Jon Ronson meets with Randy Weaver and daughter Rachel, two surviving members of the
Weaver family. The film shows previously unseen archive footage to describe the life
of a family who moved to a cabin in Ruby Ridge, Idaho to live peacefully, and escape
what they saw as the tyrannical elite of international bankers bent on enslaving the
world. Ronson also explains how the Weaver family's conspiracy theories became a
shocking tragedy when the American Government killed two of the family members, their
dog, and shot and wounded Kevin Harris, whom the Weaver family considered their son.
Ronson explores the unsympathetic media response to the killings and how this incident
might have influenced the siege at Waco, the Oklahoma City bombing and the growth of
the America militia movement.
Season 1, Episode 2: David Icke, The Lizards and The Jews
Original Air Date 6 May 2001
Jon Ronson follows David Icke as he promotes his theory that "the elite are genetically
descended from a race of 12 foot, blood drinking, shape shifting lizards". During the
film Icke is accused in Canada of anti-semitism. Ronson questions whether Icke literally
means lizards, as he steadfastly maintains, or whether the reptillians are a coded
reference to Jews, which Icke denies adamantly. At the end of the documentary, it is shown
that one of the members of the Anarchist organization who is used as a main presenter of
the idea that David Icke is an anti-semite finally reads the book written by David and
admits himself that David Icke obviously means Reptiles and can't justly be claimed as an
[b]Season 1, Episode 3: Timothy McVeigh, The Oklahoma Bomber
Original Air Date 13 May 2001
Before his involvement in the Oklahoma City bombing, Timothy McVeigh believed that a shadowy
elite secretly controlled the governments of the world, conspiring to establish a genocidal
New World Order. He believed that the Alfred P. Murrah building was local New World Order
headquarters. But many other theorists are convinced that the world only knows part of an
apparent complex conspiracy story behind the bombing. Ronson meets a number of theorists
whilst investigating the story, and concludes his film in Elohim City, a survivalist compound
[b]Season 1, Episode 4: The Satanic Shadowy Elite?
Original Air Date 20 May 2001
Jon Ronson follows conspiracy theorist and radio host Alex Jones as he attempts to infiltrate
the annual gathering of dignitaries and business leaders (reportedly including George Bush and
Henry Kissinger) at Bohemian Grove, California. The film includes footage of attendees dressed
in robes and burning an effigy at the foot of a giant stone owl. Jones believes that the ceremony
is related to occult secret societies. After the event, Ronson meets comedy actor and fellow
attendee Harry Shearer who describes the event as a glorified fraternity party. Shearer largely
dismisses Jones's dramatic retelling of the gathering and notes that the music is supplied by
The Symphony Orchestra of San Francisco.
Season 1, Episode 5: The Bilderberg Group
Original Air Date 27 May 2001
Ronson teams up with reporter James P. Tucker, Jr., who has been investigating the Bilderberg
Group, an annual invitation-only conference, for over thirty years. According to Tucker, around
130 guests, most of whom are persons of influence in business, academic, or political circles,
meet annually in secret. The duo encounter unwelcoming suited security men and a car chase.
Ronson also interviews Group founder Denis Healey.