This is a podcast about two killers: Yaakov “Mio” Meidad, a highly accomplished operative working for the Israeli national intelligence agency, and Herbert Cukurs, aka “the Butcher of Latvia”, a savage and prolific Holocaust enforcer. But it is the former that takes on the role of chief protagonist — dare I say hero? — in Stephen Talty’s vivid retelling of Mio’s risky mission to exact vengeance on behalf of the Jewish People.
So, a pool boy, a throuple and a Christian university with a sexual voyeur in charge. Honestly, what else do you want? Okay, there are some pretty shady business ventures too, including a hostel in Miami bedecked in questionable art.
To go with this story, you have to buy into the unconvincing and poorly elucidated premise that Mennel is somehow destined to become Magill. That he is on his way to being wholesale alienated from his direct family members. That the touchy-feely final episodes are the necessary medicine to avoid this fate.
A times this podcast is dark, but it is never anything short of fascinating. It’s a glimpse into the secret world of some of the most controversial methods ever used by the US government against — and without the knowledge of — its own citizens.
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