Monthly Archives: September 2017

Inside the sex scandal that brought down a multi-million dollar televangelist empire when a pastor ‘raped’ his …

A new TV show explores how the Jessica Hahn sex scandal took down a multi-million dollar televangelist empire.

Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker were famous in the 1980s for their successful TV ministry PTL (Praise the Lord) Club, later called The Jim and Tammy Show. 

But the Christian conglomerate was all but destroyed after a local newspaper unearthed a shocking scandal – that Jim Bakker had paid $279,000 to Jessica Hahn, a church secretary.

That thread quickly unraveled an even bigger scandal after the Charlotte Observer found that Hahn had allegedly been paid the cash as hush money, after she was allegedly raped by Bakker in a hotel room in 1980 when she was 21. 

Bakker would later acknowledge that he’d had sex with the secretary but claimed it was consensual.

The upcoming episode of Scandal Made Me Famous will examine the scandal and speak to the

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How a Sexual Assault Scandal Led to the Uncovering of a $158 Million Crime in a Televangelist Empire

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After Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker Left PTL Club

Despite the millions that the Bakkers stole from the church, it was the sex scandal that led to their ministry’s undoing.

Following Jim’s departure from PTL club, rival preacher, Jimmy Swaggart tried to take control of the TV empire. However, Swaggart was later exposed for his own sex scandal.

Ultimately, Jerry Falwell, the Moral Majority founder, took over the ministry. He stepped in only to discover that PTL had debt amounting in the millions and that money raised for hotel timeshares had been rerouted to other places.

Jim and Tammy Faye divorced in 1992. She went on to marry their close friend Roe Messner, who was the one to come up with the hush money to pay off Hahn. Messner was later jailed for bankruptcy fraud while Tammy Faye went on to reinvent herself as a reality TV star and self-help author. She passed away at the age

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A new show explores how the Jessica Hahn (pictured in 1988) scandal took down a televangelist empire

A new show explores how the Jessica Hahn sex scandal took down a multi-million dollar televangelist empire.

Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker were famous in the 1980s for their successful TV ministry PTL (Praise the Lord) Club, later called The Jim and Tammy Show. 

But the Christian conglomerate was all but destroyed after a local newspaper unearthed a shocking scandal – that Jim Bakker had paid $279,000 to Jessica Hahn, a church secretary.

That thread quickly unraveled an even bigger scandal after the Charlotte Observer found that Hahn had allegedly been paid the cash as hush money, after she was allegedly raped by Bakker in a hotel room in 1980 when she was 21. Bakker would later acknowledge that he’d had sex with the secretary but claimed it was consensual.

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Today’s entertainment picks:

Today’s entertainment picks:

v Fall Fire Fest, 7 p.m.: Come listen to live music, feel the warmth of the campus bonfire. Food vendors will be on site and all proceeds from beer sales will benefit the Carmstrong Foundation. The event is open to the public and free. Youngstown State University, One University Plaza, Youngstown. 330-941-3000.

v Mahoning Avenue Fall Festival, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Mahoning Avenue between Steel and Milton streets, Youngstown, will have live music, an outdoor cafe, art galleries and a farmers’ market on the West Side’s Garden District.

v Waterfire arts and cultural experience, noon to 11 p.m.: Downtown Sharon hosts the final Waterfire of the season.

v“Youngstown Metropolitan,” 8 p.m.: First feature film by Valley native Patrick Naples will premiere on the third floor of the Knox Building, 110 W. Federal St., downtown, which is the new location of Youngstown Cinema (its entrance is in The Federal

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Runaway Bride Jennifer Wilbanks: Where Is She Now?

Jennifer Wilbanks was scheduled to marry her then-fiancee, John Mason in April 2005. It was going to be a lavish event: There would be 28 members of the wedding party and more than 600 guests were invited.

But just days before the wedding, Wilbanks vanished without a trace, sparking a nationwide manhunt. Her distraught family made the rounds on the cable networks, pleading for her return and saying that she wasn’t the type of person to run off.

They were wrong.

Wilbanks, then 32, emerged three days later and claimed that she had been taken hostage by a Latino man and caucasian woman while she was out for a run. According to Wilbanks, the couple had driven her from Duluth, Georgi,a to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where they had sexually assaulted her in a van.

She later recanted her story, admitting she’d actually fled

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/runaway-bride-jennifer-wilbanks-where-is-she-now/

Dale Pierre Selby: ‘Dirty Harry’ Movie Inspired ‘CopyCat Killers’ In Ansley, Naisbitt Utah Murders

Dale Pierre Selby and Williams Andrews, two Ogden, Utah CopyCat Killers who were inspired by Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry movie, will be analyzed on the Reelz documentary CopyCat Killers. Dale Pierre Selby, who is also referred to as Dale Pierre Shelby, killed Carol Naisbitt, Michelle Ansley, and Stanley Walker over40 years ago in a case known as the “Hi-Fi Murders.”

 

CopyCat Killers episode “Dirty Harry Magnum Force”

Ripping a scene from the movie Dirty Harry, a robber decides to target a local shop, where he’ll turn fiction into a real-life horror.

 

Dale Pierre Selby and Williams Andrews, the Hi-Fi CopyCat Killers, were the most talked about killers in 1974. It’s a tragedy that people from Utah will never forget. That’s the year two Airforce airmen robbed the Hi-Fi Shop, where they held five people hostage.

 

 

Police say, Dale Pierre, 21, and William Andrews, 19, walked into the shop at closing time and held

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‘Runaway Bride’ Jennifer Wilbanks’ bizarre story told on Scandal Made Me Famous

Jennifer Wilbanks

Jennifer Wilbanks, who became known as the ‘Runaway Bride’ after fleeing to avoid getting married

Jennifer Wilbanks was so desperate to avoid getting married to her soon-to-be-husband that she fled more than 1,400 miles then pretended she’d been kidnapped and sexually assaulted.

Wilbanks was due to marry John Mason in April 2005 in a lavish wedding with 600 guests.

But to avoid it she left Duluth, Georgia, and fled to Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Her sudden disappearance sparked a manhunt across the US with some speculating whether Mason had killed her.

Three days later — after a $100,000 reward was put up by relatives in a bid to find her — she finally rang Mason, as well as 911, and lied that she had been taken hostage by a Hispanic man and a Caucasian woman while out for a run.

Get the lowdown

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Watch This: 14 Movies and TV Shows to Put on Your Radar This Week

Here’s a fun experiment: Turn on your television and try to count the amount of movies and TV shows playing right now. Now multiply that by seven. That’s how many things are available to watch during any given week—which makes actually choosing something overwhelming AF.

That’s where we come in. Welcome back to “Watch This,” Glamour.com’s new column that gives you the scoop on the best movies and TV shows to watch week to week. So much good stuff is airing over the next few days—from the premiere of American Horror Story: Cult to the return of Bravo’s addicting series