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Crime Beat: Montreal Mafia, Chicago Outfit and 2Pac

Crime Beat Radio Show's Upcoming Schedule for January 12, 2012, through March 8, 2012, features Tupac’s murder Investigation, International arms trafficking, the Montreal mafia, Chicago’s Outfit, Mexico’s War on drugs, and much more

January, 2012— Crime Beat: Issues, Controversies and Personalities from the darkside on Artist First World Radio Network is pleased to announce its forthcoming schedule for January 12, 2012, through March 8, 2012. Topics covered include the Tupac and Biggie Smalls murder cases, the international arms trade, the Mexican border war, Chicago’s notorious Mafia, the Outfit, and more. Here is the lineup:

  • January 12, Greg Kading, author of Murder Rap: The Untold Story of Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations. Kading, an LA detective, worked on both cases and provides an inside look.
  • January 19, The Weasel: A Double Life in the Mob - authors, Marvin Elkind and Adrian Humphries. The remarkable story of Marvin Elkind, who learned that, as a career informant, he was a far better fink than he ever was a crook.
  • January 26, ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY SHOW - Andre Cedilot and Andre Noel, authors of Mafia Inc: The Long. Bloody Reign of Canada's Siclian Clan. See this link for more information. Previous guest Jack Garcia, author of the best selling Making Jack Falcone, will provide an update of his career and activities.
  • February 2, Luellen Smiley, daughter of Allen Smiley, Bugsy Siegel's best friend and business partner, who will talk about growing Up with gangsters.
  • February 9, Sylvia Longmire, author of Cartel: The Coming Invasion of the Mexico's Drug Wars. Border security expert Longmire takes listeners deep into the heart of a dangerous underground that will do whatever it takes to deliver drugs to a willing audience of consumers.
  • February 16, Evan Wright, co-author of American Desperado: My Life--From Mafia Soldier to Cocaine Cowboy to Secret Government Asset. Wright will discuss the remarkable life of Jon Roberts, the de-facto “transportation chief” of the Medellin Cartel during the 1980s and the star of the documentary “Cocaine Cowboys.”
  • February 23, Kathi Lynn Austin, arms trafficking, executive director of Conflict Awareness Project who for nearly 20 years has carried out in-depth field investigations into the illegal trade in weapons. Austin will talk about her role in tracking and bringing to justice Victor Bout, history’s biggest arms dealer. Also, previous guest Lou Diaz, retired DEA agent and author of Dancing with the Devil, will provide an update on his life and activities.
  • March 1, Frank Cullotta: author of Cullotta: The Life of a Chicago Criminal, Las Vegas Mobster and Government Witness. Cullotta will provide an inside look at Chicago’s Mafia, The Outfit.
  • March 8, Stacy Dittrich, award-winning author and decorated 17 year veteran police officer and former detective specializing in sex crime cases, will talk about police work, her writing career and crime issues in the news.

Crime Beat is a weekly hour-long radio program and airs every Thursday from 9 and 10 EST. Beginning with the May 5 program the show moves to the 8pm-9pm EST time slot on the Artist First World radio Network. Crime Beat presents fascinating topics that bring listeners closer to the dynamic underbelly of the world of crime. Guests have included ex-mobsters, undercover law enforcement agents, sports officials, informants, prisoners, drug dealers and investigative journalists, who have provided insights and fresh information about the world’s most fascinating subject: crime.

Crime Beat is hosted by award-winning crime writer Ron Chepesiuk ( and broadcast journalist and freelance writer Willie Hryb.

"Your radio format is great,” write Mark Christopoulus of northern California.

“Crime Beat is over the top, gentlemen! The show is on late in the afternoon out here, and me and my buddies from work get a chance to listen to it over a beer at our favorite watering hole before heading home."

Ivo DeLorenzi of Thunder Bay, Canada, writes: "I love your show... you guys manage to get top-calibre guests every week ... fascinating and remarkable, all rolled into one".

For more information or to listen to the archives of Crime Beat, go to the Artist First Worldwide Radio Network at
To contact the Crime Beat radio program for interviews, e-mail or call 803-366-5440.

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