Florida Keys: Black Caesar, Bum Farto, Watson

Marcus explores the pirate Black Caesar, the story of Dutchy Melvin, learns techniques for surviving in the Everglades like killer Edgar Watson, and rides with the Coast Guard to see how drug smugglers are caught.

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Marcus Sakey on a boat in Key West
Marcus Sakey on a boat in Key West

Marcus Sakey on a boat in Key West

The Florida Keys are all about escape, so Marcus decides to unplug and live on a boat while learning more about 3 crime stories from the area. 960 1280

  

Marcus Sakey walking on a pier in the Florida Keys

Marcus Sakey walking on a pier in the Florida Keys

In the 1700s, the Florida Keys were the perfect place for pirates. No one was more feared than Black Caesar. 960 1280

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Marcus Sakey and David Sloan at Hogfish

Marcus Sakey and David Sloan at Hogfish

Marcus meets with Keys historian David Sloan to learn about Black Caesar's history as an African slave and the havoc he brought to the Keys. He was both a thief and murderer. 960 1280

  

Marcus Sakey in diving gear about to dive

Marcus Sakey in diving gear about to dive

Marcus gets ready to take a dive with treasure hunter Sean Fisher to see what the waters of the Keys hold. 960 1280

  

Marcus Sakey diving in Key West

Marcus Sakey diving in Key West

Marcus vacuums the ocean floor looking for gems from the days of pirates such as Black Caesar. 960 1280

  

Marcus Sakey at the home of Ernest Hemingway in the Florida Keys

Marcus Sakey at the home of Ernest Hemingway in the Florida Keys

Marcus visits the home of his favorite author, and Keys resident, Ernest Hemingway. He sits in his "office" to soak up some inspiration. 960 1280

  

Marcus Sakey walking on a bridge in the Florida Keys

Marcus Sakey walking on a bridge in the Florida Keys

Local historian Tom Hambright tells Marcus about Dutchy Melvin, a leader of a gang of thieves and arsonists in the early 1900s. 960 1280

  

Marcus Sakey and Key West fire chief Craig Marston

Marcus Sakey and Key West fire chief Craig Marston

Key West Fire Chief Craig Marston tells Marcus about the fire-fighting procedures and equipment of Melvin's time and how hard it was to fight fires. 960 1280

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Marcus preparing to bust down door during a fireman training exercise

Marcus preparing to bust down door during a fireman training exercise

To get a feel for fighting the kinds of fires Melvin and his gang set, Marcus participates in a training exercise with the Key West Fire Department. 960 1280

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Marcus on air boat with Hank Fanin

Marcus on air boat with Hank Fanin

Wilderness expert Hank Fannin takes Marcus on a tour of the Everglades so he can get a feel for where Dutchy Melvin hid. It is here that Melvin encountered killer Edgar Watson. 960 1280

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Marcus riding on scooter

Marcus riding on scooter

Each year during Bike Week, thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts descend upon the party-going Duval Street. Marcus decides to join in the fun. 960 1280

  

Marcus Sakey on a boat on the Florida Keys

Marcus Sakey on a boat on the Florida Keys

Marcus learns the story of Joseph "Bum" Farto, former Key West Fire Chief who was busted for selling cocaine straight out of the fire station. 960 1280

  

Marcus and Coast Guard looking at gun

Marcus and Coast Guard looking at gun

Marcus rides with the Coast Guard on the Key Biscayne cutter to see how they catch drug smugglers on the open seas. They often find weapons aboard the ships they raid. Bum Farto was busted in 1975 in a similar operation. He was found guilty, but disappeared before he could serve time. 960 1280

  

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