By Wendy Ruderman, Barbara Laker
Even if Busted reads like a mystery, the breathtaking tale it tells—of journalists' quest to unmask corrupt law enforcement officials and a warped justice approach, the reporting of which culminated in a Pulitzer Prize—is completely actual. One afternoon in past due 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 drawing close casualty of the foundering print undefined, the paper is on the point of financial ruin, and its apprehensive employees individuals are plagued with dwindling assets. yet what Benny Martinez tells Wendy and her colleague Barbara Laker is just too stunning to disregard; his occupation as a exclusive 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 determination they make that day to think Benny's saga will lead the 2 reporters 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 dedicated via rogue individuals of the narcotics squad. by way of dint of perseverance, ingenuity, and reliable previous shoe-leather reporting, the ladies resolve a tapestry of lies virtually 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 awesome 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 an important clues, and coaxing reluctant sufferers to return forward—put their choice to stability motherhood with the occupation they like to the last word attempt. but if they produce a devastating sequence of articles that blows the lid off the scandal—prompting civil proceedings opposed to town and the reexamination of countless numbers of convictions (although not one of the officials were charged or convicted of any crime)—they not just win the struggle for justice; in addition they win a Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting, an unthinkable success for 2 urban newshounds at a beleaguered neighborhood paper.
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Extra resources for Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love
Most of the information I gathered there is confidential and thus not cited in this book, but the training helped me to better understand the magnitude of Albanian organized crime around the world. Twelve semi-structured interviews were conducted with less accessible research subjects—the organized crime offenders themselves. A few of those interviews were conducted with convicted offenders in a prison setting. In order to understand the offenders’ actions, it is useful to consider the self-created narratives that help to give form and significance to those actions.
Indeed, it is difficult to conduct reliable empirical research on an entity concealed in the criminal underworld. 12 Even if it were possible to interview offenders, one should remain skeptical about the reliability and validity of the data collected. Some authors have maintained that accounts given by offenders and informers are often self-glorifying fantasies (Potter and Jenkins 1985). Because it is almost impossible to gain direct access to the internal dynamics of a criminal organization, social scientists are forced to rely on accounts supplied by police, judicial authorities, and the media, and on reports from key witnesses.
Katz also argues that Allen’s experience is by no means unusual. ” In addition, the spending patterns of criminals support the contention that material deprivation is not their primary motive for committing crime. ” Often, much of the take is spent on others or simply given away. “It ain’t the money or the cars or the women. It’s about all that but ain’t what it’s deep down about. . The money ain’t nothing. You just use the money to make your play. To show people you are the best” (Katz 1990, 216).