Often there are mysteries going on around us about which we are oblivious.  One must understand that there are forces at work hellbent on our destruction.  There are humans who are dedicated to the cause of a global government free of what they consider the laws and judgement of Almighty God.  They are inspired and driven by spiritual forces of darkness.

In this post we are going to look at a few mysteries that have to date remained unsolved.  Hopefully, the information here will shed some light and connect some dots that will help you to develop a clearer understanding and perhaps even a conclusion to one or more of those mysteries presented here.

This post is chuck full of mystery and mysteries.  We begin with a sad tale of a woman who seems to have been a victim of circumstance from a very early age.

Michele “Shelly” Miscavige was Born Michele Diane Barnett on January 18, 1961,  Ms. Miscavige has “officially” only appeared in public once to attend her fathers funeral in 2007 where she attended in the presence of Scientology “handlers.”


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Michele (pronounced [miˈkɛːle]) is an Italian male given name, akin to the English male name Michael.

Michele (usually pronounced /mɪˈʃɛl/ mish-EL), is also an English female given name that is derived from the French Michèle. It is a variant spelling of the more common (and identically pronounced) name Michelle. It can also be a surname.

Both are ultimately derived from the Hebrew מִיכָאֵל, Through the Greek Μιχαήλ and the Latin Michahel meaning “Who is like El?”.

El (deity)

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Father of the Gods

Gilded statuette of El from Tel Megiddo
Other names
Abode Mount Lel
Symbol Bull
Region Levant (particularly Canaan) and Anatolia
Personal information

(Ugarit religions)

Syrian equivalent Dagon[1][2]
Mesopotamian equivalent AnuEnlil[3][4]
Hurrian equivalent Kumarbi[3][4]
Roman equivalent Saturn
Gebel al-Arak knife Possible depiction of El with two lions, B.C. 3450[5]

ʼĒl (/ɛl/ EL; also IlUgaritic𐎛𐎍 ʾīluPhoenician𐤀𐤋 ʾīl;[6] Hebrewאֵל ʾēlSyriacܐܺܝܠ ʾīylArabicإل ʾil or إله ʾilāh[clarification needed]; cognate to Akkadian𒀭romanized: ilu) isNorthwest Semitic word meaning ‘god’ or ‘deity‘, or referring (as a proper name) to any one of multiple major ancient Near Eastern deities. A rarer form, ila, represents the predicate form in the Old Akkadian and Amorite languages.[7] The word is derived from the Proto-Semitic *ʔil-, meaning “god”.[8]

Specific deities known as ElAl or Il include the supreme god of the ancient Canaanite religion[9] and the supreme god of East Semitic speakers in Early Dynastic Period of Mesopotamia.[10] Among the Hittites, El was known as Elkunirsa (Hittite𒂖𒆪𒉌𒅕𒊭 Elkunīrša).

Although ʼĒl gained different appearances and meanings in different languages over time, it continues to exist as -il or -el in compound noun phrases such as Ishmael, Israel, Daniel, Raphael, Michael, and Gabriel.



CERN ritual hoax – Wikipedia

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The video became popular in August 2016 and shows several people dressed in black cloaks surrounding a statue of the Hindu deity Shiva and apparently performing a human sacrifice, in apparent mockery of existing conspiracy theories which suggest that CERN aims to use the Large Hadron Collider to create a portal to hell …
I would just like to submit to you the possibility that “Shelley” Miscavige: as a firm believer in the cause of Scientology and a devotee of  L Ron Hubbard, along with her years of brainwashing, is a strong candidate for the role as the sacrificial victim at the foot of Shiva on the grounds of CERN.  In the video, the victim appears to be a willing participant in the sacrificial rite.
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The “Mock Sacrifice” took place in August 2016.   

On the far left below is the person that was considered as possibly being the victim in the CERN Sacrifice.  The next three photos are of SHELLY MISCAVIGE.


Scientology’s Vanished Queen

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 grace—and an assessment of her fate.

Say what you will about L. Ron Hubbard, the notorious founder of Scientology. Despite his many flaws, 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-fiction fantasies into a best-selling self-help manifesto called Dianetics: The Modern Science 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 Davis, and Cary Grant, among others, he established Scientology’s Celebrity Centre International—a spiritual mecca for “artists, politicians, leaders of industry, sports figures and anyone with the power and vision to create a better world.”

The center was a synergistic vehicle for “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. “Celebrities 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 offbeat “It religion” 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, multiple 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 rehashed, unfounded allegations,” made the case that Scientologists are systematically brainwashed, fleeced, and abused by the church generally and by its current leader, David Miscavige, specifically.

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 efficiency. 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 the CBS sitcom The King of Queens. Remini, a Scientologist who was raised in a family of Scientologists, wasn’t just another high-profile defector. She was a defector raising hell about the boss’s wife.

Or was it ex-wife? Or late wife? Or missing 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 whereabouts—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 denied that Shelly is missing.) Finally Remini quit the church and filed 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 fled the church? Was she in hiding? Some Scientology defectors believe she was exiled to one of several secretive 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 Miscavige 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 the Miscaviges. In so doing, church representatives dismissed most of V.F.’s sources as disgruntled apostates, and called V.F.’s questions “ludicrous and offensive.” Additionally, the representatives described Shelly Miscavige as a private person who “has been working nonstop in the church, as she always has.” They also point out that I have written 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 infiltrate law-enforcement and assorted government agencies. Hubbard, in a quest to find a remote location, had fled to international 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, regaling his crew with tales of his past heroism. Outfitting his staff in naval uniforms, he created a vaguely paramilitary organization called Sea Org. Membership was restricted to the highest-ranking and most devoted Scientologists, among them Hubbard’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 happened 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 Messengers 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 became a Messenger in the early 1970s when she was around 12.

Shelly’s father, Barney, was a handyman who struggled to find 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 consisted of little beyond the gospel of L.R.H., which held that people are immortal beings, or “thetans,” trapped in human bodies. Thetans are encumbered by traumas, or “engrams,” accumulated during past lives. Only through a proprietary therapeutic process known as “auditing” could thetans be cleared of engrams.

The Messengers were devoted to Hubbard. He was, after all, their de facto parent. But Shelly, according to several sources, worshipped the man, hanging on his every word and following his orders with a precision that belied her young years and girlish appearance. “You’d see this pretty young girl with blond hair and sneakers,” recalls former Sea Org executive Mike Rinder. “But suddenly she’d be interrogating 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 members, including Mary Sue, were charged with conspiracy and burglary. All were eventually convicted and served prison sentences. Although the Commodore escaped charges, prosecutors branded him an “unindicted co-conspirator.”

Spooked by the ongoing investigations, Hubbard spent the final 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 Scientology—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 Clearwater, Florida. “He was kind of an asshole,” 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 stuff 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 decamped 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 Miscavige 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 international 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 temper 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 fits 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 often excluded her. “That really pushed her buttons,” recalls one former Messenger. “It was the one thing that really made her flash 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 became the “It couple” of Sea Org. Emphasis on “couple.”

Back then, Shelly was much less subservient, because she was in a position that was basically equivalent to Miscavige’s,” Mike Rinder recalls. “She was not in a junior position, and she was always a feisty sort of a person.”

And their timing was excellent. Hubbard was, by this point, a babbling Kurtzian figure. This created a power vacuum that required immediate attention. Miscavige expertly outmaneuvered his rivals and shooed them out of the picture. When Hubbard finally 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 befitting the First Lady of Scientology. He created the position of “C.O.B. Assistant,” which afforded her a large workspace connected to his extremely large one in Building 50, a $70 million facility built to Miscavige’s increasingly lofty specifications. “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 staffers who worked in the executive office. In real terms, though, according to Claire Headley, the job required her to be “whatever ‘the boss’ wanted her to be at any given moment.” Sometimes she was his unofficial counselor, at other 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 flashed a huge smile, while Miscavige’s opposite elbow was manned by his second-most-important female accessory, Laurisse “Lou” Stuckenbrock. A statuesque New Zealander, she functioned as his “communicator.”

By this point, according to several ex-Scientologists, Shelly’s husband had come to seem more like her boss. When the couple went out at night, they were often accompanied by Miscavige’s bobbleheaded yes-men. When they came home, they retired to separate 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 affectionate 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 affection.”

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 filth, in his rapid-fire Philly-guy manner. “You’re a cocksucker,” he’d say. “I’ll rip your balls off, you dirty cunt.”

According to several sources, Miscavige relished reading transcripts of auditing sessions 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 maintained strict confidentiality at the church.)

Several sources say Shelly started to obsess over her makeup, her hair, her weight. Rigid adherence to an all-natural diet made her increasingly gaunt. And her relationships 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 office, behind closed doors, and one evening the door swings open with a crash and slams shut,” he says. “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 telling you, they’ve got something going on!’ ”

There is no evidence that either Miscavige or the woman was unfaithful, and Miscavige’s ex-colleagues say they never saw him philandering. Instead, they describe him as surrounding himself with servile young beauties.

The Hubbard parallels were not lost on Shelly, who, former colleagues say, was determined to roll back the trend. She would not become another Mary Sue—a loyal wife who was summarily abandoned by her husband. 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 first big trigger involved the case of Lisa McPherson, a Scientologist who suffered 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 McPherson’s family an undisclosed sum.

Then there was the P.R. nightmare caused by a gathering stream of defections, including some from the highest levels of Sea Org. Scores of defectors have said that Miscavige would systematically terrorize, humiliate, and abuse Sea Org members, especially those he suspected of being “suppressive persons” (S.P.’s); that when he himself wasn’t punching, choking, or shoving his staff he ordered his lieutenants to do so; that perceived transgressors were routinely spirited to secret detention facilities 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 scrubbing 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, followed 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 fight 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 Miscavige denied this allegation, saying that Hawkins “has no credibility” and “waited years after the alleged event before he first ‘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 interviewed by V.F. said they’d ever seen Miscavige 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 undermine what I just told them to do! You go back and fix it right now!’ And she would go off 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 emulated 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, allegedly one of her only close friends, to bark an order and then slam the phone down. One 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 encouraged staff to volunteer and help the local community. Whenever a Sea Org member fell ill, she was the one who made sure the person received ample care. Her niece Jenna Miscavige Hill recalls a conversation in which Shelly inquired about Hill’s parents, who had fled the church. Hill assumed she was fishing for intel. “No, I’m not interested in that,” Hill recalls that Shelly said. “I just mean how are they doing personally?”

Hill detected a strong maternal instinct in Shelly, who didn’t have children of her own. According to Hill, she seemed to compensate 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 believed those things because she had to, to live that life. Her mom ditched her. She was royally screwed over and a misfit, 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.”

Even those who disliked Shelly couldn’t help but feel sorry for her, former colleagues 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 noticed 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 defied and enraged David Miscavige, former church executives have testified. Later that year, she was found dead of what police deemed a suicide. Although some observers wondered how a five-foot-three woman could shoot four bullets into her own chest and head—with a long rifle—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.”

Many members regarded Shelly as Sea Org’s most valuable “shock 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 going 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 figure out how we can get this done.’ ”

Gary Morehead, a former Sea Org member, 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 portended violence, Shelly was the first and final line of defense. “She was the only person I ever saw try and put a check on his outbursts,” says Claire Headley. “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 somebody, knock them off 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 Sisyphean project. Already various Sea Org officers had tried and failed to satisfy Miscavige’s wishes for a new and improved “Org Board”—a corporate reshuffling, basically. Shelly, despite months of round-the-clock drafting and re-drafting, fared no better. Miscavige rejected everything.

At this point they were communicating 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 executive decisions. Without Miscavige’s O.K., she disseminated the chart and informed people of their new titles and duties. Additionally, in order to facilitate renovations on Miscavige’s living quarters, she had some of his belongings boxed up and moved to a temporary housing unit, according 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 staff not to bother taking 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 Miscavige, 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, according 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 going 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 members 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 November 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 traditional thank-you note from Shelly, Remini’s questions became more insistent. 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 husband. Now in the head office it was just Miscavige and Lou Stuckenbrock.

In time, a handful of journalists concluded that Shelly was being housed at one of the church’s secretive and tightly controlled 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; a base in Wyoming is still under construction. For example, Trementina Base, in northeastern New Mexico, serves as a repository for Hubbard’s writings and films; 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 whereabouts 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 first two are nearby towns; the third is an abbreviation for Church of Spiritual Technology—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 second 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 consider 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 includes armed guards, infra-red cameras, and spiked fences, sources say. “It’s isolated,” 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 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 Brousseau says, Lou Stuckenbrock summoned him to the office Shelly had previously occupied. “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 hidden panel that [concealed] a large walk-in closet with lockable file cabinets. Once you close and lock the panel, it looks just like a wall panel. He wanted me to break into it, 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 continues. “So I unlocked some of these file cabinets, 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 office secretary. She said I could repair the lock and get it re-keyed with the exact same key and make it look like nothing had happened. This is all while Shelly was still under heavy investigation.”

According to Mike Rinder and Mark Rathbun, who have firsthand knowledge of such procedures, the investigation would have involved a “sec-check,” in which security 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.) Everything 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 followed by several months of menial labor—until she finally evinced satisfactory degrees of contrition, obeisance, and “clarity.”

Although it’s possible Shelly was shuffled 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 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 person 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 fucking burn it down,’ it would be done.”


Shelly Miscavige, the wife of David Miscavige, the leader of the Church of Scientology, has been the subject of speculation about her whereabouts for years. She and David married in 1982 and were members of the Commodore’s Messenger Organization, an elite group within the church. Shelly was rumored to have played a significant role in the church until 2006, when she was absent from Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ wedding. In 2013, actress Leah Remini, a former member of the church, filed a missing persons report with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) after Shelly’s last public appearance. However, the LAPD later announced that they had found Shelly to be “alive and safe” and closed the case. 
The Church of Scientology has not commented on Shelly’s location, and some say they regularly hide replies on their X account to people asking about her. In 2019, a YouTube video claimed that some people within Scientology had told Tony Ortega that Shelly had been living in an underground bunker for 13 years. 

A former Scientologist has reignited discussion about the whereabouts of Shelly Miscavige, the rarely seen wife of the church’s leader, David Miscavige.

Shelly Miscavige, who has not been seen in public since 2007, became the punchline in one of Jerrod Carmichael’s jokes at the Golden Globe Awards on Tuesday. The comedian, who was hosting the show, suggested that Tom Cruise‘s returned trophies be exchanged for her “safe return.”

Around the same time as the star-studded broadcast, Aaron Smith-Levin took to his Growing Up in Scientology YouTube channel to share resurfaced drone footage of what he described as one of the church’s top secret bases in Twin Peaks, California.

Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige
Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige is pictured on December 3, 2016, in Clearwater, Florida. The background shows the exterior of the Scientology building in Hollywood, California. Resurfaced drone footage purportedly shows where Miscavige’s wife, Shelly Miscavige, has been working in the years since she was last seen publicly.  CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY VIA GETTY IMAGES;/EPICS/GETTY IMAGES

This is literally one of the most secretive Scientology bases in the world, and we can take a tour of it with drone footage. Incredible,” said Smith-Levin, a former Scientologist, as he discussed the Google Earth footage, which was originally posted on YouTube channel Angry Thetan five years ago. The latter account has shared several Scientology-related clips.

It has to piss David Miscavige off to no end that someone succeeded in flying a drone with cameras over one of their most secretive bases,” said Smith-Levin, adding that non-Scientologist armed security guards oversee the base.

The security guards, Smith-Levin alleged, were said to have been put in place to “help keep Shelly from escaping” from the base. But he added, “I don’t think Shelly wants to escape.”

In the high-quality footage, a collection of buildings were shown dotted around a thick forest as part of a compound that Smith-Levin described as a CST (Church of Spiritual Technology) base, where he said Shelly Miscavige works.

Drone Footage Showing Shelly Miscavige’s (Purported) Location

Smith-Levin described CST as a “secretive Scientology organization whose role is to store [Scientology founder] L. Ron Hubbard’s works in almost imperishable form in underground nuclear-proof vaults.”

On its website, the church describes CST as “a California nonprofit religious corporation formed in 1982 to preserve and archive the Scientology scripture and so ensure its availability for all future generations. It is a Church in the Scientology religion.”

Smith-Levin said that even the most prominent Scientologists are unaware of the mountainside compound, saying: “Any Sea Org member would absolutely kill to work at this base.”

“Now just because Shelly Miscavige was sent here to work doesn’t mean it wasn’t also some kind of a penalty,” he continued. “She was removed from her post as David Miscavige’s assistant and sent to this base to work. It was really, like, kind of an effort to banish her from the base so that Miscavige wouldn’t have to see her and wouldn’t have to run into her.”

A 2014 Vanity Fair article reported that Shelly Miscavige—whose real first name is Michele—rose through the ranks of the church alongside her husband to become “the First Lady of Scientology.”

She became a member of the elite Scientology group the Sea Organization, which requires members to contractually commit to a billion years of service.

Former Scientologist Leah Remini
Actress Leah Remini is pictured on December 12, 2018, in New York City. A former Scientologist, she was friends with Shelly Miscavige, the rarely seen wife of the church’s leader, David Miscavige. JOHN LAMPARSKI/WIREIMAGE

According to Vanity Fair, Shelly Miscavige allegedly fell out of favor after her botched reorganization project in 2006. She has not been publicly seen in the years since.

Her lawyers have said she was living in a private Church of Scientology residence, but actress and former Scientologist Leah Remini filed a missing person’s report with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) in 2013. The LAPD confirmed at the time, in response to the missing persons claim, that they saw and spoke to Shelly Miscavige.  (Actually, they did not CONFIRM that the SAW and/or Spoke to her, but to someone who confirmed )

On November 10, 2022, Remini shared an update on her personal investigation into Shelly Miscavige’s whereabouts and raised concerns about the LAPD investigation. In response, the LAPD said: “In 2014, Los Angeles Police Department detectives assigned to the Missing Persons Unit went to Shelly Miscavige’s location and personally made contact with her and her attorney. Detectives found her to be alive and safe, and subsequently closed the missing persons investigation.

In her 2015 book Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, Remini said she tried to directly contact Shelly Miscavige, an old friend, but those efforts were thwarted by the church.

During a conversation with David Miscavige, Remini was allegedly told that Shelly Miscavige had to be kept away “because SPs [Suppressive Persons] are constantly trying to have her subpoenaed.” In another conversation, Remini was told that Shelly Miscavige was on Gold Base, Scientology’s 500-acre compound near Hemet, California.

While the mystery of Shelly Miscavige’s whereabouts is unsolved, as well as why she hasn’t been seen, Smith-Levin said that the footage shared on his YouTube channel on Tuesday will likely spark ire among those in the church.

“What we have seen here is something David Miscavige would definitely not want anyone to see,” he said as the footage ended. “And any Scientologist would actually get in trouble for watching what you guys watched.

He continued: “Any Scientologist would even get in trouble if in an auditing session or in an ethics interview they admitted to having looked up the location of this base and having spent time touring it on Google Earth or on the YouTube drone footage.”

“It really is incredible to believe that Scientology controls its members’ thoughts, behaviors and actions in that way,” he said.

Last year, Smith-Levin unsuccessfully ran for city council in Clearwater, Florida, which is referred to as the Church of Scientology’s spiritual headquarters. The church has described Smith-Levin as a “man with no moral compass” who was expelled from the organization.

Newsweek has contacted Church of Scientology representatives for comment.

Update 1/11/23, 7:40 a.m. ET: This article has been updated to add the LAPD’s November 2022 statement.


Michele Miscavige, the wife of Scientology leader David Miscavige, hasn’t been seen in more than a decade. There’s plenty of cause for concern.

What Happened To Shelly Miscavige? Inside The Mysterious Disappearance Of Scientology’s ‘First Lady’

In August 2007, Michele “Shelly” Miscavige — the so-called “First Lady of Scientology” and wife of David Miscavige, the religion’s leader — attended her father’s funeral. Then, she mysteriously disappeared.

To date, what exactly happened to Shelly Miscavige remains unknown. Though rumors abound that she was sent to one of the organization’s secretive camps, Scientology spokespeople insist that their leader’s wife is merely living out of the public eye. And the Los Angeles Police, called to look into her disappearance, also concluded that no investigation was necessary.

Yet Shelly Miscavige’s continued absence has continued to raise questions. Her disappearance has triggered an examination of her life, her marriage to David Miscavige, and the inner workings of Scientology itself.

Who Is Shelly Miscavige?

Claudio and Renata Lugli “First Lady of Scientology” Michele “Shelly” Miscavige hasn’t been seen since 2007.

Born Michele Diane Barnett on January 18, 1961, Michele “Shelly” Miscavige’s life was intertwined with Scientology from the beginning. Her parents were ardent adherents of Scientology who left Miscavige and her sister in Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s care.

In that capacity, Miscavige spent most of her childhood aboard Hubbard’s ship, the Apollo. Starting at the age of 12, Miscavige worked within a subset of Hubbard’s Sea Org. Membership called the Commodore’s Messengers Organization. She and other teenage girls helped take care of Hubbard, the Commodore himself.

But though one of Miscavige’s shipmates remembered her as “a sweet, innocent thing thrown into chaos,” in Lawrence Wright’s Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief, others recall that Miscavige never quite fit in with the other girls.

“Shelly was not one to step out of line,” Janis Grady, a former Scientologist who knew Shelly in childhood, told The Daily Mail. “She was always kind of in the background. She was very loyal to Hubbard but she was not one that you could say, ‘Take this project and run with it,’ because she wasn’t experienced enough or had enough street smarts about her to make her own decisions.”

Regardless of her abilities, Shelly soon found a partner who believed in Scientology as much as she did — the volatile and passionate David Miscavige, whom she married in 1982. But as David rose in power — eventually coming to lead the organization — Shelly Miscavige found herself in danger, according to former Scientology members.

“The law is: The closer to David Miscavige you get, the harder you’re going to fall,” Claire Headley, an ex-Scientologist, told Vanity Fair. “It’s like the law of gravity, practically. It’s just a matter of when.”

The Disappearance Of David Miscavige’s Wife

David Miscavige

Church of Scientology via Getty ImagesShelly Miscavige used to attend events with her husband, David, pictured here in 2016, before she disappeared.

By the 1980s, Shelly Miscavige’s loyalty to Scientology seemed unshakeable. When her mother died of suicide — which some doubt — after joining a Scientology splinter group that her husband despised, Miscavige allegedly said, “Well, good riddance to that bitch.”

Meanwhile, her husband David had ascended to the pinnacle of the organization. Upon L. Ron Hubbard’s death in 1986, David became Scientology’s leader, with Shelly at his side.

As Scientology’s “first lady,” Shelly Miscavige took on many duties. She worked with her husband, completing tasks for him and helping to dull his temper when he raged at other members. According to Vanity Fair, she even reportedly led the project to find a new wife for Tom Cruise in 2004. (Cruise’s attorney denies that any such project took place.)

However, some say that David and Shelly Miscavige had an odd, affectionless marriage. Former Scientology members told Vanity Fair and The Daily Mail that they never saw the couple kiss or hug. And in 2006, they claim, Miscavige fatefully crossed her husband for the last time.

According to former Scientology insiders, Shelly started working on a project in late 2006 that would prove her undoing. She restructured Sea Org.’s “Org Board,” which many had already failed to revise to David’s satisfaction.

After that, the First Lady of Scientology seemed to suffer an alarming fall from grace. Michele Miscavige attended her father’s funeral in August 2007 — and then vanished entirely from the public eye.

Where Is Shelly Miscavige Today?

What Happened To Shelly Miscavige

Angry Gay PopeThe entrance of the Scientology compound called Twin Peaks, where some speculate that Shelly Miscavige is being held.

As the years passed, some began to grow concerned about the whereabouts of David Miscavige’s wife. When she failed to attend Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ wedding at the end of 2006, then-member Leah Remini asked aloud, “Where’s Shelly?”

No one knew. Several media outlets, however, have speculated that Shelly Miscavige is being held at a secretive Scientology compound called Twin Peaks. There, she may be undergoing “investigations,” which include confessions, repentance, and submission. She may be held there at her husband’s command, or she may have chosen to stay.

Either way, Shelly Miscavige has disappeared from the public eye. And some former members like Remini — who left Scientology in 2013 — are determined to find out what exactly happened to her.

According to People, Remini filed a missing person’s report on Shelly’s behalf shortly after she left Scientology in July 2013. But Los Angeles Police Department Detective Gus Villanueva told reporters: “The LAPD has classified the report as unfounded, indicating that Shelly is not missing.”

Villanueva even said that detectives had met with David Miscavige’s wife in person, though he couldn’t say where or when. But even if police had met with Shelly, some former members say that she would not have been able to speak out in her own defense.

In any case, official Scientology spokespeople insist that nothing is wrong. “She is not a public figure and we ask that her privacy be respected,” a spokesperson told People. Remini’s missing person’s report, Scientology officials added, was “nothing more than [a] publicity stunt for Ms. Remini, cooked up with unemployed anti-zealots.”

As such, the mystery of David Miscavige’s wife Michele Miscavige’s location continues. Is she being held against her will in a secretive compound? Or has she decided to merely step out of public life for her own, personal reasons? Given the secrecy of Scientologists, the world may never know for sure.

After this look at Shelly Miscavige, the wife of David Miscavige, have a look at some of the strangest Scientology beliefs. Then, read about Bobby Dunbar, who disappeared and came back as a new boy.


‘Frail and thin Shelly Miscavige has been spotted twice near Scientology compound’ after not being seen publicly for nearly 10 years

The wife of Scientology leader David Miscavige has reportedly been spotted twice in public looking ‘thin’, ‘frail’, and ‘almost like she was homeless’ after she has not been seen publicly for nearly a decade.

Shelly Miscavige was spotted twice in the past year in a small town near the Church of Spiritual Technology (CST), journalist and Scientology expert Tony Ortega claimed on his website Thursday in which several media sites reported.

An anonymous source claims to have spotted a woman who closely resembles Shelly in Crestline, California near the CST headquarters.

The source told Ortega that they first saw the woman in December 2015 walk into the Lake Drive Hardware store, which is just blocks away from Lake Gregory.

‘She was a thin, smaller woman, escorted by two men,’ the insider claimed. ‘Disheveled. Almost like a drug addict, or like she was homeless.’

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Shelly Miscavige, the wife of Scientology leader David Miscavige, has reportedly been spotted in public looking ‘thin’ after she has not been seen publicly in several years. The couple is pictured above in a photo released in May

Shelly (left) was spotted twice in the past year in a small town near the Church of Spiritual Technology, journalist Tony Ortega claimed on Thursday. A 2014 report claimed she was sent away to a secret Church facility after making executive decisions behind David’s (right) back

The source also reportedly told Oretga that woman who resembled Shelly looked ‘frail’ and that ‘it was awkward’.

‘My attention was never on (the men). My attention was on her,’ the source continued.

‘This was what I do for a living. And I had a thought that this woman was not supposed to be there. It was disturbing.’

The source tried to take photos at the CST compound, but ‘a truck emerged from behind a fence, and began following them as they made their way back to town,’ Ortega reported.

The second possible sighting of the Church leader’s wife happened in April, where the same source told Ortega that she spotted the same woman at Goodwin & Sons Market which is near the hardware store.


Shelly Miscavige: Uncovering the Truth Behind Her Disappearance

The mysterious disappearance of Shelly Miscavige, the wife of Scientology leader David Miscavige, has sparked widespread speculation and debate. New documents have shed light on her living and working location, but questions still remain about her status and whereabouts since 2005. This article delves into the latest findings and discussions surrounding Shelly Miscavige’s disappearance.

Revealing New Documents

⏰Discussion about Shelly Miscavige’s location and work at Scientology bases

⏰New document revealing Shelly’s living and working location

⏰Speculation about Shelly’s missing status since 2005

Relocation to CST

⏰The possibility of Shelly Miscavige being moved from the main CST base to an external base was discussed but dropped due to the sensitivity of the topic.

⏰The topic of Shelly Miscavige was polarizing and avoided due to differing beliefs about her status and health.

⏰Shelly Miscavige’s relocation to CST is seen as a way to remove her from a certain individual’s immediate space.

⏰The relocation of Shelly Miscavige to CST also helped solve a problem with staffing and training at CST.

⏰CST staff were not receiving enough support and training due to staffing issues.

Construction and Property Details

⏰The property had to be rebuilt and repurposed, with each property being different.

⏰The property covered 3,000 acres and required a caretaker house.

⏰The Vault was the entrance of the property, with a dug-out hump behind the building.

⏰The speaker discusses their involvement in building vaults and bases in different locations.

⏰The construction was affected by earthquakes due to the location of the site.

Speculations and Debates

⏰Shelly Miscavige’s belief in L. Ron Hubbard’s return

⏰Debate over Shelly Miscavige’s status as a seaorg member

⏰Speculation about Shelly Miscavige’s potential location

⏰The property boundaries and public access are unclear

⏰The location may be near a farm and the property is expansive


What new documents have revealed about Shelly Miscavige’s location?

The new documents have shed light on Shelly’s living and working location.

Why was the possibility of Shelly Miscavige being moved to an external base dropped?

The topic was considered sensitive and polarizing, leading to its avoidance.

What is the significance of Shelly Miscavige’s relocation to CST?

It is seen as a way to remove her from a certain individual’s immediate space and solve staffing and training issues at CST.

What details have emerged about the construction and property?

The property had to be rebuilt and repurposed, covering 3,000 acres and requiring a caretaker house. The Vault was the entrance, and the construction was affected by earthquakes.

What are the ongoing speculations and debates about Shelly Miscavige?

There is debate over her status as a seaorg member, speculation about her potential location, and uncertainty about property boundaries and public access.

Summary with Timestamps

🔍 0:28Discussion about the whereabouts of Shelly Miscavige and recent evidence of her location.
🔍 5:09Discussion about Shelly Miscavige’s potential whereabouts and the sensitivity surrounding the topic.
🔍 10:05Discussion about Shelly Miscavige’s whereabouts and her relocation to CST, as well as the impact on CST staff.
🏡 14:25Discussion about the layout and construction of a property in Petrolia, CA.
🔍 18:57Discussion about the location and construction of vaults and bases related to a specific organization.
In the spring of 1946 L. Ron Hubbard and John W. Parsons performed a series of magical rituals with the aim of incarnating the Thelemic goddess Babalon in a human being. Hubbard’s cooperation with Parsons, known as the Babalon Working, remains one of the most controversial events in Hubbard’s pre-Scientology days  Source


Mary Sue Hubbard
 third wife of L. Ron Hubbard, from 1952 until his death in 1986. She was a leading figure  in Scientology for much of her life. The Hubbards had four children: Diana, Quentin, Suzette, and Arthur.
Michele “Shelly” Miscavige
is a natural blond, but the Official pics of her are all this one with RED hair. Don’t you find the resemblance between these ladies remarkable??
MARJORIE CAMERON  with her distinctive red hair and blue eyes
Jack Parson’s gave her the magical name of “Candida”. He believed her to be the “WHORE of BABYLON”. She became his most intimate muse for the rest of his life.

Amy Adams to play Mary Sue Hubbard. Sort of.

Three time Academy Award nominee Amy Adams has joined the cast of Paul Thomas Anderson’s mysterious and as-yet untitled Scientology flick religious drama, which stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as L. Ron Hubbard a character who just so happens to embody every single solitary aspect of L. Ron Hubbard’s character and actions. Totally coincidental.

Adams will be playing convicted fraudster Mary Sue Hubbard the wife of Hoffman’s character, who returns from World War II an emotional wreck and creates a belief system to help himself re-engage with the world. The system becomes popular with other disconnected individuals (sound familiar yet?) including, in a choice bit of casting which seems to trade on his pretend breakdown, Joaquin Phoenix.

The film’s original title, the distinctly Whovian The Master, was scrapped along with much of the script during its long stay in development hell. It’s nice to see Anderson back behind the camera, but he’s going to have to make very sure he doesn’t sail too close to the wind with this project. We’re excited. And Scientology’s bollocks. That’s right, Miscavige, we said it! Don’t kill us please don’t kill us.


The director talks about making this year’s most controversial Oscar contender

Paul Thomas Anderson: ‘As a film-maker, you have to convince people to follow your madness’. Photograph: Matt Carr

The Master rolls in midway through the Venice film festival. It comes billed as thunderstorm, a controversy, its arrival trailed by rumbles of dissent. This, we are told, is the Scientology film, a veiled biopic of the demagogic L Ron Hubbard; the movie that freaked Tom Cruise. In the event it turns out to be all that and more. So much more, in fact, that the delegates stumbling out from the screening appear momentarily nonplussed.

Written and directed by Paul Thomas AndersonThe Master charts the fortunes of lowly Freddie Quell, a volatile drifter who falls under the spell of charismatic Lancaster Dodd. Shuffling through the postwar west, Dodd plies his trade in town halls and parlours, spinning tales of reincarnation and space aliens and cooking up a new religion as his “gift to homosapiens”. What follows, though, is not so much a display of tabloid fireworks as a sweeping epic about hope, loss and the scars of war; a celebration of the American knack for self-renewal and a criticism of it too. The Master contains multitudes. Days after its premiere, I still can’t shake it from my head.

Yes, he concedes, the plot of his film parallels the life of Hubbard, a puckish free-thinker who founded Scientology in the 1950s. But that’s almost by the bye. Instead, the story started out as a freestyle adaptation of John Steinbeck’s memoirs, a picaresque about an ambitious vagabond rattling up the coast of California and dreaming of the sea. Anderson conceived the film as an adventure yarn and toyed with it for a decade. The Hubbard figure only showed up later. Lancaster Dodd brought shape and focus – plus, of course, a whole new set of problems.

At this point I feel we should drag the conversation back to Scientology. Is Anderson expecting any flak? “No,” he says, instantly more wary. “Really, no.”

I’m not sure I quite believe him. In the first place the Church of Scientology retains a good deal of traction within the entertainment industry and stands accused of policing its image with a rigour that sometimes borders on intimidation. Then there is the fact that Anderson took the trouble to arrange a special private screening for Tom Cruise, the movement’s most high-profile advocate and a former collaborator on the 1999 film Magnolia. That, at least, suggests a definite concern over how the movie might be read.

“Oh yeah, but I’m concerned all the time,” Anderson says. “The last thing I want to do is insult someone and their belief system. That’s not my bag at all. And the impression people seemed to have is that if you do something about Scientology then it must obviously be an attack, when something like South Park can do that way better than I ever could.” He shrugs. “But yeah, I knew we were trafficking in elements that were very delicate. Phil’s worked with Tom and so have I. And the screening was a way of reaching out and saying: ‘I have nothing to hide and no axe to grind.’ It was done out of respect more than fear.” Cruise, it was reported, objected to various aspects of the film, although Anderson insists that they parted as friends.

But look, he adds wearily, The Master really isn’t about the current state of Scientology at all. Instead, it takes its lead from the ideas expressed in Hubbard’s 1950 book Dianetics. “And the ideas in Dianetics are fucking beautiful. The idea of recalling past lives is so hopeful, so optimistic, and it’s something I would love to go along with.”

I’m sensing a “but” coming up.

“No, of course there’s a but, there’s a huge but. I don’t even want to get into the buts. It’s more the basic idea that appealed to me, because it concerns memories and other lives, particularly after the second world war, and that’s what got me excited. Getting into it from that angle felt like fertile ground. You listen to the songs from that period and everyone’s singing about seeing you in my dreams, or finding you in another day. All the lyrics are ghost stories, coming out of the war. Or science-fiction stories about travelling in time. You come back from the war and the love of your life is married with kids and you’re not the same person who went away. That kind of stuff is so heartbreaking to me.”

He explains that there was a scene near the end of the film that he eventually cut out, which showed Quell retracing his steps to a park bench where he had once been happy. Quell lies down on the bench, trying to travel in time; to cast himself back to a golden moment before the war. Damn it, says Anderson. He should never have cut that scene.

But what’s great about The Master is the way it looks to the future as well as the past. It’s a salute to ingenuity, to making it up as one goes along; showing the way in which bold new ideas can spark off in a variety of directions. Hubbard, after all, started out as a writer of pulp fantasy, boasting that he had a hand in the script of John Ford’s Stagecoach. Dianetics might just as easily have formed the basis for a dime-store novel. Instead it became the blueprint for a new religion.

Mary Sue Hubbard’s Last Will Fulfilled: Her Dog Bereft of Life, It’s Time to Sell Her House!


We have a tale that our Los Angeles readers in particular are going to find fascinating. It involves Scientology, a weird final will, an extremely long-lived pooch, and expensive real estate!

One of the many odd little stories involving Scientology has to do with a very fancy house at 2345 Chislehurst Drive in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles. Close to Griffith Park, the finely-appointed estate, on 0.31 acres, was the place where Mary Sue Hubbard, the third and final wife of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, lived out her last days.


Mary Sue’s story is a fascinating one. Recently portrayed as Peggy Dodd by actress Amy Adams in Paul Thomas Anderson’s film The Master, Mary Sue Whipp was a fiery redhead who was a no-nonsense administrator and helped Hubbard run his worldwide empire after marrying him in 1952. They ran Scientology from England after 1959 and then from the helm of the yacht Apollo from 1966 to 1975. After that, they moved around in the US until a 1977 FBI raid ensnared Mary Sue in a subsequent criminal prosecution.In 1980, to make sure he wasn’t pulled into the prosecution himself, Hubbard went into seclusion while Mary Sue faced the music. She was one of 11 Scientology executives who were convicted and faced prison sentences. In a hotel room in July 1981, she was told by a wired up David Miscavige and Bill Franks (with John Brousseau in a van nearby listening in) that she was being sacrificed for the good of Hubbard and Scientology.

So, I submit to you, if David Miscavige’s hero Ron Hubbard “sacrificed” his wife “for the his own good and that of Scientology,  is it far fetched to think that SHELLY Miscavige was “SACRIFICED” for David’s convenience and for the purpose of gaining power and protection for water project was being put forth at the time.  Say… the ARTEMIS Project.   Artemis/Diana  and the sacrifice  Michele DIANE???    Literally meaning God/goddess Diana

Sentenced to five years in prison, Mary Sue served a year, from 1983 to 1984. She then returned to participating in Scientology to a certain extent. Her husband died in seclusion in 1986, and Mary Sue developed breast cancer in 1995 which became metastatic in 1998. She died on November 25, 2002. She was 71.

She had been living at 2345 Chislehurst for years. Lawrence Wright, in his book Going Clear, says she was given the house by the church after her prison stay. After Mary Sue’s death, according to public records the house was passed to her children Diana, Suzette, and Arthur in a family trust, which was administered by a man named Neville Potter.

Besides his Rowlingesque name, Potter is known for his background as a musician — he worked as a lyricist with fellow Scientologist Chick Corea back in the 1970s.

Potter was one of four people who cared for Mary Sue in her final days. And there was another resident of the house that Mary Sue wanted to make sure would be taken care of in the style she was accustomed to.

That was her white, fluffy Shih Tzu dog, named Tzu (and pronounced TEE-zoo).

In her will, Mary Sue Hubbard requested that the house remain in the family as long as Tzu was alive. Potter lived there, taking care of the dog, until it died about two months ago — nearly eleven years after Mary Sue preceded her into the great beyond.

With Mary Sue’s will fulfilled, the family is now free to sell the house, and with LA real estate on the upswing, that’s exactly what they’re doing, we’ve been told. For several weeks, preparations have been going on to put the house on the market. Housing websites are estimating the property’s worth between $2 million and $2.5 million. So that gives some indication of what the family will be looking for.

The home has 3,155 square feet, with four bedrooms and three bathrooms, as well as a nice swimming pool.

Wow, Tzu had it good.

And now you can too, for around two and a half million clams.

Bonus Fact: Over the years, on occasion some have wondered if Scientology leader David Miscavige ever used the Chislehurst House as a place to stash his wife Shelly, who has not been seen in public for the last six years. Nonsense, say our sources who know the house and its history well. For many reasons — including the house’s ownership by the Hubbard family rather than the church, and also because Shelly has been working, not simply being kept on ice — our sources assure us she has never been kept at the house. Recent activity seen at the house is about its impending sale, not about Shelly, who has been at a mountain compound these last six years (until, we hear, she may soon make an appearance). We hope this once and for all puts this silly rumor to rest.