I Got a Monster: The Rise and Fall of America's Most Corrupt Police Squad

I Got a Monster: The Rise and Fall of America's Most Corrupt Police Squad

The explosive true story of America's most corrupt police unit, the Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF), that terrorized the city of Baltimore for half a decade.

When Baltimore police sergeant Wayne Jenkins said he had a monster, he meant he had found a big-time drug dealer--one that he wanted to rob. This is the story of Jenkins and the Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF), a super group of dirty detectives who exploited some of America's greatest problems: guns, drugs, toxic masculinity, and hypersegregation.

In the upside-down world of the GTTF, cops were robbers and drug dealers were the perfect victims, because no one believed them. When the federal government finally arrested the GTTF for robbery and racketeering in 2017, the stories of victims began to come out, revealing a vast criminal enterprise operating within the Baltimore Police Department.

Cops planted heroin to cover up a fatal crash that resulted from a botched robbery. They stole hundreds of thousands of dollars, faked video evidence, and forged a letter trying to break up the marriage of one of their victims to keep his wife from paying a lawyer. And a homicide detective was killed the day before he was scheduled to testify against the crooked cops.

I Got a Monster is the shocking history of the rise and fall of the most corrupt cops in America from Baynard Woods and Brandon Soderberg.

Title:I Got a Monster: The Rise and Fall of America's Most Corrupt Police Squad
ISBN:9781250221803
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  • Paul

    A true crime thriller for the age of Defund; if you're at all wondering why so many Americans think we'd be better off starting from scratch with public safety, this case study of a squad of officers ...

  • S?e?a?n?

    Extreme case of confirmation bias....

  • Nancy

    I won this in a Goodreads giveaway. Interesting but did not flow well....

  • Jake

    This is one where the story itself is more compelling than the writing. Being a Baltimore native, I was looking forward to this as I only know the broad strokes of the Gun Trace Task Force case. I rea...

  • Shannon

    I'm a new Baltimorean and the BPD/corruption, crime, murder rates are in the news daily, in some form. This story is riveting and highlighted how naive to the 'real' world of policing & crime (& how t...

  • Heidi

    Imagine you're in the car on your way to a friend's house. You're driving on a route you're familiar with, listening to some music, minding your own business. Suddenly, you're pulled over by the polic...

  • vanessa

    This story is bonkers - you'll just shake your head at the complete disregard for ethical public service reading this. The second half of the book has a better rhythm than the first half in its storyt...

  • Leslie

    True crime reporting about the GTFF team in Baltimore right after Freddie gray’s murder. Ends in mid 2018. Absorbing and upsetting...

  • Rollin

    I was an editor in a Baltimore college paper as the Gun Trace Taskforce's corruption came to light. I had no idea what was going on and had to ask the arts editor, a Baltimore native, to explain what ...

  • Chris Cole

    Fantastic read. Very eye-opening. ...