By Wendy Ruderman, Barbara Laker
Within the vein of Erin Brockovich, The Departed, and T. J. English's Savage urban comes Busted, the surprising actual tale of the largest police corruption scandal in Philadelphia heritage, a story of substances, strength, and abuse related to a rogue narcotics squad, a personal informant, and veteran reporters whose reporting drove a full-scale FBI probe, rocked the town of concord, and earned a Pulitzer Prize .
In 2003, Benny Martinez grew to become a personal Informant for a member of the Philadelphia Police Department's narcotics squad, supporting arrest approximately 2 hundred drug and gun purchasers over seven years. yet that good fortune masked a dismal and unsafe truth: the law enforcement officials have been as corrupt because the criminals they targeted.
In addition to fabricating busts, the squad systematically looted mom-and-pop shops, terrorizing hardworking immigrant proprietors. One squad member additionally sexually assaulted 3 ladies in the course of raids. nervous for his existence, Martinez grew to become to Philadelphia day-by-day information newshounds Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker.
Busted chronicles how those journalists—both middle-class operating mothers—formed an not going bond with a convicted highway broker to discover the secrets and techniques of ruthless kingpins and soiled law enforcement officials. execs in an shrinking from critical monetary cutbacks, Ruderman and Laker had few resources—besides their very own grit and tenacity—to holiday a deadly, complicated tale that might divulge the rotten underbelly of a contemporary American urban and earn them a Pulitzer Prize. A page-turning mystery in accordance with significant reportage, illustrated with 8 pages of photographs, Busted is sleek real crime at its most interesting.
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Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love by Wendy Ruderman, Barbara Laker