A central premise of Ron Miscavige’s literary forgery is his claim that he “escaped” from the religious order. The truth is that his only “escape” was from a life of high moral standards shared by his peers and insisted upon by the Church’s leader who saved his father in 1985 after Ron was charged for attempted rape.
Ron’s younger son, David, did what any good son would do. He helped his father in his time of dire need. He retained top lawyers to defend Ron and the charges were dismissed. As a condition for helping Ron, he also insisted that Ron agree to join the religious order to straighten out his life and stay out of trouble. So Ron did, working as a trumpet player in the Church’s backup band, where he remained for 27 years and had a great life. For the most part, Ron kept out of trouble while his daughters, believing that Ron had reformed and was supporting the greater good, stayed in touch with him, sending him holiday gifts and visiting with him on occasion.
In late 2011, a newspaper inquired about Ron’s 1985 arrest. It must have struck a nerve, because one day, out of the blue, Ron took off. He simply drove the car his younger son, David, and daughters gifted him for his 70th birthday, a car laden with gifts from this same son. Ron and his wife Becky drove off the property with no more than a yawn on a Sunday morning. He left without saying goodbye to anyone he had lived and worked with for 27 years. Ron drove off the property exactly as he had done thousands of times before. No one cared.
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In late 2011, a newspaper inquired about Ron’s 1985 arrest. It must have struck a nerve, because one day, out of the blue, Ron took off.
He left behind many other possessions and gifts which were packed up for him in more than 40 boxes and shipped to him at a cost of $3,000, all expenses paid. Ron and his wife Becky thanked their longtime family friend, Marion Pouw, for sending their things.
Even after Ron’s “great escape” and after Ron went to live with his older namesake son, Ronnie, despite warnings from his daughters, Ron’s younger son, David, continued to take care of him. Ron again asked for help. His younger son sent Ron $100,000, from his personal funds, enabling Ron to buy a home mortgage-free, because Ron said he wanted to move away from Ronnie. His younger son also arranged and paid Ron’s health insurance yearly.
It soon became apparent that Ron was not living his life out in peace as he claimed he wanted and which his younger son had generously tried to make happen. Instead, Ron had chosen another path by immersing himself in the activities of a small group who were engaging in extortion against Ron’s own family. They saw Ron as a willing dupe they could use as part of their efforts. They wanted to use him in their campaign.
Ron’s “escape” is nothing more than an invention that falls apart under scrutiny. Once one tugs at the string of Ron’s tale, his entire story unravels. The only thing Ron escaped from, and continues to try to run away from, is the Truth.