Pete Combs, 1959-2019: A reporter who believed in the power of digging for the truth - 2019-12-12
We have interacted with many journalists around the world doing our work here at the Underground Bunker covering Scientology stories. Journalists who have come to get their questions answered, and others who have generously helped us with tips or documents, or just story suggestions. Scientology is an arcane and difficult subject to cover, and in the small fraternity of reporters who dive into it, we've enjoyed many professional exchanges with exceptional people.
Among them, but truly one of a kind, there was Pete Combs. A superb radio reporter of the old school, Pete worked for WSB in Atlanta, and we ran into him covering the death of a patient at Scientology's drug rehab clinic in an Atlanta suburb.
Patrick Desmond had died of a heroin overdose in 2008 at the Narconon clinic where he was supposed to be drying out for an alcohol addiction. And the more that Pete and reporters at the local newspaper and a television station looked into Desmond's death, the worse Scientology and its rehab looked.