Ronald DeWolf

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Ronald DeWolf
Ronald DeWolf.jpg
DeWolf during an interview in 1983
Born Lafayette Ronald Hubbard, Jr.
(1934-05-05)May 5, 1934
Encinitas, California, United States
Died September 16, 1991(1991-09-16) (aged 57)
Carson City, Nevada, United States
Other names "Nibs" Hubbard
Citizenship American
Notable work L. Ron Hubbard: Messiah or Madman?, co-author
Parent(s) L. Ron Hubbard and Margaret Grubb
Relatives Quentin Hubbard (Half-Brother), Jamie DeWolf (Grandson)

Ronald Edward DeWolf (May 7, 1934 – September 16, 1991), born Lafayette Ronald Hubbard, Jr., also known as "Nibs" Hubbard, was the eldest child of Scientology's founder L. Ron Hubbard, by his first wife, Margaret Louise Grubb.

Early life[edit]

In his 1983 interview with Penthouse magazine, DeWolf said he was born prematurely; his father constructed a makeshift incubator with a shoe box, later a cupboard drawer, and used blankets and an electric light bulb to keep the baby warm.[1][2]

Relationship with his father[edit]

Hubbard, Jr. claimed to have helped his father in the early days of Scientology but later rejected his father and Scientology, changing his name to Ronald DeWolf. On November 6, 1982, in a Riverside, California, court, DeWolf sued for control of his father's estate, saying that his father was either deceased or incompetent.[3] His father was proven to still be alive.[4]

Comments about his father[edit]

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Ronald DeWolf interview (1983)
Ronald DeWolf interviewed by Carol Randolph
Jamie DeWolf reads grandfather's memoir

In the mid-1980s, DeWolf gave a series of sworn statements and interviews detailing his father's history. DeWolf explained his father had been "deeply involved in the occult and black-magic." According to DeWolf, Aleister Crowley's death in 1947 was a pivotal event that led Hubbard to "take over the mantle of the Beast". DeWolf claimed that "Black magic is the inner core of Scientology", arguing that "my father did not worship Satan. He thought he was Satan."[5]

DeWolf claimed that "99% of what my father ever wrote or said about himself is totally untrue."[6] In a lengthy 1983 interview with Penthouse magazine, he alleged that his father had claimed to be Satan incarnate, was a KGB accomplice, and a drug addict. He also claimed that Errol Flynn was his father's best friend during the late 1950s, to the point of seeming an adoptive father to DeWolf, and the two friends engaged in various illegal activities together including drug smuggling and underage sex.[7] Speaking on WDVM in Washington, DC, in 1983, on the Carol Randolph Morning Break show, he further described the Sea Org as being analogous to the Nazi SS,[8] and described drug importation operations he alleged his father had been involved in, citing organised crime connections in Mexico and Colombia.[9] In his opinion Scientology was little more than a cult that existed to make money.[citation needed]

In 2014, Jamie DeWolf (Ronald's grandson) announced the discovery of Ronald DeWolf's unpublished memoir which had been written in 1981. That work discusses the Hubbards' history of occult practices.[10]

Sued by Mary Sue Hubbard[edit]

In 1984, his step-mother Mary Sue Hubbard filed a $5-million suit for fraud against DeWolf for his 1982 suit to gain control of L. Ron Hubbard's estate.[11]

Biography of L. Ron Hubbard[edit]

DeWolf was named as co-author with Bent Corydon of the 1987 edition of a highly critical book about Hubbard and the Church of Scientology titled L. Ron Hubbard, Messiah or Madman?. Prior to publication, he sued the publisher Lyle Stuart, claiming breach of contract, and that his contributions were misrepresented. He retracted his negative comments about Hubbard and the church in submitted court affidavits, in which he called the biography "inaccurate and false", and demanded to have his name removed from the book.[12][13] He said he was denied opportunity to review the book until it was already in print.[13]

In A Piece of Blue Sky former Scientologist Jon Atack writes:

Nibs accepted a financial settlement from the Scientologists after his father's death in 1986, agreeing not to make further comment.[14]

In the updated revision of L. Ron Hubbard: Messiah or Madman?, which no longer listed DeWolf as coauthor, Corydon comments:

In the case of L. Ron Hubbard Jr.'s 1986 "legal settlement" with Scientology, he had accumulated sizable hospital bills due to recent emergency surgery. This left him weakened and heavily in debt. Concerned about the welfare of his family he finally agreed to a "settlement". This included his signing various prepared documents. I don't believe for a moment that Ron Jr. ever considered these prepared statements to be accurate representations of his thoughts and beliefs. The man was under duress.[15]

Claims that DeWolf was paid for his statements have not been proven.[13]


DeWolf died of diabetes complications in 1991. He was working as a security guard at the Ormsby House Hotel Casino in Carson City, Nevada at the time of his death.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Bare-Faced Messiah: Chapter 4". Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  2. ^ "Inside The Church of Scientology: An Exclusive Interview with L. Ron Hubbard, Jr.". Penthouse. June 1983. 
  3. ^ Philadelphia Daily News, December 6, 1982.
  4. ^ Miller, Russell (1987). Bare-faced Messiah, The True Story of L. Ron Hubbard. Henry Holt & Co. ISBN 0-8050-0654-0.  Page 369.
  5. ^ "Penthouse, Inside the Church of Scientology An Exclusive Interview with L Ron Hubbard Jr (AKA Ron DeWolfe)". Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  6. ^ Morning Break. WDVM. 1983. Event occurs at 01:03. 
  7. ^ "Penthouse Interview: L. Ron Hubbard, Jr.". Penthouse. June 1983. 
  8. ^ Morning Break. WDVM. 1983. Event occurs at 06:39. 
  9. ^ Morning Break. WDVM. 1983. Event occurs at 02:00. 
  10. ^ "Jamie DeWolf: I’ve found the last memoir of the son of Scientology’s founder « The Underground Bunker". Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  11. ^ "Son of Church Founder Is Sued by Stepmother". New York Times. Associated Press. 1984-10-24. Retrieved 2008-01-24. 
  12. ^ Affidavit filed with the Federal District Court of New Jersey
  13. ^ a b c Frenschkowski, Marco (July 1999). "L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology: An annotated bibliographical survey of primary and selected secondary literature" (PDF). Marburg Journal of Religion. 4 (1): 15. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  14. ^ Atack, Jon, A Piece of Blue Sky (NY: Carol Publ. Group, 1990), ISBN 0-8184-0499-X, p. 147.
  15. ^ Corydon, Bent, L. Ron Hubbard: Messiah or Madman? (Barricade Books, 1992), p. 423.

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