SCIENTOLOGY'S SPACE MAN: The newest defector from church management opens up - 2016-02-12
In 2009, Scientology's fortunes took a major hit when several of its highest ranking former officials talked to the St. Petersburg (now Tampa Bay) Times for a blockbuster series titled "The Truth Rundown." Led by Mark "Marty" Rathbun, who at one time ranked second only to Scientology leader David Miscavige himself, these former executives gave the public its first glimpse into a bizarre world that included a private Scientology prison named "The Hole."
That was also the year that Marc Headley revealed what was happening at Scientology's secretive California "Int Base" in his book Blown for Good. Since then, these defectors — including Amy Scobee, Mike Rinder, Tom DeVocht, and Jefferson Hawkins — have provided a compelling picture of Scientology that eventually was portrayed last year in Alex Gibney's Emmy-winning film Going Clear.
But what of more recent defectors from Scientology's management ranks? In 2012, we profiled John Brousseau, the last person to leave Int Base and go public about it. He drove away from the base one day in 2010.