The Fat Man and the Field Marshall
Eddie Jackson and Courtney Brown are childhood best friends from a poor neighborhood. Eddie is the troublemaker, drawn to Detroit’s seamier side; Courtney is his quiet, serious sidekick. As they grow older in a city with dwindling job options, they go their separate ways. But when Eddie dives into the heroin trade, Courtney faces a choice: play it safe and stay broke, or join his friend’s burgeoning empire and get rich.
LISTEN TO CHAPTER THREE
THE FAT MAN RECRUITS THE FIELD MARSHALL
THE KINGPINS MOVE TO THE SUBURBS
Crimetown is Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier. This season is made in partnership with Gimlet Media and Spotify. It’s produced by Samantha Lee, John White, Rob Szypko, and Soraya Shockley. The senior producer is Drew Nelles. Editing by Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier. Editing help from Alex Blumberg and Caitlin Kenney. 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 Kenny Kusiak, and additional mixing by Bobby Lord. Our theme song is “Politicians In My Eyes” by Death. Our credit music this week is “Somethang’s” (I just don’t do)” by Detroit Soul Ambassador Melvin Davis. Archival research by Brennan Rees. Show art and design by James Cabrera and Elise Harven. Thanks to the Detroit Free Press, Peter Bhatia, Jim Schaeffer, Mary Schroeder, the Walter P. Reuther Library at Wayne State University, Mary Wallace, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History, Melissa Samson, the Detroit Historical Society, Scott Burnstein, Courtney Brown Jr., Cody Ryder, 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.