Interviews with the best investigators in the world. Cut through the spin and straight to the stories at the heart of major criminal cases with the people who solved the cases. Hosted by international journalist and academic Declan Hill, produced by Ryan Decker and Aiden van Batenburg, and executive produced by Bruce Barber. www.crimewavespodcast.com Follow us at @crimewavespod
A License to Kill
Whitey Bulger was one of America’s most notorious mob bosses. He was a violent, sociopath but he accomplished the almost-unimaginable: he got FBI agents to let him kill whomever he wanted.
This week, the incredible, mind-blowing story of Bulger and his Winter Hill Gang and how they basically ran the organized crime squad of the FBI and key officers of the Boston Police Force for over a decade.
Our guest is the award-winning author and professor of journalism at Boston University—Dick Lehr. A former member of the Spotlight team for the Boston Globe and Pulitzer Prize Finalist in investigative reporting. Lehr spent over two-decades researching this story with his colleague Gerard O'Neil.
Their books - 'Whitey: the Life of America’s Most Notorious Mob Boss' and 'Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, the FBI and a Devil’s Deal' - were made into a major Hollywood movie staring Johnny Depp. And Lehr explains just how Whitey Bulger got - a license to kill.
Holy Mafia: Drugs, Corruption and the Vatican
They are most powerful organized crime group in Western Europe.
They have kidnapping thousands of businessmen, politicians, journalists and their families. They command a sophisticated drug trafficking network that is underpinned by corruption, racketeering and murder to make tens-of-billions of dollars every year.
They laundered their criminal money through the Vatican Bank with the help of a compromised Cardinal.
They are the 'Ndrangheta.
This week, we are joined by Antonio Nicaso a world-leading expert on organized crime. He talks about his book that exposed this unseemly world.
Afghanistan: the $2 Trillion Dollar Scam
$2 Trillion is stolen, there is a well-covered-up network of sexual abuse and tens-of-thousands of people are killed - if those are not crimes, what are?
Welcome to NATO's mission in Afghanistan.
It was an appalling, cluster-problem. For those of you who don't know what happened in Afghanistan and why millions of Afghans choose scumbags like the Taliban over our lot - listen to this podcast.
It is deeply shocking.
Our troops were, at times, little better than bodyguards for drug lords.
Our officials, at times, helped cover up monumental corruption and the sexual exploitation of hundreds of children.
Worst, our politicians and generals knew about it - but received so many political contributions and jobs from defense contractors that nothing was done.
Few people have wanted to speak about this issue. As Westerners, this is our Berlin Wall moment. Either we reflect and figure out what went wrong or our societies are in real danger.
Note - I am neither a Donald Trump or Joe Biden supporter - but an independent journalist and professor. The scandal in Afghanistan was far bigger than any political party in any country. It was a monument to deep-rooted corruption and criminal incompetency in America and all of NATO.
The presentation was at conference of the International Association of Financial Crime Investigators (IAFCI) in Chicago, September 2021. I was to speak about sports corruption and gambling but chose to speak about Afghanistan. It seemed to touch a nerve among the audience.
Michael Franzese: American Mobster
Michael Franzese was a high-ranking mobster in the Colombo Crime Family, one of the big five families of the New York Mafia. His father was a hit man with dozens of kills.
Michael was making millions of dollars a week for the mob in a complicated gas tax fraud scheme across four different states.
At 26, the family made him a Capo with dozens of mobsters underneath him and an illegal sports gambling network worth tens-of-millions of dollars that had players, coaches and league officials all betting with the mob.
Michael Franzese joined us on CrimeWaves Podcast for the University of New Haven 2nd Annual Sports Integrity Presentation.
Donnie Brasco: The Rules of the Mafia
Donnie Brasco is the most successful undercover agent in U.S. law enforcement. For years, he infiltrated the Colombo and Bonanno Mafia families, resulting in hundreds of arrests, convictions and murders. In this episode - a special international lecture for the University of New Haven Sports Integrity Center - Brasco explains the rules of the Mob. How to dress, speak and comport yourself so you don't get killed.
The Disappearance of Annie Le
On a Tuesday morning in September of 2009, Annie Le walked into a building on Yale University Campus and she disappeared. Her mobile phone and her wallet were still in the office, yet there was no trace of Annie anywhere. Three days later, police Lieutenant Lisa Dadio was given the job of discovering what had happened. It was a literal 'closed room mystery'. There was intense international media attention, three different police agencies and no clues...
Intriguing podcast that keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole way through
Declan Hill is an extremely well spoken and knowledgeable host with experience in all fields of investigations and journalism. Worth the listen!
This podcast is so addictive! Start with any one episode and you will be hooked. Declan Hill artfully takes you on a journey with each episode, exposing you to the underbelly of many revered cultural establishments, or worlds we would otherwise never be privy to. It’s time very well-spent!
Incredible (true) storytelling in interview form
I’ve known Professor Hill for many years, but this blew away all of my expectations. These are not normal interviews, because his deep subject matter expertise and storytelling skills allow him to craft a compelling narrative throughout the interview.