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Scientology invites pilgrims to visit the holy of holies — LRH’s Saint Hill office

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Scientology denies that they worship founder L. Ron Hubbard. He was just the most extraordinary man who ever lived, they say, and not a god. But when you read their pitch to pilgrims about visiting the holy telex machine at Ron’s office in England, you have to wonder. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]


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“You can’t put a machine action at that point because the thing has to be understood. And this must be done in such a way that the Pc isn’t merely repeating his same origination or the Pc will go frantic. He’ll go frantic because he can’t get off that line — he’s stuck in time and it really upsets him. So the Auditor has to be able to understand what the devil the Pc is talking about. And there’s really no substitute for simply trying to understand it.” — L. Ron Hubbard, 1971



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

“When you take bodies which have been mocked up and thetans who have been indoctrinated in very definite lines — to fight, to do this, to have certain types of societies; to do this, to do that, to do the other thing — and then they get scooped up from this galaxy and that system and this star and here and there and the other place and are dumped in on one system as unwanted merchandise, you have these tremendous impulses which are at work, one against another. And it works up a lot of heat of friction. You have such a society here at this particular time. This society belongs nominally to the Espinol United Stars. This is Sun 12, and it is one little tiny pinpoint. Their whole title is Espinol United Stars, pardon me, Espinol United Moons, Planets and Asteroids, this part of the Universe is ours, Hup!” — L. Ron Hubbard, July 9, 1963


Avast, Ye Mateys

“A very warm welcome aboard to Jane Kember The Guardian WW, on behalf of The Commodore, myself, Aides Council, The Captain and all officers and crew of the ‘Apollo’. All who have kept up-to-date with the news and events posted on my board in CIC will know what a great task the Guardian’s Office has performed for Scientology, Scientology Orgs and Scientologists throughout the world. It is an honor and a privilege to have you with us, Jane, and may your stay be most enjoyable.” — With love, Capt Mary Sue Hubbard, July 9, 1970


Overheard in the FreeZone

“It is interesting how our OT perceptions and knowingness can be invalidated by others who have never experienced the same, or who insist on invalidating anything that is not evidenced in the sciences. Their loss!”



Past is Prologue

1996: Time magazine won the case brought by Scientology for the 1992 article, “Scientology: Cult of Greed”. From Reuters: “A federal judge Tuesday dismissed a libel suit brought by the Church of Scientology International against Time Warner, Inc. and its Time Inc. Magazine Co. U.S. District Judge Peter Leisure threw out the case, which alleged that a 10-page article entitled ‘Scientology: The Cult of Greed,’ carried false and defamatory statements. The article was published in 1992 by Time Magazine. Last year the court dismissed part of the case but heard new arguments on a remaining issue. The judge said the article also criticized the church on other subjects including the validity of its belief system, the harmfulness of its methods of counseling and its tactics of combating critics. ‘These statements were either not challenged by plaintiff or were held to be nonactionable by the Court on the grounds that no reasonable jury could find that they were published with actual malice,’ the judge wrote.” Scientology cloaked its loss with claims that they welcome the decision, as it allows them to appeal the entire decision. “‘We are astonished by this outcome, but its really a blessing in disguise,’ said the Reverend Heber C Jentzsch, President of the Church of Scientology International. ‘It will give the Court of Appeals the opportunity to impose order on the chaos created by the District Court’s dismissal rulings. We have every confidence that the Appeals Court will see things our way. They won’t let a decision stand that makes bias a defense to defamation and we will be able to proceed to trial to prove that this story was not only malicious, but was a paid-for attack on the Church, a charge that Time has never refuted.'”


Random Howdy

“Scientology….the Renaissance Faire meets the ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’.”


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] Secrets of Scientology’s most secretive branch, part 3: CST’s people
[TWO years ago] Podcast: It’s Scientology’s move in several court cases, and we try to keep it all straight
[THREE years ago] My family followed Scientology from the start, and here’s how I managed to escape
[FOUR years ago] Internal LAPD emails show the department’s cozy relationship with Scientology
[FIVE years ago] To be fair, we went by a Scientology ‘Ideal Org’ on its biggest day of the week
[SIX years ago] Scientology’s blatant social media fraud fuels attacks on Leah Remini and Mike Rinder
[SEVEN years ago] Scientology trying to salvage its derelict Narconon flagship as new training center
[EIGHT years ago] Atack: Which of Scientology’s thought-stopping clichés has stayed with you the longest?
[NINE years ago] How Scientology’s 1970s infiltration scandal led to the creation of its IAS slush fund
[TEN years ago] Jon Atack: The abandoned ideas that L. Ron Hubbard turned into Dianetics
[ELEVEN years ago] Claire Headley Shows Us That in Scientology, You Just Can’t Shout at Ashtrays Enough


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 2,956 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 3,451 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,966 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,516 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,506 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 2,387 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,691 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,562 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 5,114 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,455 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 13,022 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,941 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 5,109 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,690 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,951 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,987 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,703 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 3,267 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,582 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,757 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 7,308 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,439 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,777 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,630 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,751 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 3,107 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 7,410 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,516 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,914 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,790 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 3,355 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,868 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 4,122 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 15,230 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on July 9, 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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