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Saturday, November 23

By connecting the Mexican and Colombian drug cartels, Ballesteros became one of the most powerful drug lords south of the border. But state lines mean nothing to U.S. law enforcement when he orders the torture and murder of one of their own… Show Less
By connecting the Mexican and Colombian drug cartels, Ballesteros became one of the most powerful drug lords south of the border. But ...Show More

James ‘Whitey’ Bulger is one of the most notorious organized crime bosses in American history, not only for the murders he committed but for turning the FBI into his informants. As the leader of South Boston’s Winter Hill Gang, Bulger wreaked terror on his own community for decades. On the run for 16 years, Bulger would finally be captured by the very agency that once helped him get away with murder. Show Less
James ‘Whitey’ Bulger is one of the most notorious organized crime bosses in American history, not only for the murders he committ...Show More

In Houston, a city where the sex trade is booming, was an organization ruled by one madam, Hortencia Medelles-Arguella. “Tencha” was the mastermind of the biggest sex ring to be busted in Texas. She built her empire on the tears of girls that were smuggled into the United States hoping for a better life. Tencha forced underage girls to work in deplorable conditions and capitalized on their earnings, keeping the wealth for herself. Show Less
In Houston, a city where the sex trade is booming, was an organization ruled by one madam, Hortencia Medelles-Arguella. “Tencha” ...Show More

Rances Ulices Amaya was the leader of a sex trafficking enterprise, exploiting young girls and using the money generated to send back to El Salvador and his machete-carrying gang MS-13. But eventually it would be the victims that would prove stronger than their captor… Show Less
Rances Ulices Amaya was the leader of a sex trafficking enterprise, exploiting young girls and using the money generated to send back ...Show More

Griselda Blanco, "The Godmother," is suspected of scores of murders while transporting cocaine from Colombia to New York, Miami, and Southern California. On the run from the law for over ten years, Blanco was captured in 1985 in Irvine, California. Her trial ended in scandal and she was eventually deported back to Colombia. Show Less
Griselda Blanco, "The Godmother," is suspected of scores of murders while transporting cocaine from Colombia to New York, Miami, and S...Show More

This episode examines Lisette Lee, the supposed Samsung heiress who lived a mysterious life of privilege and luxury until her arrest for narcotics trafficking in 2010. The product of an illicit multi-national love affair, Lee was adopted at a young age and moved from South Korea to Beverly Hills. It was there that she molded and shaped various personalities to manipulate those around her. She went to great lengths to get what she wanted; allegedly kidnapping men, setting up surveillance, and wiretapping "team LL:", her crew of minions. The team was formed after Lee became romantically entangled with David Garrett, a street level drug dealer who partnered with her to move mass amounts of marijuana. Lisette chartered a private jet, Garrett got the drugs, and the squad flew 7,000 lbs of pot from LA to Columbus over 14 different trips. Show Less
This episode examines Lisette Lee, the supposed Samsung heiress who lived a mysterious life of privilege and luxury until her arrest f...Show More

This episode explores the gangland matriarch Maria "Chata" Leon and the criminal underworld created by her murderous brood of gangbanger children. Leaders of the Drew Street Clique of the Avenues Gang, this family ruled a small pocket of Los Angeles for decades. By way of slinging crack cocaine and methamphetamine Maria Leon accrued a great amount of wealth but her status in the hood dwarfed any financial gain she could earn. With an air of invincibility, Maria Leon commanded a reign of terror in L.A. only to be brought to justice by vast federal RICO indictments and multiple military style police invasions into her neighborhood. Maria now awaits her third deportation in federal prison in California. Show Less
This episode explores the gangland matriarch Maria "Chata" Leon and the criminal underworld created by her murderous brood of gangbang...Show More

This episode follows the story of Salvador Magluta and Augusto Falcon, a pair of powerboat racers in Miami who allegedly moved more illegal narcotics than just about anyone in the history of the U.S. War on Drugs. Known as Willy and Sal, they were tried for importing more than 2.1 billion tons of cocaine over more than a decade of trafficking. They were acquitted, but then faced charges of jury tampering. The law finally caught up with Willy and Sal. Falcon plead guilty to obstructing justice and received a 20 year sentence while Sal faced a jury and is now serving 195 years in prison. Show Less
This episode follows the story of Salvador Magluta and Augusto Falcon, a pair of powerboat racers in Miami who allegedly moved more il...Show More

Griselda Blanco, "The Godmother," is suspected of scores of murders while transporting cocaine from Colombia to New York, Miami, and Southern California. On the run from the law for over ten years, Blanco was captured in 1985 in Irvine, California. Her trial ended in scandal and she was eventually deported back to Colombia. Show Less
Griselda Blanco, "The Godmother," is suspected of scores of murders while transporting cocaine from Colombia to New York, Miami, and S...Show More

This episode examines Lisette Lee, the supposed Samsung heiress who lived a mysterious life of privilege and luxury until her arrest for narcotics trafficking in 2010. The product of an illicit multi-national love affair, Lee was adopted at a young age and moved from South Korea to Beverly Hills. It was there that she molded and shaped various personalities to manipulate those around her. She went to great lengths to get what she wanted; allegedly kidnapping men, setting up surveillance, and wiretapping "team LL:", her crew of minions. The team was formed after Lee became romantically entangled with David Garrett, a street level drug dealer who partnered with her to move mass amounts of marijuana. Lisette chartered a private jet, Garrett got the drugs, and the squad flew 7,000 lbs of pot from LA to Columbus over 14 different trips. Show Less
This episode examines Lisette Lee, the supposed Samsung heiress who lived a mysterious life of privilege and luxury until her arrest f...Show More

Sunday, November 24

This episode explores the gangland matriarch Maria "Chata" Leon and the criminal underworld created by her murderous brood of gangbanger children. Leaders of the Drew Street Clique of the Avenues Gang, this family ruled a small pocket of Los Angeles for decades. By way of slinging crack cocaine and methamphetamine Maria Leon accrued a great amount of wealth but her status in the hood dwarfed any financial gain she could earn. With an air of invincibility, Maria Leon commanded a reign of terror in L.A. only to be brought to justice by vast federal RICO indictments and multiple military style police invasions into her neighborhood. Maria now awaits her third deportation in federal prison in California. Show Less
This episode explores the gangland matriarch Maria "Chata" Leon and the criminal underworld created by her murderous brood of gangbang...Show More

This episode follows the story of Salvador Magluta and Augusto Falcon, a pair of powerboat racers in Miami who allegedly moved more illegal narcotics than just about anyone in the history of the U.S. War on Drugs. Known as Willy and Sal, they were tried for importing more than 2.1 billion tons of cocaine over more than a decade of trafficking. They were acquitted, but then faced charges of jury tampering. The law finally caught up with Willy and Sal. Falcon plead guilty to obstructing justice and received a 20 year sentence while Sal faced a jury and is now serving 195 years in prison. Show Less
This episode follows the story of Salvador Magluta and Augusto Falcon, a pair of powerboat racers in Miami who allegedly moved more il...Show More

Tuesday, November 26

Juan Garcia Abrego was the leader of the Gulf Cartel, one of the most violent and lucrative drug cartels in Mexican history. After aligning with the Cali Cartel of Colombia, Garcia Abrego’s cocaine smuggling empire grew to an estimated $10 billion. Despite his nickname, “The Doll,” Garcia Abrego was brutal in his violence. He was suspected of ordering dozens of killings; victims reportedly included rival drug traffickers and journalists. He spent years on the run from law enforcement, much of it, hiding in plain sight. But his days on the run would be numbered… Show Less
Juan Garcia Abrego was the leader of the Gulf Cartel, one of the most violent and lucrative drug cartels in Mexican history. After ali...Show More

The Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, also known as the ABT, was a violent white supremacist gang that boasted thousands of members inside and outside of prison throughout Texas and the U.S. Though formed in prison to protect themselves against other races, most of the gang’s violence outside of prison was inflicted upon its own members who betrayed the gang in any way. The ABT’s mantra is “God forgives, Brothers don’t.” Ultimately, the loyalty the ABT demanded was nowhere to be found, as members helped put the gang right back behind the prison walls where they first formed. Show Less
The Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, also known as the ABT, was a violent white supremacist gang that boasted thousands of members inside a...Show More

Danny Greene was a notorious underworld figure. He was a union boss, an embezzler, a Mafia enforcer and an FBI informant. He considered himself a Celtic Warrior, patterned after his beloved Irish lore, and started a war with the Cleveland Mafia, playing with fire until his Irish luck ran out. Show Less
Danny Greene was a notorious underworld figure. He was a union boss, an embezzler, a Mafia enforcer and an FBI informant. He considere...Show More

Omar Portee, aka OG Mack, reportedly formed the East Coast faction of the Bloods. Portee got his education in gang life by watching the notorious street gang operate on the West Coast, and then brought the knowledge back home to the Bronx, and specifically, Rikers Island. The infamous prison is where Portee would create the United Blood Nation, and soon watch it spread throughout the East Coast. Show Less
Omar Portee, aka OG Mack, reportedly formed the East Coast faction of the Bloods. Portee got his education in gang life by watching th...Show More

Juan Garcia Abrego was the leader of the Gulf Cartel, one of the most violent and lucrative drug cartels in Mexican history. After aligning with the Cali Cartel of Colombia, Garcia Abrego’s cocaine smuggling empire grew to an estimated $10 billion. Despite his nickname, “The Doll,” Garcia Abrego was brutal in his violence. He was suspected of ordering dozens of killings; victims reportedly included rival drug traffickers and journalists. He spent years on the run from law enforcement, much of it, hiding in plain sight. But his days on the run would be numbered… Show Less
Juan Garcia Abrego was the leader of the Gulf Cartel, one of the most violent and lucrative drug cartels in Mexican history. After ali...Show More

The Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, also known as the ABT, was a violent white supremacist gang that boasted thousands of members inside and outside of prison throughout Texas and the U.S. Though formed in prison to protect themselves against other races, most of the gang’s violence outside of prison was inflicted upon its own members who betrayed the gang in any way. The ABT’s mantra is “God forgives, Brothers don’t.” Ultimately, the loyalty the ABT demanded was nowhere to be found, as members helped put the gang right back behind the prison walls where they first formed. Show Less
The Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, also known as the ABT, was a violent white supremacist gang that boasted thousands of members inside a...Show More

Wednesday, November 27

Danny Greene was a notorious underworld figure. He was a union boss, an embezzler, a Mafia enforcer and an FBI informant. He considered himself a Celtic Warrior, patterned after his beloved Irish lore, and started a war with the Cleveland Mafia, playing with fire until his Irish luck ran out. Show Less
Danny Greene was a notorious underworld figure. He was a union boss, an embezzler, a Mafia enforcer and an FBI informant. He considere...Show More

Omar Portee, aka OG Mack, reportedly formed the East Coast faction of the Bloods. Portee got his education in gang life by watching the notorious street gang operate on the West Coast, and then brought the knowledge back home to the Bronx, and specifically, Rikers Island. The infamous prison is where Portee would create the United Blood Nation, and soon watch it spread throughout the East Coast. Show Less
Omar Portee, aka OG Mack, reportedly formed the East Coast faction of the Bloods. Portee got his education in gang life by watching th...Show More

Saturday, November 30

This episode explores the case of The Queenpin--Jemeker Thompson. Thompson rose to the top of the cocaine trade during the peak of the 1980's crack epidemic in Los Angeles. Thompson's former boyfriend would cooperate with authorities and snitch her out. On the run for two years, she was finally captured in 1993 at her son's 6th grade graduation. Thompson was released from prison in 2005 and is now an evangelical minister. Show Less
This episode explores the case of The Queenpin--Jemeker Thompson. Thompson rose to the top of the cocaine trade during the peak of the...Show More

This episode features the rise and fall of Johnny Eng, one of the most notorious drug traffickers in the history of Manhattan's Chinatown. A one-time informant for the DEA, "Machine Gun Johnny" thought he could snitch on all his rivals to monopolize the heroin trade on the eastern seaboard. The special task force set up by the DEA would chase Eng all the way to Hong Kong. Eventually extradited to the U.S., Eng would hire John Gotti's lawyer to defend him against a prosecutor known as "The Dragon Lady." Show Less
This episode features the rise and fall of Johnny Eng, one of the most notorious drug traffickers in the history of Manhattan's Chinat...Show More

This episode features Carlos Lehder, Medellin Cartel member and self-proclaimed Nazi. Lehder revolutionized the cocaine business by taking over an island in the Bahamas and using it as a way station between Colombia and the U.S. On Norman's Cay, the Colombian Rambo meets his match in a professor and diving enthusiast named Richard Novak who will stop at nothing to protect his paradise. Lehder is eventually run off the island and resorts to terrorizing authorities in his homeland to stay out of jail. After years on the run, he's extradited to the U.S. and sentenced to life plus 135 years. When he agrees to testify against Panamanian dictator, Manuel Noriega, he disappears into witness protection. Show Less
This episode features Carlos Lehder, Medellin Cartel member and self-proclaimed Nazi. Lehder revolutionized the cocaine business by ta...Show More

Tied as a boy to Mr. Untouchable, heroin kingpin Nicky Barnes, Pistol Pete came up in the game, growing up in the Soundview projects of the Bronx. In the mist of the 1980s crack epidemic, Pistol Pete earned his nickname after starting his own gang--Sex, Money, Murder. He and his underlings incorporated the organization in an effort to launder the drug money and expanded their operations outside New York. Pistol Pete would ultimately confess to pulling the trigger on many of his rivals, but justice wouldn't stop his killer reputation. Once behind bars he continued to orchestrate murders. At the age of 25, in order to avoid the death penalty, he accepted a plea bargain of life behind bars in solitary confinement. Show Less
Tied as a boy to Mr. Untouchable, heroin kingpin Nicky Barnes, Pistol Pete came up in the game, growing up in the Soundview projects o...Show More

This episode explores the case of The Queenpin--Jemeker Thompson. Thompson rose to the top of the cocaine trade during the peak of the 1980's crack epidemic in Los Angeles. Thompson's former boyfriend would cooperate with authorities and snitch her out. On the run for two years, she was finally captured in 1993 at her son's 6th grade graduation. Thompson was released from prison in 2005 and is now an evangelical minister. Show Less
This episode explores the case of The Queenpin--Jemeker Thompson. Thompson rose to the top of the cocaine trade during the peak of the...Show More

This episode features the rise and fall of Johnny Eng, one of the most notorious drug traffickers in the history of Manhattan's Chinatown. A one-time informant for the DEA, "Machine Gun Johnny" thought he could snitch on all his rivals to monopolize the heroin trade on the eastern seaboard. The special task force set up by the DEA would chase Eng all the way to Hong Kong. Eventually extradited to the U.S., Eng would hire John Gotti's lawyer to defend him against a prosecutor known as "The Dragon Lady." Show Less
This episode features the rise and fall of Johnny Eng, one of the most notorious drug traffickers in the history of Manhattan's Chinat...Show More

Sunday, December 01

This episode features Carlos Lehder, Medellin Cartel member and self-proclaimed Nazi. Lehder revolutionized the cocaine business by taking over an island in the Bahamas and using it as a way station between Colombia and the U.S. On Norman's Cay, the Colombian Rambo meets his match in a professor and diving enthusiast named Richard Novak who will stop at nothing to protect his paradise. Lehder is eventually run off the island and resorts to terrorizing authorities in his homeland to stay out of jail. After years on the run, he's extradited to the U.S. and sentenced to life plus 135 years. When he agrees to testify against Panamanian dictator, Manuel Noriega, he disappears into witness protection. Show Less
This episode features Carlos Lehder, Medellin Cartel member and self-proclaimed Nazi. Lehder revolutionized the cocaine business by ta...Show More

Tied as a boy to Mr. Untouchable, heroin kingpin Nicky Barnes, Pistol Pete came up in the game, growing up in the Soundview projects of the Bronx. In the mist of the 1980s crack epidemic, Pistol Pete earned his nickname after starting his own gang--Sex, Money, Murder. He and his underlings incorporated the organization in an effort to launder the drug money and expanded their operations outside New York. Pistol Pete would ultimately confess to pulling the trigger on many of his rivals, but justice wouldn't stop his killer reputation. Once behind bars he continued to orchestrate murders. At the age of 25, in order to avoid the death penalty, he accepted a plea bargain of life behind bars in solitary confinement. Show Less
Tied as a boy to Mr. Untouchable, heroin kingpin Nicky Barnes, Pistol Pete came up in the game, growing up in the Soundview projects o...Show More

About Gangsters: America’s Most Evil

Gangsters: America’s Most Evil is a cinematic documentary series that explores the rise and fall of some of the most nefarious and notorious criminals brought to justice by the United States government. From thugs to lethal beauties, outlaws to kingpins, each episode profiles these gangsters and reveals their sinister motives, transgressions and the circumstances that eventually led to their downfall.

 

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A lineup full of “Real Lives. Real Stories. Real Celebrities” is coming your way starting Sept. 10 on REELZ. New series include Rich and Acquitted, Hollywood Homicide Uncovered and Scandal Made Me Famous. New documentary specials include Titanic: Sinking the Myths, Karen Carpenter: Goodbye to Love and Reagan: From Movie Star to President. Rounding out new fall programming are returning series Autopsy: The Last Hours of… and Gangsters: America’s Most Evil.