Wally Hanks, Scientology ranch terror recently portrayed on 'Leah Remini,' dies at 70 - 2017-10-22
Wally Hanks, the employee at the 1990s Scientologist-run Mace-Kingsley Ranch in New Mexico who was heard terrorizing a child on an audio tape played back for an episode of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath that aired on October 10, died Friday night at a hospital in Southern California. He was 70 years old.
"We were expecting it for a while," says Brian Hanks, 34, whose father, Michael, was Wally's older brother. "He had a stroke a few months ago, and kidney failure. The past ten years have been hell for him."
Wallace Earl Hanks was born in August 1947 and grew up in a Dallas orphanage with his brother and a sister. "They had it rough," Brian tells us. But even though he knew about his uncle's reputation at the ranch, he knew a man most others didn't get to see. "He was a Vietnam vet. He had his issues, but I loved him. He always treated me right."