l. ron hubbard

Religion

This Guy Claims to Be the Reincarnation of L. Ron Hubbard

The 31-year-old has legally changed his name to Lafayette Ron Hubbard, but the official Church of Scientology isn't buying his story.
Jamie Lee Curtis Taete
2.9.19
Tech Audit

What’s Inside a $5,000 Scientology E-Meter?

A Swiss maker disassembled a central tool of Scientology, the E-Meter, and finds a remarkably sophisticated and over-engineered device.
Daniel Oberhaus
7.19.18
Remembering Things

Cult Leaders Made a Tonne of Music, Let's Rank It

From Charles Manson to L Ron Hubbard, a look at cult-made music—from the extremely average to the batshit insane. ​
Chris Yates
9.25.17
Stuff

The Fight to Preserve the House of the Man Who Invented Sci-Fi

Forrest J. Ackerman, the late literary agent to writers like Ray Bradbury and L. Ron Hubbard, held a trove of sci-fi artifacts in his LA home. Now, his fans are vying to save it from being turned into a parking lot.
Peter Holslin
1.16.16
Stuff

Meet the Struggling South African Cult That Tried to Kill Demon Hitler

Bernard Poolman tried to fashion himself as the next L. Ron Hubbard and failed gloriously.
River Donaghey
8.4.15
vice meets

Talking to Marty Rathbun, Former Senior Executive of the Church of Scientology

We discuss his Scientology past, auditing, and the harassment techniques allegedly used by the church.
VICE Staff
3.29.15
Stuff

I Took a Tour of Scientology's Los Angeles (and It Was Pretty Creepy)

At one of the places I visited I the cashier called me by my first name, despite the fact that I had never met her in my entire life.
Jamie Lee Curtis Taete
3.25.15
Stuff

Meet the Hairdresser Who Claims Scientology Is Trying to Ruin Her Business

There's a hair salon 350 feet from the world-famous, sky-blue Scientology building in Los Angeles. Here ex-Scientologist Lynn Campbell helps the shaggy, as well as those who are questioning their faith.
Mike Pearl
3.23.15
Stuff

The Harry Potter Fan Fiction Author Who Wants to Make Everyone a Little More Rational

"Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality," by AI specialist Eliezer Yudkowsky, has commanded a sprawling, cult-like international fan base thanks to its message of rational thinking.
David Whelan
3.2.15
Travel

Scientology Is Struggling to Crack the UK

Scientology has always been a poor fit for the UK. It’s a phenomenon better suited to wealthy, tanned Americans who’ve spent their entire lives being told they can be anything they want to be if they throw enough money around
Nick Hilton
9.30.14
Film

Brian Butler and Paz de la Huerta on 'Babalon Working'

Thursday night in LA Brian Butler will be premiering his new film, Babalon Working, at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The film, which features Paz de la Huerta undulating sensually amid what feels like the cinematic manifestation of a...
Jonathan Smith
9.19.13
The Grievous Sins Issue

Scientology Hates Psychology, Especially If You're from Taiwan and Living in Australia

Scientology’s hatred of psychiatry and psychology has been well documented, but what happens when one of their members has a breakdown? I spoke to “John,” an ex-Scientologist to find out more.
Julian Morgans
4.10.13