Right Now in Hitman

Host Rainbow Valentine discovers her artist mom and 'businessman' dad were deeply involved in the illegal drug trade and unknowingly spent her childhood among a massive pot distribution operation. As she talks with her father in intimate interviews, Rainbow Valentine uncovers a history of her childhood that causes her to reassess everything — and gives us a unique personal window into the infamous counter-culture of Marin County in the 70s and 80s -- from Ken Kesey's acid tests and the birth of the Grateful Dead to a drug culture that hardened and became more dangerous in response to the War On Drugs. Disorganized Crime is available wherever you get your podcasts. Listen here.

Just over 25 years after her family was destroyed by her father, Tiffani Horn shares some haunting memories for the first time and how she’s found beauty in the ashes.

An explosion in the Midwest. Drug dealers getting ripped off in Florida. A complex meth lab. This crime spree is all linked by one man — a former cop who may have been the inspiration for the Hit Man book.

Introducing Murder in Oregon

In January of 1989 the director of Oregon’s Department of Corrections, Michael Francke, was brutally stabbed to death outside his office in Salem. The murder was quickly ruled a “car burglary gone wrong” and pinned on a low-level drug dealer named Frank Gable, a man who Francke's own brother, Kevin, along with storied Oregon reporter Phil Stanford, believe has been wrongfully imprisoned for nearly 30 years. They contend Francke had uncovered a trail of corruption in the prison system— one that led to the top of Oregon’s political establishment. Murder In Oregon follows the two men on a decades-long journey, bordering on obsession, into Oregon’s drug and crime-infested underworld to answer one question: Who really killed Michael Francke?


Murder in Oregon is now available. Listen here.

Introducing: Disgraceland

Murder, infidelity, suicide, arson, overdose, religious cults, drug trafficking; this podcast explores the alleged true crime antics and criminal connections of musicians we love like Jerry Lee Lewis, The Rolling Stones, Tay K-47, Tupac Shakur, Mayhem, Amy Winehouse and many more. Why? Because real rock stars are more like narcissistic animals than functioning members of society and that is precisely what makes them so damn entertaining. If you love true crime and you love music then get ready to love this podcast.

Rex Feral claims to be a hit man, who states, “If my advice and the proven methods in this book are followed, certainly no one will ever know.” But we found another story.

Attorneys John Marshall and Howard Siegel, along with the victims' families, go after Paladin Press in an effort to get Hit Man: A Technical Manual for Independent Contractors off the shelves. And a judge makes a landmark decision about whether this how-to guide can be considered an accomplice to murder. 

Playboy magazine once called Paladin Press “the most dangerous publisher in America.” But the real-life story of the non-fiction press, and the two Vietnam vets who founded it, is stranger than fiction.

Dropping in with a quick update to let you know we’re following up on some new reporting. We'll be back next week!

Lawrence Horn is poised to inherit his son's $1.7 million estate, but Millie's surviving family makes moves to block him, using Maryland's Slayer's Rule. Meanwhile, the concurrent criminal investigation tickles the wires. 









In pursuit of a $1.7 million trust fund, a hitman is hired. He follows two dozen recommendations in Rex Feral’s how-to manual, murders three people, including an 8-year-old child, and almost gets away with it.

You might not know the name Lawrence T. Horn, but you definitely know his work. Nicknamed “Your Man with the Plan”, the talented engineer is riding high at Hitsville USA, helping to create some of Motown’s greatest hits. One day, while flying first class on a flight to Los Angeles, he meets his match – a determined and beautiful flight attendant named Millie Maree.

If Books Could Kill

In 1983, the Colorado-based non-fiction publisher, Paladin Press, released a book called Hit Man: A Technical Manual for Independent Contractors. The author, who wrote under the pen name Rex Feral, offered very specific tips for the aspiring contract killer— where to find employment, how much to charge...and how to get away with it.

In 1990 Lawrence Horn was laid off from Motown Records and spiraled into debt. Three years later, he saw one way out. So he hired a Hit Man.

Five years ago, journalist Jasmyn Morris discovered a book called Hit Man: A Technical Manual for Independent Contractors, and the fact that it’d been used to commit a triple murder. From iHeart Radio and Hit Home Media, this is the story of a man who had a hand in many of Motown’s hits, the hit on his family, an elusive author, a murder manual, and how the drive for money can sometimes cost too much. Coming August 2019.