The Los Angeles Times reports that the leader of the Church of Scientology hired private investigators to trail his father after the latter defected from the "church."
According to police reports obtained by the Times, David Miscavige was worried that his father, Ronald Miscavige, Sr., would "spill damaging secrets about the religious organization."
For a year and a half, two detectives allegedly monitored Miscavige's emails and conversations, photographed him "everywhere he went," and put a GPS tracking device on his car.
In one incident, while tracking Miscavige in a supermarket parking lot, the investigators told police they witnessed him grasp at his chest and slump over while loading grocery bags in his car. They called their intermediary and waited for instructions. Powell told police that two minutes later, he received a call from a man identifying himself as David Miscavige.
“David told him that if it was Ron’s time to die, to let him die and not intervene in any way,” the police record stated.
The Church of Scientology is under increased scrutiny following the airing of a new HBO special, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief.
The expose alleges "intimidation tactics and widespread physical and mental abuse" within the organization founded by science fiction author L. Ron Hubbard.
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