‘Operation: Tradebom’ details the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and investigation

True Crime January 27, 2023
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“Operation: Tradebom” shares the story of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing in downtown Manhattan, which was historically the largest explosive device ever set off in America. A group of men detonated a bomb below the World Trade Center in the North Tower’s garage and counted on the South Tower to subsequently collapse.

The bombing killed 6 people, injured thousands, and left a 100-foot crater 5 stories deep. New York City’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, a group of FBI paper-pushers, and NYPD detectives investigated, beginning an international search titled Operation: Tradebom to track down the bombers and serve justice, hoping to preempt any future disasters.

Stream all 9 episodes from the beginning to hear the story in chronological order. New episodes are released weekly and hosted by Academy Award nominee and Emmy-winning producer, director and screenwriter Marc Smerling.

Learn about the investigation, events just before the bombing, and what happened after. This series also explores the history of modern terrorism, from Cairo in 1981 to America in September 2001. Episodes examine the impact of political and religious tensions abroad and how they appeared in the U.S. We’ll hear more about the search for the bomber, the possibility of additional threats, and other concepts that readjust the world.

Episode 1 recounts the scene from February 26, 1993 when stockbroker Tim Lang had just parked his car under the Twin Towers, the bomb exploded, and emergency services were called. Lang was brought to safety by EMS officer Cory Cuneo. Learn how bomb-maker Ramzi Yousef reacted when he learned the towers did not fall.

3 years before the bombing, on November 5, 1990, founder of the Jewish Defense League, Rabbi Meir Kahane, was shot in Manhattan. Hear about Rabbi Kahane’s assailant from his eight-year-old son. At this time, FBI agent John Anticev and New York City police detective Louis Napoli (from the JTTF) investigated the case, and we’ll hear from them throughout the series.

Agent Anticev and Detective Napoli zeroed in on a group of men suspected in the Kahane murder. Since no one was talking, they sent an undercover operative to infiltrate a nascent terrorist cell.

In addition to this series, Smerling hosted the true crime series about the Mahoning Valley mafia and Congressman Jim Traficant, “Crooked City: Youngstown OH.” He also co-created “Crimetown” and “The RFK Tapes” with Zac Stuart-Pontier.

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