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‘Scientology is dying’: John Brousseau on the decline of Int Base and fate of Shelly Miscavige

  On Wednesday, Erin Hodges Plumb wrote up her visit to the San Jacinto City Council, which briefly considered the notion of closing Gilman Springs Road before approving a motion never to bring the subject up again.

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French-kissing Wilt Chamberlain: Adventures of a teenager in the skeezy world of Scientology

[The Big Dipper, and Rebecca McKee at 16]

  Last year, we told you a unique love story, about a 16-year-old girl, Rebecca McKee, who had to give up her boyfriend, Tom McCaffrey, because of her family’s involvement in the Church of Scientology. Some 43 years later, Rebecca and Tom finally got a chance to […]

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Despite Scientology’s best efforts, a Bunker reader attended Saturday’s grand opening

  On Saturday, Scientology leader David Miscavige opened his newest “Ideal Org,” his ongoing and very expensive effort to create a Potemkin Village of new and empty cathedrals to pretend that the rapidly shrinking church is actually undergoing “unprecedented expansion.” If this weren’t just all about fakery and PR, then Scientology wouldn’t expend so […]

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Scientology’s Flag Building brain injury: In Clearwater, it’s déjà vu all over again

[Scientology’s playground for wealthy patsies]

December 5 will mark the 22nd anniversary of the death of Lisa McPherson. Two years ago, for the 20th anniversary, we produced a lengthy series re-reporting her final days in real time, to get a sense of how her terrible experience played out over several weeks.

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BLOCKBUSTER EXCLUSIVE: It turns out the National Enquirer is blowing smoke again

  Scientology Watchers were naturally curious to see the National Enquirer go all-in this week with one of its screaming covers about the church and its celebrities, which naturally kicked up a lot of talk at the usual online gathering places. What did the newspaper mean by files being seized by the feds? And […]

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Another Scientologist becomes instant star with Trump supporters, this time in Puerto Rico

  First it was Joy Villa, a celebrity-wannabe who had been trying for years to use her involvement in Scientology to get somewhere in Hollywood. Then she put on a “Make America Great Again” dress at the Grammy Awards in February and instantly became a hit with Donald Trump supporters. The climber has used […]

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‘Aftermath’ fan gets into party at Scientology’s ‘Int Base,’ brings Karen Pressley’s book along

[Tropical Scientology fun on a ship in the desert]

With Leah Remini’s A&E series Scientology and the Aftermath well into its second season, we expected the Church of Scientology to increase its attacks on the show. But what we didn’t expect was a sudden charm offensive.

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Hey, moneybags, Scientology has a bridge to sell you. Here’s the new price list!

[Scientologists taking part in ‘money processing,’ to teach them to ‘flow’ cash to the church.]

One of our readers was in a local org recently, and happily for us she was handed a pamphlet that included a price list. Thinking quickly, when the staff wasn’t looking she snapped a couple of photos of it and […]

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An unusual Scientology advertisement leads to new intel on secretive ‘Int Base’

[The ‘Cine Castle’ at Int Base, home to the studios of Golden Era Productions]

We have an intriguing item today that appears to be rather modest, but in investigating it, it opened up a new window on a place we never lose interest in: Scientology’s Int Base.

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Bryan Seymour takes a Scientology field trip, and we’re the better for it

  Our man in Australia, TV journalist Bryan Seymour, sent us a dispatch from one of our favorite places on earth, and we’re happy to share it with you.

Perhaps the best thing about the decade I’ve spent reporting on Scientology is the people I’ve met, many who have become friends.

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