House of Mystery Radio
Jake Bernstein - 'Secrecy World: Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money'
A hidden circulatory system flows beneath the surface of global finance, carrying trillions of dollars from drug trafficking, tax evasion, bribery, and other illegal enterprises. This network masks the identities of the individuals who benefit from these activities, aided by bankers, lawyers, and auditors who get paid to look the other way. In Secrecy World, the Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter Jake Bernstein explores this shadow economy and how it evolved, drawing on millions of leaked documents from the files of the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca―a trove now known as the Panama Papers―as well as other journalistic and government investigations. Bernstein shows how shell companies operate, how they allow the superwealthy and celebrities to escape taxes, and how they provide cover for illicit activities on a massive scale by crime bosses and corrupt politicians across the globe. Bernstein traveled to the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, and within the United States to uncover how these strands fit together―who is involved, how they operate, and the real-world impact. He recounts how Mossack Fonseca was exposed and what lies ahead for the corporations, banks, law firms, individuals, and governments that are implicated. Secrecy World offers a disturbing and sobering view of how the world really works and raises critical questions about financial and legal institutions we may once have trusted.
CRIME SCENES - GEOFF SYMON
Crime Scenes is a comprehensive, user-friendly introduction to the on-scene personnel and procedures of criminal investigations. Whether you’re writing CSIs or private eyes, this handy illustrated guidebook offers a reference to cracking the scene of your crime
TINDERBOX - ROBERT FIESELER
Buried for decades, the Up Stairs Lounge tragedy has only recently emerged as a catalyzing event of the gay liberation movement. In revelatory detail, Robert W. Fieseler chronicles the tragic event that claimed the lives of thirty-one men and one woman on June 24, 1973, at a New Orleans bar, the largest mass murder of gays until 2016. Relying on unprecedented access to survivors and archives, Fieseler creates an indelible portrait of a closeted, blue- collar gay world that flourished before an arsonist ignited an inferno that destroyed an entire community. The aftermath was no less traumatic—families ashamed to claim loved ones, the Catholic Church refusing proper burial rights, the city impervious to the survivors’ needs—revealing a world of toxic prejudice that thrived well past Stonewall. Yet the impassioned activism that followed proved essential to the emergence of a fledgling gay movement. Tinderbox restores honor to a forgotten generation of civil-rights martyrs
DRAGONS OF CRIME - JAMES DUBRO
The result of more than ten years of research by one of Canada’s top investigative journalists, Dragons of Crime is the first book-length expose of the Chinese and Vietnamese gangs in North America. For the first time, all the mysterious elements of Asian crime are uncovered, from the history and growth of the triads, tongs and gangs to the present-day structures and activities, including:• an investigative account of how the Kung Lok triad got started in Canada, and the story of Lau Wing Kui, the founder of the Kung Lok triad and his successor, Danny Mo• the full story of the corrupt Hong Kong cops, the Five Dragons, who emigrated to Canada to invest their criminal proceeds• how a Chinese gang leader controlled Vancouver in the 1920s and 1930s• who the “Big Circle Boys” are, how they got to Canada, and what crimes they specialize in• how and why Vietnamese gang leader Asau Tran and two others were murdered on the streets of Toronto’s main Chinatown in August 1991• alien smuggling, the new heroin flow from Asia, and other fascinating details of the Asian underworld and their operations in both the criminal and legitimate worlds in North America• new criminal elements in the 1990s including the threat and reality of the changes underway as Hong Kong reverts to mainland Chinese control in 1997