Ex-Scientologist story #216, Gary Morehead: Witness of abuse.

Gary Morehead was born into Scientology, his mother joined the Sea Org when he was only 12.  He left in 1997, fully disgusted with Scientology and everything in it.  As the head of security at one of the top Scientology bases he saw a lot.

The following is from an article, mainly written about Paul Haggis, “What happens when you try to leave the Church of Scientology,”  that appeared in the April 23, 2011 edition of The Guardian.

“At the time Haggis was doing his research, the FBI was conducting its own investigation. Agents Tricia Whitehill and Valerie Venegas interviewed former church and Sea Org members. One was Gary Morehead, who had been the head of security at the Gold Base; he left the church in 1996. In February 2010, he told Whitehill he had developed a “blow drill” to track down Sea Org members who left Gold Base. In 13 years, he estimates, he and his security team brought more than 100 Sea Org members back to the base. When emotional, spiritual or psychological pressure failed to work, Morehead says, physical force was sometimes used. (The church says that blow drills do not exist.)”

To read the complete story go here:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/23/try-to-leave-church-scientology-lawrence-wright

An even more telling version of his life in Scientology was written in the shocking story, now famous, “The Truth Rundown,” that appeared in the “The St. Petersburg Times,” on June 21, 2009.  He lends support to the stories that now abound concerning the beatings of staff members by David Miscavige, the dictator of Scientology.

To read the article go here: http://www.tampabay.com/specials/2009/reports/project/morehead.shtml

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Ex-Scientologist story #215, Hubbard’s PR assistant, and lover.

“Barbara Kaye” (a pseudonym for Barbara Klowden Snader) was a pretty blonde 20-year-old in 1950 when she became L. Ron Hubbard’s PR assistant and, before long, his lover. For the next year she was in a unique position to see the changes in Hubbard during his meteoric rise and fall from 1950-51. In 1986, she was interviewed by the British writer and journalist Russell Miller for his biography of Hubbard, “Bare-Faced Messiah.”

I was trying to get into PR and was sent by a employment agency to Dianetics and [Ron] was looking for a PR assistant – someone primarily to answer the scurrilous attacks the press was making on Dianetics. I was hired. He was in the big old governor’s mansion at Adams and Hoover – it used to be the governor of California’s mansion.

This was during the peak of his success with Dianetics in 1950. This all took place in 1950-51. I started doing a lot of administrative things, arranging things. We had lots of conversations, he’d ask me for advice about this and that. Sometimes I worked late and he took me home – I was living with my parents at the time – and one thing led to another.  I was also hiring people, I hired a secretary for him.

He interviewed me for the job. I had read about him, had read about Dianetics. At that time I had been through university with a major in psychology – he bounced ideas off me because he had no background whatsoever in psychology. He told me that before he wrote Dianetics, because he had no background in psychology, he went to the University of Chicago library and asked for the latest book on psychology and read this book – that was the only thing he had ever read on the subject. . . Most of my time was spent answering [press attacks] – he had a clippings service and every time Dianetics was mentioned I would write to the reporter and reply and defend it. I was writing to columnists and magazines all the time. No one had anything good to say about it. . .

I was very young at the time and was not as concerned with other peoples wives. I just didn’t think about it. On a New Years Eve he spent with me he was supposed to have been at a party with his wife and he didn’t go home and he said she made a suicide attempt. Then there was the kidnapping of Alexis [Hubbard] and so on.

After he took Alexis …I knew Miles [Hollister] very well, it was really surprising to me when he later took up with Sara.

I lost track of Ron when everything went into a shambles and there was this bad publicity in newspaper about Alexis when he took off. He had gone home and found Miles in bed with his wife and that’s when he took Alexis; he thought he was perfectly justified to do this. He said they were going to try and put him into a mental institution, he was afraid they were going to commit him. . .

When he took off I only knew what I read in the newspaper. The next time I heard from him was Wichita when he was living with this oil baron [Don Purcell]. He started writing me and wanted me to come there. I went there and he was like Howard Hughes’ last days, really in a bad depression. His fingernails were long and curved, his hair was stringy. He met at the hotel and was in such bad shape, he was trembling, like someone who should be in a mental institution. I knew then… he wanted me to marry him, he’d bought me a ring but I knew then he was such a deeply disturbed man it could never be and I left the very next day.

Scattered in the interviews are some real gems of history.  This is not the history that his followers give credence to, but nonetheless, she was there.

He said he always wanted to found a religion like Moses or Jesus.

I think he probably made up a lot of the case histories in the first Dianetics book. He was not academic and never did any research.

He was a character, it was like watching a fascinating character on stage playing a role. I was never bored when I was with him. He was a colourful personality and acted out all the unusual things that were in his mind, that’s what made him so fascinating. People who are manic have this enormous energy – it fueled talking and thoughts. He was charismatic, communicated an energy.

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The two interviews with her, and the notes that she made at the time in her journal can be found here: http://www.scs.cmu.edu/~dst/Library/Shelf/miller/interviews/barbkaye.htm

Tony Ortega in his Underground Bunker has the full Miller interview.  http://tonyortega.org/2015/01/24/first-time-in-full-1997-interview-of-barbara-klowden-l-ron-hubbards-pr-agent-and-lover/

 

 

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Ex-Scientologist story #214, Paul Haggis quits the cult.

 

“The process of induction is so long and slow that you really do convince yourself of the truth of some of these things that don’t make sense,” Haggis told me. Although he refused to specify the contents of OT materials, on the grounds that it offended Scientologists, he said, “If they’d sprung this stuff on me when I first walked in the door, I just would have laughed and left right away.” But by the time Haggis approached the OT III material, he’d already been through several years of auditing. His wife was deeply involved in the church, as was his sister, Kathy. Moreover, his first writing jobs had come through Scientology connections. He was now entrenched in the community and had invested a lot of money in the programme. The incentive to believe was high. . .

Over the years, Haggis estimates, he spent more than $100,000 on courses and auditing, and $300,000 on various Scientology initiatives. Rennard says she spent about $150,000 on coursework. Haggis recalls that the demands for donations never seemed to stop. “They used friends and any kind of pressure they could apply,” he says. “I gave them money just to keep them from calling and hounding me.” . . .

Proposition 8 passed in November 2008. A few days after sending his resignation letter to Tommy Davis in February 2009, Haggis came home from work to find nine or 10 of his Scientology friends standing in his front yard. He invited them in to talk and referred them to the exposé in the St Petersburg Times that had so shaken him: The Truth Rundown. The first instalment had appeared in June 2009. Haggis had learned from reading it that several of the church’s top managers had defected in despair. Marty Rathbun had once been inspector general of the church’s Religious Technology Centre, and had also overseen Scientology’s legal-defence strategy, reporting directly to Miscavige. Amy Scobee had been an executive in the Celebrity Centre network. Mike Rinder had been the church’s spokesperson, the job now held by Davis. One by one, they had disappeared from Scientology, . . .

After reading the St Petersburg Times series, Haggis tracked down Marty Rathbun, who says Haggis was shocked by their conversation. “The thing that was most troubling to Paul was that I literally had to escape,” Rathbun told me. (A few nights after the musical chairs incident, he got on his motorcycle and waited until a gate was opened for someone else; he sped out and didn’t stop.) Haggis called several other former Scientologists he knew well. One said he had escaped from the Gold Base by driving his car through a wooden fence. Still others had been expelled or declared Suppressive Persons. Haggis asked himself, “What kind of organisation are we involved in where people just disappear?”

The above was taken from the story, What happens when you try and leave the Church of Scientology?  The story of film director and screenwriter Paul Haggis’s resignation, that appeared in the April 23, 2011 edition of The Guardian.

To read the rest of this excellent story go here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/23/try-to-leave-church-scientology-lawrence-wright

One of the YouTube follow-ups:

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Ex-Scientologist story #213, Actor Jason Beghe: Scientology Is ‘Brainwashing’

“Scientology,” Beghe says, “delivers what it promises under the guise of tearing away falsity, neuroses, psychoses. It creates a brainwashed, robotic version of you. It’s a ‘Matrix’ of you, so you’re communicating with people all the time using Scientology. So we’re seeing you ‘via’ Scientology. And it creates an addiction, so you come back for more.”

He says that he initially was recruited through acting teacher Milton Katselas’ class. Katselas has been cited in many publications,including the New York Times, for exerting pressure on his students to join the sect.

“He gets kickbacks,” Beghe says. Among Katselas’ students have been at least half a dozen celebrity Scientologists, including Giovanni Ribisi (who is thought to have recruited “My Name Is Earl” star Jason Lee and, in turn, Ethan Suplee) and his sister, Marisa, Leah Remini and Anne Archer.

Beghe was brought to the Scientology center in Hollywood by Bodhi Elfman, husband of actress Jenna Elfman, who was in Katselas’ class. His appointment was for 10 a.m. He wound up staying at least 12 hours, as the sect’s auditors embarked on their “brainwashing.” It was just before his career was taking off with a role as Demi Moore’s love interest in “G.I. Jane.”

The above quote was taken from FOX News, USA story of Apr. 16, 2008, by
Roger Friedman.  Link to story: http://www.religionnewsblog.com/21182/jsason-beghe-scientology-brainwashing

For the Wikipedia listing for Jason Beghe go here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_Beghe

This is the full interview on Scientology:

And here is something from the Village Voice Blog:

http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/09/jason_beghe_top_25_crippling_scientology.php

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Another failure of Scientology, another needless death.

 

Jeremy Perkins: A Scientology Family Tragedy

On March 13, 2003, Jeremy Perkins, a 28 year old untreated schizophrenic, stabbed his mother Elli 77 times. She bled to death on her bedroom floor. Jeremy is currently being held at Rochester Psychiatric Center, having been found not responsible for Elli’s murder by reason of mental disease or defect.
Perkins, his mother and father, his sister, and her husband are all members of the Church of Scientology, a group that believes modern psychiatric medicine derives from an ancient alien civilization’s plot to drug and enslave humanity. Scientologists like Tom Cruise vehemently and publicly oppose the pharmacological treatment of mental illness. Unfortunately, Scientology’s own brand of therapy, called “auditing”, is worthless.

Elli Perkins was a senior auditor (counselor) at the Church of Scientology of Buffalo, New York. Her son-in-law, Jeff Carlson, was the Executive Director of that church. Jeremy himself had taken Scientology courses there, and was even flown out to Los Angeles to join Scientology’s paramilitary Sea Organization, although he was promptly sent back home due to his mental problems.

After consulting a Scientologist osteopath, Dr. Conrad Maulfair, Elli was treating Jeremy with vitamins, which he disliked. Within hours of Elli’s murder, which occurred on L. Ron Hubbard’s birthday, the Church of Scientology initiated a crash cover-up to hide its connections to the case. Jeremy’s family has since “disconnected” from him, per Scientology policy. This web site reveals Scientology’s true role in the death of Elli Perkins and the destruction of Jeremy’s life.

The above was taken from http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/JeremyPerkins/

Scientology is always yapping about the evils of psychiatry but they offer no help except for a regimen of vitamins based on 1950’s research.

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