By Wendy Ruderman, Barbara Laker
Within the vein of Erin Brockovich, The Departed, and T. J. English's Savage urban comes Busted, the stunning real tale of the largest police corruption scandal in Philadelphia heritage, a story of substances, strength, and abuse concerning a rogue narcotics squad, a personal informant, and veteran reporters whose reporting drove a full-scale FBI probe, rocked town of cohesion, and earned a Pulitzer Prize .
In 2003, Benny Martinez turned 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 luck masked a depressing and hazardous truth: the police officers 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 girls in the course of raids. anxious for his lifestyles, 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 likely bond with a convicted road broker to discover the secrets and techniques of ruthless kingpins and soiled police officers. pros in an shrinking from critical monetary cutbacks, Ruderman and Laker had few resources—besides their very own grit and tenacity—to holiday a perilous, complicated tale that may divulge the rotten underbelly of a latest American urban and earn them a Pulitzer Prize. A page-turning mystery in accordance with very good reportage, illustrated with 8 pages of photographs, Busted is glossy actual 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