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Dark Alliance

A three-part investigation into links between the cocaine trade, Nicaragua’s CIA-backed Contra rebels, and California’s crack epidemic in the 1980s.

  1. Backers of CIA-led Nicaraguan rebels brought cocaine to poor L.A. neighborhoods in the early 1980s to help finance war – and a plague was born.

  2. How a smuggler, a bureaucrat and an ambitious teenager created the cocaine pipeline.

  3. The impact of the crack epidemic.

James Bond and the Killer Bag Lady

In November 1985, a woman who appeared to be a homeless drifter staked out the offices of 80-year-old banker Nicholas Deak, waited until he returned from lunch, then executed Deak and his secretary. As police wrestled her to the floor, she said “Don’t hurt me. He told me I could carry the gun.”

The Spy's Kid

The son of Jim Nicholson, a former CIA agent convicted of espionage, follows in his father’s footsteps.