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

    A tale of weed, speed and the road ahead

    • 2 min
    Chapter 1: Rae and Cherica

    Chapter 1: Rae and Cherica

    Cherica Adams, a former model and dancer from Charlotte, meets NFL player Rae Carruth at a party. Carruth, a Sacramento native, has looks and a magnetic charm. Soon Cherica is pregnant—but the trail of women in Carruth's past suggest the Carolina Panthers first-round draft pick is struggling with adult responsibility in the face of adulation lavished upon a star athlete.

    • 36 min
    Chapter 2: The Hitman Speaks

    Chapter 2: The Hitman Speaks

    A murder plot unfolds. From deep inside a maximum-security prison, hitman Van Brett Watkins offers an unflinching account of the deal he struck with Rae Carruth to kill Cherica Adams and their unborn son. Along with confession tapes and a gripping 911 call, a portrait of Carruth as a master manipulator emerges. But to this day, some vehemently dispute his involvement.

    • 40 min
    Chapter 3: Life and Death

    Chapter 3: Life and Death

    Emergency crews race Cherica Adams to Carolinas Medical Center, where her son, Chancellor Lee, is born via emergency C-section, 10 weeks premature and weighing less than 4 pounds. As both fight for life, police investigators describe to us piecing together the events of that night, with Cherica’s handwritten notes from her hospital bed pointing the way toward Rae Carruth.

    • 36 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.

    • 33 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.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
997 Ratings

997 Ratings

Hdkjddjdbnd ,

Wowed!

This is one of the best podcasts I’ve ever heard! I love Ms. Shonda snd Chancellor! This podcast was so well done! I listened to it twice in a row! Definitely 5 stars!

StinaMasFina ,

Lifetime of reporting on 1 story- AMAZING!

This story is complete! It’s not just a relationship, a killing, an investigation and the final punishment. The end. NO! What happened for the next 20 yrs? This podcast covers it all. Thank you for telling the whole story! Great job!!

jersey Terri ,

Wow

I was due to have my first child Dec 1999. My husband was professional football player at the time for the Washington (Redskins then) Football Club now. I was beyond obsessed, saddened , and terrified by what had happened. I typed into Google what happened to Ray Caruth and this information for the podcast came up! This is done so well. So informative.

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