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The Pope's Long Con

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 ars...Show More
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The Pope's Wife

16:25 | Mar 5th, 2018

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

16:33 | Dec 14th, 2017

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?
An Accusation Of Molestation

15:50 | Dec 14th, 2017

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.
From Bastrop To Bullitt

23:29 | Dec 13th, 2017

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 ...Show More
Welcome To The Pope's House

17:32 | Dec 13th, 2017

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 a...Show More
Introducing The Pope's Long Con

00:56 | Nov 29th, 2017

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 Inv...Show More
An Empire Built On Blind Faith

19:00 | Dec 14th, 2017

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.