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Shattered: White Boy Rick

WDIV Local 4 and Graham Media Group

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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 ...Show More
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30:03 | Jul 8th

An update from Shattered: Black Friday, Season 1.The three missing boys from Morenci, Michigan have been gone for nearly a decade. Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton disappeared on Black Friday of 2010. The boy's father, John Skelton claims he gave...Show More

48:14 | May 8th

Almost half a century has passed and the families of Timothy King, Kristine Mihelich, Jill Robinson and Mark Stebbins are left without answers. The families demand more from the authorities. The police and prosecutors say there’s nothing more to give...Show More
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28:13 | Apr 30th

The police and task force are in full gear, searching through mounds of information. Dr. Bruce Danto enters the picture offering theories and helping to profile the killer(s). On April 4th, 1977 a man calling himself Allen sends Dr. Danto a letter, c...Show More

17:57 | Apr 25th

I know we’re in the middle of season 3 of Shattered right now, but Kevin Dietz, host of season 2, White Boy Rick, is back to let you know what’s been going on with Rick and to tell you about a development in his story.Learn more about your ad choices...Show More

28:24 | Apr 23rd

Frank Shelden and Gerald Richards have just returned to the mainland after taking four boys from St. Joe’s Catholic school to North Fox Island for a three day trip. Michael Dunsmore, Bill Johnson and two other boys were put through horrible, unforget...Show More

39:11 | Apr 16th

Francis Shelden was a Millionaire from Ann Arbor, Michigan. He came from a well-to-do family with ties to presidents, governors and even princes. He earned his B.A from Yale and served in the Michigan Air Guard. He had his own company, his own plane,...Show More

25:37 | Apr 9th

The discovery of Timothy King’s body cements suspicions of a serial killer. The lives of the victims’ families are shattered. Police from across the region mobilize in a way never seen before. They have a few leads and suspects, and begin searching f...Show More

26:51 | Apr 2nd

Oakland County families are living in terror after three children have been abducted and murdered. The killer is becoming bolder - the most recent victim, Kristine Mihelich, was discovered after being missing for 19 days. Tensions are at an all-time ...Show More

29:15 | Mar 26th

January 1977: five children have been murdered in or near Oakland County in the last year, and now a sixth, Kristine Mihelich, has been abducted. Investigators are seeing similarities in the cases and begin to pursue the possibility of a single kille...Show More

24:01 | Mar 19th

Shattered Season 3, Child Killer, Episode 1. By 1976, Detroit’s population had plummeted as residents left for the suburbs in droves. The wealthiest, most exclusive destinations were found in Oakland County, where mothers and fathers always felt comf...Show More

01:22 | Feb 12th

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 southe...Show More

31:02 | Jan 10th

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.  Welcome to Crimetown. Each season they investigate the culture of crime in a different city. In Season 2, C...Show More

30:39 | Jan 3rd

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, Mismatch.Hosted by veteran reporter Roger Weber, Mismatch features stories about t...Show More

03:05 | Dec 27th, 2018

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.Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as we get closer to the release. Have a happy and healthy new year!...Show More

03:07 | Sep 7th, 2018

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...Show More

30:03 | Sep 6th, 2018

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 ce...Show More

24:54 | Sep 6th, 2018

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 ...Show More

24:22 | Sep 6th, 2018

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 ...Show More

30:08 | Sep 6th, 2018

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Vis...Show More

25:46 | Sep 6th, 2018

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

22:02 | Sep 6th, 2018

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 H...Show More

31:19 | Sep 6th, 2018

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 Det...Show More

27:37 | Sep 6th, 2018

Chapter 8 – Just Call Me Rick 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. As that’s happening - before he was sent to prison, before he ...Show More

02:04 | Apr 15th, 2018

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 wonder...Show More

30:28 | Apr 15th, 2018

Season 1, Chapter 1: 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...Show More

31:55 | Apr 15th, 2018

Season 1, Chapter 2: 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.Learn more about y...Show More

30:27 | Apr 15th, 2018

Season 1, Chapter 3: John Skelton sits alone in a cell, with all the answers locked away deep inside his mind. Chief Larry Weeks and Detective Lt. Jeremy Brewer are the past and present lead investigators on the case. Is there any way to find the ans...Show More

40:26 | Apr 15th, 2018

Season 1, Chapter 4: We’re welcomed into the home of Tanya Skelton. 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.Learn more ...Show More

24:21 | Apr 15th, 2018

Season 1, Chapter 5: With his three sons missing, John 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.Learn more about your ad choic...Show More

25:00 | Apr 15th, 2018

Season 1, Chapter 6: John Skelton's stories change every time he tells them. One that has been told, more than once, is that he gave his children to the Amish. Because they are such a private people, there's no record of their thoughts on this possib...Show More

30:50 | Apr 15th, 2018

Season 1, Chapter 7: 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...Show More

36:59 | Apr 15th, 2018

Season 1, Chapter 8: John Skelton’s family in Morenci stays tight-lipped about the case.  His mother, father and sister live a thousand miles away in Florida.  Jeremy Allen heads to Jacksonville, seeking a perspective we haven’t yet heard.Learn more ...Show More

27:40 | Apr 15th, 2018

Season 1: Chapter 9: As investigators work the Skelton case in Michigan, something pops up, but way off their radar.  Human remains are found in Missoula, Montana – the remains of 3 kids.  Lead Investigator Jeremy Brewer and Tanya try to figure out a...Show More

32:36 | Apr 15th, 2018

Season 1, Chapter 10: John Skelton has been silent for the better part of a decade. WDIV’s Sandra Ali and Jeremy Allen do their best to get him to speak. In the meantime, police bring someone with Amish ties to confront John.Learn more about your ad ...Show More

35:05 | Apr 15th, 2018

Season 1, Chapter 11: After the exchange of letters, a visit to the prison and many emails, John Skelton calls us on the phone.  The public will hear John’s words in his own voice for the first time in several years.  He talks about his meeting with ...Show More

26:32 | Apr 15th, 2018

Season 1, Chapter 12: Tanner, Alexander and Andrew Skelton’s whereabouts continue to be a mystery.  Their father, John has kept the information needed to crack the case locked up inside his head, but now he’s talking.  In our second conversation on t...Show More