10 episodes

The "miracle" began Nov. 16, 1999, when Cherica Adams was shot four times in Charlotte, N.C. A hitman tried to murder Adams, the girlfriend of NFL star Rae Carruth, and their unborn son, Chancellor Lee. But the hitman failed. Now, a year-long investigation exposes stunning new details of the crime that shocked the sports world—and the impacts still being felt years later. Hosted by Charlotte Observer reporter Scott Fowler, who has covered this saga for 19 years.

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The "miracle" began Nov. 16, 1999, when Cherica Adams was shot four times in Charlotte, N.C. A hitman tried to murder Adams, the girlfriend of NFL star Rae Carruth, and their unborn son, Chancellor Lee. But the hitman failed. Now, a year-long investigation exposes stunning new details of the crime that shocked the sports world—and the impacts still being felt years later. Hosted by Charlotte Observer reporter Scott Fowler, who has covered this saga for 19 years.

    Introducing Smoked

    Introducing Smoked

    In the 1980s, racing prodigy Randy Lanier shot to stardom at the Indy 500—and funded his racing through a secret double life as one of the biggest pot kingpins in American history. Now, after serving nearly 30 years in prison, Lanier's tale of weed, speed and the road ahead highlights society's changing relationship with marijuana, and the legacy of those already incarcerated for it.
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    • 2 min
    Epilogue: Healing and the Road Ahead

    Epilogue: Healing and the Road Ahead

    Following Rae Carruth’s release from prison, the Carolina Panthers welcome Saundra Adams — the mother of Cherica Adams, the pregnant woman Carruth conspired to murder — and her grandson Chancellor Lee to Bank of America Stadium. Soon after, Scott Fowler tracks down Carruth himself in search of closure of his own.
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    • 46 min
    Chapter 7: Forgiveness

    Chapter 7: Forgiveness

    As Rae Carruth’s prison release date nears, Saundra Adams, the mother of the pregnant woman Carruth conspired to murder, tells us she’s found a way to forgive the men who killed Cherica Adams. She wonders what if any relationship Carruth should have with Chancellor Lee, as she honors her daughter’s legacy through advocacy work on behalf of domestic violence survivors. Presented in partnership with NO MORE, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Safe Alliance, and the Children’s Defense Fu
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    • 45 min
    Chapter 6: The Verdict and the Miracle

    Chapter 6: The Verdict and the Miracle

    Jury foreman Clark Pennell recounts for us the tense deliberations before delivering a verdict against Rae Carruth. Chancellor Le's doctors diagnose him with Cerebral Palsy as a result of his traumatic birth. His speech is halting and his movement labored, yet Chancellor Lee surpasses doctors’ expectations for his progress and development in physical therapy, and at home. Presented in partnership with NO MORE, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Safe Alliance, and the Children’s Defense Fu
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    • 43 min
    Chapter 5: On Trial

    Chapter 5: On Trial

    Chancellor Lee goes home from the hospital with his maternal grandmother, Saundra Adams. Soon, the most notorious trial in Charlotte history gets under way, as lawyers spar with witnesses and each other. With Rae Carruth facing the death penalty, his lead defense attorney recounts in detail the strategy to make their case and save Carruth's life. Presented in partnership with NO MORE, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Safe Alliance, and the Children’s Defense Fund.
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    • 45 min
    Chapter 4: The Manhunt

    Chapter 4: The Manhunt

    As funeral arrangements are made in Charlotte, Rae Carruth flees the state. Soon, he’s the target of an FBI manhunt led by agent Mark Post, who recreates for us the trail that led him to a motel parking lot in rural Tennessee, where he found Carruth in the trunk of a Toyota Camry. Soon, Carruth becomes the first active NFL player to be charged with first-degree murder. Presented in partnership with NO MORE, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Safe Alliance, and the Children’s Defense Fund.
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    • 35 min

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