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.
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.