Who Killed Damion Lucas?
A thirteen-year-old boy is murdered in a drive-by shooting. The Detroit police quickly apprehend a suspect. But the FBI is convinced that the wrong man is in jail — and that the real killers are escaping justice thanks to friends in high places.
LISTEN TO CHAPTER SEVEN
THE 911 CALL
THE WRONG MAN
THE HEAD OF THE SNAKE
CURRY GOES DOWN
Crimetown is Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier. This season is made in partnership with Gimlet Media and Spotify. This episode was produced by Samantha Lee, Austin Mitchell, John White, Rob Szypko, and Soraya Shockley. The senior producer is Drew Nelles. Editing by Zac Stuart-Pontier and Marc Smerling. Additional editing by Ryan Murdock. Fact-checking by Jennifer Blackman. This episode was mixed, sound designed, and scored by Sam Bair. 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 Kenny Kusiak, John Kusiak, and additional mixing by Bobby Lord. Our theme song is “Politicians In My Eyes” by Death. Our credit music this week is “Keep on Rockin’ It” by EZB and DJ Los.
Archival research by Brennan Rees. The TV report on Damion Lucas’s murder appears courtesy of Vince Wade. Vince just came out with a book called “Prisoner of War: The Story of White Boy Rick and the War on Drugs.” Additional archival material courtesy of the Detroit Historical Society. Show art and design by James Cabrera and Elise Harven. Thanks to the Detroit Free Press, Peter Bhatia, Jim Schaeffer, Mary Schroeder, Mary Wallace, the Walter P. Reuther Library at Wayne State University, Melissa Samson, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History, Bill Gray, Martin Torgler, Ralph Musilli, Evan Hughes, Rashard Cardon, Keith Terry, Kevin Greene, Zak Rosen, 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.