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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Madam Chairwoman: Rock on!
Nick Schou's Kill the Messenger
The tragic unraveling of one of Americas most talented yet enigmatic investigative journalists.
...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.
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 >>
And some we regret
In French TV documentary, ex-CIA official admits ties to CIA-cocaine scandal character
Feds deny connection between CIA and ex-Laguna Beach cop and drug dealer. So why are his files secret?
Gary Webb, 1955-2004
Notorious generals U.S. ties ran through an ex-OC cop
New FBI documents add to the mystery surrounding a former Laguna cop who says he ran coke for the Nicaraguan rebels
FBI documents link an ex-Laguna cop and drug runner to an Irvine executive with ties to the CIA
Ken Bucchi says he was a drug-running spook. The CIA says hes an impostor
OC judge is wild card in Citizens Drug Inquiry