The Pope's Long Con

7 EpisodesProduced by Louisville Public MediaWebsite

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 a… read more

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Introducing The Pope's Long Con

November 29th, 2017

0:56

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 …

Welcome To The Pope's House

December 13th, 2017

17:32

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 …

From Bastrop To Bullitt

December 13th, 2017

23:29

Like Forrest Gump, he just so happens to be in the front row, playing a pivotal role in America’s biggest moments. Time after time. Decade after …

An Empire Built On Blind Faith

December 14th, 2017

19:00

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.

An Accusation Of Molestation

December 14th, 2017

15:50

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 …

When Our Institutions Fail

December 14th, 2017

16:33

Over and over, there were warning signs for law enforcement, political leaders and others. What happens when the institutions we rely on look the …

The Pope's Wife

March 5th, 2018

16:25

We knew the story wasn't over at the end of the last chapter — but no one could've known what would happen next.

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