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'Crimetown' looks at Rhode Island city's corrupt underbelly

Associated Press logo Associated Press 12/5/2016 By MICHELLE R. SMITH, Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The podcast "Crimetown" opens with the mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, attacking a man with a lit cigarette and a fireplace log.

It's one of the many stranger-than-fiction tales about the late Mayor Buddy Cianci (see-AN'-see), the mafia and the city they both once ruled in this serial podcast from two of the people behind HBO's documentary miniseries "The Jinx."

Four episodes in, "Crimetown" is sitting at the top of the iTunes charts.

Co-creators Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier said they were fascinated by the "tree roots" that connect people in the capital of the smallest state in the union, where politicians, cops and wise guys often grow up together.

Smerling says they're looking at a culture of crime during Cianci's career that spanned four decades.

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