Scientology Relents: Will Hold a Memorial for Son of Church President, Mother Not Invited

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Heber's coming to town!
The Voice has received a reliable report that Heber Jentzsch, president of the Church of Scientology International -- who has not been seen in public since about 2004 -- is being allowed to leave Scientology's desert base east of Los Angeles in order to attend a memorial for his son, Alexander.

A church official told our source that Heber, 76, would be giving a eulogy at the service, which is to take place at the Hollywood Celebrity Centre on Franklin Avenue on Thursday morning at 11 am.

When our source asked the official if Alexander's mother, Karen de la Carriere, would be allowed to attend, the official answered that de la Carriere would be barred because "she opted out of this sector of the universe."

What she meant is that de la Carriere was excommunicated from the church in 2010, and as a "suppressive person," her son was forced to "disconnect" from her. Karen had no contact with him in the last two years of his life.

On Tuesday, July 3, Alexander was found dead at the house of his in-laws in Los Angeles. That news was kept from de la Carriere for more than two days, and she was not allowed to see her son's body before it was cremated on orders from Alexander's wife, who is still a Scientologist. Karen was also told that the church had no plans for a memorial. She then planned her own event, for this Friday.

Heber Jentzsch was named president of the Church of Scientology International in 1982. For the next 20 years he was a very visible face for the church, often dealing with reporters and leading church events. Former top church spokesman Mike Rinder tells us that at some point, Scientology's supreme leader, David Miscavige, began using Jentzsch for events less, and after 2004 or 2005, Rinder says Jentzsch stopped showing up to church events entirely.

From 2006 to 2007, Mike Rinder was a prisoner in "The Hole," the crude office-prison where dozens of out-of-favor executives were held in a bizarre punishment scheme that consisted of daily mass confessions, eating barely edible slop, and sleeping on the floor. Rinder says one of his fellow prisoners was Jentzsch. John Brousseau, who escaped the base in 2010, says Jentzsch was still in The Hole when he left.

Now, Heber is reportedly coming to Hollywood for his son's funeral, but we have a feeling the press won't be invited.

I called the Celebrity Centre this evening to confirm that the event is happening tomorrow morning -- we had also heard that it might take place Friday morning. When I identified myself, however, I was shunted to voice mail.

I then called Karen, to ask her how she felt about not being invited.

"Disconnection continues after death, Tony. You are shunned and excommunicated because you are viewed as an evil, anti-social personality, and you can't contaminate their glorious universe. Of course I'm not invited," she said.

"Heber must be heartbroken. But he will be at the funeral, and then Alexander's mother will have her own memorial for him, so that is twice as good," she added, referring to the memorial service she has arranged, which is taking place on a boat on Friday. She assumed that Scientology's service was hastily arranged because of all the press her situation has received in recent days.

"It's damage control," she said. "My memorial has created such a flap. TV stations will be there. Sam Domingo is flying in from London. I have people coming from other states."

She assumed that TV and other journalists would try to get a look at Heber. "He'll be surrounded by people. They won't let him loose. He won't be allowed to flee. As soon as it's over, he'll be escorted back," she said.

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See also:
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?


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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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FistOfXenu
FistOfXenu

"Realize that once the church finds out they will have to be re-programmed and that is not fun at all" - not to mention how much it'll cost him for all those trips to Ethics, all the repair ...  KOL, when you're sitting in Ethics and they're tearing you a new one, just remember to find the door, turn the handle and walk out. Keep doing that til you're outside breathing free, non-$cientoology air. Then find your way to somebody who's made that journey before you, and ask for help. When you're ready to be free there isn't one of us who won't help you. 

FistOfXenu
FistOfXenu

'...reactive wavelength hat "If I scream long and loud enough, they'll see things my way." That always works!' So THAT'S why you're here. Thanks for telling us.  "...they knew by several vias that mama ..."  Would those be $cientoologist "vias" or non-$cientoologist "vias"?   Oh no!  You aren't admitting that some of your fellow-$cientoologists were 3rd-partying to Karen's son and daughter-in-law, do you?  Or were they actively maintaining contact with SPs or PTSes who were passing on news about their "mama"?  That would make Alexander and his wife guilty wouldn't it? So there we have it, $cientoology screwing people up and then blaming the victim - again.  Tsk, Tsk! Either way, sounds like the problem wasn't Karen's fault at all, since they disconnected from her 2 years ago.  You don't have a good grasp of the time line do you?  Try to remember we didn't "encourage" her to "continue creating the familial strife" that led to "eventual death", since the death preceded and led to our contact with her. No, $cientoology has Alexander's blood on its hands. Karen found out AFTER he died despite $cientoology's effort to keep her from knowing. Got that yet?   Let me help you:  1. $cientoology let's Alexander die by neglecting his need for immediate help.  2. THEN Karen finds out although not from $cientoology, who tried to exclude her from her son's death as they did from his life.  3. THEN Karen did what she could to show the honor and love for her son that $cientoology refused to show until they were shamed into it by their PR disaster.  You couldn't have gotten it more wrong if you were a tro- oh, wait. 

FistOfXenu
FistOfXenu

I hear you, ITNOX, but I still have this thing in my head saying that while you're trapped inside their version of the Milgram experiment you'll let the worst side of yourself run loose because you think it's the only way to save yourself. Remember the book 1984?  "Do it to her, don't do it to me, do it to her!"?  $cientoology is designed to turn people into that. I have my own memories of Heber and they're all nasty. But I'll wait til he escapes (if he ever does) before I decide if he was like that by nature or necessity.  "Under the spreading chestnut tree, I sold you and you sold me""I love Big Brother." No one can tell me that book doesn't describe $cientoology.  M&M escaped like we all escape from anything that's killing us, they escaped when opportunity met the realization that they'd die if they stayed put. They've done us the service of telling us some good info only since they've been out, but that's not why they left. Meanwhile, LwRong is still so deep in their heads that now they're protecting him by exposing Davie-boy. But even they aren't too far gone. They could still get through the steps and realize that all The Crazy was invented and written by Old Motherf***** Hubbard himself. And if they're brave enough, they could become really free.  Just how I see it, and "if it's true for me, then it's true for me". And now, it's even written down.  :-)

Music8r
Music8r

Thank you Tony for your reply on Facebook that Karen's 20/20 inteview has been postponed.

Music8r
Music8r

Karen in supposed to be on ABC 20/20 tonight, isn't that right?

anon
anon

If I were in LA, I would be outside the service with a sign saying "Herber, Karen still Loves you" 

We Come Back
We Come Back

I think he's Rock Slamming on us. Rock Slam - (def.)The crazy, irregular left and right slashing motion of an E-meter needle. It means the subject being audited has a hidden evil intention..

Music8r
Music8r

Ah, thank you for correcting me.

John P.
John P.

I would certainly be interested in your perspective, and would read it carefully and thoughtfully, and would respond constructively.  I imagine that many of the other regular readers on the site would too.  My only concern is that, like most blogs, articles more than a day or two old tend to have almost zero readership.  Any value from the discussion would reach a far smaller audience than a discussion occurring close to real-time.  On this blog, those who commented to this story automatically receive an e-mail with each new comment appearing, but people who only read the story without commenting don't.  As a result, a long comment written here a couple days after this article was posted might only have a few dozen readers, perhaps a bit more.   I might suggest that the most enjoyable path would be for you to continue to be an active commenter in this community; over time, people will get to know you and your views a little bit at a time.  And that way, you'll have the maximum impact on the discussion.   I'm saying this because, although I am skeptical of the ultimate impact of the Indie community, I appreciate what they're trying to do -- to harvest the best of Scientology and to cast out the evils.  And I appreciate your thoughts and comments so far.  So I am suggesting constructively the way to have any future discussions we have to make the biggest impact on the community.  Best regards,  --John P. 

Nijib
Nijib

Hello John P, OK, so I am totally jealous of your "Dragon"...and it explains how you can be so prolific! I know I told you I would respond [ and I am an honorable person] and I think I could perhaps give you some insights, but without a Dragon of my own...it will absorb quite a bit of my time. So, are you truly interested, or shall we let this go?

Nijib
Nijib

Hello Grace, Thank you for the best advice I have had verbalized to me...and which I am already following. I recognize "be gentle on yourself" from the "Desiderata" and it is a line I have said and applied to myself often in difficult moments in my life. Desiderata is full of good useable advice. Thank you again.

Music8r
Music8r

Hi Nijib, and welcome. I cannot find your original post, but I recall you saying that sometimes the messages on this board sting. I do understand. I have been out of Scn for about 20 years. Even when I had been off-lines for a few years and did not identify myself as either pro or anti-scn (long before I found any anti-scn internet groups) I would bristle whenever I read/heard a hint of criticism against the Church. Early in my years in Scn my sister gave me Brent Corydon's book, L. Ron Hubbard: Madman or Messiah. I think I had it for about 7-8 years before i dared to read it. By that time I had not "left" per say...I had just stopped doing services (I was on staff before routing off and going public) and had decided to go back to college before doing my OT levels. I never returned. My total time in Scn was about 5 years, but it has taken much more than double that time to truly come to terms with my experience and to decide that I would never return. When I finally began to read that book, I was angry that anyone could write such blasphemy. But I continued to read, and could not deny that I had been utterly cowed by the Church into blind faith, even as I read "It is only true if it is true for you."   You do not have to make firm decisions at any one point, nor do you have to decide there is more to the direction you are taking in any one journey. Wherever you are in your journey, realize that there are others who are at the similar point, those who have already been there, and those who are not there yet. At any point, you are on your own journey, but you are never completely alone. Find new friends in this journey who will respect your path and process, regardless of where it takes you. Have you found Marty Rathbun's blog yet? If not, it is http://markrathbun.wordpress.com. Good luck to you, and I hope to see you around in whatever capacity your journey takes you.

DeckardCain
DeckardCain

I respectfully disagree, Derek.  I realize that funerals/memorials are not typically a place for protesting, but there are select reasons for doing so.  For example, if I were one of the Sandusky victims (or a parent of a Sandusky victim) you better believe that I would be picketing Joe Paterno's funeral for what he did (or didn't do).  The Paterno family's response to the report today would create enough rage, and protesting a Paterno memorial would get enough notice that I believe it would be appropriate in that situation. The wanton disregard for Sandusky's victims all in the name of fucking football is disgusting enough that I would have no problems having a peaceful picket on Paterno's grave.

Derek Bloch
Derek Bloch

Hi Deckard, Even a criminal's family members deserve a chance to grieve for him. Even if he was a horrible person in life, sometimes people still need the grieving process to cope with their death. Sometimes they weep out of sadness, sometimes out of relief. There have been instances where even victims of a criminal go to his funeral. If not for any reason than to obtain closure themselves.  Do these people not deserve peaceful closure like the rest of us? Even if you don't want the criminal to have peace in death, allow the people at the funeral to obtain peaceful closure. Funerals are not the place to picket.

Sherbet
Sherbet

 I don't know what happened there!  "whacking head myself on the" should say "whacking myself on the head" obviously.

Sherbet
Sherbet

Must ignore trolls!  Must ignore trolls!

Anonymesq
Anonymesq

If we are to take Poe's Law as true, KOL should prove conclusively that Scientology is, in fact, a religion. 

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