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True Crime Uncensored: Author of The Frank Matthews Story (Drug Kingpin Vanishes with $15 Million! ), Ron Chepesiuk

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The Frank Matthews Story

Frank matthewsMore powerful than the Mafia. He was the biggest drug dealer in America. In 1973 he jumped bail and disappeared with 15 million dollars. He has never been seen again. Nearly four decades later, the fate of Frank Matthews remains a complete mystery.”It’s as if Matthews dropped off the face of the earth,” explained Mike Pizzi, a retired U.S. Marshal who was involved with the hunt for Matthews, the fugitive, for several years.

The one hour and 23 minute documentary features rare archival footage, interviews with numerous sources who previously haven t talked on camera about Frank Matthews and never before seen photos of Matthews. The documentary explores several intriguing questions: how was Matthews been able to operate for several years without being detected? What was his relationship with La Cosa Nostra? Why did the CIA get involved in the Matthews investigation? Why has the mystery of his disappearance been so difficult to solve?

Born in 1944 in Durham, North Carolina, Matthews left his hometown when he was a teenager, going first to Philadelphia and then to New York City. By the early 1970 s, Frank Matthews had become America’s biggest drug kingpin. His organization, headquartered in Brooklyn, stretched across more than 20 states, and he became the only Black gangster to establish direct ties to the French Connection heroin pipeline. To quote a federal prosecutor assigned to the Matthews case, “Matthews was a pioneering giant of drug distribution.”

Matthews’ organization eventually outgrew even the Italian Mafia, and when he built himself a mansion in

RoncStaten Island’s most exclusive neighborhood (and across the street from mobsters Paul Castellano and Three Finger Brown), he found himself on the verge of a war with La Cosa Nostra. Matthews also battled militant Black Muslims for control in the streets of New Jersey and Philadelphia as he built his empire. The $15 to 20 million dollars he disappeared with is roughly equivalent to $100 million in today’s cash.

What happened to Frank Matthews? “That s the most intriguing question in organized crime history,” said Ron Chepesiuk, who has spent five years researching the Frank Matthews story. Despite one of the largest manhunts in US history, there is no proof as to whether he is alive or dead.

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  1. calvin says

    I first and utmost you need to know that I am and have been a dear friend to Frank. We met or should I say that our friendship blossomed when I walk into Brownies hide away, Bar location 714 St. Marks Avenue, right around the corner from Franks apartment, “The Ponderosa,” 925 Prospect Place, Brooklyn, New York 11213, to kill Frank. Richard Thrasher intervene, he saw the pistol in my hand and stop me from committing suicide, if I had did such a foolist thing I would had killed my self! For a friend who wasn’t worth two dead fly’s in a bowl of butter milk! exactly two years later in the same Bar Frank and Vinny Moore the owner of the Bar pulled me off of Harry who is the one who had originally got me to shoot Frank Matthews! Frank disrespected a friend of mines woman , her name was Linda, she looked almost like Barbara Hinton ! if you contact me I believe we could put together a real life story that would put Empire to shame!
    call me: 347-965-3091 or email me I rather the phone smile Old school!
    I am now (70) years old, lets do this I goth some real good book and movie material!

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