Gary Brown v. Mayor of Detroit
Deputy Police Chief Gary Brown files a whistleblower suit against City Hall, alleging he was fired for investigating the long-rumored Manoogian Mansion party. Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick denies the accusations. But while he’s on the stand, he’s asked a surprising, seemingly unrelated question — one that just might bring him down.
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Crimetown is Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier. This season is made in partnership with Gimlet Media and Spotify. This episode was produced by Rob Szypko, John White, Soraya Shockley, and Samantha Lee. The senior producer is Drew Nelles. Editing by Zac Stuart-Pontier and Marc Smerling. 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 John Kusiak, Kenny Kusiak, and Jon Ivans. Additional mixing by Bobby Lord. Our theme song is “Politicians In My Eyes” by Death. Our credit music this week is “Why Can’t We Communicate” by Melvin Davis.
Archival research by Brennan Rees. The trial recordings you heard in this episode are courtesy of Jim Schaefer and the Detroit Free Press. Jim and his reporting partner M.L. Elrick put together a book called “The Kwame Sutra.” Check it out — the proceeds go to charity. Archival material courtesy of the Walter P. Reuther Library at Wayne State University. Show art and design by James Cabrera and Elise Harven. Thanks to the Detroit Free Press, Peter Bhatia, Mary Schroeder, Melanie Maxwell, Mary Wallace, Max White, Randy Lundquist, Erick Hetherington at D&D Video, M.L. Elrick, Devin Scillian, Melissa Samson, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History, the Detroit Historical Society, Brendan Roney, Mike Martin, Zak Rosen, Elizabeth Clemens, and everyone who shared their stories with us. Detroit’s an amazing place, and we’re honored to tell a small part of its story.