The Wife Of A Scientology Leader Vanishes From Public View Under Bizarre Circumstances
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Michele "Shelly" Miscavige had a very unusual life. She was raised on a boat as a servant to a rich and powerful man, and eventually married another young man at the age of 21. It's probably relevant to point out that the boat was Scientology's notorious Sea Org, the man she served was L. Ron Hubbard, and the man she married was David Miscavige, current leader of the Church of Scientology.
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And lifelong creepy smiler.
As First Lady of the world's most famous space club, Shelly had duties that reportedly included handling Tom Cruise, trying to reign in his crazy and allegedly handpicking Katie Holmes to be his bride. She oversaw the renovations to Cruise's mansion, and even ran the Church itself while David was away on other business. For a woman of such a high profile, it seems awfully strange that no one has seen or heard from Shelly since August ... of 2007.
It Gets Weirder:
For one thing, no one can actually prove that Shelly is missing.
When Mrs. Miscavige failed to turn up for the wedding of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes back in 2006, actress Leah Remini committed the unthinkable crime of asking where she was. The harassment that followed was so extreme that Remini decided "fuck this whole Scientology thing" and left the Church.
Keep in mind, this is a woman with the pain tolerance to survive nine seasons of making King Of Queens.
Remini later decided to file a missing persons report on Miscavige, but after a suspiciously lax investigation, the LAPD concluded that Shelly was perfectly fine. Scientology's official stance on the matter is that she's simply so damn busy with the Church's "special projects" that she hasn't had time to step outside her room. For almost ten years. Just, like, so busy, you guys.
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The Hole won't scrub the blood and tears of beaten and tortured Church rogues off its floor and walls by itself, after all.