Shattered: White Boy Rick
By WDIV Local 4 and Graham Media Group
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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 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?
||CleanIntroducing Shattered, Season 2 – White Boy Rick||An 8-episode series about one of Detroit's most notorious criminals.||9/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWhite Boy Rick, Chapter 1 – Like Father, Like Son||The FBI asks Rick to learn everything he can about the drug dealers in his neighborhood.||9/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWhite Boy Rick, Chapter 2 – Summer Job||To get inside information on the local drug trade, Rick seeks a job from the first family of cocaine on Detroit’s east side.||9/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWhite Boy Rick, Chapter 3 – Fight Night in Vegas||The Currys suspect there's a rat in the organization and they want it exterminated.||9/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWhite Boy Rick, Chapter 4 – I’m No Cocaine Kingpin||Rick charts a new path using the skills he's accumulated during his time as an informant.||9/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWhite Boy Rick, Chapter 5 – Operation Backbone||From behind bars, Rick is asked to inform again, as part of an FBI sting aimed at dirty cops.||9/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWhite Boy Rick, 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.||9/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWhite Boy Rick, Chapter 7 – Kid Rock and White Boy Rick||Rick is granted his first parole hearing in 15 years, and Kid Rock shows up to testify on his behalf.||9/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWhite Boy Rick, Chapter 8 – Just Call Me Rick||Rick thinks he might have a shot at parole||9/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit~~Introducing Shattered, Season 1 – Black Friday~~||Could a father have committed an unimaginable crime?||4/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlack Friday, Chapter 1 – Shattered||Three young boys disappear from a small town in Michigan on Black Friday, 2010.||4/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBlack Friday, Chapter 2 – Irreversible||Tanya Skelton gives us a glimpse into life with John before Black Friday, 2010.||4/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBlack Friday, Chapter 3 – Maze Runners||John Skelton sits alone in a cell, with all the answers locked away deep inside his mind.||4/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlack Friday, Chapter 4 – A Family Thing||He Lost His Grip on Life||4/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlack Friday, Chapter 5 – Me, Myself and John||Hear John tell his story, for the first time, in his own words.||4/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlack Friday, Chapter 6 – A Simpler Story||Jeremy and Sandra Ali hit the road to get a firsthand account from the Amish.||4/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlack Friday, Chapter 7 – Holiday Road||Somewhere along this route is where police believe he made his children disappear.||4/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBlack Friday, Chapter 8 – Southern Discomfort||Jeremy Allen heads to Jacksonville to sit down with John Skelton's sister and parents.||4/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBlack Friday, Chapter 9 – Missoula, Montana||Human remains are found in Missoula, Montana – the remains of 3 kids.||4/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlack Friday, Chapter 10 – Dear John||John is confronted by someone in prison.||4/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBlack Friday, Chapter 11 – Inmate #812593||John Skelton calls us on the phone||4/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBlack Friday, Chapter 12 – Getting to the Point||John opens up about his love for Tanya and admits he made a big mistake.||4/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Podcast is so informational that it is a must-listen before seeing the movie. Gives insights and explanations that let you understand what is happening and what the background is. Great podcast and great description of the administration at the time in Detroit.
I cried right along with Rick and his family when they found out that he was granted parol.
Must listen to White Boy Rick
Amazing interviews with everyone associated with the White Boy Rick case. Injustice is everywhere. I was so moved by this story and angry at the many people that have kept Rick in jail far beyond what is reasonable for a non violent crime as a minor. This is a Must Listen to story that is far more revealing than the movie was.