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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

New Book Chronicles Epic Struggle Between Pablo Escobar And Cali Cartel in History’s Biggest Gang War

Escobar versus Cali: The War of the Cartels chronicles the fascinating story of history’s biggest gang war. The setting: Colombia, South America; the time: the 1980s and early 1990s. The participants were known as cartels, and they were responsible for flooding the world with billions of dollars worth of cocaine. The epic death struggle pitted Pablo Escobar, the so called “World’s Greatest Outlaw” and leader of the Medellin cartel, against the brothers Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela, “The Chess Player,” and Miguel Rodriguez Orejuela, “The Boss”. the leaders of the powerful Cali cartel. The war left thousands of Colombians dead, spawned the term “narcoterrorism” and almost turned Colombia into a narcodemocracy. The gang war, moreover, had major implications for the U.S.’s War on Drug. 

When the momentous battle ended, Escobar was dead and the Cali Cartel stood tall as the world’s most powerful drug trafficking organization. So who were the major players in the gangland war? How did it play out? Who took out Pablo Escobar? What role did the U.S. play?   Author Ron Chepesiuk takes the reader behind the scenes of the war to the death and investigates a gangland mystery. Escobar versus Cali: The War of the Cartels is must read for anyone who enjoys true crime and a good story.  D4 Entertainment has optioned the film rights to the book.

What they say:
“Forget the Mexican Cartels. Ron Chepesiuk brings you the unbelievable but true story about the biggest gang war in history between two of the richest and most powerful drug cartels the world has ever seen. – David Amoruso of Gangsters Inc. 

"We have all read the news headlines now read the real story of the war of the cartels. Only Ron Chepesiuk could write this book and get the real story. With his experience, meticulous research and ability to talk to those in the know Ron has written a great and thorough investigative book that gives up the inside info on the war for supremacy in the cocaine trade. This is an entertaining and informative read that must be on your shelf if you enjoy true crime tales." – Seth Ferranti, author of Gorilla Convict and Rayful Edmond

Rock Hill, SC based Ron Chepesiuk is an award-winning author, screenwriter and documentary producer and director.  He's a two-time Fulbright Scholar to Bangladesh and Indonesia and a consultant to the History Channel’s Gangland TV series. As an expert interviewee, he has appeared on the A and E, History Channel, Biography Channel and Black Entertainment Television.  His books include Sergeant Smack, Gangsters of Harlem, Gangsters of Miami, among others. He is also Executive Producer and co-host of the popular radio show Crime Beat ( For other books by Ron Chepesiuk go to

For further information about the publisher:
For interviews or to request copy of the book e-mail: or phone: 803-366-5440

Monday, November 18, 2013

Jimmy Hoffa disappearance, JFK Murder and more

Strategic Media Books

Jimmy Hoffa


The Lance Armstrong Scandal, Rogue CIA Agents, JFK Assassination, Jimmy Hoffa Disappearance, The Sicilian Mafia and More

Crime Beat: Issues, Controversies and Personalities from the dark side on Artist First World Radio Network is pleased to announce its forthcoming schedule for November 21, 2013, through February 6, 2014. Topics covered include Lance Armstrong Scandal, Rogue CIA agents, JFK Assassination, Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, Jimmy Hoffa and More.

Here is the lineup:

November 21—Anthony Summers, author of Not in Your Lifetime: The Defining Book on the JFK Assassination. See
  • November 28—James W. Douglass, author of JFK and the Unthinkable (command appearance)
  • December 5—Matt Birkbeck, author of The Quiet Don: The Untold Story of Mafia Kingpin Russell Bufalino. See
  • December 12—Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O’Connell, authors of Wheelmen: Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France and the Greatest Sports Conspiracy Ever. See
  • December 19—Patrick Nolan author of CIA Rogues and the Killing of the Kennedys: How and Why U.S. Agents Conspired to Assassinate JFK and RFK by Patrick Nolan. See
  • December 26—Karen Gravano, author of  Mob Daughter: The Mafia, Sammy “the Bull and Me (command appearance) See
  • January 2—Noam Chomsky, world renowned activist and thinker (command appearance). See
  • January 9—Dan Moldea , author of Confessions of a Guerrilla Writer. See
  • January 16—Advocates for the case, “Free the IRP6,” regarding corruption and large corporations. See!
  • January 23—Al Profit and Willie Hryb, director and author respectively of the documentary and book on Jimmy Hoffa. See and
  • January 30—Carl Russo, author of The Sicilian Mafia: A True Crime Travel Guide. See
  • February 6—Frank Calabrese, former gangster and author of Operation Family Secrets (command appearance)

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 160,000 listeners plus, from over 120 countries world-wide each week, and the figure is growing. All shows are archived for 24-7 listening. Crime Beat is hosted by award-winning crime writer and documentary producer Ron Chepesiuk ( and broadcast journalist and freelance writer Will Hryb.

Ronald Herd I1, the popular Internet radio host and regular listener of Crime Beat, said: "Crime Beat sounds like an organized crime greatest hits collection...I am loving it!" Tom Hart of Atlanta, Georgia, writes: “I am a BIG fan of your show and enjoy the variety of guests you have on your show. “Keep up the good work.”  Carolyn Yarema of Toronto, Canada writes, "fabulous program guys' ... my husband Chi Chi and I never miss the show."

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 or call 803-366-5440.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Whitey Bulger Sentenced

The once-feared Winter Hill Gang leader was convicted in August, 2013, of 31 out of 32 counts, and the jury found prosecutors proved he had a hand in 11 out of 19 murders in the indictment.

On November 14, 2013, he was sentenced to two life terms plus five years.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Mob Speak: Two New Books and a First-Rate Website

 Tony Montana - Houdini Publishing

Tony Montana the man is the real thing. He has lived in Las Vegas for 45 years and is one of the Outfit's most "under-the-radar" hidden treasures, running with the best of the best Chicago Outfit members.

Tony Montana is known as the silent strength, participating in his role without the customary fanfare and notoriety. He laid low for all the other wise guys in the Chicago Outfit. From 15 years of age, he worked for Sam Giancana, Fat Leonard Caifano, Jimmy Allegretti, Joe DiVarco, Joe the Jap -- Eto, Milwaukee Phil, FiFi Buccieri and Tony Spilotro.

The Outfit kept Tony very close to the vest and protected Tony so he could operate in the business world for them. Tony was untarnished and could do their bidding. He is talented and could operate a company as good, if not better, than a business school graduate. Tony has a new book coming out this fall (2013) aptly titled Tony Montana and is working on a documentary. Stay tuned.

(Tony Montana introduced Slick Hanner and me to his good friend Ed Becker who became the literary agent for our book, THIEF-The Gutsy,True Story of an Ex-Con Artist. Committed to selling the book, Tony drove Slick to uncountable book signings and helped promote THIEF through his many important contacts. Knowing how Tony operates, his own story is bound to be a barn burner.)

Gangsters, Inc. is a first-rate Website featuring an array of topics such as the American Mafia, Russian Mafia, Italian & Sicilian Mafias, drug cartels, bikers and much more.
Joe Valachi

Here's a sampling:

Ronald Fino's The Triangle Exit

As the son of a capo in the Buffalo crime family, Fino effectively grew up in the mob. He joined the corrupt Laborers’ Local 210, controlled by Buffalo boss Stefano Magaddino, he found that the power did not lie with the union, but powerful members of the Buffalo Mafia. That realization set in motion Fino’s dangerous decision to become a contract employee for the FBI.
The Triangle Exit is a first-hand story of one of America’s most interesting covert FBI operatives. From infiltrating corrupt labor unions to Russian Mafia and international arms smuggling. This story will surely fascinate anyone interested in international politics, espionage, arms smuggling or the American, Italian and Russian Mafia.