PORTLAND, Ore. — KGW and Vault Studios released the trailer for a new true crime podcast called Should Be Alive. The six-episode podcast that launches on May 25 investigates the murder of Vancouver transgender teen Nikki Kuhnhausen and how detectives and prosecutors built a case against her killer.
In June 2019, Nikki left her Vancouver home to go for a late night walk and was never seen by friends or family again. The day before she disappeared, her roommates reported seeing Nikki holding a bottle of vodka and wearing the jacket of a man she had just met.
Nikki's family and friends feared that Nikki being transgender could have played a role in her disappearance.
About six months later, a man who was out picking bear grass discovered Nikki's remains in the Larch Mountain area of Clark County, Washington.
As detectives began investigating, search warrants for her phone revealed Nikki had been communicating with a man on social media named David Bogdanov around the time she went missing.
Host Ashley Korslien, a longtime KGW anchor and reporter, brings a spotlight to the increasing acts of violence against transgender people and examines how Nikki's murder sparked a movement that led to legislation outlawing the LGBTQ+ 'panic' defense strategy as a legal strategy in Washington state.