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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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In the 1970s, cocaine was seen as a “rich man’s drug” - reserved for the wealthy elites in the Hollywood Hills. That is, until 1979, when 19-year-old Rick Ross found a way to market it to the masses in South Central LA. Parcasters - For more information on this don't miss our Conspiracy Theories episode on the Crack Epidemic! Available now at parcast.com/conspiracy
As an endless sequence of cartel leaders rose and fell, El Azul, miraculously managed to keep himself alive and free. After nearly five decades in the drug trade, a string of indictments in the 2000s threatened to end his streak of luck.Parcasters - Colleen Stan was locked away by her captor for 7 years, her perseverance to live is unmatched. How did she get through the ordeal? Find out today on Hostage at parcast.com/hostage
From the late 1960s to the 2010s, the Mexican narcotics trade evolved from a Wild West of independent traffickers into a network of massive, highly-organized cartels. Only one man successfully weathered all five decades: Juan José Esparragoza Moreno. Sponsors!Pair of Thieves - Get 20% off your first order at PairOfThieves.com/KING.
After instigating a war with the Italian Mafia while high on a cocktail of psychedelic drugs in the early 2000s, former stockbroker Shaun Attwood realized he was in over his head. Shaun's resulting incarceration led him to a mission of education and advocacy.Parcasters - On Espionage this week we cover one of the longest embedded spies in U.S. history, Larry Wu-tai Chin, who sent documents to the Chinese government for over 30 years! Available now at parcast.com/espionage
In 1996, this British-born stockbroker quit his day job trading stocks and switched his focus to trading ecstasy. Within a year, Shaun Attwood controlled the majority of the ecstasy market in the American Southwest. But his business sense and English charm couldn't protect him after a run-in with his enterprising rival. Parcasters - Just like criminal masterminds, emperors hold tremendous power and control. In Ancient Rome, the only way to get the seat was to take it! Check out Assassinations to hear our most recent episode on Caligula and his violent end, on Spotify or anywhere you listen to Parcast! (parcast.com/assassinations)
Under his leadership, the Juarez Cartel became one of the most powerful narcotics enterprises in Mexico - but it also caught unwanted attention from authorities on both sides of the border. In 1997, the caution and creativity that launched the "Lord of the Skies" to success would also prove to be Amado Carillo Fuentes’ downfall.Sponsors!Pair of Thieves - Get 20% off your first order when you go to PairOfThieves.com/KING.
The nephew of one of Mexico's first major drug kingpins, Amado Carrillo Fuentes, learned the narcotics trade from the best and brightest. By the time he took control in Ciudad Juarez in the late '80s, he knew exactly what to do - and what not to do - to ensure his reign didn't come to a premature end.Parcasters - Criminal organizations are built on trust, but occasionally a mole will infiltrate the group. How do spies achieve this? Find out on Espionage! A new episode released today at parcast.com/espionage
After a hit job gone awry in 1932, 23-year-old Vincent Coll found himself in the crosshairs of the New York Police - as well as several of the most powerful organized crime outfits. Instead of accepting an early retirement, he kept pushing his luck and stirring up trouble, even as nearly every crime group in the city wanted him dead.Parcasters - Check out our new show today! We cover the most intriguing exoneration and  acquittal cases in Not Guilty, now available at parcast.com/notguilty
When mobsters wanted a particularly ruthless job done in the 1920s and 30s, their go-to man was Vincent "Mad Dog" Coll. Vincent would kidnap or kill anyone, from Hell's Angels leader "Big Frenchy" DeMange to Broadway singer Rudy Vallee. Parcasters - Did you catch Unexplained Mysteries yesterday?  You won’t want to miss the case of the disappearing genius, Physicist Ettore Majorana, a supposed time traveler! Available now at parcast.com/unexplained
As Griselda's closest ranks of family and associates turn into a list of enemies and rivals, she flees from Miami to California to escape the heat. But even as the law started to close in on Griselda's operation in the mid-'80s, she wasn't going to go down without a fight.Parcasters - You won’t want to miss our new show, Espionage! Subscribe today for the most incredible spy stories you have ever heard! Available now at parcast.com/espionage
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Comments (30)

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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Ambar P.

Teddy Wells Hmm

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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jakfuk

uh

Jan 20th
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Teo Forsberg

Amazing show

Dec 1st
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Joshua John Mocarski

Peter get out of here with that bs!

Nov 30th
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Aj Divine Labranche

Thoroughly enjoy the stories of the rulers of the underworld, very well done especially with the alternating voices which work well in my opinion. Keep them coming.

Nov 18th
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Robert Happe

Bud Light didn't come out till 1982....so they couldn't have been drinking it

Nov 11th
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David Bodily

I would have kept listening if you voices weren't so incredibly boring.

Nov 9th
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Shannon Babcock

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Nov 8th
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