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49 EpisodesProduced by WDIV Local 4 and Graham Media GroupWebsite

Sometimes, news stories echo in our minds for years after they’ve occurred. With each season of Shattered, we select one of those complex, true stories and take an in-depth look.Season 4 charts the life and death of Jimmy Hoffa.Season 3 tells the story of a string of murders that took place in the m… read more

49 Episodes | 2018 - 2020

Black Friday, Chapter 12 – Getting to the Point

April 15th, 2018


Season 1, Chapter 12: Tanner, Alexander and Andrew Skelton’s whereabouts continue to be a mystery.  Their father, John has kept the information needed to crack the case locked up inside his head, but now he’s talking.  …

Black Friday, Chapter 11 – Inmate #812593

April 15th, 2018


Season 1, Chapter 11: After the exchange of letters, a visit to the prison and many emails, John Skelton calls us on the phone.  The public will hear John’s words in his own voice for the first time in several years.  …

Black Friday, Chapter 10 – Dear John

April 15th, 2018


Season 1, Chapter 10: John Skelton has been silent for the better part of a decade. WDIV’s Sandra Ali and Jeremy Allen do their best to get him to …

Black Friday, Chapter 9 – Missoula, Montana

April 15th, 2018


Season 1: Chapter 9: As investigators work the Skelton case in Michigan, something pops up, but way off their radar.  Human remains are found in …

Black Friday, Chapter 8 – Southern Discomfort

April 15th, 2018


Season 1, Chapter 8: John Skelton’s family in Morenci stays tight-lipped about the case.  His mother, father and sister live a thousand miles away in Florida.  Jeremy Allen heads to Jacksonville, seeking a perspective …

Black Friday, Chapter 7 – Holiday Road

April 15th, 2018


Season 1, Chapter 7: Early morning, Black Friday, 2010, John Skelton's cell phone registers to cell phone towers between Morenci, Michigan and …

Black Friday, Chapter 6 – A Simpler Story

April 15th, 2018


Season 1, Chapter 6: John Skelton's stories change every time he tells them. One that has been told, more than once, is that he gave his children to …

Black Friday, Chapter 5 – Me, Myself and John

April 15th, 2018


Season 1, Chapter 5: With his three sons missing, John sits inside a Michigan prison cell. He doesn't seem worried, but he also doesn't seem to feel guilty. Hear John tell his story, for the first time, in his own words.

Black Friday, Chapter 4 – A Family Thing

April 15th, 2018


Season 1, Chapter 4: We’re welcomed into the home of Tanya Skelton. We get into the alleged abuse of her own sons and John's family’s take on what he did or didn’t do. Tanya also reveals what built her back up after an …

Black Friday, Chapter 3 – Maze Runners

April 15th, 2018


Season 1, Chapter 3: John Skelton sits alone in a cell, with all the answers locked away deep inside his mind. Chief Larry Weeks and Detective Lt. Jeremy Brewer are the past and present lead investigators on the case. …

Black Friday, Chapter 2 – Irreversible

April 15th, 2018


Season 1, Chapter 2: Andrew, Alexander and Tanner are missing. But before their dad, John, made them vanish, a storm was brewing between him and his wife, Tanya. Tanya gives us a glimpse into life with John before Black …

Black Friday, Chapter 1 – Shattered

April 15th, 2018


Season 1, Chapter 1: The Skeltons, a family of 5, once whole and together has been shattered. John, the father, begins acting erratically and …

~~Introducing Shattered, Season 1 – Black Friday~~

April 15th, 2018


Welcome to Shattered, a new true-crime podcast from WDIV in Detroit. Season 1 chronicles the young Skelton brothers’ disappearance on Black Friday, 2010. The mystery of what happened to the boys remains open, with their …

White Boy Rick, Chapter 8 – Just Call Me Rick

September 6th, 2018


Chapter 8 – Just Call Me Rick 

With Hollywood making a movie about his life and some positive signs coming from the new Wayne County Prosecutor, Rick …

White Boy Rick, Chapter 7 – Kid Rock and White Boy Rick

September 6th, 2018


Chapter 7 – Kid Rock and White Boy Rick: Rick is granted his first parole hearing in 15 years. Kid Rock shows up to testify on his behalf. Rick …

White Boy Rick, Chapter 6 – Inspector Todd

September 6th, 2018


Chapter 6 – Inspector Todd: Rick says the reason he’s been languishing in prison for so long has a lot to do with one man, Gil Hill. Hill was the …

White Boy Rick, Chapter 5 – Operation Backbone

September 6th, 2018


Chapter 5 – Operation Backbone: From behind bars, Rick is asked to inform again as part of Operation Backbone, an FBI sting that aims to catch dirty Detroit cops. 

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White Boy Rick, Chapter 4 – I’m No Cocaine Kingpin

September 6th, 2018


Chapter 4 – I’m No Cocaine Kingpin: Rick has given the feds enough information for them to start prosecuting the Curry’s. Out of a job, Rick charts a …

White Boy Rick, Chapter 3 – Fight Night in Vegas

September 6th, 2018


Chapter 3 – Fight Night in Vegas: When the police keep raiding drug houses rife with cash and cocaine, the Currys don’t think it’s simply bad luck …

White Boy Rick, Chapter 2 – Summer Job

September 6th, 2018


Chapter 2 – Summer Job: To get inside information on the local drug trade, Rick has to do more than watch from the outside. But it’s not as simple as just heading up to the local crack house with cash in hand. He needs …

White Boy Rick, Chapter 1 – Like Father, Like Son

September 6th, 2018


Chapter 1 – Like Father, Like Son: In 1984, crack cocaine is becoming an epidemic in Detroit. Several African-American drug gangs are battling each other for territory. On the east side of the city, a white teenager is …

Introducing Shattered, Season 2 – White Boy Rick

September 7th, 2018


Welcome to Season 2 of Shattered. When he was 14 years-old, Rick Wershe, Jr. became one of the youngest FBI informants in American history. The …

Introducing Shattered: Season 3

December 27th, 2018


Jeremy Allen, host of season 1, is joined by Kevin Dietz, host of season 2, to announce the subject of Shattered: Season 3 coming in 2019.

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Shattered Presents: Mismatch

January 3rd, 2019


As we prepare for the release of Shattered’s Season 3, we’re excited to share one of our favorite stories from the new season of our another podcast from Graham Media, Mismatch.

Hosted by veteran reporter Roger Weber, …

Shattered Presents: Crimetown

January 10th, 2019


We're hard at work on our next season of Shattered. In the meantime, though, we think you'll like this episode of another show we're fans of. 

Coming Soon: Child Killer

February 12th, 2019


In Season 3 of Shattered, host Jeremy Allen is back to tell the story of a string of murders that took place in the mid-1970s in Oakland County, Michigan. Many people know the case as the Oakland County Child Killer. …

Child Killer, Chapter 1 - The Beginning of the End

March 19th, 2019


Shattered Season 3, Child Killer, Episode 1. By 1976, Detroit’s population had plummeted as residents left for the suburbs in droves. The wealthiest, …

Child Killer, Chapter 2 - There's Something Happening Here

March 26th, 2019


January 1977: five children have been murdered in or near Oakland County in the last year, and now a sixth, Kristine Mihelich, has been abducted. Investigators are seeing similarities in the cases and begin to pursue …

Child Killer, Chapter 3 - Captive

April 2nd, 2019


Oakland County families are living in terror after three children have been abducted and murdered. The killer is becoming bolder - the most recent …

Child Killer, Chapter 4 - He's Just Not Here Anymore

April 9th, 2019


The discovery of Timothy King’s body cements suspicions of a serial killer. The lives of the victims’ families are shattered. Police from across the …

Child Killer, Chapter 5 - North Fox Island

April 16th, 2019


Francis Shelden was a Millionaire from Ann Arbor, Michigan. He came from a well-to-do family with ties to presidents, governors and even princes. He earned his B.A from Yale and served in the Michigan Air Guard. He had …

Child Killer, Chapter 6 - The Magicians' Confession

April 23rd, 2019


Frank Shelden and Gerald Richards have just returned to the mainland after taking four boys from St. Joe’s Catholic school to North Fox Island for a …

White Boy Rick - UPDATE

April 25th, 2019


I know we’re in the middle of season 3 of Shattered right now, but Kevin Dietz, host of season 2, White Boy Rick, is back to let you know what’s been going on with Rick and to tell you about a development in his story.

Child Killer, Chapter 7 - Dr. Danto

April 30th, 2019


The police and task force are in full gear, searching through mounds of information. Dr. Bruce Danto enters the picture offering theories and helping …

Child Killer, Chapter 8 - Collateral Damage

May 8th, 2019


Almost half a century has passed and the families of Timothy King, Kristine Mihelich, Jill Robinson and Mark Stebbins are left without answers. The …

Black Friday - UPDATE

July 8th, 2019


An update from Shattered: Black Friday, Season 1.

The three missing boys from Morenci, Michigan have been gone for nearly a decade. Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton disappeared on Black Friday of 2010. The boy's …

Hoffa, Chapter 1 - A Tyrant of a Foreman

December 3rd, 2019


Jimmy Hoffa was a complicated guy, driven by a sincere desire to bring a better life to the members of his union, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Hoffa was also driven by relentless ambition, greed, and an …

Hoffa, Chapter 2 - Mobbed Up

December 10th, 2019


La Cosa Nostra is Italian for ‘our thing’ or ‘this thing of ours.’ It’s how members of the Italian Mafia sometimes refer to themselves. The roots of La Cosa Nostra stretch back to 19th century Sicily. Its members began …

Hoffa, Chapter 3 - Blood Feud

December 17th, 2019


In some ways, the relationship between Jimmy Hoffa and Bobby Kennedy was simple. Hoffa saw a spoiled rich kid. Kennedy saw a corrupt racketeer. An aide to JFK described it best. He called their rivalry a “blood feud” …

Hoffa, Bonus Chapter - The JFK Assassination

December 24th, 2019


In episode 3, we spent a few minutes looking at Jimmy Hoffa’s possible connection to the JFK assassination. But there are so many details we couldn’t …

Hoffa, Chapter 4 - The Comeback

December 31st, 2019


"When it was time for me to go they shackled and chained me like a wild animal: ten pounds of leg irons, belly band, handcuffs, and a chain running up from the leg irons to the handcuffs. There was a caravan to …

Hoffa, Chapter 5 - The Finale

January 7th, 2020


In the summer of 1975, Hoffa was running out of options. His long time organized crime associates told him he should take his pension and retire, but …

Joyce - Pt. 1

March 3rd, 2020


This is part 1 of a 2 part story.

As a young girl from Saginaw, Michigan, Joyce Dixson-Haskett was molested and abused. As she grew up the abuse got …

Joyce - Pt. 2

March 4th, 2020


This is part 2 of a 2-part story. This story

For Joyce Dixson-Haskett, life had hit a fork in the road. She’d just been released from the hospital after receiving a brutal beating. She knew it was only a matter of time …

Introducing: Everything is Fine

April 1st, 2020


As we work away on Shattered: Season 5, host/producer Jeremy Allen is back with a brand new invention. It's a podcast called Everything is Fine.

As we navigate one of the strangest time periods in history, we are sure …

The Best Advice Show

April 24th, 2020


As we continue to work on Shattered: Season 5, we want to tell you about a new, tiny, daily podcast that might be an aural balm fo this challenging moment.

It’s easy to feel helpless as each new day breeds more …

A Night in Detroit

June 2nd, 2020


On Shattered we look back on some of the biggest stories from Michigan’s past and re-examine them. But today, we're going to tell you about something that happened very recently. Sunday, May 31st in, Downtown Detroit.

Introducing Someone Knows Something

June 8th, 2020


Debra has been searching for her son, Donald Izzett Jr. for 25 years. The last time she spoke with him was Mother’s Day. He had called from a road trip, but sounded upset, saying he needed money. Then the phone went …

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