Scientology Leader Attacked by Estranged Father in New Memoir - 2016-04-29
Ronald Miscavige, the estranged father of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige and himself a former Scientologist, appeared on an ABC 20/20 special to promote his memoir, Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me, which publishes on May 3. This was the first real sense of the book's contents, since it is heavily embargoed until its release next week.
Ron talked about how his son went from what he described as "a lovable kid" to the ruthless leader of the church. Ron added, "To come to this is nuts." Ron's view of his son is a devastating portrait. "Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely," he said, paraphrasing the famous quote by Lord Acton.
In the special, Ron went back to the beginning of his and David's story to describe how he introduced 9-year-old David to Scientology in 1969 (soon after Ron himself first encountered the church) and how the church's auditing routines helped David with his asthma attacks. Ron described that as the key turning point in David's life, the moment he decided he would dedicate his life to the church.