The Truth About True Crime with Amanda Knox
By SundanceTV and Sundance Now
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In the '70s and '80s, Tony and Susan Alamo promised personal salvation to those who joined their ministry, The Alamo Christian Foundation. Wielding the fear of damnation, they grew rapidly but soon began to face allegations of using cult-like tactics and abuse to control and exploit their followers. In the latest season of The Truth About True Crime, former members share their stories as host Amanda Knox uncovers the methods the Alamos used to capture people, the mental and physical maltreatment Tony and Susan inflicted on their followers and the challenges the filmmakers faced in telling this story in the true crime docu-series from SundanceTV and Sundance Now, Ministry of Evil: The Twisted Cult of Tony Alamo. The views, information or opinions expressed during this podcast are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of AMC Networks and its employees.
||ExplicitMinistry of Evil, Part 1: The Cult of Personality||Amanda Knox takes a look at Tony and Susan Alamo's fire-and-brimstone evangelism that sucked members into their cult and trapped them there through manipulation and exploitation. Guests include former member Carey Miller, expert and author Debby Schriver, and Ministry of Evil docu-series producers Fenton Bailey, Leslie Mattingly and Eleanor West.||2/10/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNew Season Preview: Ministry of Evil||In the '70s and '80s, Tony and Susan Alamo promised personal salvation to those who joined their ministry, The Alamo Christian Foundation. Wielding the fear of damnation, they grew rapidly but soon began to face allegations of using cult-like tactics and abuse to control and exploit their followers. This season on The Truth About True Crime, former members share their stories as host Amanda Knox uncovers the methods the Alamos used to capture people, the mental and physical maltreatment Tony and Susan inflicted on their followers and the challenges the filmmakers faced in telling this story in SundanceTV's docu-series Ministry of Evil: The Twisted Cult of Tony Alamo.||2/7/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSundance Film Festival Bonus Episode: Filmmaker Joe Berlinger (Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile)||Amanda Knox sits down with filmmaker Joe Berlinger at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival to discuss his new film starring Zac Efron as infamous serial killer Ted Bundy — Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. Amanda and Joe dig into the nuances of resurrecting the sensationalized media story that surrounded more than thirty homicides of young women in seven states, what it was like to adapt the story of an undeniably guilty killer after working on numerous documentaries that deal with the wrongfully convicted, and how the director helped his actors get into the headspace of this gruesome tale.||2/1/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitJonestown: Terror in the Jungle, Part 7: Life After Jonestown||Amanda Knox uncovers the aftermath of the massacre, and we hear speeches from the 40-year anniversary memorial of the Jonestown Massacre. Guest include Stephan Jones, Jim Jones, Jr., Jeff Guinn, Jordan Vilchez, Grace Stoen and Laura Johnston Kohl.||12/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitJonestown: Terror in the Jungle, Part 6: No Escape||Amanda Knox examines the events that took place on November 18, 1978, ultimately leading to the deaths of over 900 people, now known as "The Jonestown Massacre." Guest include Jeff Guinn, Jordan Vilchez and Grace Stoen.||11/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitJonestown: Terror in the Jungle, Part 5: Promised Land||Amanda Knox takes a look at what life was like for the Peoples Temple in Jonestown, Guyana, and the events that led up to the massacre. Guests include Jeff Guinn, Jim Jones, Jr. and Shan Nicholson.||11/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitJonestown: Terror in the Jungle, Part 4: Losing Control||Amanda Knox digs into Jim Jones' desperate need to control the narrative of himself and the Peoples Temple while struggling with his own self-destructive behavior. Guests include Jeff Guinn and Shan Nicholson.||11/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitJonestown: Terror in the Jungle, Part 3: California Dreaming||Amanda Knox examines the theatrics Jim Jones used to grow his church, leading the Peoples Temple from Indiana to California. Guests include Jeff Guinn, Jordan Vilchez and Laura Johnston Kohl.||11/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitJonestown: Terror in the Jungle, Part 2: Rainbow Family||Amanda Knox uncovers the many ways Jones manipulated his followers on his path to power with guests Jeff Guinn, Jim Jones, Jr., Jordan Vilchez and Ron Haldeman.||10/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitJonestown: Terror in the Jungle, Part 1: Making a Monster||Amanda Knox explores cult leader Jim Jones' childhood and how the events at Jonestown have altered the opinions of the people who knew him when he was young.||10/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Truth About True Crime Preview||Hosted by Amanda Knox, The Truth About True Crime looks at some of the most shocking crimes of our lifetimes through a whole new lens. Explore the truth about the victims of the Jonestown Massacre, its cult leader Jim Jones, and the twists and turns that led so many to their deaths.||10/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Looking forward to new season!
I’m from Arkansas and remember hearing about Tony Alamo. Driving down the interstate, people would talk about his compound and say there were armed guards at the gate. I’m interested in hearing the whole story. I remember vividly Jonestown as it happened and learned things I’d never heard on the first season. Amanda brings a perspective that most don’t and couldn’t possibly have.
I wish they would have more episodes. Amanda is well spoken and educated on her topic. I listen to many podcasts and this is one of my favorites!! Please make more
This is a very well done true crime podcast. Amanda Knox is a thoughtful host and I really liked the interview format. Highly recommend.