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The Florida Files

33 EpisodesProduced by WPLG Local 10Website

Local 10's "Florida Files" brings listeners tales of mystery, whodunits, and what-in-the-world exploits, exploring intriguing real-life stories through the people who lived through them. It’s a step-by-step in the who, what, where and why of South Florida’s most captivating stories – The Florida Fil… read more

33 Episodes | 2018 - 2022

Introducing The Florida Files, Season 1 – The Disappearance of Adam Walsh

June 22nd, 2018

1:54

Get ready to dive in to the Florida Files as we look back at the disappearance of Adam Walsh in a case that shook South Florida and the country.

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Disappearance of Adam Walsh, Part 1 – A Day at the Mall Changes Everything

July 5th, 2018

14:45

On a typical summer day in Hollywood, Florida, a mother and her six-year-old son stop at a neighborhood mall. It's 1981. He wants to stop and play an …

Disappearance of Adam Walsh, Part 2 – Two Weeks of Hell

July 15th, 2018

21:31

For two weeks in 1981, a Florida community comes together to help police and the frantic parents of a six year old attempt to locate a boy who seems …

Disappearance of Adam Walsh, Part 3 – Searching For Adam's Killer

July 22nd, 2018

28:57

Police track down leads and question alleged witnesses about who might have taken the six year old Hollywood, Fla., boy from a local mall and …

Disappearance of Adam Walsh, Part 4 – A Mother Wants Justice

July 29th, 2018

31:52

Ten years after Adam's disappearance, another witness comes forth to say what he saw that day at the Sears store in the Hollywood Mall. Meanwhile, …

Disappearance of Adam Walsh, Part 5 – John Walsh Speaks Out In The Fiery Finale

August 5th, 2018

44:23

Today, John Walsh is certain that Ottis Toole abducted and murdered his son. So when Hollywood, Fla., Police Chief Chad Wagner announced that the …

Life and Death of XXXTentacion, Part 1 – Pioneer of a New Sound for Generation Z

September 10th, 2018

40:22

Not many people in the mainstream had heard of the Broward County rapper known as XXXTentacion before the news of his death broke on June 18, 2018. But at music festivals and in the underground rap scene, Jahseh Onfroy …

Life and Death of XXXTentacion, Part 2 – The Good and the Bad

September 20th, 2018

38:07

It’s been only weeks since rapper XXXTentacion was murdered outside a motorsports store. On the porch of his $1.4 million house, there’s a makeshift …

Life and Death of XXXTentacion, Part 3 – Family Feud

October 8th, 2018

30:15

The half-sister of Broward rapper XXXTentacion says she believes the rapper's murder on June 18, 2018 was set up by someone close to him. Meanwhile, his mother works to maintain his legacy with a raffle that includes a …

MIami FBI Shootout of 1986, Part 1 - Cold-blooded killers

November 12th, 2018

31:57

On a spring sunny morning in Miami, a quiet neighborhood becomes the scene of one of the bloodiest shootouts in FBI history when special agents and dangerous robbers exchange more than 100 rounds of gunfire between them …

Miami FBI Shootout of 1986, Part 2 - Agents down

November 19th, 2018

35:42

Never-say-die killers William R. Matix and Michael Lee Platt are shot to pieces, but refuse to give up. Platt sprays more than 40 rounds from a high …

Miami FBI Shootout of 1986, Part 3 - After the Dominoes Fall

November 30th, 2018

26:55

With two slain agents, two dead robbers, and five wounded agents bloodied on a Southwest Miami Dade street, there are puzzle pieces to put together. Who are these never-say-die killers? What goes wrong that the FBI is …

Miami FBI Shootout of 1986, Part 4 - Who killed Patty Matix?

December 10th, 2018

22:54

Police identify the two robbers who lay dead on a Southwest Miami residential street after a shootout with FBI agents. What they are about to …

Miami FBI Shootout of 1986, Part 5 - Secrets Taken to the Grave

December 21st, 2018

28:47

William Russell Matix and Michael Lee Platt are a modern day version of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. What happens on April 11, 1986, is like …

Florida Files: Parent of Parkland victim talks about life after son's death

February 14th, 2019

9:13

Nothing and everything has changed for Manuel Oliver since his son was shot by a gunman at his high school. The husband and father moved his family …

Death of a Bombshell: Anna Nicole Smith, Pt. 1

March 11th, 2019

28:36

Anna Nicole Smith died 12 years ago at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. But her death would be only the beginning of the media …

Death of a Bombshell: Anna Nicole Smith, Pt. 2

March 18th, 2019

29:26

She was charismatic and beautiful, but after the death of her son Daniel, friends say Anna Nicole Smith lost her spark. The Broward County Medical …

Death of a Bombshell: Anna Nicole Smith, Pt. 3

March 25th, 2019

35:23

It's disorder in the court as the Battle to Bury Anna plays out on cable television, and the ringleader? Judge Larry Seidlin. 

In one corner, Anna …

Death of a Bombshell: Anna Nicole Smith, Pt. 4 - (Almost) Everything Shifts To Bahamas

April 1st, 2019

30:17

After a judge approves Anna Nicole Smith's body to head to the Bahamas for burial, mama Virgie puts up a fight in Palm Beach County court. 

Meanwhile …

Death of a Bombshell: Anna Nicole Smith, Pt. 5 - The funeral that almost wasn't

April 8th, 2019

34:15

In death, Anna Nicole Smith is getting the same kind of attention in life that brought her fame. Anna Nicole Smith's body is accompanied by a …

Death of a Bombshell: Anna Nicole Smith, Pt. 6: Rest in Peace?

April 15th, 2019

34:21

Finally, Anna Nicole Smith is buried in Nassau, next to her beloved son Daniel along with ashes of her billionaire husband J. Howard Marshall. 

Yet, …

Miami's Murderous Cult Leader: Yahweh Ben Yahweh, Pt. 1

August 19th, 2019

31:24

It is the late 1970s when the oldest son of a Pentecostal minister from Enid, Oklahoma, arrives in Miami. The predominantly black neighborhood of …

Miami's Murderous Cult Leader: Yahweh Ben Yahweh, Pt. 2

August 26th, 2019

34:23

It's the 80s and mysterious Yahweh Ben Yahweh is buying up hotels, opening schools and grocery stores, and cleaning up rundown apartments. When he …

Miami's Murderous Cult Leader: Yahweh Ben Yahweh, Pt. 3

September 9th, 2019

42:42

There are many Miami killings linked to the Yahwehs, but investigators believe there is only one that happens inside the Temple of Love. When a karate champ shows, Yahweh Ben Yahweh challenges him to fight one of the …

Miami's Murderous Cult Leader: Yahweh Ben Yahweh, Pt. 4

September 16th, 2019

33:26

Assistant US Attorney Richard Scruggs gets a box of files from then Florida State Attorney Janet Reno's office. One of his prosecutor's calls it "Janet Reno's 'trash.'" Scruggs has heard of Yahweh Ben Yahweh and knows …

Miami's Murderous Cult Leader: Yahweh Ben Yahweh, Pt. 5

September 23rd, 2019

45:01

The judge overseeing the case against Yahweh ben Yahweh and his followers writes that the case is arguably the most violent ever tried in a federal …

The Game Must Go On

January 26th, 2020

25:09

Jan. 22, 1989, In the huddle near the end of Super Bowl XXIII, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana settles his teammates' nerves by pointing out comedian John Candy in the stands. The levity caps off one of the …

Eugene Robinson's Biscayne Blunder

January 26th, 2020

11:16

Players called him "The Prophet" because of his work ethic and for never missing a chance to lead the locker room in pre-game prayers. But on the night before Super Bowl XXXIII in Miami, Atlanta Falcons safety Eugene …

Halftime History in The Purple Rain

January 26th, 2020

11:05

Torrential downpours wouldn't let up in Miami. The Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears slip and slide all over the field during Super Bowl XLI. What …

Serial Killer: Samuel Little Got His Start In Miami

November 18th, 2021

31:27

The FBI proclaimed him America's most prolific serial killer. Samuel Little, nicknamed the Choke and Stroke killer, criss-crossed the U.S. and …

Police Shootout Gone Wrong, UPS Driver Held Hostage, Ep 1

November 17th, 2022

28:09

A 27-year-old father of two is delivering packages in a Miami neighborhood when two armed robbers hijack his UPS truck and take him hostage. Then the …

Police Shootout Gone Wrong: UPS Driver Held Hostage, Ep 2

December 5th, 2022

27:37

It's been three years since a UPS driver delivering packages was taken hostage after his truck was hijacked by two armed robbers leading police on a …

Police Shootout Gone Wrong: UPS Driver Held Hostage, Ep 3

December 16th, 2022

29:48

Three years ago, UPS driver Frank Ordonez was taken hostage while delivering packages on a Miami street. His truck, stolen by two armed robbers who …

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