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Step inside the shadowy world of the 90s music industry with Casefile Presents.

We go behind the velvet ropes to explore the dark side of the Hollywood club scene and the nightlife king and queen pins who ruled it. In this world, secrets trade hands like currency; among the most compelling is who murdered Brett Cantor.

The tragic death of Brett Cantor sent shockwaves throughout the entertainment industry. At just 25, Cantor had built an impressive career as an A&R executive at Chrysalis Music Group and was instrumental in helping discover bands like Rage Against the Machine.

Brett was at the top of his game, dating actress Rose McGowan and signing on as a partner in a popular Hollywood nightclub called Dragonfly. However, on July 30, 1993, his life in the fast lane took a tragic turn, and the music executive was murdered in his West Hollywood apartment. Today, nearly 30 years later, the case remains unsolved.

Join us as we reveal the findings of our 3-year cold case investigation of Brett’s final days, murder, and haunting aftermath documented by his family and friends. This is one rock 'n' roll true crime story you will never forget.
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2023-06-2803:022

Step inside the shadowy world of the 90s music industry with Casefile Presents. We go behind the velvet ropes to explore the dark side of the Hollywood club scene and the nightlife king and queen pins who ruled it. In this world, secrets trade hands like currency; among the most compelling is who murdered Brett Cantor. The tragic death of Brett Cantor sent shockwaves throughout the entertainment industry. At just 25, Cantor had built an impressive career as an A&R executive at Chrysalis Music Group and was instrumental in helping discover bands like Rage Against the Machine. Brett was at the top of his game, dating actress Rose McGowan and signing on as a partner in a popular Hollywood nightclub called Dragonfly. However, on July 30, 1993, his life in the fast lane took a tragic turn, and the music executive was murdered in his West Hollywood apartment. Today, nearly 30 years later, the case remains unsolved. Join us as we reveal the findings of our 3-year cold case investigation of Brett’s final days, murder, and haunting aftermath documented by his family and friends. This is one rock 'n' roll true crime story you will never forget. Visit Dragonfly's website - https://dragonflypodcast.com
We go behind the velvet ropes to explore the dark side of the Hollywood club scene and the nightlife king and queen pins who ruled it. Following the unexpected twists and turns of life in the fast lane, we uncover the unsolved murder of Dragonfly nightclub owner, Brett Cantor. ***** Narration – Jacy Nova & Thom Dre Producers - Jacy Nova, Pat Tapia, Thom Dre, Marc Cantor, and Georgie Rutherford Audio Producer - Christopher Lang Design – Paulina Szymanska Official website - https://dragonflypodcast.com For all credits and sources, please visit: https://dragonflypodcast.com/episode-1-welcome-to-the-jungle
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2023-07-1853:442

Growing up surrounded by R&B legends, Brett Cantor was destined to follow in the footsteps of his father, who managed Dionne Warwick's career for 19 years. Brett quickly rises to become Hollywood's top underground club promoter, but his success attracts a few enemies along the way. ***** Narration – Jacy Nova & Thom Dre Producers - Jacy Nova, Pat Tapia, Thom Dre, Marc Cantor, and Georgie Rutherford Audio Producer - Christopher Lang Design – Paulina Szymanska Official website - https://dragonflypodcast.com For all credits and sources, please visit: https://dragonflypodcast.com/episode-2-soul-power
Brett Cantor’s life is hitting all the right notes. He is an A&R executive for Chrysalis Music, co-owner of the nightclub Dragonfly, and dating actress Rose McGowan. But his life takes a tragic turn on July 30, 1993. ***** Narration – Jacy Nova & Thom Dre Producers - Jacy Nova, Pat Tapia, Thom Dre, Marc Cantor, and Georgie Rutherford Audio Producer - Christopher Lang, Design – Paulina Szymanska Official website - https://dragonflypodcast.com/ For all credits and sources, please visit: https://dragonflypodcast.com/episode-3-freaks-of-the-industry
The music industry is shocked by the news of Brett Cantor's murder. Homicide Detective Rick Jackson takes charge of the investigation, following clues the killers left behind and considering potential suspects. ***** Narration – Jacy Nova & Thom Dre Producers - Producers - Jacy Nova, Pat Tapia, Thom Dre, Marc Cantor, and Georgie Rutherford Audio Producer - Christopher Lang Design – Paulina Szymanska Official website - https://dragonflypodcast.com For all credits and sources, please visit: https://dragonflypodcast.com/episode-4-homicide-investigation
Another devastating tragedy rocks Hollywood in the wake of Brett Cantor's murder, when actor River Phoenix dies of a drug overdose outside the Viper Room. We uncover a web of secrets, where key information may hold the answers to solving Brett's cold case. ***** Narration – Jacy Nova & Thom Dre Producers - Jacy Nova, Pat Tapia, Thom Dre, Marc Cantor, and Georgie Rutherford Audio Producer - Christopher Lang Design – Paulina Szymanska Official website - https://dragonflypodcast.com For all credits and sources, please visit: https://dragonflypodcast.com/episode-5-everyones-got-secrets
We go behind the scenes of the notorious O.J. Simpson trial. The case takes a surprising twist when O.J.’s defense team attempts to connect Brett Cantor’s unsolved murder to the double homicide of Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. ***** Narration – Jacy Nova & Thom Dre Producers - Jacy Nova, Pat Tapia, Thom Dre, Marc Cantor, and Georgie Rutherford Audio Producer - Christopher Lang Design – Paulina Szymanska Official website - https://dragonflypodcast.com For all credits and sources, please visit: https://dragonflypodcast.com/episode-6-oj-simpson-trial
The LA nightclub world is often called a 'dirty, dirty business,' where power, money, and fame intertwine in the shadows. We uncover potential connections between Brett Cantor's murder and other infamous crimes committed by key players from the '90s Hollywood club scene. ***** Narration – Jacy Nova & Thom Dre Producers - Jacy Nova, Pat Tapia, Thom Dre, Marc Cantor, and Georgie Rutherford Audio Producer - Christopher Lang Design – Paulina Szymanska Official website - https://dragonflypodcast.com For all credits and sources, please visit: https://dragonflypodcast.com/episode-7-somebody-knows-something
Rose McGowan continues to seek justice for Brett Cantor and his family. After she has a chance meeting with LA Police Chief Bratton in 2006, he agrees to take another look at Brett’s case. New clues from the 1993 crime scene point to a potential person of interest, but are they a DNA match? ***** Narration – Jacy Nova & Thom Dre Producers - Jacy Nova, Pat Tapia, Thom Dre, Marc Cantor, and Georgie Rutherford Audio Producer - Christopher Lang Design – Paulina Szymanska Official website - https://dragonflypodcast.com For all credits and sources, please visit: https://dragonflypodcast.com/episode-8-dna-investigation
We pay tribute to Brett Cantor, his late father Paul, and brother Cliff, who sadly passed away in 2014. We hear from those who knew Brett best, as they reflect on the lasting impact of his unsolved murder and the void it has left in their lives. ***** Narration – Jacy Nova & Thom Dre Producers - Jacy Nova, Pat Tapia, Thom Dre, Marc Cantor, and Georgie Rutherford Audio Producer - Christopher Lang Design – Paulina Szymanska Official website - https://dragonflypodcast.com For all credits and sources, please visit: https://dragonflypodcast.com/episode-9-we-live-to-remember
Join the Dragonfly team for a cold-case roundtable discussion led by music journalist and best-selling author Paul Stenning. They answer questions about their three-year quest to unravel the mystery surrounding Brett Cantor’s unsolved murder and what's next for the case. ***** Narration – Jacy Nova & Thom Dre Producers - Jacy Nova, Pat Tapia, Thom Dre, Marc Cantor, and Georgie Rutherford Audio Producer - Christopher Lang Design – Paulina Szymanska Official website - https://dragonflypodcast.com For all credits and sources, please visit: https://dragonflypodcast.com/episode-10-cold-case-roundtable
Troubled Waters is a 10-part ground-breaking podcast exploring the untold story of Louisa Ioannidis' tragic and mysterious death in 2011. Louisa Ioannidis was only 24. Beautiful, courageous, and vulnerable, yet her untimely death barely received a two-line report in a small local newspaper. Her body was discovered by passers-by in a local creek, clad in a pink dressing gown. Despite being a strong swimmer, police quickly determined there were no suspicious circumstances. Yet no one has been able to explain how or why she came to enter the creek. Louisa’s brother Tass has always doubted the findings and is desperate for answers. Over a decade after Louisa’s death, Private Investigator Julia Robson embarks on a fresh investigation and explores the full story of Louisa’s short life and the events leading up to her tragic passing. Together with Producer Clare McGrath, they uncover a gripping narrative full of intrigue. From an international kidnapping, a daring escape and a family’s desperate bid to stay together, it all unravels into a downward spiral exacerbated by a toxic relationship, all the while revealing flaws in a family violence support system that desperately needs fixing. Listen now: https://casefilepresents.com/troubled-waters
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Lloyd Higley

Actually sounds like a terrible place and time to be

Jul 24th
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Kate G

Good podcast. Glad the round table episode was added on, as felt there was information in there, that didn't really get discussed enough in the main body of the podcast. Intrigued to see if this does spout some more information to come out and help solve the case.

Jul 20th
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