Did you miss Murder on the Space Coast in the holiday shuffle?

Coming Monday, Nov. 27th, the season 6 of the award-winning and Pulitzer Prize nominated podcast, Murder on the Space Coast.
Coming Monday, Nov. 27th, the season 6 of the award-winning and Pulitzer Prize nominated podcast, Murder on the Space Coast.

Greeting subscribers,

Now that the shine of the New Year has dimmed a bit, I wanted to remind you of something that might have gotten lost in the holiday hullabaloo.

Just after Thanksgiving, we unveiled Season 6 of our award-winning podcast Murder on the Space Coast.

The story revolves around a doctor gone bad... so bad that a judge labeled him a monster. Dr. John Gayden's pill mill practice in Indialantic was so well known, there would often be a line of "patients" waiting outside for their prescriptions. In fact, the lines waiting to get into the office were so long, a hot-dog stand set up shop in the doctor's parking lot.

In one year, Gayden prescribed more Oxycodone in Brevard's tiny beachside community than all the doctors in the state of California. He created an addiction problem where none had existed.

My colleague John A. Torres takes you on a journey through the "Surf Ghetto," an older rundown part of the town where Gayden's legacy persists. He shares with you in gripping detail the frustration of law enforcement trying to convict a doctor of prescription abuse, the horror of a doctor practicing bad medicine and the loss of innocence of the young girls who became prey to a man teetering on the edge.

If you haven't listened to any of Murder on the Space Coast, I suggest you start from the beginning. You can find the full podcast here or on any of your favorite podcasting platforms. If you've already listened and have questions or comments, you can reach out to John via email at jtorres@floridatoday.com or message the team on our Facebook page.

As always, you can reach me at rlanders@floridatoday.com. Or you can find me on X, Instagram, TikTok or YouTube (just click the name, the internet will do the rest).

Thank you again for subscribing to FLORIDA TODAY and for supporting local journalism.

Rob Landers

Sr. Multimedia Editor

FLORIDA TODAY

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