Pat Broeker

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Patrick D. Broeker
Born
United States
NationalityAmerican
Spouse(s)Annie Tidman (Divorced)

Pat Broeker, a high-ranking member of the Church of Scientology, was – along with his wife Ann 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.[1]

Scientology[edit]

Pat Broeker and his then wife Anne, were the last two intimate companions of L. Ron Hubbard in the months and year prior to his death. At the January 27, 1986, ceremony where it was announced that Hubbard had died, current Scientology leader David Miscavige introduced Broeker and his wife Annie as Hubbard's "two most trusted friends and companions". Some high-ranking, former-members of Scientology have said that L. Ron Hubbard wrote a memo 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.[2][3][4][5] Later, however, Miscavige said that the memo was a forgery, and assumed the leadership position himself.[6]

After Scientology[edit]

In 2009, Tampa Bay Times reported that after Broeker left the church in 1989 and moved to Colorado, David Miscavige hired private detectives for $32,000 a month.[7] They followed him for the next two decades to Wyoming and ten years in Czech Republic, where he went to medical school and worked as an English teacher.[8] In early 2012, at an apartment complex owned by the Church of Scientology, his ex-wife Anne died of cancer.[9]

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.[10][11][12] The church said: "The lawsuit filed in Texas on behalf of two out-of-state residents is nothing more than a transparent shakedown effort. This frivolous action stems from a decision to suspend a relationship with two independent contractors who provided various services on behalf of church counsel."[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mystery of the Vanished Ruler". TIME. 1983-01-31. Retrieved 2007-08-10.
  2. ^ See final page of lawsuit for document: "Paul Marrick and Greg Arnold vs Church of Scientology" (PDF). Kraftmstr.com. 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-10.
  3. ^ Atack, Jon (1990). "4. Dropping the Body". A Piece of Blue Sky. New York, NY: Carol Publishing Group. ISBN 0-8184-0499-X.
  4. ^ Behar, Richard (October 27, 1986). "The prophet and profits of Scientology". Forbes 400. Forbes.
  5. ^ 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 http://www.clambake.org/archive/books/mom/Messiah_or_Madman.txt .
  6. ^ Atack, Jon (1990). "5. After Hubbard". A Piece of Blue Sky. New York, NY: Carol Publishing Group. ISBN 0-8184-0499-X.
  7. ^ "Has Scientology been watching Pat Broeker for two decades?". Tampa Bay Times. November 2, 2009. Retrieved 2012-08-10.
  8. ^ "Two detectives describe their two-decade pursuit of an exiled Scientology leader". Tampa Bay Times. September 30, 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  9. ^ "Death of a Scientologist: Why Annie Broeker, Famous in the Church, Had to Die in Secret". Village Voice. Jan 30, 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-08-02. Retrieved 2012-08-10.
  10. ^ "Texas lawsuit: Scientology leader paid private investigators millions to monitor former rival". Dallas Morning News. September 23, 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-23.
  11. ^ "Latest Scientology legal battle unfolds in Coastal Bend as private investigators sue church". Corpus Christi Caller Times. Sep 21, 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-22.
  12. ^ "Paul Marrick and Greg Arnold vs Church of Scientology" (PDF). Kraftmstr.com. 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-10.
  13. ^ "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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