When LRH died, most in the inner circle of the Church of Scientology thought that the crown would pass to LRH’s loyal servant (or something) Pat Broeker and his wife Annie Broeker. How David Miscavige flanked the Broekers and assumed the throne in the Church of Scientology is another fascinacting story that you can find online.
Anyway, Broeker left the Church soon after LRH’s death and began his exile from Scientology, an exile which continues still. He moved from city to city in the US and did his best to stay out of the limelight. He even moved to Prague in the Czech Republic where he went to Medical School. They even followed him there. For at least 2 years!
David Miscavige only felt comfortable if he knew exactly what Pat Broeker was doing, and where he was. At all times. So he hired a pair of detectives initially for a 3-month spell. This spell lasted for more than 24 years.
Wrap your head around that. The head of supposed religion has an old colleague tailed and surveilled. For almost a quarter of a century.
To add a twist to the tale, the two detectives – Paul Marrick and Greg Arnold – had no moral issues about following someone for 24 years. But when the Church of Scientology (via lawyers) stopped paying the two of the them abruptly, the two detectives decided to sue. Up until that point they were getting $32,000 per month for the two of the them (including expenses).
That is a shit load of money.
Throughout their quarter-century assignment, Marrick and Arnold tracked Broeker’s daily movements, searched his garbage and kept tabs on his relationships with women. They nicknamed him “the gardener,” concluding that the mud-caked plastic bags in his trash meant he was burying things. They reported back to the church and were paid in cash and cashier’s checks sent directly to their accounts.
The Tampa Bay Times – home of the exceptional Truth Rundown series by Childs and Tobin – managed to sit down with them and interview them. This was before their case had reached court. In fact, as far as I know, the case never went to trial. The Church of Scientology likely did what it normally does, and settled.
How much would the silence of these two individuals be worth to the Church of Scientology?
The two started settlement proceedings soon after they appeared on camera in the interview. By 2013 the suit had been withdrawn.