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The Long Dance Podcast

Eryk Pruitt

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 ...Show More
Episode 8 - Bottom of the Ninth

56:49 | Jul 1st, 2018

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 enoug...Show More
Episode 7 - Evidence and Information

52:59 | Jul 1st, 2018

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?
Episode 6 - Rule 404B

1:18:26 | Jul 1st, 2018

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

53:51 | Jul 1st, 2018

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 ...Show More
Episode 4 - Motive, Means, and Opportunity

58:22 | Jun 30th, 2018

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 inve...Show More
Episode 3 - The Tangle of Jurisdiction

1:00:35 | Jun 30th, 2018

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 f...Show More
Episode 2 - The Two Tims

1:11:38 | Jun 30th, 2018

The case is reopened forty years later by Captain Tim Horne of the Orange County Sheriff's Office. As he reassembles the case file, he guides the listeners through the early phases of the 1971 investigation, which was led by Sgt. Tim Bowers of the Du...Show More
Episode 1 - Pat and Jesse

1:03:56 | Jun 30th, 2018

Listeners are introduced to Patricia Mann and Jesse McBane through interviews with family, friends, and colleagues. We learn about their lives and the horrors they faced when the couple went missing, then their bodies are found. "Pat and Jesse" serve...Show More