TRUE CRIME UNCENSORED!
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Guest: Paul Guzzo, author of
The Dark Side of Sunshine
Murder, mayhem, militias, marijuana, mafia and The Mons.
A criminal history of Tampa focusing on its most infamous people and events of the past century.
Historians seem to love painting a picture of Tampa’s past as one of immigrants happily working side-by-side to create a utopian society that became the cigar capital of the world and later a destination hailed as one of “the nation’s next best cities.” While this is true to some extent, Tampa also has a dark side.
Tampa’s history can be divided into three dark eras – the early years of danger, where the greatest fear was the nightmarish individuals who were allowed to roam the nights in a city without a proper law enforcement organization in place; the mid-1900s when one of the most power criminal syndicates in the nation made its home in Tampa and when a another nation’s revolutionary war affected the city’s residents; and the late 1900s to early 2000s when Tampa became a sexual playground. Each flows effortlessly into the next, one always passing the torch to the next.
Some of the names associated with these eras are well known in all corners of Tampa -Santo Trafficante, Fidel Castro and Joe Redner. While others are either less known or completely unknown – Charlie Wall, Tampa’s first godfather; Robert Anderson, one of the nation’s first serial killers; and Bobby Rodriguez, owner of Tampa’s first GoGo bar.
Whether known or unknown, good or bad, each of the individuals explored in this book had an impact on Tampa’s history.
These are their stories.
Born and raised in Trenton, New Jersey, Paul Guzzo moved to Tampa, Fl. in 1999. He spent 10 years as head writer at La Gaceta Newspaper – the nation’s ONLY tri-linguel newspaper – where he wrote a weekly profile on Tampa Bay’s most prolific personalities, from mayors and governors to CIA agents and military generals to artists and athletes. He continues to work for La Gaceta on a freelance basis. He is also senior writer for Cigar City Magazine, a Tampa-based history magazine. Along with his brother, he has produced numerous independent films that have shown all over the world, and have won dozens of awards along the way.
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