Tonight on 'Leah Remini': Aaron Smith-Levin on how families get so screwed up in Scientology - 2017-01-03
We first learned the horrible disconnection story of the Smith family when we traveled to Clearwater in 2012. We told our Village Voice readers about the terrible decision that Gayle Smith was forced to make, but back then, we couldn't reveal Gayle's name.
We were able to describe how, like so many other Scientologists, she had "disconnected" from a loved one — in this case, her son Colin, who had rejected Scientology and was working to expose it — because she felt it was actually good for him. But then he had died in a car accident, and she would never get to reconnect with him again.
Later, we were able to tell Gayle's story more plainly, but we still held back — her son Aaron Smith-Levin, Colin's twin, wasn't ready to be quoted on the record.