Ron Miscavige's 'Ruthless' Chronicles His Escape from Scientology, and His Son David’s Rise

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It was March 25, 2012 and Hemet residents Ron and Becky had loaded up their Ford Focus wagon to set out to start a new life in Wisconsin. It was not a typical cross-country move. In the months leading up to it, the couple had to slowly and surreptitiously mail most of their belongings to Becky’s mom. They couldn’t talk openly about their plans, they had to earn the trust of security guards, and then plot the best escape route to avoid a car chase. That’s because Ron and Becky were members of Sea Organization, or Sea Org, a militaristic religious order of the Church of Scientology. That’s Ron Miscavige’s personal story as he tells it in a new book, Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me. In it, Ron Miscavige writes about working in Sea Org for nearly 27 years, how he escaped the church, and how his son, David Miscavige, became the secretive leader of Scientology.

Credits

Guest:
Ron Miscavige - Author of "Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me"

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Matt Holzman, Anna Scott, Jolie Myers, Christian Bordal, Laura Swisher, Sarah Sweeney