Dateline NBC Goes In-Depth On Pattison Killing

By Scott Sarvay
By Jeff Neumeyer

February 25, 2011 Updated Feb 25, 2011 at 11:01 PM EST

WABASH, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - The Wabash County murder of Lisa Pattison goes “National”.

On Friday’s Dateline NBC program the crime and trial of the victim's husband were featured in a one-hour special.

The Dateline producers dubbed the segment, "The Beauty and the Beast Mystery".

It offered viewers the chance to hear firsthand from the killer, Scott Pattison.

The reporter was Dennis Murphy.

Murphy: “ When you're an on-call detective like Wabash County's Mike Davis, you know that days off like the 4th of July 2009 sometimes have a way of going up in smoke. But the assignment he was catching didn't sound like one of those."

Mike Davis/Detective: " The other detective that worked with me said, hey, come on in, I've got a case we need to work on, a lady that's passed away on a weight bench."

Scott Pattison told police he came home and found his wife unresponsive on the bench, beneath a barbell, but it didn't take authorities long to suspect something much more sinister.

The segment included interviews with lead investigators, the original videotaped statement Pattison provided to police and the “quizzing” of a cop familiar with the weight machine.

Dateline also secured the recording of the 911 call Pattison placed as he drove his wife towards the hospital.

Dispatcher: " Why don't you let me start an ambulance toward you, sir, if she needs CPR?

Pattison: " I tried CPR. I'm an ex-first responder. I've tried this."

Dennis Murphy: " He is turning down 911 help?

Mike Davis: " It had a red flag to me, yes, it did."

Murphy: " Some things make your nose twitch?"

Davis: " Yes. Exactly."

Pattison, who is serving a 60-year sentence, is appealing his conviction.




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