Tony Ortega is a journalist who was formerly the editor of The Village Voice. He's written about Scientology since 1995, and in May 2015 released a book about Scientology's harassment of Paulette Cooper titled 'The Unbreakable Miss Lovely.' He continues to monitor breaking developments in the Scientology world from an undisclosed location in an underground bunker he shares with four cats and one of them wrinkly Shar Pei dogs. Despite his super-secret security protections, you can still reach him pretty easily by sending him a message at tonyo94 AT gmail.com (Drop him a line if you'd like to get an e-mail whenever a new story is posted.) [Header image courtesy John Rickard]
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Tonight, Leah Remini makes it clear how much Scientology worships money above all else

[Carol Nyburg]

Is it already time for Leah Remini’s second episode of 2019? For some reason we’re still a little discombobulated after the holidays, and this episode came up on us awfully quick. Well, the tree is put away, the decorations are back in the boxes, and Leah is here to get us all enraged again!

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A Scientologist on trial for double murder: A story the church is very nervous about

[Kenny Thompson]

 
Kenny Thompson’s mother had questionable taste in men. Dad One — Kenny’s biological father — skipped out when he was two years old.

Maybe that contributed to keeping him from starting to speak until he was four.

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Scientologists told to seize on Australian stabbing death as a recruiting opportunity

 
Rod Keller has a report on the strange way Scientology is reacting to the news out of Sydney…

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A Scientologist murdered: Our experts try to make sense of Australia’s ‘Advanced Org’

[The Purif area at Australia’s Advanced Org, the place the teen with a knife was trying to get to]

We still have a lot of questions about the murder of Chih-Jen “Aaron” Yeh, 24, a Scientologist at the ‘Advanced Org’ in the north suburbs of Sydney that happened on Thursday afternoon there. The Australian press is doing its best to gather details about the event, but it’s clear that they don’t really seem to understand what an Advanced Org is or what happens at one.

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Tiponi Grey’s daughter: She knew her life might end at any time

 
The news of Tiponi Grey’s death came as a real shock to Scientology and the Aftermath watchers, who were informed of it with the words “In Memoriam” at the end of the episode she appeared in that aired on December 11.

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We asked Marc Headley about NXIVM’s Allison Mack using his Scientology lawsuit as a defense

[Marc Headley and Allison Mack]

[NOTE: For coverage of the stabbing at a Scientology facility in Australia, please see the story we posted last night.]

Last week, the New York Post discovered in a court filing that Allison Mack’s attorneys had cited a dismissed lawsuit against Scientology in their defense of the Smallville actress.

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One dead in stabbing at Scientology’s Australian ‘Advanced Org,’ 16-year-old taken into custody

[Police outside the AO in Chatswood. Credit: Elizabeth Bryan]

[NOTE: Please see our new story about this incident, with our experts discussing the strange circumstances around a Sea Org guard being killed at Australia’s Advance Org.]

Our first instinct when we heard the news breaking out of Sydney that two men had been stabbed at Scientology’s Advanced Org, one fatally, was to contact journalist Bryan Seymour to see if he had any inside information about what was going on. But Bryan is here in New York on vacation at the moment — we just spent time with him here yesterday. However, he tells us his newsroom back at home is on the case and he’ll get us an update as soon as he hears something.

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Scientology smears ‘Aftermath’ guest with info from his supposedly confidential files

[Paul Burkhart]

Last night’s Scientology and the Aftermath episode started out with a message about how the show, for a change, had not received a last-minute threat letter to A&E about its contents.

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Tonight, Leah Remini exposes the crazy grift of Scientology’s ‘Ideal Orgs’

[Bert Schippers]

On October 14, Scientology opened its latest “Ideal Org,” this time in the city of Detroit. It was the 61st org to go Ideal since the program started in 2003. (Scientology says 70, but that’s counting some other sorts of facilities that have also gone Ideal — another of them, an “Advanced Org,” is being opened today in South Africa.)

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Scientology watchers, start making your plans for HowdyCon 2019 in Los Angeles!

Happy New Year, Bunkerites. Here we are at the beginning of another year of Scientology watching — but we want you to think ahead to the summer solstice and consider joining us for our annual meet-up!

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