In the vein of Erin
Brockovich, The Departed, and T.
J. English’s Savage City comes Busted, the shocking true story of the
biggest police corruption scandal in Philadelphia history, a tale of drugs,
power, and abuse involving a rogue narcotics squad, a confidential informant,
and two veteran journalists whose reporting drove a full-scale FBI probe,
rocked the City of Brotherly Love, and earned a Pulitzer Prize.
In 2003 Benny Martinez became a confidential informant for a
member of the Philadelphia Police Department’s narcotics squad, helping arrest
nearly two hundred drug and gun dealers over seven years. But that success
masked a dark and dangerous reality: the cops were as corrupt as the criminals
In addition to fabricating busts, the squad systematically
looted mom-and-pop stores, terrorizing hardworking immigrant owners. One squad
member also sexually assaulted three women during raids. Frightened for his
life, Martinez turned to Philadelphia
Daily News reporters Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker.
how these two journalists—both middle-class working mothers—formed an unlikely
bond with a convicted street dealer to uncover the secrets of ruthless kingpins
and dirty cops. Professionals in an industry shrinking from severe financial
cutbacks, Ruderman and Laker had few resources—besides their own grit and
tenacity—to break a dangerous, complex story that would expose the rotten
underbelly of a modern American city and earn them a Pulitzer Prize. A
page-turning thriller based on superb reportage, Busted is modern true crime at its finest. Download and start listening now!