Jamie DeWolf, L. Ron Hubbard Great-Grandson, Gaining More Notoriety for His Views on Scientology

Kudos to CBS Channel 5 in the San Francisco Bay Area for putting the full 12-minute, raw interview they did with Jamie DeWolf up on their website.

We can't help point out what we said about Jamie last year: "Jamie DeWolf has the opportunity, with his talent for writing and even more talent for delivery, to become a major embarrassment to Scientology, and it sounds like he's just beginning to tap that potential."

We wrote that last summer when we named Jamie #22 on our list, Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, and we heard some grumbling from readers who said he wasn't well known enough to be included with the rest of the people on that accounting.

But we noted that he's actually been around for quite a while, talking about Scientology on occasion. It was in 2000 that he was invited to Clearwater by the folks at the Lisa McPherson Trust, who asked him to make his first public performance. He called it an incoherent mess, and was surprised when it got a reaction from the church -- in the form of a couple of goons visiting his mother.

He then kept pretty quiet about Scientology until last year, when he was asked by a friend to put together a performance piece about his famous great-grandfather. When video of that performance began to spread, we took notice of it. Here's that spell-binding stage monologue...

Our piece about that brought Jamie to the notice of the Washington Post, but since then he's again been more concerned with the performances of his troupe, Tourettes Without Regrets, as it competes in shows around the country.

Then, the TomKat split happened. In the last few weeks, Jamie's been much in demand, and it's been a real pleasure to see him get the attention he deserves.

Inside Edition, which has been doing some really great stuff on Scientology lately, featured Jamie on a recent program.

Jamie contacted me when that show was being prepared. He said that Tom Cruise was turning out to be "the gateway drug" for news organizations now in a feeding frenzy for Scientology news.

He's got a point there!


Scientology's Narconon Problem is Growing

We've been following some of the problems plaguing Scientology's quack drug treatment program, Narconon, and in particular the crisis facing its flagship operation in Oklahoma, Narconon Arrowhead. After a third death at the facility just since October, the local Sheriff's office and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation are both looking into what happened to cause Stacy Murphy, 20, to perish there.

Now, the Tulsa World is reporting that Pittsburg County officials are expanding their investigation of the center.

We're not exactly sure what that means, but we can only hope that Oklahoma officials start paying attention to Narconon's well-documented insanity -- that it charges exorbitant rates (about $25,000 to $30,000 a month) to treat patients with an unscientific and dangerous combination of sauna treatments and massive vitamin doses, that it uses low-paid former patients as staff, that it typically has no actual medical personnel, and that it's really a recruitment tool for Scientology itself.

Please do widen that investigation, Oklahoma.


UPDATE: OK, just for fun...



See also:
Scientology's president and the death of his son: our complete coverage
What Katie is saving Suri from: Scientology interrogation of kids
Scientology's new defections: Hubbard's granddaughter and Miscavige's dad
Scientology's disgrace: our open letter to Tom Cruise
Scientology crumbling: An entire mission defects as a group
Scientology leader David Miscavige's vanished wife: Where's Shelly?
Neil Gaiman, 7, Interviewed About Scientology by the BBC in 1968
The Master Screenplay: Scientology History from Several Different Eras

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As for hot subjects we've covered here, you may have heard about Debbie Cook, the former church official who rebelled and was sued by Scientology. You might have also heard about the Super Power Building, Scientology's "Mecca," whose secrets were revealed here. We also reported how Scientology spied on its own most precious object, Tom Cruise. (We wrote Tom an open letter that he has yet to respond to.) Have you seen a Scientology ad on TV lately? We debunked some of the claims in that 2-minute commercial you might have seen while watching Glee or American Idol.

Other stories have looked at Scientology's policy of "disconnection" that is tearing families apart. You may also have heard something about the Sea Org experiences of the Paris sisters, Valeska and Melissa, and their friend Ramana Dienes-Browning. We've also featured Paulette Cooper, who wrote about Scientology back in the day, and Janet Reitman, Hugh Urban, and the team at the Tampa Bay Times, who write about it today. And there's plenty more coming.


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keithratner
keithratner

Jamie DeWolf is a powerful voice in his own right. Let's not define him as simply "an embarrassment to Scientology." He's got plenty more to offer - though few people are better qualified than him to skewer the Cult.

California
California

For those who are not yet up on some of the Narconon Drug Rehab issues, please go to the California Department of Ed web-site for a full evaluation of the Narconon Drug Education program and why it is unscientific, does not meet basic standards and should not be used in public and charter schools in California. http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/at/narcononevaluation.asp

 

It is pertinent to this discussion about Narconon Arrowhead (and every Narconon) because the Drug Education program is identical to the Narconon Rehab program..... it lays out the rationale for the unsafe and dangerous practices (mega doses of Niacin and long bouts in the sauna).

 

Enjoy! 

AnonymousMeg
AnonymousMeg

While Mr. DeWolf does seem fascinating, the Narconon phenomenon is ten times more intriguing AND  upsetting. The fact that unsuspecting parents send their children there in the hopes they will get better- and become once again the child renthey love, trust, and respect-  and instead they get sent to a place with rampant drug abuse and no safety measures. Withdrawal is very serious, and vitamins are NOT going to cut it. I understand they might not detox them there (I don't really know) but sometimes people still have serious complications after being clean for a week or so. This is a travesty, but I'm sure people won't take notice like they should "because they are just drug addicts," and no one cares about them (us).

BosonStark
BosonStark

“Despite his public representations and self-promotion, Mr. DeWolf is not knowledgeable about the Church of Scientology or its founder,” said spokesperson Karin Pouw.

Oh, that's real credible. LOL Next, they'll be saying Jamie doesn't know that Scientologists are the only ones who can really help at car accidents.

Given his bloodline, who else do we know in the family who was fond of self-promotion? Maybe Karin Pouw should present Jamie with a boxed set of the Ron Nutterpedia on TV, so he gets more knowingness about the founder of Scientology?

OMX, how proud Ron Jr. would be of Jamie.

BosonStark
BosonStark

Talk about a thorn in the side of the cult. I can see why Jamie might have some reservations about about cult backlash. His pointed, clear message is only going to get stronger and more problematic for the cult as time goes on. It's slicing through the fragile cult facade, like a hot knife through butter.

Now is the time. Tom Cruise can't make this happen alone.

Who are you going to believe? The great grandson of Hubbard himself, who has some of his blood coursing in his veins and his red hair? Or, some shallow, deluded movie star like Tom Cruise?

Whose Scientology performance is more credible? Tom Cruise's in his famous video, or in his marriage failures? Or Jamie's, who has carried this burden in his family since he was born and lived it, and is such a thoughtful, creative, expressive guy? Jamie knows the history of Scientology. Tom Cruise doesn't.

 

Scilonschools
Scilonschools

Jamie's unique perspective is VERY powerful!!.

I see the Mail UK (online) has picked it up today in a great article with extra detail!!!

 

"Great-grandson of 'conman' L Ron Hubbard claims Scientology was destined to destroy Tom and Katie's family just like his own"

 

'Scientology is toxic; it's a poison and it's destroyed everyone that it's come into contact with it.'  -Jamie DeWolf

media_lush
media_lush

added a couple more pages to 

 

http://scientologybollocks.blogspot.co.uk/

 

included a sec check questionnaire 

 

.... man, imagine answering those question everyday and under pressure....(and they record all the answers on videotape) ... extra respect to those who escape

 

media_lush
media_lush

another reason to love the internet.... going over the comments at the CBS page I noticed "Louanne" posted recently.... she is probably one of scientology's biggest shills .... however she is posting under her real name you just click her avatar and you can see all the other recent stories where she's also posted.... a particular favourite stuck out:

 

"Anyone with any knowledge about Anonymous members like you knows that they kill cute kittens, drive minors into suicide and live in the basement of their mother's home. They are fat, ugly and full of pimples at age 35 and sometime they run amok and kill dozens. Am I right?"

 

what I love is she has provided me with a source of negative (true) scientology stories that I might not have heard of and the ability to refute any of her comments.... thereby increasing traffic to these sites which encourage the owners to maybe do MORE stories.

 

lulz 

 

FLUNK
FLUNK

Jaime DeWolf is the Scientology comic I wanted to be in the seventies ... he's a genius.

Can you imagine him opening for (warming up the crowd for) David Miscavige? That would be one hip religion.

deElizabethan
deElizabethan

The more I see Jamie DeWolf the more I like him. This was an excellent vid. Good to see him become more active.

Sherbet
Sherbet

I just looked through CBS Channel 5's Comments to Jamie DeWolfe's courageous and illuminating interview, and they're pretty disheartening.  The usual "all religions are cults" from people who don't have a clue and don't care, some Obama bashing, some Christian church adherents battling other Christian church adherents over which is better, a blast of rhetorical stinkeye from Louanne and her compatriots, criticism of Jamie for telling stories he really doesn't know anything about (!), more "all religions are based on sci fi" grandstanding, and, finally, not nearly enough well-deserved praise for Jamie, although he did have a few supporters.  I have to stop reading other blogs; they just frustrate me and make me mad. 

N.Graham
N.Graham

Excellent videos!  Love the Taylor Swift!

StillKeyedOut
StillKeyedOut

Jamie DeWolf is so direct and "in valence." It's scary. This guy is cool. And thanks to the proprietor for booking such hip entertainment.

NoMoreVisitsPlease
NoMoreVisitsPlease

The Tom Cruise Wife Auditions video is at 198, 434 views on youtube, and the Jamie DeWolf video is at 13,868.  I wish it was the other way around.  And I wish Jamie's video had a million views.  It is so powerful.

fileclerk
fileclerk

I wonder if Jamie has any inheritance-tech?  Cause if he's getting a share of book royalties et cetera from scientologists, his position would be even funnier.

media_lush
media_lush

re-reaing the sec-check it strikes me as Hubbard's own confession.... given what we've discovered about him over the years it's almost uncanny how the questions parallel his life (and there are some awful questions in there).

 

isn't the writer's adage that you 'write what you know'?

torymagoo44
torymagoo44

 @jensting Me too! I loved hearing him do his shtick, and chatting with him. A truly *great* man. :) Thanks, Tony for doing this article on Jamie. VERY Important.

olcranky
olcranky

 @Sherbet technically, if you look at the definition of cult, all religions are cults.  you don't have to go too far back in history to recall that the Catholic church and protestant sects used [the threat of] excommunication and shunning (which is disconnection) quite effectively.  I'm sure there are some fundamentalists that would continue to do so if it weren't for the fact that people, in general, can easily escape by moving away and the fact we live in a society in which most people come in contact with those with very different backgrounds on a daily basis and being shunned doesn't prevent you from supporting yourself and living your life as it once used to.  That being said, most mainstream religions have realized that sort of negativity and control doesn't work in this world and have evolved away from those negative modalities of control and focused on religion as a tool instead of as a weapon

media_lush
media_lush

 @Sherbet 

Aye Caramba!..... I was going to comment and possibly point a few people here but thought better of it. 

 

Rather than make an opinion at this stage I cherry picked a few of my favourite comments - they really do speak for themselves:

 

In fact, God invented Scientologists so the Moslems could have someone to laugh at. And vice versa.

 

I didn't know Sean Penn was a Scientologist...makes sense though. I knew he was a kook.

 

Your statement "I know God does not exist" can not be true, because in claiming such knowledge you are claiming to be God since omniscience is necessary to know this (like me saying I know there are no pink rocks with purple polka dots in the universe- I would have to have knowledge of every single rock in the universe to know this- I would need to be omniscient) and thus it is a logical contradiction and cannot be true- you have said nothing.

 

Scientology and Islam are with the few supposed religions that are not Biliically based.

 

Scientologists or democrats or muslims...whats the difference?

 

Obama scam. Hubbard scam. All the same guy

 

Ever heard of man made global warming?

 

by the way.....do not buy vaseline from vinny barbarino.

 

everyone knows it was obama who founded scientology. obama is actually 145 years old.

 

If old L. Ron was such a visionary why didn't he warn Tom Cruise not to do "Legend?" LOL!!!

 

If you ever see a Scientologist - bash them in the face and the world will be a better place.

 

also, they are right about him not being born in this country, parts of him were made on the planets where scientology comes from. parts of him come from area 51 and then kenya and hawaii. l ron hubbard if you take the letters from his name and remove a bunch of them and add a bunch of letters, it spells out barack obama created scientology and is a a socialist communist. its all obama this scientology stuff.

 

PoisonIvy
PoisonIvy

 @Sherbet The average blog commenter is pretty pathetic, anywhere you look. The intelligent comments here - in addition, of course, to Tony Ortega's amazing journalism - are what got me hooked.  It's a rarity.

Remy
Remy

 @Sherbet 

Yes, the onslaught from the atheists ca be daunting.

BurytheNuts
BurytheNuts

 @NoMoreVisitsPlease That is because humans are fickle and we only want our Id rubbed and then on to the next thing.

If you go to other sites and try to read through some of the posts it is sort of pathetic. We are a very Impulsive and VERY short attention span group (humans).

If we can't get instant gratification....we just direct our attention to something else.

Sad really. Because understanding things like the rotted core of Scientology is important. But it takes passion, focus and a large dose of anger to keep people coming back for more than a cursory look.

FistOfXenu
FistOfXenu

 @media_lush  Nice point. I guess I'm not the first to say it but I always suspected that if you looked at LRH's real life and not the bs he said about himself, and you compared him to his lists of what a Suppressive Person is, you'd see that LRH was the archetype of an SP. Maybe that's a bit simplistic but if it isn't it explains how he matches the sec-check so well.

media_lush
media_lush

last bit I added is the detailed first hand piece on the guy who did the custom job on the all those gifts Miscavige gave to Cruise... loads of photos... including that famous pen.

 

FistOfXenu
FistOfXenu

 @media_lush  @Sherbet THANK YOU! It's a Friday but my regular delivery of crazy was late and I was getting withdrawal symptoms. 

Sherbet
Sherbet

 @media_lush Yeah, the stupidity made my head spin.  I have to stay here in Tony's blog where there is truth and sanity.  And thanks for posting that venomous anti-Anonymous blurb you posted from Louanne's profile.  It would be hilarious if it didn't suggest real insanity on the part of the writer.  "Am I right?"  Um, no, Louanne, you're not.

SvenBoogie
SvenBoogie

 @Remy  @Sherbet ... what do atheists have to do with anything Sherbet said? Being an atheist doesn't automatically mean you have to be an idiot who can't see what makes $cientology different from actual religions... 

Luka_Magneto
Luka_Magneto

 @BurytheNuts  @NoMoreVisitsPlease  Oh yeah, scientology a group that doesn't even have a enough members to fill a sports stadium is oh so bloody important. Get a grip sonny and stop being so pious and pretentious. Ever hear of some places called Syria or the Sudan ?

Remy
Remy

I'm not sure you need "anger"  to motivate people to mobilize against this sick cult, you just need to educate people about the families they have destroyed.

Sherbet
Sherbet

 @FistOfXenu Yup, you can hold your "cans" and drink them, too!  Next marketing goal:  convince the faithful scn masses that RealBogusWater mixes easily with their Kool-Aid.

FistOfXenu
FistOfXenu

 @Sherbet Ooooh! Yum!  I can feel all those electrons unclustering my BTs - I mean, unclumping my water molecules! And Affinity(TM) is certainly increasing. Thanks! 

 

Is it true that instead of selling it in bottles they're going to sell it in "cans"?

Sherbet
Sherbet

 @FistOfXenu  Try Real Water, all the electrolytes with a delicious shot of Crazy!

FistOfXenu
FistOfXenu

 @SvenBoogie  @Sherbet Too right. The problem is that SOME atheists seem to have decided to take their cue from fundie religionists who see every issue in the world as "really" being about their own fundie-ism. 20 years ago if the web had been what it is today you could've read tons of "the REAL problem is that people aren't {fundie-ism of choice}". 10 years ago we were already getting posts by a certain other fundie-ism that also has their own lethal version of "fair game" for people who criticize their religion. *coughSalmanRushdiecough*  And now there are some atheists that write as if all the problems of the world could be solved if religion was stamped out. 

 

What they all have in common is that they all give a bad name to people who share their point of view but don't agree that being aggressive and obnoxious is a good way to spread it. 

 

Don't blame the ideas blame the bad manners. 

exileandcunning
exileandcunning

 @SvenBoogie  @Remy  @Sherbet I'm an atheist (mostly... does buddhism count?).  Have been an atheist my entire life actually.  But I too am really sick of the whole "all religions are cults" line, or "the virgin birth is just as weird as Xenu"... no, it really isn't.

PoisonIvy
PoisonIvy

 @Remy  @SvenBoogie  @Sherbet Clearly these people don't understand the definition of cult.  There are several criteria for cult that your average Protestant, Baptist, Catholic, Quaker, Jewish sect/house of worship does not in any way fit.  (Some sects do fit many of the criteria of course, but not your average go-to-service-on-Saturday/Sunday religion...the very fact that you can come and go as you please, drop out, drop back in, skip the money in the basket, put your kids in Sunday school or take them out, marry someone of a different faith, and criticize the minister/rabbi/scripture during coffee hour rules rule out "cult" for most of 'em.)

Sherbet
Sherbet

 @SvenBoogie Nah, that wasn't anyone's intention.  Some of my best sons are atheists. 

SvenBoogie
SvenBoogie

 @Sherbet Fair enough, just saying, don't lump us all into that camp... =P

Sherbet
Sherbet

 @SvenBoogie Maybe what Remy means is that, when all religions are dumped into the same pot as scn, it shows that the critic, whether an atheist or not, is too lazy or too ignorant to enlighten himself/herself about what religion really means.

FistOfXenu
FistOfXenu

 @BurytheNuts  @FistOfXenu  Ok. Once the check clears you'll have the opportunity to reg for further courses. Meantime, you need to strike an effective blow against an enemy. There's this guy down the street from me, keeps throwing his fast food wrappers on my front stoop. Do something about him! 

BurytheNuts
BurytheNuts

@FistOfXenu Well I wasn't afraid until you threatened me with the midget. I must have pulled it in. The check is in the mail and I even added several zeros to deflect the horrific engram of being married to the little fugly turd!

FistOfXenu
FistOfXenu

 @BurytheNuts  Where's the money, Jack? Where's the money?! I want the money now! You pay the freeloader debt or you're gonna be visited by 10 very nasty guys. They'll bounce you off the file cabinets in between gang sec-checking you. When they're done you'll have an accident. Or maybe you'll just disappear. And if we really hate you we'll marry you off to a Degraded Midget. 

 

 

BurytheNuts
BurytheNuts

@FistOfXenu Baa haa haa. You can tell from the name I am a squirrel. Stealing the tech is my thing. ;)

FistOfXenu
FistOfXenu

 @BurytheNuts Don't make me come after you to collect that freeloader debt! You use the tech, you pay the "donation". 

BurytheNuts
BurytheNuts

Lols fist...that wasn't aimed at yours! I was thinking of another poster. But that's what I get for my own lack of a edit button. I apologize for the way that came out. I owe you!

BurytheNuts
BurytheNuts

@FistOfXenu @BurytheNuts @Luka_Magneto @NoMoreVisitsPlease Lols fist...that wasn't aimed at yours!

FistOfXenu
FistOfXenu

 @BurytheNuts  @Luka_Magneto  @NoMoreVisitsPlease Thanks, Bury. Sorry I "buried" it in a blow hard essay. Let's call that my revolutionary study tech (TM) for teaching people how to root around in an essay to find meaning. Now since it worked, I guess you owe me - let's call it a round $500?

:P

exileandcunning
exileandcunning

 @Luka_Magneto  @BurytheNuts  @NoMoreVisitsPlease Luka that is a straw man argument.  No one is saying that stuff isn't important.  That's like someone saying they're not as bad as Hitler and therefore whatever they do is fine.  There can be degrees of outrage and anger at world events, we can care about Scientology AND Syria.  Crazy, huh?  People can have more than one interest at a time.

BurytheNuts
BurytheNuts

 @FistOfXenu  @Luka_Magneto  @NoMoreVisitsPlease Evil isn't something you measure in a measuring cup. 

 

Ya know, I am all about one great sentence as opposed to a blow hard Essay.

I guess I have a short attention span and succinct is my thing.

 

And you are ROCK with that one. LOVES IT!

FistOfXenu
FistOfXenu

 @Luka_Magneto  @BurytheNuts  @NoMoreVisitsPlease  Luka, nobody here wants to dismiss world events. But you know, just because drug dealers on the streets of Philadelphia aren't as bad as an asshat in Syria or anywhere else doesn't mean we should let them keep dealing until we get rid of all the international dictators. Same with $cientoology. They don't have the bomb and they aren't committing mass murder in the streets, but that doesn't mean we should wait to stop the atrocities they commit now.

 

Evil isn't something you measure in a measuring cup. If you see it and it's in your reach, you either reach out and stop it or you admit that you've resigned from the human race. 

 

Don't suppose that none of us are involved in other things besides this. For some of us, $cientoology IS the battleground. It's a group whose founder told it that when the time comes for someone to say what's right and what's wrong, it should be $cientoologists that decide. They believe they're the only group fit to run the planet - and eventually the only group fit to populate it. Somebody has to fight that.  But for others, $cientoology is just part of what we have to do. And whichever category we fall into we aren't obliged to declare it here or justify ourselves to anybody else.  

 

I hope that helps you understand where you are a bit better. Have a nice day.

BurytheNuts
BurytheNuts

 @Remy Oh and, deluded typical anger usually has a very short half life.

the slow burn lets the coals get hotter and hotter.

:)

Remy
Remy

 @BurytheNuts 

You're right, I was giving a response, to elicit a response.

 

The problem is distinguishing between deluded typical anger, and justified anger (which is rarely justified).

BurytheNuts
BurytheNuts

 @Remy I would disagree. I think Anger is a very motivating emotion. I am not talking about kick someones ass anger. I am talking about a stirring of soul that says this is NOT right. This is Wrong and I need to do something, anything.

I think we are just talking a difference of interpretation.

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