Reality check: Carrie Underwood’s ‘Two Black Cadillacs’ is perfect recipe for first degree murder charge


The Academy of Country Music Awards were this week and I’m watching them a few days late on DVR as I write tonight. As a result, this week’s Reality Check is going country. Carrie Underwood country.

In “Two Black Cadillacs,” Carrie Underwood sings of a man meeting his doom at the hands of his wife and mistress, who team up after learning of each other.

While it’s clear exactly what their plan consist of, it’s clear from the lyrics that their plan likely consist of a first degree murder charge.

Idaho Statue 18-4003 defines first degree murder as: “All murder which is perpetrated by means of poison, or lying in wait, or torture, when torture is inflicted with the intent to cause suffering, to execute vengeance, to extort something from the victim, or to satisfy some sadistic inclination, or which is perpetrated by any kind of willful, deliberate and premeditated killing is murder of the first degree.”


Carrie’s lyrics:

Two months ago his wife called the number on his phone
Turns out he’d be lying to both of them for oh so long.
They decided then he’d never get away with doing this to them.
Two black Cadillac’s waiting for the right time, right time.

If Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor hell a fury like a woman scorned, imagine the furry of two women scorned.

It’s enough to make them seek vengeance and satisfy some sadistic inclination with the willful, deliberate, and premeditated killing of another. Deliberate means intentionally. Premeditated means to plan or think out. By deciding together to act together, which is also conspiracy, and waiting for the right time, the two planned his murder and intentionally executed it. Luckily for the two of them, they “left the secret at the grave.”

Other ways to be charged with first degree murder in Idaho:

  1. By killing a peace officer, executive officer, officer of the court, fireman, judicial officer or prosecuting attorney who was acting in the lawful discharge of an official duty, and was known or should have been known by the perpetrator of the murder to be an officer so acting.
  2. Killing someone while having a sentence for murder of the first or second degree, including being on parole or probation.
  3. Killing someone in the perpetration of, or attempt to perpetrate, aggravated battery on a child under twelve (12) years of age, arson, rape, robbery, burglary, kidnapping or mayhem, or an act of terrorism, as defined in section 18-8102, Idaho Code, or the use of a weapon of mass destruction, biological weapon or chemical weapon, is murder of the first degree.
  4. Killing a penal institution employee, inmate or visitor while incarcerated.
  5. Killing a person while escaping or attempting to escape from a penal institution.