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Kingpins

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Kingpins
Kingpins

Kingpins

Parcast Network

356
Followers
2.1K
Plays
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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.

Latest Episodes

“Bobby Tuna” Pt. 2: Robert Platshorn

By the 1970s, the Black Tuna Gang, led by Robert Platshorn, was running the marijuana game out of Miami. But, as internal strife grew out of control and the feds closed in around them, Platshorn's life was headed for a downfall.Sponsors!Bombas - Visit Bombas.com/KINGPINS and get 20% off your first purchase.

54 MIN2 days ago
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“Bobby Tuna” Pt. 2: Robert Platshorn

Introducing: TODAY IN TRUE CRIME, a new Parcast Original!

Crime never takes a day off, and neither do we. In our new podcast, TODAY IN TRUE CRIME, every day, we flip back the calendar and examine a true crime event from the same date years ago.In this clip, we look back at August 19th, 1970, when John Norman Collins was convicted of the murder of 21-year-old Karen Sue Beineman. Subscribe to TODAY IN TRUE CRIME for a new story every day!

16 MIN6 days ago
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Introducing: TODAY IN TRUE CRIME, a new Parcast Original!

“Bobby Tuna” Pt. 1: Robert Platshorn

In the late 1960s, Robert Platshorn was one of the most successful independent salespeople in the country. When a colleague offers to bring him into the marijuana business, Bobby just couldn't resist. Soon, he's off to Columbia to start his own smuggling outfit - which would become known to the FBI as "The Black Tuna gang."Parcasters - When Darwin published his thesis on human evolution, it was highly contentious. When John Scopes introduced the theory into his lesson plan, criminal charges were brought against him. Learn about this historic trial on our other podcast NOT GUILTY.

49 MIN1 weeks ago
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“Bobby Tuna” Pt. 1: Robert Platshorn

“Queen Pin” Pt. 2: Jemeker Thompson

In 1984, Queenpin Jemeker Thompson lost her husband Daff, when he was shot to death while playing dice. She would successfully run her empire without him, but it would all come crashing down, thanks in part, to her own son.Sponsors!Native - For $20 off a suitcase, visit AwayTravel.com/KING and use promo code KING during checkout!

50 MIN2 weeks ago
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“Queen Pin” Pt. 2: Jemeker Thompson

“Queen Pin” Pt. 1: Jemeker Thompson

In 1977, when she was only 15 years old, Jemeker Thompson entered the world of drug-dealing by dipping her toes into the weed business. And with the help of her boyfriend, Daff, she would expand into the cocaine business, and become one of the foremost narcotics distributors in Los Angeles at the time.Parcasters - This week on The Dark Side Of, we move on from Hollywood and start our exploration of the music industry. Our first episode details the myth of the 27 Club, you won't want to miss it! Subscribe to The Dark Side Of on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

51 MIN3 weeks ago
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“Queen Pin” Pt. 1: Jemeker Thompson

Introducing: CON ARTISTS, a new Parcast Original!

From counterfeit goods, to fake love interests, and even major financial fraud, you will find it all in our new show. In this Parcast Original, we examine the swindlers behind the scam, and the victims manipulated by their deceit. In CON ARTISTS you will learn about the art of the hustle, and the ways you can spot a con.In this clip, we explore the massive Ponzi scheme orchestrated by fraudster Bernie Madoff. Subscribe to CON ARTISTS on Spotify or wherever you listen to Parcast to listen to the rest of this episode!

19 MIN3 weeks ago
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Introducing: CON ARTISTS, a new Parcast Original!

“The Brotherhood of Eternal Love” Pt. 2: John Griggs

The Brotherhood of Eternal Love reached new heights after the proliferation of their potent LSD tablet "Orange Sunshine." They spread their psychedelic gospel far and wide, even attracting infamous drug advocate Timothy Leary to their ranks. But all of their success would bring on unwanted attention from none other than the federal government.Parcasters - Don’t miss all of our special Summer of ‘69 episodes by subscribing to Parcast Presents: Summer of ‘69, on Spotify, or anywhere you listen to podcasts!

52 MINJUL 26
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“The Brotherhood of Eternal Love” Pt. 2: John Griggs

“The Brotherhood of Eternal Love” Pt. 1: John Griggs

Just before the Summer of Love, 22-year-old John Griggs discovered LSD and had an epiphany – he would serve as the Hippie Messiah and guide the world to psychedelic revolution. John set out to the beaches of Southern California where he founded a psychedelic cult and international drug ring, while blazing the trail for the recreational use of psychedelics at the height of the hippie era.Parcasters - Don’t miss all of our special Summer of ‘69 episodes by subscribing to Parcast Presents: Summer of ‘69, on Spotify, or anywhere you listen to podcasts!

55 MINJUL 23
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“The Brotherhood of Eternal Love” Pt. 1: John Griggs

“Scarface” Pt. 2: Al Capone

1926, Al Capone has risen to become the sole leader of The Chicago Outfit, and one of the most feared men in the country. As his enemies fall one by one, finally the United States Government gets involved.Parcasters - This week on Conspiracy Theories, we wrap up our exploration of the mysterious Denver International Airport. You won’t want to miss these shocking episodes! Available now on Spotify or wherever you listen to Parcast Originals!

54 MINJUL 19
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“Scarface” Pt. 2: Al Capone

“Scarface” Pt. 1: Al Capone

As Prohibition and unsustainable economic growth spread across America in the early 1920s, a new wave of organized crime rose to meet the growing demand for illegal liquor. Among the many young immigrants enticed by a life of crime was Alphonse Gabriel Capone, a smart and violent Italian-American who would soon become the most infamous gangster of all time.Sponsors!Pair of Thieves - Get 20% off your first order at PairOfThieves.com/KING.

49 MINJUL 12
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“Scarface” Pt. 1: Al Capone

Latest Episodes

“Bobby Tuna” Pt. 2: Robert Platshorn

By the 1970s, the Black Tuna Gang, led by Robert Platshorn, was running the marijuana game out of Miami. But, as internal strife grew out of control and the feds closed in around them, Platshorn's life was headed for a downfall.Sponsors!Bombas - Visit Bombas.com/KINGPINS and get 20% off your first purchase.

54 MIN2 days ago
Comments
“Bobby Tuna” Pt. 2: Robert Platshorn

Introducing: TODAY IN TRUE CRIME, a new Parcast Original!

Crime never takes a day off, and neither do we. In our new podcast, TODAY IN TRUE CRIME, every day, we flip back the calendar and examine a true crime event from the same date years ago.In this clip, we look back at August 19th, 1970, when John Norman Collins was convicted of the murder of 21-year-old Karen Sue Beineman. Subscribe to TODAY IN TRUE CRIME for a new story every day!

16 MIN6 days ago
Comments
Introducing: TODAY IN TRUE CRIME, a new Parcast Original!

“Bobby Tuna” Pt. 1: Robert Platshorn

In the late 1960s, Robert Platshorn was one of the most successful independent salespeople in the country. When a colleague offers to bring him into the marijuana business, Bobby just couldn't resist. Soon, he's off to Columbia to start his own smuggling outfit - which would become known to the FBI as "The Black Tuna gang."Parcasters - When Darwin published his thesis on human evolution, it was highly contentious. When John Scopes introduced the theory into his lesson plan, criminal charges were brought against him. Learn about this historic trial on our other podcast NOT GUILTY.

49 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
“Bobby Tuna” Pt. 1: Robert Platshorn

“Queen Pin” Pt. 2: Jemeker Thompson

In 1984, Queenpin Jemeker Thompson lost her husband Daff, when he was shot to death while playing dice. She would successfully run her empire without him, but it would all come crashing down, thanks in part, to her own son.Sponsors!Native - For $20 off a suitcase, visit AwayTravel.com/KING and use promo code KING during checkout!

50 MIN2 weeks ago
Comments
“Queen Pin” Pt. 2: Jemeker Thompson

“Queen Pin” Pt. 1: Jemeker Thompson

In 1977, when she was only 15 years old, Jemeker Thompson entered the world of drug-dealing by dipping her toes into the weed business. And with the help of her boyfriend, Daff, she would expand into the cocaine business, and become one of the foremost narcotics distributors in Los Angeles at the time.Parcasters - This week on The Dark Side Of, we move on from Hollywood and start our exploration of the music industry. Our first episode details the myth of the 27 Club, you won't want to miss it! Subscribe to The Dark Side Of on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

51 MIN3 weeks ago
Comments
“Queen Pin” Pt. 1: Jemeker Thompson

Introducing: CON ARTISTS, a new Parcast Original!

From counterfeit goods, to fake love interests, and even major financial fraud, you will find it all in our new show. In this Parcast Original, we examine the swindlers behind the scam, and the victims manipulated by their deceit. In CON ARTISTS you will learn about the art of the hustle, and the ways you can spot a con.In this clip, we explore the massive Ponzi scheme orchestrated by fraudster Bernie Madoff. Subscribe to CON ARTISTS on Spotify or wherever you listen to Parcast to listen to the rest of this episode!

19 MIN3 weeks ago
Comments
Introducing: CON ARTISTS, a new Parcast Original!

“The Brotherhood of Eternal Love” Pt. 2: John Griggs

The Brotherhood of Eternal Love reached new heights after the proliferation of their potent LSD tablet "Orange Sunshine." They spread their psychedelic gospel far and wide, even attracting infamous drug advocate Timothy Leary to their ranks. But all of their success would bring on unwanted attention from none other than the federal government.Parcasters - Don’t miss all of our special Summer of ‘69 episodes by subscribing to Parcast Presents: Summer of ‘69, on Spotify, or anywhere you listen to podcasts!

52 MINJUL 26
Comments
“The Brotherhood of Eternal Love” Pt. 2: John Griggs

“The Brotherhood of Eternal Love” Pt. 1: John Griggs

Just before the Summer of Love, 22-year-old John Griggs discovered LSD and had an epiphany – he would serve as the Hippie Messiah and guide the world to psychedelic revolution. John set out to the beaches of Southern California where he founded a psychedelic cult and international drug ring, while blazing the trail for the recreational use of psychedelics at the height of the hippie era.Parcasters - Don’t miss all of our special Summer of ‘69 episodes by subscribing to Parcast Presents: Summer of ‘69, on Spotify, or anywhere you listen to podcasts!

55 MINJUL 23
Comments
“The Brotherhood of Eternal Love” Pt. 1: John Griggs

“Scarface” Pt. 2: Al Capone

1926, Al Capone has risen to become the sole leader of The Chicago Outfit, and one of the most feared men in the country. As his enemies fall one by one, finally the United States Government gets involved.Parcasters - This week on Conspiracy Theories, we wrap up our exploration of the mysterious Denver International Airport. You won’t want to miss these shocking episodes! Available now on Spotify or wherever you listen to Parcast Originals!

54 MINJUL 19
Comments
“Scarface” Pt. 2: Al Capone

“Scarface” Pt. 1: Al Capone

As Prohibition and unsustainable economic growth spread across America in the early 1920s, a new wave of organized crime rose to meet the growing demand for illegal liquor. Among the many young immigrants enticed by a life of crime was Alphonse Gabriel Capone, a smart and violent Italian-American who would soon become the most infamous gangster of all time.Sponsors!Pair of Thieves - Get 20% off your first order at PairOfThieves.com/KING.

49 MINJUL 12
Comments
“Scarface” Pt. 1: Al Capone

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