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On the eve of former NFL player Rae Carruth’s release from prison for conspiring to murder his pregnant girlfriend, Cherica Adams, this year-long investigation reveals the true story of the crime that shocked the sports world.

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About the series

Scott Fowler

For the past 21 years, Scott Fowler has covered every twist and turn of Rae Carruth's time in North Carolina, beginning with the wide receiver being drafted by the Carolina Panthers in 1997. For the past year, Fowler has conducted dozens of exclusive interviews with the families, friends, lawyers, investigators, and even the killer behind the most notorious crime in Charlotte history.

Scott Fowler is a sports columnist for the Charlotte Observer, where he has worked since 1994. He has won more than a dozen national awards for his sportswriting and is also the author of eight books. Contact Scott: Email | Twitter

This series is presented in partnership with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, NO MORE, Safe Alliance and the Children’s Defense Fund.