Susan Alamo

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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.

Life[edit]

Susan Alamo, born Edith Opal Horn, was born to a Jewish family[1] in Alma, Arkansas. Twice married and with a daughter, she came to Hollywood in the attempt to become an actress.[2] 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.[3]

After divorcing their respective spouses, the couple married in a 1966 Las Vegas ceremony, legally changing their names to Tony and Susan Alamo.[4]

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.[5]

Death & aftermath[edit]

Susan Alamo died of breast cancer in 1982 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. In the reported belief that she would rise from the dead,[6] her embalmed body was kept on display for six months,[2] before being entombed in a heart-shaped marble mausoleum on church property.[7]

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.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b James A. Beverley, ed., Nelson's Illustrated Guide to Religions, Thomas Nelson Inc, 2009
  2. ^ a b Guy Lancaster, Tony Alamo profile, Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture
  3. ^ Ruth A. Tucker, Another Gospel: Cults, Alternative Religions, and the New Age Movement, p. 358
  4. ^ Fisher, G.R. and Goedelman, M.K. (2001). "Remember the Alamo!". Personal Freedom Outreach. Retrieved 2006-12-29. 
  5. ^ Karl Keating, Catholicism and fundamentalism: the attack on "Romanism" by "Bible Christians", Ignatius Press, 1988, p. 115
  6. ^ J. Gordon Melton (ed.), Encyclopedia handbook of cults in America, Garland Pub., 1992, p. 187
  7. ^ Southern Poverty Law Center, Intelligence Report, 2008