Five years ago: Scientology's 'disconnection' and the death of Alexander Jentzsch - 2017-07-03
We have pointed out numerous times that the first week of July in 2012 was perhaps the most eventful in our 22 years of reporting on Scientology. So much was happening that week as the media scrambled to cover the fallout over Katie Holmes splitting from Tom Cruise at the end of June.
We also reported that week on a development that had a much more direct impact on Scientology itself: Word reached us that church leader David Miscavige's own father, Ron Miscavige Sr., had literally escaped from Scientology's secretive "Int Base" in a bid for freedom. (He had actually made his move in March. His book about that escape, Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me, came out last year.)
We also received the stunning news that week that an entire mission had broken away from the church as Dani and Tami Lemberger in Haifa, Israel provided one of the most visible examples of the "independent" movement that was challenging the church.