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Scientology meltdown: L. Ron Hubbard 2.0 in crisis after indictments publicized

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: We can’t help being fascinated by Lafayette Ronald Hubbard, the ex-con sitting in a Tennessee jail with followers who believe he is the reincarnated Scientology leader. But now he’s admitted to a shocking crisis of faith after we made public the actual charges he’s facing. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]


Technology Cocktail


“How do you teach somebody to see what is there? Well, you put up something for him to look at, and have him tell you what he sees. That is what is done in an ACC class, the earlier in the course, the better. A student is asked to stand up in the front of the classroom and be looked at by the rest of the students. An instructor stands by, and keeps asking, ‘What do you see?’ The first responses run about like this: ‘Well, I can
see he’s had a lot of experience.’ ‘Oh, can you? Can you really see his experience? What do you see there?’ ‘Well, I can tell from the wrinkles around his eyes and mouth that he’s had lots of experience.'” — 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

“I think you could probably get a cat to talk with the reach-and-withdraw band of processes. I mean it. I mean it. I think you could get a cat to talk. But how would you go about processing a cat, you see? Well, the same way you tend to process children. Sloppily, hunt-and-punch, no regular sessions, not treating it with the dignity that auditing demands. Don’t you see? You know, a lot of Scientologists’ kids are going to be practically unprocessable in a few more years, if people keep hunting-and-punching processing on them, you know. Grabbing them off as they pass by, and running an assist, don’t you see, and never flattening the auditing command and so forth. I’m surprised, every once in a while, one of my kids will yelp when I say I’m going to give them an assist, you know. They yelp! They’re usually very pleased, but once in a while I will propose something like this, and I’ll get a protest.” — L. Ron Hubbard, June 19, 1963


Avast, Ye Mateys

“To the members of the FB, FSO and FAO: Thank you all — each and every one — for your good wishes on my Birthday. I’m thrilled with the ‘Mad Money for Cassettes,’ and very anxious to see my Mystery Gift. Much love,” — Mary Sue, June 19, 1971


Overheard in the FreeZone

“The attempt to Black PR those who adhere to KSW, is just that — Black PR, promulgated by those who didn’t and don’t keep Scientology working, and whose results with the materials sure do show that up. Yep, I’m a ‘fundamentalist’ allrighty. Paid my dues on Flag’s Internships, and through thousands of hours of application to earn that epithet.”



Past is Prologue

1997: Court documents filed by Janice Hayward were posted this week. Janice is suing Scientology for a refund. Janice also alleges physical force used against her by staff members. “I contracted with the Church of Scientology Phoenix Organization to become a Dianetic Clear and the Special Price was $25,000. I was guaranteed results or my money back. Both written and verbal agreements were broken to extort more money beyond the agreed upon price. John DeNiro, a staff member said that I was ‘a mark’ on 24 Dec. 1991. He meant that they were just out to take my money. In February, 1995, I was told by Karen Mosher, Acting Executive director, and John DeNiro a staff member, that I could not receive the Dianetics program. My contract was broken and I was put out. My financial and counseling records were altered, and I was charged excessively, over and over again, and then kicked out with no refund. Therefore, I ask that a judgment be awarded me in the amount of $67,000 for actual financial harm, plus court costs and attorney fees. In addition, I ask that a judgment be awarded me in the amount equal to three times my actual financial losses as punitive damages for the physical and mental stress I suffered. On or about 21 Dec., 1992 I was assaulted by Wendy Keene, Ethics Officer. Mary Sugher, Secretary, tried to physically force me to stay at the Church of Scientology against my will. She called for Wendy Keen and Kathy Bennett, a Division 6 Supervisor, to attack me. Kathy ran off, but Wendy slammed me repeatedly into the wall in the back of the church for over half an hour. Finally, John DiNero, a staff member, came in and made her stop. I confronted Mary Sugher about the assault. She told me that L. Ron Hubbard’s policy states that it is all right to physically assault people. Since this assault, I have experienced disabling migraine headaches and continuous chiropractic care on my neck. I was harmed so much that my condition has caused me to miss work, and it has affected my ability to work steadily on my job. My condition has forced me to miss work. This situation has ended ultimately with the loss of my job. On or about 19 July, 1991 Jon Luc, the Academy Supervisor, showed me a silver, semi-automatic pistol, of unknown caliber, that was kept by the church to use on people. He told me that ‘people had been taken to the dessert [sic] and shot because they posed a threat to the church.’ My experience with them has made me fearful for my life.”


Random Howdy

“I’ve seen Oz promote homeopathy, naturopathy, chiropractic, acupuncture, and herbal voodoo on his program. He’s Dr Woo-Woo.”


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] Why doesn’t Scientology want you to see these OTs and their success stories?
[TWO years ago] When Father’s Day reminds you that Scientology has ripped apart your family
[THREE years ago] Finally, truth in Scientology advertising: What an ‘Ideal USA’ would really look like
[FOUR years ago] Records show that Danny Masterson is a woeful Scientologist — would he turn on the church?
[FIVE years ago] Ignore the apologists: Yes, L. Ron Hubbard lied about having an engineering degree
[SIX years ago] Stacy Francis goes to Washington: Are we witnessing another Scientology political op?
[SEVEN years ago] Clearwater bar owner under surveillance has a surprise for Scientology: He’s expanding
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology goes big with Barnes & Noble and with the Euro 2016 football tournament
[NINE years ago] LEAK: ‘Crappy stories’ about Scientology are driving more people to the church than ever!
[TEN years ago] Paul Haggis, Chill EB, and more Scientology fun in an all-video post!
[ELEVEN years ago] LEAK: Scientology’s Script For Softening Up A Crowd


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 2,936 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 3,431 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,946 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,496 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,486 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 2,367 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,671 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,542 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 5,094 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,435 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 13,002 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,921 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 5,089 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,670 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,931 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,967 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,683 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 3,247 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,562 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,737 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 7,288 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,419 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,757 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,610 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,731 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 3,087 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 7,390 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,496 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,894 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,770 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 3,335 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,848 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 4,102 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 15,210 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on June 19, 2024 at 07:00

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