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Dave Richards, 1948-2018, ran the Founding Church of Scientology in DC

[Dave Richards and Ron Miscavige, after the Eagles Super Bowl win in February]

We were saddened to learn from Ron Miscavige and Becky Bigelow last night that Dave Richards died unexpectedly yesterday at his home in Phoenix. He was 69.

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A Scientology enforcer dies, and one of his former victims is the only one to eulogize him

[Lajos Fritzlauf, 1963-2018]

Our man in Hungary, P├ęter Bonyai, has a special piece for us today that, sadly, fits in with a history of similar remembrances here at the Underground Bunker, where we memorialize Church of Scientology figures that the church itself never will.

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Another life connected to Scientology ends in despair, as so many do

[William J. Newman]

In what is becoming an all-too frequent occurrence, we have another Scientology-related suicide to tell you about today. And this one connects to another one we told you about earlier.

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A life connected to some of our biggest Scientology stories ends in a terrible way

[Jonathan Ramsay, 1981-2018]

We have some unfortunate news regarding a person who had a connection to a couple of different stories here at the Underground Bunker. His name was Jonathan Ramsay, and he recently ended his life in Arizona at the age of 37.

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In Scientology, going Clear is like leasing a car, and David Miscavige is Repo Man

[“I take back Clear certs from dildos who don’t pay their bills.”]

Jeffrey Augustine was so excited about a software upgrade to his podcast, he immediately used it to interview Karen de la Carriere, his wife! And although Underground Bunker readers are pretty familiar with each of them, we think you’re going to get a […]

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Noted Scientology critic Arnie Lerma shoots and injures wife, then kills himself

[Arnie Lerma]

Shocking news out of Sylvania, Georgia today. Ginger Sugerman, 58, tells us that on Friday night her husband, Arnaldo “Arnie” Lerma, shot her in the face with a 9mm handgun, and then later that night turned the gun on himself and committed suicide. He was 67.

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David Palter, 1952-2018: Remembering a Scientologist who became a steady critic

[Gregg Hagglund, Nan McLean, and David Palter watch Anonymous in 2008]

We’ve written before about Scientology’s battles with its critics in Toronto. We obtained documents that described how one Scientologist did his best to harass Gregg Hagglund, a church critic who may be the main reason Scientology has never attained charitable status in Canada.

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David Mayo, 1940-2017: Scientology’s top technical wizard and target of ‘Fair Game’

  We have just learned that on October 23, former Scientology figure David Mayo died in his native New Zealand after a short illness. He was 76.

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Sinar Parman, 1954-2017: Chef to Scientology’s celebs who escaped to dish on L. Ron Hubbard

  Sinar Parman, a longtime Sea Org worker who was chef to Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and later to its current leader, David Miscavige, was found dead at his Yucaipa, California home on November 11. He was 63.

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Days before jumping to his death, actor Brad Bufanda credited Scientology with saving his life

  In August, Brad Bufanda, a 34-year-old actor and chiseled gym instructor, showed up for an initial table reading of an independent film he’d landed a role for.

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