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William Burroughs at Scientology’s ‘Saint Hill Manor’ in 1968, before his discontent

[William Burroughs in 1968]

In 2013, we interviewed author David Wills about his book on William Burroughs, Scientologist! William S. Burroughs and the ‘weird cult’. He argued that Burroughs biographers tended to play down (or merely not understand) how deeply into Scientology Burroughs had been before famously falling away from it in scathing testimonials. We thought []

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Leah Remini pays for vexing Tom Cruise with Scientology’s ‘Truth Rundown’

[Leah Remini in 2006]

What a treat we have for you in this week’s Scientology Lit book excerpt. It’s from Leah Remini’s 2015 memoir, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology. The excerpt takes place in 2006, right after Leah had returned from the lavish Italian wedding of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes when Leah had caused a []

Thinking of leaving Scientology? Jefferson Hawkins has your roadmap.

 Former Scientology executive Jefferson Hawkins penned one of the best first-person accounts of the Scientology experience in his book ‘Counterfeit Dreams.’ But we don’t want people to forget that he also provided a major service by writing a book aimed directly at other Scientologists who might have doubts about the organization. Today, we have an []

Lucas Catton: ‘Narconon and the Church of Scientology are committing fraud daily’

[Lucas Catton]

In 2013, Lucas Catton self-published ‘Have You Told All,’ a remarkable book about his experience as the president of Scientology’s flagship drug rehab center, Narconon Arrowhead. He also appeared in an episode of the former investigative news program Rock Center, and he showed up here at the Bunker in several stories. Since then, he []

How Marc and Claire Headley’s Scientology lawsuit is being used by the NXIVM defense

[Marc and Claire Headley, Keith Raniere and Allison Mack]

In November, Smallville actress Allison Mack’s attorneys filed a motion to dismiss some of the charges that she’s facing in a federal criminal prosecution of allegations that, as a top lieutenant in Keith Raniere’s bizarre cabal known as NXIVM, she coerced other women to be his sex []

Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman: Spied on by Scientology until it ripped them apart

 We have a real treat for you this week in our ‘Scientology Lit’ series, an excerpt from the excellent book Fair Game: The Incredible Untold Story of Scientology in Australia by Steve Cannane. One of the best researched and written books about Scientology in any era, Steve covered a vast amount of territory. We’ve chosen []

Academic goes ‘Among the Scientologists’ to bring back what we already knew

[Westbrook appeared on Reza Aslan’s ill-fated CNN series]

Your proprietor spent a lot of time in academia and has a huge respect for the scholar who wants to advance knowledge in a particular area by doing the scholarly thing — investigating, listening, measuring, while trying to be as objective as []

Xenu’s first public outing: Robert Kaufman’s stunning 1972 testament, ‘Inside Scientology’

 

 Robert Kaufman, a talented Broadway piano player, ditched his life as a musician to chase ‘Clear’ and beyond in Scientology, leaving Manhattan for what was then the newly opened ‘Advanced Org’ in Edinburgh, Scotland. He came home a broken man, checked himself into a mental hospital, and then began writing about his experience in Scientology []

Cyril Vosper: The mind-bending illogic of Scientology’s upper levels

[Cyril Vosper]

This week in our ‘Scientology Lit’ series we’re looking back at a real classic and one of the most fun reads in the genre, 1971’s The Mind Benders by Cyril Vosper (1934-2004). It was the first book by a former Scientologist to expose the organization, beating Robert Kaufman’s Inside Scientology, which came out the []

Bent Corydon on Scientology’s Sunday night massacre: ‘We all clapped at the right places’

[Homer Schomer, Mike Rinder, and Bent Corydon at a recent get-together in Los Angeles]

We have another classic for you this week in our ‘Scientology Lit’ series — a chapter from Bent Corydon’s landmark 1987 book, L. Ron Hubbard, Messiah or Madman? Bent was a mission holder in Riverside, California who lost his mission but fought []