L. Ron Hubbard in exile: When Scientology's leader ran things while on the lam - 2016-10-03
In February 1980 in Hemet, California, Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard sat down on a mattress that his driver, John Brousseau, had put in the back of a van. Hubbard reached out his hand and shook Brousseau's and said goodbye as a young couple, Pat and Annie Broeker, got into the van and then drove it away.
It was the last Brousseau and just about anyone else in the Church of Scientology ever saw of Hubbard, who died almost six years later at a ranch hundreds of miles away near a town called Creston. In those six years, Hubbard and the Broekers kept out of sight in total seclusion, settling at the ranch in about 1983.
But during those years, Hubbard did continue to run Scientology, relying on Pat Broeker and another young Sea Org official, Brousseau's boss David Miscavige, to carry Hubbard's instructions from his hiding place to the rest of the Scientology organizations around the world.