Friday, 17 June 2011

The Commadores Messengers.

I was one of them, not indoctrinated, or so I thought.

In Janet Reitman's new book Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion, there is mention of the Commadore's messengers.

Here is an excerpt taken from pages 106/107;

These girls, the children of Scientologists, as it turned out, were called the Commadore's Messengers. Many of them had grown up on the Apollo, having been sent by their parents to serve in the Sea Organization. As the youngest people on the ship, they'd been deployed at first as go-fers, running messages to and from L. Ron Hubbard and other members of the crew, but over time, Hubbard began to rely on the Messengers as his personal caretakers, and as his eyes and ears.

DeDe Reisdorf, one of Hubbard's favourite Messengers was thirteen years old when she arrived on the Apollo in 1971, with hersixteen year old sister, Gale, and her parents, Charles and Pauline Reisdorf, longtime Scientologists who'd joined the church in the 1950s.

Most of the girls on the ship were also in their early or middle teens - the oldest, DeDe recalled was perhaps seventeen. Many were there without their parents. (Charles and Pauline Reisdorf departed the Apollo in 1973 leaving their children behind). "I hated it at first," recalled Gale who served as lookout on the ship and also as a steward to MarySue Hubbard and her daughter Diana. " I cried almost every night for two or three months. But then, just accepted it, and it became my life."

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