Susan Alamo, from a Jewish family, came from Alma, Arkansas. Twice married and with a daughter, she came to Hollywood in the attempt to become an actress. Converting to Christianity, she became an itinerant evangelist before meeting Mark Hoffman, an aspirant pop singer. After divorcing their respective spouses, the couple married in a 1966 Las Vegas ceremony, changing their names to Tony and Susan Alamo. Together the couple founded the Tony & Susan Alamo Christian Foundation as a Christian street ministry in Southern California. The couple moved to Arkansas, using their religious followers as volunteer labour for a variety of business interests, including Nashville's largest country and western clothing store.
Susan Alamo died of cancer in 1982. In the belief that she would rise from the dead, her embalmed body was kept on display for six months, before being entombed in a heart-shaped marble mausoleum on church property. In 1991 the government confiscated the property, finding when they arrived that Susan's body had been removed by Tony Alamo. Susan's estranged daughter Christhiaon Coie brought a suit against Tony for stealing the body, and her stepfather obtained a court order for the body to be returned.
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- Guy Lancaster, Tony Alamo (1934–), Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture
- Ruth A. Tucker, Another Gospel: Cults, Alternative Religions, and the New Age Movement, p. 358
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- Southern Poverty Law Center, Intelligence Report, 2008