Welcome to Crimetown, a series produced by Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier in partnership with Gimlet Media. Each season, we investigate the culture of crime in a different city. In Season 2, Crimetown heads to the heart of the Rust Belt: Detroit, Michigan. From its heyday as Motor City to its rebirth as the Brooklyn of the Midwest, Detroit’s history reflects a series of issues that strike at the heart of American identity: race, poverty, policing, loss of industry, the war on drugs, and our universal desire for a savior. Detroit’s a tough town, and its residents are even tougher. They’ve weathered riots, a drug epidemic, political scandal, and innumerable other hardships, but they’re still here—and they have stories to tell.

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 01 October 2019  39m

episode 20: The Streets Don't Love You Back

After a boy’s stepfather is murdered, he goes astray, entering a brutal world of drugs and violence.


 05 September 2019  41m

episode 19: From the Ashes

With Kwame Kilpatrick sentenced to 28 years in federal prison, Detroit tries to move on. But is the era of crime and corruption really over?


 29 August 2019  37m

episode 18: United States v. Kwame Kilpatrick

Kwame Kilpatrick faces his most daunting challenge yet: a federal trial that could put him in prison for decades.


 22 August 2019  39m

episode 17: Operation Bombay Dreams

A massive corruption investigation threatens to put Kwame Kilpatrick behind bars for good.


 15 August 2019  42m

episode 16: Surrendered

After 99 days in jail, Kwame Kilpatrick gets a taste of freedom. But it won’t last long.


 08 August 2019  30m

episode 15: The Murder of Tamara Greene

With Kwame Kilpatrick behind bars, a lawsuit pushes the killing of an exotic dancer back into the headlines.


 01 August 2019  39m

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 31 July 2019  9m

episode 14: The Affair

The revelation that Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick had an affair with his chief of staff, Christine Beatty, rocks Detroit. But it’s only the beginning of their troubles.


 25 July 2019  44m

episode 13: Gary Brown v. Mayor of Detroit

When a cop files a whistleblower suit against the city, Kwame Kilpatrick must take the stand.


 18 July 2019  30m