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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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Black Friday - UPDATE

7/8/2019
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An update from Shattered: Black Friday, Season 1. The three missing boys from Morenci, Michigan have been gone for nearly a decade. Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton disappeared on Black Friday of 2010. The boy's father, John Skelton claims he gave them to an underground group to keep them safe from their mother, but police have found no evidence to support that claim. They also haven't found the boys. Recently John's family started questioning some of John's stories. John's own father...

Duration:00:30:03

Child Killer, Chapter 8 - Collateral Damage

5/8/2019
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Almost half a century has passed and the families of Timothy King, Kristine Mihelich, Jill Robinson and Mark Stebbins are left without answers. The families demand more from the authorities. The police and prosecutors say there’s nothing more to give. Is the person responsible still out there? Did the killer die? Is there a massive coverup? The families share their theories. Shattered Podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:48:27

Child Killer, Chapter 7 - Dr. Danto

4/30/2019
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The police and task force are in full gear, searching through mounds of information. Dr. Bruce Danto enters the picture offering theories and helping to profile the killer(s). On April 4th, 1977 a man calling himself Allen sends Dr. Danto a letter, claiming he is the roommate of the Oakland County Child Killer. Eventually Allen would setup a meeting with Dr. Danto. Shattered Podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:26:19

White Boy Rick - UPDATE

4/25/2019
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I know we’re in the middle of season 3 of Shattered right now, but Kevin Dietz, host of season 2, White Boy Rick, is back to let you know what’s been going on with Rick and to tell you about a development in his story. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:17:37

Child Killer, Chapter 6 - The Magicians' Confession

4/23/2019
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Frank Shelden and Gerald Richards have just returned to the mainland after taking four boys from St. Joe’s Catholic school to North Fox Island for a three day trip. Michael Dunsmore, Bill Johnson and two other boys were put through horrible, unforgettable, life-altering experiences. One of the two unnamed boys tells his mother a harrowing story about being sexually assaulted by Shelden in a cabin on the island. The boys' mother calls the police to relay the story. Shattered Podcast Learn...

Duration:00:28:38

Child Killer, Chapter 5 - North Fox Island

4/16/2019
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Francis Shelden was a Millionaire from Ann Arbor, Michigan. He came from a well-to-do family with ties to presidents, governors and even princes. He earned his B.A from Yale and served in the Michigan Air Guard. He had his own company, his own plane, and his own island. He also operated his own pedophile ring. Shattered Podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:37:26

Child Killer, Chapter 4 - He's Just Not Here Anymore

4/9/2019
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The discovery of Timothy King’s body cements suspicions of a serial killer. The lives of the victims’ families are shattered. Police from across the region mobilize in a way never seen before. They have a few leads and suspects, and begin searching for familiar criminals and new faces suspected of involvement in the slaying of these young children. Shattered Podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:23:42

Child Killer, Chapter 3 - Captive

4/2/2019
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Oakland County families are living in terror after three children have been abducted and murdered. The killer is becoming bolder - the most recent victim, Kristine Mihelich, was discovered after being missing for 19 days. Tensions are at an all-time high. But the killer isn’t done. Shattered Podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:27:15

Child Killer, Chapter 2 - There's Something Happening Here

3/26/2019
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January 1977: five children have been murdered in or near Oakland County in the last year, and now a sixth, Kristine Mihelich, has been abducted. Investigators are seeing similarities in the cases and begin to pursue the possibility of a single killer. Shatteredpodcast.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:29:00

Child Killer, Chapter 1 - The Beginning of the End

3/19/2019
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Shattered Season 3, Child Killer, Episode 1. By 1976, Detroit’s population had plummeted as residents left for the suburbs in droves. The wealthiest, most exclusive destinations were found in Oakland County, where mothers and fathers always felt comfortable letting their children roam the neighborhood until the street lights came on. Life was great and then suddenly, it wasn’t. shatteredpodcast.com This episode is brought to you by Audible (Audible.com/s3) and Care/Of (promo code s350 at...

Duration:00:23:46

Coming Soon: Child Killer

2/12/2019
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In Season 3 of Shattered, host Jeremy Allen is back to tell the story of a string of murders that took place in the mid-1970s in Oakland County, Michigan. Many people know the case as the Oakland County Child Killer. The story is well known in southeast Michigan, but it’s never been told with such depth. Child Killer drills through the surface of the story, all the way down to its core. From millionaire cover-ups to a father’s undying love for his son. Egos, confusion and manipulation take...

Duration:00:01:22

Shattered Presents: Crimetown

1/10/2019
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We're hard at work on our next season of Shattered. In the meantime, though, we think you'll like this episode of another show we're fans of. Welcome to Crimetown. Each season they investigate the culture of crime in a different city. In Season 2, Crimetown heads to the heart of the Rust Belt: Detroit, Michigan. "From its heyday as Motor City to its rebirth as the Brooklyn of the Midwest, Detroit’s history reflects a series of issues that strike at the heart of American identity: race,...

Duration:00:30:16

Shattered Presents: Mismatch

1/3/2019
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As we prepare for the release of Shattered’s Season 3, we’re excited to share one of our favorite stories from the new season of our another podcast from Graham Media, Mismatch. Hosted by veteran reporter Roger Weber, Mismatch features stories about the incompatible, the unsuitable, and the out-of-step. In this episode: Theodore Roosevelt lived through a bullet in the chest and the carriage accident that killed his bodyguard. He’d beaten the chronic illness that left him gasping for air,...

Duration:00:27:44

Introducing Shattered: Season 3

12/27/2018
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Jeremy Allen, host of season 1, is joined by Kevin Dietz, host of season 2, to announce the subject of Shattered: Season 3 coming in 2019. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as we get closer to the release. Have a happy and healthy new year! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:03:05

Introducing Shattered, Season 2 – White Boy Rick

9/7/2018
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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

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