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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. From 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. From Louisville Public Media.+

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
950 Ratings

950 Ratings

Historical insomniac ,

Well researched and reported, worse, chilling

I hesitated to listen to a story about a KY politician’s rise and presumable fall, but it is engrossing from the first installment. Excellent work, clearly reported and certainly not ‘fake’ news. It’s a demonstration of how dysfunctional political life has become. But I have faith in our people and country because there are hard-working individuals seeking out indisputable facts. Thank you.

snowdaygirl ,

Investigative Reporting! Yay!

I love good, hard hitting stories like this. Give me curated facts that expose monsters over puff pieces any day!
Too bad that coward will never answer for his crimes.

3domfighter ,

Mildly Interesting story that absolutely does not require serial treatment

This story might be interesting to people from the area where it took place, and I didn’t hate it, but what’s with the serial style in 16-20 minute increments? Makes no sense. This should have been a 90 minute podcast. Or, even better, an hour.

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