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heh heh, this is getting good
CLAIM: ‘Frail’ looking Shelly Miscavige spotted near Scientology compound in California
By Tony Ortega, December 15, 2016
For a few days, we have been communicating with a woman we’re going to call Rachel. We know Rachel’s real name, and a lot more about her besides. Everything she’s told us about herself and her husband has checked out. But because they fear retaliation for telling us what they know (and they say that it’s already happening, more about that below), we’ve agreed not to use their real names.
Rachel and her family live less than two miles from the Church of Spiritual Technology headquarters near Twin Peaks, California — the 33-acre super-secret compound where we believe Scientology leader David Miscavige has kept his wife Shelly stashed away for the last 11 years.
The small CST headquarters is in the mountains above Los Angeles and near Lake Arrowhead, California. It’s not to be confused with Scientology’s much larger 500-acre International Base about 50 miles away and near Hemet, where David Miscavige lives and where, in 2004, he created a notorious prison for his top executives that is known as “The Hole.”
In the late summer of 2005, eyewitnesses tell us, David Miscavige blew up over some minor changes that his wife Shelly made at Int Base while he was away. A week later, she vanished. Several different lines of evidence have convinced us that at that point she was moved to the CST headquarters, and she’s been living and working there ever since. Shelly was only seen in public one time since then, in the summer of 2007 when she was allowed to go to the funeral of her father in the presence of Scientology “handlers.”
Rachel, who has lived her entire life in the area, tells us she was only vaguely aware of the odd CST parcel, and didn’t really know what it was for. “High school kids here like to drive by and flip off the cameras,” she says with a laugh.
Then, earlier this year, Rachel had to deal with a medical situation that required her to spend a lot of downtime taking medication. With time on her hands, she began watching a lot of Netflix and YouTube. And that’s how she stumbled on Leah Remini’s appearance on ABC’s 20/20 which first aired in October 2015.
Leah was promoting her book, Troublemaker, and 20/20’s Dan Harris asked her about the fateful 2006 wedding of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, when Leah first noticed that Shelly Miscavige was missing.
At that point in the program, ABC posted this image of Shelly:
It was one of the photos of Shelly taken around the year 1990 by Claudio and Renata Lugli, who were Scientologists and personal tailors to the Miscaviges. In the photo, Shelly is modeling an outfit they had made for her. (We met the Luglis in Italy a few years ago and brought these photos back with us.)
Rachel says she was stunned. She called over her husband, and she says at that moment, they were “90 percent sure” that they had seen the woman before, on two different occasions in the nearby town of Crestline.
The first incident happened in the first week of December, 2015. Rachel says they were at Lake Drive Hardware, just a few blocks from Lake Gregory, picking up some Christmas trees that had been donated to the place where she works. Rachel’s work involves helping people recovering from alcohol and substance abuse problems, and she says it’s that background which made her take note when a woman walked into the store.
“She was a thin, smaller women, escorted by two men,” Rachel says. “Disheveled. Almost like a drug addict, or like she was homeless.”
The woman, whom Rachel now believes was Shelly Miscavige, looked all of her 55 years, had long, stringy graying hair, and appeared “frail.”
The two men with her looked younger; Rachel estimates they were in their 30s. “They seemed to be leading her, like you would someone who was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It was awkward.”
She apologized for not noticing more about the young men. “My attention was never on them. My attention was on her. This was what I do for a living, work with people who are in that kind of shape. And I had a thought that this woman was not supposed to be there. It was disturbing.”
Four months later, Rachel says, the same thing happened. This time, she was at Goodwin & Sons Market, a few blocks away from the hardware store, when the same woman came in, again escorted by two younger men. The woman had the same kind of appearance as the previous time, but Rachel didn’t notice if it was the same two young men.
When Rachel later saw the 20/20 special while she was convalescing, she realized that the frail looking woman was Shelly Miscavige. She then began researching more about Scientology and who Shelly was.
Then, as Leah Remini’s new A&E series began to air recently, Rachel became determined to do something about her sighting, and she reached out to us.
By then, she had already made a trip to the CST compound with her husband. They had seen the drone footage we posted of the compound in September and they wanted to find out what they could see of the place from the ground.
They took a few photos, including this one:
But as they did so, a truck emerged from behind a fence, and began following them as they made their way back to town. Since then, in the last few days, they have noticed people sitting in cars outside their home.
“Yesterday at the grocery store, some guy asked my husband for change and directions, then started asking him personal questions, about how long he had lived in the area, things like that. It was really weird,” she says.
We asked her to update us if she continues to see strange activity.
In the meantime, we called up Dylan Gill, the only former CST employee who has ever given press interviews, and whose story we first told in 2012.
Dylan told us that he’s been positive for years that Shelly Miscavige was being held at the CST headquarters. And when he worked there, he regularly was given time for buying supplies in town.
“I think it’s very possible that it was Shelly they saw, and if she had company, it’s because of who Shelly is,” he says. “I was pretty positive that she’s there, and this just confirms what we expected.”
Continued at http://tonyortega.org/2016/12/15/cl...tted-near-scientology-compound-in-california/
There is such a thing as stress-induced dementia.
She probably has sec checks all the time asking why she's trying to make COB wrong.
Every time someone asks "Where's Shelly?" is her fault, right?
There's also getting hit upside the head too many times dementia.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
The Terror Of Scientology's
CST “Twin Peaks”:
His Name Is 'BOB'.
His Name is COB....
DAVID COB-'BOB' MISCAVIGE!
Scientology's Twin Peaks, Ca?
This will not end Well for You COB.......
OMG I used to have nightmares about Bob!
Now i have nightmares about COB! LOL
Separated at birth?
Brought together at birth.........
The post by Tony is dated December 13, while the letter to the LAPD is dated December 12. Today is December 21. We should expect news on this front in the next day or two, and be prepared to poon Leah a reminder.
Update coming tomorrow.
Here's an update, posted in the Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath thread:
LAPD needs two more weeks to respond to Leah Remini about missing wife of Scientology leader
By Tony Ortega, December 23, 2016
LAPD needs two more weeks to respond to Leah Remini about missing wife of Scientology leader
Posted by Tony Ortega on December 23, 2016
The Los Angeles Police Department has notified Leah Remini’s attorney, Douglas Mirell, that it needs an additional two weeks to fulfill Remini’s December 12 records request regarding the whereabouts of Shelly Miscavige, wife of Scientology’s leader, David Miscavige.
On December 19, a week after Leah made her request and three days before it was required to respond, the department sent a letter under Chief Charlie Beck’s name saying that it was invoking the state records law, which allows an additional two weeks for “unusual circumstances.” With that additional time, the department will “search for, collect, and review the collected records from other Department entities which are separate from the office processing the request.”
Full article - http://tonyortega.org/2016/12/23/la...ini-about-missing-wife-of-scientology-leader/
tl;dr: The dog ate their homework.
The LAPD's 2 weeks is up. I was expecting Tony to write about this yesterday or today, but he hasn't yet. Sunday seems like Rod Keller's day, so maybe Monday we can expect an update on this. Or someone can email him and ask directly.
Hmm. Still nothing. Maybe someone can Tweet Leah to ask her directly if she has heard back from LAPD yet, now that the 2 week extension has expired.
Maybe she's planning to say something during tomorrow's episode of "Aftermath".
Tony Ortega provided an update in an article published this morning. Quote:
...we have been getting a lot of questions about the LAPD missing its deadline to turn over information to Leah about the department’s handling of her 2013 missing person report about Shelly Miscavige, wife of David Miscavige, who vanished from Scientology’s Int Base in the summer of 2005 and has only been seen in public once since then, in the summer of 2007 at the funeral of her father in the presence of a Scientology handler.
It’s our understanding that the LAPD intended to turn over information to Leah yesterday, but then asked for one more day to get its paperwork together. So perhaps as soon as later today, we may have some new info from the police.
the wait is very telling.
And I can't imagine that what they do give her will satisfy anyone, unless of course the LAPD finally said "we can't do this any more " to DM.
Being that some cops are Scientologists? (was Ring his name?) I don't think it would be the latter.
LAPD to Leah Remini on her records request about missing Scientology leader’s wife: ‘Go fish’
By Tony Ortega, January 12, 2017
Despite taking extra time to come up with a response, and then blowing the deadline they set for themselves, the Los Angeles Police Department finally answered Leah Remini’s request for specific information about Shelly Miscavige yesterday by telling her they weren’t going to answer any of her questions.
The letter from the police department, which we have below, did offer to send Remini responses on two of her more general questions about LAPD policy on missing persons reports. But specific information that Leah wanted in regards to her 2013 missing person report about Shelly Miscavige and how it was resolved? She’s getting nothing.
At this point, it appears the LAPD is not going to shed any light on how it determined that Shelly Miscavige is not in any danger.
Here's the complete article, which has some interesting comments:
holy fuck! they are crazy
Took over two weeks to say GTFO to Leah?
Someone tell the LAPD that the saying "no news is good news" does not apply in this case.
Something is VERY wrong here.
I hope this gets a lot of press.
Almost 12 years ago, Shelly Miscavige vanished. Here’s why we keep asking about her.
By Tony Ortega, July 13, 2017
Almost 12 years ago now, Scientology leader David Miscavige made his wife Shelly disappear.
In late August or early September 2005, Shelly vanished from Scientology’s secretive “Int Base” near Hemet, California, a place she had helped her husband run as a hard-as-nails Scientology “Sea Org” official in her own right.
We’ve written numerous times about the events that led up to her disappearance, that Miscavige blew his stack, for example, when he found out that Shelly had filled some job openings while he spent some time away from the base in Los Angeles. Mike Rinder told us that Shelly was also concerned about whether her husband was still wearing his wedding ring. It was obvious to him, he told us, that Shelly was very concerned about the state of her marriage.
Until her disappearance, Shelly not only helped run Scientology as “C.O.B. Assistant” to her husband David, the “Chairman of the Board,” but she was also seen at annual Scientology events, and took the initiative in major operations. Just the year before, in 2004, she had spearheaded an effort to find a girlfriend for Tom Cruise, for example, and had young women auditioned for the role.
So it was extremely unusual for Shelly suddenly to be gone, even though some people didn’t notice it for a while. For Leah Remini, it was when she was at the Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes wedding in Italy more than a year later, in November 2006. It dawned on her that David Miscavige was there without his wife, and when she asked about it, she was told by Tommy Davis that she “didn’t have the fucking rank” to ask that question.
When Leah left Scientology in 2013 she was still asking that question — where is Shelly Miscavige? And she asked it of the Los Angeles Police Department, which responded to her missing-person report by visiting Shelly and getting her assurance that she was all right and didn’t want to make a public statement. When we asked LAPD Lt. Andre Dawson if his two detectives who met with Shelly did so in the presence of other church officials, he told us, “that’s classified.”
Even before Leah Remini came out of Scientology, however, we’d been writing about the strange disappearance of Shelly Miscavige, and we’ve worked hard to investigate her whereabouts through multiple, independent sources. And all of those sources point to one place, where we believe Shelly has been living and working since 2005: the Church of Spiritual Technology headquarters compound near Crestline, California.
CST is a bizarre sub-entity of Scientology whose mandate is to archive L. Ron Hubbard’s writings and lectures in underground vaults so that they can be recovered after civilization collapses. CST has vaults in three locations in California and one in New Mexico and planned to add another one in Wyoming that seems to be held up. But it’s at the headquarters compound in the mountains above Los Angeles where the actual archiving work goes on, with Hubbard’s words etched on steel plates to be stored in titanium containers filled with inert gases. For the last 12 years, Shelly Miscavige has worked on that project, as well as other Scientology products.
Recently, we posted amazing drone footage of the CST compound, and we also, last year, published a report about a possible sighting of Shelly in the town of Crestline itself, a sighting that we’re taking seriously.
According to that sighting, Shelly Miscavige may be in poor shape. The San Bernardino Sheriff’s Office refused to get involved when members of Shelly’s own (non-Scientology) family sought help getting more information about her. We similarly ran into a brick wall with the Sheriff’s Office.
But we have also said many times that it may be the case that Shelly is resigned to her fate, and wouldn’t welcome a chance to be “rescued” from the facility. At one point, she told a family member that the only way she was going to leave the place was for a funeral, apparently referring to the time in the summer of 2007 when she was allowed to attend the funeral of her father, Barney, while being watched by a Scientology “handler.”
Yes, it’s true that Shelly Miscavige is not “missing.” Her husband David Miscavige knows exactly where she is. And we’re pretty confident about where she is, too.
But it’s also true that Leah Remini, Mike Rinder, and many others are genuinely concerned about her, and are frustrated that law enforcement doesn’t seem more interested in her fate.
And that’s why Marty Rathbun’s latest accusations, in his most recent video segment posted to his website, are so dishonest and distasteful. Rathbun left Scientology in 2004, before Shelly’s disappearance, and he has no first-hand knowledge about it. Marty sounds exactly like the Church of Scientology itself, calling into question Leah Remini’s motives for seeking information about her friend Shelly, while simultaneously refusing to answer the most obvious question about her: Where is she? Why can’t Shelly explain her situation herself, if not to a reporter, then in a video to the members of the Church of Scientology? Why is her location and her work so secret that not even her own family members can see her?
These are legitimate questions, and Rathbun doesn’t attempt to address them.
The Church of Scientology can end speculation about Shelly Miscavige very easily: Let her speak for herself.
Continued at http://tonyortega.org/2017/07/13/al...-vanished-heres-why-we-keep-asking-about-her/
Doesn't Shelley have any relatives who are concerned enough about her to create enough fuss with the cops?
‘Scientology is dying’: John Brousseau on the decline of Int Base and fate of Shelly Miscavige
By Tony Ortega, November 7, 2017
Multiple lines of evidence convince us that Shelly has been at the CST Headquarters compound for the past 12 years. She was only let out for a single day in the summer of 2007 in order to attend her father’s funeral, and was accompanied by a Scientology “handler.” Since then, Shelly hasn’t been seen at any Scientology events or anywhere else in public. However, we reported that a woman who lives in nearby Crestline believes that she may have seen Shelly in town a couple of times looking “frail,” and we’re taking her report seriously.
So given all that, we asked JB, is Shelly a prisoner?
“Yes. From an external point of view, and from Dave’s point of view, yes. There are all manner of things in place to make sure she doesn’t leave. All kinds of cameras, and security guards who know her whereabouts at every moment. She’s probably been given a dog, because who’s going to leave if they can’t take their dogs with them? Miscavige did that with Annie Tidman,” he says, referring to one of the last people who saw L. Ron Hubbard alive.
“But in Shelly’s mind, she’s not a prisoner. She’s there on her own volition,” he adds. And that explains why she may not have attempted to escape or call for help.
In January, we reported that some non-Scientology relatives of Shelly tried to get the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Office interested in checking on Shelly’s welfare, but they didn’t get anywhere. Similarly, we got a formulaic response when we made our own inquiry.
“I remember Shelly when she was 19. She was kind of a sweet girl. Then she latched on with Miscavige, and then she had no choice but to emulate the guy. It’s do that or be destroyed,” Brousseau says.
More at https://tonyortega.org/2017/11/11/s...ine-of-int-base-and-fate-of-shelly-miscavige/
I think John Brousseau is correct on the former statement about Shelly's state of mind, but not the latter. Shelly could have avoided David Miscavige, broke off her relationship with him shortly after it began, or a number of other scenarios. This is an example of a situated identity. She plays a role that fits in with her belief system.
The dog is a companion without human rights, also known as a pet, which is what Shelly is now in the mind of Davey and her scienazi handlers.
Tonight, ‘Vanity Fair Confidential’ brings the Shelly Miscavige story to the ID network
By Tony Ortega, March 12, 2018
Four years ago, Vanity Fair magazine wrote about the strange disappearance of Shelly Miscavige, wife to Scientology leader David Miscavige, a story we’ve also been covering closely since 2012.
Tonight, Vanity Fair Confidential is bringing that story to television on the ID network at 8 pm eastern, and we’ll be watching here in the Bunker with our great commenters. (We’ll also be keeping an eye on Scientology’s TV network, which is scheduled to spring to life at exactly the same time. We’ll be busy!)
In anticipation of the show, the ID network has been re-running some of its previous one-hour specials on Scientology featuring Nancy Many (2013), Elli Perkins (2014), and Marty Rathbun (2015).
It’s pretty incredible to think that David Miscavige has gotten away with banishing his wife to a small mountain compound above Los Angeles for almost 13 years, and that she’s been unable to leave it even to see her own family.
Last year, on Leah Remini’s show, John Brousseau, who once worked closely with Miscavige and Shelly, told Leah that Shelly would never appear in public again: “He’ll do everything he can to keep her wherever she is until she dies.”
More at https://tonyortega.org/2018/03/12/t...the-shelly-miscavige-story-to-the-id-network/
Vanity Fair Confidential season 4 episode 6
"When asked to comment, Mrs. Miscavige said that she'd just had a 'Damn good cup of coffee!' and was enjoying the fine scenery of Ponderosa Pine and the cherry pie provided by the Church of Scientology..."
Leah Remini asks Scientology Freedom Medal Winner Nation of Islam Minister Tony Muhammad to repay money she loaned him in 2010.
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Whoa congrats! @BroTonyMuhammad Wondering when you might be paying me back the money you borrowed from me as a personal loan when we first met at Celebrity Center in 2010. As well for the Scientology courses? Never heard back from you #curious
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He is well aware. He wasn’t yet making the 10 percent commission on bringing NOI members into Scientology as he is now. So he should do the right thing, being a Scientology freedom medal winner and all
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EXCLUSIVE: Ex-Scientologist claims church leader David Miscavige forbade women to serve Tom Cruise because 'he's so good looking you'll end up falling in love' and the death of one member led to Shelly's mysterious withdrawal from public life
Valeska Paris, 40, tells DailyMailTV how she was allegedly banished to notorious Scientology cruise ship Freewinds by leader David Miscavige when she was 18
She claims she was forced to do manual labor on the decks, clean up asbestos, and work until 4 a.m. for the first six months
Valeska then went to work on the ship's restaurant serving elite members, including Tom Cruise
'They'd spend all their time diving and playing around on a $2,000-a-day yacht with Miscavige, meanwhile, we'd be working under horrific conditions,' she claims
Miscavige said women were not allowed to serve Tom Cruise because, 'He's so good looking that if you serve him, you'll end up falling in love with him'
Valeska claims Miscavige 'hated' her, but his wife Shelly, 57, doted on her since she did not have children of her own
'Shelly loved animals, she would go out every day at the Hacienda [Sea Org accommodation] and feed stray cats, she had real empathy'
She claims Shelly's marriage to Miscavige became strained after he dismissed his board of executives in favor of younger, more eager to please members
The church has denied Valeska's claims and said she served as a crew members as a volunteer religious worker and was there on her own free will
A former member of the Church of Scientology has claimed she was forced to work under 'horrific conditions' while catering to church leader David Miscavige and Tom Cruise.
Valeska Paris, 40, was a messenger at the church's headquarters in Clearwater, Florida, where she says she got a rare glimpse into the lives of high level Scientologists including Miscavige, the chairman of the board (COB) and his now reclusive wife, Shelly.
There, she was tasked with ironing Miscavige's clothes, making his coffee, and cleaning the bedrooms of other elite members.
In an exclusive interview with DailyMailTV, Valeska claims Miscavige later banished her to the notorious Scientology cruise ship Freewinds, where she was forced to do harsh manual labor on the decks before working in the restaurant and where she once broke the rules by serving Tom Cruise.
'He [Miscavige] hated me, I made his coffee 'p*** weak' he'd always complain,' Valeska says.
'His bedroom always had the best quality sheets, a dark orange floor, TVs in all the rooms, beautiful carpets, couches and kitchens, amazing food.
'My job was to clean the rooms, I would help iron his 100 per cent Egyptian cotton shirts and also wake up the other executives. I had to make sure they were up before COB otherwise they'd get in serious trouble.
'Everything he had was top of the range, his suits would cost thousands. He freaked the hell out of me, he has this presence.'
Valeska, a second-generation Scientologist, was born into the church in Switzerland through her parents Ariane Jackson and Jean Françoise Paris.
Rising up the ranks, first as a cadet at its headquarters in Saint Hill, England, she then signed a billion-year contract to be a full-time member of the Sea Org, even though she was only 14. She later moved to Clearwater, Florida, where the church is based.
After Valeska's parents split up when she was a child, her mother married Albert Jaquier, a Scientologist and successful businessman who she claims lost his entire fortune to the church, blowing $6 million on expensive courses.
She says he later committed suicide, leaving a diary, which denounced Scientology for pushing him over the edge.
Although they'd split up before his death, an incensed Ariane went public and exposed the church for their treatment of Albert.
With her mother causing a PR commotion, a panicking Miscavige allegedly ordered Valeska to be sent to the Freewinds ship, which is used by top management and members who pay huge sums to live on board for weeks at a time completing high-level Scientology courses.
Valeska, who was 18 at the time, says she spent the next 12 years on the ship 'against her will.'
However, in a statement to DailyMail.com, the Church of Scientology denied that Jaquier's death was a suicide and said his death had 'no bearing' on Valeska being transferred to Freewinds.
In a death certificate provided by the church to DailyMail.com, Jaquier's cause of death was determined to be 'natural' from his history of heart disease.
They also claim he was worth about $1.2m at the time of his death.
'Ms. Paris served as a crew member aboard the Freewinds religious retreat as a volunteer religious worker from September 1996 to December 2007. She was an adult and there of her own free will as part of her religious commitment to the Church of Scientology,' a spokesperson for the church said.
Valeska says that during her first six months on the ship she was working on decks and in the engine room before being moved to the restaurant.
'When I was first on the ship, I had my passport seized, no days off for six months, no privileges, phone calls were not allowed. I was told by the captain I was never getting off the ship,' she claims.
'The ship was full of blue asbestos, every night we'd get on our knees, we'd be picking chunks of blue asbestos with our bare hands, to this day, I have this cough which won't go away. I finally got off decks and worked in the restaurant.'
She recalls one of the busiest times on the ship was during the annual Maiden Voyage, a special week-long event which saw many church VIPs come aboard the Freewinds.
'We worked many, many late nights. Before Maiden Voyage, we'd be working until 4 a.m., and during it, we wouldn't be sleeping at all. I would fall asleep on the toilet.
'If you have so little sleep, you lose your memory, I'd forget what people wanted to drink or even ordered to eat. During this time, I would be in COB's dining room, serving the food, and cleaning up.
'When he saw me on my first Maiden Voyage, he called me over and said: "I forgot I'd sent you here, how do you like it?" and I said: "No, I really didn't like it at first, but now I'm getting used to it.''
'He couldn't believe it, and said: "Why don't you like it?"'
After Maiden Voyage in 2003, Tom Cruise and Penelope Cruz came aboard the ship and crew members were expected to follow a strict set of rules while tending to them, she claims.
'The only Scientology celebrity that COB likes is Tom Cruise, the others are all below him. Tom Cruise would call him on the phone, they'd be on the phone all the time,' she claims.
Although Valeska feared Miscavige, she claims she had a close relationship with his wife, Shelly Miscavige, who has not been seen in public in more than a decade.
'But my relationship with Shelly was great, she kept an eye on me, and was keen for me to keep up with my education. Scientology didn't care, and we were never sent to school as Sea Org members,' she claims.
Valeska says Shelly was like a 'mother figure' to her and she kept in touch with her through letters even after she was sent away on Freewinds.
'We wrote letters for years, she took me under her wing. When I was first engaged to a guy, she wrote two pages demanding to know everything. From the age of 15 to 25, for ten years we would write back and forth,' she says.
August marked the 12-year anniversary since Shelly was last seen in public.
Former church members have speculated that she has been at a secret Scientology base called Twin Peaks in the San Bernardino Mountains since 2006.
Valeska, however, has a different theory and doesn't believe Shelly is living in a 'Scientology prison' as others have suggested.
'She's not there against her will, the treatment she'll be getting is a lot better than most would receive. She's living in the mountains and, yes, sure, she's under security watch and it won't be like before, as she was living like a queen,' she says.
'Yet, it's not like she'll be in RPF (Rehabilitation Project Force) conditions. Imagine his wife going into the RPF, she knows more than anyone about COB's secrets, he is going to have to keep her happy.'
The church has long denied any rumors suggesting Shelly is missing and have insisted that she is devoting her time to the work of the Church of Scientology.
Valeska says she used to see Shelly on the ship when she came aboard for Maiden Voyage and the two kept in touch through written correspondence about their personal lives, including Valeska's first marriage.
Weddings were common among Sea Org members and most married as teens and twenty-somethings since sexual contact is not allowed before marriage.
'When I was on the ship, I married a guy called Roberto, I was only 20. Shelly was pleased, she told me: "Good, you have someone to look after you, I don't need to do it." She wanted to see all the photos from my wedding album,' she says.
'I wrote to her when I first got there, saying: "I hate it, I don't want to be here, please get me off the ship," but I was told that the letter didn't even get to her, it had been destroyed. You can't criticize Scientology. All letters are read before they leave the ship.
'I would always tell her good things after that first letter, we couldn't say anything negative. I would write to her about anything going on in my life.
'She would always send me letters on her letterhead 'Michelle Diane Miscavige.'
As a child, Shelly had encouraged Valeska to get an education, something that was not encouraged in Scientology, she claims.
'One day she drove me home in her car, she told me that her biggest regret was not getting an education, she had joined the Sea Org as one of founder L. Ron Hubbard's messengers at the age of nine and stopped going to school. She wanted me to do some schooling.
'She personally ordered me a whole set of math tapes, and had me listen to them every day for a couple of hours. Every time I saw her, she would test me on my math, and would always ask me what I learned.
'She ordered me to go to school and I went for a couple of hours a day, but that stopped after barely two months as Scientology had to pay for it, and that was considered too "expensive,"' Valeska alleges.
'COB had also told me in an earlier conversation that school was a waste of time.
'Despite all she did, I left school at 14 with no grades, no education and no guardians as my father was in the Sea Org at Saint Hill and my mom had escaped the Sea Org with her new husband and I was left behind.'
Valeska thinks Shelly doted on her because she didn't have her own children.
'Shelly loved animals, she would go out every day at the Hacienda [Sea Org accommodation] and feed stray cats, she had real empathy and love for any animal, I think that's the maternal instinct.
'She seemed to really want kids, but didn't have any, and I was a child. She was really good with Jenna, Miscavige's niece, as well,' she adds.
Valeska claims that problems with Shelly's began after the death of Scientologist Lisa McPherson in 1995.
The 35-year-old was reportedly denied medical treatment by the church after a car crash, and the Florida State medical examiner called it 'negligent homicide.'
The Church was indicted on two felony charges that were later were dropped after the state's medical examiner changed the cause of death from 'undetermined' to an 'accident.'
A civil suit brought by her family against the Church was settled in 2004.
The negative publicity rocked the church and Miscavige.
'I would hear him scream at the top of his lungs while I was working in the kitchen next to the execs room, I would be shaking, it was so scary.
'When Lisa McPherson happened, he changed. All of the execs he was friends with, that all disappeared. His circle went even smaller,' she alleges.
Shelly's usually strong relationship with her husband began to falter - he dismissed the whole of his board of executives in favor of younger, more eager to please, dedicated Sea Org members, such as Lou Stuckenbrock, for whom he created the position 'COB Communicator'.
'Shelly became more and more stressed out. COB would be in the dining room with his Communicator Lou and she would eat afterwards,' Valeska claims.
'In her letters she would never say anything, but she was writing less and less, I got the sense she was more stressed. She wasn't perfect, but she stood by COB for years, and I never saw them argue, but I always saw that he was very close with Lou.
'In 2005, he said in a meeting that Shelly had been taken "off his lines," but he wasn't going to divorce her, he was way too qualified to ever marry any other Sea Org member. She was extremely dedicated to him. His words were: "She messed up his communication lines."
Shelly has since retreated from public life; once a prominent member of the church, she was even absent at Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes's wedding in 2006.
In 2013, Hollywood actress and famous Church defector Leah Remini filed a missing person report with the Los Angeles Police Department for Shelly.
Police eventually said that they had interviewed Shelly and confirmed she wasn't being held against her will and didn't want to make any public statement.
Valeska's correspondence with Shelly came to a stop after she left.
More at https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/ar...reveals-women-forbidden-serve-Tom-Cruise.html
Does Shelly Miscavige know it’s Christmas?
By Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker, December 25, 2018
We understand that Shelly Miscavige may be resigned to her fate. But there’s a reason that “Where’s Shelly” is the number one question we get from the public — and it’s the same for Leah Remini. (We checked.)
For non-Scientologists, it’s simply incredible to think that David Miscavige, the leader of a worldwide “religious” organization, could get away with banishing his wife to a small mountain compound, never to be heard from again. On a day like today we can only wonder, does Shelly Miscavige really feel no desire to be with her family, or even just to see a few faces besides the dozen other people she has seen day in and day out for 13 years?
The question “Where’s Shelly” reached a whole new audience this month thanks to Leah’s television show, which provided a lot of background for viewers about Shelly’s upbringing. But the episode was light on details about Shelly’s current whereabouts and what we’ve learned about it in recent years. It was obvious from the huge number of questions we got on social media this week that viewers were left with a lot of questions. So on this meaningful day, let’s revisit some facts.
In July 2013, news of Leah Remini’s defection broke. On Monday August 5 she filed a missing-person report with the Los Angeles Police Department. Why the LAPD? For years Leah exchanged cards and gifts with Shelly, whose official address was 6331 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, and which is to this day David Miscavige’s official address. That location is the Hollywood Guaranty Building, an office structure that on its ground floor contains the “L. Ron Hubbard Life Exhibition.” The eleventh floor is where Miscavige and his most trusted aides run Scientology when he’s in L.A. We’re told that there’s a place there where he can crash for the night, but it’s not the location of his apartment, which is actually a few blocks away.
Anyway, 6331 Sunset Blvd was the address Leah had from the years she was corresponding with Shelly, and that’s why she submitted her report to the LAPD on Monday August 5, 2013.
Two nights later, on Wednesday, we got word that the report had been filed. The next morning, Thursday August 8, we broke the news that Leah had filed the report. Later that day, reporters who were calling the LAPD for comment were told that Shelly had been contacted and that the idea she was missing was “unfounded.”
Leah was hammered by the press, which for some reason thought her report had been dealt with in less than a day, because our story had come out that morning and by the afternoon the LAPD was saying there was nothing to it. But that’s not what happened.
After Leah filed her report on Monday August 5, and before the LAPD said it was unfounded on the afternoon of Thursday August 8, the LAPD claims that it visited Shelly and talked with her.
When we called to ask about it, we were forwarded to Lt. Andre Dawson, who told us two of his detectives had met with Shelly. He wouldn’t tell us where that meeting had occurred, and when we asked him if the conversation had happened in the presence of other church officials, he quickly said “That’s classified.”
Meanwhile, Leah herself never got any response at all from the LAPD, even though she had filed the missing-person report to begin with.
Did Lt. Dawson’s detectives go up to the CST headquarters, which is in another jurisdiction, San Bernardino County, to check on Shelly? Was Shelly instead brought down to Los Angeles to meet the detectives? Or was the LAPD merely lying to us?
In 2016, Leah still wanted answers about that. Through an attorney, she filed an official records request with the LAPD for documentation on what they had actually done when she filed her missing-person request. But the LAPD told her it was going to give her no documentation at all.
Around that same time, in 2016, we heard from a branch of Shelly’s family that is not involved in Scientology. They asked us for some advice about what to do, saying that they at least wanted to make sure that Shelly was all right. We pointed out to them that the CST compound is in San Bernardino County. So they approached the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, asking that a welfare check be done on her.
They were told that the Sheriff’s Department would require evidence that Shelly was at that location, and the department did nothing.
Surprised by that response, we sent our own letter to the Sheriff’s Department, explaining the evidence that Shelly was located at the compound, as well as a recent possible sighting of her in the town of Crestline itself. We received this response:
Hello Tony,Concerning the welfare of someone within the jurisdiction of the Sheriff’s department, any call for service we receive will be appropriately addressed and handled accordingly.We encourage anyone with information regarding a crime, or potential crime, to contact Sheriff’s Dispatch or their local Sheriffs station to report it so the matter can be investigated and resolved.Thank you,Adam Cervantes, Deputy SheriffSan Bernardino County Sheriff’s Dept.Public Affairs Division
So, the LAPD claims it checked on Shelly in 2013 but won’t provide any details about it, and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department says it doesn’t have enough evidence that she’s at the CST compound to go check on her.
Is Shelly even alive? We see this suggestion a lot on social media, that Shelly is already dead or has been killed, and there’s a good reason why we tell people it’s probably not true.
Scientology may be very effective at keeping Shelly out of sight, but covering up a death is another matter entirely. Consider the case of Anne Tidman, for example. Also known as Annie Broeker, Tidman was one of the last people to see L. Ron Hubbard alive, and she was also kept out of sight at a Scientology compound for years. When she developed cancer and then became very ill, she was moved to an apartment in Hollywood, where she died in 2011. Scientology was able to keep news of her death quiet for several months, but eventually her family was told about it, and that’s how we became aware of it. If Shelly died, we think the news would get out even more quickly.
Also, Scientology’s attorneys, in reaction to Leah Remini’s episode, made claims to the media that they had either personally seen Shelly or communicated with her. Scientology attorneys may be unpleasant human beings, but they aren’t going to risk their law licenses and claim that a dead woman is alive and well.
Shelly is alive.
She is at the CST compound near Crestline, California, the same place she’s been for 13 years. (We have amazing drone footage of the place, and a former employee there even pinpointed where he thinks Shelly is living and working there.)
She is now 57 years old, and if claims of a recent sighting in the town of Crestline is correct, she may be in ill health.
And yes, we will say again, she may be resigned to her fate.
But on this day, of all days, why can’t her family spend time with Shelly Miscavige? Why can’t she speak for herself? Why can’t we ask her to explain, in her own words, why she is shut up in a tiny mountain compound and can never leave?
More at https://tonyortega.org/2018/12/25/does-shelly-miscavige-know-its-christmas/
Meanwhile, on Australian television this weekend…
By Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker, February 8, 2019
Where is the missing wife of Scientology's ruthless leader? A shocking investigation into vanished Queen, Shelly Miscavige this Sunday on #60Mins.
— 60 Minutes Australia (@60Mins) February 7, 2019
More at https://tonyortega.org/2019/02/08/u...letter-from-professor-to-disney-probe-opened/
60 Minutes Australia - Where is Shelly? - Part one
60 Minutes Australia - Where is Shelly? - Part two
60 Minutes Australia - Where is Shelly? - Part three
'She'll never be free': Estranged father of David Miscavige says the Scientology leader's wife - who has not been seen in public for 13 years - will never be allowed to leave the church
The 'queen' of Scientology hasn't been in the public eye for more than a decade
Shelly Miscavige was last seen in 2005, prompting rumours of her whereabouts
David Miscavige's father claims he may never see his daughter-in-law again
The Church remains adamant Shelly is voluntarily staying within the religion
By Alex Chapman For Daily Mail Australia
Tara Brown's 'strange' experience covering the Church of Scientology
By Tara Brown , 60 Minutes Australia, February 11, 2019
After spending a couple of weeks preparing, filming and writing a story on the Church of Scientology, I feel like I’m slowly escaping from some strange parallel universe that could well be a bad dream.
It’s not so much the beliefs of the Church that have me confounded – as odd as I might find grown-ups referring, with deadly seriousness, to a nasty intergalactic dictator called Xenu, or musing that their religion’s dead founder, science fiction writer L Ron Hubbard, can be found on some distant planet known as T2 as he and his faithful followers await his return to earth.
Everyone is entitled to their beliefs, right? That doesn’t shake me so much as does the sinister practices of this so-called Church that leave so many families ripped apart and others penniless.
Account after account tells of terrible treatment within the Church – verbal abuse, beatings, imprisonment and for those who dare to escape, vilification, intimidation and bullying. It is outrageous behaviour that is twistedly protected by its status as a religion. It’s further protected by its shiny cloak of celebrity, with Tom Cruise and John Travolta its most recognisable spruiking stars, as well as its immense tax-free wealth.
The Church has a well-practised routine of attacking critics full on. If its enforcers can get in first they will. If they can find private and personal information to publicly shame, you they will.
This warning came to stark fruition only a day into our shoot. We were in New York, filming with Ron Miscavige. He is the father of Scientology’s leader, David Miscavige, who is also known as the Pope and the Chairman of the Board. Ron escaped Scientology, seven years ago, after 42 years of faithful service. On escaping, Ron was tracked down and followed by private investigators, who he says were working on the orders of his son and were paid for by the Church.
Having left the Church, Ron is considered its enemy and has been disowned by his son, as well as all family members who remain followers of Scientology.
For our shoot, Ron tried to reach David by phone, as he has done in the past. The receptionist put him on hold for nearly five minutes before transferring him to an answering service where he left a message for his son which remains unanswered to this day.
Within half an hour of that call, as crew and producer were leaving the room with Ron to film a sequence outside the Scientology building next door, two people seemed to be loitering in the hallway. This is not unusual in a popular hotel but something about them caught the eye of my team.
Perhaps it was the studied manner in which the woman was applying her lipstick, or how intensely the man tried to see inside our room as they exited. Of course, they were most likely not Scientologists but their presence felt unusual enough to give my team the creeps.
Just over 24 hours later, the Church of Scientology had somehow identified my producer, Stefanie Sgroi, and found her email address, sending her a seven-page letter “putting 60 Minutes on notice”.
As well as putting us on notice, the email’s purpose was to blacken Ron’s reputation, listing all manner of things Ron had done and been accused of doing. Rather smugly it seemed, the Church wanted us to know they knew all about Ron’s travel plans to New York and his arrangements with our program, despite neither Ron or us telling them.
We soon moved onto LA where, filming their buildings from the street, our crew was quickly clocked as employees of Channel Nine and filmed and upbraided by Church personnel which may well be expected, even acceptable. Spitting in the vicinity of our cameraman, as did a security guard from the Church, was certainly not acceptable nor particularly grown-up.
Our crew returned to our lodgings in LA, to soon head out again, leaving the driveway gate open. For anyone watching them leave, the house now appeared unattended, except Stefanie and I were inside, busy writing at the dining table. Soon after the crew left, we spotted a man confidently striding up our driveway, past our window, to the rear of the house. He seemed so certain that at first we thought he might be a gardener, except he came with no tools.
On questioning him, he told me he was interested in renting the property.
I advised him there was a sign out the front with a number he should contact. His story was believable. The house was for rent, though there was an obvious sign that said do not disturb the current tenants, and he barely paused to take down the number I’d directed him to. There was nothing else to say he was not doing what he claimed to be doing – showing interest in an available property. But there was something we couldn’t pinpoint that made both Stefanie and I uneasy, uneasy enough to contact the real estate agency.
They told us there had been no inquiries for that property that day. There’s certainly no proof that Scientology was tailing us, as they have done to others, and I can’t see what they would gain by doing so but again it was enough to make us watchful.
The aim of our story was to highlight the disappearance of David Miscavige’s wife, Shelly. The Church denies she’s missing despite no confirmed sighting of her since her father’s funeral in 2007, no direct statement from her, nor the release of any recent photos.
When we asked the Church for an interview with David Miscavige, we were turned down. The notion that he might be asked as to the whereabouts of his wife or to respond to allegations of abuse within the Church was considered ‘preposterous’ by the media relations department.
Instead we were sent many letters that were dedicated to denigrating the people who were to be in our story, despite no direct knowledge within the Church that these people would appear. It seemed it was their way of saying, while you may be turning your focus on us we are watching you.
Source, with photos:
Where is the missing wife of Scientology's ruthless leader? | 60 Minutes Australia
"Shelly Miscavige is the wife of Scientology leader David Miscavige, the high priestess of Scientology who vanished 13 years ago. 60 Minutes investigate into the missing Queen’s whereabouts and speak to the former Scientologist’s who want answers."
Is Scientology's missing Queen living in a secret mountain compound? | 60 Minutes Australia
"Whistle-blower Tony Ortega unpacks the disappearance of Scientology’s ‘Queen’ Shelly Miscavige, revealing the secret mountain location where he believes she is – alive."
How Scientology lures members into the church | 60 Minutes Australia
"Ron Miscavige, father of the leader of the Church of Scientology, David Miscavige, explains to Tara Brown why he stayed in the church for more than 42 years and how Scientology “indoctrinates” their followers."
Celebrities who escaped Scientology | 60 Minutes Australia
"Former Scientologists Leah Remini and Mike Rinder reflect on being brought up in the church they now believe to be a cult – and say they want the organisation’s tax-exemption status revoked."
Why Scientology is dying in Australia | 60 Minutes Australia
"Whistle-blower Tony Ortega says that while Australia was once a “stronghold” for the Church of Scientology, now there are less than 2,000 recorded members."
More videos from 60 Minutes Australia:
The ‘Queen of Scientology’: Where is she now?
"Shelly Miscavige was known as the ‘high priestess’ within Scientology for years before mysteriously vanishing 13 years ago."
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