The Kingpins’ Kids
When a hungry young DEA agent arrives in Detroit, he picks the perfect case to make his bones: taking down Eddie Jackson and Courtney Brown’s sprawling heroin organization. But if the drug kingpins fall, what will happen to their kids? As the feds close in, Eddie Jr. and Courtney Jr. must face the possibility of growing up without their fathers.
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GROWING UP IN SOUTHFIELD
NIGHTS OUT ON THE TOWN
FRONT PAGE NEWS
The Wake Up Call
Crimetown is Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier. This season is made in partnership with Gimlet Media and Spotify. It’s produced by Rob Szypko, John White, Soraya Shockley, and Samantha Lee. The senior producer is Drew Nelles. Editing by Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier. Fact-checking by Jennifer Blackman. This episode was mixed, sound designed, and scored by Kenny Kusiak. Original music this season composed by Homer Steinweiss. We recorded some original music at Rustbelt Studios in Detroit in partnership with Detroit Sound Conservancy. Special thanks to Carleton Gholz and Maurice “Pirahnahead” Herd. Additional music by John Kusiak and Melvin Davis, and additional mixing by Bobby Lord. Our theme song is “Politicians In My Eyes” by Death. Archival research by Brennan Rees. Archival footage courtesy of the Walter P. Reuther Library at Wayne State University.
Show art and design by James Cabrera and Elise Harven. We’ve got a great website with bonus content for each episode like photos, videos, and newspaper clippings, as well as a full list of credits and a transcript. Check it out at crimetownshow.com. Courtney Brown Jr. made a documentary and wrote a book about his dad and Eddie Jackson. They’re both called “Motown Mafia” and you can find them on Amazon. Thanks to the late Bob Bennett, the Detroit Free Press, Peter Bhatia, Jim Schaeffer, Mary Schroeder, Mary Wallace, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History, Melissa Samson, the Detroit Historical Society, Vince Wade, Scott Burnstein, Lewis Stevens, and everyone who shared their stories with us. Detroit is an amazing place, and we’re honored to tell a small part of its story.