By Wendy Ruderman, Barbara Laker
Even supposing 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 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 approaching casualty of the foundering print undefined, the paper is near to financial disaster, and its apprehensive employees contributors are plagued with dwindling assets. yet what Benny Martinez tells Wendy and her colleague Barbara Laker is simply too surprising to disregard; his profession 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 selection 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 devoted by means of rogue participants of the narcotics squad. by means of dint of perseverance, ingenuity, and reliable outdated shoe-leather reporting, the ladies get to the bottom of a tapestry of lies nearly six years within the making.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 outstanding lengths Ruderman and Laker visit for the story—chasing down witnesses at the city's grimmest streets, sifting via archive containers and hours of surveillance tape for an important clues, and coaxing reluctant sufferers to return forward—put their choice to stability motherhood with the profession they like to the final word try. 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 1000's of convictions (although not one of the officials were charged or convicted of any crime)—they not just win the struggle for justice; additionally they win a Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting, an unthinkable fulfillment for 2 urban journalists at a beleaguered local paper.
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Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love by Wendy Ruderman, Barbara Laker