By The Charlotte Observer | McClatchy Studios
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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.
||ExplicitEpilogue: 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,...||12/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChapter 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...||10/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChapter 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...||10/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChapter 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...||10/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChapter 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..||10/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChapter 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...||10/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChapter 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..||10/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChapter 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...||10/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroducing Carruth||Part love story and part murder mystery, this is the remarkable tale of a "miracle" that began on Nov. 16, 1999, when a hitman tried to murder NFL star Rae Carruth's pregnant girlfriend. Hosted by Charlotte Observer reporter Scott Fowler, who has...||10/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Haunting and inspiring
What is stronger than a mother’s love? While this series initially focuses on the football star and his fall from grace, the sordid characters and their bad choices, the women of this story and Chancellor Lee are the heroes. Bravo to Scott Fowler and The Charlotte Observer for their determined, detailed and nuanced coverage of this tragedy for the past two decades. And here’s to Saundra Adams, the selfless, loving, uplifting and inspiring hero of this story. Be prepared for your heart to be broken open and healed.
Can’t express how much I was touched by this podcast. Saundra Adams and her grandson are an inspiration. Scott Fowler has done a fantastic job in assembling and crafting this sad tale. Athletes seem to feel they have no limits on their behavior. Chancellor Lee is a very important reminder of the damage caused by those who feel no human feelings for their offspring or those they purport to love.
Just listen - you’ll never be the same
Have you ever read or heard something so well told, so heartbreaking, and so inspiring you almost wished you hadn’t so you could experience it again for the first time ? This is that story . Masterfully told. Captivating. Every adjective & feeling you can think of.