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Val Ross: How Scientology kept me from fleeing abuse until it was almost too late

[Wedding day, 1977]

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: She spied on the FBI for Scientology, she submitted to its quack medical cures. But Val Ross’s ultimate moment of danger involved a butcher knife. Another devastating installment in Val’s lookback at a Scientology life. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]


Technology Cocktail


“Obtaining excellent case results is an ADMINISTRATIVE not a wholly technical function. Auditors and C/Ses are often weak on Administrative. They think general tech results improve only by more tech study. If they continue to think this way they wind up squirreling. For they are working on a wrong target for improvement, a wrong WHY or reason. Auditing is a team activity. The day of the individual country doctor is dead.” — L. Ron Hubbard, 1969



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 [55] Mark Bunker [56] Trish and Liz Conley [57] Trish Conley [58] Alex Barnes-Ross [59] Alex Barnes-Ross [60] Alex Barnes-Ross [61] Alex Barnes-Ross [62] Alex Barnes-Ross [63] Alex Barnes-Ross [64] Tory Christman [65] Tammy Synovec [66] Dennis Erlich [67] Alex Barnes-Ross [68] Valerie Ross [69] Kat in Austin [70] Mark Bunker [71] Phil Jones



Source Code

“In order to understand the third dynamic completely, you would have to understand that a thetan is confused about who is who. His basic confusion, who is who, is manifest under this: He can duplicate himself. He can put himself out there in space and be as alive out there and where he is too, at the same time, as where he is. He can duplicate himself; in other words. One thetan that can be, then, two thetans. And each one of these thetans have all the characteristics of the original thetan. And then these two thetans can duplicate themselves and have all the original characteristics of themselves but be somebody else too. So we get into valence trouble. This is one of the basic capabilities. The second we introduce duplication, however, we introduce space. So the second a thetan began to be somebody else and himself; too, there was space in the matter.” — L. Ron Hubbard, May 6, 1954


Avast, Ye Mateys

“The gradual improvement of world stats is done by constant attention to DATA and gradually putting things right. Any breakdown occurs when it does because of failed or unrun missions, failure to observe and report, failure to carry out overall Flag intention. The important point is that we are gradually winning on all fronts in a world that ought to have a fence around it and seems to be dedicated to self-destruction. When you can advance into that you really have to be somebody! Any you have to know what you’re doing.” — The Commodore, May 6, 1970


Overheard in the FreeZone

“I want to talk about Mars and the implant operation going on there. I’ve audited this implant so it no longer affects me personally, but this to me seems to be of great importance in addressing (i.e. neutralizing) for others, especially in helping those beings newly arriving from elsewhere in the galaxy who get ensnared in that theta trap. Once a being has reached this solar system, it’s common to use other planets as navigation points and anchor points on the way to Earth.”



Past is Prologue

1995: About 100,000 copies of the new Freedom Magazine were distributed in the Clearwater area recently. Here are some highlights.
“In a two-page spread, Clearwater officials are taken to task for failing to settle Scientology’s demand for $1.5-million it says it spent in legal fees fighting a city ordinance that was overturned last year. The ordinance, which never was enforced because of the court fight, required religious groups and other charitable organizations to keep records on their solicitations, and opened the way for city investigations. A separate article in Freedom questions the [St. Petersburg] Times’ hiring and promotion policies for minorities and women. Another article criticizes HRS, comparing it to the Gestapo in Nazi Germany. It says the agency has destroyed families with the help of psychiatrists. Scientology has long been a critic of psychiatry.”


Random Howdy

“Scientologists are the Kings and Queens of semantic pedantic literalistic obfuscating weasel word games.”


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 May 17, 2024.
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud.


Civil litigation:
Leah Remini v. Scientology, alleging ‘Fair Game’ harassment and defamation: Some defamation claims were removed by Judge Hammock. Leah seeking to amend her complaint.
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: motion to file new complaint, hearing on May 29.
Jane Doe 1 v. Scientology, David Miscavige, and Gavin Potter: Case unsealed and second amended complaint filed. Scientology moves for religious arbitration, hearing on April 16.
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] Scientology PI comes forward: I was stalking Mike Rinder, Amy Scobee and many others
[TWO years ago] Danny Masterson’s new moves in rape case: Asks to dismiss one victim, separate the other two
[THREE years ago] Can’t someone ask Erika Christensen a real question about Scientology?
[FOUR years ago] Scientology has thrown millions at Ireland in recent years, and here’s the amazing result
[FIVE years ago] Scientology and Nation of Islam figure picks worst week to rail against measles vaccine
[SIX years ago] In Hollywood and in Italy, Scientology is making all your dreams come true!
[SEVEN years ago] Ah, the reveries of 1950: When Dianetics was in full bloom
[EIGHT years ago] When Anonymous had Scientology in a panic: A new document has us nostalgic for 2008
[NINE years ago] Bob Duggan, the richest Scientologist in the world, is going to love our nifty new drawings!
[TEN years ago] Leaked footage of Scientology leader David Miscavige in Sydney
[ELEVEN years ago] Lawsuit Alleges Church of Scientology in Utah Involved in Ponzi Scheme


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 2,892 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 3,387 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,902 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,452 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,442 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 2,323 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,627 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,498 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 5,050 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,391 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,958 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,877 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 5,045 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,626 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,887 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,923 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,639 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 3,203 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,518 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,693 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 7,244 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,375 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,713 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,566 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,687 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 3,043 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 7,346 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,452 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,850 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,726 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 3,291 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,804 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 4,058 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 15,166 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on May 6, 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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