22 episodes

In the 1980s crime journalist Phil Stanford dove into the decadent and dangerous world of Miami just as the city was becoming the cocaine- and murder- capital of the United States. His path would place him in the crosshairs of a federal investigation focusing on a mysterious and controversial drug smuggling pilot who claimed to be an operative of the American government- all while flaunting his extensive illicit activity. Murder in Miami traces the connection between the murder of a missing Miami private investigator to the sprawling roots of an international money laundering scheme as Stanford tries to make sense of his role in a surreal story of spies, smugglers, killers and corruption. All reaching to the highest levels on both sides of the law.

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    • 4.6 • 138 Ratings

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In the 1980s crime journalist Phil Stanford dove into the decadent and dangerous world of Miami just as the city was becoming the cocaine- and murder- capital of the United States. His path would place him in the crosshairs of a federal investigation focusing on a mysterious and controversial drug smuggling pilot who claimed to be an operative of the American government- all while flaunting his extensive illicit activity. Murder in Miami traces the connection between the murder of a missing Miami private investigator to the sprawling roots of an international money laundering scheme as Stanford tries to make sense of his role in a surreal story of spies, smugglers, killers and corruption. All reaching to the highest levels on both sides of the law.

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    Miami - MIM E1

    Miami - MIM E1

    Phil Stanford leaves political reporting in Washington D.C. to cover crime stories and stumbles directly into the dangerous, cocaine-fueled world of Miami in the early 1980s. In the process he finds himself intertwined with an unsolved murder after a chance encounter at a dive bar with a private detective named Clay Williams. 
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    • 41 min
    Intercept - MIM E2

    Intercept - MIM E2

    Phil finds himself stepping into the private detective position vacated by the killing of Clay Williams. Questions remain about Clay, his murder and Intercept agency- leading Phil to wonder whether the men he’s working for- and their biggest client- could be tied to much more than just routine investigations.
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    • 41 min
    Cougars on Cocaine Alley - MIM B1

    Cougars on Cocaine Alley - MIM B1

    Bonus 1: Detectives Denmark and Lewis share stories about the surreal level of gruesome crime in early 80s Miami- with interesting overlap.
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    • 5 min
    Induction - MIM E3

    Induction - MIM E3

    Stanford’s path finally crosses with the man behind Intercept’s operations, dashing drug smuggler Lamar Chester. Their encounter raises serious questions as to Intercept’s underlying interest in Stanford- and their understanding of who is really employing him.
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    • 38 min
    Cartel in the Kitchen - MIM B2

    Cartel in the Kitchen - MIM B2

    Bonus 2: Phil's former girlfriend Ruth shares the strangest murder she remembers from her days as a newspaper reporter in early 80s Miami.

    Happy - MIM E4

    Happy - MIM E4

    Chester was part of an elite circle of prolific smuggling pilots who ruled the air in the early 80s. A man known as Happy Miles was also one of the power players that sprang from Coconut Grove - and he recalls some of the incredible and illicit adventures they shared.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
138 Ratings

138 Ratings

janejurel ,

Loves it!

Well done! Kept me listening until it was all done!

Ellesbelles7 ,

Great production quality

Loved the podcast although it felt like there were so many more ads than other podcasts. The sound production was lovely and the research and host were awesome. Little repetitive in parts.

themosquitocoast ,

Good but could have been shorter

Very interesting story and a very well done podcast. However, it would have had 2-3 less episodes. A few episodes in the middle could have been more concise or even consolidated. I’m glad I kept listening but I almost tuned out.

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