Where Is Shelly Miscavige?

By Mike Devlin on Wednesday, July 24, 2013
scientology
“The only way you can control anybody is to lie to them.” —L Ron Hubbard

In a Nutshell

Shelly Miscavige, wife of the leader of the Church of Scientology, vanished from the public eye six years ago. Last seen in August 2007 at her father’s funeral, spokesmen from the Church refuse to comment on Shelly’s current location.

The Whole Bushel

The Church of Scientology has long generated controversy for its seemingly bizarre belief structure. A cult-like organization begun by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology teaches that we are all immortal beings called “thetans” that have traveled to earth from beyond the stars. Following Hubbard’s death in 1987, the movement was taken over by David Miscavige, whose official title is Chairman of the Board of Religious Technology Center, which is a corporation that controls Scientology. Miscavige is close to Tom Cruise, and served as the actor’s best man in his wedding to Katie Holmes.

Miscavige married his wife Shelly in 1982, and she has been a prominent member of the Scientology community ever since. It is believed that Shelly was personally responsible for “hand-picking” Tom Cruise’s girlfriends in an effort to control the public image of the world’s most visible Scientologist. In 2006, Shelly went missing. She resurfaced briefly the following year to attend her father’s funeral and has not been seen since. Many assume she is imprisoned in “The Hole,” a facility east of Los Angeles operated by the Church and designed to strip away resistance. Leaked reports describe “The Hole” as an indoctrination center where both physical and mental abuse are heaped on in order to brainwash members. The Church denies the existence of the facility.

The mystery of Shelly’s whereabouts is deepened by the strange death of her mother, Flo Barnett. Barnett was found dead in 1985 of what the coroner ruled were self-inflicted gunshot wounds. But this would have been quite a feat, given that Flo had multiple gunshot wounds to her chest and another wound in her head—all coming from a long rifle. How a 52-year-old woman could have pulled off such a brutal suicide defies the imagination.

Where is Shelly Miscavige? Is she merely staying under the radar? Is she locked up against her will? Or has she suffered an even more sinister fate?

Show Me The Proof

Scientology Defectors Describe Violence, Humiliation In “The Hole”
Shelly Miscavige Disappearance: What We Know
The Strange Death Of Flo Barnett

  • whatevs

    this is the most ridiculous piece of shit i have ever read

    • Mel Crooks

      This. And I read Aint it Cool News regularly!

    • James Lando Deltoro

      So how long have you worked for the Church of Scientology? Go on and deny, it’s what you’re SUPPOSE to say! xD

      • Markharr

        So, because someone thinks the article sucks, it means that they are automatically a member of the COS. The COS deserves any criticism that they get, but if you are going to write a critical piece about them, at least back it up with facts, not rumor, and speculation. I agree that the article is a piece of shit, I have never been affiliated with the COS, or even personally known a member during my lifetime.

        • Ryan Arko

          It’s asking a question. Where is she? This is what the general public knows. These are some theories.

          End of article.

          This wasn’t a critical piece about Scientology, it’s a question about the location of one of its most prominent members. Yes, they are some criticisms but the lack of depth or substance makes nothing of this article deemed critical of the Church.

          Maybe you and Whatevs had a certain expectation going into this article, so you feel it’s poor quality. I came into it seeing a question asked and it elaborated on why the question should even be asked.

        • James Lando Deltoro

          Give my best David Miscavige! Tell him to go easy on Tommy Davs.

    • Davo

      You’ve obviously never read the bible.

    • cyberpal

      Then we will assume that you never heard of real shit before.

  • J_Doe5686

    Whatever happened to her is a mystery and is going to remain a mystery until the day she resurface . . . dead or alive.

  • Crystal

    I’ve been duped.

    • cyberpal

      By your conscience?

  • rhijulbec

    Have you heard Tom Cruise speak? The man can’t put two words together intelligently. John Travolta? I think that years from now Scientology will be studied due to its ridiculous tenants.

  • Phil_42

    Calling scientology a church is ridiculous

    • KT

      Being an asinine belief doesn’t make it any less a religion that other more accepted beliefs. But yeah, they’re pretty foolish.

    • Exiled Phoenix

      yeah because the other religions are so believable

      • Arlett

        Well, it’s only talking about Scientology not other religions.

        • Exiled Phoenix

          a fairytale is a fairytale.

  • Bored

    Maybe she realized what a joke scientology is!

    • Mom424

      That’s likely exactly what’s happened—that’s why she’s been put on ice. Metaphorically, I hope.

  • Dan

    So this is the new site’s content eh? A (very) short article containing nothing but half arsed speculation.

    What an embarrassment.

    • FILOSOFY

      Would you prefer walls of text instead?

      I don’t see what’s wrong with getting to the point. The site wasn’t made for long and detailed articles.

    • Hey

      Not as embarrassing as its readers who like to complain about literally everything, yet offer nothing in return.

      • Dan

        stop hanging around my ass.

  • Greensmurfs

    Why do they use a cross as part of the symbol, nothing to do with a crucifixion.

  • Jane Imperial

    Even L. Ron Hubbard’s great-grandson says Scientology is a “dangerous cult” that ruined his grandfather’s life and cast a dark shadow on his family.

  • TheUnknownTruth

    I live in Clearwater,FL World Headquarters for the COS and they have literally taken over downtown Clearwater which happens to be near one of the most popular beaches in Florida. So every time you head to the beach you pass dozens of their buildings, see them all walking in the street in their creepy uniforms and basically driving out everything that is not endorsing their so called religion.

    I’m a manager at a local retail store that many of the COS members come to shop. They always come late at night when not many people are in the store, they usually use a Van packed with 10-15 members all wearing the same type of clothes with shirts with weird symbols on them. Oddly enough some are couples but all have small shopping lists and all of them report back to a so called “leader” who is usually the sharpest dressed and eldest of the group. Say what you want but this is cultism on a massive scale and no one made fun of it better than South Park. Watch the Scientology episode if you haven’t instant classic.

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