Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of by Wendy Ruderman, Barbara Laker

By Wendy Ruderman, Barbara Laker

Even though 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 totally 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 approaching casualty of the foundering print undefined, the paper is on the point of financial disaster, and its worried employees individuals are plagued with dwindling assets. yet what Benny Martinez tells Wendy and her colleague Barbara Laker is simply 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 frightening 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 via rogue participants of the narcotics squad. via dint of perseverance, ingenuity, and sturdy previous 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 extraordinary lengths Ruderman and Laker visit for the story—chasing down witnesses at the city's grimmest streets, sifting via archive packing containers and hours of surveillance tape for an important clues, and coaxing reluctant sufferers to return forward—put their decision to stability motherhood with the occupation they like to the final word try out. but if they produce a devastating sequence of articles that blows the lid off the scandal—prompting civil court cases opposed to town and the reexamination of hundreds of thousands 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 fulfillment for 2 urban newshounds at a beleaguered local paper.

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Davidson believed Fraser understood his criminality as a result of being given too much freedom too often by his parents, but didn’t elaborate. ’And Fraser was doing his best to make sure of it. Fraser’s relationship with Pearl appeared to be the only stable period in his life. Davidson believed Fraser drew his knowledge of women from his contact with prostitutes, bikie girls and women who visited him in prison. He did not express any warm feelings towards any of the women he claimed to have known, and the only way he expressed emotion was through anger.

His increased output when working solo turned his case managers’ tide of criticism to praise, for his work ethic as an external gardener on the prison farm. Staff were happy to work Fraser hard from ‘daylight to dark’ to keep him settled and not let him go ‘hypo’. Prisoners perceived him to be in the ‘screw’s pockets’. qxd 10/5/06 8:49 AM Page 34 compliant with those in authority to violent outbursts of defiance. With the few prisoners he did interact with Fraser was prone to bragging, indicating where he would dispose of bodies and lying about the real crimes for which he had been jailed.

Former chief prison officer Dave Robinson, who worked both in Townsville and Rockhampton jails when Fraser was an inmate, knew it would only be a matter of time before he returned to custody. ‘He was a very violent person,’ Robinson said. ‘He had bouts of violence, you never knew when he was going to go off. ’ As the end of Fraser’s sentence drew near, his temper would erupt. A contractor for the prison nursery later told police he often witnessed Fraser go ‘absolutely mad and was rather frightening’ when he got upset.

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