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"Inside Scientology" is a multi-part investigative series by the Tampa Bay Times. Dating back to 2009, the reports shed unprecedented light on the inner workings of the secretive church, which has its spiritual headquarters in Clearwater.

The multimedia presentations feature first-hand accounts from Scientologists, former Scientologists and many others, as well as documents, recordings and video interviews.

Click here for the Times' previous reports

Inside Scientology

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  1. Police: Girl's fall, skull fracture at Scientology building was accidental

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    CLEARWATER —The Clearwater Police Department has closed its investigation into a 17-year-old girl who fractured her skull at the Church of Scientology's international headquarters, stating the fall was accidental and nothing criminal took place.

    A view of the Church of Scientology's Flag Building in downtown Clearwater, where a 17-year-old girl fell with the back of her head hitting the marble landing Oct. 15, according to Clearwater police. Police investigated after the Child Protection Investigation Division of the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office received a tip about the case. Police concluded the fall was accidental. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]
  2. Clearwater Police investigating teenage girl's injury at Scientology headquarters

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    CLEARWATER — The Clearwater Police Department is investigating an incident in which a 17-year-old girl from Mexico suffered a head injury Sunday at the Church of Scientology's international spiritual headquarters.

    A 17-year-old girl is at Johns Hopkins All Childrens Hospital after being injured at the Church of Scientology's international spiritual headquartersin Clearwater. JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times

  3. Scientology draws dueling petitions involving Leah Remini, the IRS and change.org

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    Reaction to this month's Season 2 premiere of the Emmy-nominated Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath series has been swift, from the religion's international spiritual headquarters in Clearwater and nationwide.

    Leah Remini accepts the award for Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming for Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath at the Television Critics Association awards Aug. 5.
  4. Is John Travolta moving to Clearwater? Property records offer hints

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    CLEARWATER — Is John Travolta, one of Scientology's most celebrated members, inching closer to his religion's international base in Clearwater?

    This waterfront home in Clearwater was purchased for $3 million by the Hawker Investment Trust. One of the people named in the trust, Ellen Bannon, is John Travolta’s sister.
  5. Is John Travolta moving to Clearwater? Property records offer hints

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    CLEARWATER —Is John Travolta, one of Scientology's most celebrated members, inching closer to his religion's international base in Clearwater?

    This waterfront home in Clearwater, was purchased for $3 million by the Hawker Investment Trust. One of the people named in the trust, Ellen Bannon, is the sister of actor and noted Scientologist John Travolta. The home, overlooking Clearwater Harbor, is a mile from Scientology's international spiritual headquarters in downtown and next door to a home owned by actor and Scientologist Kirstie Alley. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times

  6. Scientology draws dueling petitions involving Leah Remini, the IRS and change.org

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    Reaction to this month's Season 2 premiere of the Emmy-nominated Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath series has been swift, from the religion's international spiritual headquarters in Clearwater and nationwide.

    Read about how people are reacting to the second season of 'Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.' [Getty Images]
  7. Calling Scientology a dangerous 'cult,' Calvary Baptist Church pastor intended to help A&E film episode for Leah Remini series

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    CLEARWATER — In an unprecedented public condemnation by a local religious organization about the Church of Scientology, Calvary Baptist Church Pastor Willy Rice declared Wednesday that the "community has been tormented by this Goliath for far too long."

    Pastor Willy Rice referred to David and Goliath when blogging about Scientology’s presence.
  8. Scientology sends city a message: Don't let religious bias affect land deal

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    CLEARWATER — A Church of Scientology lawyer says the city's recent decision to back away from a land swap with the church was "unfounded," and she signaled in a letter that her clients will be watching to see if religious discrimination might be at play.

    A rendering of the proposed L. Ron Hubbard Hall, a 3,600-seat auditorium the Church of Scientology is talking about building along Fort Harrison Avenue in Clearwater. [Freedom Magazine]
  9. Update: Scientology cancels planned mock FBI raid on downtown building

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    CLEARWATER — The Church of Scientology planned to film a mock FBI raid on a downtown building Monday afternoon, but the actors and cameras never showed up to the location disclosed to the city.

    According to Clearwater Police, the Church of Scientology plans to hold a mock FBI raid at 3 p.m. Monday at this vacant building at 305 N Fort Harrison Ave. Police announced the raid in advance to alert the public. They said they did not know the reason for the event. [Google Earch image]
  10. Clearwater City Council to vote today on land swap with Church of Scientology

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    CLEARWATER — The City Council will vote today on whether to swap land with the Church of Scientology, the first negotiation to emerge since the church in April lost to the city on buying a crucial downtown property it needed for its campus.

    A rendering of the proposed L. Ron Hubbard Hall, a 3,600-seat auditorium that the Church of Scientology is talking about building along Fort Harrison Avenue in Clearwater. Photo: Freedom Magazine.
  11. Clearwater in negotiations with Scientology for land swap

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    CLEARWATER — Two months after the Church of Scientology lost out to the city on buying a crucial downtown property it needed for its campus, church leaders are now negotiating a land swap to fulfill both parties' redevelopment needs.

    A rendering of L. Ron Hubbard Hall, a 3,600-seat auditorium the Church of Scientology wants to build on Fort Harrison Avenue.
  12. Scientology's uniformed Sea Org staff clearly absent from downtown Clearwater

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    CLEARWATER — There's been a glaring shift in the everyday image that has defined the city's downtown for decades.

    The uniformed Scientologists who typically bustle between church buildings were nowhere in sight Thursday morning.
  13. Documents detail FBI investigation of Scientology that never resulted in charges

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    The FBI conducted a criminal investigation of the Church of Scientology in 2009 and 2010 that focused on allegations of human trafficking, according to documents released Wednesday.

    An aerial look at the Church of Scientology's international headquarters near Hemet, Calif. In 2009 and 2010, FBI agents conducting a human trafficking investigation focused on the treatment of church workers at the facility, according to witnesses who talked to the agents and newly released FBI documents. [MAURICE RIVENBARK | Times]
  14. Church of Scientology takes aim at Clearwater Marine Aquarium after being denied land

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    CLEARWATER — The Church of Scientology has launched a statewide campaign blasting the ethics and financial practices of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, a move that follows the aquarium's recent decision not to sell the church a prized downtown property.

    The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is asking the Pinellas County Commissionfor for $26 million in tourist tax dollars, but the Church of Scientology says the facility doesn't deserve it. The church sent a complaint to local and state officials, alleging the aquarium has a number of financial problems and should be denied the money. Aquarium director David Yates says the church's allegations are unfounded. The aquarium last week sold a prime piece of downtown land to the city, against the church's wishes. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]
  15. Clearwater City Council votes 5-0 to buy downtown parcel coveted by the Church of Scientology

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    CLEARWATER — The City Council on Thursday voted unanimously to buy a vacant but high-profile downtown lot from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, intercepting a crucial piece of land the Church of Scientology said it needed for its campus.

    Iracema Drysdale of Clearwater addresses the city council at Clearwater City Hall in Clearwater, Fla. on Thursday, April 20, 2017. "They take over the city," she said.   Clearwater City Council voted Thursday on whether to buy the aquarium's 1.4 acre lot that the Church of Scientology also wants. The aquarium rejected the church's $15 million offer earlier this month in favor of selling it to the city for $4.25m.