This American Life To Feature Diablo Magazine’s Article The Setup – Exposing Contra Costa’s Dirtiest Drug Bust

Walnut Creek, California (EastBayDaily) — Peter Crooks, senior editor of Diablo magazine will be featured on Public Radio International’s acclaimed documentary program This American Life. The program will air Diablo’s inside story of Concord-based private investigator Chris Butler and his now-infamous efforts to get a reality TV series, as well as the shocking police corruption connection to this wild and scandalous story. The story has already garnered national attention and received accolades from the private investigative community across the country. The full article can be read on

Diablo-area listeners can tune into KQED 88.5 FM this Saturday, September 24, at noon or 10 p.m. PST to hear the story, or to KALW 91.7 FM on Sunday, September 25, at 1 p.m. and Wednesday, September 26, at noon to hear Peter and other key characters from “The Setup” recount this harrowing tale. Or, go to to stream the broadcast or download the podcast.

Peter Crooks, who had been writing a feature about Butler’s detective firm, was tipped to the illegal drug deals by an anonymous source. Crooks helped the source get to the Department of Justice and go undercover, which led to the arrest of Butler and Norman Wielsch, the commander of the Contra Costa County Narcotic Enforcement Team (CNET). Both individuals could face more than 25 years in prison for the 28 felony counts they have each been charged with. The charges include selling methamphetamine, anabolic steroids, and marijuana. (San Francisco, CA Federal Grand Jury Case #: CR-11-0529-SBA)

After more than seven months on this story, Crooks is relieved that law enforcement was able to make a case against Butler and Wielsch. “Chris Butler wasn’t just dishonest; he was incredibly corrupt and megalomaniacal,” says Crooks. “It seems as if he was trying to be the star of Magnum, P.I. and Scarface at the same time.”

From This American Life started in 1995 in Chicago. It went national in early 1996 and in the years since, it has won several awards—the Peabody, the duPont-Columbia, the Murrow, and the Overseas Press Club, to name a few. Ira Glass, the host of the show, was named best radio host in the country by Time magazine and received the highest individual honor in public broadcasting, the Edward R. Murrow Award. The program airs on more than 500 public radio stations across the country. This American Life is also the most popular podcast in the country, with more than half a million downloads.

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Dave Reik
Diablo Publications