The night of Kyle’s passing–February 16, 2007–the person who called to tell me of the tragedy was a stranger named “Jerry.” We assumed that “Jerry” was the roommate of Tom Brennan (Kyle’s biological father, an avid Scientologist). Six months would pass before we learned that Gerald “Jerry” Gentile was the brother-in-law of Scientology leader David Miscavige.
In my first interview with Clearwater Police Detective Stephen Bohling in April of 2007–he was in charge of the investigation into my son’s death–he told me that “a Jerry” was in Brennan’s apartment when the police arrived. (They found Kyle’s lifeless body in Brennan’s bedroom.) I asked Detective Bohling numerous questions about this mysterious “Jerry.” What was his full name? Was it true he was in the apartment with Brennan when the police were finally notified? Was the police’s “Jerry” the same individual who called me that night? Bohling’s response was that Scientologists have the right to call their ______ (unintelligible) before calling for help.
I was also told during the April conversation with Bohling that he was looking for Brennan’s roommate, a man named Eddie Childers. Bohling stated he had questions for Childers regarding the storage of the weapon that killed Kyle. He wanted to ask him if he recalled seeing it in the nightstand in the room where Childers and Kyle stayed.
Deposition Excerpts of S. Brennan