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When the young CEO of Canada’s largest cryptocurrency exchange is reported to have died while honeymooning in India, it sets off a cataclysmic chain of events that would leave about 76,000 people out more than a quarter of a billion dollars and a trail of conspiracy theories around whether Gerald Cotten is dead or alive. Hosted by Takara Small.

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When the young CEO of Canada's largest cryptocurrency exchange is reported to have died while honeymooning in India, it sets off a cataclysmic chain of events that would leave about 76,000 people out more than a quarter of a billion dollars and a trail of conspiracy theories around whether Gerald Cotten is dead or alive.

A Death in Cryptoland is an original podcast series about a crypto-tycoon, his secret past, a death shrouded in mystery, and an online sleuth's obsession to unravel the truth behind QuadrigaCX.

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When news spread that Gerald Cotten, CEO of QuadrigaCX, died on his honeymoon in India — and had been dead for a month — it set off a series of events that shook the cryptocurrency world. A quarter of a billion dollars worth of customer funds was gone. Two years on, conspiracy theories persist, leaving many asking, is he really dead? A Death in Cryptoland launches May 25.

Episode 1: The Body

Upon checking into a luxury resort in India, Gerald Cotten complains to staff he’s feeling ill. He and his wife are taken to a hospital and within 24 hours the young CEO is declared dead. A month passes before word gets out to customers that QuadrigaCX’s CEO is gone — along with their money. To find transcriptions for episodes of A Death in Cryptoland, please click here: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcastnews/a-death-in-cryptoland-transcripts-listen-1.6035764

Access the transcript for this episode here.

Episode 2: Hunting Ghosts

QuadrigaCX collapses and there’s widespread panic. An online sleuth searches for answers through a tangle of websites, hidden identities and a trail of emails. He uncovers a pattern of deception that predates his exchange, linking Gerry to a shadowy underworld of fraudsters. To find transcriptions for episodes of A Death in Cryptoland, please click here: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcastnews/a-death-in-cryptoland-transcripts-listen-1.6035764

Access the transcript for this episode here.

Episode 3: Cracks in the Empire

Gerald Cotten and his business partner, Michael Patryn, launch QuadrigaCX on Boxing Day, 2013. There’s hype in the budding Bitcoin community and the small exchange seems to have a meteoric rise. But cracks begin to appear, problems with the banks, a software bug, and delays in paying back customers. Meanwhile, online rumours of a criminal past dog Michael Patryn. To find transcriptions for episodes of A Death in Cryptoland, please click here: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcastnews/a-death-in-cryptoland-transcripts-listen-1.6035764

Access the transcript for this episode here.

Episode 4: Voleur

Despite Michael Patryn’s denials that he’s a fraudster named Omar Dhanani, customers aren’t buying it. They’re demanding proof. A mugshot. A secret service agent, a felon-turned podcaster, and a childhood friend tell the story of Omar, the man Michael insists he’s not. To find transcriptions for episodes of A Death in Cryptoland, please click here: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcastnews/a-death-in-cryptoland-transcripts-listen-1.6035764

Access the transcript for this episode here.

Episode 5: Where's the Money Gerry?

As financial investigators struggle to find any of the missing quarter of a billion dollars, they begin to make some bizarre discoveries around how the exchange had operated — finding funny business from the very start. To find transcriptions for episodes of A Death in Cryptoland, please click here: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcastnews/a-death-in-cryptoland-transcripts-listen-1.6035764

Access the transcript for this episode here.

Episode 6: The End Game

The revelation that Gerry’s house of cards had been falling apart — just as he’s reported dead in India — leaves people wondering: is this an exit scheme? Could Gerry still be alive? From buying a death certificate to Haitian zombie powder, people talk about the conspiracy theories. To find transcriptions for episodes of A Death in Cryptoland, please click here: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcastnews/a-death-in-cryptoland-transcripts-listen-1.6035764

Access the transcript for this episode here.

 


 

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