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Episode from the podcastFly By Night

The Death of Drew Thornton

Released Monday, 31st August 2020
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This is the final episode in the story of the life and death of Drew Thornton, and the fallout from his ill-fated parachute jump on the night of September 10, 1985. When his body was identified, the news quickly traveled back to Lexington, and from that day, the myth of Drew Thornton as a corrupt cop turned drug smuggling ninja pilot began to grow.

Just weeks after Thornton’s fall to his death into the driveway of a Knoxville home, alleged co-conspirator David “Cowboy” Williams died in the crash of jump plane at a Georgia skydiving operation, leading to theories of sabotage.

Episode Four features an interview with retired DEA Agent/Pilot Rick Sanders, and the FBI statement of a member of Thornton’s ground crew on the night of Thornton’s fatal jump.

It also touches on the sad tale of an unfortunate black bear that stumbled upon cocaine that fell from the sky into a national forest. Now that bear, nicknamed “Pablo Escobear” resides in the Kentucky for Kentucky gift shop in Lexington.