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Crime Beat: The REAL Rick Ross, the NY Mob, and JFK

Crime Beat: Issues, Controversies and Personalities from the dark side on Artist First World Radio Network is pleased to announce its forthcoming schedule for October 18, 2012, through January 3, 2013. Topics covered include the John F. Kennedy Assassination, Marilyn Monroe, Vinnie The Chin Gigante, the New York mafia and more.

Here is the lineup:

  • October 18—Rita Gigante, the daughter of noted mobster Vinnie the Chin Gigante, appears with co-author Natasha Stoynoff in a discussion of their book, The Godfather’s Daughter: an Unlikely Story of Love, Healing and Redemption.

  • October 25—Journalist Ron Franschell discusses his book The Crime Buff’s Guide to Outlaw Washington DC, as well as his writing career.

  • November 1—Freeway Ricky Ross discusses the War on Drugs and his former life as a noted drug kingpin in Los Angeles during the early 1980s.

  • November 8—Sal Polisi discusses his autobiography, The Sinatra Club: My Life Inside the New York Mafia.

  • November 15— Lois Banner discusses her book on Marilyn Monroe, Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox.

  • November 22—Peter Janney discusses his book, The CIA Conspiracy: The Murder of John F. Kennedy, Mary Pichot Meyer and their Vision for World Peace.

  • November 29—Ginger Strand discusses her book, Killer on the Road: Violence and the American Interstate.

  • December 6—Lou Ferrante, a former Gambino mobster, and Louie Diaz, retired DEA agent who took down Nicky Barnes, grew up in the same tough Brooklyn neighborhood. They go one on one in a discussion about their parallel lives.

  • December 13—The case of Michael Spatero: A Miscarriage of Justice? Spatero was convicted of the killing of mobster Joseph Campanella but many people believe he is innocent. A discussion with investigator Mike Pizzi and members of the Spatero family.

  • December 20—Journalist David Aikman ( discusses his new novel, Kidnapped in Gaza, and Michael Crisp, discusses his book, Murder in the Mountains.

  • December 27—A command appearance, part 1: Lewis Kasman, John Gotti’s Adopted Son.
    January 3—A command appearance, part 2: Lewis Kasman, John Gotti’s Adopted Son.

On the air since January 28, 2011, Crime Beat is a weekly hour-long radio program that airs every Thursday at 8 p.m. EST. 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 currently averaging 130,000 listeners plus each week, and the figure is growing. Crime Beat is hosted by award-winning crime writer and documentary producer Ron Chepesiuk and broadcast journalist and freelance writer Will Hryb.

Dr. Michael H. Stone of New York City, world famous forensic psychiatrist and author of the spine chilling book, titled 'ANATOMY OF EVIL' writes "I really enjoy being on your program and look forward to discussing the lives of serial killers in future broadcasts".

Carolyn and Chi Chi Yarema of Toronto, Canada, write, "You two guys from the East End of Thunder Bay click like 'champagne glasses'... Your Crime Beat show is a must to listen too... great show!".

Ron Chepesiuk is currently working on his new book about Frank Matthews titled “Black Caesar: The Rise and Disappearance of Frank Matthews, kingpin”, which will be released May 15, 2013. Will Hryb is working on a book about Jimmy Hoffa for Strategic Media Books (, which is due out September 2013.

Crime Beat airs weekly every Thursday at 8 P.M. EST on the Artist First World Radio Network at

To contact the Crime Beat radio program for interviews, e-mail cr or call

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