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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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As Prohibition amplified chaos in the streets of Chicago, federal agent Eliot Ness took to targeting the city's own mob royalty—Al Capone—in hopes of quashing the bootlegging that lined the pockets of gangsters and crooked cops.
At age thirty-three, Paul Le Roux had his hands in everything from gold to guns to illicit drugs. By early 2009, his pharmacy network, RX Limited, was bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars. But it was his doomed tuna fishing venture in Somalia that eventually led to his downfall.
He was an expert computer programmer and an early adopter of the internet. In the mid-2000s, Paul Le Roux made millions through online prescription drugs and helped contribute to the current opioid addiction crisis.
On the last Sunday of every month, Parcast Rewind replays a classic episode of Kingpins that you might have missed!  Frank Lucas found his way into the New York City underworld, and under the wing of a man known as the Harlem Godfather, emerged as one of the most powerful drug kingpins of all time.
As the other Harlem policy bankers fall at the hands of Dutch Schultz, Stephanie St. Clair stood firm. Unfortunately for St. Clair, Schultz had political muscles and members of the NYPD on his payroll.
When she was just a teenager, Stephanie St. Clair immigrated to the United States from the French West Indies without a penny to her name. By the 1920s, with $10,000 mysteriously in her hand, she opened up her own numbers racket and became one of the most successful racketeers in Harlem.
Known as the “Ivory Queen,” Yang Feng Glan was a Chinese smuggler who helped move nearly 2-tons of illegal ivory out of Tanzania throughout the 2000s.
Here’s one of our listeners’ most requested episodes of 2019: By 1983, Rick Ross had risen to become the reigning kingpin of South Central LA. But when he made a deal with a new supplier named Danilo Blandon, he ended up getting into much more than he’d bargained for.
Here’s one of our listeners’ most requested episodes of 2019: 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.
LAPD Gangster Squad

LAPD Gangster Squad


To surveil the seedy underworld of organized crime in the 1940s and 50s, a special undercover unit of the LAPD was created to track the city's most notorious gangsters, including Mickey Cohen and Jack Dragna.
He ruled his family with an iron fist. But among his peers, Carlo Gambino was considered so fair that when he became head of the Commission, he earned the title “Boss of All Bosses.” Throughout the 1960s and ’70s, no criminal decision passed without his say.
After growing up surrounded by the Sicilian mafia in the early 1900s, Carlo Gambino immigrated to America and put the knowledge to use. In an endless hail of bullets, Gambino solidified his status and reputation in the underworld.
In 1940, after the charges against Siegel were dismissed for the murder of Harry Greenberg, he reinvented himself in the deserts of Las Vegas and began his sordid affair with Virginia Hill.
No man was feared in New York during the 20s and 30s more than Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel. After teaming up with Meyer Lansky, Bugsy made his bones carrying out vicious murders for the mob.
Even while he was on the run, Dawood Ibrahim continued to rule Mumbai's underworld with an iron fist. But as his riches increased, so did his appetite for violence. And in 1992, his operations expanded into terrorism.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Dawood Ibrahim, a young Muslim-born Indian would rise from a small time street thief to gang leader, bringing a more businesss-like—and ruthless—approach. And in the process, he would become one of the richest kingpins in history.
As the 90s approached, it was time for El Patron’s last stand. Many innocent Colombians would die in Pablo Escobar’s war against extradition before he finally reached a compromise with the government.
From multi-millionaire Colombian Congressman to political pariah—once Pablo Escobar’s criminal history was exposed, all bets were off. As his facade of legitimacy in the early 80s washed away, he vowed to take back control using the weapons he knew best: coercion, bribery and violence.
With a violent childhood and mantra of “smuggling, bribery and murder,” witness the beginnings of Pablo Escobar’s cocaine empire in Medellín in the 1970s, and how he expanded it exponentially by joining forces with other Colombian drug traffickers.
Comments (56)

Judi Kingsman

excellent pronunciation of Papua New Guinea 💖⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Feb 17th



Jan 22nd


I so love listening about the various monsters on here. I like to compare it to what I know, what I think I know, and what I definitely don't know.

Dec 29th

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Dec 8th

Orkaganon of Torkaganon

the phrase "make it rain" was coined by Detroit Kingpin Maserati Rick, not Big Merch.

Nov 14th
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Orkaganon of Torkaganon

so .. crack cocaine kingpin gets unfair trial, due to an all white jury, even though he flipped multiple cities upside down... ruining his own ppl's lives. I gotta say, you guys can be absurdly pathetic. under what planet is a dope dealer that flips the world on its head deserving of sympathy? stop with your cowardly pandering.

Nov 13th

Shelby Ross

I freaking love this podcast !!! I can't get enough!!! 😃😃

Nov 9th

Orkaganon of Torkaganon

"3 white membrs of the KKK" that's about the most moronic pandering to modern PC culture I've heard j. a while. when's the last time you saw or heard of a Chinese or Indian klansmen? what a joke

Nov 2nd
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"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

John Campbell

so good love kingpins

Sep 6th

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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sum info is wrong try reading the book written by his niece

Jul 19th

Justin Weeter

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

Jul 8th

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

Judi Kingsman

really good ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

May 21st

Rolanda Ross

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

Mar 14th

Victoria Fernandes

Amazing podcast!

Feb 27th
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