Alchemy of Violence: Narcos, Reapers and Survival

Alchemy of Violence: Narcos, Reapers and Survival

Alchemy of Violence: Narcos, Reapers and Survival

CATEGORY: Society & Culture
In this multi-part podcast, "Alchemy of Violence: Narcos, Reapers and Survival," host and Marine Staff Sgt. Johnny Joey Jones will guide you through a series of wide-ranging interviews with Ed Calderon, a former paramilitary law enforcement officer from Mexico who took on the country's ruthless drug cartels face-to-face at a time when their gruesome violence was reaching a fever pitch in 2006 and beyond. Calderon’s dangerous career south of the border, and the rampant corruption he says came with it, ultimately forced him to run for his life. It also left him with a lifetime's worth of on-the-ground experience, and a set of unique survival skills akin to a real-life McGuyver, just a few years shy of his 40th birthday. In his own words, Calderon shares intimate details on everything from his childhood and family inspiration, to the horrors he witnessed firsthand in his career, and how he’s using those experiences now to help others who might be recovering from similar traumas –a new career in what he calls his "after-life."
  1. June 28, 2021
    2 min
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    Alchemy of Violence Trailer
    In this multi-part podcast, “Alchemy of Violence: Narcos, Reapers and Survival,” host and Marine Staff Sgt. Johnny Joey Jones will guide you through a series of wide-ranging interviews with Ed Calderon, a forme…
  2. July 08, 2021
    35 min
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    Birth of a Reaper - E1
    Meet Ed Calderon, a former paramilitary law enforcement officer from Mexico who acquired a set of unique survival skills over a career confronting drug cartels that makes even some special operators nervous, an…
  3. August 16, 2021
    36 min
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    Plata O Plomo - Ep2
    A bribe or death. Silver or lead. The evil Ed faced in his career was nothing, and everything, that he knew it would be going into it.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
  4. August 16, 2021
    29 min
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    The Making of a (Narco) "Saint" - E3
    Ed forges the Sneak Reaper mindset, whether he knows it at the time or not, with a little inspiration from “Santa Muerte,” aka “the Holy Death.” An origin story like you’ve never heard before.Learn more about y…
  5. August 16, 2021
    36 min
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    Journey of a Reaper - E4
    Ed runs for his life, literally, when his new bosses ask him to start targeting one cartel and ignoring the others. He also discusses the gruesome killings of some American women and children in the Mexican des…
  6. August 16, 2021
    18 min
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    Disciple of a Teenage Escape Artist - E5
    Ed Calderon is perhaps best-known for his escape skills; picking locks, getting out of handcuffs, discretely carrying the tools needed to do so and generally being able to break free from a variety of life-thre…
  7. August 16, 2021
    34 min
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    Who Has Ever Been in An Abduction Before? - E6
    Ed uses the skills he acquired working anti-abduction details for Mexican government officials to helptrain others who face the threat of violence or kidnappings in everyday life. And for some of Ed’s students,…
  8. August 16, 2021
    30 min
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    Criminally Sourced Expression of Love - E7
    Ed is an impressive guy to some special operators, but he says the people who have wound up impressing him the most are typically ordinary people who find themselves in extraordinary situations. And some of his…
  9. August 16, 2021
    26 min
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    Stillness Is Death - E8
    Change is one of the few constants for Ed Calderon, and moving too fast can sometimes result in important stories of heroism being forgotten, and tales of true evil being spun into something else. Plus, his tak…
  10. August 16, 2021
    19 min
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    What is a Knife Good For? - E9
    Ed says saving your life, and the lives of others, can often come down to having things on your person that are small enough to fit in your pocket. Find out what those things are, and what Ed’s mother has to do…
  11. August 16, 2021
    31 min
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    A Little Bit Quiet - E10
    After years of trauma, even someone with the mindset of a Sneak Reaper needs a hand on their journey to recovery. That was certainly true for Ed, but his initial experiences with prescription drugs for some of…
  12. August 16, 2021
    44 min
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    Ask Me About the Rooster - E11
    Our podcast ends with a story of “fever dreams,” fallen friends, and a fighting rooster who lived to see the after-life. Ed Calderon now has a song of his own.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.f…

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