Long ago, Johnson fashioned an identity as a modern-day American patriot. Pro-gun, pro-God, pro-life. He talked in 2013 about making America great again. He lamented the lack of God in everyone’s lives. He wept over the country’s future.
But behind this persona — cultivated, built up and fine-tuned over decades — is a web of lies and deception. [Tales of his his heroism at Ground Zero.] A mysterious fire. Attempted arson and false testimony. Alleged molestation in his church.
In Johnson's wake lies a trail of police records and court files, shattered lives and a flagrant disregard for truth.
This seven-month investigation is based on more than 100 interviews and several thousand pages of public documents. It also included numerous attempts to interview Johnson, who refused all requests.
Over and over, there were warning signs for government officials, law enforcement, political leaders and others. Yet, virtually nothing was done.