"Inside Scientology" is a multi-part investigative series from the Tampa Bay Times. The series sheds unprecedented light on the internal workings of a secretive church that counts Clearwater as its spiritual home. The four-year multimedia report features first-hand accounts from Scientologists and former Scientologists who reveal aspects of the church previously unknown to the public, including how church upper-level managers engaged in violent behavior, how the church controls its members and how it pressures and pesters them to donate far beyond their financial means.
The Times' investigation includes in-depth reporting of stories as well as documents, recordings and video interviews with former Scientology officials, private investigators, and various former members of Scientology's Sea Org. Click through the link included to view the full series and to find out more about the religion that has generated interest and controversy around the world.
She was 6 years old and dreamed of being a princess. But her life was far from a fairy tale.
TAMPA — A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday accuses the Church of Scientology of using fraudulent, deceptive and high-pressure practices to coax millions of dollars from its members.
On his way to a dinner party in Los Angeles, Marlon Brando cut his leg helping a stranded motorist. When the legendary actor arrived in pain, John Travolta offered to help him with a Scientology procedure known as an "assist."
June 24, 2012
Re: Your Inquiry regarding the Church of Scientology
Dear Messrs. Childs and Tobin:
Was John Brousseau for real — a runaway?
For years in a desert compound east of Los Angeles, dozens of managers for the Church of Scientology endured an unusual trial by fire. The church called it "ecclesiastical discipline," part of the religion. But some managers came away with stories so troubling they attracted the attention of the FBI. They tell of …
John Brousseau hadn't been seen for hours, not at the afternoon muster and not at the dinner break. That's when they got concerned.
Ten years ago, Jane Murphy became the executive director of the Healthy Start Coalition of Hillsborough County, though she'd always planned on staying a social worker. That was a job she did for 25 years, first at Tampa General Hospital, then at St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. • "I kind of evolved into this. It …
In a quiet end to a colorful and revealing case, two private investigators have ended their Texas lawsuit against the Church of Scientology and its leader, David Miscavige.
Before we go any further, please set this column aside for just a moment and hit the floor. Time to do some pushups.
Scientology critics allege in recently filed court papers that the church hired local lawyers to schmooze Pinellas judges and gave gifts to a prominent attorney trying to gain influence during the legal saga that followed the 1995 death of Scientologist Lisa McPherson.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Nearly 25 years ago, the Church of Scientology hired two former California cops to do a job.
Spy on Patrick D. Broeker.
Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige ordered surveillance on one of his former church rivals in a secret operation that lasted 25 years and ate up millions in church funds, a Texas lawsuit alleges.
A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of an aggressively contested wrongful death lawsuit filed against the Church of Scientology and three parishioners after the apparent suicide of a Virginia man who died while visiting his Scientologist father in Clearwater.
The artists who gave us The Master have downplayed any connection between their much anticipated film and the Church of Scientology.