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In the Bronx, in the early 90s, two young drug dealers ruled an intersection known as “The Corner on Blood.” They lived large, wearing mink, drinking champagne, getting rich. Then their fraught relationship fell apart, dead bodies piled up, and one accused the other of a double homicide he didn’t commit. Or did he? We hear from the cops, the DA, the terrified eyewitnesses, the dealer doing life, and the dealer who put him there. They all tell their stories to award-winning journalist Steve Fishman, who has spent seven years untangling the twisted web of justice in the Bronx, and chronicling one man’s last chance to overturn his life sentence.

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In the Bronx, in the early 90s, two young drug dealers ruled an intersection known as “The Corner on Blood.” They lived large, wearing mink, drinking champagne, getting rich. Then their fraught relationship fell apart, dead bodies piled up, and one accused the other of a double homicide he didn’t commit. Or did he? We hear from the cops, the DA, the terrified eyewitnesses, the dealer doing life, and the dealer who put him there. They all tell their stories to award-winning journalist Steve Fishman, who has spent seven years untangling the twisted web of justice in the Bronx, and chronicling one man’s last chance to overturn his life sentence.

    7: This Too Shall Pass

    7: This Too Shall Pass

    In the aftermath of the court’s decision, Cal must adjust to his new reality.

    • 46 min
    6: Evilina on the Stand

    6: Evilina on the Stand

    Cal’s last-shot hearing finally arrives: his new lawyers are in place, the new witnesses ready to testify. Turtle Man has called their written affidavits worthless “toilet paper.” Will he come out of retirement to make sure Cal stays locked away?

    • 1 hr
    5: Joe Barry, Private Eye

    5: Joe Barry, Private Eye

    Joe Barry is Cal’s private investigator, hired in desperation when Cal’s case seems all but dead. Joe’s a hard drinking, Bible-toting P.I. who’s not afraid to lie in the service of the truth. He connects with new witnesses. And they give Cal a ray of hope.

    • 47 min
    4: Father Frank to the Rescue

    4: Father Frank to the Rescue

    Cal has been in prison a few years when Dwight, lording over the Corner on Blood, “catches a body” and is sentenced to 25 years to life for murder. Not long after, Cal and the man who put him away meet in prison, something that’s not supposed to happen. Both Cal’s and Dwight’s worlds are turned upside down, and prosecutors in the Bronx are alarmed.

    • 49 min
    3: Dwight, Poet of Evil

    3: Dwight, Poet of Evil

    Calvin Buari’s former protégé in the Bronx crack trade, Dwight Robinson, loved and admired Cal. But then, feeling shunned and nursing his own ambitions, Dwight charted his own course — first with guns, then with lies, and finally as an instrument of the criminal justice system.

    • 43 min
    2: Turtle Man Will Get His Man

    2: Turtle Man Will Get His Man

    Allen Karen was one of the best homicide prosecutors in the Bronx. He devoted his life to fighting crime… and to rescuing the 20 or so turtles and tortoises that roam around his house. We hear how Karen used his formidable skills to put Calvin Buari away on a difficult charge — a double homicide case that was already three years old.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

Tristopher1988 ,

Awesome

This show was very well produced. At times I was happy and other times I had cried. This was just an all around great podcast.

brokeninja ,

Love it

We need more podcasts to report what’s going on the hood. I hope you cut Dwight off. That dude is lame. I hope they take him off p.c. And give him the proper treatment a rat deserves

aeiou77777 ,

Wish this podcast wasn’t so white and male

Also thanks for explaining empathy 🙄

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