Presidio: a True-Crime, Historical Podcast in final stages of development
After three years of intensive research and interviews, it's now time to tell the story of the Marfa Sheriff, a self-proclaimed anti-drug warrior, who ended up serving 26 years for smuggling a ton of cocaine across the border. Was Presidio County Sheriff Rick Thompson really “La Puerta,” the door through West Texas for Mexican cocaine in the 1980s, or did a rogue accomplice and threats from brutal cartels lead him to self-destruction?
Presidio (likely 10 episodes) will explore the amazing story, including the infamous exploits of his the sheriff's friend--Robert Chambers--as he worked his way up to be both an informant for the authorities and a kingpin for the Mexican cartels. We’ll hear about their motivations, allegations cast against them, and how their corruption dealt a blow to the notion of right and wrong for the residents of small-town Marfa and the lawmen who called Thompson their friend.
Although we are in talks with production companies and platforms, we need your help now! We are seeking funds for production, travel, additional documents, and marketing to get a quality podcast to listeners around the world. See donation perks below.
While most of the ground work is done, including numerous recorded interviews, much more still is needed for the final production. Here's your opportunity to be involved in the story as it develops throughout the broadcasts. ... and support independent, investigative journalism.
You can read more and hear a teaser/trailer featuring some of the main characters at the Presidio Podcast website.
Here's a video version of the teaser with some archival photos and footage, along with shots of us recording the podcast:
$20 or less
Updates on all podcast news and invitations to special events and bonus material
Priority questions on weekly online Ask Me Anythings (AMAs) with producers and guests
Invitation to "wrap party" and "launch party," for you and a guest, depending on space availability.
(Wrap party will be in Austin. Launch party will be in Marfa)
Sponsor recognition on web and social media (if desired)
$30 to next level
All of the above and a podcast sticker
$50 to next level
All of the above and a podcast T-shirt
$100 to next level
All of the above, and first priority access to podcast parties, with two free drinks and free food.
$250 to next level
All of the above and free drinks and food at podcast parties.
$500 to next level
All of the above and advertising for your business on social media and the web.
All of the above, free two-night stay in Marfa with the podcast team and advertising for your business (if desired) on the website and social media.
Interested in future advertising on the actual podcast? Contact me for details.
* Note that donations are not refundable for perks promised should the podcast face unforeseen circumstances that cause delays or cancellations. Should any future contractual obligations force us to change some of the perks for the top three levels with regard to advertising perk only, we will refund 30% of the amount or work out another acceptable solution.
- Jennie Kennedy
- Benjamin Warner
- James Franzen
- Priscilla Nemeth
- Jane Sarosdy