Locked Up Abroad

What does it feel like in the split second when you realize you're about to be locked up in a foreign country - possibly for life? In Locked Up Abroad, host Jim Clemente (Real Crime Profile) brings you first hand accounts from people who lived this nightmare, starting with Billy Hayes, subject of the Oliver Stone movie Midnight Express. A riveting, immersive audio adaptation of the hit TV series by the National Geographic Channel. From Istanbul to Bali to Sao Paulo, you'll hear what it's like to...more


  • Interview with Billy Hayes

    Oct 17 2017

    Listen to Locked Up Abroad host Jim Clemente's fascinating conversation with Billy Hayes, bringing you a more in depth look into his experience in Turkey and his escape from prison. We also hear about what Billy has been doing since his return and insights into his life then and now. 

  • 12 | Caribbean Nightmare

    Sep 12 2017

    Jayne Blaydon is working as a stripper in West Yorkshire, England, when she is presented with a proposition to teach lap dancing at a new club in the Caribbean. She and her husband, David, arrive in Guyana, for what starts out as a dream vacation, but soon realize they have be tricked into smuggling multiple kilos of liquid cocaine back to England. They successfully get through two customs points before being arrested in Guadeloupe and end up spend two harrowing years in prison.New to Locke...more

  • 11 | Colombian Kidnap

    Sep 05 2017

    Reini Weigel, a 30 year-old German woman is at the end of a long trip to South America and wants to visit the legendary Lost City, a thick tropical rain forrest on the north coast of Colombia. She and Erez Eltawil are joined by four others and begin the three day trek through the jungle. When they arrive at their destination, it is late and they decide to spend the night. At 3.30am they are awakened by guns in their faces and machetes at their throats. They have been kidnapped by guerrillas in t...more

  • 10 | Nightmare In Somalia

    Aug 29 2017

    In July 2008, Australian photojournalist Nigel Brennan is looking to make a name for himself. He joins photographer, Amanda Lindhout on a trip to record the conditions in the refugee camps in Somalia. They are aware of the danger, with rival militias fighting for control of the country, but feel protected by the guards assigned to travel with them. When they make a decision to go beyond their safe zone, they are kidnapped by a criminal gang. The ransom is set at $3 million; if it's not paid, the...more

  • 9 | Prisoner of Love

    Aug 22 2017

    David Scott was a 36 year-old machine operator in Swindon, England in 2007. When his father was stricken with cancer, he began searching the internet for information about the disease and unexpectedly began an online relationship with Cynthia Reyes a Philippino woman, who had recently left a violent marriage. After a few months, David takes a trip to the Philippines to meet Cynthia and their relationship deepens. David returns to England. A short time later, Cynthia calls to tell him that she is...more

  • 8 | Heroin Sting

    Aug 15 2017

    In 2003, Brigene Young was a 20 year-old South African woman struggling to get by. Working two bar tending jobs to support herself and her 16 year-old sister, she just needs a break. When CJ, one of her regular customers, asks her to join him on a holiday to the luxury island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, she hesitantly agrees to go, with promises of a dream vacation. At the last minute, CJ informs her that she will be making the trip alone and she realizes he has tricked her into smuggling ...more

  • 7 | Mexican Prison Escape

    Aug 08 2017

    Mike Cook, Mace Stanley and Frank Sayre recount their harrowing experience attempting to smuggle 2200 lbs of marijuana into the United Sates from Mazatlan in 1972. Mike, Mace and their friend Paul were California surfers soaking up the sun south of the border. When their boat needs more work than they can afford, they need a way home. They think they’ve found the perfect answer in Frank and his brother Dan. But they are in for a surprise when they are arrested and sent to a dangerous Mexican pri...more

  • 6 | Jamaican Getaway

    Aug 01 2017

    Growing up in the South Bronx, 20 year-old Twana “TK” White dreams of a better life. Barely surviving on her salary as a security guard, she wants more. When a neighborhood drug dealer tells her that she can make $10,000 for a quick trip to Jamaica to bring back a “small” amount marijuana, she fantasizes about how that could change everything for her and her girlfriend, Scarlet. Checking into their luxury hotel with money in their pockets, they soak up the scenery for the first few days . When s...more

  • 5 | Highway to Hell

    Jul 25 2017

    Thomas Hamill was a truck driver in Mississippi in 2003. At 43, he felt that his life lacked adventure. The war had just begun and Thomas learned that the US military was looking for civilian drivers in Iraq. He decided that he needed to give something back to his country and that this was an opportunity that he was not going to miss. He kissed his wife and children good-bye and set off for Camp Anaconda in central Iraq. On April 9, 2004, the one year anniversary of the fall of Bagdad, insurgent...more

  • 4 | Boy Soldiers In Sierra Leone

    Jul 18 2017

    When Phil Ashby joined the military, much of the appeal was the adventure and danger. His courage and hard work got him promoted as the youngest Admiral ever in British history. But a desk job was not for him. When the opportunity to work with the United Nations in West Africa came around, he jumped at the chance. In January of 2000, he was posted into territory in Sierra Leone held by the Revolutionary United Front. Sent to disarm the “boy soldiers” under the thumb of the vicious rebels, he end...more

  • 3 | Busted In Bali

    Jul 11 2017

    The story of Chris Parnell. Running horseback riding stables in Kathmandu; happily married with a young child, Chris has the perfect life. When he and his family join a friend on a vacation to this tropical paradise, he is unaware that his good buddy is, in fact, a drug smuggler. Mistakenly charged as an accomplice, Chris begins an 11 year nightmare that costs him much more than he could ever have imagined.New to Locked Up Abroad? Subscribe so you never miss a thrilling tale: https://smarturl.it...more

  • 2 | São Paulo Deathtrap

    Jul 11 2017

    Los Angeles in 1993. Brendan Cosso is a 23 year-old, carefree party guy, living the high life running the VIP room at one of the hottest clubs in Hollywood. The Roxbury caters to the A-List celebrity crowd and Brendan is at the center of it all. He and his best friends, Sebastian, Julio and Guy are on top of the world. Young, fun and unstoppable. John, a wealthy businessman who frequents the club, offers Brendan $50,000 to go to Brazil and pick up a package. He even cuts Brendan’s friends into t...more

  • 1 | Midnight Express

    Jul 11 2017

    The story of Billy Hayes' 1970 arrest and imprisonment for possession of hashish at the Turkish Airport. Most of us know about his harrowing experience and amazing escape to safety in Greece from the 1978 Oliver Stone film, starring Brad Davis. But, as we hear from Billy himself, that was the movie version. Now, we hear the real story. In his own words, he tells us about his carefree post-college days, his reckless hubris, traveling to Turkey three times to smuggle drugs back to the United ...more

  • Introducing Locked Up Abroad

    Jun 23 2017

    An audio adaptation of the National Geographic TV series. Hosted by Jim Clemente (host of the true crime podcast Real Crime Profile as well as the CBS documentary on Jon Benet Ramsey). Produced by Raw TV Ltd for National Geographic Channels. © 2015 NGC Network International, LLC and NGC Networks US, LLC. All rights reserved.