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.



About Us

Eryk PruittEryk Pruitt

Eryk Pruitt is a filmmaker, crime fiction author, and screenwriter. His short films “Foodie” and “Liyana, On Command” have won awards at film festivals across the country. In 2015, his short fiction was a finalist for the Derringer Award and his latest novel What We Reckon has been nominated for a 2018 Anthony Award.

All three of his novels are available in print and e-book.

He lives in Durham, North Carolina with his wife, Lana, and their cat, Busey.

A full list of his credits can be found at ErykPruitt.com


Drew Adamek

Drew Adamek is a writer and researcher with a background in public corruption investigative journalism, feature writing and broadcast production. He’s reported public corruption stories that appeared on CBS Evening News, 48 Hours, Primetime Live and 20/20. As a freelance feature writer, his work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, New York Times, Chicago magazine, The Public Humanist and many others. Drew has also served as a researcher or producer on over 200 true-crime television documentaries.

Drew’s resume can be found at DrewAdamek.com.


Piper Kessler Piper Kessler

Piper Kessler is a principal at Velasquez Media and KV Works where she writes, directs, produces, and edits sound. She has worked on several independent, corporate and government productions. Production credits include the international award-winning documentary MILAGROS: MADE IN MEXICO, the short films SPIN, QUEEN OF HEARTS, THE HOODOO OF SWEET MAMA ROSA, and KEEPSAKE as well as the web series FREQUENCY, and the indie feature film HOUNDS OF DIXIE. Piper has won awards for her field sound work in various film productions. A list of her film credits can be found at IMDB/Piper Kessler.



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