Ronald Miscavige Sr., who is the dad of Scientology leader David Miscavige, signed a “tell all” book deal with St. Martin’s Press this week. His memoir, which will be titled If He Dies, He Dies, will tell the story behind the infamous church and its leader’s rise to power.
The story behind If He Dies, He Dies involves allegations of private investigators, handmade silencers, and arrests for large amounts of fire arms.
How did Ronald arrive at his title? According to a famous story, his son, concerned about his dad’s estrangement from Scientology, had his dad followed by church members. When they witnessed his dad clutch his chest in an apparent heart attack and asked the leader if they should intervene, David’s response, according to the Hollywood Reporter was “if he dies, he dies.”
Scientology representatives tell a different story about the incident involving his dad, claiming the leader “has always taken care of his father and continues to do so,” wrote Church spokesperson Karin Pouw in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter. “Beyond that, as a matter of policy, neither the Church nor Mr. Miscavige comments on members of his family.”
Reports have surfaced, however, that indicate the leader of Scientology isn’t happy about the book. According to Vanity Fair, the “bombshell” news about the tell all book comes hot on the heels of reports that Scientology authorities paid private detectives, reportedly Scientology members, to follow his dad for 18 months.
Detectives eavesdropped, looked at all his dad’s emails, and planted a GPS in his car, police records tell, to the tune of $10,000 a week, according to a report by The Los Angeles Times. Scientology paid the investigators through an intermediary. All because David “feared that his father would divulge too much about the organization’s activities.”
Reports about the private detectives surfaced after Florida private eye Dwayne S. Powell was arrested in July 2013 near Milwaukee for allegedly being in possession of two rifles, four handguns, 2,000 rounds of ammunition, and a homemade silencer, according to The Los Angeles Times. He initially did not want to tell officers why he was in the area or tell who his employer was, but soon cracked.
The Church of Scientology denies any involvement with the investigator, and in a statement released to The Los Angeles Times said the leader never even met the PI: “Please be advised that Mr. Miscavige does not know Mr. Powell, has never heard of [him], has never met Mr. Powell, has never spoken to Mr. Powell, never hired [him] and never directed any investigations by Mr. Powell,” Michael Lee Hertzberg, Miscavige’s attorney, tells the newspaper.
There’s no news about when the tell all book by David Miscavige’s dad will hit stands, but one thing’s obvious: Scientology and its leader aren’t happy about it.
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