About a month ago I wrote about “King of Queens” star Leah Remini leaving $cientology after years of emotional and psychological abuse resulting from her questioning both the judgment of their dear leader David Miscavige as well as the whereabouts of his beloved wife Shelly … who has been missing since late 2006. After having escaped from immediate danger, (though I suspect she and her family are well within the crosshairs of their PR machine), Leah filed a missing persons report with the LAPD.
In other stories, we have explained that in late 2005 or early 2006, Shelly was transferred from Scientology’s International Base near Hemet, California to a secret compound near Lake Arrowhead in the mountains above Los Angeles. This compound, the headquarters of the Church of Spiritual Technology, is home to only a dozen or so Scientologists who are completely cut off from the outside world. We’ve been told that Shelly has been there for the past six years. But Miscavige and his attorneys have so far refused to publicly confirm her location there, and they have not produced her to confirm that she is in good health.
Now, Remini has put enormous pressure on the church to do just that by involving the LAPD.
The problem is, the Church of Scientology allegedly has a somewhat close relationship with some of the local law enforcement, potentially complicating any kind of objective, thorough investigation. Countering this is the outpouring of support for Remini from other church members who have been subject to the same kind of abuse as she has, and are asking the same questions not only about Miscavige’s wife Shelly, but of another woman, Barbara Ruiz, who appears to be in a similar situation.
We’ve written previously about Ruiz, who was a high-level Scientology executive at Author Services, Inc., which serves as Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s literary agency and also runs the church’s science fiction contest, Writers of the Future. Ruiz was seen to administer the 2004 contest, and she was also seen helping to run “The Hole” that year — a bizarre office-prison at the International Base near Hemet. Since then, however, she has not been seen publicly.
Both are missing, both are presumed to be holed up in some “high security” location within one of the Scientology compounds, yet no one with sufficient “rank” in the hierarchy is forthcoming about any information that could give some insight as to their welfare. It’s possible, however, that with this recent publicity we may finally have a chance to know what happened to them.
I just hope that for right now, Leah and her family remain safe. Nothing’s more dangerous than an army of lawyers from a cult with tons of money and a chip on their shoulders after being publicly scorned.