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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.

 

In creating THE LONG DANCE, we had a very simple goal: To create the substantive record about the lives and deaths of Patricia Mann and Jesse McBane, as well as the forty-six year investigation into their murder, and the stories of those people touched by their deaths.

Not only were we fortunate enough to record several hundreds of hours of interviews with our subjects, but we also became active participants in the investigation by helping to secure the DNA profiles of the three suspects who had never been eliminated. We have partnered with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office who believes this may be the final chance to close the book on the forty-six year old murder case.


About Us

Eryk Pruitt

Eryk 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. His latest novel WHAT WE RECKON can be found in bookstores across the country.
He lives in Durham, North Carolina with his wife, Lana, and their cat, Busey.


Drew Adamek

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 freelancer 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.


Piper Kessler

Piper Kessler

Piper Kessler writes, directs, produces, and edits sound for Velasquez Media and KV Works, as well as several independent, corporate, and government productions. Her credits include MILAGROS: MADE IN MEXICO, pieces for Feet in Two Worlds, and the award-winning short films SPIN, QUEEN OF HEARTS, THE HOODOO OF SWEET MAMA ROSA, and KEEPSAKE, and the web series FREQUENCY. She has won awards for her field sound work in various film productions. She lives in Durham, North Carolina.


Mike Rollin

Mike Rollin

Mike Rollin (musical score) is a musician living in Houston Texas.


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