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Twenty-seven years ago today: The final hours of Lisa McPherson’s Scientology life

 TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: We want to warn you the story we’re reprinting today is very disturbing and contains graphic descriptions that some may find difficult to deal with. Today marks the 27th anniversary of Lisa McPherson’s final []


Scientology down 23 PERCENT from 2011 to 2021 in England census data released today

[London’s swinging Scientology hipsters]

We knew Scientology was hurting in England, but this is really something.

In 2011, the census of England and Wales counted only 2,418 people who identified themselves as []

The Scientology oversharer becomes a faith healer: It’s a Dianetics miracle!

While we wait for the Danny Masterson jury to come back from its holiday week, we thought we’d catch up with one of our favorite Scientology oversharers to see what she’s been up []

LAPD responds to Leah Remini tweets about Shelly Miscavige, gets stuff wrong

[Leah Remini, center, with Shelly Miscavige, right, circa 2004]

Last week, we told you about a story by Gene Maddaus at Variety that laid out some stunning allegations about a former LAPD Hollywood Division commander named Captain Cory Palka, who is accused of using his influence to kill a sexual assault investigation of Les Moonves, CEO []

Death of a ‘whale’: Scientology loses a major donor and Mark Bunker critic

[Steve Anderson]

This is the last thing Scientology leader David Miscavige needs right now. What with so much going on, including Scientology getting a drubbing in trials on two coasts, Mike Rinder still on his media rounds for his excellent new book ‘A Billion Years,’ and the two mayoral candidates in Los Angeles trying to outdo []

The Insider: David Miscavige makes a telling change to Scientology’s ‘Ideal’ scam

Late last year, we got some eye-opening reports on how hard the pandemic has been on Scientology from someone inside the organization. We dubbed them The Insider, and they told us about chaos caused by Covid, new details on the ‘Chase Wave’ financial debacle, a detailed description of the Ideal Org scam, and predicted the []

Paul Morantz is remembered for Synanon rattler, but he also faced Scientology’s fangs

 On Friday, the Los Angeles Times had a very good piece about attorney Paul Morantz, who died in Santa Monica last Sunday at []

Canada gained 3.5 million people between 2011 and 2021 — and lost 365 Scientologists

In July, we reported that in Australia’s latest census, the country had gained 2 million people in five years, but over that same period had lost 26 []

Scientology eagerly uses Hurricane Ian devastation for photo opportunities

 Well, you knew this was coming. Scientology loves to turn natural disasters into public relations opportunities, and so with a major hurricane hitting just south of its spiritual mecca, the Flag Land Base in Clearwater, Florida, there was no question that it would be pouncing on the []

Clearwater CEO Joy Gendusa recorded sychophantic video for Scientology’s leader

 What a week it’s been for PostcardMania CEO Joy Gendusa.

On Tuesday, with Hurricane Ian barreling toward Florida’s west coast, labor journalist Jonah Furman published statements by Gendusa that the Clearwater mail-order business would work through the storm, and that she expected employees not only to be at their desks but also to bring their kids []