High-ranking defectors provide an unprecedented inside look at the
Church of Scientology and its leader, David Miscavige.
Scientology leader David Miscavige is the focus of this special report from the St. Petersburg Times. Former executives of the Church of Scientology, including two of the former top lieutenants to Miscavige, have come forward to describe a culture of intimidation and violence under David Miscavige. These former Scientology leaders served for years with Miscavige.
Scientology: Death in slow motion
New details about the case of Lisa McPherson, who died in the care of Scientologists, from the executive who directed the Church of Scientology's handling of the case. He admits he ordered the destruction of incriminating evidence.
Scientology: Ecclesiastical justice
Four high-ranking defectors describe bizarre behavior and physical beatings inflicted by Scientology leader David Miscavige. They say his behavior grew more erratic in the wake of the Lisa McPherson case.
"I never had a job. ... No high school diploma because I started on staff when I was 14. I had no bank account, no driver's license. I knew nothing of the outside world because I had been there for so long."
"I had my share of people that I slapped around too. I don't feel good about it. And I seek them out and I try to apologize where I can."