Apr 162006

On March 22, 1986, U.Va physiology student Patrick Collins disappeared into thin air, after using an ATM machine in downtown Charlottesville. Two weeks later, people began asking questions about where he was. Was he murdered, or did he simply walk away from his life? Hook columnist Barbara Nordin joins Rick Moore on this installment of WNRN’s Sunday Morning Wake-Up Call to discuss the case.

In the monologue, Rick laments the impersonal nature of the digital age.

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  1. […] On March 22, 1986, UVA physiology graduate student Patrick Collins withdrew $40 from a downtown Charlottesville ATM, and that was his last contact with the living world. Hook columnist Barbara Nordin joined WNRN radio talk show host Rick Moore this morning on the station’s “Sunday Morning Wake-Up Call” to discuss the perplexing case. As readers of Nordin’s award-winning coverage already know, the case went cold due to a variety of factors: his newness to UVA, his parents’ international travel plans, his elderly Belmont landlady’s sudden illness, and UVA’s alleged mishandling of its first and only homicide case.Hear about the alleged stalker, the 100 steps on his hands, and the gay ’80s scene at Mem Gym. Beware, when listening to the podcast about the mystery, Moore uses the first five minutes of the show to bemoan mobile phone and other technology.# […]

  2. […] Yesterday’s installment of WNRN’s Sunday Morning Wake-Up Call featured The Hook’s Fearless Consumer columnist, Barbara Nordin, discussing the 1986 disappearance of UVa student Patrick Collins. The entire show is available on-line thanks to Charlottesville Podcasting Network, as every week’s show is. The topic begins at 05:11 into the show. I have to admit that I was wholly unfamiliar with this case before listening, but it’s certainly an interesting story. […]

  3. […] the disappearance of Judy Jones in 1969, to the deaths of Julie Williams and Lollie Winans in 1996, to Pat Collins in 1986, Barbara asks the question: What happened to these women? Find out what the experts think, only on […]

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