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  Last week we published a report from an eyewitness at the third “Maiden Voyage” event held on L. Ron Hubbard Way at Scientology’s “Big Blue” headquarters in Los Angeles. This week, our inside source was once again in attendance Saturday night when the fourth Maiden Voyage event took place. Our source had some [...]

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  Regular correspondent Jeffrey Augustine has a rather startling discovery to share with us…

It’s December 2, 1993, and in Colombia’s city of Medellin, in the Los Olivos residential district, the world’s wealthiest and most violent drug dealer is hiding out in a nondescript two-story home. The man is the notorious Pablo Escobar, whose [...]

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  Rod Keller compares Scientology’s approach in two very different places where it plans to “expand” in the near future…

According to L. Ron Hubbard policy, Scientology’s “fourth dynamic” campaigns are intended to “safepoint” an area in order to establish a Scientology organization there. But two examples will illustrate how irrelevant safepointing actually is. [...]

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[Efrem Logreira]

Earlier this year, we first heard from Efrem Logreira, who shared with us a letter he had sent to the Church of Scientology.

The letter was stunning. In it, Logreira, who is now 75, described making the long drive this past December from Palm Springs to the Scientology New Year’s Event being held [...]

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  Our Saturday ‘Scientology Lit’ series continues with a glimpse of Sands Hall’s richly penned memoir, Flunk. Start.: Reclaiming My Lost Decade in Scientology. Sands, a veteran musician and writing instructor, may not have been a Sea Org member or high-ranking Scientology executive, but we found her book to be one of the best [...]

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[Judge James D. Whittemore]

Judge James D. Whittemore has ruled that Luis and Rocio Garcia will have to live with the kangaroo court Scientology put them through in the name of religious arbitration.

The Garcias, a California couple, sued the Church of Scientology in Whittemore’s Tampa federal court in 2013 over allegations that they had [...]

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[Laura DeCrescenzo and David Miscavige]

We have some updates for you from Laura DeCrescenzo’s forced-abortion case as it rapidly approaches its August 13 trial date.

A week ago, we told you that Scientology’s attorneys were scrambling to deal with a last-minute surprise from Laura’s legal team — she had filed a “notice to appear” requiring [...]

254

[Kay Rowe]

Continuing with our Saturday series of book excerpts, we’re happy to give you a substantial look at Kay Rowe’s book Over the Edge: A Pawn in the Scientology Money Machine, which came out last year. She is giving us a look at the world of asking other Scientologists for money, which is a [...]

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[Laura D and her attorney, John Blumberg]One month from today, Laura DeCrescenzo is finally scheduled to get the trial against Scientology that she first asked for more than eight years ago — and the church is scrambling to keep leader David Miscavige out of it.

Today, the court will hear a request by the [...]

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[Derek Bloch]

  Several days ago, someone sent us some photographs from a wedding and asked us to forward them to a regular figure here at the Underground Bunker, a young man named Derek Bloch. We sent those images to Derek, and they hit him hard. We suggested that he deal with that emotion by [...]

255

  Although the Church of Scientology has veteran rapper Chill EB at its beck and call, once again the church has put out a video by some young pale members who don’t appear to have Chill’s chops. But that just means more Scientology hip-hop for us, and we can never get enough of it.

[...]
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  Rod Keller sent us this dispatch after his visit with the experts…

The International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) held its annual conference this week in Philadelphia. Formerly known as the American Family Foundation, the group brings together mental health professionals, counselors, academics, former members of cult groups and others to exchange ideas and [...]

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[Concerned Scientologists gather at Flag for a briefing on how to use social media]

Jeffrey Augustine keeps us up on Scientology’s latest strategies online…

The Church of Scientology is well known for fudging its membership numbers. The Church has absurdly claimed to have anywhere between and 6 and 12 million members over the years, which [...]

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[Scientologist actor Danny Masterson]

Amy Zimmerman at the Daily Beast dropped a bomb on the Danny Masterson story last night. She revealed that the LAPD and Los Angeles District Attorney’s office have copies of letters written by the mother of one of Masterson’s accusers — the woman we’re calling “Victim B” — and those letters [...]

254

  This week in our series from books about Scientology, we have an excerpt from Nancy Many’s fascinating 2009 testament, My Billion-Year Contract: Memoir of a Former Scientologist. Nancy is the only former church member who has written about the “messianic project” of the late 1970s, and we’re glad she gave us this section [...]

252

[Justin Rybacki]

One of the questions we’ve run into numerous times since Leah Remini’s series began airing come from people not very familiar with Scientology who ask why it is that the people who appear on the show all seem so prosperous and living in lavish homes.

We’ve explained to them that some of the [...]

254

For several weeks, one of the stories that’s going to be featured on the third season of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath has been spinning out of control on social media, and at this point, especially after the last couple of days, it’s impossible to ignore what’s going on.

A young woman who [...]

251

  Here in the United States it’s a red-letter day, and we have an annual tradition that we’re keeping alive here at the Underground Bunker. It’s Independence Day, and as in past years, we celebrate with the stories of Scientologists who have dissolved the bands that kept them in a totalitarian organization and declared [...]

255

[Valeska and Angela Paris]

Valeska Paris recently posted a crushing note on Facebook about her stepmother, Angela. We asked her if she wanted to write a more lengthy piece for the Bunker, and we’re very glad that we did.

You know that wrenching feeling in your guts that doesn’t seem to go away, the grief [...]

253

[E-meter machines being taken away during the 1958 raid in Washington]

In 1958, the Food and Drug Administration raided Scientology’s Washington DC org in an investigation of health claims that the church was making with its “E-meter.” Over the next several years, the FDA conducted an intense and widespread investigation of L. Ron Hubbard and [...]

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  Thanks to Pete Griffiths for making us aware that Scientology has posted its photos from this year’s Maiden Voyage activities at its website.

Thirty years ago, in 1988, Scientology first started sailing its barge, the Freewinds, after purchasing it from a previous owner who had called it the Boheme. Since then, the [...]

253

This week in our series of excerpts from books about Scientology, we have an excerpt from the newest addition to the pile, Chris Shugart’s Fractured Journey: A Personal Account of 30 Outrageous Years in the Church of Scientology. We specifically asked for this portion of the book, which practically drove us nuts when we [...]

253

[“I take back Clear certs from dildos who don’t pay their bills.”]

Jeffrey Augustine was so excited about a software upgrade to his podcast, he immediately used it to interview Karen de la Carriere, his wife! And although Underground Bunker readers are pretty familiar with each of them, we think you’re going to get a [...]

251

[Geoff Levin, signifying how he feels about Scientology today]

A few weeks ago, we wrote a brief piece about Geoff Levin and how he and the other members of the 60s rock band People! are getting back together, 50 years since they had a hit song and then joined Scientology’s Sea Organization.

Now, Chris Shelton [...]

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  Sunny Pereira has another startling tale from her days in Scientology’s Sea Org today. With medical standards like these, it’s a miracle there haven’t been more deaths (that we know of.)

  “Oh, there you are, murderer.”

She said it so nonchalantly. It was something she had been calling me for years. [...]

252

  If you were with us in Chicago for HowdyCon this weekend, you know that a real highlight was Chicago Fire star Christian Stolte’s appearance during our Saturday night event.

We’ve known Christian for several years, but he rarely speaks in public about his Scientology experience. For our attendees, he told a fascinating story [...]

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  Scientology can’t hide from the eagle eye of Rod Keller, as his collection of updates demonstrates…

Our article on the Scientology-sponsored Faith and Freedom Summit 2018 to be held this month in Brussels with ACRE, the Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe, may have struck a nerve. The event page no longer [...]

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  During the main event at HowdyCon in Chicago, we revealed there’s a new book coming soon which we’re pretty excited about.

The last time we were in Chicago, in 2015, we were there to promote our 2015 book, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely, our history of Paulette Cooper and how the Church of Scientology, [...]

251

  We have another entry in our ongoing series of book excerpts about Scientology, this time some startling material about the church’s obsession with celebrities which appears in Amy Scobee’s book Scientology — Abuse at the Top. Amy was one of several high-ranking executives who came out of Scientology in the 2000s and changed [...]

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  Last October, we sent Michele Fiore’s office a request for information, and we never received a reply. What we wanted to know was, what was the infamous Nevada politician doing on Scientology’s private cruise ship, the Freewinds?

Since then, we’ve noticed that Ms. Fiore, in interviews, is awfully quick to bring up one [...]

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[Dax Shepard and Erika Christensen]

Your proprietor was on a family vacation a couple of weeks ago when a splash of Scientology celebrity news lit up the intertubes. Erika Christensen, second-generation Scientologist and accomplished actress, had uttered some interesting things about the church in a podcast with her actor friend, Dax Shepard.

Except for [...]

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  Our man in Los Angeles, Jeffrey Augustine, did us a huge favor by attending a preliminary hearing yesterday at Los Angeles Superior Court. And that’s why we can tell you that Hanan Islam and her fellow defendants, including three of her own children, are scheduled to go to trial on August 28 for [...]

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