Operation Bombay Dreams
For years, the FBI has been running a wide-ranging corruption investigation into the Kilpatrick administration. As they dig deeper, the feds uncover a massive pay-to-play enterprise that reaches every level of City Hall. Is Kwame Kilpatrick a crook? Or are his associates just exploiting his name in order to enrich themselves?
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A Target-Rich ENVIRONMENT
Bernard Kilpatrick, pictured to the left of Kwame in both of these photos, helped with both of his son’s mayoral campaigns. Bernard had decades of experience in local politics, and started a political consulting firm called Maestro Associates in the 2000s. Photos courtesy of the Detroit Free Press.
An Anonymous Letter
This is covert video footage that Jim Rosendall made of a conversation with Bernard Kilpatrick. The mayor’s father, whose consulting company was called Maestro Associates, complained that Rosendall paid him bribes out in the open, at a restaurant. Courtesy of YouTube and WXYZ.
Crimetown is Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier. This season is made in partnership with Gimlet Media and Spotify. This episode was produced by John White, Samantha Lee, Austin Mitchell, Rob Szypko, and Soraya Shockley. 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 “Walk on Jagged Air” by the Dirtbombs. Archival research by Brennan Rees. Some of the audio in this episode appears courtesy of Tim and Tobias Smith, and their film KMK: A Documentary of Kwame Kilpatrick. Additional archival material courtesy of WXYZ. Show art and design by James Cabrera and Elise Harven. Thanks to the Detroit Free Press, Peter Bhatia, Jim Schaefer, Mary Schroeder, Melanie Maxwell, Mary Wallace, Elizabeth Clemens, Max White, Randy Lundquist, Peter Karmanos and everyone who shared their stories with us.