Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Forever Valentine: Patricia Mann & Jesse McBane

 Jesse was an All-American young man who was voted Most Likely to Succeed. Patricia was an All-American young woman on track to become a nurse. When the two met, sparks flew. Even though they were usually separated by distance, they knew they would be together forever.

On February 12, 1971, Jesse unexpectedly showed up at Watt's Nursing School in Durham, North Carolina, where Patricia attended, to take her to the Valentine's Dance. The two had a fantastic night at the dance, then left at 11:30 to go to Lover's Lane.

When the two failed to return home, friends and family knew something was wrong and began searching for the two lovebirds.

Then on February 25, a land surveyor found what he thought was a mannequin leg covered with leaves deep in the woods, only four miles from Jesse and Patricia's last known whereabouts. Upon closer look, he saw the bodies of Jesse McBane and Patricia Mann. They had been tied to an oak tree and covered by leaves and debris. Their hands were tied behind their backs, and a rope was around their necks.

This case has remained unsolved for fifty-two years and needs closure. Join Cam and Jen as they go over the case along with the three main suspects. Maybe you will be the one that can help the police solve the case.

If you have any information, no matter how small, about the abduction, torture, and murder of Jesse McBane and Patricia Mann, please contact the Orange County Sheriff's department at 919-644-3050 or visit the Orange County Sheriff's Office's website at

Make sure to check out the long-form podcast The Long Dance with investigating reporter Drew Adamek and writer/filmmaker Eryk Pruitt. It is well done and chock full of information and interviews with many people involved. Jen loved it!

Thank you to our team that helped make this episode possible:
Edward October for the Listener Discretion. Check out his YouTube Channel
Nico at We Talk of Dreams for editing and theme music.
Lauretta Allen for research and writing.

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