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August 3, 2009


Tampa Bay - They are stepping forward - from Dallas and Denver, Portland, Las Vegas, Montana - talking about what happened, to them and their friends, during their years in the Church of Scientology.

Jackie Wolff wept as she recalled the chaotic night she was ordered to stand at a microphone in the mess hall and confess her "crimes" in front of 300 fellow workers, many jeering and heckling her.

Gary Morehead dredged up his recollection of [a] Scientology leader punishing venerable church leaders by forcing them to live out of tents for days, wash with a garden hose and use an open latrine.

Steve Hall replayed his memory of a meeting when [the same leader] grabbed the heads of two church executives and knocked them together. One came away with a bloody ear.

These and other former Scientology staffers are talking now, inspired and emboldened by the raw revelations of four defectors from the church's executive ranks who broke years of silence in stories published recently by the St. Petersburg Times.

Much more...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's with the hatin' on Scientologists? Compared to the crimes perpetrated by Jews, Christians and Muslims, the Scientologists are jaywalkers.

August 4, 2009 9:51 PM  
Anonymous Mairead said...

But you probably can't name anything good "Scientologists" have ever done, whereas the three mainstream religions at least can claim some beneficial people among their communicants.

August 4, 2009 10:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These allegations are too vague. Exactly who did what to whom? Name some names please.

August 13, 2009 7:48 PM  

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