Pat Broeker

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Patrick D. Broeker
Born United States
Nationality American
Spouse(s) Trudy Venter (Divorced), Annie Tidman (Divorced)

Patrick "Pat" D. Broeker is a former high-ranking member of the Church of Scientology.[1] He was - along with his wife Anne Broeker - one of the few people in direct contact with L. Ron Hubbard as he became isolated from the public and even from Scientology during his final years in the Church before his departure from the organization in 1989.[2]

Early life[edit]

Broeker grew up near Niagara Falls.[3] As a young man, he joined Scientology, becoming a member of the Sea Org.[4]

In 1974, Broeker married fellow messenger Trudy Venter [5][6] in a double wedding ceremony aboard Hubbard's vessel The Apollo.[7] Broker would later marry Annie Tidman.

Final caretaker to L. Ron Hubbard[edit]

Early in 1980, Broeker instructed Scientologist John Brousseau to purchase a vehicle which Broeker, his wife, and Hubbard used to disappear into hiding.[8] Broeker could contact Brousseau by a system involving paging him.[9]

Pat Broeker and his then-wife Anne were the last two intimate companions of L. Ron Hubbard in the six years prior to his death. Hubbard died on January 24, 1986.

"Loyal Officer"[edit]

Hubbard's death was announced in a January 27, 1986 ceremony. Broeker and his wife Annie were introduced as Hubbard's "two most trusted friends and companions" by Sea Org member David Miscavige, who would later become leader of the church.

L. Ron Hubbard purportedly issued an order in which he specified that Pat and Anne Broeker should succeed him as the heads of Church following his death in Flag Order 3879, 19 January 1986, "The Sea Org and the Future", promoting himself to Admiral and appointing them as First and Second Loyal Officers.[10][11][12][13] Jackson Moorehead has described receiving the order "the day after L Ron Hubbard passed". Moorehead reports "the next day" having to recover and shred copies of the order.[14]

However, soon after Hubbard's death, a new order was circulated, canceling the “Loyal Officers” decree.[15][16]

After Scientology[edit]

Broeker left the church in 1989 and moved to Colorado. In 2009, Tampa Bay Times reported that after Broker left the church, David Miscavige hired private detectives to follow Broeker for $32,000 a month.[17] They followed him for the next two decades to Wyoming and ten years in Czech Republic, where Broeker went to medical school and worked as an English teacher.[18] In 2012, Paul Marrick and Greg Arnold, the two private detectives who followed Broeker for 25 years, sued the Church of Scientology for breach of contract when the organization stopped paying them for their investigations.[19][20][21] After engaging in settlement talks, the pair moved to dismiss their suit.[22][23]

In June 2011, at an apartment complex owned by the Church of Scientology, his ex-wife Anne died of cancer.[24]


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  2. ^ "Mystery of the Vanished Ruler". TIME. 1983-01-31. Retrieved 2007-08-10. 
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  10. ^ See final page of lawsuit for document: "Paul Marrick and Greg Arnold vs Church of Scientology" (PDF). 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  11. ^ Atack, Jon (1990). "4. Dropping the Body". A Piece of Blue Sky. New York, NY: Carol Publishing Group. ISBN 0-8184-0499-X. 
  12. ^ Behar, Richard (October 27, 1986). "The prophet and profits of Scientology". Forbes 400. Forbes. 
  13. ^ Corydon, Bent; L. Ron Hubbard, Jr. (1987). L. Ron Hubbard: Messiah or Madman?. Secaucus, New Jersey: Lyle Stuart. ISBN 0-8184-0444-2.  Convenience link at .
  14. ^ Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, "The Rise of David Miscavige"
  15. ^ Atack, Jon (1990). "5. After Hubbard". A Piece of Blue Sky. New York, NY: Carol Publishing Group. ISBN 0-8184-0499-X. 
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  17. ^ "Has Scientology been watching Pat Broeker for two decades?". Tampa Bay Times. November 2, 2009. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  18. ^ "Two detectives describe their two-decade pursuit of an exiled Scientology leader". Tampa Bay Times. September 30, 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-10. 
  19. ^ "Texas lawsuit: Scientology leader paid private investigators millions to monitor former rival". Dallas Morning News. September 23, 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-23. 
  20. ^ "Latest Scientology legal battle unfolds in Coastal Bend as private investigators sue church". Corpus Christi Caller Times. Sep 21, 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  21. ^ "Paul Marrick and Greg Arnold vs Church of Scientology" (PDF). 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  22. ^ "Scientology's Rathbun questions why cameras are trained on his house in Ingleside on the Bay". Corpus Christi Caller Times. October 5, 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
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  24. ^ "Death of a Scientologist: Why Annie Broeker, Famous in the Church, Had to Die in Secret". Village Voice. Jan 30, 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 

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