If You Catch My Grift

If You Catch My Grift

The history of mankind is rife with accounts of swindlers and charlatans. Some for good, most for greed, and a surprising number who manage to get away with it over and over again. But they all make for good stories. Join hosts Austin and Dalton as they dive deep into the murky world of con-artists, grifters, thieves, and the unscrupulous types on "If You Catch My Grift".

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You Can Follow The Show Here!https://ifyoucatchmygrift.com/Twitter: @catchmygriftpod@catchdalton@austinagogoInstagram: @catchmygriftpodhttps://www.facebook.com/IfYouCatchMyGrift/

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Dec 5

1 hr 36 min

Now you're messin with some wet as-You know what, nevermind.You can follow the show here:https://ifyoucatchmygrift.com/Twitter: @catchmygriftpod@catchdalton@austinagogoInstagram: @catchmygriftpodhttps://www.facebook.com/IfYouCatchMyGrift/Nash, Jay Robert. Hustlers and Con Men. M Evans and Company, 1976Byrnes, Thomas. Rogues’ Gallery: 247 Professional Criminals of the 19th Century America. Castle, 1988.https://www.newspapers.com/image/163860110/?terms=ellen%20peck&match=1https://www.newspapers.com/image/50370067/?terms=ellen%20peck&match=1https://www.nytimes.com/1881/12/04/archives/a-notorious-confidence-woman-mrs-ellen-peck-swindles-a-man-out-of.htmlhttps://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1925/07/17/104179548.html?pageNumber=10https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1881/12/04/issue.htmlhttps://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1914/06/02/120283458.html?pageNumber=20https://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/20/nyregion/answers-to-questions-about-new-york.htmlhttps://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1900/03/16/101052759.html?pageNumber=2https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1911/12/07/104884582.html?pageNumber=8https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1925/12/28/98844312.html?pageNumber=1

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Nov 21

1 hr 41 min

You can follow the show here:https://ifyoucatchmygrift.com/Twitter: @catchmygriftpod@catchdalton@austinagogoInstagram: @catchmygriftpodhttps://www.facebook.com/IfYouCatchMyGrift/Show Notes: https://www.theverge.com/2018/10/17/17989712/facebook-inaccurate-video-metrics-inflation-lawsuithttps://fortune.com/2019/10/07/facebook-lawsuit-settlement-inflated-video-data-advertisers/https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/15/technology/myanmar-facebook-genocide.htmlhttps://slate.com/technology/2018/10/facebook-online-video-pivot-metrics-false.htmlhttps://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/10/facebook-driven-video-push-may-have-cost-483-journalists-their-jobs/573403/https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5004295-d5cb8373-8cbb-4e81-9710-f2ccf4481b74.htmlhttps://prospect.org/power/problem-with-facebook-is-fraud/https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2021/10/facebook-misled-investors-about-shrinking-user-base-ex-employee-alleges/https://www.cbsnews.com/news/facebook-whistleblower-sec-complaint-60-minutes-2021-10-04/https://investor.fb.com/investor-news/press-release-details/2021/facebook-reports-second-quarter-2021-results/default.aspxhttps://www.businessinsider.com/mark-zuckerberg-scandals-last-decade-while-running-facebook-2019-12#3-the-company-faced-heavy-criticisms-for-misinformation-surrounding-the-2016-us-presidential-election-especially-after-a-buzzfeed-report-showed-that-false-news-stories-outperformed-real-news-mark-zuckerberg-posted-to-facebook-an-apology-and-said-the-company-plans-to-improve-3https://www.politico.com/blogs/on-media/2016/04/politics-news-and-editorial-video-slashed-in-mashable-restructuring-221683https://www.politico.com/media/story/2016/01/upworthy-changes-course-lays-off-14-to-focus-resources-on-video-004345/https://digiday.com/future-of-tv/side-effect-pivot-video-audience-shrinkage/https://digiday.com/future-of-tv/general-atmosphere-ambient-dread-text-journalists-fear-great-pivot-to-video/https://www.theguardian.com/media/2005/mar/17/advertising1

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Nov 7

1 hr 45 min

You can follow the show here:https://ifyoucatchmygrift.com/Twitter: @catchmygriftpod@catchdalton@austinagogoInstagram: @catchmygriftpodhttps://www.facebook.com/IfYouCatchMyGrift/

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Oct 26

1 hr 28 min

It’s Pod Van Daaaa- wait no that’s not right. It’s IF YOU CATCH MY GRIFT, BABY. This week we’re joined by @PodVanEd to talk about a man that needs no introduction, the mega grifter, Joel Osteen.You can follow the show here:https://ifyoucatchmygrift.com/Twitter: @catchmygriftpod@catchdalton@austinagogoInstagram: @catchmygriftpodhttps://www.facebook.com/IfYouCatchMyGrift/Notes: Osteen, Joel. Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential. Warner Books, 2004.https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/08/29/heres-why-people-hate-joel-osteen/https://www.indystar.com/story/news/2018/08/09/joel-osteen-house-net-worth-lakewood-church-wife-why-televangelist-so-beloved-and-controversial/935789002/https://brandongaille.com/how-joel-osteen-built-his-net-worth-to-565-million/https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/os-xpm-2007-11-29-osteen29-story.htmlhttps://wscal.edu/resource-center/joel-osteen-and-the-glory-storyhttps://www.chron.com/news/investigations/article/How-does-Lakewood-Church-spend-its-millions-We-12955372.phphttps://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/investigations/article/Joel-Osteen-and-the-making-of-Lakewood-Church-12954518.php?ipid=prelhttps://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4489169-2017-Financial-Statements-for-Lakewood-Church.htmlhttps://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/investigations/article/How-Joel-Osteen-made-himself-the-smiling-12960441.phphttps://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/investigations/article/Books-bargains-and-stuff-the-selling-of-Joel-12970174.phphttps://www.snopes.com/fact-check/rescuing-hug/https://www.parentingforbrain.com/the-rescuing-hug-of-baby-twins/https://churchleaders.com/news/401780-problem-uproar-joel-osteen-ferrari.html/2https://churchleaders.com/pastors/276763-joel-osteen-wont-preach-about-hell-but-he-should.htmlhttps://wscal.edu/resource-center/joel-osteen-and-the-glory-storyhttps://web.archive.org/web/20071014105021/http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/10/11/60minutes/main3358652.shtml

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Oct 10

2 hr 35 min

Just a nice lady or a big old fraud?You can follow the show here:https://ifyoucatchmygrift.com/Twitter: @catchmygriftpod@catchdalton@austinagogoInstagram: @catchmygriftpodhttps://www.facebook.com/IfYouCatchMyGrift/Sources: Allison, Dorothy; Jacobson, Scott. A Psychic Story. Jove Publications, 1980.https://www.nytimes.com/1999/12/20/nyregion/dorothy-allison-74-psychic-detective-consulted-by-police.htmlhttps://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1999-dec-07-mn-41451-story.htmlhttps://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1345&dat=19820621&id=xe4vAAAAIBAJ&sjid=ZfkDAAAAIBAJ&pg=3170,1379646https://unsolvedmysteries.fandom.com/wiki/Dorothy_Allisonhttps://www.newspapers.com/image/335429062/?terms=dorothy%20allison%20psychic&match=1https://www.newspapers.com/image/628754445/?terms=dorothy%20allison%20psychic&match=1https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1980/10/24/psychic-stalks-a-killer-as-a-desperate-atlanta-watches-and-hopes/833016f9-bbd2-48bd-8d05-a3f703fee389/https://archive.org/details/missingperson00coxr/page/n19/mode/2uphttps://extras.denverpost.com/news/jon091399.htmhttps://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1985-08-20-vw-2182-story.htmlhttp://www.westsidespirit.com/news/the-oracle-at-nutley-MHNP1319991228312289997https://www.nytimes.com/1981/07/29/nyregion/about-new-york-a-shared-experience-in-grief-for-a-lost-child.htmlhttps://www.nytimes.com/1974/09/26/archives/suspect-convicted-in-teachers-murder.htmlhttps://www.nytimes.com/1973/09/07/archives/body-is-identified-by-jersey-police-bound-nude-in-south-river-is.htmlhttps://www.cicap.org/n/articolo.php?id=101007

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Sep 26

1 hr 42 min

Airplane, Blimp, and Boy Band enthusiast Lou Pearlman finally gets his comeuppance.You can follow the show here:https://ifyoucatchmygrift.com/Twitter: @catchmygriftpod@catchdalton@austinagogoInstagram: @catchmygriftpodhttps://www.facebook.com/IfYouCatchMyGrift/Footnotes: Gray, Tyler. The Hit Charade: Lou Pearlman, Boy Bands, and the Biggest Ponzi Scheme in U.S. History. Collins, 2008.https://abcnews.go.com/US/lou-pearlman-backstreet-boys-nsync-lure-people-massive/story?id=67630954https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/7480214/lou-pearlman-prison-interview-2014https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2007/11/pearlman200711https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/7480171/lou-pearlman-deadhttps://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/general-news/backstreet-boys-lou-pearlmans-prison-672724/

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Sep 12

1 hr 39 min

A man that loves his blimps, airplanes and boy bands.You can follow the show here:https://ifyoucatchmygrift.com/Twitter: @catchmygriftpod@catchdalton@austinagogoInstagram: @catchmygriftpodhttps://www.facebook.com/IfYouCatchMyGrift/Footnotes: Gray, Tyler. The Hit Charade: Lou Pearlman, Boy Bands, and the Biggest Ponzi Scheme in U.S. History. Collins, 2008.https://abcnews.go.com/US/lou-pearlman-backstreet-boys-nsync-lure-people-massive/story?id=67630954https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/7480214/lou-pearlman-prison-interview-2014https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2007/11/pearlman200711https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/7480171/lou-pearlman-deadhttps://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/general-news/backstreet-boys-lou-pearlmans-prison-672724/

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Sep 5

1 hr 42 min

WE’RE BACK MOTHERFUCKERS!In possibly with our most incoherent, off the rails episode yet, the boys sit down to talk about Woodstock ‘99 and how two greedy promoters thought scamming 300,000 teenagers and young adults would go unpunished. ifyoucatchmygrift.com

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Aug 22

1 hr 40 min

1/2 Elvis. 1/2 Liberace. 100% Grifter.https://ifyoucatchmygrift.com/Twitter: @catchmygriftpod@catchdalton@austinagogoInstagram: @catchmygriftpodhttps://www.facebook.com/IfYouCatchMyGrift/Footnotes: https://www.newspapers.com/image/316408091/?terms=leroy%20jenkins&match=1https://www.newspapers.com/image/441537396/?terms=leroy%20jenkins&match=1https://www.newspapers.com/image/600990463/?terms=leroy%20jenkins&match=1https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=aYMsAAAAIBAJ&sjid=qM0EAAAAIBAJ&pg=7001%2C4552782https://www.columbusmonthly.com/news/20170622/from-archives-leroy-jenkins-starts-overhttps://www.columbusmonthly.com/news/20170622/from-archives-leroy-jenkins-starts-overhttps://news.google.com/newspapers?id=8F8aAAAAIBAJ&sjid=0CQEAAAAIBAJ&pg=4251%2C2711502https://www.newspapers.com/image/297195102/?terms=leroy%20jenkins&match=1https://www.newspapers.com/image/316408091/?terms=leroy%20jenkins&match=1

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Aug 1

1 hr 23 min

Today we talk about prosperity gospel preacher AA Allen and his take no shit attitude and how he translated that into... building a commune?https://ifyoucatchmygrift.com/Twitter: @catchmygriftpod@catchdalton@austinagogoInstagram: @catchmygriftpodhttps://www.facebook.com/IfYouCatchMyGrift/Footnotes:http://voiceofhealing.info/04_other%20ministries/allen.htmlhttps://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1970/06/14/issue.htmlHarrell, David Edwin. All things are possible: The Healing and Charismatic Revivals in Modern America. Indiana University Press. 1978.Randi, James. The Faith Healers. James Randi Educational Foundation. Kindle Edition. Intro: Bad Bite by '68Outro: Faith by George Micheal

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Jul 24

1 hr 35 min

The Wickedest Man in the World. The Great Beast 666. Perpetual Sugar Baby?Special Guest @OrangeFlaccidyhttps://ifyoucatchmygrift.com/Twitter: @catchmygriftpod@catchdalton@austinagogoInstagram: @catchmygriftpodhttps://www.facebook.com/IfYouCatchMyGrift/Intro: Mr. Crowley by Ozzy OsbourneOutro: The Man Who Sold The World by David Bowie

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Jul 18

2 hr 33 min

Strap in because this one is wild from start to finish. James Strang takes you on adventures no one saw coming.Intro: Bad Bite by '68Outro: I Didn't Want to Join Your Stupid Cult Anyway by Every Time I Die

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Jul 3

1 hr

Don't you love it when the new guy comes in and sweeps you off your feet? Joseph Smith sure did. Learn about one of the more... controversial figures in Mormon history, James Stranghttps://ifyoucatchmygrift.com/Twitter: @catchmygriftpod@catchdalton@austinagogoInstagram: @catchmygriftpodhttps://www.facebook.com/IfYouCatchMyGrift/Footnotes: Harvey, Miles. The King of Confidence: A Tale of Utopian Dreamers, Frontier Schemers, True Believers, False Prophets, and the Murder of an American Monarch. Little Brown and Company, 2020.

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Jun 27

1 hr 24 min

Forget Floyd Mayweather v Logan Paul. Tulsiani v Snowden is the fight of the century.Intro: Bad Bite by '68Outro: It Wasn't Me by Shaggy

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Jun 12

1 hr 23 min

It's the podcast THEY don't want you to know about. Who is "they?" It goes aaaaaaall the way to the top, man.Intro: Bad Bite by ‘68Outro: Eminent Front by The Whohttps://www.businessinsider.com/kevin-trudeau-interview-2014-12https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/22/AR2005102201272_pf.htmlhttps://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/28/business/media/after-jail-and-more-salesman-scores-big-with-cureall-book.htmlhttps://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/1998/01/28/misleading-infomercials/99659ecb-7887-4115-bf78-89285ca18a3e/https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2003-sep-29-he-coralcalcium29-story.htmlhttps://www.ftc.gov/sites/default/files/documents/cases/2003/06/coralcalciumcmp.pdfhttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-trudeau-appeal/u-s-tv-pitchman-kevin-trudeau-loses-appeal-of-conviction-sentence-idUSKCN0VE2O3https://www.ftc.gov/enforcement/cases-proceedings/refunds/trudeau-refundshttps://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-xpm-2014-03-17-chi-kevin-trudeau-sentenced-20140317-story.htmlhttps://www.salon.com/2005/07/29/trudeau_4/https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2004/09/kevin-trudeau-banned-infomercialshttps://abcnews.go.com/2020/Health/story?id=1527774

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Jun 5

1 hr 47 min

I ain't passed Debar but I know a little bit. This week we talk about Ann O'Delia Diss Debar, alias Editha Salomon, alias Baroness Rosenthal and Countess Landsfeldt, alias Editha Lolita Montez, alias Vera P. Ava, alias mMme. Swami Viva Ananda, alias Laura Horos, alias Mrs. Frank Dutton Jackson.Intro: Bad Bite by '68Outro: Come Back Baby by Pusha-T

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May 29

2 hr 6 min

We come in peace. Not really.Today we learn about the man behind the Ancient Aliens/Astronaut theory, Erich von Däniken!Notes: Story, Ronald. The Space-Gods Revealed. Barnes & Noble Books, 1976.Von Daniken, Erich. Chariots of the Gods? Berkley, 1999.Lingeman, Richard R. “Erich von Daniken’s Genesis.” New York Times, March 31, 1974, p. 357.Playboy, August 1974 (volume 21, number 8)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXi7QKTNi44https://www.deseret.com/1989/12/24/18839036/tale-of-outer-space-ancestors-is-literary-fraudhttps://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/about-thinking/202007/why-do-people-keep-boarding-the-chariots-the-godsIntro: Bad Bite by '68Outro: Never Trust a Man (With Egg On His Face) by Adam and the Ants

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May 22

1 hr 46 min

The boys are scheming to give you the best episode to date.The life and times of innovator of the Ponzi scheme, Charles Ponzi.Citations:http://edition.cnn.com/2008/LIVING/wayoflife/12/23/mf.ponzi.scheme/https://pnzi.com/https://nyti.ms/2QMe8kIhttps://www.wgbh.org/news/post/week-history-boston-post-takes-down-charles-ponzihttps://web.archive.org/web/20110623060130/http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,930255,00.htmlhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/in-ponzi-we-trust-64016168/http://content.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2104982_2104983_2104992,00.htmlhttps://www.lawgazette.co.uk/analysis/the-history-of-the-ponzi-scheme/50000.article“Reformed Wizard Discusses Ponzi.” The Boston Post, Aug 3, 1920, p. 2. Zuckoff, Mitchell. Ponzi’s Scheme. Random House, 2005.Intro: Bad Bite by '68Outro: R.I.C.O. by Meek Mill and Drake

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May 8

1 hr 56 min

I'm getting something.The spirits are telling me that the bad guy in this story might not be who you think it is.Learn all about Miss Cleo and the Psychic Readers Network on this week's episode of If You Catch My Grift!Stay in touch with If You Catch My Grift on Twitter!If You Catch My Grift: @youcatchmygriftAustin: @austinagogoDalton: @catchdaltonCitations: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/09/fashion/mens-style/hotline-psychic-miss-cleo-commercials.htmlhttps://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/27/business/media/tv-psychic-miss-cleo-dies.htmlhttps://www.seattlepi.com/lifestyle/article/Miss-Cleo-left-a-trail-of-deception-in-Seattle-1081919.phphttps://www.advocate.com/politics/commentary/2006/09/25/miss-cleo-comes-outhttps://www.celebritynetworth.com/articles/entertainment-articles/miss-cleo-article/https://www.vice.com/en/article/4w3edj/we-spoke-to-ms-cleo-about-her-fake-patois-and-getting-ripped-off-by-her-old-bosseshttps://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2002/02/ftc-charges-miss-cleo-promoters-deceptive-advertising-billing-andhttps://quackwatch.org/consumer-education/News/cleo/https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2002-nov-15-fi-cleo15-story.htmlhttps://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-xpm-2002-10-03-0210030079-story.htmlSchwartz, Jerry. “You don’t have to be psychic to work here.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram, April 7, 2002, p. 23A.Clary, Mike. “Cereal maker faces lawsuit for marketing use of ‘Miss Cleo’.” Orlando Sentinel, August 30, 2015, p. B5.Intro: Whether Terrified or Unafraid by '68Outro: Good as Hell by Lizzo

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May 1

1 hr 21 min

Today we learn about the later life of Peter Popoff and a little about how he got his family into the grift business.Stay in touch with If You Catch My Grift on Twitter!If You Catch My Grift: @youcatchmygriftDalton: @CatchDaltonAustin: @austinagogoCitationshttps://www.businessinsider.com/scam-everlasting-after-25-years-debunked-faith-healer-still-preaching-debt-relief-scam-2011-9https://www.truthinadvertising.org/peter-popoffs-miracle-spring-water/https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/21/obituaries/james-randi-dead.htmlhttps://www.gq.com/story/peter-popoff-born-again-scoundrelhttps://web.archive.org/web/20121110063847/http://www.canada.com/nanaimodailynews/story.html?id=c646f380-3796-41a6-821d-5e29c54e0b98https://casa.colorado.edu/~dduncan/pseudoscience/PeterPopoff.htmPopoff, Peter. A New Fire is Blazing. Faith Messenger Publications. 1981.Randi, James. Faith Healers. Jame Randi Educational Foundation. Kindle Edition. 1987.Royko, Mike. “TV Preacher Takes Woman’s Life Savings Without Regret”. Johnson City Press-Chronicle. Nov 24, 1983. p. 41.Sanchez, Crystal. The Real Truth Behind People United for Christ. Apple Books Edition. 2013. Intro: Whether Terrified or Unafraid by ‘68Outro: Sunday Morning by The Velvet Underground

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Apr 24

1 hr 19 min

Today we jump in feet first and explore the life of televangelist and perpetual con man Peter Popoff.Stay in touch with If You Catch My Grift on Twitter!If You Catch My Grift: @youcatchmygriftDalton: @CatchDaltonAustin: @austinagogoCitationshttps://www.businessinsider.com/scam-everlasting-after-25-years-debunked-faith-healer-still-preaching-debt-relief-scam-2011-9https://www.truthinadvertising.org/peter-popoffs-miracle-spring-water/https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/21/obituaries/james-randi-dead.htmlhttps://www.gq.com/story/peter-popoff-born-again-scoundrelhttps://web.archive.org/web/20121110063847/http://www.canada.com/nanaimodailynews/story.html?id=c646f380-3796-41a6-821d-5e29c54e0b98https://casa.colorado.edu/~dduncan/pseudoscience/PeterPopoff.htmPopoff, Peter. A New Fire is Blazing. Faith Messenger Publications. 1981.Randi, James. Faith Healers. Jame Randi Educational Foundation. Kindle Edition. 1987.Royko, Mike. “TV Preacher Takes Woman’s Life Savings Without Regret”. Johnson City Press-Chronicle. Nov 24, 1983. p. 41.Sanchez, Crystal. The Real Truth Behind People United for Christ. Apple Books Edition. 2013. Intro: Whether Terrified or Unafraid by ‘68Outro: Let’s Live For Today by The Grass Roots

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Apr 17

1 hr 17 min