Under the Redline: The Life and Death of Nicole Cearo Episode Guide

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April 10, 2017, SEATTLE, WA.

Seattle Police have yet to determine what happened to Nicole Cearo or her unborn baby after March 30, 2009. They believe she was murdered by her estranged boyfriend. Her body has never been found, but is thought to be somewhere within the city.

But this murder didn’t just happen in Seattle, it happened in The Town.

The Town is Seattle, but Seattle is not The Town; one city, two realities both defined and divided by the chasm of race; access, representation, class, culture, and the impact of historically racist and oppressive institutions – like policing and news media.

Murder happens on both sides of the Evergreen city, but when a murder of a young, pregnant woman happens in The Town, the investigation, publicity, and outcome, is mired by a wall built on indifference, distrust of police, the no snitch code, intimidation, and an intentional plot to spin lies that eventually turned to urban legend.

This is Under the Redline: The Life and Death of Nicole Cearo, seven years in the making, about a young Black woman, pregnant, allegedly murdered, and then hidden. She has been intentionally forgotten by some, invisible to most, and loved fiercely by those desperate for answers and justice.

Seattle Police believe Nicole Cearo and her unborn baby were killed  on March 30, 2009.

But now we know: March 31, after allegedly being beaten and taken against her will, she was still alive.

And Nicole Cearo would make a desperate attempt to escape.

To save herself and her unborn baby, she reportedly ran for her life.


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Part 1: Missing Black Girl: The Life and Death of Nicole Cearo

In 2009, Nicole Sherese Cearo was murdered, somewhere in Seattle. Her body may be concealed in or around Seward Park, or buried behind a house, or an overgrown lot in South Seattle.

Seattle Police believe Nicole is dead- and they believe they know who killed her. Seattle police alerted the media to Nicole’s disappearance, sending out a press release about a year after she was reported missing.

Part 2: Pregnant, Missing, Dead: The Life and Death of Nicole Cearo

In part 1 of this series, we introduced you to twenty year old Nicole Cearo, who went missing in Seattle in 2009. One of the many, if not the biggest challenge facing this investigation: police have searched, but never found her body.

Part 3: A Homicide with no Body: The Life and Death of Nicole Cearo

If the Department tends to keep their cards close when it comes to active homicide investigations, it felt like information about Nicole’s case was in a vault. There would be no answers to questions about the stolen truck Mr. Montgomery plead guilty to, and in which allegedly, Nicole was last seen in alive.

But like any homicide, Seattle Police want answers, community help, and ultimately, justice.

They can always choose not to talk about an investigation, but in Nicole’s case, they did.

Part 4: Suspicions vs Suspects, Then and Now: The Life and Death of Nicole Cearo

When police went public with Nicole’s case in 2010, they were short on details, but one was unmistakable:

they pointed in the direction of Mr. Montgomery.

Even if police believe someone committed a crime, theory isn’t evidence or proof. They could, in fact, be completely wrong. Is he a suspect?

Part 5: Murdered. Still Missing: The Life and Death of Nicole Cearo

Statistically, pregnancy is at best a common precursor to homicide, and at worst, a motive for murder.

Pregnant women in the United States are more likely to die from murder than most of the common pregnancy related medical problems.

Of those, about half died violently and had had some sort of conflict with their current or former partners leading up to the death. Victims of pregnancy-related homicide were more likely undereducated, young, and black.

Part 6: Witness to Violence against Nicole aka Capricorn: The Life and Death of Nicole Cearo

Violence against women isn’t simply a criminal justice issue, it is a public health epidemic. In particular, Black women suffer intimate partner violence about 22 times the rate of women of other races, and 35% higher than white women.

The number one killer of Black women between 15 to 34 is homicide at the hands of a former or current intimate partner. Victims of pregnancy-related homicide were more likely undereducated, young, and black.

Part 7: Is Nicole Alive Cearo Alive?

Q & A: The Life and Death of Nicole Cearo


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Part 8: Alleged Ratt Pacc Murder Pact: The Life and Death of Nicole Cearo

By 2010 members of the gang unit were actively searching for D-Ratt, a member of the 74 Hoover Ratt Pacc. They wanted to talk to him about Nicole. But according to multiple, independent sources, D-Ratt left the state in the summer of 2009, months after Nicole was murdered allegedly, fearful police would eventually come looking for him.

Part 9: The Final Hours: The Life and Death of Nicole Cearo

March 30th, 2009 is the last known day Nicole Cearo was seen alive. What the public knows about what detectives have pieced together in the nearly eight years since, is nil . She was with Mr. Montgomery. She went to see her mom. Maybe they went by a local club in Skyway. From there, no details, and no trace of her. Over the years, SPD has searched for her remains in multiple locations. A few have claimed police “missed the body.”

Part 10 Q & A: The Life and Death of Nicole Cearo

Part 11: In Memoriam: The Life and Death of Nicole Cearo

Michael Cearo is Nicole’s father. You will be tempted to dismiss him, or judge him, but the truth is, his love for and commitment to his daughter is a testament.

Mr. Cearo blames himself for the path his daughter’s life took. At one point, he had to make a decision, what is best for Nicole?

Now, he has a message for the state of Washington, from the Prosecutor’s Office to the Town: take my daughter’s alleged killer to trial.

Part 12: Urban Legend, Lies, and Origins: The Life and Death of Nicole Cearo

Very few people have claimed Nicole Cearo is alive. But there are a critical few who maintain otherwise. Why would anyone lie about that? How does the lie work for them? Why would they do so publicly? Why would they claim or suggest Nicole’s mother, Cynthia Sanders, is fully aware that Nicole is alive as far back as 2011 or 2013?

 

 

Part 13: She Ran for Her Life: Finale of the Life and Death of Nicole Cearo

Nicole was last seen around Champs around or after midnight- the last place she was seen alive.

But now we know, she would still make one last effort, to run for her life.

Note: Part 13 will be available on iTunes April 7, 2017

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*EXCLUSIVE: Part 14: After Champs: The Life and Death of Nicole Cearo

It’s true, every story has a beginning, middle and end. We aired our last episode of the Life and Death of Nicole Cearo.

But we didn’t tell you everything we knew at the time.

And now, thanks to The Town, we know more.

Let’s go back to the finale, and what we did share about the night Nicole Cearo was allegedly killed.

Starting at Champs

*Correction: 4/27/2017 

In the interview with Lakeshea Caldwell, she states that Roosevelt Montgomery was at Champs March 30th, 2009. The podcast audio is incorrect in stating Ms. Caldwell said Mr. Montgomery was not at Champs.

The full transcript of the interview with Ms. Caldwell is reviewed in Part 15, which airs April 30 at 7:30pm, including previously unpublished information about the last night Nicole Cearo was seen alive, at Ms. Caldwell’s home.


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PART 15: The Correction of the Lakeshea Caldwell Interview

The purpose of journalism is to tell the truth of the story.

To do so, we must revisit Part 14, and our interview with Lakeshea Caldwell about the last time Nicole Cearo was seen alive.

What happens when we find a discrepancy in the reporting?

We correct the record, fully.


 

Part 16: Q & A

Do we have a relationship to Roosevelt Montgomery?

Is the podcast ”fake news” or journalism?

What does the Seattle Police Department think of our coverage?

We address the questions, rumors, nonsense, and facts.

 


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