Arpaio's karma finally caught up with him today. Read more here.
Approaching the anniversary of my ten-year release from prison, I’m pleased to announce the publication of my eighth book over that period. The Cali Cartel: Beyond Narcos is now available worldwide on Amazon as a paperback and an e-book here. The audiobook will be available within two weeks. If you live in the USA, you have a chance to win a copy of the paperback for free at this Amazon giveaway. The Cali Cartel took over Pablo Escobar’s cocaine business, and the book includes the war between the cartels. Here’s the Narcos trailer introducing Gilberto – the head of the Cali Cartel – as the new super-villain for Narcos Season 3.
For my long-term blog readers, the only Arizona prisoner I still get letters consistently from is T-Bone, a former US Marine who uses his fighting skills to stop prison rape. His harrowing accounts of Arizona prison life can be read at my blog here.
My YouTube channel subscribers have risen. I should be over 10,000 by the end of the year. I’ve set up a prison questions playlist. If you have any prison questions you’d like to see me make a video about, please add them to the YouTube comments or email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sales are starting to rise for my book American Made on the back of the imminent release of the Tom Cruise movie American Made. The action-packed trailer about the CIA’s cocaine smuggling pilot Barry Seal is here, but from watching it, I can tell that the movie has whitewashed Barry’s story to make it US government friendly – just like Narcos is told from the DEA’s perspective. The DEA agents threatened to pull out of Narcos if Pablo Escobar’s son was allowed to contribute.
I’m just finishing the final book in my War on Drugs series, We Are Being Lied To, which hopefully should be published by the end of the year.
In August, I have three talks in London. Tickets and further info.
2 FREE Audiobook Giveaways
Audiobook Giveaway 1
If you’d like a free audiobook of American Made about the CIA drug smuggler Barry Seal, I have some Amazon codes to give away, so just email me your request and state your country at email@example.com
Audiobook Giveaway 2
If you’d like a free audiobook of Unmaking a Murderer based on the Netflix series, I have some Amazon codes to give away, so just email me your request and state your country at firstname.lastname@example.org
It was a real honour to be asked to judge prisoners’ short stories for the Koestler Trust, who help prisoners rehabilitate through art. Ten years ago, I won a Koestler Award for a short story, which I read to an audience at London’s Royal Festival Hall. It got me a place on the Koestler mentor scheme, and I was assigned a published author, who helped me achieve my writing goals and launched me as an author. My sessions with my mentor are all available here.
There has been lots of Making a Murderer news. Kathleen Zellner filed a 1,272-page notice for post-conviction relief. She named Ryan Hillegas as the lead murder suspect and accused Ken Kratz of fraudulent conduct. The motion was so significant that I have replaced the chapter at the end of Unmaking a Murderer with a new chapter titled “Did Ryan Hillegas Kill Teresa?” which you can listen to me narrate here.
The Federal Court ruled in favour of Brendan Dassey, and mandated that some action must be taken within 90 days such as retrying him. The corrupt State of Wisconsin is throwing vast taxpayers resources at holding this innocent young man in prison because they don’t want to pay millions in compensation. It’s despicable that they have not only destroyed a mild-mannered teenager’s life, but that they continue to incarcerate him with zero evidence of him ever committing a crime.
I’ve added several new videos to my Making a Murderer playlist, which are all available here.
If you’d like a free audiobook of Unmaking a Murderer, I still have some Amazon codes to give away, so just email me your request and state your country at email@example.com