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JIM BAKKER'S FALL from a man of God to a man of fraud marked one of the largest religious swindles in history. Bakker, born in Muskegon, Michigan, in 1940, sowed his share of wild oats as a youth but eventually settled down to study the ministry. Inspired by an Oral Roberts's revival meeting, Bakker decided to pursue the profitable combination of religion and show business.

In the early 1960s, Bakker, along with his wife Tammy Faye (who was easily recognized by her liberal use of make-up and colorful eye shadow), worked with Pat Robertson on the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) and developed a successful children's show.

After an acrimonious break from CBN, the Bakkers partnered with Paul Crouch and the Trinity Broadcasting Network to air a daily ...

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