On January 22, 1991, Colonel James Sabow, USMC, was mysteriously shot in his backyard at El Toro Air Station in California. The military immediately said it was suicide. However, his family has amassed a sizable amount of forensic evidence proving murder.
This case is the granddaddy of them all. Not because it's the oldest, or the strangest, but because of the sheer tenacity of the Sabow family. Combine that with the knowledge that his death occurred while the CIA was sending weapons to "The Contras" and allegedly bringing back loads of cocaine into El Toro and things really take a dark turn.
Many believe these events ignited America's Crack-Cocaine Epidemic during the 1980s-90s.
In a series of episodes, Cilla talks with documentary filmmaker Scott Goldie about his coverage of the case and the efforts to get his powerful film released.
The River City Charlie Podcast is the first podcast focused on military true crime and injustice.
Military True Crime Author Cilla McCain uses her Southern style and investigative skills to bring long-buried and newly emerging mysteries to light. With Producer Tracy Shue – a veteran and Gold Star Wife of a murdered officer- these women are on a mission to give military families and our nations service members a voice.
River City Charlie sprouted from the very important initiatives of the organization Military Families for Justice. MFFJ is seeking legislation for bereaved military families who do not have a voice in the legal process surrounding their tragedies. Unlike so many true crime podcasts, we are not here to gratuitously describe murders. Instead, more than a decade of experience and research is being put to work for every raw and compelling episode in production.
These are the stories the powerful do not want you to hear and they matter.
The Podcast Team
Creator, Writer, and Host
Exec. Producer, Research Analyst