29 episodes

Underworld exposes the secret world of transnational criminal networks that have flourished since there were banks to bust, drugs to smuggle, and scams to run. Journalists Danny Gold and Sean Williams bring their experience reporting on dangerous people and organizations to take listeners on a global tour of mobsters, warlords and crooks - from Brooklyn to Beijing, from the streets to the boardrooms - and everywhere in between. Underworld is a show about heroes, villains, and the barely visible mafias that affect all our lives, whether we know it or not.

The Underworld Podcast Danny Gold and Sean Williams

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    • 4.4 • 26 Ratings

Underworld exposes the secret world of transnational criminal networks that have flourished since there were banks to bust, drugs to smuggle, and scams to run. Journalists Danny Gold and Sean Williams bring their experience reporting on dangerous people and organizations to take listeners on a global tour of mobsters, warlords and crooks - from Brooklyn to Beijing, from the streets to the boardrooms - and everywhere in between. Underworld is a show about heroes, villains, and the barely visible mafias that affect all our lives, whether we know it or not.

    Curtis Warren, the English Gangster Who Tried to Take Over an Island:

    Curtis Warren, the English Gangster Who Tried to Take Over an Island:

    Curtis Warren wasn’t known as “Cocky” for nothing. Perhaps it was his rapid rise to the top of Britain’s drug trade, becoming Cali’s man in Europe and Interpol’s “Target One”. Perhaps it was a fortune so big it made him the only narco on the UK’s rich list. Or perhaps it was the time when, just weeks after emerging from a Dutch prison, he tried to take over an island. Bulgarian wines, county lines and way way more in this episode.

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    • 41 min
    Brazil's Red Command Rules the Favelas

    Brazil's Red Command Rules the Favelas

    In the late 1970's when a military dictatorship ruled Brazil, revolutionaries and hardcore criminals formed a collective in a brutal maximum security island prison, giving birth to Brazil's first super gang, the Red Command. Though their political ideals soon melted away, leaving only a ruthless, well-armed network of drug dealers, they would eventually have enough power to take on the state and take over most of Rio.

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    • 44 min
    Black Caesar: The Biggest International Black Druglord You've Never Heard Of

    Black Caesar: The Biggest International Black Druglord You've Never Heard Of

    Frank Matthews went from a poor boy in North Carolina stealing chickens to running one of the biggest heroin rings America has ever seen before disappearing without a trace after getting arrested with a rumored 20 million dollars he had stashed away, never to be seen again. Along the way he took on the Italian mafia and the Black Mafia, importing kilos of heroin from Venezuela with the help of the French Connection and setting up shop in Brooklyn. He still hasn't been caught.

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    • 39 min
    Rasta City vs The Muslims: Trinidad's Gang Wars and Abu Bakr's Attempted Coup

    Rasta City vs The Muslims: Trinidad's Gang Wars and Abu Bakr's Attempted Coup

    In 1990, the tiny Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago saw the only attempted Islamic militant overthrow of a government in the Western Hemisphere. The coup led by Abu Bakr and his Jamaat Al Muslimeem followers failed, but many on the island see it as a turning point that has led the murder rate to increase by 400% over the last few decades. Now, a raging war between the Rasta City gang and the Muslims gang doesn't show sings of stopping as they battle over lucrative government contracts and the street drug trade.

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    • 47 min
    How Albania's Mafias Took Over Europe (and more)

    How Albania's Mafias Took Over Europe (and more)

    The "Mafia Shqiptare" was forged during communism, exploded into life during a nationwide pyramid scheme, and unleashed a wave of drugs and violence across Europe from the late 90s. We dive into its most notorious bosses - and how gangs including the 'Hellbanianz' have taken over the UK's lucrative drug scene.

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    • 48 min
    Sicily's Brutal Wars and Mafia Super Trial

    Sicily's Brutal Wars and Mafia Super Trial

    The "Maxi Trial" pitted two fearless Palermo prosecutors and turncoat "Pentiti" against the Cosa Nostra, its thuggish leader Toto Riina, and a whole host of corrupt cops, politicians and businessmen. But when the judge handed down 344 guilty verdicts, the real chaos was just beginning. We dive into an era of Italian Mafia history—car bombs, daily hits, heroin billions—that looked more like war than organized crime.

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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

Jonny Bradshaw ,

Best Discovery

Fantastic podcast. This really fills my appetite for global organised crime. Sean and Danny are great hosts who are well educated, with shines through their podcast!

Mathieu Lohr ,

Absolutely gripping and always surprising

Each episode has such good story-telling and covers vastly different underworld stories with the same top-notch quality. Really impressive, entertaining, and just so so good.

will; ,

Burma episode

Highly informative and absolutely thrilling. One of the best podcast episodes I’ve even listened to.

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