Great moments in Scientology journalism: When Alex Mitchell blew the lid off "Babalon Working" - 2017-02-07

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F347.png Great moments in Scientology journalism: When Alex Mitchell blew the lid off "Babalon Working" February 7, 2017, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker

Our helper who tracks down old newspaper clippings about Scientology sent us a real classic this week, something we haven't seen in a while. It's one of the most epic journalistic exposes in Scientology's history, and one that every serious Scientology watcher should have a copy of — Alex Mitchell's 1969 Times of London piece that revealed L. Ron Hubbard's involvement with rocket scientist Jack Parsons and their 1946 sex magick rituals which Parsons referred to as "The Babalon Working" experiments.

Today, it's one of those things we take for granted, that Hubbard and his Pasadena pal spent 1946 turning the ideas of English occultist Aleister Crowley into a series of odd rituals in pursuit of a "moonchild." But it was an Australian journalist, Mitchell, who first brought that information to the world in a piece that still holds up very well.

We had the pleasure of meeting Alex in Sydney on our book tour in 2015. Journalists Steve Cannane and Bryan Seymour included Mitchell in our appearance at the Giant Dwarf in a sold out show. Mitchell told a hilarious story about the time he was so determined to get an interview with Hubbard, he followed him into the toilet at a Moroccan restaurant and tried to question him while the Commmodore was at a urinal taking a whizz.


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