Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of Scientology leader David Miscavige, will release a memoir about her disturbing experience of her life inside the church before she abandoned it in 2005. Scientology is a 60-year-old religion that has been surrounded by controversy since its creation. Here are the top 10 facts you need to know about Miscavige Hill's escape.1. The Book is Called "Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape"
The book Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape is set to hit book shelves in February and will reveal "strange and disturbing" aspects of the church and its "upper ranks." According to the Daily News, she has previously written against Scientology describing it as closed and oppressive, reveals as little as possible to outsiders, interrogates its own members and even threatens them.
2. She Left the Church of Scientology in 2005 and Set Up a Support Group for Other Ex-Scientologists
After leaving the church in 2005, Miscavige Hill teamed up with other ex-Scientologists Kendra Wiseman and Astra Woodcraft and created the website ExScientologyKids.com. The website offers "non-judgmental support for those who are still in Scientology, discussion and debate for those who've already left, and a plethora of easy-to-understand references for the curious."
3. Miscavige Hill is the Neice of Scientology Leader David Miscavige
David Miscavige is the leader of the Church of Scientology. He started out as the assistant to founder L. Ron Hubbard as a teenager and gained a leadership position by the 1980s. According to US Magazine, he was also the best man at famous Scientologist Tom Cruise's wedding back in 2006.
4. Leader David Miscavige's Wife Has Been Mysteriously Missing Since 2007
The most creepy thing about David Miscavige is that his wife Shelly Miscavige has been missing since 2007. She at least hasn't been seen in the public since then, writes the Village Voice. Some say she was sent by Scientologists into "The Hole"--an office-prison where executives are held against their will after falling out of favor of the church. Is anyone starting to get the impression that this isn't your ordinary chuch? Some say she went into hiding and others say she died of cancer. What's even more weird is that in a statement to the Daily News, Scientology lawyer Gary Soter says she is not missing at all! Well, where is she then?!
5. If You Failed a Uniform Inspection, You Were Dumped With A Five Gallon Bucket of Ice Water
Miscavige Hill's book will reveal the church's mentally and physically abusive practices on its followers. "If you flunked your uniform inspection, sometimes if you were late... you would be dumped with a five-gallon bucket of ice water," she told investigative journalist Philip Recchia in 2008.
6. Because of Her Parent's Split From The Church, She Was Not Allowed to See Them, Sometimes for Years
In 2000, her parents left the Church of Scientology and in the five years that followed before her own split, because of its disconnection policy, all letters written between them were intercepted from her and she was not allowed to answer the phone for over a year. She was allowed to see her parents once a week and sometimes not for years.
7. She was Forced to Write Down Her Sins Until She Revealed Them All Through an Electropsychometer
Miscavige Hill said they were forced to write down all of their "transgressions," or the Catholic equivalent of sins. They were then given a electropsychometer check to make sure they were not hiding anything. The electropsychometer is just that, PSYCHO. It is a machine that is claimed to be used to indicate whether or not a person has been relieved from spiritual impediment of past experiences. Freaky. They would have to keep writing until the machine said they were good to go.
8. Miscavige Hill Spoke Out About the Split Between Scientology's Most Famous Member Tom Cruise and wife, Katie Holmes
"We got a lousy education from unqualified Teachers, forced labor, long hours, forced confessions, being held in rooms not to mention the mental anguish of trying to figure out all of the conflicting information they force upon you as a young child. While it is very unlikely that Suri Cruise would have the same upbringing as me (due to her parent's celebrity status), any organization that is capable of mistreating and neglecting the needs of children, regardless of their social status, and which has a long history of breaking up families is no place for an innocent child."
"As a mother myself, I offer my support to Katie and wish for her all of the strength she will need to do what is best for her and her daughter."
9. Along with Tom Cruise, Scientology is the Religion of Many Other Crazy Celebrities
Including John Travolta, Kristie Alley, Lisa Marie Presley, Jason Lee, Laura Prepon, Elisabeth Moss, and the list goes on...
10. Scientology is Based on a Belief that Ancient Aliens Live Inside Our Souls (I'm Not Kidding)
Yup, I saved the best fact for last. Scientologists believe that our souls originate from ancient beings called "Thetans" and have lived for thousands of years on other planets before Earth. According to founder L. Ron Hubbard, the dictator of the Galactic Confederacy Xenu brought brought billions of people to Earth and thereafter devolved into the humans that live today. Well, this is slightly different than the whole Adam and Eve thing. What to believe?!