Episodes
Our podcast ends with a story of “fever dreams,” fallen friends, and a fighting rooster who lived to see the after-life. Ed Calderon now has a song of his own.
Published 08/16/21
After years of trauma, even someone with the mindset of a Sneak Reaper needs a hand on their journey to recovery. That was certainly true for Ed, but his initial experiences with prescription drugs for some of his problems seemed to only make things worse.
Published 08/16/21
Ed says saving your life, and the lives of others, can often come down to having things on your person that are small enough to fit in your pocket. Find out what those things are, and what Ed’s mother has to do with his skills with a knife (among other things).
Published 08/16/21
Change is one of the few constants for Ed Calderon, and moving too fast can sometimes result in important stories of heroism being forgotten, and tales of true evil being spun into something else. Plus, his take on the infamous meeting between drug kingpin “el Chapo” and a Hollywood celebrity, and the connection he sees to the story of slain DEA Agent Kiki Camarena. 
Published 08/16/21
Ed is an impressive guy to some special operators, but he says the people who have wound up impressing him the most are typically ordinary people who find themselves in extraordinary situations. And some of his students have wound up teaching him things.
Published 08/16/21
Ed uses the skills he acquired working anti-abduction details for Mexican government officials to helptrain others who face the threat of violence or kidnappings in everyday life. And for some of Ed’s students,their training with him comes after they’ve already experienced true violence.
Published 08/16/21
Ed Calderon is perhaps best-known for his escape skills; picking locks, getting out of handcuffs, discretely carrying the tools needed to do so and generally being able to break free from a variety of life-threatening situations. And his first teacher was a 15-year-old criminal named Fernando. 
Published 08/16/21
Ed runs for his life, literally, when his new bosses ask him to start targeting one cartel and ignoring the others. He also discusses the gruesome killings of some American women and children in the Mexican desert, and why he thinks those killings should have changed the discussion about Mexico’s cartels forever.
Published 08/16/21
Ed forges the Sneak Reaper mindset, whether he knows it at the time or not, with a little inspiration from “Santa Muerte,” aka “the Holy Death.” An origin story like you’ve never heard before.
Published 08/16/21
A bribe or death. Silver or lead. The evil Ed faced in his career was nothing, and everything, that he knew it would be going into it.
Published 08/16/21
Meet Ed Calderon, a former paramilitary law enforcement officer from Mexico who acquired a set of unique survival skills over a career confronting drug cartels that makes even some special operators nervous, and maybe even a little jealous. Those skills don’t just come from a career confronting drug cartels face to face, but an inspirational mother and a childhood that may have foreshadowed the evil he would come to face later in life.
Published 07/08/21
In this multi-part podcast, “Alchemy of Violence: Narcos, Reapers and Survival,” host and Marine Staff Sgt. Johnny Joey Jones will guide you through a series of wide-ranging interviews with Ed Calderon, a former paramilitary law enforcement officer from Mexico who took on the country's ruthless drug cartels face-to-face at a time when their gruesome violence was reaching a fever pitch in 2006 and beyond. Calderon’s dangerous career south of the border, and the rampant corruption he says came...
Published 06/28/21
From false confessions to a possible sighting of Jennifer in Mexico, the Kesse family speaks about the dead-end leads over the years. Despite their nightmare, Drew and Joyce Kesse take some comfort in Jennifer’s legacy: a new law in her honor with far-reaching consequences for missing young adults.  FNI Season 1 - The Derby City Betrayal
Published 11/11/20
Tami Valadez, who lived at “Mosaic at Millenia” three years after Jennifer, speaks about disturbing incidents inside her home and claims she was the victim of a sexual crime. FNI Season 1 - The Derby City Betrayal
Published 11/11/20
In an unprecedented move for a missing person case, Drew and Joyce Kesse sue the Orlando Police Department for all the records in their daughter’s investigation. The files are rich in information, detailing a cast of people interviewed by police in connection with Jennifer’s disappearance. FNI Season 1 - The Derby City Betrayal
Published 11/11/20
Kristen Ender and Jennifer Kesse were instant friends when they met as freshmen at the University of Central Florida. Kristen speaks about life without Jennifer, whom she listed in memoriam as “Maid of Honor” at her wedding.  FNI Season 1 - The Derby City Betrayal
Published 11/11/20
We travel with Mike Torretta, the Kesse family’s private investigator, to Lake Fischer in Orange County, Florida, where a woman reported seeing something suspicious the same year Jennifer disappeared, prompting divers to search the water. FNI Season 1 - The Derby City Betrayal
Published 11/11/20
Retired Orlando Police Sergeant Rich Ring investigated Jennifer’s case from the beginning, employing help from the FBI and NASA to find her. Ring details the many hours of detective work and responds to criticism of the Orlando Police Department’s handling of the case.  FNI Season 1 - The Derby City Betrayal
Published 11/11/20
A witness speaks for the first time, claiming she saw Jennifer’s car driving erratically on the day she was reported missing. She describes the incident as a “fight over the steering wheel.”   FNI Season 1 - The Derby City Betrayal
Published 11/11/20
Drew and Joyce Kesse share stories about their daughter – the scholar and fashionista – from inside their Florida beach home, purchased shortly before Jennifer disappeared. But, in Joyce’s words, it is a “House of Broken Dreams.”  FNI Season 1 - The Derby City Betrayal
Published 11/11/20
Maintenance men roaming the parking lot at night; dead dogs found near dumpsters; and an unknown man secretly photographing women – one woman shares disturbing details about life at the apartment complex where Jennifer Kesse lived. In an exclusive interview, “Morgan” claims to know the identity of the person of interest in the surveillance video.   FNI Season 1 - The Derby City Betrayal
Published 11/11/20
Police uncover surveillance video showing a mystery figure abandoning Jennifer’s car on the same day she was reported missing. Who is this person? And evidence obtained exclusively by our team suggests a violent struggle on the hood of Jennifer’s car. FNI Season 1 - The Derby City Betrayal
Published 11/11/20
Where is Jennifer? The 24-year-old finance manager fails to show up for work. Family and friends launch a desperate search in Orlando, retracing her final steps. Where and when was she last seen? This episode is marked explicit for language. FNI Season 1 - The Derby City Betrayal
Published 11/11/20
She had everything going for her: A good job, close friends, a loving family, a boyfriend and a brand new condo. Her family describes her as a strong, fun-loving, career-minded, and responsible young woman. So why did Jennifer Kesse seemingly vanish without a trace?

 On the morning of Tuesday, January 24, 2006, Jennifer Kesse failed to show up for work at Central Florida Investments, where she was a finance manager. Jennifer was known for her reliability, but on that winter morning 14 years...
Published 11/06/20