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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 4 charts the life and death of Jimmy Hoffa.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. 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.Season 1 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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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 4 charts the life and death of Jimmy Hoffa.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. 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.Season 1 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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1 and 3 great, 2 is a bust

By Jewelsmariee - Jan 03 2020
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This series is great, and the reviews speak truth; seasons 1 and 3 are awesome. Season 2 not so much. I was not interested at all in the story of white boy rick. Good stories and investigation. My only gripe is that the episodes are too short; i dont normally listen to anything less that 20 or 30 minutes. Edit: im onto season 4 and the short episodes are REALLY getting to me. Changing review to 4 stars.

I listen to them all — presentation is excellent

By ebpingree - Sep 15 2019
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This podcast is one of the best true crime ones out there. Kevin does an excellent job.

iTunes Ratings

1474 Ratings
Average Ratings
1199
148
59
28
40

1 and 3 great, 2 is a bust

By Jewelsmariee - Jan 03 2020
Read more
This series is great, and the reviews speak truth; seasons 1 and 3 are awesome. Season 2 not so much. I was not interested at all in the story of white boy rick. Good stories and investigation. My only gripe is that the episodes are too short; i dont normally listen to anything less that 20 or 30 minutes. Edit: im onto season 4 and the short episodes are REALLY getting to me. Changing review to 4 stars.

I listen to them all — presentation is excellent

By ebpingree - Sep 15 2019
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This podcast is one of the best true crime ones out there. Kevin does an excellent job.
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Shattered

Latest release on Jan 07, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail 10 days ago

Warning: This podcast is a series podcast

This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

Rank #1: Hoffa, Chapter 1 - A Tyrant of a Foreman

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Jimmy Hoffa was a complicated guy, driven by a sincere desire to bring a better life to the members of his union, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Hoffa was also driven by relentless ambition, greed, and an obsession with power. To understand his life and death, we travel back to his humble beginnings, where a tyrannical foreman sets a young Hoffa in motion. From there, an early meeting with some notorious Detroit mobsters redirects Hoffa's path.

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Dec 03 2019

21mins

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Rank #2: 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.

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Sep 06 2018

30mins

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Rank #3: Black Friday, Chapter 1 – Shattered

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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 disappearance of 9-year-old Andrew, 7-year-old Alexander and 5-year-old Tanner Skelton. But how and why? Shattered: Black Friday 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 517-458-7104.

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Apr 15 2018

30mins

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Rank #4: 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.

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Sep 06 2018

24mins

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Rank #5: Black Friday, Chapter 2 – Irreversible

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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.

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Apr 15 2018

31mins

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Rank #6: Child Killer, Chapter 1 - The Beginning of the End

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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 comfortable letting their children roam the neighborhood until the street lights came on. Life was great and then suddenly, it wasn’t.

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Mar 19 2019

24mins

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Rank #7: Child Killer, Chapter 5 - North Fox Island

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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, and his own island. He also operated his own pedophile ring. Shattered Podcast.

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Apr 16 2019

39mins

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Rank #8: 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.

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Sep 06 2018

24mins

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Rank #9: Black Friday, Chapter 3 – Maze Runners

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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 answers, find the boys, without John's cooperation?

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Apr 15 2018

30mins

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Rank #10: Black Friday, Chapter 4 – A Family Thing

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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.

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Apr 15 2018

40mins

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Rank #11: Child Killer, Chapter 8 - Collateral Damage

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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. Is the person responsible still out there? Did the killer die? Is there a massive coverup? The families share their theories. Shattered Podcast

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May 08 2019

48mins

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Rank #12: 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, White Boy Rick. You can hear the entire story starting September 6th.

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Sep 07 2018

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Rank #13: 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. 

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Sep 06 2018

30mins

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Rank #14: Black Friday, Chapter 5 – Me, Myself and John

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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.

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Apr 15 2018

24mins

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Rank #15: Child Killer, Chapter 6 - The Magicians' Confession

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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, unforgettable, life-altering experiences. One of the two unnamed boys tells his mother a harrowing story about being sexually assaulted by Shelden in a cabin on the island. The boys' mother calls the police to relay the story. Shattered Podcast

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Apr 23 2019

28mins

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Rank #16: Child Killer, Chapter 2 - There's Something Happening Here

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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 killer. Shatteredpodcast.com

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Mar 26 2019

29mins

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Rank #17: White Boy Rick, Chapter 8 – Just Call Me Rick

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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 sold drugs, before he became an informant, Rick was young and in love with Michelle. All these years later, they’ve reconnected.

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Sep 06 2018

27mins

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Rank #18: Black Friday, Chapter 7 – Holiday Road

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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 Investigator Jeremy Brewer takes us on a ride, following that very route.

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Apr 15 2018

30mins

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Rank #19: Black Friday, Chapter 8 – Southern Discomfort

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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.

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Apr 15 2018

36mins

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Rank #20: Black Friday, Chapter 6 – A Simpler Story

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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 possibility. WDIV's Sandra Ali and Jeremy Allen hit the road to get a firsthand account from the Amish.

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Apr 15 2018

25mins

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