The Ghost Army: the Inside Story of the ‘Super-Cartel’

It was a silent criminal corporation.It was worth tens of billions of dollars.They killed and tortured their opponents without giving any signals or clues to their existence.They were the Super Cartel.One of the world's largest drug traffickers and virtually no one knew anything about them.Welcome to CrimeWaves. ** It was a war.In the 1980s, Pablo Escobar, the head of the Medellin drug cartel in Colombia, began a military onslaught against the very state of Colombia. It began...

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The Fixers War

It was the greatest case of match-fixing in sports. At the heart of the investigation was one obsessive cop. A man who would stop at nothing to bring down the fixers.  This is his story. The Fixers War This is the transcript of the podcast episode/interview with Michael Bahrs, one of Europe's top undercover cops on the fight against a ferocious match-fixing gang. If you want to listen -...

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The Nightmare: The FightBack

Mike Ware - Innocence Project An interview transcript from www.CrimewavesPodcast.com with the deeply insightful Mike Ware, head of the Texas Innocence Project on the fight for the wrongfully convicted, the fallibility of eye-witnesses, police investigations and jailhouse informants. And how Ware and his group saved an innocent man... Declan Hill: You're in prison. The system has labeled you guilty of murder. They've convicted you. The thing is you are innocent. You didn't kill anyone, yet you are facing the...

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Stupid vs. Criminal: the Iowa Gambling Scandal

The sad failure at the heart of the Iowa/Iowa State Sports Gambling Scandal It is a sports scandal that reveals much about America. The state of Iowa is an icon.  It is an agricultural place at the center of the country that has a far larger influence than its relatively small population. Iowa is the purported home of honest, decent folk who work hard all day in farms, fields and barns. The men are supposed to wear baseball caps and be good...

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The Mystery Final

There are some games that are far larger than just a sporting competition.  There was that game in 1936 in Berlin when the England team were forced to raise their arms in Nazi salutes. There was that game in Belgrade between Red Star and Manchester United on February 6, 1958.  It was to be the last footballing appearance of the Busby Babes. After the match, many of them flew off into the skies of football immortality in a crash at Munich...

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The Mafia Capo, How to Catch a Killer & Red-Flagging the Leagues

MAFIO CAPO PRESENTATION    "And a lot of these basketball players would go to the same clubs...and we got our eye on one or two of the guys. And I'd say, "Listen, you are a smart guy. I'm your good friend. Let me tell you how you are going to make some money."  Michael Franzese, the former Mafia Capo for the Colombo Crime Family, is the keynote speaker for the second annual Sports Integrity presentation at the University of...

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The Return to the Dangerous Normal

During Joe Biden’s Presidential Inauguration, we saw him join three former presidents - George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, to stand in front of the grave of the unknown soldier in the Arlington National Ceremony. It was a sombre break from the near-Hollywood blitz of the rest of the celebrations that featured stars like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Jennifer Lopez. The message of much of the day was that America had just got through a four-year...

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The NBA Gamble

If you are a sports fan, you are probably slightly obsessed with the Tim Donaghy case. Donaghy was one of the highest ranked referees in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was also a gambling addict. For four years, he worked with illegal gamblers and bookmakers betting on his own games. The betting industry either never caught him or the few that did notice the strange odds movements, like the Gambino-connected bookmakers in New York, bet on his games for their...

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Five Predictions for the U.S. Election

It is going to be a great night for American democracy. It is a humbling time to be in this country. Not for a hundred years have such a large percentage of people voted. They have voted in a time of a mass pandemic. They have voted when their society is under immense strain. They are voting when all their media and most of their journalists are telling them nose-stretching lies about the candidates. So in the midst of all...

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