Nathan Rich

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Original short description: "American author and Scientology critic"

Nathan Rich
Born (1982-02-13) February 13, 1982 (age 39)
Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Occupation Template:Flatlist
Known for Criticism of Scientology and Western media
Television Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath
Relatives Sharon Rich (aunt)

Nathan Rich (born 13 February 1982) is an American author, YouTuber, 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]

Early life and education

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]

Criminal convictions

Rich has had a number of criminal convictions since his first arrest for shoplifting in 1993, aged 11. He was arrested again for shoplifting in 1996. In 1999, aged 17, he was arrested for theft from a supermarket. When he was searched by the police, he was found to be sniffing nitrous oxide from cans, carrying a drug pipe and a set of brass knuckles. He was sent to a Juvenile Acceptance Center. Between 1999 and 2007, he was arrested and convicted of multiple misdemeanors and felonies, including possession of a prohibited controlled substance (heroin), conspiracy to commit a fourth degree felony, two counts of criminal property damage, two counts of failing to appear upon citation, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal trespass.[8] Critics have pointed out that these criminal convictions mean that under Chinese law, he is ineligible for a work visa and is thus living and working in China illegally.


Rich has been producing videos on YouTube since 2018 in which his criticisms of Western media and society in relationship with the Peoples Republic of China has received the majority of his public recognition. He criticized the protests related to the democratic development in Hong Kong as "anti-democratic" due to the movements objection of the Communist Party of China (which Rich claims was "created [...] by popular support")[9] and stated in response to the protests in Hong Kong: "Send in the Peoples Liberation Army and anyone else needed to get the island under control."[10].


Mace-Kingsley Ranch

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.[11] They also produced documents showing Rich's arrest record.[12]

Scythe Tleppo

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][13][14]

Personal life

His aunt Arlene works at the Scientology organization, the Mace Kingsley Family Center, in Florida,[15] while his other aunt is author Sharon Rich; both aunts appear in the Scientology attack video.[14]

Rich lives in China. A country he has found a bond with during his working career.[16][2]


See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Ortega, Tony (15 September 2018). "Sharp new memoir digs into Scientology's toxic cruelty experienced by those who grow up in it". Retrieved 28 June 2019. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Sanders, Ash (24 June 2019). "Children of Scientology: Life After Growing Up in an Alleged Cult.". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 28 June 2019. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Minnis, Glenn (11 October 2017). "Leah Remini Blasts Scientology Over Treatment Of Young Children". Retrieved 28 June 2019. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Bentley, Jean (10 October 2017). "'Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath' Investigates Church's Treatment of Children". The 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. 28 September 2018. Retrieved 23 August 2019. 
  7. "TAK 210 - Nathan Rich". The Adam Carolla Show. 10 December 2018. Retrieved 23 August 2019. 
  9. Rich, Nathan (21 July 2019). "Hong Kong! BBC Supports Anti-Democracy Protests!?". 
  10. Rich, Nathan (22 August 2019). "New York Times Hong Kong Propaganda". 
  11. Ortega, Tony (11 October 2017). "Tara and Nathan — subjects of last night's 'Leah Remini' — respond to Scientology's smears". Retrieved 28 June 2019. 
  12. "Leah Remini's Latest "Unvetted" (Criminal) Guests". Church of Scientology International. 10 October 2017. Retrieved 28 June 2019. "Tara Reile: Drugs, Domestic Violence Nathan Rich: Criminal Vandalism, Trespassing, Possession of Heroin and Drug Paraphernalia" 
  13. Rich, Nathan (2018). Scythe Tleppo: My Survival of a Cult, Abandonment, Addiction and Homelessness. Dynasty. ISBN 978-0-692-15754-1. 
  14. 14.0 14.1 Ortega, Tony (22 September 2018). "Get a look inside Nathan Rich's unique book about his Scientology upbringing". Retrieved 28 June 2019. 
  15. "Contact Us". Mace-Kingsley Family Center. Retrieved 23 August 2019. 
  16. "Both Winston Sterzel and Nathan Rich are welcome in China, and that is good". 1 June 2019. Retrieved 28 June 2019. 

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