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How to Kidnap an Executive
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In the latest installment of our new podcast, we sit down with a kidnapping historian and author and an executive protection and kidnap & ransom expert, to discuss the topic of executive kidnappings. Philip Jett is a retired attorney who has represented multinational corporations, CEOs, and celebrities from the music, television, and sports industries. He is the author of The Death of an Heir: Adolph Coors III and the Murder That Rocked an American Brewing Dynasty, which was named one of the best true crime stories of 2017 by The New York Times. He followed that book with another true crime story titled Taking Mr. Exxon: The Kidnapping of an Oil Giant’s President. His newest book, a work of historical nonfiction, is called Stranded in the Sky and will be released in May 2023. He is joined on the show by Scott Stewart, the Vice President of Intelligence at TorchStone Global, and Stratfor's former VP of Tactical Analysis. Prior to this, Scott was a Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) special agent and Protective Intelligence coordinator for the technology company Dell. He was the lead DSS investigator assigned to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the follow-up New York City bomb plot. As part of the US government's Hostage Locating Taskforce, Scott interviewed a number of high profile kidnapping victims such as Terry Waite, and as the US embassy's deputy regional security officer In Guatemala, Scott investigated numerous kidnappings of American civilians and the kidnapping of Rigoberta Menchu's daughter.