The Truth About True Crime with Amanda Knox

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christina
 Aug 9, 2019
Love the podcast!! Keep up the good work! Amanda Knox is great at this podcast hosting/producing stuff ❤ and has a unique perspective to give during season 2 killing for love.

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Vigilantes. They’re our heroes, our dark reflection, our cultural obsession. This season, Amanda Knox explores multiple stories of vigilante justice, starting with the still-unsolved murder of a small town’s tormentor — the story at the heart of the SundanceTV docu-series No One Saw a Thing. From murderous gang hunters and vengeful fathers to real-life avengers and internet cat-fishers, join Knox as she examines justice outside of the law. 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
Vigilante Justice: Caped Crusaders
00:59:29

In an emotional interview with host Amanda Knox, former MMA champion Phoenix Jones opens up about his crime-fighting saga as Seattle’s real-life masked adventurer. Plus, Knox looks at the Superhero Foundry in Vegas that trains its students to be vigilantes, complete with knives, guns and stab-resistant costumes.

Sep 05, 2019
Vigilante Justice: Mob Justice
00:47:55

Amanda Knox explores America’s dark and disturbing legacy of vigilante violence, from the racist lynch mobs at its roots to the present-day assaults of black trans women like Muhlaysia Booker.

Aug 29, 2019
Vigilante Justice: The E-Vigilante
00:47:25

From the bizarre case of an animal-abusing teen whose life was destroyed by the hacktivist group “Anonymous” to one man's quest for justice whose organization “Truckers Against Predators” live-streams catfishing stings on pedophiles. Join Amanda Knox as she delves into the digital Wild West where e-vigilantes hunt for wrongdoers via the internet.

Aug 22, 2019
Vigilante Justice: Victim-Turned-Vigilante
00:55:06

From the women of the pink-garbed, stick-wielding Gulabi Gang of Uttar Pradesh, India, to the LGBTQ sawed-off pool cue-swinging Lavender Panthers in San Francisco, to a secret group of Holocaust survivors bent on poisoning 6 million Germans, a nation for a nation, join Amanda Knox as she explores bizarre examples of what can happen when society’s tyrannized rise up and take matters into their own hands.

Aug 15, 2019
Vigilante Justice: The Invisible Badge
00:56:09

Some vigilante groups operate outside the law, some impersonate the law, and others ARE the law. Join host Amanda Knox as she explores the reign of righteous terror perpetrated by a vigilante group of high school elites called “The Legion Of Doom,” the extrajudicial murdering of gang members in El Salvador by “La Sombra Negra,” and the detaining of illegal immigrants on our southern border by private citizens.

Aug 08, 2019
Vigilante Justice: Vendettas
00:55:06

A modern-day citizen turned super-villain creates a machine dubbed "The Killdozer" and vows to destroy a whole town. A father seeks vengeance on the karate teacher who kidnapped and molested his child. Join host Amanda Knox as she explores real life stories of revenge and the fascinating people who decided to take the law into their own hands.

Aug 01, 2019
Vigilante Justice: No One Saw a Thing
00:42:06

In 1981, a local bully was shot dead in front of a dozen witnesses who deny having seen the killer to this very day. What is it about this area in Missouri that seems to breed vigilantism? Host Amanda Knox digs into this story, which is at the heart of the SundanceTV docu-series No One Saw a Thing. And Troy Duffy, director of The Boondock Saints breaks down the media’s obsession with the vigilante from the western up to the modern-day superhero.

Jul 26, 2019
New Season Preview: Vigilante Justice
00:01:22

Vigilantes. They’re our heroes, our dark reflection, our cultural obsession. This season, Amanda Knox explores multiple stories of vigilante justice, starting with the still-unsolved murder of a small town’s tormentor — the story at the heart of the SundanceTV docu-series No One Saw a Thing. From murderous gang hunters and vengeful fathers to real-life avengers and internet cat-fishers, join Knox as she examines justice outside of the law.

Jul 19, 2019
Killing for Love: The Cost
00:44:47

How does a wrongful conviction change a person, a society, a system? When a person is wrongfully convicted, the consequences have life-long effects on everyone involved. In the final episode of the season, Amanda looks back at all of the people fighting for Jens’s freedom and cost each has paid, the cost society has paid, and the cost Jens himself has paid. And she asks the hardest question of all: what does it mean if nothing changes?

Jul 10, 2019
Killing For Love: Grinding Gears
00:35:17

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. These inalienable rights are the bedrock of the United States of America, protected by a justice system built and implemented by its citizens; citizens who believe in truth, justice, and the right to a fair trial--but also citizens with flaws, biases, pride, and ego. For a prisoner like Jens Soering, a man wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for decades, what are the political, bureaucratic, and psychological obstacles keeping him from freedom?

Jul 03, 2019
Killing for Love: The Black Box
00:42:01

Enchantress. Manipulator. Psychopath. Elizabeth Haysom has been called many things in the three decades since her parents’ murders, but who is she really? After playing a pivotal role in the conviction of her former lover, Jens Soering, Elizabeth has remained a black box about what truly happened the night of the murders. But, after stripping away the lies, opinions and hyperbole, is she really the monster she’s made out to be?

Jun 26, 2019
Killing for Love: Big Crime, Small Town
00:37:23

Big Crime, Small TownWhen the brutal double homicide of Derek and Nancy Haysom rocked sleepy Bedford County, authorities and investigators felt the pressure to solve the crime as quickly as possible. But, in convicting Jens Soering, did investigators truly follow the evidence in their desperation to close the case? Did the judge and prosecution put justice first? And were the citizens and media of Bedford County willing to give an outsider the chance he deserved?

Jun 19, 2019
Killing For Love: The Confession
00:41:17

Fifteen months after the Haysoms’ murder, Jens Soering found himself in an interrogation room in England, confessing to a crime that many believe he didn’t commit. Looking at Jens as the first suspect of his continued imprisonment, is there more to his confession than the lies he knowingly and willingly gave? What about the investigators? What about his rights? And what is the state of mind of a nineteen-year-old in love?

Jun 12, 2019
Killing for Love: Two Crimes
00:35:12

The killing of Derek and Nancy Haysom was a brutal crime that happened in a single turbulent moment on March 30th, 1985. Ever since then, the pool of evidence has been growing, calling Jens Soering’s murder conviction into question. The newly tested DNA reveals that there's a second crime here beyond the murders of the Haysoms. And this crime hit Amanda even closer to home.

Jun 05, 2019
Killing for Love: Martin Sheen - Life Lines
00:33:08

To date, Jens has exhausted all his appeals, he’s been denied parole 14 times, and now, his only hope of release rests with a pardon petition by the Governor of Virginia. But he's not fighting this fight alone. He has the President on his side. No, not that President. The President on West Wing, Martin Sheen. In a special bonus episode, Amanda Knox asks one of the most outspoken advocates for Jen’s freedom what it means to throw out that lifeline of support, and what it means for Jens to grab hold on it.

Jun 05, 2019
Killing for Love: The Catalyst
00:30:27

In 1985, socialites Derek and Nancy Haysom were brutally murdered in their home in Lynchburg, Virginia. The suspects were two young lovers; the first, the victims’ own daughter, a beautiful and aloof young woman; the second, her boyfriend, the dorky son of a German diplomat. She accused him of carrying out the murders for her sake. He, in turn, accused her. They’ve both been in prison for the last 33 years. In this episode, Amanda Knox dives deep into the tangled web of dark secrets surrounding the Haysom murders, and finds chilling echoes of her own case.

May 29, 2019
New Season Preview: Killing for Love
00:01:20

When a respected, small-town Virginian couple was found gruesomely butchered one April morning in 1985, the community was left stunned as investigators scrambled to solve the mystery of their murder. What unfolded next is a story of love, lies, and betrayal as Jens Soering was convicted for the crime. But, over thirty years later, does his conviction still stand? This season, on The Truth About True Crime, host Amanda Knox explores the perplexing and sensationalized case from the docu-series Killing for Love, streaming on Sundance Now. Listen as she untangles a tale of obsessed young lovers, heinous murders, and a shocking miscarriage of justice that eerily parallels her own story.

May 15, 2019
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 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
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
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