“Dateline” (NBC) will now air three nights a week. It runs Friday at 8/7 p.m., Saturday at 8/7 p.m., & Sunday at 7/6 p.m. Last night's episode on March 28, 2014 was called, “The Mystery on Bridle Path.” The special 2-hour episode garnered 8.00 million TV viewers overall. It reached 1.4 million TV viewers in the all important 18 to 49 adult demographic.
In that same time slot of 8 p.m. The “NCAA Basketball Tournament” (CBS) grabbed 9.85 million TV viewers overall & 3.1 with adults. “Last Man Standing” (ABC) nabbed 6.21 million TV viewers overall & 1.3 with adults.
“Dateline” is an investigative news program that covers crime stories in the United States. “The Mystery on Bridle Path” was narrated & reported on by Keith Morrison.
“Bridle Path” opened with a woman called Carol Kennedy who was said to be jogging along bridle path at Prescott, Arizona. It was July 2, 2008 at 7 p.m. It would be her last day alive. Carol was a college teacher who is described as magnetic & kind by her students. She was married to Steve DeMocker for 25 years & they had two daughters.
Steve had an affair & they separated which led to a divorce. Both of them seemed to be going in different directions with their lives. The divorce devastated Carol who was also glad to be moving into a new life. She rented out a guest cottage to a man named Jim Knapp. They became friends who both were going through divorces at the same time.
Carol called her mother Ruth around 8 p.m. on July 2. Carol screamed into her phone by saying “Oh no!” & the phone went dead. Her mom called Prescott emergency 911 & wanted the police to see if her daughter was okay. Ruth also kept calling Carol's phone which went unanswered.
Ruth became frantic who then called Steve also leaving a message on his cell phone. Steve went on a mountain bike ride & it got really late that night when he returned. Steve claims that his cell phone battery went dead & had a flat tire on his bike. He returned back to his condo & said he got a call from Ruth when his phone went dead.
His daughter Charlotte made a few calls & then went with her boyfriend to visit Carol's home. The police were already there & found Carol dead in her house. She was bludgeoned to death with 7 aggressive blows. There was blood everywhere including on foot prints which lead out of the house.
What was Steve doing on that bike ride? Did he go over to Carol's home? Was Carol's house guest Jim in the area when she was murdered? - You can watch the full episode “The Mystery on Bridle Path” at the official website of “Dateline.”