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(1941)

Rank #155 in Society & Culture category

Society & Culture

Empire on Blood

By Panoply

Rank #155 in Society & Culture category

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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.

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Great

By DSSM4 - Nov 07 2018
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Loved every minute of this podcast!!

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By JusSimplyMe - Jul 26 2018
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very interesting and very good & glad another innocent man had gotten his freedom back.

iTunes Ratings

1941 Ratings
Average Ratings
1484
247
88
52
70

Great

By DSSM4 - Nov 07 2018
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Loved every minute of this podcast!!

N/A

By JusSimplyMe - Jul 26 2018
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very interesting and very good & glad another innocent man had gotten his freedom back.

Warning: This podcast is a series podcast

This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

Top 10 Episode of Empire on Blood

Rank #1: Introducing Empire on Blood

Feb 28 2018
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From Panoply, award-winning journalist Steve Fishman chronicles his seven-year investigation to uncover the truth behind a Bronx double homicide, a betrayal, and a drug kingpin's journey to overturn his life sentence. Subscribe now to get all 7 episodes on March 28.

Rank #2: 1: Calvin's Last Shot

Mar 28 2018
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A story of murder, betrayal, and a man who fought the law for two decades. Calvin Buari, who once drove BMWs and dealt crack from a violent corner in the Bronx, has served 22 years of a life sentence. The charge: double homicide. Cal insists he’s no murderer —  someone else even confessed to the crime. Things are looking up for Cal when a legendary defense lawyer agrees to take on his last appeal. But then something terrible happens.

Rank #3: 2: Turtle Man Will Get His Man

Mar 28 2018
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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.

Rank #4: 3: Dwight, Poet of Evil

Mar 28 2018
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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.

Rank #5: 4: Father Frank to the Rescue

Mar 28 2018
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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.

Rank #6: 5: Joe Barry, Private Eye

Mar 28 2018
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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.

Rank #7: 6: Evilina on the Stand

Mar 28 2018
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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?

Rank #8: 7: This Too Shall Pass

Mar 28 2018
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In the aftermath of the court’s decision, Cal must adjust to his new reality.