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Nathan Rich (born 13 February 1982) is an American author, Scientology critic and content creator known for the memoir Scythe Tleppo, which outlines growing up in Scientology and his battle with homelessness and addiction.[1] He appeared on Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath alongside classmate Tara Reile about their experiences at the Scientology boarding school The Mace-Kingsley Ranch School.[2][3]

Nathan Rich
Born (1982-02-13) February 13, 1982 (age 37)
OccupationContent creator, author
Known forScientology critic
TelevisionLeah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath
RelativesSharon Rich, aunt

Early life and educationEdit

Rich is the only child of Julie Miriam Rich, a pet communicator who died from cancer in 2010.[4][5][2] He completed only two school grades, seventh and eighth grades, at Dunedin Academy. He spent four years at the Mace Kingsley Ranch when he was 8 and 14 years old. At 17, he left home and was later disowned by his family.[6][7] He spent seven years homeless while using and dealing drugs[2] before attending community college.[4]


Mace-Kingsley RanchEdit

At 8 years old, Rich was sent to the Scientology boarding school, the Mace-Kingsley Ranch in Palmdale, California, and then again at age 14.[3][2] Rich alleges the Ranch was an abusive environment, with punishments including being scrubbed with a metal fence brush and paddling from the staff.[4][2][3]


In October 2017 Rich appeared in episode 17 of the U.S. documentary series, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.[4] Afterward, the Church of Scientology released a video featuring Rich's aunt and longtime Scientologist and author Sharon Rich and several other family members. In it, they said Rich was sent to the Mace-Kingsley Ranch because "the only other option was jail." Rich was 8 years old when he was first sent to the Ranch.[8] They also produced documents showing Rich's arrest record.[9]

Scythe TleppoEdit

In his 2018 book Scythe Tleppo, Rich describes growing up in Los Angeles in a Scientology family, traveling as a homeless man, and moving to China.[1][10][11]

Personal lifeEdit

His aunt Arlene works at the Scientology organization, the Mace Kingsley Family Center, in Florida,[12] while his other aunt is author Sharon Rich; both aunts appear in the Scientology attack video.[11]

Rich lives in China.[2]


  • Nathan Rich (2018). Scythe Tleppo: My Survival of a Cult, Abandonment, Addiction and Homelessness. Dynasty. ISBN 978-0692157541.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Tony Ortega (15 September 2018). "Sharp new memoir digs into Scientology's toxic cruelty experienced by those who grow up in it". The Underground Bunker. Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Ash Sanders (24 June 2019). "Children of Scientology: Life After Growing Up in an Alleged Cult". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 28 June 2019. Interview with Christi Gordan, Nathan Rich and Tristan Silverman
  3. ^ a b c Glenn Minnis (17 October 2017). "Leah Remini Blasts Scientology Over Treatment Of Young Children". Inquisitr. Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d Jean Bentley (10 October 2017). "'Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath' Investigates Church's Treatment of Children]". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 28 June 2019. Third-generation Scientologists Nathan Rich and Tara Reile both attended the New Mexico Ranch in the late '90s and outlined some of the treatment they say they received there.
  5. ^ ""Aunt Julie" Rich 1959–2010". Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  6. ^ Scientology 3rd Gen Nathan Rich Tells His Horror Story of Surviving Scientology, Surviving Scientology Radio, 2018
  7. ^ Episode 210 - Nathan Rich, Adam Carolla's Take a Knee Podcast, 2018
  8. ^ Tony Ortega (11 October 2017). "Tara and Nathan — subjects of last night's 'Leah Remini' — respond to Scientology's smears". The Underground Bunker. Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  9. ^ "Leah Remini's Latest "Unvetted" (Criminal) Guests". Church of Scientology. October 2018. Retrieved 28 June 2019. Tara Reile: Drugs, Domestic Violence Nathan Rich: Criminal Vandalism, Trespassing, Possession of Heroin and Drug Paraphernalia
  10. ^ Nathan Rich (2018). Scythe Tleppo: My Survival of a Cult, Abandonment, Addiction and Homelessness. ISBN 978-0692157541.
  11. ^ a b Tony Ortega (22 September 2018). "Get a look inside Nathan Rich's unique book about his Scientology upbringing". The Underground Bunker. Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  12. ^ Mace-Kingsley Family Center

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