8 episodes

On February 12, 1971, in Durham, North Carolina, a 20 year-old nursing student and her 19 year-old boyfriend left a Valentine's Dance to park down a secluded lover's lane. They never returned. Two weeks later, their bodies were found deep within the Carolina pines. They had been strangled, tortured, and murdered.
Their murders have never been solved.
THE LONG DANCE is the story of the lives touched by the murders of Patricia Mann and Jesse McBane. Produced by crime fiction author Eryk Pruitt, investigative reporter Drew Adamek, and sound engineer Piper Kessler, it uses recorded interviews to tell the tragic tale of North Carolina's most baffling murder case. The eight-part true crime podcast is perfect for fans of SERIAL and S-TOWN.

The Long Dance Podcast Eryk Pruitt

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    • 4.1, 8 Ratings

On February 12, 1971, in Durham, North Carolina, a 20 year-old nursing student and her 19 year-old boyfriend left a Valentine's Dance to park down a secluded lover's lane. They never returned. Two weeks later, their bodies were found deep within the Carolina pines. They had been strangled, tortured, and murdered.
Their murders have never been solved.
THE LONG DANCE is the story of the lives touched by the murders of Patricia Mann and Jesse McBane. Produced by crime fiction author Eryk Pruitt, investigative reporter Drew Adamek, and sound engineer Piper Kessler, it uses recorded interviews to tell the tragic tale of North Carolina's most baffling murder case. The eight-part true crime podcast is perfect for fans of SERIAL and S-TOWN.

    Episode 8 - Bottom of the Ninth

    Episode 8 - Bottom of the Ninth

    What can be done—after forty-seven years—to solve the murders of Patricia Mann and Jesse McBane. Thanks to new technology, Captain Tim Horne may have one last chance to bring closure to the families and deliver justice to the killer. Will it be enough? Is it too late?

    • 56 min
    Episode 7 - Evidence and Information

    Episode 7 - Evidence and Information

    The information gleaned from the 1970s investigation is called into question when a scandal involving two of the detectives is unearthed. How will that affect Captain Tim Horne's suspicions? What does this mean for our story?

    • 52 min
    Episode 6 - Rule 404B

    Episode 6 - Rule 404B

    Episode Six reveals the identity of the only living suspect of North Carolina's Valentine's Day Murders. After forty-six years, every investigator expresses frustration that one man may have slipped through their fingers, thanks to his standing in the community, as well as a series of unfortunate factors. Interviews with original and current investigators, prosecutors, and even the suspect himself, highlight this installment of the mystery.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Episode 5 - The Curious Case of Dr. J**** W*****

    Episode 5 - The Curious Case of Dr. J**** W*****

    The second of three suspects is presented. A doctor and textbook author at Duke lived a tormented and complicated life, striking terror and fear into all of those who came in contact with him. Could an innocent encounter with the young student nurse be the impetus for North Carolina's most baffling murder mystery?

    • 53 min
    Episode 4 - Motive, Means, and Opportunity

    Episode 4 - Motive, Means, and Opportunity

    Over the course of the forty-six-year investigation, many suspects were developed and ruled out. Three have never been eliminated. In Episode Four, Drew and Eryk discuss the first of those three, James Brannon Ray. Using interviews with original investigators, witnesses, and family members, the case against Ray is laid out for the listener.

    • 58 min
    Episode 3 - The Tangle of Jurisdiction

    Episode 3 - The Tangle of Jurisdiction

    When Pat and Jesse's bodies were discovered just over the Orange County line, this began a long chain of events which challenged accountability, responsibility, and the tangle of jurisdiction. Six different law enforcement agencies were tasked with finding the killer, and this created more problems than solutions, possibly allowing a killer to go free.

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

The Glâcier ,

Personal and engaging.

The story itself is interesting, and it’s well researched. The storytelling and the editing are a little loose in places, but overall I enjoyed the leisurely pace, and especially the unpacking of evidence and suspects. Very engaging. I hope it dislodges something in the case.

Kensingtonlad ,

Interesting but very slow

Very drawn out.

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