Episode from the podcastFly By Night

Disappearance and Assassination

Released Monday, 24th August 2020
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Episode Three of Fly By Night focuses on several deaths and disappearances surrounding pilot Drew Thornton and his fellow smugglers. There is the the still-unsolved disappearance of Melanie Flynn, a young woman who may have become too close to “The Company”. With little evidence to go on, and with possibilities that never panned out, the investigation into the story of the vanished aspiring performer has been dormant for decades, though the summer of 2019 saw the possibility of new leads.

There is the story of Bonnie Kelly, a small-town, small-crime woman from the Lexington area who became the assassin of a Florida State Attorney in a failed attempt to free her husband from serving years in prison, and the irony of her eventual fate. It includes the near last-minute efforts of then FBI Special Agent Jim Huggins to beat a fast-approaching statue of limitations deadline that would have forever left a co-conspirator walking free, and how the stunning discovery of the long lost gun used in the murder helped convict a member of Kentucky’s political hierarchy.

Featured interview with retired FBI Special Agent Jim Huggins.