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Episode Nine — Different Spanks
With Leonard in jail, the Navy investigates hundreds of officers. But they spare the top admirals, some of whom slept with prostitutes organized by Leonard and pushed business his way. A major trial of U.S. Navy officers is set to start in February 2022. Watch out for bonus episodes.
November 23, 2021
Episode Eight — The Sting
Beaten and angry, Marcy Misiewicz makes a decision that will bring down Leonard, and her husband along with him.
November 16, 2021
Episode Seven — Suppos
A cocksure Navy officer called David Schaus takes on Leonard. He’s joined by a principled Navy supply official called Teresa Kelly. Finally, they force Navy admirals to take Leonard’s fraud seriously.
November 9, 2021
Episode Six — Morena
Leonard’s cruel treatment of his Filipina girlfriend, Morena De Jesus, and his children with her, exposes his dark side. A fraught relationship with his own father could hold the key to understanding Leonard.
November 2, 2021
Episode Five — Marcy
Michael Misiewicz was a rising star in the Navy before Leonard corrupts him with prostitutes, cash and free travel. We see the descent of one officer into graft and violence through the voice of his wife, Marcy Misiewicz.
October 26, 2021
Episode Four — The Braveheart
How Leonard buys his own warship, the Braveheart, complete with a mercenary army, and deploys it to help fight Al Qaeda. He secretly records orgies with Navy officers, causing one of the U.S.’s worst ever national security breaches.
October 19, 2021
Episode Three — Paula
We look back at the Tailhook sexual assault scandal of 1991 through the voice of Navy whistle blower Paula Coughlin. The Navy’s problem with misogyny is deep seated and it set the stage for Leonard’s rise.
October 12, 2021
Episode Two — Ring of Steel
Out of jail, aged 21, Leonard embarks on a career as a defense contractor, just as the U.S. embarks on its Forever Wars. Through skill, bribes and luck, we chart the Wolf of Wall Street-like rise of Leonard, on the back of product called the Ring of Steel.
October 5, 2021
Episode One — Paper Ships
Leonard Francis became the most powerful military contractor in the Pacific, running a mafia organization at the heart of the U.S. Navy. He’s over 300 pounds, and charming. We meet him in jail, and explore why he’s talking exclusively to our host, author and journalist Tom Wright. We explore Leonard’s troubled childhood. It turns out this isn’t his first time in prison.
October 5, 2021