The real Ron Miscavige specializes in betrayal: of his younger son, his daughters… his family and even his friends. Some individuals make one big mistake in life, a betrayal which they regret and seek to atone for their sins.
The old saying, “out with the old, in with the new,” applies to Ron Miscavige and his very old, tired lies he says again and again… and again. Ron specializes in pretending to be a victim of circumstances, when the facts are anything but—he is the harasser and aggressor, not the victim.
Everyone knows how to tell when Ron Miscavige is not telling the truth: just see if his lips are moving. Ron also tells tall tales when he types, or more accurately hunts and pecks. Truth doesn’t course through Ron Miscavige’s veins. Take for instance the way Ron described his time in Virginia.
There is a certain kind of individual who can be considered godless, immoral, villainous and driven by evil. This is a man who commits crimes against women, who is racially bigoted, who is anti-Semitic and who attacks religion and the religious beliefs of others. Ron Miscavige fits the bill.
Ron Miscavige likes to tell tall tales. And usually the same old, worn, untrue stories over and over and over and over.
In 1985, Ron Miscavige was accused of criminal attempt of rape, indecent assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering, criminal trespass and burglary in Pennsylvania. He was arrested and booked on these charges.
Ron will regale you in stories of his distant past, but he’ll never be honest with you… or himself. He relates things in a manner that is 180 degrees from reality. Take Ron’s lead-in line when he recounts his trip to Williamsburg, Virginia: “Life was great.”
Not only does Jesse Prince have a documented history of lying, he was paid in the past for false court testimony, making him in effect a professional liar. But that doesn’t matter to Ron Miscavige. Jesse Prince is his kind of man.
Harassment. Belittlement. Condescending. That is how Ron Miscavige treated the women he worked with. And yes, bigoted and racist too. Said a former colleague: “When I was the only female musician in the Music Department, he treated me horribly.
It is no wonder Ron Miscavige has no problem with the fact that his elder son was arrested for soliciting prostitution and found guilty of a sex crime even though he is an agent and manages a Real Estate Office in Virginia. Ron thinks nothing of sexual assault in the world of Real Estate.
The big question is why did Ron Miscavige never mention MistyZ? Of course, he knew that his namesake was arrested for solicitation of prostitution in connection with a bigger FBI sting involving drugs and prostitution. Ron was right there.
In 1990, Ron Miscavige married Whitewater, Wisconsin-born former cocktail waitress Becky Bigelow, a woman 27 years Ron’s junior who once worked in a Playboy Club in Ohio. She married Ron for the name of his famous son and the advantages she dreamed it would bring her.
Most men would be horrified at the concept of beating their wife. Not Ron Miscavige. He gave the jaw-dropping admission on national TV that he beat his wife “ Maybe all the time, over a 10-year-period — would happen maybe once a month or something like that.
Ron Miscavige’s sordid past is a travesty. A man who admits to beating his wife more than 120 times on national television has now turned to the Internet to rewrite history.
Ron Miscavige long ago exposed himself as teller of tall tales when he wrote “I have been told that, as adults, Ronnie and David couldn’t be more different.” While it’s true that there is a 180-degree contrast between Ron’s two sons, it’s the polar opposite of how Ron portrayed it.
When Ron Miscavige opens his mouth everyone knows what is going to come out. It ain’t pretty and it pretty much is a lie. Take for example his statement that “life was good” when he spent time with his namesake son.
We can ’t imagine why Ron Miscavige’s cover-up never ends. We also can’t imagine why Ron and Ronnie are so much alike? After all, both like the bright lights drawing attention to the seedier side of life. After all, look at t hese establishments that know what makes Ron happy.
Ron Miscavige and Ron(nie) Miscavige. Father and namesake son. A Ron cover-up, and for good reason. Ron went to great lengths to conceal the embarrassing and scandalous information he possessed about his namesake son.
Ron Miscavige will tell tall tales any chance he can. They aren’t convincing but that won’t stop him from practicing the skill he has honed throughout his life: the art of the “cover up”.
Ron likes to cover up for himself and his namesake. But he couldn’t cover up when the National Enquirer reported on a scandal in Ronnie’s life.
Who can tell when Ron Miscavige started his cover up. It could be with his namesake son’s arrest for solicitation of prostitution as part of an FBI sting. Ron was right there. Ron described that period as “life was good.” Really? It could be with the massage parlors.
Ron calls his namesake son, Ronnie, “athletically gifted.” This is one instance where Ron—whose real loves in life are, as anyone who knows Ron can tell you (a) $$$$ followed by (b) making up tall tales (and telling them over and over again ad nauseam).
Ron Miscavige has been covering up for his namesake son for years. He covered up the abuse of his own daughters. He covered up Ronnie’s arrest. He’s covering up the exploitation of woman at massage parlors all over Virginia.
Ron Miscavige can’t stand the truth. It gets in the way of his scam. It’s a nuisance. An inconvenience.
Ron is undaunted by his namesake’s arrest for solicitation of prostitution. Ron is the expert at the art of the cover up. Ron knew his namesake son was arrested for solicitation of prostitution as part of an FBI drug and prostitution sting. Ron covers it up under the tag line, “life was good.
Ron Miscavige’s cover up has gone on for years. Ron doesn’t care about anyone or anything. He even lies about his namesake son, Ronnie.
While Ron Miscavige gushes about his namesake son, Ronnie prowls the seedy strip malls of Virginia in search of the ultimate massage. One he frequents has an online review complimenting it on “nice hand jobs.
Ron Miscavige lauds Ronnie, even after Ronnie was caught up in an FBI drug and prostitution sting and even while Ronnie does his business with some of the seediest establishments around.
Ron Miscavige can’t keep his story straight, because he isn’t capable of telling the truth. So he makes up stories and invites “guests” which are just like him so he can spew lies.
Ron Miscavige’s cover up involves hiding his darkest secrets literally beneath the covers. His namesake son, Ronnie, the one he praises, the one Ron says never “gave anybody reason to dislike him” turns out to have a sex addiction problem that led to his arrest in a prostitution sting that resulted in a guilty plea.
Ron Miscavige continues to hide his darkest secrets literally beneath the sheets. None more so than the sex, crime and arrest of his namesake son Ronnie, who Ron praises while vilifying his younger son who stands as his family’s moral beacon.
Ron Miscavige is promoting as a credible source a man who follows Ron’s own ethics = no ethics.
There is more than one reason Ron Miscavige’s namesake son follows in Ron’s ignominious footsteps. Following his father’s example of philandering and abuse, Ron’s namesake son abused his sisters when they were young.
Ron Miscavige is a degenerate. Ron beat his wife. He choked her. He beat his daughters, one with a strap. He was arrested for attempted rape. He was saved by his younger famous son who insisted he come straight and lead an ethical life—which he did for some time.
In 1990, Ron Miscavige married former Playboy Club cocktail bunny Becky Bigelow—a woman 27 years his junior—when the two abruptly eloped to Las Vegas. She married him for the name of his famous son and the advantages she dreamed it would bring her.
Of course it is not surprising to see Ron Miscavige palling around with Mark Fisher. That is Ron Miscavige’s kind of guy.
Ron Miscavige, a man with no control over his mouth, no control over his thoughts, no control over his mind, says and does things that are not only politically incorrect, they are morally wrong and indefensible. This is from some of those who suffered his emotional abuse.
One of Ron Miscavige’s most egregious coverups is his lie about his daughters and the reason they will not speak to him. Ron Miscavige well knows that his daughters begged him not to go live with his namesake son, the one who abused them when they were young.
Ron’s daughters disowned their father because he went to live with their older brother Ronnie, who sexually abused them as children. Ron Miscavige falsely claims his daughters stopped speaking with him because of the Church.
These examples show a man, Ron Miscavige, who fits the characteristics of a sociopath.
When asked to describe Ron Miscavige, those who knew him well and worked with him for many years, even decades, said the following: Ron Miscavige, an embarrassment, the person you don’t want to take to the family reunion or wedding.
In more ways than one, Ron Miscavige has fallen into the category of the dictionary definition of predator : A person who ruthlessly exploits others. Dictionary example: “ a sexual predator.
Ron Miscavige never worked steadily as a musician before becoming third trumpet with the Golden Era Musicians. Prior to joining the Church band, he played odd shows from time to time, but his main paying gig was selling pots and pans door-to-door.
Ron Miscavige had it all. Not that he deserved it. After years of dishing out abuse to his family, he appeared to tow the line and follow the moral compass of the family, his younger son, to lead an ethical and religious life.
Studies have found that far from fading as children grow older, the impact of a parent’s infidelity grows over time, increasing as those children grow up. The same can be said about emotional and physical abuse from a parent.
“The only creativity Ron has displayed throughout his life is finding new and inventive ways to con people,” says 45-year professional musician. Peter Schless is an award-winning songwriter and has been a professional musician for over 45 years.
Ron Miscavige’s younger son bought his father a house after he left the Sea Org and bought him annual health insurance. After Ron left the religious order, his daughters encouraged him to retire to the Sunshine State. But Ron decided to move in with his namesake son, Ronnie, instead.
Ron Miscavige was arrested by the police for reckless driving. He almost ran three, maybe six, cars off the road, and he was arrested. This was while Ron was working at Golden Era Productions. Ron was the only person ever at Golden Era to be arrested.
Marion Pouw has been a member of the Sea Organization, the Church religious order, for over 40 years. She has been a friend of the Miscavige family since 1972. Her former husband was a musician and was in a band with Ron Miscavige.
Tom McMurray, trombone player, Carl Leach, trumpet player, McHenry Ellis, woodwinds—sax, flute, clarinet and Russ Greilich, composer and arranger. These are some of the best musicians on the planet with years of professional experience in Las Vegas, New York and California.
Krystal Simmons has been a member of the Sea Organization (a fraternal organization of those who have dedicated their lives to achieving the aims and goals of Scientology) since late 1991. She works as an executive in Human Resources of Golden Era Productions.
The true facts about Ron Miscavige paint a very different picture than the one he portrays when he opens his mouth. Those facts undermine his fake self-portrait of a moral authority and kindly patriarch in an Ozzie & Harriet fantasyland.
Ron Miscavige is well known as a bully. He targeted women for put-downs and harassment. One target of his bullying was Gabriella Saccomanno, a highly accomplished professional concert pianist based at Golden Era Productions for 22 years, where at one point she was the only woman working alongside Ron.
Ron Miscavige’s daughters have said they believe their father is a bully of women, a sexual predator. Their mother told them Ron was a serial philanderer, often cheating on Loretta, their mother, with her friends, while also spending time with prostitutes and piling up phone bills calling sex lines.
Ron Miscavige makes up stories about his past and likes to play the victim.
One of the most despicable things in Ron Miscavige’s storytelling is how he engages in denial, relating only those stories he chooses to tell and omitting the true story.
According to his daughters, Denise and Lori, Ron Miscavige even threatened their mother Loretta with a gun. Ron Miscavige’s domestic violence in hitting, his late wife, the diminutive Loretta—all of 5’ 2”—was despicable.
In his effort to make money exploiting his own family, Ron Miscavige latches on to and tries to promote absurd claims he “heard about” to spread his own myth that he and others were “mistreated.
Ron Miscavige continues rewriting his sordid history of domestic violence toward his late wife and his two daughters as if he can erase his reprehensible lifelong behavior toward women.
Ron Miscavige was living with his namesake son when that son, Ronnie Miscavige, was arrested for soliciting prostitution. Ron Miscavige was living with his namesake son when that son, Ronnie Miscavige, was arrested for soliciting prostitution.
After a sex-crime victim picked Ron Miscavige from a photo lineup, the police arrested and charged him with “criminal attempt at rape, indecent assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering, criminal trespass and burglary” for an attack on a woman at an apartment complex outside of Philadelphia.
Ron Miscavige whitewashes his sordid history of domestic violence on his late wife and his two daughters.
One of the most despicable things about Ron Miscavige is how he engages in the classic wife-beater behavior of “blaming the victims” for what he now publicly admits was a decade of domestic abuse toward his wife.
Why is Becky Bigelow married to 81-year-old Ron Miscavige? With Ron, it started with his last name along with the stature that his younger son brought to it. She wanted that. And at a certain point Becky wanted more. She wanted money, too.
In happier times, when Ron Miscavige was getting the attention he wanted, and was lacking for nothing, he rejoiced. On August 28, 1998, when speaking to a reporter, Ron described his younger son: “That’s wonderful, beyond my most treasured dream, that I’m his father.
Linda Grielich is the Community Events Director for Golden Era Productions. With a distinguished career as a professional singer, starring as Mary in the original tour of Jesus Christ Superstar and having performed in several television shows as well as touring with several bands.
Ron Miscavige is an intolerant and close-minded man, who spews religious hatred, discrimination and bigotry. Ron is the type that can not hide his bias, which goes beyond religion and includes race.
Ron Miscavige continues dishonestly “raising his voice” with pathetic rants in hopes that he will make some money. Ron likes to pretend he is fighting for some cause in support of families, but this is simply his ploy, the ruse of a self-admitted wife-beater and child abuser.
This article compares Ron Miscavige’s actions and what his friends, family and former colleagues have said about Ron’s behavior with some of the published characteristics of a pathological liar. There is a lot of opinion in this area, and when the facts are exposed, the real person is unmasked.
For a man who ironically claims to be all about family, Ron has spent two recent shameful trips to Los Angeles, all the way across country from Wisconsin, and has never taken a short drive to San Diego to spend a few hours with his granddaughter Jenna or her children.
Ron Miscavige has been telling tales his whole life, but now in his later years, the tales are more and more ridiculous and far-fetched.
Ron Miscavige is a manipulator who avoids responsibility for his own conduct of betrayal by blaming others for causing it. Newsflash: there’s something wrong with your character if opportunity controls your loyalty.
Ron Miscavige is so self-centered he really doesn’t understand that betraying his own family is equal to betraying himself. Ron cannot even see that the very people who helped him in his life are the very people he has sold out.
Mark Twain once wisely said, “I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.” That statement well applies to Ron Miscavige.
It has been said that age can and does negatively impact memory. That could be a reason Ron Miscavige seems to purposely “misremember” his past—his misdeeds such as beating his wife and breaking her ribs.
Loyalty and generosity to Ron Miscavige is rewarded with smears, insults and obsessive demands for money. To Ron, money always comes before family.
When a small tabloid paper put out a story about Ron Miscavige, it was interesting that Ron couldn’t even convince the tabloid that he was a good-hearted choirboy from a coal mining town in Pennsylvania.
One can only guess how low is low for Ron. After all, Ron’s a man who betrayed his own daughters and younger son for $$$.
When Ron Miscavige estranged himself from his family, it was because Ron was befriending and aiding people actively attacking his daughters and his younger son through frivolous litigation and media smears. Ron didn’t care.
Ron Miscavige has a tragic story. But it’s not the one he made up for his failed get-rich scheme. The real story of Ron Miscavige’s life is one that is so devoid of ethics he became estranged from his family and friends to where they wanted nothing to do with him.
Below is the account from the detectives of the Upper Merion Township Police Department near Philadelphia about the arrest of Ron Miscavige for alleged crimes.
Adam Reuveni, Denise Sommerville and Rick Cruzen all worked with Ron Miscavige for years. Each of them played in the band with Ron. Each of them, at one time, was Ron’s direct superior in the Music Department at Golden Era Productions. Each of them traveled with Ron around the world.
It doesn’t seem to bother Ron Miscavige that in addition to regularly cheating on his wife Loretta, he brutally and repeatedly beat her and their daughters . As with most men who inflict domestic violence, Ron seeks to blame the victim, in this case shifting fault to his late wife and two daughters.
Ron Miscavige’s former bandmates who worked with Ron for over two decades: McHenry Ellis plays woodwinds—sax, flute and clarinet. A veteran Las Vegas musician, he has been at Golden Era since 1989. Carl Leach has been lead trumpet with the Golden Era Musicians since 1993.
Marion Pouw has been a member of the religious order for over 40 years. She is a long term friend of the Miscavige family and knew Ron Miscavige for 35 years.
Christopher Smith has been a writer for Golden Era Productions and Scientology Media Productions for more than 20 years. His extensive credits and work on award-winning documentaries and ads have been aired around the world and seen by millions of individuals.
Kenny Seybold is the Facilities Manager for a 500 acre property dedicated to religious and social betterment film production.
Cathy Fraser has been a member of the religious order for close to 30 years. She has been Director of Public Affairs at Golden Era Productions for the last decade and knew Ron Miscavige for 25 years.
Jennifer Alpers has been a member of the religious order for over 30 years. She has been Director of Domestic Services at Golden Era Productions for the past decade and knew Ron Miscavige for 25 years.
Suzanne Bolstad has been a member of the religious order at Golden Era for over two decades. She has been the Audio Division Office Administrator since 2007 and worked with Ron Miscavige for five years.
McHenry Ellis plays woodwinds—sax, flute and clarinet. A veteran Las Vegas musician, he has been at Golden Era since 1989, where he worked with Ron Miscavige.
Russ Greilich is a sound engineer who worked as a professional musician in the San Francisco Bay Area. He’s been with the Golden Era Musicians for 30 years.
A musician for 35 years, Adam Reuvini worked with Ron Miscavige for over a decade. A member of the religious order for 19 years, Adam is the Music Director for Golden Era Productions. Adam previously worked on Emmy award-winning TV productions and major motion pictures.
Malcolm Chisholm has been a member of the religious order for 24 years and has been Director of Human Resources, Golden Era Productions, since 2007. Malcolm attended the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa.
What do Ron Miscavige, a horrific wife beater exposed as a liar when he published a false memoir about his son, and Karen de la Carriere , who once worked as some sort of a call girl and who a Los Angeles Superior Court judge more recently found had no credibility, have in common?
Leave it to the National Enquirer to find its latest scandal in Ron Miscavige and his namesake son.
Henning Benndorf has been a member of the religious order for over 20 years. Henning was a Senior executive at Golden Era Productions, while Ron Miscavige was there. Henning is also a musician, artist and visual effects artist with an excellent reputation in Hollywood.
Eve Stumbke has been a member of the religious order for over 20 years. Originally from England, she is a senior executive at Golden Era Productions, responsible for all human resources, communications, domestic services and training of staff.
Training Director: Ron Miscavige was “one of the rudest and most self-centered people I have ever had to work with.” Erin DeCrescenzo has been a member of the Sea Organization (the Scientology religious order whose members have dedicated their lives to achieving the aims and goals of Scientology) for over 20 years.
Internal Affairs Director recalls Ron Miscavige arrest for recklessly endangering lives while driving… Gerald Duncan has been the Director of Internal Affairs at Golden Era Productions for over 25 years. His work involves reviewing unethical conduct of individuals in the organization and helping them to lead more ethical, honest and productive lives.
Krystal Simmons has been a member of the Sea Organization (a fraternal organization of those who have dedicated their lives to achieving the aims and goals of Scientology) since late 1991. She works as an executive in Human Resources of Golden Era Productions .
Bert Drake is a 25-year member of the Golden Era Musicians and a recording engineer at Golden Era Productions. A professional drummer for more than 35 years, Bert worked alongside Ron Miscavige every day for over two decades.
Tom McMurray has been a professional orchestrator and trombonist for more than four decades, the last 26 years as a musician at Golden Era Productions. He played alongside Ron Miscavige for more than two decades. I was associated with Ron Miscavige for over 20 years, day in and day out.
Update: Photos posted to social media show Ron traveled to California, under the guise of visiting his granddaughter and her children. This is the same granddaughter he once stated he wanted nothing to do with after she wrote a book he declared was a “disgrace.
A professional musician since 1963, Carl Leach has been the lead trumpet player with Golden Era Musicians since 1993, where he worked alongside Ron Miscavige for two decades.
Chris Maio is a member of the band and a sound engineer at Golden Era Productions. A professional guitarist for more than thirty years, Chris worked alongside Ron Miscavige every day. I worked with Ron Miscavige every day for years as a musician at Golden Era Productions.
A professional musician for nearly 50 years, Neil Kunen worked with Ron Miscavige for two decades. An arranger with Golden Era Musicians, Neil is an accomplished guitar player who attended the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston and was previously a successful music teacher.
Danny Dunagin is a professional security officer trained as an emergency medical technician. A volunteer firefighter who is active in the local community, he has been based at Golden Era Productions for over 30 years where he knew and worked with Ron Miscavige for more than two decades.
Rick Cruzen is a professional musician, composer and sounder engineer. He has been based at Golden Era Productions for 38 years, where he worked side by side with Ron Miscavige every day for 27 of them. These are his views on Ron’s so-called “memoir.
Ron was a member of the band for 26 years and one day, shortly after an article came out detailing his prior arrest for indecent assault, Ron simply walked away from a wonderful life. Band members wrote Ron and documented his betrayal.
A central premise of Ron Miscavige’s literary forgery is his claim that he “escaped” from the Church of Scientology’s religious order.
Update: Ron has found time to travel not once but twice to Los Angeles to pal around with a minor cable-TV actress as part of his media whoring tour to try to extend his 15 minutes of infamy.
Why is Becky Bigelow married to cranky 80-year-old Ron Miscavige? After all, she’s younger than all of his four children. None of them can stand her, let alone consider her any kind of relative.
Meet Donald “Dan” Koon, a failed artist who is the true author of the literary forgery that Ron Miscavige is trying to pass off as his.
What was Ron Miscavige to do? He admitted on national television that he was a serial wife-beater who pummeled his wife once a month for a decade. His daughters recalled that his beatings of his late wife and his daughters were far worse than that—at least twice a week.
Shortly after 2 a.m. on April 23, a young man wielding a hammer was caught on a security camera smashing the front window of the Church of Scientology of Los Angeles. The man shattered the large front pane while cracking a second one before fleeing after being spotted by a security guard.
I worked with Ron for 25 years while he was in the Church’s band at Golden Era Productions. Nearly all of that time I was either his direct superior, his superior’s superior or the head of his department. So I know him very well.
I have spent more time with Ron than he spent with his ex-wife Loretta, more time than he spent with his current wife, more than any of his children, more than any other living person. And knowing him as I do, I can tell you that he is factually running a con job on you with his book.
Staffed with chefs trained by culinary author Wayne Gisslen with a kitchen designed by a Walt Disney Co. consultant, the Golden Era Productions food services have been rated “A” by Riverside County, which also bestowed an award of recognition on the facility.
After his contemptible decision to join with people who attacked his daughters, he then wonders why they no longer speak to him.
In 1990, Ron Miscavige married former Playboy Club cocktail bunny Becky Bigelow—a woman 27 years his junior—when the two abruptly eloped to Las Vegas. She married him for the name of his famous son and the advantages she dreamed it would bring her.
Ron Miscavige shows what a hypocrite he is by complaining incessantly about not having a relationship with his family, notably his grandchildren. Start with the fact that Ron lies about who cut off his relationship with his daughters. It was him.
In his effort to monetize his own family through his so-called “memoir,” Ron Miscavige cites hearsay he “heard about” on the Internet to make absurd claims he and others were “mistreated.
As a pre-eminent First Amendment attorney who has represented the Church of Scientology for four decades, Eric Lieberman knows first-hand the absurdity of Ronald T. Miscavige’s…
When Ron Miscavige abruptly left the Church of Scientology’s religious order after nearly 27 years, the one thing his daughters, Denise and Lori, adamantly insisted upon was that he not move in with his namesake son, Ronnie, who had sexually abused them as young girls.
Self-absorbed, he took advantage of Marion Pouw’s kindness, while griping that his late brother Red left him no money. Marion Pouw has been a close friend of Ron Miscavige and his family since 1972 when her then-husband worked with Ron in a local band.
One of the most despicable things in Ron Miscavige’s “memoir” is how he engages in the classic wife-beater behavior of “blaming the victims” for what he now publicly admits was a decade of domestic abuse toward his late wife, Loretta.
In May 1985, a panicked Ron Miscavige turned to his son David out of sheer desperation because he had nowhere else to go.
While Ronald T. Miscavige (Ronald Sr.’s) book is a fraudulent narrative from beginning to end, perhaps the clearest and most glaring lies concern his cover-up of his own acts and those of his oldest son Ronald Jr. (Ronnie).
The real Ron Miscavige isn’t the whitewashed, sanitized version St. Martin’s Press is trying to dupe the public into believing exists. He’s an angry man full of racist hate and venom.
Scientology teaches respect for all faiths, something Ron Miscavige could never follow in his life. It’s stunning how St. Martin’s Press agreed to publish and promote a book by an anti-Semite like Ron. He’s even on tape.
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.
One day in 2012, Ron Miscavige drives through the gate at Golden Era Productions with his wife like he’s done thousands of times before. But this time, without saying a word to the people he worked with for nearly 30 years, or to his son, the leader of the religion, Ron takes off down State Highway 79, never to return.