Fallen Angels: A Story of California Corruption

Fallen Angels: A Story of California Corruption

Fallen Angels is a journalistic thriller — Chinatown meets Spotlight — one that takes us into the shadows of sunny LA. Over 10 thirty-minute episodes, we go deeper and deeper into the intermingled world of power and privilege. LA Times investigative reporter Paul Pringle is our host – but he doesn’t simply narrate this story. Like a classic LA Noir, as Paul and his team of reporting colleagues—who joined forces in secret from their bosses—investigate the story, they meet obstacles and stonewalling at every turn: from USC, from law enforcement, and more troubling still, from their own organization.

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March 21, 2024 2 mins

Fallen Angels is a story about power and money and how they can slowly corrupt a place and destroy people’s lives in the process. It’s the story of an investigation that starts in a hotel room in Pasadena, California, and reaches all the way to the top of two of the most powerful institutions in the city of Los Angeles.

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An unconscious young woman in a room full of drugs: that’s the scene at the Hotel Constance in Pasadena, California. But when the hotel manager tries to call 911, the woman’s much older companion tells him that won’t be necessary – he’s a doctor. The manager makes the call anyway. And yet, when the police and paramedics arrive, this so-called doctor simply…walks away. And then the hotel manager learns who this man is: his name is C...

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April 4, 2024 25 mins

LA Times Reporter Paul Pringle starts to investigate what really happened at the Hotel Constance. But there’s a surprising lack of a police paper trail, and the Pasadena Police are stonewalling at every turn. So is USC. But Paul has investigated the university before, and he has his sources. Still, there’s one missing piece to the puzzle: the identity of the young woman found in the hotel room. 

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April 11, 2024 29 mins

With rock solid reporting that proves Carmen Puliafito was involved in the incident at the Hotel Constance, Paul and his editor take the story to the top brass at the LA Times. But the story is slow-walked, then killed by the top editors at the paper. And Paul starts to wonder: is it possible that his own paper doesn’t have the stomach to take on the powerful and influential USC?

 

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