EPISODE FOURTEEN: THE AFFAIR
ARCHIVAL KWAME KILPATRICK: Good evening, Detroit. I want to start tonight by saying to the citizens of this great city, I’m sorry…
JOHN WHITE: It’s January 2008, and Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is addressing the people of Detroit.
ARCHIVAL KWAME: ...to all of you who have believed in what we’ve been doing here since 2002, to all of you who have believed in me and my leadership, I truly apologize to each and every one of you, individually and to the whole city...
JOHN: Just days earlier, the Detroit Free Press had published private text messages between the mayor and his chief of staff, Christine Beatty -- text messages revealing that they had had an affair that stretched on for years.
ARCHIVAL ANCHOR: September 12th, 2002, Christine Beatty writes, Last night when I was laying on your shoulder in the car and you held my face and sang whatever song it was, that felt so good. September 24th, Beatty writes, So we are officially busted. Haha. The mayor: Haha. Damn that. Never busted.
ARCHIVAL KWAME: I want to make a public apology to my entire family. For the first first time in my life, I had to have a conversation with my 12-year-old twin sons about very grown-up things. Finally, and most importantly, I want to make a public apology to my wife, Carlita, who I fell in love with when I was 19 years old. This dynamic, strong, caring woman has been forced to go through this very difficult experience because of me. I truly apologize to you.
JOHN: Kwame is sitting in a church. And as he speaks, the camera begins to pull back, revealing his wife, Carlita, sitting beside him, holding his hand.
ARCHIVAL CARLITA KILPATRICK: It is very difficult for me to talk to you at this moment but I want to let you know what is on my heart tonight. Yes, I am angry, I am hurt, and I am disappointed. But there is no question that I love my husband. Most couples who work through problems in their marriage are able to do so privately. Unfortunately, that option is not available to us. As his wife, I know how committed my husband is to the city of Detroit. I am asking the citizens of this city to be committed to him. Thank you.
JOHN: But Kwame...has one more thing to say.
KWAME: Over the past few days, there has also been a lot of speculation about me resigning from office. Let me clear tonight: I would never quit on you. Ever. God bless you, Detroit. I love you, and I’ll see you at work tomorrow.
JOHN: Last episode, the mayor and his chief of staff lied on the witness stand about their secret affair. Today on the show...Kwame and Christine tell their story.
JOHN: I’m John White. Welcome to Crimetown.
KWAME: I've always been fascinated with Christine Beatty. She had an electric personality that kind of drew people to her.
JOHN: In 1985, during their sophomore year of high school, a boy named Kwame met a girl named Christine.
KWAME: She always had a lot of friends. Chris was a majorette. And so there was a whole team of people, you know, they twirled a baton and they did all the games. And I played football. So I always noticed her. And you know, I liked her right off hand.
CHRISTINE BEATTY: I knew everybody by name, walked down the hall, hey Jim, hey Bob, hey John, hey Soraya. You know, just friendly like that.
JOHN: At the time, Christine had a boyfriend…named Lou Beatty.
CHRISTINE: Lou was a 10th grader when we were 11th graders. Lou came back to tell me one day we were together, they were in the locker room. Lou was in there bragging about his women and something about “all my women are fine” or something and Kwame supposedly chimed in and said, “Not Christine.”
KWAME: And he was talking about how fine his woman was and how beautiful she is and she was this and that. And so I leaned over and I said, “Man, your woman ain’t that fine, man. She just alright.” [laughs]
JOHN: Well, why did you say that?
KWAME: I think I said it -- you know, immature 15 year old, I think I said it because I liked her and he was bragging about her. And so It was one of those things, it was not true. I just wanted to shoot him down. I didn’t feel like hearing all of that in there. And so the next day in class, she was looking at me real mean. And I said, “Hey, you know, is something wrong with you? You was dogging me to my boyfriend” and all that, she went off. Slap off. Just [laughs] she went off. I said, “Hey, you know what, I apologize.”
JOHN: Christine forgave Kwame and they became friends.
KWAME: I did like her a lot. I used to go by her house. We went to the movies. I mean she was my favorite person to just be around. We became really close friends. The impediment at the end of the day in high school was that Christine was -- I do want to say this and I know she's going to be embarrassed by this -- but Christine was the no sex til marriage girl in high school. That was her.
CHRISTINE: Lou and I had broken up, so we were not together, and then senior year Kwame and I kind of liked each other, but you know we were always hesitant and --
CHRISTINE: I don’t know, you know, just afraid. Afraid teenagers. You know, when you a teenager you don't want to tell anybody really how you feel, you know, am I cute enough, too many pimples, oh my God he might see, just pure insecurity.
KWAME: I liked her incredibly. I was always so nervous around Chris. I never -- I didn't like anybody else like I liked her. And I had never felt that before. And so I knew it was gonna be nothing more than just kind of a real innocent relationship where you kind of hold hands. You might sneak a kiss or something like that.
CHRISTINE: He was not the guy, let me say this, that was after me for sex. He was not that guy. And I think for me there was not a man or, or men who I trusted like that. I did not have that as a young child, and I think probably he was the first person on a friendship level that was male in that way that I kinda trusted like that, you know, and he never violated that trust.
KWAME: We started to hang out that summer after graduation. And she was kind of like my girl for that summer and you know, I was cool with the no sex thing. I was cool with it because I liked her. And we hung out all summer, but I got nervous because I was leaving early, going to play football at Florida A&M. And I got all of this wise counsel from uncles and cousins and older guys that said you don't want to take a girlfriend when you go to college. And so I broke up with her. I had a going away party and she came over. We danced and then we took -- went for a walk at the end of that party. And under a street light on Lasalle Boulevard, I told her that it is probably best that you know you -- we break up.
CHRISTINE: He, um -- [laughs] he broke up with me. And said, I think it's best that, you know, you're going to Howard, I'm here, you know. And so I was done, I was like oh OK, you know, I was like yeah not a problem.
JOHN: Were you cool with it?
CHRISTINE: Of course I wasn’t. Again, teenage ego I’m not gonna say please, no, don’t go. I was like OK. No I was not ok at all.
KWAME: She cried. I felt horrible. And you know I gave her a hug but it was a sad moment. I really didn't want to do it. I just thought that’s what you’re supposed to do.
JOHN: Did you still have feelings for her though?
KWAME: I did. That never left, it never left, to be absolutely honest, it never left. It never went away. By the time I was at the end of college I was dating Carlita and it was pretty serious.
CARLITA KILPATRICK: He got put out for trying to talk to me, so...
JOHN: This is Carlita Kilpatrick, talking to the makers of a documentary about Kwame. She met her future husband at Florida A&M, in the class of a notoriously tough professor known as Attorney Williams.
CARLITA: ...Kwame turned around and tried to say something to me and Attorney Williams called him out in class and made him stand up and Attorney Williams got aggravated with him and sent him to the library. Afterwards we kind of chuckled about it, so we ended up having our first date at the library which I want to say might have been his first time in the library on campus. I don’t even know if I should say that out loud but um we did, we went to the library and studied some and laughed a lot.
TUNESIA TURNER: Actually, I met Carlita -- Kwame was finished college and she moved up here after she finished college with him.
JOHN: Kwame’s cousin, Tunesia Turner, got to know Carlita after she and Kwame moved back to Detroit and got married.
TURNER: And then I remember Kwame saying, “Come get Carlita, be her friend. Like, hang out with her, like she needs some friends in Detroit.” Right? And I was like, “OK.” And so every time I had the opportunity I would you know, speak, try to spend time, and just endear her. And she was really a nice person, but very, very different from Christine. She was a little bit more closed off. She was Kwame’s ride or die. No doubt. But she wasn't as endeared to the family.
JOHN: Meanwhile, Christine had reunited with her high school boyfriend.
CHRISTINE: My sophomore year I ended up getting back together with Lou at his college and we stayed together, you know, from then on to get married and have kids. But you know Kwame and I, of course, I mean our story didn't stop after that. Because we always had that friendship, you know, and you know, we liked each in high school, you know, that was always there but it was like, “OK, well you're married. I'm married. We have kids. We're just great friends. You know and that's my boy, I'm his girl. I mean we are going to be solid friends,” which is how we even started working together.
JOHN: And when Kwame decided to enter politics, he picked Christine to be his campaign manager.
JOHN: You hire her to be -- to help run your campaign, right, for mayor, um...
ARCHIVAL KWAME: I officially declare myself as a candidate for the mayor...
JOHN: Well, we all know you know what happened afterwards. You get elected and, she's, you know, she's helped you.
ARCHIVAL KWAME: It’s time for all of us to rise up, and begin our future, right here, right now!
JOHN: And I want to quickly move to the moment.
JOHN: Um, you know, it's December 2001, you’ve won election as mayor.
ARCHIVAL KWAME: ...we, as a Kilpatrick campaign and as a Detroit community, declare victory...
JOHN: And it’s around Christmas. Do you know what I'm talking about?
KWAME: I do. I do.
JOHN: And can you just take me through that moment?
KWAME: [sigh] When we got to that place, we had done something impossible. Everybody was telling me I was too young and then all the people that wanted to support me was telling me that she could not do the job. So standing by her and her standing by me throughout that campaign, it was just amazing.It came together in this dynamic moment where we were actually cleaning up the campaign headquarters. And we were looking at the river, overlooking everything. It kind of hit us both at the same time that we won this race. This is crazy. How we do this? It was -- so we were laughing, we were crying. And I hugged her and I kissed her. And it was like, whoa. What was that? You know, because it caught us so off guard. When I tell you it was one of those moments like in movies where the moon is perfect over the Detroit River, the snow was dancing across the -- you know it was one of those moments where you know, I mean, you needed a T.S. Eliot, a much better writer than I can do it to really describe what kind of moment that was, it was powerful. It was a very powerful moment.
CHRISTINE: I just remember kissing, and it was kind of like, “Oh shoot, what just happened. Wow. Is there still feelings there? OK. What does this really mean?”
JOHN: Christine and Kwame both tried to put the kiss behind them. But when Kwame took office and Christine became his chief of staff, their close working relationship made that difficult.
CHRISTINE: When the day was done maybe at 8:30, we're sitting in the office talking for three hours. Now mind you, I just spent the whole day with you, working. Why do I need to talk to you for three hours after we're done working? But that was the relationship.
KWAME: You’re naturally with somebody every day. You're naturally with somebody not just during the day but at night. Sometimes we had to work literally, we're working until midnight, one, two, three in the morning. And you have the Bonnie and Clyde type atmosphere. Somebody who was willing to stay up all night and work with you and all that and order in, you know, get some takeout. And you start to develop, in those moments, with the tension and then the excitement. And so we kissed again and eventually we started to have an affair over the next few months.
CHRISTINE: I don't want to get into the full details of my sex life but my husband was my first, and my only, up until Kwame. So the level of guilt -- that I have fully violated you know my husband and my marriage -- that was not a light thing that weighed on me. The whole thing was, Oh my God we can never do this again. What the heck are we doing? So it didn’t start like, hey, you know let's get it on. No, that wasn't it. You know it was the, We can't do this. This is, we are trippin’, you know. There was always the guilt and this, this is wrong thing. Oh, but it does feel -- the whole, it feels so right but it's so wrong. The comfort was that he was there for me and I was there for him. And I think the level of vulnerability that he could show with me, without it changing my perception of him or who he was, I think was comforting for him.
KWAME: You start to develop two lives. One at home, which you’re scarcely at, and one at the office. The office life was 60 hours a week, minimum. I was two different guys. Carlita noticed I was two different guys. She didn't like the guy that was mayor. And she used to say that all the time. “I don’t like him, don't bring him in here.” It kind of became what -- who I was the most.
JOHN: Were you friends with her before that?
CHRISTINE: No, never friends. I mean we were friendly, you know because of I was at -- but I don't think she probably cared much for me. When you're a woman, you just, I mean you look at people that are around and I don't think, I think my level of influence was uncomfortable for her, as it should have been. But I never was disrespectful. Never that. But the lie -- that I had to stand in this woman's face in her house and know that this was going on -- I never could reconcile that for me. That, that literally...ugh. I mean I was one of those, how do you look yourself in the mirror and do that? You know what I mean? That's -- I was like, what kind of woman are you? Like I had those conversations in my head with myself.
KWAME: The overwhelming abundant part of that relationship was friendship. It was, it was, it was intimacy. A lot of times it was just, you know, can I lay my head on your shoulder? The relationship was so different because we gave each other each other's heart. And that's a different type of relationship because I've had both, unfortunately. I was not, you know, a faithful husband. I was a horrible husband in that area.
JOHN: And what -- what do you mean? I mean, I think I have an idea, but what do you mean?
KWAME: I had other affairs. This was not the only affair that I had.
DEDAN MILTON: Sometimes he would go stop into different venues or clubs whatever the case may be, because somebody invited him.
JOHN: This is DeDan Milton, Kwame’s close friend and aide. DeDan was constantly by the mayor’s side.
MILTON: There was plenty of times when, especially in Detroit, females would walk up to him, "Hey want to take a picture?," rubbin' all on his chest. I mean there was females I know he were involved with that wasn't his wife. I'm gonna give an example, we in DC, we leaving a location, a bar, whatever, club. And they riding back with us, he went up to his room, you know, while she stayed in the car, and then, later, you know, told her, about five minutes later, you go up instead of both of y'all walking in at the same damn time.
JOHN: Then, one day, one of Kwame's drivers told DeDan about an especially surprising rendez-vous.
MILTON: He was riding with the mayor, he was driving the mayor, and the mayor said, “I have to, um, drain my pipes," or something. He walks in, mayor goes in the house, I mean, five minutes later, Christine comes in the house, you know, pulls up and goes in, and they in there for, however long they in there.
DREW NELLES: And that was the first time you...
MILTON: Became aware that they were, involved with each other.
DREW: And, I mean, “drain the pipe” is kind of a vivid metaphor.
DREW: What did you think of that?
MILTON: I mean I was taken aback by it because I knew they were close in relationship, but you know like I said it was, nothing that I knew of until, until that moment.
JOHN: Kwame and Christine were getting sloppy. More and more people around them suspected they were having an affair. And one of their biggest mistakes? All those text messages they were sending on their city-issued pagers.
JOHN: Were there any moments where you almost got caught?
CHRISTINE: So I remember, I think Kwame had texted some message like, “Something something, I love you.” It was you know it was something like that. And Lou read my pager. And he was like, “What?” And I remember thinking, “Oh my god. Like this is a problem.” Like OK.
JOHN: How did you spin it?
CHRISTINE: I mean, I was like, you know, this is just like my boy. You know we were talking about something and he was you know, I did the you know as much spin as I could but yeah. Where my failure was that I let Kwame in that space. I became so in love with him and the idea of him, and there was really no coming back and you know for my husband, you know, we’re in counseling, where I'm not being honest. I'm being very disingenuous because I'm not revealing, oh, I'm having an affair. You know? And unfortunately my husband and I did get a divorce. You got the warning to stop. You got the warning to quit.
CHRISTINE: And then when it blows up in your face to that magnitude, you know you can only blame yourself because you got the -- you should have stopped. You should have stopped.
JOHN: I'm sorry but it seems like such a huge risk. You know what I mean? Like, it's not just you’re a married guy and having affairs, but you're the mayor of a major U.S. city and all eyes are on you.
KWAME: So you're talking about a guy who at 25 years old took the risk of running for the state house, and the guy who runs for mayor of a major city at 30 years old. Taking risks was normal. It wasn’t risk, John, it was just life.
JOHN: I mean weren't you ever worried about what you'd lose if you were ever found out?
JOHN: Why not?
KWAME: Because I didn't think that far down the line. You know, did I ever see myself sitting in a prison because I lied under oath about an affair? No. I thought that like most men when they’re in this situation, I can handle it. And how wrong I was.
JOHN: Well, when did it end?
KWAME: Well, I think the biggest break in it was in 2005, right before the election. It came to a time when I sat down and had a conversation with Carlita. And I told her I was exhausted and we had a heart to heart. We decided that it was time to really try to figure how to reignite our marriage. And so I had a very tough conversation with Christine in 2005. Went to her home and we had a conversation in the house and there was a lot of crying and tears. But the thing was that I told her that we just couldn't do it anymore. It was sad for both of us but she also knew that it was right. So it was a balance between being devastating but also being the right thing to do.
JOHN: Even though their affair was over, Kwame and Christine kept working together.
ARCHIVAL DEVIN SCILLIAN: Memos and allegations of misconduct in the Manoogian Mansion. The accusations fly. Was there a coverup? And where...
JOHN: And when Deputy Police Chief Gary Brown filed his whistleblower suit against the city, Christine and Kwame had to make a choice.
CHRISTINE: And this is the moment I always regret. I remember we had a pre-meeting with our city attorneys and I remember them asking us...Is there anything you guys want to tell us upfront? But of course, I know that there was no way that we wanted to divulge the fact that we had some sort of personal affair. Because of course we already felt terrible about our families. So it was like, Yeah, I don't think will be telling you, nope, we're good, we don't need to tell anything. But the dumb rationale in our own mind was...it has nothing to do with the case. So how could it ever come up? So, “No, we don't have anything to tell you.”
JOHN: They would go on to deny their affair under oath.
ARCHIVAL MICHAEL STEFANI: During the time period, 2001 to 2003, were you and Mayor Kilpatrick either romantically or intimately involved with each other?
ARCHIVAL CHRISTINE: No.
ARCHIVAL STEFANI: Um, Mayor Kilpatrick, during 2002, 2003, were you romantically involved with Christine Beatty?
ARCHIVAL KWAME: No.
JOHN: But then, one day in January of 2008, Christine got some alarming news.
CHRISTINE: I remember our press secretary coming down the hall. He said, “Hey Chris, real quick, I just want to tell you,” he said, “I got a call from ML Elrick and he said to tell you that he wants to talk to you and Kwame. You’ll know exactly what it's about and he'll only talk to you two. And they're running this story on Thursday.” And my heart dropped. I walked into the mayor's office and I said it's over.
JOHN: In 2007, Gary Brown’s lawyer had subpoenaed thousands of text messages between Kwame and Christine. He used those text messages to convince the City of Detroit to settle the lawsuit. The texts were supposed to remain secret. Now...they were about to hit the front page.
CHRISTINE: I mean, we just went into this dumbfounded look of, Oh my God, like, we can't, there's no figuring out of this one. We had to call up all of our office staff together, brought them into the mayor's conference room and the mayor said, you know, to everybody, “There’s going to be something coming out in the paper on Thursday, um, that’s going to be life changing for this administration.” And I left out of the office that day and I never walked back into the mayor's office after that day.
ARCHIVAL REPORTER: Well Caroline and Robby, we’ve gone through the 600 pages released this afternoon but there are some really difficult things to read. This is a love affair played out on a pager, from graphic sex to talk of love and marriage, all exposed for people to read. The texts show an affair that started in 2002 and played out over a year. In spring of 2004, Christine questions perhaps why she’s not with the mayor. Christine: What do you get from CEK -- Carlita Kilpatrick -- that you don’t get from me? Mayor Kilpatrick: The tremendous bond of parenthood. Christine: Is that it? Mayor Kilpatrick: That’s it. I was thinking real hard, it’s all the family things, structure and comfort...
CARLITA: There were definitely times where I didn't know what to do...
JOHN: Again, Carlita Kilpatrick.
CARLITA: ...underneath of that was a lot of hurt, and a lot of anger, and a lot of embarrassment, and shame and just all kinds of things that any other woman would have felt going through what I have gone through. But even through all of it there was always this belief, knowing that God would pull me through this some kind of way, somehow, and that I had to be a good mother. I had to wake up and be a mom and that's what kind of carried me through.
JOHN: After news of the affair broke, Kwame and Carlita made the televised statement you heard at the top of the show.
ARCHIVAL KWAME: ...I want to make a public apology to my wife, Carlita, who I fell in with when I was 19 years old.
JOHN: But...it didn't seem to make a difference.
ARCHIVAL SCILLIAN: Are you more sympathetic to Kwame and Carlita Kilpatrick after their televised statement, or did you come away believing it was a cynical attempt at generating sympathy?
ARCHIVAL CARMEN HARLAN: Let’s face it. This is a bad marriage between the city of Detroit and Kwame Kilpatrick. We need you to resign immediately.
ARCHIVAL NEWS: On Tuesday, the city council passed a measure aimed at getting Kilpatrick to step down, and they’re asking Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm for her help. Some of Detroit’s citizens say they want Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick out.
ARCHIVAL PROTESTERS: Hey hey! Ho ho! Kilpatrick’s got to go! Hey hey! Ho ho! Kilpatrick’s got to go...
JOHN: The scandal became a national punchline.
ARCHIVAL JON STEWART: But would a guilty man say this under oath?
ARCHIVAL KWAME: Mr. Brown was unappointed, he was not fired.
ARCHIVAL STEWART: Oh, he was not fired. You know who might say something like that? Only a man stupid enough to send 14,000 incriminating text messages in four months to his mistress on a state-owned cell phone. Messages like, “I’m sorry we’re going through this mess because of a decision that we made to fire Gary Brown.”
JOHN: The pressure mounted.
ARCHIVAL KWAME: Detroit, we are truly in a period of transformation...
JOHN: In early March, at his State of the City address, Kwame hit back.
ARCHIVAL KWAME: ...I cannot leave this auditorium with my wife and my sons sitting there without addressing this issue. In the past 30 days, I've been called a nigger more than any time in my entire life. And I don't care if they cut the TV off, this unethical, illegal, lynch mob mentality has to stop!
KYM WORTHY: Good morning, thank you for coming. I made the decision that we would complete our perjury investigation as it relates to Mayor Kilpatrick and his former chief of staff, Christine Beatty, and make that announcement today...
JOHN: Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy had opened a criminal investigation into Kwame and Christine. And on March 24th, 2008, she held a press conference.
WORTHY: ...witnesses must give truthful testimony and we have to demand that they do. That is why they take an oath. It is perjury if there is lying, and perjury is a crime. Today, we have filed a 12-count criminal information that contains charges against Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and Christine Beatty. We charge both of them with conspiracy to obstruct justice, a five-year felony.
ARCHIVAL PROSECUTOR: Your honor, as it relates to the matter in this case, the defendant, Mr Kwame Kilpatrick, will plead guilty to count two, obstruction of justice, a five year felony. The defendant shall be placed on five years’ reporting probation, with the first 120 days to be served in the Wayne County Jail. The defendant shall announce his resignation immediately upon entry of this plea.
ARCHIVAL JUDGE: Could you state your name for the record, sir?
ARCHIVAL KWAME: Kwame Malik Kilpatrick.
ARCHIVAL JUDGE: How old are you, sir?
ARCHIVAL KWAME: I’m 38 years old.
ARCHIVAL JUDGE: Mr. Kilpatrick, you understand that by pleading guilty that you’re going to give up certain constitutional rights, and one of them is the right to be tried by jury, you understand that, sir?
ARCHIVAL KWAME: Yes.
ARCHIVAL JUDGE: You're also giving up the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty, you understand that?
ARCHIVAL KWAME: I think I gave that up a long time ago, your honor, yes.
ARCHIVAL KWAME: I lied under oath in the case of Gary Brown vs. the city of Detroit, I did so with the intent to mislead the court and the jury, and to impede and obstruct the fair administration of justice…
JOHN: But in all the coverage of the mayor's resignation and jail sentence, someone else's story took a backseat.
ARCHIVAL JIM SCHAEFER: The mayor’s former chief of staff and ex-lover, Christine Beatty, was also in court today, but she has not reached a plea deal and will be back before a judge on September 11th.
ARCHIVAL REPORTER: How is she doing?
ARCHIVAL LAWYER: Not well. Not well at all...
CHRISTINE: So I was kind of on this island, like I was this homewrecker. You know, and that's what happens to women anyway. You -- that was her fault. You know for women. That's right. It's the scarlet letter, that's over. You know, it's the mistress, whore, I mean I think I probably was called everything under the sun. I wasn't some unmarried, you know, little peon, I was married, chief of staff, so he could have been the mistress too. And then my anger with Kwame at the time, after it was time for him to speak on it, was that he didn't just own up to it and say that we fell in love, crossed a line, shouldn't have done it, hurt a lot of -- this is going to hurt a lot of people, but this is what happened.
JOHN: Because his narrative had become, this is just...
CHRISTINE: This was something that happened in the past, during the text messages. You know, we put that behind us. Blah blah blah blah. And so then I was left to cut my own deal. Two felonies, so that, you know, I'd have a felony record and --
JOHN: So it sort of left you hanging.
CHRISTINE: Yeah. Yeah. That hurt me, that hurt the friendship thing for me. It was like, Wow, OK, I really am out here on an island, you know, that part was hard. What I what I do know is it wasn't some random affair. You know, I was in love with him. He loved me -- again, I never speak for him, I speak for me, but I know that he loved me. I'm not stupid.
ARCHIVAL REPORTER: Nearly a year after headlines revealed a city hall sex scandal, the former top aide to Detroit’s ex-mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has been sent to jail. Christine Beatty waved goodbye to loved ones Tuesday as she was ushered from a courtroom to begin a 120-day jail stay for obstruction of justice...
CHRISTINE: I will tell you the hardest day in my life was the day I had to leave my children and go to jail. And we had tried to prepare the girls before that with the, Mommy had to go away because -- has to go away for a minute because she told a lie, you know, in a court of law and you don't, you can't do that. I was going to be gone for four months or whatever, and they were wailing, my oldest daughter was holding on to my leg, screaming, and it was, that's the thing … that was the worst day of my life.
ARCHIVAL NEWS: Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is going to jail...
JOHN: Seven years after he became the youngest mayor in Detroit history, Kwame Kilpatrick was sitting in a jail cell. How could this situation get any worse? Well...
ARCHIVAL REPORTER: It has been five years since Tamara Greene was gunned down, but her case is front and center once again because of the mayor’s text-messaging scandal.
ARCHIVAL REPORTER: Greene was shot in a drive by shooting in April of 2003, about six months after she allegedly danced at a never-proven party at the Manoogian Mansion.
JOHN: That’s in two weeks...on Crimetown.
JOHN: Crimetown is Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier. This season is made in partnership with Gimlet Media and Spotify.
This episode was produced by Soraya Shockley, Rob Szypko, Samantha Lee, and me, John White.
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 Robin Shore.
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, Jon Ivans, and Bienart. Additional mixing by Bobby Lord.
Our theme song is “Politicians In My Eyes” by Death.
Our credit music this week is “Game Time” by Phat Kat.
Archival research by Brennan Rees.
Archival courtesy of Tim and Tobias Smith. They have a film called “KMK: A Documentary of Kwame Kilpatrick.” Check it out.
Archival material courtesy of the Walter P. Reuther Library at Wayne State University and WXYZ.
Show art and design by James Cabrera and Elise Harven.
We made a Spotify playlist featuring music from the show and songs that have inspired us this season. Check it out at crimetownmusic.com.
Thanks to the Detroit Free Press, Peter Bhatia, Jim Schaefer, Mary Schroeder, Melanie Maxwell, Mary Wallace, Elizabeth Clemens, Max White, Randy Lundquist, Erick Hetherington at D&D Video, ML Elrick, Devin Scillian, Melissa Samson, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History, the Detroit Historical Society, Brendan Roney, Khary Turner, Mike Martin, Zak Rosen, 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.
Alex Blumberg is the podfather. There was plenty of times when, especially in Brooklyn, females would walk up to him, "Hey, want to take a picture?", rubbin' all on his chest.