Susan Alamo, née Edith Opal Horn (1925 – April 8, 1982) was an American religious figure, cofounder with her husband of the Tony & Susan Alamo Christian Foundation.
Susan Alamo, born Edith Opal Horn, was born to a Jewish family in 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, born Bernard Lazar Hoffman, an aspiring pop singer, also known as Marcus Abad.
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.
Death & aftermath
Susan Alamo died of breast cancer in 1982 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. In the reported 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 her husband. Her 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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- Southern Poverty Law Center, Intelligence Report, 2008