The Truth About True Crime with Amanda Knox

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In the '70s and '80s, Tony and Susan Alamo promised personal salvation to those who joined their ministry, The Alamo Christian Foundation. Wielding the fear of damnation, they grew rapidly but soon began to face allegations of using cult-like tactics and abuse to control and exploit their followers. In the latest season of The Truth About True Crime, former members share their stories as host Amanda Knox uncovers the methods the Alamos used to capture people, the mental and physical maltreatment Tony and Susan inflicted on their followers and the challenges the filmmakers faced in telling this story in the true crime docu-series from SundanceTV and Sundance Now, Ministry of Evil: The Twisted Cult of Tony Alamo. The views, information or opinions expressed during this podcast are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of AMC Networks and its employees.


Episode Date
Ministry of Evil, Part 5: Genesis
00:31:50

In the final episode of the season, creators of the SundanceTV docu-series Ministry of Evil: The Twisted Cult of Tony Alamo discuss how the project all started with a leaflet, what it was like to surface archival footage from inside the cult, and how Tony Alamo's death in prison altered their story. Guests include author and expert Debby Schriver, and producers Fenton Bailey, Leslie Mattingly and Eleanor West.

Mar 21, 2019
Ministry of Evil, Part 4: The Trial
00:33:23

At age 8 and 14, Summer Hagan and Amy Eddy were taken as child brides by Tony Alamo. They were held prisoner in his house and sexually abused for years. In this exclusive interview, they share their experiences as host Amanda Knox shines a light on Tony's abusive polygamist lifestyle and the courage Summer and Amy faced in helping to dismantle the cult. Some audio in this episode may be disturbing. Listener discretion is advised.

Mar 14, 2019
Ministry of Evil, Part 3: Growing Up Alamo
00:31:22

For the children who grew up in Tony and Susan Alamo's cult, the promise of salvation turned into a pathway to Hell. Host Amanda Knox looks into the brainwashing and abuse children faced while growing up in Tony and Susan Alamo's cult, with former members Rebecca Gay, Jessica Cooper and Benjamin Rishi as guests.

Mar 07, 2019
Ministry of Evil, Part 2: The Criminal Empire
00:30:43

Behind the cover of their religious status in the 1970s, Tony and Susan Alamo were running a criminal enterprise. Amanda Knox, former members and experts detail the fraudulent business empire that paralleled and amplified the Alamos' coercive cult control tactics. Guests include former members Carey Miller and Jessica Cooper, expert and author Debby Schriver, and Ministry of Evil docu-series producers Fenton Bailey, Leslie Mattingly and Eleanor West.

Feb 28, 2019
Ministry of Evil, Part 1: The Cult of Personality
00:30:00

In the beginning, Tony and Susan Alamo were street-corner hucksters, handing out apocalyptic leaflets to hippies in Hollywood, using the horrors of war and civil unrest in the 1970s as a way to tap into the psyche of the times. Amanda Knox takes a look at the Alamos' fire-and-brimstone evangelism that sucked members into their cult and trapped them there through manipulation and exploitation. Guests include former member Carey Miller, expert and author Debby Schriver, and Ministry of Evil docu-series producers Fenton Bailey, Leslie Mattingly and Eleanor West.

Feb 11, 2019
New Season Preview: Ministry of Evil
00:01:31

In the '70s and '80s, Tony and Susan Alamo promised personal salvation to those who joined their ministry, The Alamo Christian Foundation. Wielding the fear of damnation, they grew rapidly but soon began to face allegations of using cult-like tactics and abuse to control and exploit their followers. This season on The Truth About True Crime, former members share their stories as host Amanda Knox uncovers the methods the Alamos used to capture people, the mental and physical maltreatment Tony and Susan inflicted on their followers and the challenges the filmmakers faced in telling this story in SundanceTV's docu-series Ministry of Evil: The Twisted Cult of Tony Alamo.

Feb 08, 2019
Sundance Film Festival Bonus Episode: Filmmaker Joe Berlinger (Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile)
00:42:05

Amanda Knox sits down with filmmaker Joe Berlinger at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival to discuss his new film starring Zac Efron as infamous serial killer Ted Bundy — Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. Amanda and Joe dig into the nuances of resurrecting the sensationalized media story that surrounded more than thirty homicides of young women in seven states, what it was like to adapt the story of an undeniably guilty killer after working on numerous documentaries that deal with the wrongfully convicted, and how the director helped his actors get into the headspace of this gruesome tale.

Feb 01, 2019
Jonestown: Terror in the Jungle, Part 7: Life After Jonestown
00:35:29

40 years after the massacre in Guyana, Amanda Knox speaks to survivors about the aftermath of Jonestown and how they continue to deal with it in their daily lives. This episode also features audio from the 40-year anniversary memorial of the Jonestown Massacre held on November 18, 2018 at Evergreen Cemetery in Oakland, California. Guest include Stephan Jones, Jim Jones, Jr., Jeff Guinn, Jordan Vilchez, Grace Stoen and Laura Johnston Kohl.

Dec 07, 2018
Jonestown: Terror in the Jungle, Part 6: No Escape
00:33:43

When Congressman Leo Ryan made a trip to Jonestown to investigate the alleged human rights violations happening there, things took a horrific turn. Amanda Knox examines the events that took place on November 18, 1978, ultimately leading to the deaths of over 900 people, now known as "The Jonestown Massacre." How did the survivors deal with the immediate aftermath? What media sensationalism surrounded them? Guests Jeff Guinn, Jordan Vilchez and Grace Stoen weigh in.

Nov 19, 2018
Jonestown: Terror in the Jungle, Part 5: Promised Land
00:25:53

Pitched as a paradise where the Peoples Temple members could finally put their good work and ideas to action, Jonestown devolved into a struggling, brainwashed community located in Guyana's unforgiving jungle. Amanda Knox takes a look at what life was like for the Peoples Temple in Jonestown, Guyana, and the events that led up to the massacre. Guests include Jeff Guinn, Jim Jones, Jr. and Shan Nicholson.

Nov 19, 2018
Jonestown: Terror in the Jungle, Part 4: Losing Control
00:24:40

Before moving the Peoples Temple to Guyana, Jim Jones was on a downward spiral fueled by an addiction to drugs and power. Amanda Knox digs into Jones' desperate need to control the narrative of himself and the Peoples Temple while struggling with his own self-destructive behavior. Guests include Jeff Guinn and Shan Nicholson.

Nov 19, 2018
Jonestown: Terror in the Jungle, Part 3: California Dreaming
00:27:22

Jim Jones used skillful performance tactics to generate fear and awe among his congregation, keeping them loyal and afraid. Amanda Knox examines the theatrics Jones used to grow his church, leading the Peoples Temple from Indiana to California. Guests include Jeff Guinn, Jim Jones, Jr., Jordan Vilchez and Laura Johnston Kohl.

Nov 19, 2018
Jonestown: Terror in the Jungle, Part 1: Making a Monster
00:25:22

In 1978, the Jonestown Massacre left more than 900 dead in what is remembered as the largest mass suicide in American history. Discover how cult leader Jim Jones, once a valuable contributor to the civil rights movement, went from messiah to monster. In the first episode, Amanda Knox explores Jones' childhood and how the events at Jonestown have altered the opinions of the people who knew him when he was young. Guests include Jeff Guinn, Ron Haldeman and Phyllis Zimmerman. Archival clips are courtesy of the Jonestown Institute.

Oct 25, 2018
Jonestown: Terror in the Jungle, Part 2: Rainbow Family
00:20:48

What were Jim Jones' motives in creating the Peoples Temple? What methods did he use to attract new members and control them? Amanda Knox uncovers the many ways Jones manipulated his followers on his path to power with guests Jeff Guinn, Jim Jones, Jr., Jordan Vilchez and Ron Haldeman. Archival clips are courtesy of the Jonestown Institute.

Oct 25, 2018
The Truth About True Crime Preview
00:00:46

Explore the truth about the victims of the Jonestown Massacre, its cult leader Jim Jones, and the twists and turns that led so many to their deaths. Go beyond the sensational headlines and snap judgments of bystanders and tabloids, as host Amanda Knox brings her unique perspective on the justice system to look at some of the most shocking crimes of our lifetimes through a whole new lens. For even more, watch the docu-series "Jonestown: Terror in the Jungle," a true crime special event from SundanceTV and Sundance Now.

Oct 18, 2018