On ‘Dateline’ a small town murder shakes a community’s faith

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(NBC News) — Tonight on “Dateline,” in the small town of Morris, Alabama, faith is a way of life. But when resident Michael Reese is murdered in his home, rumors involving a local pastor begin to swirl as the truth ends up turning the community upside down.

Here’s a preview of Andrea Canning’s report:

Out here in rural, “sweet home” Alabama, where churches outnumber streetlights, faith is a way of life.

DELAINE MULLINS: I grew up in the church. Everyone, that I knew, went to church.

Sunday sermons. Wednesday services. Church picnics.

DELAINE MULLINS: Faith is a huge part and, and always has been, a huge part of southern life.

It’s how the people of morris, a small town outside of Birmingham, come together to celebrate life and the word.

DELAINE MULLINS: The values are integrated into every bit of southern society.

So, when salacious rumors involving a church started swirling, the god-fearing folks who live here hoped the whispers weren’t true. But they had to wonder.

JERRY VINCENT: Even the Devil went to church.

And on a cold February night in 2015, the truth began to emerge.

911 call P 2: Police Department…

C: Hey, um, I just got home and walked in the front door and I don’t know if the house has been broke into or what. The, the tables been knocked over and, I can’t, I can’t find my husband.

P 2: Ok, let’s back up just a little bit, just a, OK who are you?

C: Cindy, uh, Henderson Reese.

P 2: Cindy Reese?

C: Uh-huh

You can watch tonight’s “Dateline”, on NBC4  at 10 p.m.

About “Dateline”

“Dateline NBC” is the longest-running series in NBC primetime history and is in its 28th season. Dateline is anchored by Lester Holt and features correspondents Andrea Canning, Josh Mankiewicz, Keith Morrison and Dennis Murphy.

Dateline is the #1 Friday newsmagazine and reaches more than 17 million people every week through its broadcast, and millions more through its social media platforms and podcasts.

The stories range from compelling mysteries to powerful documentaries and in-depth investigations. When major news breaks, they go to the scene, putting the pieces together to bring the viewer the full picture. And in every story they tell, they help the real people who lived the events share their journeys with the viewer.

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