Chris Shelton dives into Scientology culture with the Larisa Smith story, part two - 2016-10-06
Here is Part 2 of my three-part series with Larisa Smith and Tim and Sylvia DeWall about the culture of Scientology and what it's really like to be raised in and around it. Larisa's story is not so different from any other American teenager except for the fact that Scientology was always there, behind everything and always pretending to help but consistently making things worse and worse. The experience of going to the Mojave Desert School for a couple of years changed Larisa and the influence of her friends from Los Angeles was very strong, so much so that it pervaded her whole life after going back to Clearwater. As she got more and more involved in this scene, Scientology became a stronger and stronger influence on what happened to her.
There has been a lot of positive feedback on the first part of this series, but I want to stress that the whole series really should not be missed as the reveals and things that Larisa experienced really do become more and more intense as we go forward. In fact, the first two parts and all the details and minutiae we cover are really just setup for what is talked about in Part 3. I hope that when this whole series is done, Larisa's story goes far and wide. People need to know that Scientology is a lot more than just some "stupid people falling for a con." For those of us who were second, third or even fourth generation Scientologists, we had no choice in getting involved in this insanity and we never asked for any of it. Destructive cults like Scientology don't just prey on the pocketbooks of the gullible. They work to influence every aspect of their members' lives under an umbrella of ruthless control. Larisa's story is but one of many and I hope as we move forward, that I'll get the chance to somehow tell the entire story of the multi-generationals. This video series is a start.