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 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?
The Long Dance Podcast 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?
The Long Dance Podcast 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.
The Long Dance Podcast 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?
The Long Dance Podcast 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.
The Long Dance Podcast 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.
This podcast is so haunting. I’ve listened to it more than once. I hope there is justice for the victims someday.
I appreciate detail but there were way too many rambling interviews with various members of law enforcement. Editing would have helped make these tighter. On top of that, some parts of the interviews were played more than once which was unnecessary. Episodes were too long (see above comment on editing).
One of my favorites!
This is one of my favorite podcasts ever. I looked forward to listening every day when driving to work, and was sad when it was over.