If you haven't already seen Florida newspaper the St Petersburg Times' brave and unprecedented exposé of Scientology, we strongly urge you to take a look. In a three part special report, the paper draws on the first-hand accounts of former senior Scientologists Mike Rinder, Mark C. "Marty" Rathbun, Tom De Vocht and Amy Scobe, who are the highest ranking members of the Church to ever defect and speak out about the inner workings of the secretive organisation.
The result is a hugely detailed report which seems to confirm many of the accusations levelled at the notoriously litgious Church since it was formed in the 1950s. It includes allegations that Scientology leader David Miscavaige regularly hit memebers of the Church's staff, as well as details regarding the death of 36-year-old Scientologist Lisa McPherson while in the Church's care in 1995.
This is a brave piece of journalism from the St Petersburg Times, and the paper deserves the plaudits it has been receiving from around the world.