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Varnamtown

Two years ago, Kyle MacLachlan, the star of Twin Peaks, called investigative journalist Joshua Davis with a strange story. Kyle had heard a rumor that Pablo Escobar did a deal in the early 1980s with a remote, coastal Southern town of 300 people. In exchange for vast wealth and limitless cocaine, Escobar would be allowed to land planes and ships in the area. Over the last 24 months, Josh and Kyle investigated the rumor, journeying to Varnamtown to knock on doors and find out what really happens when a firehose of money and cocaine is turned on a small, tight knit community.

Just Another Pablo - Episode 8

Varnamtown

  • 380 views
  • 4 months ago
  • 41:55

In our final episode, we hear from Mike Easley, the guy who prosecuted the locals in Varnamtown and eventually became governor of North Carolina. In the end, was Varnamtown a major transshipment site for Pablo Escobar’s cocaine? Or was the whole thing a giant ruse that Dale Varnam concocted to entertain his friends and neighbors? Thank you for supporting our sponsors! G-Defy Shoes: Visit https://GDEFY.com, and use discount code TOWN for an exclusive $30 off orders of $150 or more. Better Help: This podcast is sponsored by Better Help. Visit https://BetterHelp.com/TOWN to get 10% off your first month. Wooga: Discover your inner detective when you download June’s Journey for free today on iOS and Android.

Dale Varnam - Episode 7

Varnamtown

  • 440 views
  • 4 months ago
  • 35:10

At long last, we venture inside Fort Apache, the town within a town constructed by Dale Varnam. For months, we have heard about Dale’s reputed deal with Pablo Escobar, the deal that transformed Varnamtown. Now we’ll venture inside Dale’s lair in search of the truth. But can he be trusted? And why does everyone have a different perspective on him? Thank you for supporting our sponsors! Viia Hemp: Go to https://ViiaHemp.com & use code TOWN to receive 15% off PLUS one free sample of their Sleep Dreams gummies. 21+ Wooga: Discover your inner detective when you download June’s Journey for free today on iOS and Android. G-Defy Shoes: Visit https://GDEFY.com, and use discount code TOWN for an exclusive $30 off orders of $150 or more.

Listen now: The Underworld Podcast

Varnamtown

  • 340 views
  • 4 months ago
  • 04:11

Underworld exposes the secret world of transnational criminal networks that have flourished since there were banks to bust, drugs to smuggle, and scams to run. Journalists Danny Gold and Sean Williams bring their experience reporting on dangerous people and organizations to take listeners on a global tour of mobsters, warlords and crooks - from Brooklyn to Beijing, from the streets to the boardrooms - and everywhere in between. Underworld is a show about heroes, villains, and the barely visible mafias that affect all our lives, whether we know it or not. Listen to Underworld wherever you get your podcasts.

Attack Turkeys - Episode 6

Varnamtown

  • 370 views
  • 5 months ago
  • 34:09

Corey Duber, a cop from Brooklyn, arrives in Varnamtown to take down Dale Varnam’s drug empire. He wins Dale’s trust and suddenly Dale starts naming names…a lot of them. Thank you for supporting our sponsors! Factor: Go to https://FactorMeals.com/Varnamtown50 and use code VARNAMTOWN50 to get 50% off. G-Defy Shoes: Visit https://GDEFY.com, and use discount code TOWN for an exclusive $30 off orders of $150 or more. Better Help: This podcast is sponsored by Better Help. Visit https://BetterHelp.com/TOWN to get 10% off your first month.

The Captain Tom - Episode 2

Varnamtown

  • 580 views
  • 6 months ago
  • 32:37

A cargo ship filled with drugs runs aground outside of Varnamtown. To make matters worse, the grounding happens in front of Roger Morton’s house, one of the only people in the area set on stopping the influx of drugs. Roger decides he needs to take serious action, setting up a titanic struggle between him and his neighbors. Thank you for supporting our sponsors! Better Help: This podcast is sponsored by Better Help. Visit https://BetterHelp.com/TOWN to get 10% off your first month.

REO Speedwagon - Episode 1

Varnamtown

  • 890 views
  • 6 months ago
  • 31:13

In 1981, REO Speedwagon’s airplane landed outside of Varnamtown, a remote town in North Carolina. The cargo: a massive amount of drugs from Barranquilla, Colombia. The shipment revealed a startling connection between Colombia and Varnamtown, population 300. Did Pablo Escobar really do a deal en masse with the entire town? Kyle MacLachlan and investigative journalist Joshua Davis begin their journey into the swampy backwaters of the coastal South to uncover the truth. Thank you for supporting our sponsors! Hello Fresh: Go to https://HelloFresh.com/VarnamtownFree and use the code VARNAMTOWNFREE to get FREE breakfast for life. One breakfast item per box while subscription is active. Better Help: This podcast is sponsored by Better Help. Visit https://BetterHelp.com/TOWN to get 10% off your first month.