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  • Mafia Spies: The Inside Story of the CIA, Gangster, JFK and Castro

    MAFIA SPIES tells the story of America’s first known attempt at state-sanctioned assassination: how the CIA recruited two top gangsters, Sam Giancana and Johnny Roselli, in a plot to kill Cuban leader Fidel Castro during the Cold War. Using recently declassified documents, MAFIA SPIES reveals many details about the US clandestine military effort from a hidden CIA base in Florida to get rid of Castro and, even more remarkably, how Castro managed to avoid getting killed with the help of a Soviet-trained Cuban spy network and double agents placed in Florida. Using FBI and police records, MAFIA SPIES also points to mobster Santo Trafficante as the likely mastermind in the unsolved murders of Giancana and Roselli, as the proverbial “last one standing” in this complex spy tale.
  • The Mail Fraud Mafia

    In CNNMoney’s initial five-part investigation, they took readers along on our journey each week as they peeled back the layers of one of the world’s longest-running scams and ultimately exposed the global network that has kept it alive for decades. Even international investigators had been stumped. They had been unable to shut the scheme down and were not even sure whether the French psychic Maria Duval, who was the face and name of the scam, was a real person. But after months of reporting, CNN managed to zero in on the scam’s original masterminds, untangle the complicated and shadowy business web that has kept the scheme alive, and tell the unexpected story of psychic herself -- providing a rare window into how this massive fraud has been able to go on for so long. And in their second installment, they exposed a little-known Canadian company named PacNet, which has made schemes like this possible. By cashing the checks sent in by countless victims -- not just for the Maria Duval scheme, but for dozens of heartless scams that have preyed on the elderly for decades -- this tiny payment processor had been quietly profiting from global fraud for years. In this world, con artists perpetrate the fraud. PacNet deposits the checks. Not only did this series document just how many scams PacNet had processed payments for, but it also detailed the close-knit network of global scammers that specifically prey on the elderly, and the companies that help them do it.
  • Mexican Mafia Killer and the LAPD

    This series started off with a tip: Los Angeles police were bringing a high-profile criminal to a private business event in downtown L.A. That criminal turned out to be Rene "Boxer" Enriquez, a former shot-caller for the Mexican Mafia sentenced to life in prison for two killings. That the LAPD would use public resources to bring him to a private event was only the first surprise — we soon learned Enriquez had a cozy relationship with law enforcement officials and was set to be paroled. We spent weeks digging into his background, contacting the children of one of his victims, interviewing people who knew him, reading court records and transcripts outlining his crimes. The reporting by The Times ultimately prompted two investigations by the LAPD, including one into a high-profile deputy chief. The governor also decided to deny Enriquez parole and keep him behind bars.
  • The Surgeons's Mafia

    The report cast light over the underworld of prosthesis surgeries in Brazil. During four months, news reporter Giovani Grizotti disguise as a physician to catch companies that offer bribes to surgeons. The proposition was to practice unnecessary surgeries and to use overvalued prosthesis in patients.
  • Mob Arrests

    Our story involved the Italian mafia, ties to the Gambino crime family, heroin, pineapples, and a late night police run in southern Italy. This story was the result of years of following the FBI’s pursuit of drug traffickers, working sources and building solid relationships with police officials. It is almost unheard of for the FBI to give journalists access to any kind of operations in a foreign country. This was an important breakup of a major international drug ring and due to our exclusive access were able to provide the American people with a rare behind the scenes view of this story.
  • Los Nuevos Narcotesoros

    Univision News’ Investigative Unit, presents an in-depth report on the devastating consequences of illegal mining by organized crime in Latin America, taking viewers inside a criminal world where mafias that formerly only trafficked drugs are now exploiting the mineral resources of Mexico, Colombia and Peru to finance their operations and expand their power. Taking its cameras from the Mexican states of Michoacán and Guerrero to different regions of Colombia and the Peruvian Amazon, “Nuevos Narcotesoros” delivers a compelling account of how violent criminal organizations are taking over the extraction of gold and iron ore and victimizing entire communities by extorting, torturing and killing miners who do not conform to their demands, as well as gaining control of local governments through violence and bribery.
  • Double life: Cop by day, gang member by night

    San Antonio is a market where viewers are drawn to crime coverage. It has its share of murders. KSAT tends to cover them in one day, then move on. When an off-duty police officer was killed and the agency investigating his death clammed up, that was something that seemed odd to KSAT. There was no praise of his life and career by his brothers and sisters in blue. Within 24 hours of his death, they began to peel back the image of an officer who proudly wore a badge and swore to protect and serve his community to see one who took a different oath that cost him his life. He was also a member of a notoriously violent gang: the Texas Mexican Mafia.
  • A Murderer's Trail

    Piecing together custom records, vehicle information, court files and information from law enforcement agents, reporters for The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project and the Guardian uncovered how a mafia network in Romania and Moldova employed hitmen to keep operations running smoothly.
  • Toncev's Mafia Ties

    Ivica Toncev appeared out of nowhere and became a major figure in Serbian government. He became the right hand man of Serbian Prime Minister and Minister of Police Ivica Dacic, who had made his name through high profile arrests of crime figures. But the powerful national security adviser was not who he seemed. In fact, he had long-time friendships and was as an ongoing business partner with some of the most ruthless organized crime figures in the Balkans. OCCRP also proved that the Prime Minister was warned of these connections early on but chose not to act. The story raised serious questions about the leading political party in Serbia and its ties to organized crime.
  • The Match Maker: Bobby Riggs, The Mafia and The Battle of the Sexes

    For 40 years, rumors have swirled about one of the most iconic sporting events in American history, “The Battle of the Sexes.” While Billie Jean King's victory at the Houston Astrodome on Sept. 20, 1973 over Bobby Riggs was a seminal moment for gender equality, some people in tennis have wondered whether Riggs, the 55-year-old hustler and con man, purposely threw the match for a big pay day. For the first time, ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” examined whether the “Battle of the Sexes” was Riggs' greatest hustle.