Is Scientology's notorious prison detail - the 'RPF' - a thing of the past? - 2017-10-04
Among the first that come to mind are both Nora Crest and Laura DeCrescenzo separately attempting suicide by gulping down bleach, so desperate were they to get out of the RPF's degrading conditions. Originally, the RPF had lasted weeks or months, but by the 1990s it took years to complete its cycle — we've talked to people who spent up to 12 years as prisoners on the RPF.
Chuck Beatty was on it for seven years. He's told us about sitting outside in the dark at the Happy Valley RPF desert compound on the night of December 31, 1999, knowing that around the world, human beings would be celebrating the coming of the year 2000. But after being in the RPF for years, he had no connection with them. No connection with the outside world at all. He sat and looked at the stars, and wondered what he was missing.