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[Karen Pressley in her ‘Aftermath’ appearance]

Hey, this is becoming a cool series. We recently asked Marc Headley and Jefferson Hawkins for excerpts from their books about their experiences in the Sea Org, and today we have an outtake from Karen Pressley’s book, Escaping Scientology: My Journey with the Cult of Celebrity Spirituality, Greed & [...]

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  We’re fortunate that one of our loyal tipsters lives in Italy, where for some reason Scientology publications reveal some things that the magazines here don’t. In this case, we’re talking about an issue of Impact magazine which shows that David Miscavige handed out more trophies to wealthy Scientology donors at the New Year’s [...]

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[Lancaster Dodd’s Philly arrest in ‘The Master’]

After we got a fun new look at the early days of Dianetics through the never-before-published letters of Don Rogers recently, it motivated us to dive back into some similar documents that our fearless researcher, R.M. Seibert, located for us.

If you remember, Seibert scored a treasure trove [...]

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[Laura DeCrescenzo and Bert Deixler]

We told you that Bert Deixler, Scientology’s top-flight attorney, had filed a notice that the church planned to appeal a federal court ruling even after getting shot down in its latest attempt to throw up a roadblock before Laura DeCrescenzo finally gets her day in court this August on her [...]

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  The effort to bring to television George Pendle’s excellent 2006 book about Jack Parsons, Strange Angel, is finally nearing fruition as a Ridley Scott-produced series premieres on the streaming service CBS All Access on June 14.

John Whitesides “Jack” Parsons has long been a figure of fascination because he was both a pioneer [...]

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[Sunny Pereira, 15]

Sunny Pereira has become a very effective technical expert here at the Bunker, helping us understand Scientology’s arcane ideas. And lately, she’s been going back over some of her own career in the church, and digging out some documents, the sort you don’t see every day.

Sunny joined the Sea Org in [...]

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[Andrej Kiska with Barack and Michelle Obama in 2016]

Rod Keller cuts through some of the propaganda coming out of Russia to get a little closer to what’s actually happening there.

Slovakian President Andrej Kiska announced this week that he would not run for re-election. The office is mostly ceremonial, but Kiska has been perhaps [...]

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We the undersigned petition the council to reject plans to develop the area surrounding Robin Hood's grave in Calderdale into industrial units. Moreover to ask that the Council considers improving access to the area to encourage international tourism and bring visitors and money to our region.

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  Last week, we enjoyed an excerpt from Marc Headley’s 2009 book Blown for Good, a stunning narrative by a longtime Scientologist describing his life in the church and how he broke away. Another account with a similar theme which came out a few months later was the remarkable Counterfeit Dreams by Jefferson Hawkins.

[...]
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[Hubbard in 1948]

A 1948 letter written by L. Ron Hubbard that Lawrence Wright quotes in his 2013 history of Scientology, Going Clear, is going on the auction block in New York on June 14, and it’s really fun to see it in its entirety on the Christie’s website.

The auction features two letters written [...]

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[Renata and Flavio]

Last week, we asked the people on our “Scientology disconnection, a reminder” list — which appears at the end of each story here at the Bunker — about how they are coping with the church keeping them from their loved ones. The result was an emotional outpouring from the people on the [...]

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[Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey and Taryn Teutsch]

For years, Scientology and its operatives have attacked former spokesman Mike Rinder with one particular accusation.

In 2007 Rinder left Scientology, literally running away from the Sea Org while he was in London. His wife at the time, Cathy Bernardini, and their children, Taryn Teutsch [...]

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We the undersigned petition the council to reject plans to develop the area surrounding Robin Hood's grave in Calderdale into industrial units. Moreover to ask that the Council considers improving access to the area to encourage international tourism and bring visitors and money to our region.
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[Laura DeCrescenzo and Bert Deixler]

Well-regarded California attorney Bert Deixler has once again genuflected to his client, Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, filing a notice of appeal after the church got roundly defeated in a calculated move to slow down a lawsuit that scares the bejeesus out of Miscavige.

We’re talking about the forced-abortion [...]

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  Tammy Clark tells us she sent a letter to her uncle Heber Jentzsch in November, hoping to find out how he’s doing as he turned 82. This week, she received a reply.

But she’s suspicious about it.

Heber Jentzsch is a major name in Scientology. In the 1980s, church leader David Miscavige [...]

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[Copenhagen’s May 2017 grand opening]

Rod Keller has some new insights for us about how Scientology “Ideal Orgs” evolve, including a fascinating new ad posting from the church…

The new Ideal Org in Copenhagen is following a predictable path from boom to bust. That and other interesting revelations come from an online job posting currently [...]

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In the blog post linked below, the author attempts to illustrate the lettering of the first verse of John’s gospel in the Book of Kells. According to the author, the wording is “In Prin…
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[Bernie Headley and his son Marc, and Marc’s sister Stephanie]

More than a year ago, in January 2017, we wrote a story about Bernie Headley that got us pretty worked up. Here was a man who was fighting cancer and was being prevented from seeing his own daughter, Stephanie, by the Church of Scientology.

We’ve [...]

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[A drone’s-eye view of Int Base]

It’s been nearly a decade since one of our favorite books about Scientology life was published: Blown for Good: Behind the Iron Curtain of Scientology, by former Sea Org worker Marc Headley.

We interviewed Marc when the book came out, and he’s been a big part of this website [...]

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  Over the last two days, we’ve seen some fascinating letters made public for the first time which were written by Donald H. Rogers, an eyewitness to the earliest days of Dianetics. Rogers wrote the letters in 1984-85 to Jon Atack, who was researching his book, A Piece of Blue Sky, and who generously [...]

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  Today we have the second and third letters sent in the mid-1980s by Don Rogers, an early witness to Dianetics, to author Jon Atack, who has generously allowed us to make them public for the first time. Please see historian Chris Owen’s introduction to these letters in yesterday’s first installment.

—————- THE ROGERS [...]

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  Jon Atack has provided us a marvelous exclusive. He’s provided us with copies of letters he received from a man name Don Rogers in the mid-1980s. And we’ve asked historian Chris Owen to help us understand just how valuable these letters are and what’s in them, followed by the first of three Rogers [...]

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[Milo Yiannopoulos and Joy Villa, in happier days]

Thanks again to one of our alert tipsters, it was brought to our attention that Joy Villa’s “testing the waters” web pages for a Congressional run have come down.

Both “bringjoytocongress.com” and “joyvilla.com/testingthewaters/” now redirect us to Joy’s general website.

On February 9, the Internet Archive [...]

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[Narconon Sud Europe executive Giovanni Citterio (left) during opening ceremony yesterday]

Rod Keller keeps a close watch on Scientology’s front groups like Narconon. Here’s his latest report…

We previously reported that Scientology is opening a new Narconon drug and alcohol rehab facility in Osnago, Italy.

  [Roman Scientologist Salvatore Martini speaking at the event]

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  By the time this story posts on Saturday morning here in the US, it will already be Saturday evening in Perth, Australia, and Scientology’s newest “Ideal Org” would have had its grand opening, complete with a visit from church leader David Miscavige.

But in the days leading up to this event, we were [...]

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[Laura DeCrescenzo, center, with Marc and Claire Headley (and minion) after a previous victory in court]

It was quite obvious to us that Scientology’s most recent shameless legal gambit — suing the woman in federal court who is already suing the church in a forced-abortion abuse case in state court — was simply an outrageous [...]

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  Chris Shelton and Sunny Pereira — two longtime former Sea Org members who really know the subject — today wrap up a series of discussions they’ve put together about Scientology and mental health.

“Scientology’s Introspection Rundown was L. Ron Hubbard’s supposed ‘cure’ for psychosis — his words,” Chris tells us. “This is a [...]

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[Back in the day, Geoff Levin (right) and People! hang with Paul McCartney at Capitol Records in 1968]

For Geoff Levin, the final thing holding him back came tumbling down a few weeks ago: His daughter, Savannah, 21, informed him that she no longer wanted to be a part of his life.

Last July, [...]

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  Dee Findlay ended 2017 with an item from her bucket list: She burned more than $10,000 worth of Scientology materials that she had bought on an impulse back in 2010.

Dee is a well known figure here at the Underground Bunker. She’s been celebrated for her memorable address to the Clearwater City Council [...]

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  Rod Keller continues to keep a close watch on Scientology’s “Ideal Org” program for us…

This week we look at the donors dedicated to establishing an Ideal Org in Columbus, Ohio. The new building was purchased in 2010 with the expectation given to locals that it would open that year. Columbus is still [...]

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