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Brief bios of more former Scientology members who have come forward

Jeff Hawkins, 63
Joined Scientology: at age 21, in 1967 in L.A.
Left Sea Org: 2005
Career highlights: Marketing and design, created TV ad that featured exploding volcano to promote Dianetics.
Now: Single, lives in Portland, Ore. Freelances as a graphic designer.

Scientologists "say they're the experts in organizational technology. … Well, then how come you need to have that level of threat and duress to get people to do what you want them to do?"

Video: Jeff Hawkins

Marc Headley, 36

Joined Scientology: at 8 or 9, after his mother. Joined Sea Org in 1989.

Left Sea Org: January 2005

Career highlights: Videographer, shot film and video. Oversaw production of TV ads. Designed and installed A/V systems.

Now: Owns audio-visual design firm. Married to former Sea Org member Claire Headley. With two children, they live in California.

"It's not every day you get beat up by the leader of your religion. I was a little bit emotional, on the verge of grief or crying and, obviously, a little angry. I wasn't hiding it too well."

Mark Fisher, 50

Joined Scientology: at 14, in 1973 in Washington, D.C. Joined Sea Org in 1976.

Left Sea Org: September 1990

Career highlights: Statistics analyst, trained evaluators. Became corporate liaison to Miscavige, supervising his household, carrying out special assignments.

Now: Divorced his wife, a Sea Org member, after he left. A loan officer, lives in Las Vegas.

"(Miscavige) never wants to be alone. If he goes to the movies,
he takes people with him. He
likes to be the center of attention. He never likes to be alone.''

Bruce Hines, 57

Joined Scientology: at age 20, in Denver in 1972. Joined Sea Org in 1979.

Left Sea Org: April 2003

Career highlights: Starting in 1987, senior case supervisor evaluating auditing sessions.

Now: Married, teaches physics at UC Denver. Son is former Sea Org member.

"A lot of people will ask, 'What do you mean he was hitting people? Why didn't you hit back? … Or report it to the police?' It's part of that mind control. You really believe that it's you and not them.''

Claire Headley, 34

Joined Scientology: as a child, in England. Joined Sea Org in 1991.

Left Sea Org: In 2005, after her husband.

Career highlights: Internal executive at RTC.

Now: Married to former Sea Org member Marc Headley. They have two children.

"I've known a lot people who have blown (left) ... and I know what happens to those people once they get recovered. I knew if I failed to make it to where Marc was, I would definitely never see him again.''

Steve Hall, 51

Joined Scientology: at age 21, in 1979

Left Sea Org: 2004

Career highlights: Wrote scripts for videos and TV ads. Says he was responsible for the Scientology slogan: "Know life, know yourself."

Now: Married, lives in Dallas. Self-employed commercial artist. Divorced former wife while leaving Sea Org.

On arriving at California base: "You would think that this would be an ideal scene where the basics of Scientology were in full use, and it was just the reverse."

Video: Steve Hall

Shelly Corrias, 48

Joined Scientology: at 17, in Portland, Ore., in 1978. Joined Sea Org in 1983.

Left Sea Org: September 2002

Career highlights: Produced promotional materials and books.

Now: Owns digital printing company in Portland. Former husband is in Scientology.

Referring to the Sea Org ban on children: "I see mothers with their kids. My fiance has kids, and now he has a grandchild. It bugs the hell out of me that I never had a kid.
I want a child. It hurts.''

Video: Shelly Corrias

Gary Morehead, 43

Joined Scientology: as a child with parents. Joined Sea Org at 13, in 1979 in Los Angeles.
Left Sea Org: 1997

Career highlights: Security chief at the California base from 1990 to 1997. Better known by his nickname at the base, "Jackson."
Now: Single, lives in Portland, Ore., works as a tow truck driver.

"I was devastated to see what I believed to be the best of the best people I had ever known be put through such torture."

Video: Gary Morehead

Eric Knutson, 52

Joined Scientology: at age 23, in 1980

Left Sea Org: 1990

Career highlights: Worked as a middle manager for construction and renovation operations at the California base.

Now: Married, lives in Plains, Mont. Works as a general contractor and manages his real estate holdings.

On the time he says he saw Miscavige hit a staffer: "You could hear the actual thudding of the fist against the rib cage."

Jackie Wolff, 54

Joined Scientology: at age 25, in 1980

Left Sea Org: 2004

Career highlights: Personal steward to Miscavige and his wife, personnel director, supervisor of E-meter assembly line.

Now: Single, marketing director for California construction and grading company.

Her "affinity'' with Miscavige from working for him for years "didn't outweigh the fear that I always had when he walked in there because you just never knew what kind of mood he was going to be in."

Russ Williams, 52

Joined Scientology: at age 18, in 1975.

Left Sea Org: 2004

Career highlights: Came to the California base in 1982 and worked in "compilations" unit, which took the work of church founder L. Ron Hubbard and assembled it into counseling procedures and courses that Scientology parishioners see today.

Now: Single. Lives in Phoenix. Works as a medical researcher at a heart hospital.

"I would still say I'm a Scientologist. … If the organization reformed, I'd likely become active again."

Amy Scobee, 45

Joined Scientology: at age 14, 1978

Left Sea Org: 2005

Career highlights: Oversaw several operations sectors during 20 years as manager at the church's international base in California. Built network of Scientology Celebrity Centres. Oversaw church's film and taping facilities. As teenager, managed kitchen, housekeeping and grounds crews in Clearwater.

Now: Married to former Sea Org member Matt Pesch. They left the church together in 2005. No children. Buys and sells furniture.

Video: Amy Scobee

Marty Rathbun, 52

Joined Scientology: at age 20, in 1977

Left Sea Org: 2004

Career highlights: A top lieutenant to Miscavige. Key player in legal affairs unit. Miscavige's "detail guy" during lengthy negotiations with IRS; among those who signed settlement agreement. Inspector general and board member of Religious Technology Center, church's top ecclesiastical authority.

Now: Divorced from Sea Org member Anne Rathbun. They had no children. Lives near Corpus Christi, Texas. He counsels and audits people who have left Scientology.

Video: Marty Rathbun

Mike Rinder, 54

Joined Scientology: at age 5, when parents joined. Joined Sea Org at 18, in 1973.

Left Sea Org: 2007

Career highlights: Head of Office of Special Affairs for 25 years, overseeing legal efforts, investigations and media relations. Became the public face of Scientology. Was in first group of Scientologists to occupy Fort Harrison Hotel in late 1975. Became chief administrator in Clearwater from 1978 to 1981, then ascended to executive strata of international church.

Now: Divorced from Sea Org member Cathy Rinder. They have an adult son and daughter, both Sea Org members. Sells cars in Denver.

Tom de Vocht, 45

Joined Scientology: at age 10, in 1974, when mother joined.

Left Sea Org: 2005

Career highlights: Supervised numerous church construction projects in downtown Clearwater and, in later years, at the church compound in California. From 1986 through 2000, had administrative authority over Clearwater operations. Started working full time for church at 14, as bellhop at Fort Harrison Hotel.

Now: Divorced from Sea Org member Jennifer Linson. They had no children. Lives in Polk County. Buys and sells used furniture.

Brief bios of more former Scientology members who have come forward 08/02/09 [Last modified: Monday, August 3, 2009 1:28pm]

    

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