The Pope's Long Con

Louisville Public Media

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.

  • 19 December 2019, 1:07 pm

    Check Out Our New Investigative Podcast, Dig

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    25 minutes 38 seconds
  • 5 March 2018, 12:00 pm

    The Pope's Wife

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    16 minutes 25 seconds
  • 14 December 2017, 10:08 pm

    When Our Institutions Fail

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    16 minutes 33 seconds
  • 14 December 2017, 10:07 pm

    An Accusation Of Molestation

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    15 minutes 50 seconds
  • 14 December 2017, 10:06 pm

    An Empire Built On Blind Faith

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    19 minutes
  • 13 December 2017, 7:01 am

    From Bastrop To Bullitt

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    23 minutes 29 seconds
  • 13 December 2017, 7:00 am

    Welcome To The Pope's House

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    17 minutes 32 seconds
  • 29 November 2017, 7:56 pm

    Introducing The Pope's Long Con

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    56 seconds
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