12 episodes

In Season 1 of "Longshot," "Return Man" is an investigation into the life and mysterious death of the only Super Bowl champion from Lancaster, S.C. In 1970, Jim Duncan was a star on the rise for the Baltimore Colts, and the top kickoff return man in the NFL. Then, two years later, authorities say Duncan, who was Black, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside his hometown police station. Many Black people alive in Lancaster at the time didn't believe the official account of the death. They also didn't openly question it. Until now. Reported and hosted by Bret McCormick of The Herald in Rock Hill, S.C.

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    • 4.2 • 151 Ratings

In Season 1 of "Longshot," "Return Man" is an investigation into the life and mysterious death of the only Super Bowl champion from Lancaster, S.C. In 1970, Jim Duncan was a star on the rise for the Baltimore Colts, and the top kickoff return man in the NFL. Then, two years later, authorities say Duncan, who was Black, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside his hometown police station. Many Black people alive in Lancaster at the time didn't believe the official account of the death. They also didn't openly question it. Until now. Reported and hosted by Bret McCormick of The Herald in Rock Hill, S.C.

    Introducing: Drafted Season 2

    Introducing: Drafted Season 2

    An exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at basketball phenoms Anthony Edwards and Tyrese Maxey as they go from elite NCAA prospects to the 2020 NBA Draft. We go inside the life-changing journey of two top NBA draftees, and step into the closely-guarded world of their agents - Klutch Sports Founder and CEO Rich Paul and Klutch's Head of Basketball Omar Wilkes. Narrated by Keegan-Michael Key.
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    • 2 min
    Bonus: Seth Stoughton

    Bonus: Seth Stoughton

    Seth Stoughton, whom listeners heard in the podcast, was a police officer before becoming a lawyer. Today, he teaches at the University of South Carolina School of Law, and is an expert in the evolution of policing tactics throughout American history. In this extended interview, Stoughton talks about lessons today's officers can learn from a case like Jim Duncan's, and the vital role of trust in the police-community relationship.

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    • 37 min
    Bonus: Paula Johnson

    Bonus: Paula Johnson

    Paula Johnson, whom listeners heard in the podcast, is a professor at the Syracuse University College of Law, and co-director of the Cold Case Justice Initiative (CCJI). Her team at CCJI could soon begin investigating Jim Duncan's death from a legal perspective. In this extended interview, Johnson talks about how her team of student-volunteers approaches Civil Rights-era investigations, what could come next in Jim's case, and that elusive concept of closure.

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    • 26 min
    Speaking from the Grave

    Speaking from the Grave

    For some, including some of Jim Duncan's friends, the past is better left in the past. But for others, there will never be closure with so many open questions; and the chance to find answers is worth the pain of asking one last time. Late in our reporting, we learned that a legal team in New York could begin an independent investigation of this case, in the search for even more answers.

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    • 38 min
    Conspiracy

    Conspiracy

    In the weeks following Jim Duncan's death, conspiracy theories proliferated throughout the Black community in Lancaster. Was his death really about drugs? A woman? His skin color? Many other proposed versions of events seemed equally as implausible as the official narrative—but one scandalous theory came up time and time again, and it was one we could investigate.

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    • 33 min
    The Inquest

    The Inquest

    Following Jim Duncan's death, the Lancaster County coroner called an inquest to determine what happened inside the police station. Seven witnesses were called to testify under oath; all worked at, or with, the Lancaster police department. After a short deliberation, the small jury concluded that Duncan died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. But the one Black member of the inquest panel didn't believe what became the official account, and doesn't to this day.

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    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
151 Ratings

151 Ratings

CarlSearch ,

Good but would like to make a suggestion...

I am really enjoying this Podcast...the content and story line is excellent. I am from Maryland and was a huge Colt fan before they left for Indianapolis and my Wife is from York, SC so we both have connections to this story. As one of my learned friends previously mentioned the parts of the Podcast where people will not go on the record with their voice needs to be changed/scrapped/or amended. In other Podcasts when this situation arises they Podcast will either summarize the interview or hire actors to act out the interactions. For me personally it’s aggravating listening to the Podcaster basically talking to himself. Maybe it’s a budgetary thing but other than that I am thoroughly enjoying the Podcast.

Thanks
Edgar A. Perry

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Zero stars

Umm what a terrible description. What does his race or the race of the people in city have to do what his death? What a insensitive description that is disrespectful to his surviving relatives. Do better.

Sharkey7x24 ,

Lame, Low Budget Podcast

A lame, low budget podcast trying to cash in on the murder podcast genre. Very disappointing podcast filled with hearsay, insinuation, rumor, and fallacious accusations from aggrieved family members.

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