Talk about daddy issues. Beleaguered Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige is still reeling from the scathing Alex Gibney documentary exposé "Going Clear," and now his 79-year-old father, Ron Miscavige, is penning a memoir for St. Martin's Press called "If He Dies, He Dies," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The arresting title refers to the allegation that David not only paid two men $10,000 a week to tail his estranged father for more than a year, according to the Los Angeles Times, but that when he was called by the detectives who informed him that Ron might be having a heart attack, David directed them not to call for help. ("If he dies, he dies.") It's alleged that the Scientology leader feared his father would leak confidential information about Scientology or otherwise bad-mouth it.
David Miscavige became a member of Scientology when his father joined the church in the late 1960s, and as founder L. Ron Hubbard's teenage assistant he rose to the top of Scientology's ranks, taking Hubbard's place when he died.
The Los Angeles Times acquired documents connected to the arrest of one of the detectives, Dwayne S. Powell, who was arrested in July 2013 near Milwaukee with an arsenal of weapons in his rented SUV. And Ron Miscavige alleged that during that time that his email was monitored and a GPS tracking device was attached to his car.
Powell eventually told a police investigator that he was hired by the Church of Scientology to conduct "full-time" surveillance of Ron Miscavige, according to the records obtained by the LA Times.
"If He Dies, He Dies" would not be the first anti-Scientology memoir to be written by a Miscavige. David Miscavige's niece, Jenna Miscavige, wrote about David in 2013's "Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape."
In response to the news of the tentatively titled memoir "If He Dies, He Dies," longtime Scientology spokesperson Karin Pouw gave a statement to the Hollywood Reporter in which she denied that David Miscavige ever knew or had spoken to Powell or the detectives alleged to have followed his father Ron:
"Mr Miscavige has always taken care of his father and continues to do so. Beyond that, as a matter of policy, neither the Church nor Mr Miscavige comments on members of his family," adding, "So let me be clear: No such conversation with Mr. Miscavige ever took place and any claim that one did is provable bullshit."
No publication has been set for Ron Miscavige's "If He Dies, He Dies."