In an interview with science fiction author Harlan Ellison (talking to Robin Williams) Harlan says he was in the room when L Ron Hubbard was told by scifi author Lester del Rey that “the best way to make money is to start a religion.” Hubbard was complaining about his royalties from writing science fiction himself. Ron took notes, and began writing Dianetics, which became the textbook for Scientology. When you move up the ladder far enough by giving the equivalent of a single family home, you learn that Hubbard is trillions of years old, and wandered the universe for eons in former lives. Evil creatures (demons) traveled in spaceships (UFOs) and were called Thetans. They sometimes went into the ocean. (Hubbard’s ocean fleet is called Sea Org.) Thetans were blown up in a volcano by a Hydrogen bomb, and now travel around seeking to inhabit souls. An “audit” is conducted by Scientologists using an “E-Meter” (proven bogus) to control the minions donating (to “move up”) by seeing how much of the Thetan influence can be removed (costing more $ each time.) Hubbard’s replacement has been known to beat women and punch out anyone who questions his authority. His wife disappeared after challenging him. No one has ever seen her again. He recruited Tom Cruise, his chief asset. They couldn’t control his wife, who left him. Anyone who is ousted from Scientology is ex-communicated. Friends are told to abandon them or be ousted themselves.