The Pope's Long Con
By Louisville Public Media
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In 2016, Danny Ray Johnson was elected to state office. The fast talking biker-preacher known as "The Pope" paints himself as a 9/11 hero. He says he raised the dead! But our seven month investigation uncovered a much different picture: Attempted arson. Another mysterious fire. Alleged bootlegging and molestation in the church. For years, Johnson broke laws. Now he helps make them. What happens when the institutions we rely on look the other way? How does a liar slip through the cracks into a position of power? This six-part series attempts to find out.
||CleanThe Pope's Wife||We knew the story wasn't over at the end of the last chapter — but no one could've known what would happen next.||3/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhen Our Institutions Fail||Over and over, there were warning signs for law enforcement, political leaders and others. What happens when the institutions we rely on look the other way? How does a liar slip through the cracks into a position of power?||12/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAn Accusation Of Molestation||A teenage girl thought of Johnson as a second dad. Her family trusted the pastor. But in 2013, he allegedly molested her. Hear her story. And listen to Johnson's extraordinary response.||12/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAn Empire Built On Blind Faith||Go inside the Heart of Fire Church and meet the motorcycle-friendly congregation and gun choir. Check out the fellowship hall — or biker bar — and learn more about Johnson's dark past.||12/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom Bastrop To Bullitt||Like Forrest Gump, "The Pope" just so happens to be in the front row, playing a pivotal role in America’s biggest moments. Time after time. Decade after decade. He's held some of the country's loftiest titles. Or not. In this episode, find out about h||12/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWelcome To The Pope's House||Meet Danny Ray Johnson, Kentucky's fast-talking preacher-turned-politician who is known as the Pope. He paints himself as a 9/11 hero, healer of the sick and miracle maker. Behind this persona — cultivated, built up and fine-tuned over decades — is||12/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroducing The Pope's Long Con||What happens when the institutions we depend on fail at every level? What happens when lies go unchecked? From the pulpit to the statehouse, one man claims to serve his fellow man. But does he? Find out in this series from the Kentucky Center for Invest||11/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
The Best Thing I’ve Heard All Year
This is as fascinating as any story I’ve heard this year. Stellar work.
Glad to see investigative pieces coming out of LPM. Can’t wait to hear what is investigated next!
It’s a must-listen
Whoa. What a story! On the edge of my seat the whole time.
- Category: News & Politics
- Language: English
- © Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting