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David Miscavige, in September 1998, in Los Angeles. Inset, his wife, Shelly, who some former Scientologists believe is in exile.
After the wife of Scientology leader David Miscavige disappeared from public view, in 2007, those who asked questions were stonewalled, or worse. Now interviews with former insiders provide a grim picture of Shelly Miscavige’s youth, marriage, and fall from
Sgrace—and an assessment of her fate By NED ZEMAN
ay what you will about L. Ron Hubbard, the notorious founder of Scientology. Despite his many faws, or perhaps because of them, he was a true Hollywood visionary, a shady pioneer in the dark arts of packaging, branding, and synergy.
In the 1950s, following a string of personal and professional failures, he spun his half-baked science-fction fantasies into a best-selling self-help manifesto called Dianetics: The Modern Sci- ence of Mental Health. Then he repackaged his adaptation into a “religion,” with a killer third-act reveal, involving alien spacecraft, humanoid slaves, and an intergalactic warlord named Xenu. In the meantime, in order to establish multiple revenue streams, he branded a series of proprietary commercial tie-ins, among them “the E-Meter,” a Rube Goldberg gizmo said to “confront areas of spiritual upset.”
By 1969, Hubbard had established a permanent beachhead in Hollywood. There, in a grand Norman-revival chateau that had in the past variously housed Clark Gable, Errol Flynn, Bette Da- vis, and Cary Grant, among others, he established Scientology’s Celebrity Centre International— a spiritual mecca for “artists, politicians, leaders of industry, sports fgures and anyone with the
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power and vision to create a better world.”the CBS sitcom The King of Queens. Remini,the Miscaviges. In so doing, church repre-
The center was a synergistic vehicle fora Scientologist who was raised in a familysentatives dismissed most of V.F.’s sources as
“Project Celebrity”: an internal church newsletter advised the flock to “hunt” for A-list “quarry” such as Greta Garbo, Walt Disney, and Orson Welles. Although none evidently proved amenable, Hubbard stuck with his business model. “Celebri- ties are very Special people,” he wrote in 1973. “They have comm[unication] lines that others do not have.”
By the time of Hubbard’s death, in 1986, Scientology was the ofbeat “It re- ligion” in the Age of Celebrity. It could boast of two tentpole movie stars (Tom Cruise and John Travolta) and featured a solid supporting cast (Kirstie Alley, Anne Archer). By the mid-1990s, the Church of Scientology claimed a membership of eight million.
And yet, as Hubbard would no doubt have realized had he lived long enough, Hollywood is a cruel mistress. Lately, mul- tiple celebrity-related messes have sullied the Scientology brand. Travolta’s private life has been the source of endless scrutiny and controversy. Tom Cruise appeared an unreliable ambassador with his bizarre pyrotechnics on Oprah’s sofa and rants against psychiatry.
Then, in 2011, The New Yorker published a story by Lawrence Wright (later expanded into the 2013 book Going Clear) about the Oscar-winning director and screenwriter Paul Haggis, a longtime Scientologist who had defected from the church. The piece, which a spokesman for the church called “a stale article containing nothing but re- hashed, unfounded allegations,” made the
of Scientologists, wasn’t just another high- profle defector. She was a defector raising hell about the boss’s wife.
Or was it ex-wife? Or late wife? Or miss- ing wife?
For decades, Shelly Miscavige had been the First Lady of Scientology. Graceful and smiling, she was always by Miscavige’s side—during virtually every meeting, every trip, every photo op.
Then, in August 2007, she was suddenly gone. Without a trace.
Since that time, there has been fevered intrigue and speculation as to her where- abouts—among outsiders, anyway. Sources say that church members rarely ask about her, because to ask nosy questions is to invite consequences of the sort that befell Remini. The more she pressed, sources say, the harder she was cursed, interrogated, and shunned. Every time she inquired about Shelly, “she got the runaround,” a source says. “They’d say, ‘Oh, she’s on a special project’ or ‘Oh, she’s visiting a sick relative.’” (Church spokespersons have repeatedly de- nied that Shelly is missing.) Finally Remini quit the church and fled a missing-persons report. The L.A.P.D. soon announced that the case had been closed, and ruled the missing-persons report as “unfounded.” It also said that it had met with Shelly, but gave no further information.
This cryptic explanation only fueled the mystery. Had Shelly fed the church? Was she in hiding? Some Scientology defectors believe she was exiled to one of several secre-
disgruntled apostates, and called V.F.’s ques- tions “ludicrous and ofensive.” Additional- ly, the representatives described Shelly Mis- cavige as a private person who “has been working nonstop in the church, as she always has.” They also point out that I have writ- ten critically about the church in the past.)
In Deep Water
Scientology, during the mid-1970s, was literally adrift. The feds unearthed two criminal conspiracies in which
Scientologists had endeavored to retaliate against investigations by journalists and to infltrate law-enforcement and assorted government agencies. Hubbard, in a quest to fnd a remote location, had fed to inter- national waters years earlier. He took up residence aboard an old transport ship he named Apollo, where he discovered that the life of a seafaring nomad was not without its charms. In his ascots and long denim jackets, “the Commodore,” as he liked to be called then, strolled the decks, regal- ing his crew with tales of his past heroism. Outftting his staf in naval uniforms, he created a vaguely paramilitary organiza- tion called Sea Org. Membership was re- stricted to the highest-ranking and most devoted Scientologists, among them Hub- bard’s third wife, Mary Sue, whom he had married in 1952. Sea Org also included a group called the Commodore’s Messengers Organization. Most of the Messengers hap- pened to be comely teenage girls dressed in hot pants and halter tops. They were at the Commodore’s beck and call, fetching him drinks, recording his utterances, relaying his commands to others, drawing his bath, and lighting his Kools.
Among Hubbard’s most devoted Mes- sengers was the youngest one on board: Michelle “Shelly” Barnett. In photographs from that era, she is revealed to be a willowy beauty with strawberry-blond hair. She be- came a Messenger in the early 1970s when she was around 12.
Shelly’s father, Barney, was a handyman who struggled to fnd work, according to the Headleys; her mother, Flo Barnett, had emotional issues. Such was the couple’s faith in Scientology that they left Shelly and her older sister, Clarisse, in Hubbard’s care. From then on the kids’ early education con- sisted of little beyond the gospel of L.R.H., which held that people are immortal be- ings, or “thetans,” trapped in human bod- ies. Thetans are encumbered by traumas, or “engrams,” accumulated during past lives. Only through a proprietary therapeutic pro- cess known as “auditing” could thetans be cleared of engrams.
The Messengers were devoted to Hub- bard. He was, after all, their de facto par-
“I HAVE NO INDICATION THAT
[DAVID] WAS EVER
ABUSIVE TO SHELLY—
BUT IF NOT, SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN ONE OF THE EXCEPTIONS.”
case that Scientologists are systematically brainwashed, fleeced, and abused by the church generally and by its current leader, David Miscavige, specifcally.
Miscavige is the anti-Hubbard. With darty eyes and the bland good looks of a televangelist, he hawks the word of L.R.H. with ruthless efciency. By this summer, a semblance of order had been restored, as Cruise had more or less rehabbed his image, when the tabloids exploded again. The story was Leah Remini, a TV star best known for playing Kevin James’s ballbuster wife on
tive and heavily guarded bases the church owns in remote western locales. There, the sources say, those who are banned endure lives of isolation, menial labor, and penury. The reason, they claim, is simple. “The law [in Scientology] is: The closer to David Mis- cavige you get, the harder you’re going to fall,” says Claire Headley, an ex-Scientologist who, along with her husband, Marc, worked closely with the Miscaviges. “It’s like the law of gravity, practically. It’s just a matter of when.” (The church of Scientology declined Vanity Fair’s repeated requests to interview
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ent. But Shelly, according to
the man, hanging on his every word and following his orders with a precision that belied her young years and girlish appear- ance. “You’d see this pretty young girl with blond hair and sneakers,” recalls former Sea Org executive Mike Rinder. “But suddenly she’d be inter- rogating people with ‘What are you doing and why are you doing it?’”
Shelly left the ship in the mid-1970s. A few years later, 11 church
COMELY TEENAGE GIRLS, WERE AT HIS BECK AND CALL.
members,includingMary Sue, were charged with conspiracy and bur- glary. All were even- tually convicted and served prison sentences. Although the Commo- dore escaped charges, prosecutors branded him an “unindicted co-conspirator.”
Spooked by the ongoing investigations, Hubbard spent the fnal decade of his life in paranoid madness. He saw persecutors and turncoats—“apostates,” in Scientology terms—around every corner. He created an “All Clear” team to defuse legal threats. Although the team was composed mostly of hardened Sea Org veterans, its leader was a fresh-faced 21-year-old named David Miscavige.
Miscavige, who is about five feet five inches and was chronically asthmatic, had always defied his physical limitations. In the middle-class suburbs of Philadelphia, where he was raised, he had pursued his family’s passions—from football to Scientol- ogy—with terrier-like aggression. By the age of 12, he was conducting auditing sessions with adults. At 16 he dropped out of high school and, like all new Sea Org members, signed a billion-year contract that locked him in full-time and forever.
Miscavige lived in a dormitory at the church’s national headquarters, in Clear- water, Florida. “He was kind of an ass- hole,” says ex-Scientologist Mark Fisher. “He would try to buddy up with you and be like ‘Hey, man, how’s it going?’ But he’d be quick to stab you in the back. If you did something wrong, he’d report you.” At one point, Fisher confided certain doubts to Miscavige about Scientology.
“He made sure that all of my stuf was taken out of our dormitory room and put into the hallway. He just moved me out lock, stock, and barrel, so I had no place to sleep.”
But Miscavige’s charisma played well with the Messenger girls who had de-
Above, L. Ron Hubbard aboard the Apollo in 1969. Right, Shelly in the mid-1970s on the Apollo, where as a 12-year-old she was the youngest “Messenger.”
fash emotion, in a desperate sort of way. She was clearly a lonely girl who’d been abandoned all her life.”
But once Miscavige entered the picture, she focused on him. They married in 1982 in the Los Angeles area and instantly be- came the “It couple” of Sea Org. Emphasis on “couple.”
“Back then, Shelly was much less sub- servient, because she was in a position that was basically equivalent to Miscavige’s,” Mike Rinder recalls. “She was not in a ju- nior position, and she was always a feisty sort of a person.”
And their timing was excellent. Hubbard was, by this point, a babbling Kurtzian fg- ure. This created a power vacuum that re- quired immediate attention. Miscavige ex- pertly outmaneuvered his rivals and shooed them out of the picture. When Hubbard f- nally died, in 1986, Scientology’s future was placed in Miscavige’s hands.
Stand by Your Man
One of the first orders of business for Miscavige as chairman of the board, or “C.O.B.,” was to give
Shelly a job beftting the First Lady of Sci- entology. He created the position of “C.O.B. Assistant,” which aforded her a large work- space connected to his extremely large one in Building 50, a $70 million facility built to Miscavige’s increasingly lofty specifca- tions. “We were kids, and it was all exciting, and it was all the future, and it evolved and evolved,” says Mark “Marty” Rathbun, who at the time served as Miscavige’s top deputy. “The thrill lasted about three years after the old man died. After that time, it progressed to insanity.”
Basically, Shelly was in charge of the dozen-odd stafers who worked in the ex- ecutive ofce. In real terms, though, ac- cording to Claire Headley, the job required her to be “whatever ‘the boss’ wanted her
camped to Clearwater while Hubbard plotted his next moves. Among the girls was Shelly, who soon caught Miscavige’s eye. He was just nine months older—and she still seemed liked a typical 15-year-old, giggling and listening to the love ballads of John Travolta.
The romance between Shelly and Mis- cavige began around 1978, in a rustic bubble known as Int Base. There, in the scrubby ranchlands 90 miles east of Los Angeles, Team Hubbard had transformed a faded resort area into Scientology’s inter- national headquarters. The state-of-the-art base included a film-production studio, heavy security, and Hubbard’s $10 million mansion.
While Miscavige had a hair-trigger tem- per that produced sudden fits of verbal and physical violence, according to several sources—at one point, he’d punched his own auditor—most of the time he was just a fun-loving wunderkind. (A representative for the Miscaviges characterized as “false” the assertions regarding David Miscavige’s alleged temper and fts of violence.)
The romance did nothing to improve Shelly’s standing with her peers. Some of the girls deemed her too young and status-hungry for their taste, and they of- ten excluded her. “That really pushed her buttons,” recalls one former Messenger. “It was the one thing that really made her
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to be at any given moment.” Sometimestained strict confdentiality at the church.)Miscavige would systematically terrorize,
she was his unofcial counselor, at otherSeveral sources say Shelly started to ob-humiliate, and abuse Sea Org members,
times his valet. Such became the nature of their relationship that she’d hover within arm’s reach of him. There she nodded thoughtfully or fashed a huge smile, while Miscavige’s opposite elbow was manned by his second-most-important female ac- cessory, Laurisse “Lou” Stuckenbrock. A statuesque New Zealander, she functioned as his “communicator.”
By this point, according to several ex-
sess over her makeup, her hair, her weight. Rigid adherence to an all-natural diet made her increasingly gaunt. And her relation- ships with certain female colleagues grew strained. Tom De Vocht recalls an incident involving his then wife, an attractive Sea Org member prone to wearing snug tank tops. “I’m sitting in my ofce, behind closed doors, and one evening the door swings open with a crash and slams shut,” he says.
especially those he suspected of being “suppressive persons” (S.P.’s); that when he himself wasn’t punching, choking, or shoving his staf he ordered his lieutenants to do so; that perceived transgressors were routinely spirited to secret detention facili- ties reminiscent of North Korean–style re- education camps; that to be in one of these facilities was to spend months or years eating a subsistence diet (rice and beans), performing menial tasks (reportedly scrub- bing bathrooms with your tongue, in one case), and seeing no one outside the base (including your family); and that to escape from Sea Org—to “blow,” as they say— would generally necessitate a mad dash past armed guards and spiked fences, fol- lowed by harassment and disconnection from all the family members and friends you’d left behind.
Defectors like Jefferson Hawkins, a longtime Sea Org member, say Miscavige meted out his harshest abuse to those in his inner circle, whom he blamed for the scandals. Lieutenants were often sentenced to a squalid makeshift prison called “the Hole,” where they were compelled to fght for their jobs—sometimes literally, and once in a game of musical chairs set to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.
“You had to walk a really, really careful line, and you could not challenge him in any way,” says Hawkins, who “blew” after Miscavige allegedly attacked him during a meeting. (A representative for David Mis- cavige denied this allegation, saying that Hawkins “has no credibility” and “waited years after the alleged event before he frst ‘remembered’ it.”) Hawkins adds, “I have no indication that he was ever abusive to Shelly—but if not, she would have been one of the exceptions.”
None of the prominent defectors inter- viewed by V.F. said they’d ever seen Mis- cavige touch his wife in anger. But many of them agree that she endured verbal abuse. “I’ve seen him yell at her for not doing his bidding,” says John Brousseau, who has known the Miscaviges for three decades. “He’d admonish her: ‘How dare you under- mine what I just told them to do! You go back and fx it right now!’ And she would go of and eat her words and tell people an amended version of what to do. ...
“As Miscavige rose to power and became more and more bitter, Shelly sort of emulat- ed it,” Brousseau adds. Photos that belong to the Miscaviges’ former fashion designer of choice, Claudio Lugli, seem to show a hardness in Shelly’s features. She became prone to sudden outbursts. Sometimes she’d call then Sea Org member Jan Weiss, alleg- edly one of her only close friends, to bark an order and then slam the phone down. One
“SHE WASN’T JUST THE
ZOMBIE THAT A LOT
OF OTHERS THERE WERE,” SAYS SHELLY MISCAVIGE’S NIECE JENNA.
Scientologists, Shelly’s husband had come to seem more like her boss. When the couple went out at night, they were often accompa- nied by Miscavige’s bobbleheaded yes-men. When they came home, they retired to sepa- rate bedrooms, say several sources.
“I never, ever, ever saw them kiss,” says Marc Headley, who worked closely with the Miscaviges. “I was there for 15 years... So I had plenty of opportunities to witness them together and never, ever saw them afectionate with each other... I’m talking about in a room with four other people. Informal. We’re all just chatting, and he isn’t touching her.”
“Odd, odd couple,” says another former Sea Org member, Tom De Vocht. “There was obviously a working relationship, but odd. I don’t think I once saw Miscavige hug or kiss or anything Shelly. I spent a lot of time with them. There was no real afection.”
Maybe the Miscaviges were simply modest church folk honoring the conservative policies of Sea Org, which forbade almost everything sexual, from pre-marital petting to masturbation. By some accounts, though, Miscavige was no stranger to graphic sexual imagery. When angry, he’d unleash a torrent of flth, in his rapid-fre Philly-guy manner. “You’re a cocksucker,” he’d say. “I’ll rip your balls of, you dirty cunt.”
According to several sources, Miscavige relished reading transcripts of auditing ses- sions in which Tom Cruise discussed his sex life, while Shelly would just blush, shake her head, and say, “That’s gross.” (Scientology representatives have disputed this account and said that Miscavige has always main-
“I turn around and it’s Shelly, and she goes, ‘You get your bitch, cunt, fucking whore wife away from my husband! She’s always hanging her tits in his face, and I’m just tell- ing you, they’ve got something going on!’”
There is no evidence that either Mis- cavige or the woman was unfaithful, and Miscavige’s ex-colleagues say they never saw him philandering. Instead, they de- scribe him as surrounding himself with servile young beauties.
The Hubbard parallels were not lost on Shelly, who, former colleagues say, was de- termined to roll back the trend. She would not become another Mary Sue—a loyal wife who was summarily abandoned by her hus- band. Shelly found guidance from L.R.H., in an essay he’d written about 19th-century war hero Simón Bolívar and his mistress Manuela Sáenz. Because Sáenz had not adequately supported her man, Hubbard argued, Bolívar had died a failure.
Miscavige, like Hubbard, evidently developed a siege mentality. His frst big trigger involved the case of Lisa McPherson, a Scientologist who sufered a fatal pulmonary embolism after 17 days of a Scientology auditing process designed to treat her mental instability. The church faced two felony charges, but they were later dropped when the medical examiner changed the cause of death from “undetermined” to “accident”; in order to settle a civil suit, the church paid Mc- Pherson’s family an undisclosed sum.
Then there was the P.R. nightmare caused by a gathering stream of defections, includ- ing some from the highest levels of Sea Org. Scores of defectors have said that
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time, Weiss recalls, she hissed, “You don’t care about any fucking body but yourself!”
“But if you knew her, which I and a lot of people did, you could kind of get through that,” Brousseau says. “A lot of people will tell you about what a horrible bitch she was, and how she was just as bad as Miscavige—which, in a lot of respects, is true. She was doing his bidding. But a lot of people who knew her personally will say that, underneath it all, she was actually a nice person.”
Shelly’s core decency seemed clear to other former colleagues as well. She en- couraged staf to volunteer and help the lo- cal community. Whenever a Sea Org mem- ber fell ill, she was the one who made sure the person received ample care. Her niece Jenna Miscavige Hill recalls a conversa- tion in which Shelly inquired about Hill’s parents, who had fed the church. Hill as- sumed she was fshing for intel. “No, I’m not interested in that,” Hill recalls that Shelly said. “I just mean how are they do- ing personally?”
Hill detected a strong maternal instinct in Shelly, who didn’t have children of her own. According to Hill, she seemed to com- pensate by mentoring Messenger girls.
Even in adulthood, Shelly proudly wore a necklace with Hubbard’s Messenger symbol on it. “She told me a lot of fucked- up things that really messed with my mind,” says Hill, who blew in 2005. “But she be- lieved those things because she had to, to live that life. Her mom ditched her. She was royally screwed over and a misft, from what I understand. She wasn’t just the butt-kissing zombie that a lot of others there were. I feel like what she did was because of her faith in Hubbard, not to improve her own status.”
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absorber.” For starters, she was a master at back-channel diplomacy. Marc Headley recalls, “D.M. would come in and say, ‘You guys fucking suck! I don’t know what the fuck is wrong with you! You’re go- ing to the Rehabilitation Project Force!’”— the punitive re-education program. “Shelly would come in five minutes or an hour later and say, ‘O.K., guys, you aren’t going to the R.P.F. Let’s fgure out how we can get this done.’”
Gary Morehead, a former Sea Org mem- ber, who was head of security at Int Base, says many church members had no idea just how much Shelly protected them. On the sly, he says, she would “adjust” some
of the church’s most outrageous policies. When one of Miscavige’s rages portend- ed violence, Shelly was the frst and f- nal line of defense. “She was the only person I ever saw try and put a check on his outbursts,” says Claire Head- ley. “She was the only person that
would even try to intervene.” She’d try to be discreet, employing a
light nudge or a soothing whisper. Other times, she’d try to gently steer him out of the room: “Let’s go. Let’s not do this.” “There were times when he’d hit some- body, knock them of a chair, kick them,” Rathbun recalls. “When he’d go in for more, she would restrain him.”
By 2004, Headley says, “Shelly was cowed. She was always stressed. She was never sleeping. She was just run ragged. Because of that, she was often in a bad mood, and that’s where some people would just say they hated her... But she was never an evil person, and I thought she really cared. It was just a god-awful situation.”
The Lady Vanishes
In late 2006, according to multiple sources, Shelly was tasked with a Sisy- phean project. Already various Sea Org officers had tried and failed to satisfy Miscavige’s wishes for a new and improved “Org Board”—a corporate reshufing, ba- sically. Shelly, despite months of round-the- clock drafting and re-drafting, fared no bet- ter. Miscavige rejected everything.
At this point they were communicat- ing from afar. Rather uncharacteristically, Miscavige had felt a strong and sudden need to spend time in Los Angeles, which housed the church’s publishing unit, about to peddle its latest book of Hubbardisms. In the meantime, at Int Base, Shelly went back to the Org Board. Then, for reasons known only to her, she made two execu- tive decisions. Without Miscavige’s O.K., she disseminated the chart and informed people of their new titles and duties. Ad- ditionally, in order to facilitate renovations
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Even who disliked ShellyCalifornia. couldn’t help but feel sorry for her, former col- leagues say. Because most church members wouldn’t dare approach the First Lady, and because she was inherently shy, she often appeared lonely and isolated. Jan Weiss no- ticed how few friends she had when the two were stationed at Int Base in the late 80s. “She was sitting at a breakfast table all by herself,” Weiss recalls. “It was a Saturday, so I went up to her and said, ‘Do you want to do libs?’” That’s church-speak for free time. “I was kind of shocked when she said yes.”
After a fun day’s shopping in Palm Springs, they had dinner at Benihana. A chef asked whether they were sisters. “No,” Weiss says Shelly replied. “We’re best friends.”
Although Shelly rarely discussed her family, Weiss says, she had indicated that her early childhood had been “horrible.” Her parents had divorced. Although Shelly still knew and loved her father, according to the Headleys, her mother had been out of the picture for years.
In 1985, while struggling to recover from surgery for an aneurysm, Shelly’s mother became involved with a Scientology splinter group that defed and enraged David Mis- cavige, former church executives have tes- tifed. Later that year, she was found dead of what police deemed a suicide. Although some observers wondered how a fve-foot- three woman could shoot four bullets into her own chest and head—with a long rife—Shelly’s reaction when she learned of the death was clear, according to multiple people. Former church member Karen de la Carriere remembers Shelly saying, “Well, good riddance to that bitch.”
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moved to a temporary housing unit, ac- cording to John Brousseau.
Within days, former colleagues say, Shelly seemed to know she was living on borrowed time. “She puttered about for maybe a week or two, being very sheepish and withdrawn,” Brousseau recalls. “Not really contributing. Telling her domestic staf not to bother tak- ing care of her—that she could make her own meals. She’d say, ‘It’s all right,’ and sort of be very undeserving, knowing that she was in a crap-load of trouble.”
Mike Rinder, having just seen Misca- vige, was cornered by Shelly. “She asked me whether he was wearing his platinum wedding ring or his gold one,” Rinder says, “like she didn’t want to ask if he was still wearing his wedding ring.”
Soon Shelly was stripped of her duties and was shadowed by a watchful handler while attending her father’s funeral, ac- cording to Marc Headley. There she went to the bathroom and was approached by a former Scientologist who had been declared an S.P. and didn’t know where to turn. “Listen to me,” Headley claims Shelly said. “I fucked up, and I’m not go- ing to be able to help you.”
At around this time, it began to seem as if the First Lady of Scientology had never existed. Claudio Lugli says he was told, “You don’t have to do Shelly’s [clothes] anymore, because she’s on a special project.” Sea Org never discussed her sudden disappearance, and its mem- bers were loath to ask. The rare exception was Leah Remini, whose famed brassiness proved problematic for Sea Org. At Tom Cruise’s wedding to Katie Holmes, in No- vember 2006, Remini couldn’t help but notice a glaring absence. She wondered aloud, “Where’s Shelly?”
Remini, according to a source close to her, was told to shut up and mind her own business. But when Christmas came and went, and she failed to receive her tradi- tional thank-you note from Shelly, Remini’s questions became more insistent. But the harder she pressed, the more the church stonewalled. The stalemate lasted for nearly seven years, during which time Shelly’s whereabouts was largely unknown by the outside world and not spoken of by her hus- band. Now in the head ofce it was just Mis- cavige and Lou Stuckenbrock.
In time, a handful of journalists con- cluded that Shelly was being housed at one of the church’s secretive and tightly con- trolled outer bases. Most Sea Org members are never told about these outposts, which serve to protect the church’s most precious possessions and operations, and which can be found in California and New Mexico;
northeastern New Mexico, serves as a re- pository for Hubbard’s writings and flms; the former are engraved on steel tablets, entombed in titanium casings, and buried in underground vaults, according to several former church members.
But most reports about Shelly’s where- abouts focused on a base outside Los Angeles. Located near Lake Arrowhead, about 90 minutes from the city, the roughly 500-acre site is known variously as Twin Peaks, Rimforest, or C.S.T. The frst two are nearby towns; the third is an abbre- viation for Church of Spiritual Technol- ogy—the wing in charge of Scientology’s copyrights and archival work. According to Dylan Gill, a former Sea Org member who oversaw much of its construction, the base includes, in addition to a luxurious “log cabin” primed for Hubbard’s return, a sec- ond structure designed to protect church V.I.P.’s such as Miscavige and Tom Cruise in the event of a nuclear Armageddon.
The only people who enter the vast base are the two dozen or so Sea Org members who live on it
full-time. Most people assigned there con- sider the posting an honor because to be at Twin Peaks is to be safeguarding the word of L.R.H. Never mind that they are monitored by a security apparatus that in- cludes armed guards, infra-red cameras, and spiked fences, sources say. “It’s iso- lated,” says Gill, who spent seven years at Twin Peaks. “You really don’t have contact with other Scientologists at all.” Mail and phone calls are monitored. “It’s a good way
because I guess they didn’t have the keys. Shelly was the only one who did.”
Immediately after he removed the panel, Brousseau says, Miscavige told him to leave. “A couple hours later, I get a call asking if I know how to pick locks,” Brousseau contin- ues. “So I unlocked some of these fle cabi- nets, and the minute I unlocked them, he said, ‘No, no, no, leave them. You can leave.’ A couple weeks later, when Miscavige was no longer at the property, I was summoned by another ofce secretary. She said I could repair the lock and get it re-keyed with the exact same key and make it look like noth- ing had happened. This is all while Shelly was still under heavy investigation.”
According to Mike Rinder and Mark Rathbun, who have frsthand knowledge of such procedures, the investigation would have involved a “sec-check,” in which se- curity personnel would put her through repeated interrogations designed to elicit confessions, repentance, and submission. (Sec-checks are routinely administered for the smallest slight, sources say.) Every- thing she said would have been relayed to her husband, who ultimately banished her to endure several months of auditing and re-programming, Rathbun says, likely fol- lowed by several months of menial labor— until she fnally evinced satisfactory degrees of contrition, obeisance, and “clarity.”
Although it’s possible Shelly was shufed to another base, sources like Jan Weiss and Claire Headley, who knew her well, say she’ll most likely stay at Twin Peaks for as long as is required of her—not because she has to, but because she wants to. “She lives
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to have somebody disappear,” Gill adds. Multiple sources say Shelly was sent to Twin Peaks straight from Int Base. A few weeks after her disappearance, John Brous- seau says, Lou Stuckenbrock summoned him to the ofce Shelly had previously oc- cupied. “Miscavige was standing there, looking very impatient and irate, and he said to me, ‘Hey, J.B., can you break into here?’ He was pointing to a sort of hid- den panel that [concealed] a large walk-in closet with lockable fle cabinets. Once you
in a sort of demented altered universe,” says Karen de la Carriere. “Whatever she thinks of D.M., she is devoted to Hubbard. That’s the only life she’s ever known.”
The greater tragedy of Shelly, says Marc Headley, is that “she’s probably the one per- son who could just end it tomorrow. If she just walked away from the whole craziness and said, ‘O.K., this is where all the fucking bodies are buried—this is what he did with this, this is what he did with that—let’s fuck- ing burn it down,’ it would be done.” ␣
The download of the magazine materials condensed was successful for me and came in at 76.6 MB.
Thanks, got it on the third try.
73MB for under 6000 words. Hardly worth the effort
the full mag is the same size. adobe doesn't snip it, it just doesn't show the rest of the pages. you have to use something else it to make it smaller
I personally will rather buy the magazine online, good behaviour ought to be rewarded.
There's a related post here:
picked up a copy. WOW that magazine is loaded with advertisements. It was like a book.
Glad to see Where is Shelly in the media
I purchased a copy from my local CostCo outlet for 20% off - CDN $4.19.
Praise Xenu for Shelly Miscavige! The piss poor retreads of the Vanity Fair story are finally trumping the stoopid John Travolta loves the kool-aid retreads!!
Echo articles coming in, some are more broken telephone than echo.
And now the New York Post:
What happened to the First Lady of Scientology?
"Missing persons reports filed with the Los Angeles Police Department have reportedly found that she is happy at the base “and has requested privacy"
I heard the reason Shelly never had children is because little David's penis is too small, like microsized.
I guess that explains his cowardice & irrational behaviour and insecurity around women in general.
Vanity Fair France has just posted a French version of Ned Zeman's March 2014 article "Scientology's Vanished Queen":
Où est passée la first lady de la scientologie?
("Where is the First Lady of Scientology?")
Cherchez la femme!
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