Gary Webb

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2014

    Gary Webb: Pariah No More

    A few months after Gary Webb killed himself with his dad's old pistol, I stood shirtless in my back yard, staring at the full moon. The sky was black and cloudless, the moon blurry. Earlier that night, I'd poured myself several splashes of single-malt scotch. I shook my fist in the air and screamed. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2014

    Read Nick Schou's Kill the Messenger, See the Trailer, Read the Review, See the Flick

    As you'd expect, the cover has changed to OC Weekly managing editor Nick Schou's book Kill the Messenger now that a major motion picture of the same title based on the book hits theaters today. Whether vintage or new, you'll want to read the book before venturing into a local theater to see the mo ... More >>

  • Film

    October 9, 2014

    Gary Webb Never Said No to the Truth

    Kill the Messenger is sad, compelling and oh-so-typical

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2014

    Charles Bowden, Drug War Poet and Border Chronicler, RIP

    Charles Bowden, the prolific writer on America's border with Mexico and the drug violence that has plagued the region, died of unknown causes this past Saturday at age 69. I got to know Bowden when he wrote the introduction to my book Kill the Messenger, about the late journalist Gary Webb, eight y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2013

    Tosh Plumlee, Ex-CIA Contract Pilot, Spills Beans On Murder Of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena

    Remember Tosh Plumlee? He was the star of my Sept. 2006 cover story, "Cocaine Airways," which detailed his colorful career as a contract pilot for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. In that story, I wrote about how Plumlee, a Texas native, found work for the CIA in the 1950s flying weapons to Cas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2013

    OC WeeklyManaging Editor Nick Schou's Latest Book, The Weed Runners, Out Today: BUY BUY BUY!

    OC Weekly managing editor Nick Schou is too humble a guy to make much noise about this, but I sure as hell isn't: his latest book, The Weed Runners: Travels with the Outlaw Capitalists of America's Medical Marijuana Trade, is out TODAY. BUY BUY BUY! And here's the link to buy--and do buy, won't you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2013

    Kill The Messenger, Long-Anticipated Gary Webb Film, Now Filming!

    Filming began this week in Atlanta, Georgia, on Kill the Messenger, a Focus Features movie based on my similarly-titled 2006 book, as well as Gary Webb's 1998 volume, "Dark Alliance." My book shares its title with a December 2004 obituary I wrote for this paper about Webb's suicide and how what sho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    Book by Weekly Managing Editor Nick Schou About Late Reporter Gary Webb Being Turned into Movie!

    In 2006, Weekly managing editor Nick Schou published Kill the Messenger: How the CIA's Crack-Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb, a gripping, well-told tale about the reporter who more than anyone unveiled how the CIA played all sorts of dirty tricks during the 1980s drug war in South ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2010

    Nick Schou Scores "Orange Sunshine"

    ​Nick Schou sits one cubicle away from mine at OC Weekly. And yet, I interviewed him about his new book, Orange Sunshine: The Brotherhood of Eternal Love and Its Quest to Spread Peace, Love, and Acid to the World, from my home while he was on the road to his home in Long Beach. Complicating matter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2008

    Nick Schou=King of All Media

    Join us in congratulating our terse Norse, Nick Schou. Variety reports today that Universal is developing a film based on Nick's excellent 2006 book Kill the Messenger, which detailed the tragic career of brave journalist Gary Webb. And this isn't some rinky-dink, indie-film bullshit we're talking a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2007

    Saturday's Headlines & Surprises: Pampering Predators

    To Catch--and Pamper!--a Predator: Where the hell is Chris Hansen with Dateline NBC? Why do I ask? Well, in Orange County, authority figures--particularly cops--nabbed for outrageous sexual conduct either get re-elected, promoted or pampered. The latest example is Jason David Rosewarne. The marri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2007

    Friday's Headlines & Surprises

    No, really? You can finally relax. The Coastline Pilot decided it was time to voice its opposition to alcohol consumption by teenagers. “Drinks, teens shouldn't mix,” the Los Angeles Times-owned community paper serving Laguna Beach declared today. And just in case readers didn't comprehend the s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2007

    Luke Ford interviews our own Nick Schou

    Everyone's favorite porn-blogging, Orthodox Jewish, Air Supply fan/Moral Leader heard Nick speak at the L.A. times festival of Books, and decided to interview him further about the book Kill the Messenger: How the CIA's Crack-Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb He has full audio up a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2007

    Schou Mug Shot Hits LA Times

    Yes, OC Weekly investigative reporter Nick Schou got his mug shot in today's Los Angeles Times. No, he wasn't participating again in a riot, peeking inside an undercover DEA 18-wheeler or even driving solo in the HOV lane. A year or so ago, Schou thought it'd be fun to perform his normal work duti ... More >>

  • Columns

    November 16, 2006

    Commie Girl

    Madam Chairwoman: Rock on!

  • Culture

    November 9, 2006

    Finding a Scapegoat

    Nick Schou's Kill the Messenger

  • News

    October 5, 2006

    Kill the Messenger

    The tragic unraveling of one of Americas most talented yet enigmatic investigative journalists.

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2006

    For Those of You Looking for Nick Schou...

    ...After reading his excellent summary of his coming book on Gary Webb, leave comments here. For those of who don't know what the hell I'm talking about, read the link--then leave your comments here.

  • Music

    August 17, 2006
  • Blogs

    August 8, 2006

    Nick Schou, Celebrity (Part Uno)

    For the past three years, I've spent almost every Sunday morning playing tennis with my colleague and lunch/parking buddy Nick Schou (exceptions were made for his vacations, rain or whenever I get lucky). And almost every Sunday, it's been the same result: Nick kicks my ass. But the man never boasts ... More >>

  • Features

    October 20, 2005
  • Features

    September 8, 2005
  • Columns

    May 5, 2005
  • News

    April 28, 2005

    Dr. Death Revisited

    In French TV documentary, ex-CIA official admits ties to CIA-cocaine scandal character

  • News

    February 17, 2005

    Dead End

    Feds deny connection between CIA and ex-Laguna Beach cop and drug dealer. So why are his files secret?

  • Columns

    January 27, 2005
  • Columns

    January 20, 2005
  • News

    December 16, 2004

    Kill the Messenger

    Gary Webb, 1955-2004

  • News

    August 29, 2002

    Our Man in San Salvador

    Notorious generals U.S. ties ran through an ex-OC cop

  • News

    May 2, 2002

    Crack Cop

    New FBI documents add to the mystery surrounding a former Laguna cop who says he ran coke for the Nicaraguan rebels

  • Features

    July 19, 2001

    Crack Cop

    FBI documents link an ex-Laguna cop and drug runner to an Irvine executive with ties to the CIA

  • Features

    July 5, 2001

    True Lies?

    Ken Bucchi says he was a drug-running spook. The CIA says hes an impostor

  • News

    June 3, 1999

    A Gray Area

    OC judge is wild card in Citizens Drug Inquiry

  • Columns

    December 3, 1998