By Wendy Ruderman, Barbara Laker
Even supposing Busted reads like a mystery, the breathtaking tale it tells—of journalists' quest to unmask corrupt cops and a warped justice method, the reporting of which culminated in a Pulitzer Prize—is completely real. One afternoon in overdue 2008, a guy walks into the places of work of the neighborhood tabloid the Philadelphia day-by-day information and asks to talk with reporter Wendy Ruderman. An forthcoming casualty of the foundering print undefined, the paper is on the point of financial disaster, and its nervous employees participants are plagued with dwindling assets. yet what Benny Martinez tells Wendy and her colleague Barbara Laker is just too surprising to disregard; his profession as a personal informant for a member of the Philadelphia Police Department's narcotics squad has drawn him right into a scary internet of corruption, and now he's afraid for his life.
The choice they make that day to think Benny's saga will lead the 2 newshounds to discover a fact darker than they can have imagined. Busted is Ruderman and Laker's riveting account in their explosive research into the acts devoted through rogue individuals of the narcotics squad. by means of dint of perseverance, ingenuity, and reliable outdated shoe-leather reporting, the ladies resolve a tapestry of lies nearly six years within the making. beginning with a scheme to manufacture seek warrants, the scandal quickly encompasses the systematic, citywide looting of immigrant-owned companies and allegations of brutal sexual assault.
The striking lengths Ruderman and Laker visit for the story—chasing down witnesses at the city's grimmest streets, sifting via archive bins and hours of surveillance tape for the most important clues, and coaxing reluctant sufferers to return forward—put their decision to stability motherhood with the occupation they like to the last word try out. but if they produce a devastating sequence of articles that blows the lid off the scandal—prompting civil complaints opposed to the town and the reexamination of 1000's of convictions (although not one of the officials were charged or convicted of any crime)—they not just win the struggle for justice; additionally they win a Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting, an unthinkable success for 2 urban newshounds at a beleaguered local paper.
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Extra resources for Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love
These are her verbatim descriptions, written some twenty or thirty years past. I have, however, inserted in bold my own comments to assist the reader in understanding or to clarify a specific person, place, etc. One further explanation is needed. What we are reading here are Madi’s personal reflections as dictated directly into a tape recorder and then transcribed to paper. So, they are not actually her “writings” so much as they are a conversational storytelling of her life, which was then transcribed into a 1200-page rough draft manuscript.
No cops, no cop cars, and Mingus was right behind them. So she made a right on N. Bronson and ran a red light at Sunset, where a police cruiser parked there stopped them. To the puzzled cop, Mattie explained that Knepper worked for Charles Mingus, who was chasing them. When the cop looked up, the limo wheeled into a U-turn and sped off. The cop shrugged, and let Mattie off with a warning. Relieved, they drove to Pat Willard’s house and listened to Ellington records. The DA Secret Files Black Dahlia Avenger originally published in April 2003.
I knew that Mother was close friends with Mattie Comfort. On one occasion in the 1970s, my mother had called me up and asked if I could give her a ride out to the Sunset Strip. She wanted to go to a party being held by some friends. I drove her out and accompanied her to an apartment house. At the door, Mother briefly introduced me to a beautiful woman, simply saying, “Steven, this is Mattie, a good friend from the old days. ” The beautiful “Satin Doll” smiled at me. We shook hands, and I turned and left.
Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love by Wendy Ruderman, Barbara Laker