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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.

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On this day in 1974, 19-year-old newlywed Arlis Kay Perry was murdered inside Stanford Memorial Church.
Before becoming “El Patron” and trafficking 80% of the world’s cocaine market, Pablo Escobar was nothing more than a petty criminal on the streets of Medellin.
By 2013, the DEA, FBI, DOJ, and Homeland Security were all after Ross Ulbricht, aka "The Dread Pirate Roberts." His drug website, The Silk Road, trafficked millions worth of drugs every week. So far, Ulbricht remained anonymous, thanks to Tor and the cloak of the Dark Web. Little did he know, the users he thought were his friends were federal agents in disguise.
In 2011, Ross Ulbricht created The Silk Road, aka "The Amazon of Drugs." Hosted on the dark web and financed by Bitcoin, it was an anonymous marketplace where anyone could buy or sell anything without leaving a trace. Drugs, guns, hacking software, human organs -- the free market utopia quickly made Ulbricht a millionaire. And made him a top target for the DEA.Sponsors!Bombas - Get 20% off your first purchase at Bombas.com/KINGPINS.
Thank you for being a loyal listener! We’re excited to announce all Parcast Network episodes older than 6 months are now available for free on Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts.
After being able to hide on the lamb for years, Howard Marks was finally caught and forced to answer for his crimes. However, a convincing lie about his supposed involvement with MI6 ensured Marks’ release and allowed him to continue smuggling cannabis well into the 1980s.
In our new show SPORTS CRIMINALS, we break down the crimes and careers of the most controversial sports figures in history. From kidnapping and murder to widespread corruption scandals, we give you the play by play of what lurks in the shadows of the sports world. New episodes come out every Thursday! In this clip we introduce the incredible rise and precipitous fall of Oscar Pistorius, who captured the attention of the world by participating in the 2012 Olympic games as a double-leg amputee. To finish this episode, subscribe to SPORTS CRIMINALS on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts!
During the 1970s, Howard Marks became one of the biggest cannabis smugglers in Europe. Through a series of networks, which included contacts in the IRA and the Mafia, he was able to bring in upwards of 30 tons of cannabis into the UK and the United States. But after years of anonymity, a single bust in Las Vegas would put him on the DEA’s radar.
Mafia life came with plenty of rules, and Anthony Casso loved that. He was a criminal, but an honorable criminal, and his dedication to the Mafia lifestyle took him to the top of the Lucchese family hierarchy. In the mid 1990s, as he faced threats from inside and outside the family, the pressure got to him, and he started to make mistakes. He was taking his violence too far.
Anthony Casso was born in Mafia territory in South Brooklyn, and the money-making, wily intelligence, and violence that the "the life" demanded came naturally to him. It was no surprise that he started to climb the ranks of the Lucchese Family as they hit the height of their power in the 1980s. Parcasters - Watergate forever changed the way Americans look at the presidency, but could there be more to the story? Find out today on Conspiracy Theories! Subscribe to Conspiracy Theories on Spotify to listen now!
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Paul blackwood

"some of you have asked how to help us" is hilarious. no one asked how to help you. the advertising team help you. still, apart from the loose facts, these are entertaining casts if you don't take them too seriously.

Sep 21st
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John Campbell

so good love kingpins

Sep 6th
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Oscar Obians

Incredible! That's a rather unexpected turn in an already captivating story.

Aug 12th
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c s

Five stars!

Jul 31st
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Scott

sum info is wrong try reading the book https://www.amazon.co.uk/Uncle-Al-Capone-Deirdre-Marie/dp/0982845103/ref=mp_s_a_1_10?keywords=al+capone+book&qid=1563530576&s=gateway&sprefix=al+capone+b&sr=8-10 written by his niece

Jul 19th
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Justin Weeter

This is by far my favorite podcast. I listen to a lot of podcasts too.😂❤️

Jul 8th
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Nate Scholl

five star for sure. and I like the voices. they give the podcast a serious feel

Jun 24th
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Teddy Wells

Why advertise the podcast we're listening to on the podcast we are listening to? I've lost count of the number of episodes of this podcast that has the advertisementfor this podcast on them.

Jun 17th
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Judi Kingsman

enjoyed ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

May 21st
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Judi Kingsman

really good ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

May 21st
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Rolanda Ross

I don't know why I've been so obsessed with Big Meech. ...

Mar 14th
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Victoria Fernandes

Amazing podcast!

Feb 27th
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Judi Kingsman

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Feb 23rd
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Thomas Coll

government incompetence that some may find distressing 😂😂😂

Feb 9th
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Rome Banes

*****

Feb 8th
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Judi Kingsman

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Feb 8th
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Judi Kingsman

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Feb 8th
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Krazie Tracey C

still getting the hang of this.

Feb 1st
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Judi Kingsman

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Jan 26th
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Rome Banes

*****

Jan 23rd
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