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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.
  • Panama Papers

    The Panama Papers investigation reveals the offshore links of some of the globe’s most prominent figures. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung and more than 100 other media partners spent a year sifting through 11.5 million leaked files to expose the hidden financial dealings of world leaders, fraudsters, gangsters, drug traffickers, billionaires, celebrities, sports stars and more. The investigation revealed companies that helped fuel Syria’s deadly air war and a network of people close to Russian President Vladimir Putin that secretly moved as much as $2 billion through banks and offshore companies.
  • Sunny Skies, Shady Characters: Cops, Killers and Corruption in the Aloha State

    A memoir of James Dooley's 30-plus year career as an investigative reporter for print, television and online news outlets in Hawaii. The book focuses on local, national and international organized crime activities in Hawaii, with emphasis on the yakuza (Japanese gangsters) and Hawaii mobsters' ties to the Teamsters Union. Dooley also writes extensively on political cronyism and corruption in local, state and federal government and details the use of public records to pursue stories. The book explores the difficulties and rewards of reporting in an enclosed market like Hawaii and discusses the shrinkage of investigative journalism in the 50th state.
  • Documenting Russian Federation Corruption

    With documentation from several secret bank accounts and offshore corporate records, Barron's Dow Jones traced how Russia's most powerful officials have looted their nation in cahoots with cops, gangsters, and oligarchs. They show how a worldwide network of money laundering professionals that facilitates that plunder, while also abetting other global mischief like drug smuggling and arms trafficking.
  • Fields of Terror-The New Slave Trade in the Heart of Europe

    People from poor countries are becoming modern day slaves as they are lured in on false pretenses and then being held captive. They were promised “good salaries, accommodations, and food”, but instead were beaten and threatened if they asked for these items. These people were becoming slaves and provided many local restaurants with fresh foods from the surrounding fields. Even though this was all happening, many people were continuing to get away with having these modern day slaves and no one was stopping them.
  • "Mexico Drug Wars"

    AP reporters investigate how repercussions of the Mexican drug wars have mowed over the border and have settled on U.S. soil. They also reveal that the U.S. is the biggest supplier of weapons to the "gangsters" and also offers drug lords a lucrative market.
  • Blood and Volume: Inside New York's Israeli Mafia

    “Headed by a cold-blooded killer named Johnny Attias, the Israeli mafia butted heads with the Italian mafia, killed Russian gangsters and pulled off the biggest gold heist in the history of Manhattan’s Diamond District.”
  • Shakedown and Addicted in the Line of Duty, Rotten Apples

    A 2-year investigation in Toronto finds many undercover police officers using their badges to take payoffs from gangsters, steal drugs, sell drugs, kidnap people, and even commit murder. By prying open documents which had been sealed for nearly two years, charges were made-six officers with 22 crimes-in January of 2004.
  • The Newspaper Racket

    Robbins profiles Doug LaChance, a former newspaper drivers union president and alleged mob associate. LaChance, who has a lifetime contract to deliver the New York Times that pays him about $200,000 a year, has been imprisoned twice and has also been the subject of an eight-year-old racketeering case brought by a Manhattan district attorney. Despite stepping down as president of the Newspaper and Mail Deliverers Union in 1993, many members still consider him the union's major power. And law enforcement officials believe that LaChance wields his influence on behalf of the Luchese crime family. Robbins explains that thugs like LaChance are descendents of gangsters hired by newspapers in the early 20th century to help them gain market share -- by any means necessary.
  • The Caribbean Connection

    Ten years ago, the U.S. government made a deal with a dangerous character names Charles "Little Nut" Miller, a member of a violent Jamaican drug gang: Testify against your fellow gangsters and you can go free. Miller took them up on it, and he's been back in "business" -- drugs, mayhem and political persuasion -- unimpeded on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts ever since.