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Two detectives describe their two-decade pursuit of an exiled Scientology leader - Tampa Bay Times
By Joe Childs and Thomas C. Tobin, Times Staff Writers
In Print: Sunday, September 30, 2012

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Nearly 25 years ago, the Church of Scientology hired two former California cops to do a job.

Spy on Patrick D. Broeker.

Church officials painted Broeker as an errand boy for the late Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. They said he had made off with $1.8 million and a cache of critically important Hubbard records.

Follow Broeker, they said. Watch him every minute. Report back frequently.

The private eyes did. Beginning in 1988 and continuing for a quarter of a century, Paul Marrick and Greg Arnold tracked Broeker from a California apartment to a cowboy town in Wyoming and even to the Czech Republic.

They spied on his girlfriends, rifled through his garbage and listened to his phone calls.

After 14 months, high-ranking church leader Marty Rathbun told Marrick and Arnold they had performed so well, the church would have work for them for the rest of their careers.

They were "part of the family," Rathbun told them.

The church started paying them a lump sum: $32,000 a month.

"We thought, 'Well, that sounds like a pretty good deal,' " said Marrick.

And the checks kept coming until this summer, when the church stopped paying.

Now, Marrick and Arnold are suing Scientology, claiming the church and its leader David Miscavige violated their long-ago verbal deal.

In a three-hour interview with the Tampa Bay Times in the office of their Texas lawyer, Ray Jeffrey, the investigators shared details of their top-secret work. They told a rollicking tale of espionage and described the expense to which Scientology went to gather intelligence on real and perceived enemies.

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Surprise, surprise....

Private investigators' lawsuit against Church of Scientology comes to an end -Tampa Bay Times
By Joe Childs and Thomas C. Tobin, Times Staff Writers
In Print: Saturday, December 1, 2012

In a quiet end to a colorful and revealing case, two private investigators have ended their Texas lawsuit against the Church of Scientology and its leader, David Miscavige.

The investigators alleged in the suit that Miscavige breached a secret handshake agreement made at his direction in 1989. They said the church had promised to retain them their entire careers, starting with a surveillance operation on former church officer Patrick D. Broeker.

Broeker, who worked closely with Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard in the final years of his life, was seen as a potential rival to Miscavige after Hubbard died in 1986. He quietly disappeared under pressure from the church and Miscavige emerged as leader, a position he still holds today.

Paul Marrick and Greg Arnold followed Broeker for 25 years as he moved from California to Wyoming to Nebraska to the Czech Republic and back to the United States.

When the church stopped paying them this summer, they said they were left in a lurch, unable to tell would-be employers what they'd been doing for the last 25 years. Before signing on with the church, the two men had worked as small town police officers in their 20s. They are not Scientologists.

The investigators filed their lawsuit Sept. 20 but started settlement talks with the church about a week later, just after a three-hour interview with the Tampa Bay Times. On Nov. 15, they filed a motion to dismiss the case. Texas District Court Judge Janna Whatley granted the motion the same day.

more at http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientology/private-investigators-lawsuit-against-church-of-scientology-comes-to-an-end/1264073
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 $$O$$ Settled, or rehired??

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$$O$$ Settled, or rehired??


 No morals whatsoever. I hope they enjoy the money. They are both pathetic in this posters eyes.

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$$O$$ Settled, or rehired??

Cables, or wires? Camels, or dromedaries?  Cocaine, or crack? Used, or previously owned? Six of one, or half-a-dozen of the other?

I could go on, but I would only be doing it for fun... ooo:-O

'til next time;
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Jacob Riis