47 years old cold case of Valentine’s Day murders reopened by Orange County Sheriff’s Office

June 13, 2018 | Brainwave Science

The Victim, Jesse McBanne, 19, and his girlfriend, Patricia Mann, 20



In 1971, a young educated couple was found dead, tied to a tree, in the woods near Durham. The Victim, Jesse McBanne, 19, and his girlfriend, Patricia Mann, 20, disappeared after Valentine’s day dance at Watts Hospital, Durham on the night of Feb. 12, 1971. Investigators believe someone abducted the young couple, forced them into the trunk of a vehicle, then strangled them over a period of time. The Victims were missing for nearly two weeks before a land surveyor found their bodies tied to the base of a tree.

Now, this cold case has been reopened by Orange County Sheriff’s Office in the hope that new DNA technology, would help close this case. “It’s just one of those cases that you can’t let go,” said Major Tim Horne. He’s been working the case for seven of its 47 years. Horne said, although there has never been an arrest in the case, there is a prime suspect, and that person is still alive. If the DNA from the rope matches that suspect, it would be enough for an arrest. “It wasn’t one continuous pulling tight of a rope around their neck to strangle them to death,” Horne said. “It appeared to be a situation where the rope was tightened, then they let it go, let them regain their breath, regain consciousness, possibly, and then they were strangled again.”

Victim’s families are still in the hope of justice after 47 years since the incident. While several investigations have been carried out over the years in past decades,  no valuable evidence nor any arrests made so far.


According to news reports, ‘After the couple’s death, rumors swirled that the killer was a prestigious man in the community, possibly a doctor at Watts Hospital, where Mann was a nursing student.’ “It’s just one of those cases that you can’t let go,” said Major Tim Horne. He’s been working the case for seven of its 47 years, but he is feeling more encouraged now than ever.  Multiple agencies worked the case in 1971, including the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the Durham Police Department and the State Bureau of Investigation. Police also enlisted the help of a famous criminal psychologist, who profiled the killer and said the person was likely a man who was out “to cleanse the world.” After spending so many resources and virtually thousands of man hours for over four (4) decades the question the path to justice has yet to be paved. How can Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Durham Police Department and the State Bureau of Investigation help bring justice and some closure to the families of two young victims of this heinous crime?  How can law enforcement agencies identify the perpetrator and obtain evidence that will essentially lead to an arrest of the suspect evading justice for almost half a century?


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In the cold case of Orange County, iCognative technology can elevate law enforcement’s investigations. The main advantage of this technology is that it can accurately distinguish who participated, planned or perpetrated criminal acts, directly or indirectly, by detecting concealed or hidden information in the suspect’ brain. To determine what the suspect knows, a test case needs to be built in order to conduct a test on the subjects. The investigative agent will input confidential information (stimuli)only known to the perpetrator, into the iCognative system which can be viewed by the suspect on a digital monitor.

In Orange Country cold case, for example, we can use information, such as agents such as the date, victims, and location of the attack – 14th February 1971, Jesse McBanee and Patricia Mann, woods near the Durham- Orange County line, if any of these are confidential  and known only to the perpetrator and investigator. This information can be used in the iCognative test in the form of words, phrases, and pictures depending on its available form. The selected case stimuli will be displayed to suspect on a computer screen. The system collects these brain responses for each stimulus and store. At the end of the test collected information is analyzed by the analysis engine that will determine with 99.9% accuracy if the information is present or absent in the brain of the suspect.

With the help of iCognative by Brainwave Science, investigative agents can successfully the perpetrator as well as co-conspirators of this crime. With such an ultimate, cost-effective and highly accurate investigative tool like iCognative, it is high time that criminals who commit such violent crimes be put on notice.