flashback: st petersburg times delivers brutal exposé:
scientology leadership rife with physical violence, report says*
from st petersburg times: They are stepping forward — from Dallas and Denver, Portland, Las Vegas, Montana — talking about what happened, to them and their friends, during their years in the Church of Scientology... These and other former Scientology staffers are talking now, inspired and emboldened by the raw revelations of four defectors from the church's executive ranks who broke years of silence in stories published recently by the St. Petersburg Times. Those behind-the-scenes accounts from Marty Rathbun and Mike Rinder, the highest officials ever to leave Scientology, were buttressed by detailed revelations of highly placed former managers Amy Scobee and Tom De Vocht. Now their stories have prompted other former Scientology veterans to go public about physical and mental abuses they say they witnessed and endured.