Ron Miscavige—the person who’s partly responsible for bringing the leader of Scientology, David Miscavige, into this world—wrote a memoir due this spring that will surely only have nice things to say about a religion known for intimidating and exiling its former members.
This potentially enlightening book, Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me, will cover Ron’s time in the church and the events of his and David’s life. Ron left Scientology in 2012 after roughly 40 years.
Judging by its title and description, Ruthless is likely to have no mercy on the church. But will it reveal anything about the alleged whereabouts of David’s wife Shelly Miscavige? Perhaps it’ll offer some clues. The book is due May 3 through St. Martin’s Press. The publisher’s description:
The only book to examine the origins of Scientology’s current leader, RUTHLESS tells the revealing story of David Miscavige’s childhood and his path to the head seat of the Church of Scientology told through the eyes of his father. Ron Miscavige’s personal, heartfelt story is a riveting insider’s look at life within the world of Scientology.
Page Six notes that Ruthless “is expected to be the latest in a wave of unflattering works about the church,” in the vein of the memoir Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape, which was written by David’s niece Jenna.
There’s also the truly fascinating/frightening documentary Going Clear, and of course Leah Remini’s recent memoir Troublemaker.
Ron, who lives in Wisconsin, appears to have a contentious relationship with his son, who was accused of recruiting private investigators on behalf of the church to spy on his dad, according to an L.A. Times story.
A police report at the time stated that Ron and his wife believed David had a vendetta “because they left the church two years ago and David is afraid that Ronald will speak with the media about the negative inner workings of the church and David’s abuse of the members of the church.”
It’s getting hot in here.
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