12 episodes

Step inside the shadowy world of the 90s music industry with Casefile Presents.

We go behind the velvet ropes to explore the dark side of the Hollywood club scene and the nightlife king and queen pins who ruled it. In this world, secrets trade hands like currency; among the most compelling is who murdered Brett Cantor.

The tragic death of Brett Cantor sent shockwaves throughout the entertainment industry. At just 25, Cantor had built an impressive career as an A&R executive at Chrysalis Music Group and was instrumental in helping discover bands like Rage Against the Machine.

Brett was at the top of his game, dating actress Rose McGowan and signing on as a partner in a popular Hollywood nightclub called Dragonfly. However, on July 30, 1993, his life in the fast lane took a tragic turn, and the music executive was murdered in his West Hollywood apartment. Today, nearly 30 years later, the case remains unsolved.

Join us as we reveal the findings of our 3-year cold case investigation of Brett’s final days, murder, and haunting aftermath documented by his family and friends. This is one rock 'n' roll true crime story you will never forget.

Dragonfly: Brett Cantor Murder Mystery Casefile Presents

    • True Crime
    • 3.5 • 15 Ratings

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Step inside the shadowy world of the 90s music industry with Casefile Presents.

We go behind the velvet ropes to explore the dark side of the Hollywood club scene and the nightlife king and queen pins who ruled it. In this world, secrets trade hands like currency; among the most compelling is who murdered Brett Cantor.

The tragic death of Brett Cantor sent shockwaves throughout the entertainment industry. At just 25, Cantor had built an impressive career as an A&R executive at Chrysalis Music Group and was instrumental in helping discover bands like Rage Against the Machine.

Brett was at the top of his game, dating actress Rose McGowan and signing on as a partner in a popular Hollywood nightclub called Dragonfly. However, on July 30, 1993, his life in the fast lane took a tragic turn, and the music executive was murdered in his West Hollywood apartment. Today, nearly 30 years later, the case remains unsolved.

Join us as we reveal the findings of our 3-year cold case investigation of Brett’s final days, murder, and haunting aftermath documented by his family and friends. This is one rock 'n' roll true crime story you will never forget.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Episode 1: Welcome to the Jungle

    Episode 1: Welcome to the Jungle

    We go behind the velvet ropes to explore the dark side of the Hollywood club scene and the nightlife king and queen pins who ruled it. Following the unexpected twists and turns of life in the fast lane, we uncover the unsolved murder of Dragonfly nightclub owner, Brett Cantor.

    *****

    Narration – Jacy Nova & Thom Dre
    Producers - Jacy Nova, Pat Tapia, Thom Dre, Marc Cantor, and Georgie Rutherford
    Audio Producer - Christopher Lang
    Design – Paulina Szymanska

    Official website - https://dragonflypodcast.com

    For all credits and sources, please visit: https://dragonflypodcast.com/episode-1-welcome-to-the-jungle

    • 33 min
    Episode 2: Soul Power

    Episode 2: Soul Power

    Growing up surrounded by R&B legends, Brett Cantor was destined to follow in the footsteps of his father, who managed Dionne Warwick's career for 19 years. Brett quickly rises to become Hollywood's top underground club promoter, but his success attracts a few enemies along the way.

    *****
    Narration – Jacy Nova & Thom Dre
    Producers - Jacy Nova, Pat Tapia, Thom Dre, Marc Cantor, and Georgie Rutherford
    Audio Producer - Christopher Lang
    Design – Paulina Szymanska

    Official website - https://dragonflypodcast.com

    For all credits and sources, please visit: https://dragonflypodcast.com/episode-2-soul-power

    • 51 min
    Episode 3: Freaks of the Industry

    Episode 3: Freaks of the Industry

    Brett Cantor’s life is hitting all the right notes. He is an A&R executive for Chrysalis Music, co-owner of the nightclub Dragonfly, and dating actress Rose McGowan. But his life takes a tragic turn on July 30, 1993.

    *****
    Narration – Jacy Nova & Thom Dre
    Producers - Jacy Nova, Pat Tapia, Thom Dre, Marc Cantor, and Georgie Rutherford
    Audio Producer - Christopher Lang,
    Design – Paulina Szymanska

    Official website - https://dragonflypodcast.com/

    For all credits and sources, please visit: https://dragonflypodcast.com/episode-3-freaks-of-the-industry

    • 38 min
    Episode 4: Homicide Investigation

    Episode 4: Homicide Investigation

    The music industry is shocked by the news of Brett Cantor's murder. Homicide Detective Rick Jackson takes charge of the investigation, following clues the killers left behind and considering potential suspects.

    *****
    Narration – Jacy Nova & Thom Dre
    Producers - Producers - Jacy Nova, Pat Tapia, Thom Dre, Marc Cantor, and Georgie Rutherford
    Audio Producer - Christopher Lang
    Design – Paulina Szymanska

    Official website - https://dragonflypodcast.com

    For all credits and sources, please visit: https://dragonflypodcast.com/episode-4-homicide-investigation

    • 39 min
    Episode 5: Everyone Has Secrets

    Episode 5: Everyone Has Secrets

    Another devastating tragedy rocks Hollywood in the wake of Brett Cantor's murder, when actor River Phoenix dies of a drug overdose outside the Viper Room. We uncover a web of secrets, where key information may hold the answers to solving Brett's cold case.

    *****
    Narration – Jacy Nova & Thom Dre
    Producers - Jacy Nova, Pat Tapia, Thom Dre, Marc Cantor, and Georgie Rutherford
    Audio Producer - Christopher Lang
    Design – Paulina Szymanska

    Official website - https://dragonflypodcast.com

    For all credits and sources, please visit: https://dragonflypodcast.com/episode-5-everyones-got-secrets

    • 34 min
    Episode 6: OJ Simpson Trial

    Episode 6: OJ Simpson Trial

    We go behind the scenes of the notorious O.J. Simpson trial. The case takes a surprising twist when O.J.’s defense team attempts to connect Brett Cantor’s unsolved murder to the double homicide of Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.

    *****
    Narration – Jacy Nova & Thom Dre
    Producers - Jacy Nova, Pat Tapia, Thom Dre, Marc Cantor, and Georgie Rutherford
    Audio Producer - Christopher Lang
    Design – Paulina Szymanska

    Official website - https://dragonflypodcast.com

    For all credits and sources, please visit: https://dragonflypodcast.com/episode-6-oj-simpson-trial

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

3.5 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

letsreviewsomething ,

It’s good so far but the narrator…

This is an interesting story and set against a good background but the narrator has a very strange habit of lengthening half of her words in a very weird breathy way and it is incredibly jarring. The tone of her words is also all over the place like she can’t decide to go up or down in inflection. I’m trying to get through it but it is a bit of a struggle.

Lahni10 ,

What’s with the narrator?

Just about made it through the first episode only to give up after 12 minutes of the second. Something about the way the narrator talks is just so off putting and it gets really annoying. A shame as the story looks to be a good one but I guess I’ll never know.

emma_and_totoro ,

Strange narration

What is with the narration?! Feels like the narrator has never read half these words before. Had to stop listening. Sad because the story sounds interesting.

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