Uncharted: Crime and Mayhem in the Music Industry, episode 15: Predators of Rock 1

There are monsters who walk among us, people who prey on the young and vulnerable. They have always been out there and in all walks of life.
John Wayne Gacy hired himself out as a clown for parties. It was later discovered that he raped, tortured, and murdered at least 33 boys and young men. Twenty-six bodies were discovered in the crawl space under his home near Chicago.

Lavrentiy Beria was a high-ranking politician in the Soviet Union. His thing was raping female prisoners. If they resisted, they were executed. His victims numbered in the hundreds before he was executed for treason in 1953.

Robert Anderson was the sports physician at the University of Michigan. He was accused of raping over a thousand men and women during routine medical exams.
And the case of Carl Panzram is particularly horrific. Between 1907 and 1928, he may have had violent and murderous encounters with more than a thousand boys and men throughout the US, Mexico, and what is now Angola. We’re talking murder, rape, and sodomy.

There are plenty of celebrities who are convicted sexual offenders. Director Roman Polanski can’t come back to the US because he’ll be arrested on rape charges over an encounter with a 13-year-old-girl back in the 70s.

Jared Fogel, the former Subway guy. He was sentenced to 15 years in jail after being convicted of child porn and sex acts with minors. R Kelly is in jail for 30 years on charges of sex trafficking, racketeering, and child sexual abuse.

Woody Allen, Mike Tyson, Bill Cosby, Tupac, Michael Jackson—they’ve all been implicated and some cases, charged and convicted. And then there’s Jimmy Savile, the British DJ and media personality who, under the veneer of being philanthropic, may have been one of the most prolific predatory sex offenders in British history.

There’s more, too. This is episode 15 of Uncharted: Crime and Mayhem in the Music Industry. And I have three stories of evil predators from the world of rock.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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One thought on “Uncharted: Crime and Mayhem in the Music Industry, episode 15: Predators of Rock 1

  • On a related note…would Ian Watkins still be receiving royalties for his music? For purchases of records, CDs, merch, and/or streaming?

    I’d really like to listen to some Lost Prophets, as they were great. But I can’t get behind doing something that would see Ian receiving any sort of payment.


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