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Rae Carruth case could expose the darkest secrects of Charlotte

Updated: March 18, 2013, 12:14 PM ET
By Shaun Assael, additional reporting by Shelly Gepfert and Roxanne Jones | ESPN The Magazine

This story appeared in ESPN The Magazine's May 15, 2000, issue. Subscribe today!

BIG GUS, a convicted bookie and local philosopher king, looks past the stripper falling out of her electric-green bikini top to concentrate on a matter significantly less entertaining -- the question of what's happened to the party in Charlotte. A 52-year-old man with a probation officer has a lot of time to think, and Gus Panos has thought long and hard. Scrunching his long face, he snaps his ...

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