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. And Ron seems to purposely “misremember” the good—such as how nice life was after he was saved from going to prison for attempted rape. That was when his younger son, the only person Ron had to turn to for help, hired the high-powered lawyers needed to handle Ron’s case. The agreement was that if Ron was helped legally and was indeed not sent to prison, he would then enter the religious order and start a new life that would be ethical and keep him out of trouble. He did so, but seems to have forgotten about that now.
Those who knew him have a lot to say about what his past was like. One related the following:
I do not know Ron Miscavige’s lifestyle today. But I know for certain it could not possibly be at the standards he enjoyed while in the religious order. There is no way he could be getting the care and comfort that was afforded him.
Ron was served fully prepared organic meals—three times a day—in an exquisite dining lodge in beautiful surroundings next to a golf course and impeccably manicured lawns and gardens.
Ron was served fully prepared organic meals—three times a day—in an exquisite dining lodge in beautiful surroundings next to a golf course and impeccably manicured lawns and gardens. Ron had a fully appointed gym for his personal use, sports field (with basketball and volleyball courts, soccer and baseball fields, and a par course), pressed linens, dry cleaning and laundry service. His full medical care included a Medical Liaison Officer who ensured he had everything he needed and was doing well physically. He had his own schedule with extra rest and free time. Ron lacked for nothing.
He celebrated holidays with special food, sports, movies, pool, football games… the works.
Ron traveled around the world performing—Paris, England, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Mexico, every island in the Caribbean, and many places across the United States.
And in his earlier years with the band, Ron traveled around the world performing—Paris, England, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Mexico, every island in the Caribbean, and many places across the United States. He went on island excursions—snorkeling, swimming, beaches, dinners and movies. Days off shopping in London, gondolas and fondue in Switzerland, walking the streets of Paris, concerts, outings to amusement parks, water parks, clubs and movies.
Another of Ron’s colleagues relayed it like this:
Ron Miscavige had the best possible working conditions here. He always had his own scoring room, he had a special shortened schedule due to his age and supposed health issues. He had special treatment from all staff out of their respect for his son. Ron was given a car as a gift by his kids. He was given a lot of attention from our medical staff. In every possible way Ron Miscavige had the best conditions, beautiful living quarters, an exercise building, a par course and athletic fields. He traveled around the world with the band and got to play with top artists. Ron was literally wined and dined when the band went out and he went on many phenomenal excursions. I could go on and on.
Ron was literally wined and dined when the band would go out and he went on many phenomenal excursions.
The bottom line is that Ron was treated far better than he ever treated his family, his co-workers or anyone else. One former colleague recounted that “Ron was treated very well, with extra care just because the people here wanted to see him do well, be productive and happy. We did not want him to be a burden to his son.”
After abandoning his family and his colleagues, Ron Miscavige is now a bitter old man, resenting those who gave him so much care, compassion and comfort in the past. He reinvents his history, pretending that his life now is the better life. Well, possibly, if you no longer remember what is nice.