• Confessions of a Wife Beater


    Ron Miscavige Tries to Redefine What it Means to Commit Domestic Abuse

    Leave it to Ron Miscavige himself to expose in his own words the extent to which his “memoir” is a lie that whitewashes his sordid history of domestic violence inflicted on his late wife and his two daughters.

    Ron’s account of his wife beating that he tries to pass off in his book suddenly imploded during a May 5 appearance as a guest on Megyn Kelly’s The Kelly File on Fox News, discrediting his entire “memoir.” Pressed by Kelly on how many times he punched his late wife Loretta, Ron responded with the jaw-dropping admission that “Maybe all the time, over a 10-year period—would happen maybe once a month or something like that.”

    Even if one believes Ron’s estimates—his daughters say he beat their mother far more often, on average twice a week—that comes to a staggering 120 times that he admits to punching his late wife! 

    Ron further admitted to Kelly that he punched his wife in the back, where before he had been insisting in his book that he had only struck her occasionally on the arm. To punch his first wife in the back probably means she had her back turned to him and was running away.

    Contrast his admissions to the way Ron and publisher St. Martin’s Press have previously been bending over backwards to soft-pedal and whitewash his shameful domestic violence in his “memoir.” He claims “there were times” he punched her, “sometimes I did strike her” and “for the most part, though, we just fought with words.”

    Yet, Ron’s own words from three decades ago further expose the lie he continues to live just like all the other delusional wife beaters who go to great lengths to downplay and deny their abuse.

    In a self-generated write-up on February 27, 1977, that was part of the family’s effort to deal with Ron’s violence that erupted after his younger son David, the family’s moral compass, left home to join the religious order Ron himself wrote:

    “I hit Loretta and lose control of myself at times (this was reported before but I have done this again since reporting it) 4 or 5 times. Also, have choked her at times when I can’t get her to ack [acknowledge] my originations [ideas].”

    So Ron now claims in his book that he “might punch her in the arm or push her away.” Then he tells The Kelly File that he hit her in the back. But his writings from the 1970s reveal that he choked her. All of this happened seven years after the year he insisted to The Kelly File that he stopped abusing his wife altogether by proclaiming “I never again even had the urge to strike her.” That’s a lie. He said in his own words: “I used to beat Loretta up prior to Scientology and have punched her several times since.”

    The real truth is that when Ron’s son David started in Scientology, he brought some moral compass to Ron. But when David left home, Ron was no longer held in check and lost control by resuming his domestic violence.

    Of course, the fact that he never punched his daughters was also a lie based on what he wrote in his own words. Both Ron himself and his family wrote in great detail about how Ron used to beat his daughters, exposing his lie when he denied it to The Kelly File. On September 26, 1972, Ron wrote: “…I used to hit the kids a lot before Scientology. Now if I see it’s the only thing I can do, I’ll give them a punch.”

    Further evidence that he lies in his memoir and in interviews about beating his children (after his son David, the religious beacon, left home) are shown in the words of his late wife, along with his oldest son Ronnie and daughter Denise. Some 30 years ago they wrote:

    • “One time last weekend he hit one of the kids for answering him back.” – Loretta

    • “My father, Ron Miscavige […] beat Denise up with a belt buckle recently, a couple times. I don’t know the exact number.” – Ronnie

    • Took me up, beat me with a strap, bruised my whole back and sent me to bed…This morning again he hit me again, I can’t remember for what reason…We are (I am) afraid my dad will hit us.” – Denise


    That is certainly more than what he told the media: that he “spanked the girls occasionally, but didn't abuse them.”

    And all said, Ron engages in the classic wife beater behavior of “blaming the victim,” in this case his late wife Loretta. Here are some of the despicable examples from his “memoir”:

    • “I might punch her in the arm or push her away when she was getting on me.”
    • “I felt nagged because she would get on me about totally unrelated things.”

    Ron’s admissions to Megyn Kelly and the writings in his own hand during his first marriage cements the fact that he and publisher, St. Martin’s Press, shamefully covered up his long and sordid history of domestic violence in what they are now trying to con the public into buying as a “memoir” and undermines the entire credibility of his book.