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Another ‘Tom Cruise leaving Scientology’ squawk from the tabs, and the weakest ever

[Tom Cruise, barnstorming England and forsaking Los Angeles, or something]

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Last August the Daily Mail claimed Tom Cruise was leaving #Scientology because he hadn’t been showing up in East Grinstead, England. Now InTouch Weekly is saying that Tom Cruise is leaving Scientology because he’s not showing up in Los Angeles. Oh, brother. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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New Scientology memoir out today: For years he led its rabid anti-psychiatry angle

[Cuch Figueroa, busting the psychs]

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: What sets apart Cuch Figueroa’s memoir, out today, is that it gives us some of the clearest storytelling about what it was like to run one of #Scientology’s rabid anti-psychiatry branches, and the extreme fundraising that went with it. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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Most damaging Scientology defectors? A case could be made for this Las Vegas couple

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Only a month after Adell and Ernest Hartwell went public about Scientology’s abuses, founder L. Ron Hubbard went into seclusion with only a few trusted aides, and was never seen alive again by the rest of Scientology or the world. Here was the Hartwells’ public debut. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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POOF: Scientology decides the 2022 L. Ron Hubbard Birthday Event never happened

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Scientology is a totalitarian organization that, among other things, has a fetish for keeping records and documenting everything it does in minute detail. And we’ve never seen them try to completely erase any scrap of evidence of one of their big events, until now. What gives? [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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If Scientology’s a sinking ship, why are some still throwing so much money at it?

 
TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: No matter how grim things seem to be for Scientology, it never gives up. And specifically, it never stops begging its remaining members for huge mountains of cash. Our tipsters passed along a couple of interesting items recently, and we figured you’d want to see them. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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Appeals court denies Jane Doe 1 petition, David Miscavige’s sneaky trick upheld

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: An appeals court has signed off on Scientology leader David Miscavige’s sandbagging which prevented an LA Superior Court from declaring Scientology ‘arbitration’ so unfair it was ‘unconscionable.’ If that sounds like we’re a little disgusted, well, you’re right about that. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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First time in English: Rare interview David Miscavige gave during Germany crisis

 
TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Austrian journalist Peter Reichelt has a real treat for us today, a rare David Miscavige interview which first appeared during Scientology’s 1990s crisis in Germany. We believe it was the first print interview Dave ever gave, and he’s only given four interviews all together! [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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Val Ross: When you’re a Scientology OT, and you have to fight cancer

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: OK, we screwed up. What we did was publish Val Ross’s final installment out of order, skipping this, her penultimate chapter. Please accept our apologies and try to keep in mind that the following amazing episode was supposed to go before the one you already read on Saturday. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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L. Ron Hubbard’s tallest tale? When Scientology’s founder first struck gold

 
TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Before he began selling tall tales to the pulps for a living, Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard told maybe his tallest tale ever to a gullible Washington DC reporter who took it as fact. Is there a better indicator of how Hubbard would later go on to fool so many in the future? [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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On Mother’s Day 2024, the moms who suffer and defy Scientology’s cruel ‘disconnection’ policy

 
TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Is there a day more counter to Scientology’s outlook than Mother’s Day? We talked to moms who have suffered from Scientology’s anti-family ‘disconnection’ policy who are not only standing strong, but who are also helping to expose this organization as it dwindles in influence. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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