Welcome to Providence, Rhode Island, a city where organized crime corrupted every aspect of public life. In the first episode of Crimetown, a young prosecutor named Buddy Cianci takes on a gruesome murder case. As the investigation heats up, Buddy goes head to head with the most notorious mob boss in the country—and launches a career that will change Providence forever.
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FROM THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL ARCHIVES
April 21, 1968
Click to read "Two From Underworld Shot Dead in Store."
June 3, 1972
Click to read "Jury Weighs Patriarca's Fate After Priest Recants."
June 5, 1972
Click to read "Patriarca Acquitted; He Weeps At Verdict."
Crimetown is Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier. It is produced by Drew Nelles. Additional production by Austin Mitchell. The show is edited by Alex Blumberg and Caitlin Kenney. Fact-checking by Mick Rouse. This episode was mixed by Matthew Boll. Sound design and scoring also by Matthew Boll. Original music by John Kusiak and Kenny Kusiak, P. Andrew Willis, Jonathan Ivans, Edwin, and Bienart. Kate Parkinson-Morgan is the digital editor and Ale Lariu is the design director.
This season of Crimetown is dedicated to the memory of Zachary Malinowski. Thanks to the Providence Journal, the Rhode Island Historical Society, Brad Turchetta and the Cianci Estate, Paul Campbell, Damiano Marchetti, Jesse Rudoy, Julia Heymans, Emily Wiedemann, Dr. Marian Stuart, Dan Barry, Mike Stanton, Wayne Miller, Mary Murphy and everyone who shared their stories with us. Providence is a special place. We are honored to tell a part of its story.