Shattered

By WDIV Local 4 and Graham Media Group

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Jeni
 Oct 9, 2018
what a great surprise! hadn't heard of this podcast, but season 1 is excellent. keep more coming please!

Richard Dunne
 Sep 16, 2018
Thoroughly enjoyed. Nice pace, gripping story, engaging narrative. More of the same please!

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Sometimes, news stories echo in our minds for years after they’ve occurred. With each season of Shattered, we select one of those complex, true stories and take an in-depth look. Season 3 tells the story of a string of murders that took place in the mid-1970s in Oakland County, Michigan. Many people know the case as the Oakland County Child Killer. The story is well known in southeast Michigan, but it’s never been told with such depth. Child Killer drills through the surface of the story, all the way down to its core. From millionaire cover-ups to a father’s undying love for his son. Egos, confusion and manipulation take over in a seemingly endless pursuit for answers. Season 2 tells the story of Rick Wershe Jr., also known as White Boy Rick. At 14, Rick became the youngest FBI informant ever and helped bring down some of Detroit’s biggest drug dealers. Then the FBI abandoned him, and he became the dealer. Less than 2 years later, he was busted in connection with eight kilos of cocaine. Wershe has been in prison ever since. Hosted by WDIV investigative reporter Kevin Dietz, Shattered: White Boy Rick chronicles Wershe's improbable life story. In Season 1, host Jeremy Allen investigates the disappearance of Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton. The boys’ father, John Skelton, is the main suspect. Almost a decade later, the mystery of what happened to the boys remains open, with their small Michigan hometown wondering - could a father have committed an unimaginable crime?

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Coming Soon: Child Killer
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In Season 3 of Shattered, host Jeremy Allen is back to tell the story of a string of murders that took place in the mid-1970s in Oakland County, Michigan. Many people know the case as the Oakland County Child Killer. The story is well known in southeast Michigan, but it’s never been told with such depth. Child Killer drills through the surface of the story, all the way down to its core. From millionaire cover-ups to a father’s undying love for his son. Egos, confusion and manipulation take over in a seemingly endless pursuit for answers.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 12, 2019
Shattered Presents: Crimetown
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We're hard at work on our next season of Shattered. In the meantime, though, we think you'll like this episode of another show we're fans of.&nbsp; <br><br>Welcome to <a href="https://crimetownshow.com"><strong>Crimetown</strong></a>. Each season they investigate the culture of crime in a different city. In Season 2, Crimetown heads to the heart of the Rust Belt: Detroit, Michigan.&nbsp;<br><br>"From its heyday as Motor City to its rebirth as the Brooklyn of the Midwest, Detroit’s history reflects a series of issues that strike at the heart of American identity: race, poverty, policing, loss of industry, the war on drugs, and our universal desire for a savior. Detroit’s a tough town, and its residents are even tougher. They’ve weathered riots, a drug epidemic, political scandal, and innumerable other hardships, but they’re still here—and they have stories to tell. New episodes out Mondays, exclusively on Spotify."<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 10, 2019
Shattered Presents: Mismatch
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As we prepare for the release of Shattered’s Season 3, we’re excited to share one of our favorite stories from the new season of our another podcast from Graham Media, <strong>Mismatch</strong>.<br><br>Hosted by veteran reporter Roger Weber, Mismatch features stories about the incompatible, the unsuitable, and the out-of-step.<br><br><strong>In this episode:<br></strong><br>Theodore Roosevelt lived through a bullet in the chest and the carriage accident that killed his bodyguard. He’d beaten the chronic illness that left him gasping for air, dodged a charging rhinoceros, made his own charge up San Juan Hill and gotten through the day on which both his wife and mother died. But now, feverish and emaciated, he was ready for his life to end on The River of Doubt.<br><br>For more Mismatch, visit <a href="http://Mismatchpodcast.com"><strong>mismatchpodcast.com </strong></a>or subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 03, 2019
Introducing Shattered: Season 3
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Jeremy Allen, host of season 1, is joined by Kevin Dietz, host of season 2, to announce the subject of Shattered: Season 3 coming in 2019.<br>Follow us on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ShatteredPodcast/">Facebook</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/shatteredpod">Twitter</a> and <a href="https://www.instagram.com/shatteredpodcast/?hl=en">Instagram</a> as we get closer to the release. Have a happy and healthy new year!<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 27, 2018
Introducing Shattered, Season 2 – White Boy Rick
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Welcome to Season 2 of Shattered. When he was 14 years-old, Rick Wershe, Jr. became one of the youngest FBI informants in American history. The inside information he provided led to the downfall of some of Detroit's biggest drug dealers. Once the FBI no longer needed Rick, he became a dealer in his own right, only until being busted on a cocaine possession charge when he was 17. Wershe has been in prison ever since. Hosted by WDIV investigative reporter, Kevin Dietz, Shattered: White Boy Rick chronicles Wershe's improbable life story. Along the way, you’ll meet the sister who stood by him, the drug boss who befriended him, the FBI agents who employed him, and even Matthew McConaughey, who plays the part of Rick’s dad in the upcoming movie, <a href="http://www.whiteboyrick.movie/">White Boy Rick</a>. <strong>You can hear the entire story starting September 6th.</strong><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 07, 2018
White Boy Rick, Chapter 1 – Like Father, Like Son
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Chapter 1 – Like Father, Like Son: In 1984, crack cocaine is becoming an epidemic in Detroit. Several African-American drug gangs are battling each other for territory. On the east side of the city, a white teenager is about to find himself at the center of it all when the FBI asks him to learn everything he can about the drug dealers in his neighborhood.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 06, 2018
White Boy Rick, Chapter 2 – Summer Job
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Chapter 2 – Summer Job: To get inside information on the local drug trade, Rick has to do more than watch from the outside. But it’s not as simple as just heading up to the local crack house with cash in hand. He needs to be known as someone who can be trusted both to buy drugs and to never snitch to police if he gets caught. He needs someone to vouch for him and he knows exactly who it should be, the first family of cocaine on Detroit’s east side, the Curry's.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 06, 2018
White Boy Rick, Chapter 3 – Fight Night in Vegas
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Chapter 3 – Fight Night in Vegas: When the police keep raiding drug houses rife with cash and cocaine, the Currys don’t think it’s simply bad luck for them or great work by the police. They suspect there is a rat in the organization and they want it exterminated.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 06, 2018
White Boy Rick, Chapter 4 – I’m No Cocaine Kingpin
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Chapter 4 – I’m No Cocaine Kingpin: Rick has given the feds enough information for them to start prosecuting the Curry’s. Out of a job, Rick charts a new path with the skills he's accumulated from the government.&nbsp;<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 06, 2018
White Boy Rick, Chapter 5 – Operation Backbone
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Chapter 5 – Operation Backbone: From behind bars, Rick is asked to inform again as part of Operation Backbone, an FBI sting that aims to catch dirty Detroit cops.&nbsp;<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 06, 2018
White Boy Rick, Chapter 6 – Inspector Todd
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Chapter 6 – Inspector Todd: Rick says the reason he’s been languishing in prison for so long has a lot to do with one man, Gil Hill. Hill was the head the Detroit Police Department’s Homicide Unit and he also played the part of a cop in the Beverly Hills Cop trilogy.&nbsp;<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 06, 2018
White Boy Rick, Chapter 7 – Kid Rock and White Boy Rick
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Chapter 7 – Kid Rock and White Boy Rick: Rick is granted his first parole hearing in 15 years. Kid Rock shows up to testify on his behalf. Rick thinks he has a chance at parole. But a letter from then Wayne County Prosecutor (and current Mayor of Detroit), Mike Duggan, throws a wrench into Rick’s dream of freedom.&nbsp;<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 06, 2018
White Boy Rick, Chapter 8 – Just Call Me Rick
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<strong>Chapter 8 – Just Call Me Rick</strong>&nbsp;<br>With Hollywood making a movie about his life and some positive signs coming from the new Wayne County Prosecutor, Rick thinks he might have a shot at parole.&nbsp;<br><br>As that’s happening - before he was sent to prison, before he sold drugs, before he became an informant, Rick was young and in love with Michelle. All these years later, they’ve reconnected.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 06, 2018
~~Introducing Shattered, Season 1 – Black Friday~~
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Welcome to Shattered, a new true-crime podcast from WDIV in Detroit. Season 1 chronicles the young Skelton brothers’ disappearance on Black Friday, 2010. The mystery of what happened to the boys remains open, with their small Michigan hometown wondering - could a father have committed an unimaginable crime?<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 15, 2018
Black Friday, Chapter 1 – Shattered
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<strong>Season 1, Chapter 1: </strong>The Skeltons, a family of 5, once whole and together has been shattered. John, the father, begins acting erratically and eventually pushes mom, Tanya, too far. But he's not done there. His anger toward Tanya leads to the eventual disappearance of 9-year-old Andrew, 7-year-old Alexander and 5-year-old Tanner Skelton. But how and why? <strong>Shattered: Black Friday</strong> is the story of true life events from Morenci, Michigan. A small town with a big problem. If you have any information about the whereabouts of Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton, please call the Morenci Police Department at<strong> 517-458-7104.</strong><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 15, 2018
Black Friday, Chapter 2 – Irreversible
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<strong>Season 1, Chapter 2: </strong>Andrew, Alexander and Tanner are missing. But before their dad, John, made them vanish, a storm was brewing between him and his wife, Tanya. Tanya gives us a glimpse into life with John before Black Friday 2010.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 15, 2018
Black Friday, Chapter 3 – Maze Runners
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<strong>Season 1, Chapter 3: John Skelton</strong> sits alone in a cell, with all the answers locked away deep inside his mind. <strong>Chief Larry Weeks</strong> and <strong>Detective Lt. Jeremy Brewer</strong> are the past and present lead investigators on the case. Is there any way to find the answers, find the boys, without John's cooperation?<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 15, 2018
Black Friday, Chapter 4 – A Family Thing
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<strong>Season 1, Chapter 4: </strong>We’re welcomed into the home of <strong>Tanya Skelton</strong>. We get into the alleged abuse of her own sons and John's family’s take on what he did or didn’t do. Tanya also reveals what built her back up after an emotional breakdown.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 15, 2018
Black Friday, Chapter 5 – Me, Myself and John
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<strong>Season 1, Chapter 5: </strong>With his three sons missing, <strong>John</strong> sits inside a Michigan prison cell. He doesn't seem worried, but he also doesn't seem to feel guilty. Hear John tell his story, for the first time, in his own words.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 15, 2018
Black Friday, Chapter 6 – A Simpler Story
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<strong>Season 1, Chapter 6: John Skelton's</strong> stories change every time he tells them. One that has been told, more than once, is that he gave his children to the <strong>Amish</strong>. Because they are such a private people, there's no record of their thoughts on this possibility. WDIV's<strong> Sandra Ali</strong> and <strong>Jeremy Allen</strong> hit the road to get a firsthand account from the Amish.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 15, 2018
Black Friday, Chapter 7 – Holiday Road
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<strong>Season 1, Chapter 7: </strong>Early morning, Black Friday, 2010, John Skelton's cell phone registers to cell phone towers between Morenci, Michigan and Holiday City, Ohio. Somewhere along this route is where police believe he made his children disappear. Lead Investigator <strong>Jeremy Brewer</strong> takes us on a ride, following that very route.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 15, 2018
Black Friday, Chapter 8 – Southern Discomfort
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<strong>Season 1, Chapter 8: John Skelton’s</strong> family in Morenci stays tight-lipped about the case.&nbsp; His mother, father and sister live a thousand miles away in Florida.&nbsp; <strong>Jeremy Allen</strong> heads to Jacksonville, seeking a perspective we haven’t yet heard.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 15, 2018
Black Friday, Chapter 9 – Missoula, Montana
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<strong>Season 1: Chapter 9: </strong>As investigators work the Skelton case in Michigan, something pops up, but way off their radar.&nbsp; Human remains are found in Missoula, Montana – the remains of 3 kids.&nbsp; Lead Investigator <strong>Jeremy Brewer</strong> and <strong>Tanya</strong> try to figure out a connection to Montana. Tanya also struggles with what John Skelton’s family is saying about the case, her boys and her role in all of it.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 15, 2018
Black Friday, Chapter 10 – Dear John
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<strong>Season 1, Chapter 10: John Skelton</strong> has been silent for the better part of a decade. WDIV’s <strong>Sandra Ali</strong> and <strong>Jeremy Allen</strong> do their best to get him to speak. In the meantime, police bring someone with Amish ties to confront John.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 15, 2018
Black Friday, Chapter 11 – Inmate #812593
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<strong>Season 1, Chapter 11: </strong>After the exchange of letters, a visit to the prison and many emails, <strong>John Skelton</strong> calls us on the phone.&nbsp; The public will hear John’s words in his own voice for the first time in several years.&nbsp; He talks about his meeting with Mose Gingerich, his heart breaking for his ex-wife Tanya and how one of Tanya’s sisters prompted him to reach out and finally call. John discusses hate mail, his internet searches and so much more.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 15, 2018
Black Friday, Chapter 12 – Getting to the Point
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<strong>Season 1, Chapter 12: </strong>Tanner, Alexander and Andrew Skelton’s whereabouts continue to be a mystery.&nbsp; Their father, John has kept the information needed to crack the case locked up inside his head, but now he’s talking.&nbsp; In our second conversation on the phone with John, he opens up about his love for Tanya and admits he made a big mistake.&nbsp; He also says there were other people at his house, who drove his van early in the morning, back on Black Friday 2010.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 15, 2018