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Shattered: White Boy Rick

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At 14, Rick Wershe Jr. became the youngest FBI informant ever and helped bring down some of Detroit's biggest drug dealers. Then the FBI abandoned him, and he became the dealer, until being busted with eight kilos of cocaine. Wershe has been in prison ever since. Hosted by WDIV investigative reporter, Kevin Dietz, Shattered: White Boy Rick chronicles Wershe's improbable life story.

At 14, Rick Wershe Jr. became the youngest FBI informant ever and helped bring down some of Detroit's biggest drug dealers. Then the FBI abandoned him, and he became the dealer, until being busted with eight kilos of cocaine. Wershe has been in prison ever since. Hosted by WDIV investigative reporter, Kevin Dietz, Shattered: White Boy Rick chronicles Wershe's improbable life story.
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At 14, Rick Wershe Jr. became the youngest FBI informant ever and helped bring down some of Detroit's biggest drug dealers. Then the FBI abandoned him, and he became the dealer, until being busted with eight kilos of cocaine. Wershe has been in prison ever since. Hosted by WDIV investigative reporter, Kevin Dietz, Shattered: White Boy Rick chronicles Wershe's improbable life story.

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Episodes

White Boy Rick, Chapter 1 – Like Father, Like Son

9/6/2018
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Chapter 1 – Like Father, Like Son: In 1984, crack cocaine is becoming an epidemic in Detroit. Several African-American drug gangs are battling each other for territory. On the east side of the city, a white teenager is about to find himself at the center of it all when the FBI asks him to learn everything he can about the drug dealers in his neighborhood. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:30:42

White Boy Rick, Chapter 2 – Summer Job

9/6/2018
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Chapter 2 – Summer Job: To get inside information on the local drug trade, Rick has to do more than watch from the outside. But it’s not as simple as just heading up to the local crack house with cash in hand. He needs to be known as someone who can be trusted both to buy drugs and to never snitch to police if he gets caught. He needs someone to vouch for him and he knows exactly who it should be, the first family of cocaine on Detroit’s east side, the Curry's. Learn more about your ad...

Duration:00:25:52

White Boy Rick, Chapter 3 – Fight Night in Vegas

9/6/2018
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Chapter 3 – Fight Night in Vegas: When the police keep raiding drug houses rife with cash and cocaine, the Currys don’t think it’s simply bad luck for them or great work by the police. They suspect there is a rat in the organization and they want it exterminated. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:25:00

White Boy Rick, Chapter 4 – I’m No Cocaine Kingpin

9/6/2018
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Chapter 4 – I’m No Cocaine Kingpin: Rick has given the feds enough information for them to start prosecuting the Curry’s. Out of a job, Rick charts a new path with the skills he's accumulated from the government. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:30:37

White Boy Rick, Chapter 5 – Operation Backbone

9/6/2018
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Chapter 5 – Operation Backbone: From behind bars, Rick is asked to inform again as part of Operation Backbone, an FBI sting that aims to catch dirty Detroit cops. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:25:12

White Boy Rick, Chapter 6 – Inspector Todd

9/6/2018
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Chapter 6 – Inspector Todd: Rick says the reason he’s been languishing in prison for so long has a lot to do with one man, Gil Hill. Hill was the head the Detroit Police Department’s Homicide Unit and he also played the part of a cop in the Beverly Hills Cop trilogy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:21:48

White Boy Rick, Chapter 7 – Kid Rock and White Boy Rick

9/6/2018
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Chapter 7 – Kid Rock and White Boy Rick: Rick is granted his first parole hearing in 15 years. Kid Rock shows up to testify on his behalf. Rick thinks he has a chance at parole. But a letter from then Wayne County Prosecutor (and current Mayor of Detroit), Mike Duggan, throws a wrench into Rick’s dream of freedom. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:30:52

White Boy Rick, Chapter 8 – Just Call Me Rick

9/6/2018
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Chapter 8 – Just Call Me Rick: With Hollywood making a movie about his life and some positive signs coming from the new Wayne County Prosecutor, Rick thinks he might have a shot at parole. As that’s happening - before he was sent to prison, before he sold drugs, before he became an informant, Rick was young and in love with Michelle. All these years later, they’ve reconnected. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:27:11

Introducing Shattered, Season 2 – White Boy Rick

8/23/2018
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Welcome to Season 2 of Shattered. When he was 14 years-old, Rick Wershe, Jr. became one of the youngest FBI informants in American history. The inside information he provided led to the downfall of some of Detroit's biggest drug dealers. Once the FBI no longer needed Rick, he became a dealer in his own right, only until being busted on a cocaine possession charge when he was 17. Wershe has been in prison ever since. Hosted by WDIV investigative reporter, Kevin Dietz, Shattered: White Boy...

Duration:00:03:08

~~Introducing Shattered, Season 1 – Black Friday~~

4/14/2018
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Welcome to Shattered, a new true-crime podcast from WDIV in Detroit. Season 1 chronicles the young Skelton brothers’ disappearance on Black Friday, 2010. The mystery of what happened to the boys remains open, with their small Michigan hometown wondering - could a father have committed an unimaginable crime? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:02:06

Black Friday, Chapter 1 – Shattered

4/14/2018
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Season 1, Chapter 1: The Skeltons, a family of 5, once whole and together has been shattered. John, the father, begins acting erratically and eventually pushes mom, Tanya, too far. But he's not done there. His anger toward Tanya leads to the eventual disappearance of 9-year-old Andrew, 7-year-old Alexander and 5-year-old Tanner Skelton. But how and why? Shattered: Black Friday is the story of true life events from Morenci, Michigan. A small town with a big problem. If you have any...

Duration:00:28:40

Black Friday, Chapter 2 – Irreversible

4/14/2018
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Season 1, Chapter 2: Andrew, Alexander and Tanner are missing. But before their dad, John, made them vanish, a storm was brewing between him and his wife, Tanya. Tanya gives us a glimpse into life with John before Black Friday 2010. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:29:54

Black Friday, Chapter 3 – Maze Runners

4/14/2018
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Season 1, Chapter 3: John Skelton sits alone in a cell, with all the answers locked away deep inside his mind. Chief Larry Weeks and Detective Lt. Jeremy Brewer are the past and present lead investigators on the case. Is there any way to find the answers, find the boys, without John's cooperation? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:28:22

Black Friday, Chapter 4 – A Family Thing

4/14/2018
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Season 1, Chapter 4: We’re welcomed into the home of Tanya Skelton. We get into the alleged abuse of her own sons and John's family’s take on what he did or didn’t do. Tanya also reveals what built her back up after an emotional breakdown. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:38:16

Black Friday, Chapter 5 – Me, Myself and John

4/14/2018
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Season 1, Chapter 5: With his three sons missing, John sits inside a Michigan prison cell. He doesn't seem worried, but he also doesn't seem to feel guilty. Hear John tell his story, for the first time, in his own words. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:22:19

Black Friday, Chapter 6 – A Simpler Story

4/14/2018
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Season 1, Chapter 6: John Skelton's stories change every time he tells them. One that has been told, more than once, is that he gave his children to the Amish. Because they are such a private people, there's no record of their thoughts on this possibility. WDIV's Sandra Ali and Jeremy Allen hit the road to get a firsthand account from the Amish. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:23:12

Black Friday, Chapter 7 – Holiday Road

4/14/2018
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Season 1, Chapter 7: Early morning, Black Friday, 2010, John Skelton's cell phone registers to cell phone towers between Morenci, Michigan and Holiday City, Ohio. Somewhere along this route is where police believe he made his children disappear. Lead Investigator Jeremy Brewer takes us on a ride, following that very route. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:28:45

Black Friday, Chapter 8 – Southern Discomfort

4/14/2018
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Season 1, Chapter 8: John Skelton’s family in Morenci stays tight-lipped about the case. His mother, father and sister live a thousand miles away in Florida. Jeremy Allen heads to Jacksonville, seeking a perspective we haven’t yet heard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:34:50

Black Friday, Chapter 9 – Missoula, Montana

4/14/2018
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Season 1: Chapter 9: As investigators work the Skelton case in Michigan, something pops up, but way off their radar. Human remains are found in Missoula, Montana – the remains of 3 kids. Lead Investigator Jeremy Brewer and Tanya try to figure out a connection to Montana. Tanya also struggles with what John Skelton’s family is saying about the case, her boys and her role in all of it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:25:38

Black Friday, Chapter 10 – Dear John

4/14/2018
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Season 1, Chapter 10: John Skelton has been silent for the better part of a decade. WDIV’s Sandra Ali and Jeremy Allen do their best to get him to speak. In the meantime, police bring someone with Amish ties to confront John. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:30:18