Busted - A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love-logo

Busted - A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love

Wendy Ruderman

More Information

Description:

Although Busted reads like a thriller, the breathtaking story it tells-of two journalists' quest to unmask corrupt police officers and a warped justice system, the reporting of which culminated in a Pulitzer Prize-is absolutely true. One afternoon in late 2008, a man walks into the offices of the local tabloid the Philadelphia Daily News and asks to speak with reporter Wendy Ruderman. An imminent casualty of the foundering print industry, the paper is on the brink of bankruptcy, and its anxious staff members are plagued with dwindling resources. But what Benny Martinez tells Wendy and her colleague Barbara Laker is too shocking to ignore; his career as a confidential informant for a member of the Philadelphia Police Department's narcotics squad has drawn him into a horrifying web of corruption, and now he is afraid for his life. The decision they make that day to believe Benny's saga will lead the two journalists to uncover a truth darker than they could have imagined. Busted is Ruderman and Laker's riveting account of their explosive investigation into the acts committed by rogue members of the narcotics squad. By dint of perseverance, ingenuity, and good old shoe-leather reporting, the women unravel a tapestry of lies almost six years in the making. Starting with a scheme to fabricate search warrants, the scandal soon encompasses the systematic, citywide looting of immigrant-owned businesses and allegations of brutal sexual assault. The remarkable lengths Ruderman and Laker go to for the story-chasing down witnesses on the city's grimmest streets, sifting through archive boxes and hours of surveillance tape for crucial clues, and coaxing reluctant victims to come forward-put their determination to balance motherhood with the career they love to the ultimate test. But when they produce a devastating series of articles that blows the lid off the scandal-prompting civil lawsuits against the city and the reexamination of hundreds of convictions (although none of the officers have been charged or convicted of any

Language:

English

Narrators:

Barbara Laker, Rachel Fulginiti

Length:

6h 55m


Chapters

Free Sample

04:40

Introduction
Introduction

00:26


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:41


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

22:56


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

11:45


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

20:34


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

22:45


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

26:20


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

12:00


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

14:17


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

10:45


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

16:58


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

14:04


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

17:27


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

09:13


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

09:13


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

13:42


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

15:45


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

14:39


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:00


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

10:46


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

13:47


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

09:04


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

09:55


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:07


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

12:10


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

10:18


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

14:42


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

09:40


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

14:16


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

13:33


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

12:24


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

09:02


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:58


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

00:45