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Rebecca Everett

Rebecca Everett

Rebecca Everett is a veteran reporter and senior podcast producer covering crime and justice for and The Star-Ledger. After a dozen years as a reporter, she co-reported and produced the company’s first narrative crime podcast series “Father Wants Us Dead.” The show, about the List family murders in New Jersey, was one of Apple Podcast’s top 20 new shows in the U.S. in 2022. The podcast won two Webby Awards and was a finalist for both the Shorty Awards and the CrimeCon CLUE Awards.

Since joining NJ Advance Media in 2016 as a local news reporter, she has won 12 New Jersey Press Association awards, including enterprise reporting awards for the print version of “Father Wants Us Dead” and a years-long project on Taser effectiveness.

Rebecca previously worked at and got her start at the Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton, Massachusetts. At the Gazette, her series revealing harassment allegations against a city councilor resulted in a recall election and a Publick Occurrences Award from the New England Newspaper & Press Association.

Kevin Shea

Kevin Shea

Kevin Shea has worked in daily news since 1993, starting with a stint in the photography department of the Baltimore Sun. He grew up outside of Washing ton, D.C., the son of a news reporter, and attended Rochester Institute of Technology, earning a degree in photojournalism. He worked as a photographer and then cub reporter at the Asbury Park Press in Neptune, New Jersey in the 1990s, then moved to Trenton, where he worked for 10 years as the lead crime reporter at the Times of Trenton.

He’s covered countless crimes and disasters, including the anthrax attacks of 2001 and 2002, which originated in Princeton, and dug through 9/11 debris with police and fire fighters in Staten Island, N.Y. to get a story on the other ground zero. Shea has been featured on numerous true crime TV shows and news broadcasts about stories he’s reported.

Recently, he led the and Star-Ledger coverage of New Jersey residents charged with taking part in the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Executive producers: Chris Kelly and Jeff Roberts
Sound engineer and composer: Blake Maples
Associate audio engineer: James Shapiro
Voice actors: Natalie Paterson, Matt Stanmyre, and Sean Sullivan
Web design: Alaa Selim

About the reporting

The Times of Trenton articles about the April 2, 1989 murder of Emily “Cissy” Stuart. (Andre Malok)

In the Shadow of Princeton is the culmination of eight months of reporting about the mysterious cold-case murder of Emily “Cissy” Stuart and the never-ending effort to bring her killer to justice. The eight episodes will be released weekly beginning with the first two on June 5. The podcast is available exclusively and ad-free by joining Wondery+ in the Wondery App or Apple Podcasts

Reporters Kevin Shea and Rebecca Everett reached more than 100 people associated with the case. Sources for this project include: alibi witnesses, current and retired police and prosecutors, Cissy’s former neighbors, friends of several members of the Stuart family, former employees of the Town Topics newspaper, and expert sources, including experts in crime scene analysis and criminal profiling, memory and interrogations, DNA technology and genetic genealogy. Other sources include relatives of the late police chief Tony Federico, reporters who covered the story, attorneys and  community members.

The reporting is also based on police documents and archival research. That includes articles from The Times of Trenton, The Star-Ledger, The Trentonian, The Town Topics, The Daily Princetonian, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The New York Times, The Home News, The Asbury Park Press and other New Jersey newspapers that are part of the USA Today Network.

The reporters also viewed Charles Stuart’s documentary “My Mother’s Murder,” read columns and other public writings by Charles, Jeb and Craig Stuart, obtained court and police video recordings, and reviewed dayplanners owned by Tony Federico. 

The podcast was recorded at Sound on Sound Studio in Montclair, N.J.

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