PEOPLE's Most Shocking Scandals

Heidi Fleiss, Interngate, the Battling Bobbitts – look at the most astonishing events of the past 30 years. By Lucy Maher


After a 1980 hotel-room tryst between televangelist Jim Bakker and then-21-year-old church secretary Jessica Hahn came to light in 1987, the truth spilled out: Bakker's wife, Tammy Faye, was addicted to prescription drugs, members of their ministry engaged in wife swapping, and Bakker supported his lavish lifestyle by siphoning millions from his religious empire. He served five years in a Minnesota prison.