The Pope’s Long Con Investigative

Hosted By: Laura Beil
Produced By: Louisville Public Media

The Pope’s Long Con is a six-part series, shares the seven month investigation into Danny Ray Johnson – a preacher known as “The Pope.”

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.

The Pope’s Long Con Podcast Host:

Laura Beil, a renowned journalist who works at the intersection of science, medicine and journalism, serves as the driving force behind The Pope’s Long Con. Known for her previous works, such as the award-winning Dr. Death, Beil brings a wealth of experience and expertise to each episode of the podcast.

Praise from Listeners*:

  • In-Depth Investigation: The Pope’s Long Con is praised for its attention to detail while uncovering hidden truths, untangling complex conspiracies, and shedding light on the multifaceted nature of the crimes discussed.
  • Thought-Provoking Themes: The podcast tackles themes that resonate with a wide range of listeners. It explores the intricacies of organized crime, the psychology behind criminal minds, and the far-reaching consequences of corruption.
  • Engaging Host: Laura Beil’s ability to connect with the audience on an emotional level and empathize with the victims and the complexities of the crimes make her a great host for this podcast, according to listeners.

Criticisms from Listeners*:

  • Pacing and Length: Some listeners have expressed concerns about the pacing of the podcast. They feel that certain episodes may feel slow or unnecessarily drawn out, potentially affecting the overall flow and engagement.
  • Lack of Objectivity: Listeners has raised concerns about the podcast’s potential bias or lack of objectivity in presenting the information. They argue that the host shows a subjective approach or perspective, leading to a skewed representation of events or individuals involved.
  • Insufficient Depth on Certain Topics: While The Pope’s Long Con delves into complex crimes and corruption, some listeners have voiced a desire for deeper exploration of certain topics. They feel that the podcast occasionally touches on intriguing aspects or characters but fails to fully examine them.

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