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“The puzzle of the decline of the entire Scientology network in the late 60s is entirely answered by the actions taken to shorten time in study and in processing by deleting materials and actions. Reinstituting full use and delivery of Dianetics and Scientology is the answer to any recovery.
The product of an org is well taught students and thoroughly audited pcs. When the product vanishes, so does the org. The orgs must survive for the sake of this planet.” — L. Ron Hubbard, 1970



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

“If you don’t administer a good, tough Security Check, and if you don’t keep that Security Check good and keep it whole, you’re just setting it up for PCs not only to not be cleared but actually to start feeling miserable. Oddly enough, feeling miserable, they’re better off than they were being irresponsible. You got the idea? And they’ll tell you so, too. But you just peg them. You peg their processing gain. It isn’t that you do something overt that forces their case down; you peg their processing gain. And it’ll peg right up to the point where they become responsible for some overt act in the past. And there the case will hang. And that’s it. They’ve had it from there on. And you won’t get any further advance out of that case. So one of your rules is, is when a person ceases to advance rapidly, you just pick up Mr. Joburg and start in at the beginning and run through to the end. And you all of a sudden will find out why.” — L. Ron Hubbard, June 6, 1961


Avast, Ye Mateys

“Running on entheta rumours without verifying them, not studying stats before action are deadly sins. Anyone who manages that way is really in treason. What really happened was NY staff apparently had some mutineers on it and former EC NY must have had them held down. The staff played ‘My Boss is an SP.’ So ECUS unwittingly listened to false reports, supported the mutiny, shot down the EC and crashed the org. The story is obvious from the stats.” — The Commodore, June 6, 1970


Overheard in the FreeZone

“There is the idiotic consideration that auditing alone will set you free, an easy and lazy way to see life. So I’ll just pay some schmuck to audit me and I will become an OT. Or I will do LXX and fix all my problems. As if life was this easy. Co-audit should be the only way to go. You train and you co-audit. No ‘come to Flag and leave home OT in 6 months’ BS. It’s the effort you put in that counts, not the money. Our religion has become more of a business than a spiritual path over the years. I co-audit and plan to do so for all of my Bridge, with the odd session with a highly-trained auditor for repairs and fancy RDs.”



Past is Prologue

1998: A fax from Valko & Associates regarding the Scientologist Online project, to put up thousands of nearly identical web pages for Scientology members, was posted to a.r.s this week. “ATTENTION EVERYONE! We have some very special GAMES which you can be part of. Most of you have now been briefed on the importance of the SCIENTOLOGIST ONLINE PROGRAM and several have gotten ‘On-line’ yourself. You should also have been briefed on the fact that a new Sea Org Unit has been established to handle the E-mail for any Scientologist who does not yet have an E-mail address. It means that EVERYONE can be a Scientologist On-line–even if you have don’t have a computer. Even children can be On-line (providing parental consent),as the more Scientologists communicating their wins from applying LRH’s technology the better. The target is 2000 Scientologists On-line by the end of this week and 4000 Scientologists On-line by June 6th! The individual who gets the most people signed up for their Scientologist On-line program by June 6 will get a special award at the Flag Graduation following the Maiden Voyage. The FSM that signs up the most Flag public by June 6th for Scn On-line will be commended and receive a special award. All businesses that sign up all of their Scientology employees will be put on a Spcial Honor Roll to be announced and displayed at the Flag Graduation following the Maiden Voyage.”


Random Howdy

“Scientologists, like vaLLarrr for example, have told me that it doesn’t matter if LRH was nuts or a criminal, and they love to use Issac Newton as an example of someone who was supposedly psychotic and believed in alchemy, but his law of universal gravitation ‘tech’ is observed to be true.”


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 31, 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.
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, on hold until appeal over new judge heard.
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 has a new champion donor for US church construction — $62.1 MILLION!
[TWO years ago] Scientology under scrutiny? A stunning new document in the Danny Masterson case
[THREE years ago] When going OT was the bomb: Testimonials about Scientology in its heyday
[FOUR years ago] Scientology mega-donor ABCMouse family is more complicated than we realized
[FIVE years ago] ‘Scientology is Security for South Africa’: How L. Ron Hubbard sought to prop up apartheid
[SIX years ago] EXCLUSIVE: The rise and fall of the ‘Pope of Scientology’ — in his own words
[SEVEN years ago] Designer Rebecca Minkoff’s involvement in a Scientology front is pretty perfectly bad timing
[EIGHT years ago] Chick Corea’s glib revelation to the New York Times about Scientology’s ‘Maiden Voyage’
[NINE years ago] Jon Atack: The ‘Getting Clear’ conference and L. Ron Hubbard’s lies about his life
[TEN years ago] Where is Scientology keeping Samantha Sterne?
[ELEVEN years ago] Dianetics Has No Patience for ESP or Telepathy — That’s Pseudoscience!


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 2,923 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 3,418 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,933 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,483 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,473 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 2,354 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,658 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,529 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 5,081 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,422 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,989 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,908 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 5,076 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,657 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,918 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,954 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,670 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 3,234 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,549 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,724 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 7,275 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,406 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,744 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,597 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,718 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 3,074 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 7,377 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,483 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,881 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,757 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 3,322 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,835 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 4,089 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 15,197 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on June 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, 1995-2023 Just starting out here? We’ve picked out the most important stories we’ve covered here at the Underground Bunker (2012-2023), 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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