We all lived through the Mickey Shunick case as it unfolded before our eyes.  However, while it got some national attention, not everyone heard about what happened in the tragic story that we know all too well.

All of that is about to change tonight.  Dateline NBC is devoting an entire hour to the case, taking you from the beginning to the end, making sure that the efforts of the city are noted and shown to the nation.

Josh Mankiewicz with NBC News called in to the Afternoon Drive Home today and talked about his time in Lafayette and his observations of what happened when he spoke with people.  Mankiewicz commented specifically on how people wanted to talk when they found out about who he was and what he was doing,

When I would go to Starbucks, people would talk to me about what they thought had happened.  The people at the next table at Blue Dog were talking to me, wanting to make sure that I followed up on this element and wanted to make sure that I got this in.

He also talked about how the city united to look for Mickey,

The extent that people came together I thought was quite remarkable.  If you think that happens everywhere, it doesn't happen everywhere...It is one of the thing that sets it apart.

Mankiewicz also had high praise for the Lafayette Police Department for the work they did in closing the case quickly.

Listen to the entire conversation with NBC News' Josh Mankiewicz below:

Also, check out the previews of tonight's show and be sure to tune in tonight at 9pm.

 

Preview: 'Missing Mickey'

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Josh Mankiewicz previews 'Missing Mickey'

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