MIKE MURDOCK QUICK FACTS ABOUT SAFE ROBBERY: Murdock claimed to once keep a coin and jewelry collections valued at least $125,000. He reported this information to the Denton County Sheriff's Department after a theft / safe robbery. Following the robbery, Murdock reported to audiences, private individuals and possibly an insurance company that he had lost millions and needed "desperate help" to replace it. Sheriff's spokesman Kevin Patton said investigators dropped the case because Murdock would not list exactly what had been stolen. - Information based on the investigative report from the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram
MIKE MURDOCK - HISTORY IN A GLANCE - Dr. Mike Murdock (as he calls himself) dropped-out of seminary classes at the Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie. It was after "leaving" seminary that he reportedly recieved a degree from a mail-in college. Since that time, Murdock has proclaimed himself to be a "Dr." and "Wisdom Teacher". The Mike Murdock Evangelistic Association was established as a nonprofit Christian organization in 1973 in Lake Charles, La., by Murdock and then-wife Linda Murdock. In 1979 Murdock filed for divorce following a brush with sexual misconduct allegations brought on by the Assemblies of God (AG) in the State of Louisiana. Mike Murdock worked to dissaffilate himself from the AG's oversight and developed a style of television preaching which asks people to give him "seed" money in amounts ranging from $58 dollars to thousands. He often stares intently into the screen and declares that, "God is speaking to you friend! Plant a seed or God's harvest will pass you!" The money collected by Murdock through techniques such as this is estimated to be 99% profit and also tax free. He has used this money (millions and millions annually from targeted low-income donors, primarily single, divorced and widowed women in the 40 to 80 yr. old age range) to buy exotic animals, jet planes, limos, sports cars, and a security-tight mansion estate where beautiful younger women are said to privately visit him at various hours of the day and night. He is one of the most powerful current "pastors" in modern Christianity
(born April 18, 1946 in Lake Charles, Louisiana, is a televangelist and pastor of the Wisdom Center ministry based in Fort Worth, Texas.
"Murdock has slipped in and out of the public's attention. He made a splash in the early 1980s on The PTL Club television program with Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker. Murdock, untouched by PTL's collapse in scandal, developed his own television ministry. Today, he frequents the programs of televangelists such as the self-proclaimed faith healer Benny Hinn".