Sinopse

Undeniable power. Unbelievable stories. Unlikely origins. Kingpins follows the rise and fall of rulers of the underworld. Every Friday, we examine the leaders of organized crime rings, and how money and power corrupted and changed their communities. What makes a kingpin or queenpin, and how can we stop them? Kingpins is part of the Parcast Network, and a production of Cutler Media. New episodes release on Fridays.

Episódios

  • Unsolved Murders Crossover: Agents Dale Kearney  Ray Sutton Pt. 2

    Unsolved Murders Crossover: Agents Dale Kearney & Ray Sutton Pt. 2

    20/11/2020 Duração: 41min

    Today we’re bringing you a special two-part episode from another Spotify Original from Parcast. If you enjoy it, check out Unsolved Murders on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts!  In 1930, two prohibition agents were murdered in Colorado. Despite strong leads in both cases, a series of missteps and the end of Prohibition brought their investigations to ruin.

  • Unsolved Murders Crossover: Agents Dale Kearney  Ray Sutton Pt. 1

    Unsolved Murders Crossover: Agents Dale Kearney & Ray Sutton Pt. 1

    20/11/2020 Duração: 38min

    Today we’re bringing you a special two-part episode from another Spotify Original from Parcast. If you enjoy it, check out Unsolved Murders on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts!  In 1930, two prohibition agents were murdered in Colorado. Despite strong leads in both cases, a series of missteps and the end of Prohibition brought their investigations to ruin.

  • Dictators: The Rise  Fall of a Roman Emperor

    Dictators: The Rise & Fall of a Roman Emperor

    16/11/2020 Duração: 13min

    They’re natural-born leaders, hungry for absolute power. Every week on Dictators, delve into the minds and motives of history’s most infamous rulers — people who rose through the ranks toward radicalism, eliminating anyone who stood in their way. This week, track the rise and fall of Nero, an emperor who led Rome to destruction. Hear a clip from Part 1 here, then head to Dictators for the rest of the episode. Dictators is free to listen on Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.

  • “Granny Evil” Pt. 2: Kath Pettingill

    “Granny Evil” Pt. 2: Kath Pettingill

    13/11/2020 Duração: 49min

    After two Melbourne constables were gunned down in 1988, police identified the Pettingills as prime suspects. The case against the notorious crime family grew, but changing testimonies, family betrayals, and the idea of a police vendetta complicated the trial.

  • “Granny Evil” Pt. 1: Kath Pettingill

    “Granny Evil” Pt. 1: Kath Pettingill

    06/11/2020 Duração: 45min

    She was a young barmaid who rose to be the ruthless matriarch of a Melbourne crime family in the 1980s. 

  • “The Acid King” Pt. 2: William Pickard

    “The Acid King” Pt. 2: William Pickard

    30/10/2020 Duração: 45min

    After the 1988 bust of his Mountain View LSD lab, William Pickard turned to academics and convinced his colleagues he was done cooking acid. In truth, he set up a new lab in a retrofitted Cold War silo and started making LSD by the kilo — becoming the drug’s largest producer in the history of the U.S.

  • “The Acid King” Pt. 1: William Pickard

    “The Acid King” Pt. 1: William Pickard

    23/10/2020 Duração: 49min

    What happens when a chemistry genius meets 1960s counterculture? After wunderkind William Pickard began taking psychedelics, he became convinced it was his duty to share his experience with the masses… and he started cooking acid. 

  • “Whitey” Pt. 2: James Bulger

    “Whitey” Pt. 2: James Bulger

    16/10/2020 Duração: 48min

    Racketeering, gun running, contract killing… For two decades, “Whitey” Bulger was the crime king of Boston. But when the walls started to close in around him in the 1990s, he fled — leading to one of the longest manhunts in FBI history.

  • “Whitey” Pt. 1: James Bulger

    “Whitey” Pt. 1: James Bulger

    09/10/2020 Duração: 48min

    On the brutal streets of South Boston, James "Whitey" Bulger knew that survival meant leaving nothing off the table. After doing time for bank robbery in 1956, Whitey didn't plan on rejoining the underworld. But a bloody Irish gang war put Whitey on the path to Boston gangland supremacy. And he would do anything to hold onto that power... even ratting to the FBI.

  • “Merchant of Death” Pt. 2: Viktor Bout

    “Merchant of Death” Pt. 2: Viktor Bout

    02/10/2020 Duração: 37min

    By the end of the 1990s, Bout’s fingerprints were on almost every conflict in Africa. After 9/11, he saw an opportunity to capitalize on the turmoil in the Middle East—and earned another nickname: The Lord of War.

  • “Merchant of Death” Pt. 1: Viktor Bout

    “Merchant of Death” Pt. 1: Viktor Bout

    25/09/2020 Duração: 43min

    When the Soviet Union collapsed in the early 1990s, there was a surplus of weapons and cargo planes collecting dust. One Russian government worker, Viktor Bout, saw the potential of all that discarded equipment. Within a few short years, Bout became one of the most infamous arms dealers in the world.

  • “Lord High Executioner” Pt. 2: Albert Anastasia

    “Lord High Executioner” Pt. 2: Albert Anastasia

    18/09/2020 Duração: 45min

    During the 1930s, Albert Anastasia was the leader of Murder Inc., the mafia’s crew of contract killers. But after World War II, he shot his way to the top to become the boss of one of New York’s Five Families. Unfortunately for him, the Feds were more determined than ever to keep the notorious killer in prison for good.

  • “Lord High Executioner” Pt. 1: Albert Anastasia

    “Lord High Executioner” Pt. 1: Albert Anastasia

    11/09/2020 Duração: 43min

    By the time he immigrated to America just after World War I, Albert Anastasia knew that if he wanted to climb the ranks of New York's underworld, he would have to get his hands dirty.

  • “Prince Prosperous” Pt. 3: Khun Sa

    “Prince Prosperous” Pt. 3: Khun Sa

    04/09/2020 Duração: 39min

    Forced out of Thailand by his Thai benefactors and the Americans, Khun Sa retreated back to Burma. Once again, he wasted no time in rebuilding his empire and making deals with the Burmese military dictatorship. But in the early 1990s, the various Southeast Asian countries decided that they had had enough of Khun Sa, forcing him to make one final deal.

  • “Prince Prosperous” Pt. 2: Khun Sa

    “Prince Prosperous” Pt. 2: Khun Sa

    28/08/2020 Duração: 36min

    Suddenly under arrest, Khun Sa was forced to rebuild his empire from behind prison walls in Manderlay. He solidified his position as one of the leading drug lords in the Golden Triangle with a daring escape, rebranding himself in the process as a Shan nationalist fighting for separation from Burma.

  • “Prince Prosperous” Pt. 1: Khun Sa

    “Prince Prosperous” Pt. 1: Khun Sa

    21/08/2020 Duração: 39min

    By the early 1950s, the teenaged Khun Sa was already a militia leader in war-torn northeast Burma (present-day Myanmar). Over the next decade, his power as a warlord only increased. When the Burmese government came to him with an offer of allyship, he set himself up to become the “Opium King” of the Golden Triangle.

  • “The Cocky Watchman” Pt. 2: Curtis Warren

    “The Cocky Watchman” Pt. 2: Curtis Warren

    14/08/2020 Duração: 42min

    In 1993, Warren handily beat a drug trafficking charge brought against him by British authorities. He spent the next three years rebuilding—and expanding—his empire, importing and exporting drugs all over the world, until Dutch authorities helped bring him down. 

  • “The Cocky Watchman” Pt. 1: Curtis Warren

    “The Cocky Watchman” Pt. 1: Curtis Warren

    07/08/2020 Duração: 42min

    After a five-year stint in prison, Curtis Warren emerged stronger, sharper, and more connected. By 1989, he was selling cocaine and ecstasy in Liverpool, and building a network that included the biggest names in the Turkish mafia, Moroccan cartel, even the Triads… 

  • “El Chapo” Pt. 3: Joaquín Guzmán

    “El Chapo” Pt. 3: Joaquín Guzmán

    31/07/2020 Duração: 39min

    With the Federation dissolved, his son murdered, and law enforcement closing in, El Chapo fled to where he knew he’d be protected: the mountains of Sinaloa. When he finally decided to re-enter society, a special forces unit was ready. 

  • “El Chapo” Pt. 2: Joaquín Guzmán

    “El Chapo” Pt. 2: Joaquín Guzmán

    24/07/2020 Duração: 39min

    From inside prison, with his partners on the outside running logistics, El Chapo turned the Sinaloa Cartel into one of the most successful drug cartels of the 1990s and 2000s. And when he made a daring escape, he only added to his growing folklore. 

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