the LA person began to apparently run the security check drill on me. She had previously accused me of being a liar, and now she asked me if I’d ever bombed a building. I said no. She asked if I had ever murdered someone. I grabbed my notebook and left. She followed me out trying to engage me in more conversation, which I refused to do.”


Random Howdy

“Typical Space Ozzie & Harriet ‘Remember the good ole days before all the perversion and permissiveness that lead to the downward spiral?’ reactionary bullshit. Except for the Space Opera, Scientologists have the same mindset as your average teabagger, fundie christian, conspiracy nut, gun lovin’ closet Nazi wingnut. I suggest we round them all up and send them to the FEMA camp called Branson MO.”


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] Grant Cardone selling superhuman med beds to the wealthy sounds very Scientological
[TWO years ago] Scientology is begging members to download the new Freewinds app, and we’re green with envy
[THREE years ago] As Kevin Trudeau’s prison stint nears end, his pitch sounds more like Scientology than ever
[FOUR years ago] Cedric Bixler-Zavala blames Scientology for poisoned dog he had to put down yesterday
[FIVE years ago] Tonight, Leah Remini takes us into the incredible story of Scientology’s Clearwater takeover
[SIX years ago] Scientology relies heavily on Russian immigrants — and ‘disconnection’ doesn’t spare them
[SEVEN years ago] National civil rights museum knows it’s harboring Scientology front group, shrugs it off
[EIGHT years ago] Here’s your chance to meet the Sea Org at Scientology’s open house next week
[NINE years ago] Las Vegas attorney files 27th suit against Scientology rehab, Michigan attorney files 2nd
[TEN years ago] Monique Rathbun seeks sanctions, Scientology tries to kill Miscavige deposition in court today
[ELEVEN years ago] Scientology Scrambling to Deal with Bad Publicity


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 2,788 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 3,283 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,798 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,348 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,338 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 2,219 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,523 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,394 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,946 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,288 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,854 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,773 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,941 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,522 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,783 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,819 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,535 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 3,099 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,414 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,589 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 7,140 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,271 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,609 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,464 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,583 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,939 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 7,242 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,348 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,746 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,622 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 3,187 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,700 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,954 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 15,063 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on January 23, 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

Watch our short videos that explain Scientology’s controversies in three minutes or less…

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