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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.

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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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.

Language:

English


Episodes

Alastair and Naomi’s Love Story - A Valentine’s Special

2/15/2021
Parcasters, your favorite hosts are getting personal in a heart-warming special from Our Love Story. Listen here to Alastair Murden tag-team with his wife Naomi as they tell their swoon-worthy tale of falling in love. Then search “Our Love Story” to hear real-life couples — including the hosts of your favorite Parcast series — prove that true love exists. Our Love Story is a Spotify Original from Parcast. New episodes every Tuesday. Listen free on Spotify. Learn more about your ad choices....

Duration:00:23:12

New Limited Series: Criminal Couples

2/1/2021
This season, “L” stands for love… and lawless… and lethal. Beginning February 1st, uncover history’s most infamous couples in this collection of episodes from across Parcast Network. Follow the misdeeds of married mafiosos. Enter the transgressions of casanova cult leaders. And demystify the lives of coupled kingpins, pirates, and spies… Because in this limited series, romance takes a sharp turn into the radical. Get a preview of Criminal Couples right here, then search “Criminal Couples” to...

Duration:00:01:08

Welcome to the Family: The Kennedys

1/19/2021
They’re a powerful political dynasty with no shortage of tragedies, scandals and controversies. Ahead of the 60th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s inauguration, revisit the most shocking moments in the Kennedy family history — from conspiracies and cover-ups to assassinations and affairs — in this Parcast limited series. All 12 episodes are available January 19th. Listen free, only on Spotify.

Duration:00:01:23

Superstitions Special: New Year’s Eve Festivities

12/31/2020
The clock’s winding down on the final moments of the year and people around the world are putting their charms and traditions to work, shoring up good fortune for the future. But it’s not always our own personal luck that’s on the line… In this story, a night of superstitions weaves together the fates of merrymakers eager for fresh starts. This episode is presented by Superstitions, a Spotify Original from Parcast. Follow Superstitions free on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

Duration:00:35:09

LA County Sheriff’s Gangs Pt. 5: The East LA Banditos

12/24/2020
In East LA, a group of deputies named the Banditos stand accused of running the sheriff’s substation like a gang, institutionalizing a culture of fear and retaliation. And while they’re intimidating civilians and colleagues alike, they may be protected by the very top of the department. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:41:40

LA County Sheriff’s Gangs Pt. 4: The Compton Executioners

12/17/2020
The Compton Executioners allegedly control every aspect of life at the LASD Compton substation. Gang members have been accused of assaulting fellow deputies and even killing civilians, claiming, often without evidence, that they were acting in self-defense. And although they’ve faced several lawsuits, somehow, the Executioners have evaded prosecution — and any accountability. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:41:14

LA County Sheriff’s Gangs Pt. 3: Wild West Roots/Jump Out Boys

12/10/2020
By the 1850s, Los Angeles was one of the most dangerous places to live in the West. Extrajudicial killings, unchecked racial violence, and vigilante groups like the Los Angeles Rangers prevailed. This “Wild West” culture seeped into and was propagated by the Sheriff’s Department — and it hasn't gone away. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:39:21

LA County Sheriff’s Gangs Pt. 2: The Lennox Grim Reapers

12/3/2020
The community of Lennox in Los Angeles is just one square mile, but it has an enormous problem. Alongside violent gang activity, there’s a secret organization adding terror to the neighborhood. Their symbol? The Grim Reaper. Their ranks? Los Angeles sheriff's deputies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:42:36

LA County Sheriff’s Gangs Pt. 1: Little Devils & Lynwood Vikings

11/26/2020
Deputy gangs have been embedded in the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department since 1971. In the first of our five-part collaboration with Parcast series Secret Societies, we delve into the earliest of these violent gangs that shaped the current culture within the LASD. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:44:59

Unsolved Murders Crossover: Agents Dale Kearney & Ray Sutton Pt. 2

11/20/2020
Today we’re bringing you a special two-part episode from another Spotify Original from Parcast. If you enjoy it, check out Unsolved Murders on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts! In 1930, two prohibition agents were murdered in Colorado. Despite strong leads in both cases, a series of missteps and the end of Prohibition brought their investigations to ruin. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:40:41

Unsolved Murders Crossover: Agents Dale Kearney & Ray Sutton Pt. 1

11/20/2020
Today we’re bringing you a special two-part episode from another Spotify Original from Parcast. If you enjoy it, check out Unsolved Murders on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts! In 1930, two prohibition agents were murdered in Colorado. Despite strong leads in both cases, a series of missteps and the end of Prohibition brought their investigations to ruin. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:38:06

Dictators: The Rise & Fall of a Roman Emperor

11/16/2020
They’re natural-born leaders, hungry for absolute power. Every week on Dictators, delve into the minds and motives of history’s most infamous rulers — people who rose through the ranks toward radicalism, eliminating anyone who stood in their way. This week, track the rise and fall of Nero, an emperor who led Rome to destruction. Hear a clip from Part 1 here, then head to Dictators for the rest of the episode. Dictators is free to listen on Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Duration:00:13:38

“Granny Evil” Pt. 2: Kath Pettingill

11/13/2020
After two Melbourne constables were gunned down in 1988, police identified the Pettingills as prime suspects. The case against the notorious crime family grew, but changing testimonies, family betrayals, and the idea of a police vendetta complicated the trial. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:48:01

“Granny Evil” Pt. 1: Kath Pettingill

11/6/2020
She was a young barmaid who rose to be the ruthless matriarch of a Melbourne crime family in the 1980s. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:43:07

“The Acid King” Pt. 2: William Pickard

10/30/2020
After the 1988 bust of his Mountain View LSD lab, William Pickard turned to academics and convinced his colleagues he was done cooking acid. In truth, he set up a new lab in a retrofitted Cold War silo and started making LSD by the kilo — becoming the drug’s largest producer in the history of the U.S. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:44:12

“The Acid King” Pt. 1: William Pickard

10/23/2020
What happens when a chemistry genius meets 1960s counterculture? After wunderkind William Pickard began taking psychedelics, he became convinced it was his duty to share his experience with the masses… and he started cooking acid. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:48:14

True Horror: Top 10 Haunted Crime Scenes

10/21/2020
Parcast Network is spinning a web of new shows and special programming to celebrate our favorite season. Follow us into the darkest depths of history, mystery, and the human mind — starting with this episode of Crime Countdown! Hosts Ash and Alaina are ranking the top 10 haunted crime scenes, including an Irish castle with a deadly trap door and the home of a ghostly bride. If you enjoy this episode, search Crime Countdown to find more passionate takes on top-ten rankings. Listen free on...

Duration:00:41:21

“Whitey” Pt. 2: James Bulger

10/16/2020
Racketeering, gun running, contract killing… For two decades, “Whitey” Bulger was the crime king of Boston. But when the walls started to close in around him in the 1990s, he fled — leading to one of the longest manhunts in FBI history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:47:02

“Whitey” Pt. 1: James Bulger

10/9/2020
On the brutal streets of South Boston, James "Whitey" Bulger knew that survival meant leaving nothing off the table. After doing time for bank robbery in 1956, Whitey didn't plan on rejoining the underworld. But a bloody Irish gang war put Whitey on the path to Boston gangland supremacy. And he would do anything to hold onto that power... even ratting to the FBI. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:47:09

“Merchant of Death” Pt. 2: Viktor Bout

10/2/2020
By the end of the 1990s, Bout’s fingerprints were on almost every conflict in Africa. After 9/11, he saw an opportunity to capitalize on the turmoil in the Middle East—and earned another nickname: The Lord of War. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:35:40