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kidnapping, three counts of rape. >> that does it for us. programming note, i'm going to be focusing on a town hall with the everyday heroes and the families that are still waiting. we want to use this as an opportunity to try to introduce you to some people who are still missing and their families are desperately holding out hope. we urge you to watch tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. eastern. erin burnette out front starts right now. >> new details about the ten years the women were held captive. we're going the tell you how ariel castro ranked and punished his victims. areel castro in his own words. let's go "out front."
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>> good evening, everyone. i'm erin brunett. we begin with breaking news, a law enforcement official source tells cnn that ariel castro has confessed to some of his actions. castro, of course, the man accused of kidnapping three women in cleveland, ohio and keeping them in captivity for a decade. meanwhile we're hearing tonight from ariel castro's family. they are begging for forgiveness. here's castro's mother talking to telemundo in a tearful plea for her son. [ speaking spanish ]
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>> this comes as the search continues at castro's home. cnn has obtain tonight exexclusive images of castro's backyard. fbi investigators, we can tell you, have been digging for evidence against the former bus driver, one of these pictures shows a small cross like you might see alongside the highway where someone was buried or someone had died in the backyard. not clear what that's related to but that's in one of the pictures we have obtain. 52-year-old ariel castro was arraigned in court this morning where he was placed on an $8 million bond and charged with four counts ever kidnapping and three counts of rape. his brothers were released and have not been implicated in the abductionses of amanda berry, gina dejesus and michele knight. brian todd is out in cleveland tonight. brian, what more can you tell bus this confession?
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>> reporter: well, erin what we're getting from a law enforcement source closely involved with the investigation, the source telling our pamela brown that ariel castro has, in fact, confessed to some of his actions. the confessions came in what they call detailed statements given to authorities during his interrogations. this source according to pamela brown is reluctant to describe precisely what castro has confessed to but, again, we have to stress he has confessed to some of his actions according to a law enforcement source closely involved with the investigation who has spoken to our pamela brown tonight, erin. again, we're getting pieced together details of some of this information. we were told yesterday ariel castro was cooperating with investigators. now we have a little bit more detail that he's confessed to some of his actions. >> brian, we'll talk to the attorney general in just a moment. he says he thinks this will go to trial. the cuyahoga county prosecutor just told reporters castro will face the death penalty. that means he murdered someone, right? >> you would think that, erin. there's a bit of a nuance. they will explore options for charges that could lead to the death penalty.
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he indicated later, just as soon as he said that he said that, you know, the death penalty could constitute something that would be given for some kind of aggravated murder involved with a kidnapping. that's how he's getting at it right now. what that really means it's not year. we do know from the incident report that one of the captive women, michele knight was pregnant five times and she was forced to abort the child. could that be what the prosecutor is talking about? could those unborn children, if there are any, lead to possible death penalty? i guess that's what we'll see in the weeks and months ahead as the prosecutor pursues these charges against ariel castro. >> brian todd thank you so much
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with the latest breaking news tonight from cleveland. as we continue to learn the gruesome details surrounding the alleged captivity of amanda berry, gina dejesus and michele knight there are more questions tonight about why authorities weren't able to discover this house of horse errors sooner. "outfront" tonight, mike dewine ohio's attorney general. thank you so much for taking the time. a law enforcement official involved in the case told cnn yesterday this is a slam dunk case in his words. has ariel castro confessed to the crimes? >> well, as a former county prosecuting attorney i don't refer to any case as a slam dunk. the evidence to me looks very strong. the prosecutor is developing the case with the fbi and the cleveland police department. but no case is ever a slam dunk. the case has to go through the trial and, you know, there's a lot more to happen and you'll be hearing a lot about it.
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>> i know that the state crime lab at this point is testing castro's dna and this is a crucial question. can you tell us at this point if you think he's linked to other crimes? >> well, we received about 3:30 today in our bci crime field in richfield the attorney general's crime field the dna profile sample from the defendant. we're working tonight right as we speak we will have results back tonight in the morning, by the morning we'll have a comparison with the 11 or so million dna profiles that are nationwide. many of those, course, are unknown and, you know, what the whole purpose of doing this is to determine whether or not this individual is involved in other crimes. >> yes, indeed. there have been reports there may have been another woman in captivity when michelle knight according to reports what she
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told investigators. at this point are you aware of whether there are other women in this house. there are obviously other missing women cases that people thought were related. are you at this point sure of any of that? >> no. but, again, this is what the fbi is looking at, the cleveland police department is looking at to determine, you know, what other victims, what are the victims are there? you know, your common sense would indicate and common sense doesn't always work but would indicate that there may have been other victims. >> ariel castro is suspected offing the father of amanda berry's 6-year-old child jocelyn. is that true? >> we don't know that. you know paternity tests can to be done and will to be done and that will be determined. >> could he be charged with kidnapping his own daughter if it ends up being his own daughter when we look at these kidnapping charges? >> the prosecutor will look at a lot of charges. they were serious charges filed
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against him by prosecutor mcginty, but i would look at these as kind of holding charges in the sense that i'm sure the prosecutor want serious charges to get a high bond set. but as you thoroughly examine the case, one would assume based from what we've heard so far that we could have multiple rapes and multiple other charges. so, you know, when the grand jury looks at this and has all the evidence i would expect a lot of charges to come out. >> there do appear to be some missed opportunities. your neighbors said they called police. police say they have no record of that. but they do have a record of two visits to castro's house, once in 2000, ariel castro called about a fight in the street and then in 2004 on an incident when he was accused of leaving a child on the school bus they went to his house, nobody answered the door and the case was resolved without criminal charges. are you confident the cleveland police did their job? >> i think it's a mistake from what i know so far to criticize the police department. there's only one villain in this case and that's the defendant. now he's the monster that did this.
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it's easy to look back and say the police should have done this or should have done that. we need to keep in mind that this was not a case that was, you know, put aside. this was very high-profile in the community. the police were very, very well aware of that. and every indication that i have would indicate that they, you know, followed any lead that they had. but they did not, you know, they can't go into a house unless they have probable cause. they can't go in unless there's an emergency situation or a search warrant. i think it's a mistake from what we know so far to be critical of the police department. >> there will be more charges to come in the case against ariel castro. still to come disturbing details about the ten years that the women spent in captivity. ariel castro played favorites with his victims. the mother of gina dejesus said two kept in one bedroom another in another bedroom.
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his victims were punished and others were made favorites. why. the women's escape has inspired people around the country. we'll talk to parents of missing children who have renewed faith this week that their loved ones are alive. a look inside the head of ariel castro. what we're learning about his state of mind from a note written by him and recovered from the house where the women were held. as part of a heart healthy diet. that's true. ...but you still have to go to the gym. ♪ the one and only, cheerios diarrhea, gas, bloating? yes! one phillips' colon health probiotic cap each day helps defend against these digestive issues with three strains of good bacteria. live the regular life. phillips'. the wright brothers became the first in flight. [ goodall ] i think the most amazing thing is how like us these chimpanzees are. [ laughing ] [ woman ] can you hear me?
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fixodent, and forget it. we're learning a lot more tonight about the conditions in the house where the three women were held captive so horrifically for a decade. here's the assistant prosecuting attorney at ariel castro's arraignment today.
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>> while in captivity there were repeated beatings, they were bound and restrained and sexually assaulted, basically never free to leave this residence. >> the initial incident report revealed even more gruesome details. one of the women, michele knight has told police immediately after she was freed she said she became pregnant at least five times and when castro learned she was pregnant and i want to quote from the incident report, make her abort the baby. the report goes on to say knight stated castro starved her for two weeks then repeatedly punched her in the stomach until she miscarried. how did these women survive? a clinical psychologist and our criminologist are here. michele knight also said she delivered amanda's baby. castro threatened to kill her if that baby didn't survive. obviously completely different than what happened to her. what does this tell you about
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the roles the women played in this sick situation? >> there were certainly roles that they played. there was a hierarchy. i think he looked at one female perhaps for sex, another one to be the genetic pool for his off spring, another to be his assistant and kind of mother the other women when he wasn't around and i'm sure casey certainly knows who fits in which role. >> do you think there were roles he had assigned to them? >> it's entirely possible. you have to remember we haven't seen anything quite like this ever. so there's really nothing in the criminalology books we have to compare to it. amanda has emerged as the leader, the rebel. the other two we know that michelle's family said she had a psychological issue that made her unaware of her surroundings. she had lost custody of a child. so she may be mentally challenged in some way. gina dejesus was a special needs
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student. she was 14 but in the seventh grade. maybe those two girls were put together because they were alike and bonded like sisters. perhaps they separated those two girls from amanda because she was the pistol and maybe that's why she was allowed to keep her child because she insisted on it. >> there were different possibilities but reasons to explain different roles. >> see amanda as being the one to have his baby. he wouldn't let michelle do it because michelle didn't fit that role. perhaps she had that cognitive issue and gina dejesus who many say was the prettiest one he was the sex toy. he didn't want anything more to do with her than just the sex. >> the mother of gina dejesus spoke to abc and in that interview she said dejesus, gina and michelle were kept in one room and amanda berry in another. casey, on this point, law enforcement officials say the women relied on each other for survival. sflul. >> they interacted with each
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other but were in separate rooms. will they need each other to help heal or is this one of those situations when it's over and done you don't want to see those people again >> again we don't have any precedence. i have a feeling it's going the former than the latter. they need to go and rebuild their lives. they may need to stay in touch. they will associate each other with the worst ten years, 11 years of their lives and they will always be friendly and cordial but i think it will be a constant reminder if they stay in touch. >> amanda berry took the chance. we don't know why. but she escape. the other women did not. according to the fbi, 73% of people who are captives in hostage situations don't show any evidence of stockholm syndrome.
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are these women part of a quarter who show a stockholm syndrome? >> one was taken at 14, one at 16, one at 19. the one at 19 may have had some pervasive developmental emotional cognitive issues. he had them very, very young and able time pose his will on them, had control over their lives. i believe there may be some element of stockholm syndrome but what negates that is the hate they have for him right now. usually stockholm syndrome would stay for a while. >> now they see what life is like on the other side. thanks very much to both of you. we appreciate your time. still to come a look inside the mine of ariel castro. it's impossible to comprehend but there was a note found in the house where he blamed his victims of his sexual devia ancy and then leave all his money and possessions if he died. the family of another missing woman has been inspired with hope by the ohio story. we'll hear from them and their new found dream that their daughter will come home. >> this was like inflating the
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balloon so it would carry me along for a while. the homecoming of three abducted women has been joyful news not just for those families in cleveland but for others in limbo and have been for a long time waiting for word of their own missing loved ones. the national center for missing and exploited children estimate there's 400,000 open cases of missing children in this country. we report how the cleveland rescue has renewed hope for one family so desperate for answers. >> hope is a very difficult thing. it's a very difficult thing to hold on to. >> sharon murch has been holding on for 25 years hoping her abducted daughter would somehow come home. she was just 9 years old in 1988 and went to this corner store in california with her best friend. >> she and her friend picked up the scooters from the driveway before they left. she said i love you mom. i said i love few. those were our last words to each other. >> officials say there's no sign of her or her abductor. a nation mobilized posting flyers, canvassing communities looking for this man. witnesses saw him grab her screaming as he shoved her into a car. her mother pleading for him to return her first born child. >> if she hasn't seen the effort to get her back she will see and she will know how much we love
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her and care about her. >> 15,000 tips later and a police room dedicated to her case still nothing. her sisters and brother now adults, the yellow ribbons marking the place where she was taken, her mother replacing the tattered and faded ones with each passing year. >> it's like a big hole in the center of my life. and it's impossible to get away from it. >> when you heard the news out of cleveland, what was your first reaction? >> this was like inflating the balloon so it would carry me along for a while. i put all the news on my blog because i hope that my daughter would see it. i would would hope she would see it's possible to get free.
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>> the cleveland story also makes others believe. michaela's mother trying to keep interest in her daughter's case alive. there are hundreds of michaela's. law enforcement estimates 2,000 children go missing every single day in the u.s. a small fraction are stranger danger abductions. most are killed in just hours. many remain unsolved. >> sometimes i don't have anything hopeful to say and yet i still keep reaching out to my daughter because if she is out there she needs me to do that. >> her mother reaches in the
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only way she can in cyber space on a blog called dearmichaela. >> what i can't put in a photograph and paste on this blog is my heart michaela. my heart is always waiting for you. have faith my sweet girl in yourself and the life that surrounds you. have faith, have courage, come home. >> if you have any information about the disappearance of michaela please contact the hayward, california police at 1-800-222-3999. still to come a note written by ariel castro while he held the three captive hose -- hostage. first tonight's shot out an elephant rescue it happened in northeast india this female cat fell into a muddy ditch. her mother and another elephant were pacing trying to help her but couldn't. a group of locals arrived, got ropes, pulled the baby out of the ditch with all these people pulling and helping and fed her a lot of bananas and got her safe and sound to a vet.
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. we start the second half of our show with stories where we focus on our reporting from the front lines. i want to begin in boston with an out front update on the 35-year-old carpenter who was injured in the second explosion at the boston marathon. i spoke to him a week ago and today he spoke before walking out the door which he called a blessing.
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>> i have so many avenues of love that the little bit of darkness that comes in i have so many people willing to take some of that off me and cry with me. so any time i feel like i'm going to have a breakdown, come on, you cry with me wouldn't you? >> been nearly a month since the bombings and he talks about what he's looking forward to now. >> get to go with my niece and my grand niece here. i just can't wait to just spend the afternoon with her. really. that's what it's all about there. i almost lost them. that's what it's all about. >> on facebook this morning jared said he won't waste one minute of his life being afraid. he said on may 19th he'll be at the forum restaurant where the explosion took place to finish the race. authorities in australia are searching for a couple who are
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believed to have gone overboard the carnival cruise ship "spirit." it wasn't until the ship docked in sidney the 30-year-old man and 26-year-old woman were reported missing. police have viewed on board video believe they fell off ship the night before. this is horrible. the problem is there's a law that requires cruise ships to put technology to detect when passengers went overboard. maritime expert and lawyer says cruise ships aren't implementing the systems because the coast guard isn't enforcing the law. >> 644 days since the u.s. lost hits top credit rating. foreclosure numbers indicating the pig is moving through the python. new findings show foreclosures at a six year low down 23% from last year. returning to our top story on this thursday night, tonight we're learning more about the depraefed mindset of ariel castro. he stood silent during his arraignment notes in his home are riddled with self-loathing statements and claims he was
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abused by another family member. what have you learned about that note or notes. >> reporter: yeah, it is. good evening to you. a lot of people have first described it as a suicide note. authority are backing out that depiction. they say he didn't mention suicide but it's not a suicide note and wouldn't be because he's still alive. on top of that there are other facets. you talk about one of them. authorities say in it he apparently alludes to the fact he suffered abuse and implied that abuse came from a family member.
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the way he puts it according to authorities is that it makes it sound like he's trying to blame that incident or series of incidents for what he was doing and of course no one is buying that at this particular point. they found it ludicrous. that's the note that was found. some way it's one page, some say it's multiple pages. authorities are pouring over it. it dates back 2004. found by the fbi. and just one of many things they found inside the house. >> know they found a lot of things. horrific when you think about that and blaming the victims. let me bring in investigative reporter scott taylor from woio. scott, you've seen the handwritten note, i believe. did you actually see it? did someone read it to you? >> well i'm not going to talk about exactly what we saw or didn't see with the note because as you know, martin knows, we have sources here. we need to protect those sources. so what i can talk about, though, erin are the details, the comments that our sources say mr. castro made in that letter. would you like to talk about those?
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>> i would like to know those yes. i want to make it clear for our viewers scott before you go through this, some of this we have inially verified here. i know you have your own source. i would be remiss if i didn't say that. yes. please tell us what you know. >> reporter: it's not just my sources that confirmed this letter. we have also other sources from other reporters in our newsroom who confirmed that letter is there and i want to talk a little bit about the quotes that we have. he has a problem with his head that's what allegedly the claim is that ariel castro is making in this note. he's sick. also he treated the three women well and then on top of that martin mentioned some people thinking this is a suicide note. he talks about killing himself and then taking, leaving all the money that he saved up to what he calls my victims. >> and that, scott, is truly by star he would leave money to them. we'll talk more about that in a moment. martin, what else have they found in the home? you mentioned a lot of other
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things. there were reports earlier that there were, there were chains, there were signs of captivity. what else do you understand has been found? >> reporter: well, you're right. or you are correct, i should say that what they found inside the house and this came from the chief of police. they found ropes and chains. you can try to figure out how they might have been used and there are all sorts of horrible ways but they wouldn't go into the specifics of that. and things taken, mattresses from the home that would make common sense and reports they even took the front door. i think everyone knows in this particular case it was the door really that became key here because it was how the first was managing to escape and get out. the rest of it, though, the fbi has been very careful about keeping close to his vest and today the city came out and scott knows this too that they have clamped down. suddenly they have said the safety director and mayor came
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out and chastised city employees, no more leaking. >> reporter: you would think that's common practice. he had to specifically come out and mention that. i do know according to my sources that the women were first kept down in the basement for years. i've been told that they were gagged and chained for several years. then when amanda had her baby that's when they were brought up, martin, and put in separate rooms. >> the stuff we've heard you get it from various ways. being taken care of is an interesting phrase. i've heard that too from other law enforcement. it raises some intriguing thoughts. what do you mean by being taken care of? you're being held hostage. authorities said they were
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getting makeup orko have their nails done. of course in the house not done somewhere else and presumably amongst each other. it's an odd and horrific lifestyle to consider that you would live that way for a decade. >> it is. >> reporter: they were also told -- erin, i've been told that they were actually watching television, watched newscasts, watched the reporters here in cleveland talk about them missing, amanda and gina and one thing that bothered michelle i've been told was that they did not, the media didn't talk about her a lot. >> thanks very much to both of you. with scott and martin and reporting from both of them there on what we know what was in that house. dr. drew, host of hln dr. drew on call. dr. drew, thanks very much. i want to go through some of this. this note as martin was reporting could have been a page, could have bean couple of pages but kind of crib writing, lots of notes. scott walker talking about some of the thing that it said. one of them i'm a sexual predator. i need help. i don't know why i looked for another. i already already had two in my possession. it's very self-loathing. what do you make of it? >> yes. i never treated a patient that didn't fit the profile, sexual perpetrators i treated have a
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history of sexual abuse in childhood. this guy's case whatever abuse he went through was spectacular or horrible. that doesn't explain or in any way take this guy off the hook. this is what we say to people who have these sort of impulse. get help before you hurt somebody or help somebody else. it can be treated. once they get to this point heaven help you. >> and dr. drew, martin savidge was recording that in this note, because that's what we're calling it now, maybe it was a diary, he blamed the victims for their capture and then scott taylor was reporting he said, if he killed himself he would leave his money and possession to these women he tortured and kept in captivity. what does that mean when you put those two things together, blaming them and then possibly saying you'll give money to them? >> look he's a monster.
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it's interesting. he's a full blown monster. oftentimes my patients that have compulsions like this will describe themselves as a rampaging monster. they are aware of it in one moment and then in another won't see it and be fully consistent with the monster behavior and not understand the implications of their actions. in this case they want to take care of these creatures and got them chained up in the basement. he's a monster let's make no mistake about that. >> if you look at the picture on his facebook page. that come fired his mugshot to give viewers a sense that people can just -- people you don't see into a person's mind and soul when you see a picture. and then on facebook he wrote, miracles do happen. god is good. this morning i woke up to the sound of a chirping cardinal. yes, come on spring. i mean -- >> nobody is pure evil. one of the great shall we say, i don't want to say victories but one of the things i was grateful fortin jodi arias case not everyone's mind works like yours
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does or mine. people's brains work differently. when they have been seriously injured in childhood or born with certain genetic precursors they need help or they will be a danger to themselves and others. >> would you diagnose him with something? sociopath? >> trauma survivor for sure and severe sexual deviancy. i will use a lay term this guy is a monster. >> dr. drew, thank you very much. still to come new developments in the benghazi investigation. some republicans have said that president obama should be impeached. where is the smoking gun. plus a british guy named harry has cast a spell over washington, and there's a big problem with that everyone. that's the out take. a check with anderson on ♪
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and now, more fallouts to come. republicans say the investigation isn't over. despite yesterday's congressional testimony from what they call whistle blowers.
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former arkansas governor and one-time gop presidential candidate mike huckabee made a suggestion on his radio show this week. >> i believe before it's all over, this president will not fill out his full term. i know that's on the limb, but this was not minor. worked within those in his administration to cover up what really happened in water gate. >> duoother republicans agree with that view? i spoke with senator rand paul. he told me, and i'm going to quote rand paul. we need more information to make any kind of determination. >> i've always been concerned with the mistakes leading up to this, about skurecurity or lack security. it was denied by secretary clinton. i always thought that was the
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most agregregious part of this. they were trying to make it out to be a movie. i don't know if this was for political reasons. i've always actually suspected, although i have no evidence, that maybe we were facilitating arms leaving libya going through turkey and syria. in the week proceeding this, the new york times has report ed turkish ship taking libyan arms and giving it home to syrians and interviewed the commander of the boat, the captain of the boat, talked about the supplies. i don't know. were they trying to obscure there was an arms operation going on at the cia annex? i'm not sure exactly what was going on but the questions ought to be asked and answered and i'm
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a little curious when employees of the state department are told by government officials they shouldn't testify and then they are sort of sequestered and kept away from testimony. so i think there may be more of this. >> senator, i know you're saying look you don't have proof whether the united states was involved in some sort of arms dealing in this situation between libya and syria, and that's speculation as you freely admitted yourself but isn't that part of the problem is there's so much speculation. will we ever know? >> i think one thing we do know and know with absolute certainty the bass do, colonel wood, multiple people within the embassy in libya were asking for help, they were asking for security in the six months preceding the attack and we do know secretary clinton did not read the cables or provide the security and that's without question a dereliction of duty. >> i'm curious if there is someone to blame who that is. you mentioned hillary clinton and here's what you said last week about her specifically. i think that her dereliction of duty
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her dereliction of duty and her lack of leadership should preclude her from ever holding office again. >> that was you. she's been widely talked about. if she wants the nomination, things could change a lot. right now, it's no secret that you could be running. are you doing a preemptive attack against her? i'm asking only because if you look at what was happening in libya, it was some sort of a cia outpost, wouldn't it be david petraeus that you'd be going after? >> she was asked specifically for more security. she told us and our committee she never read the cables. i thought that unexcusable. libya is one of the five most dangerous places in the planet, probably. if you're ambassadors asking for more security and you don't read the cables and then you respond and say we don't have any security to give you, that is a really -- it is a dereliction of duty. and the person who made that decision should never be in place or in a position to make
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that decision again. i standby that. >> and so, in your view, you don't believe that any of this is political. i mean, if it's not political, what is the goal of what needs to come out of this? the goal would be, to your point, if there were mistakes leading in, that they are never made again. >> exactly. >> as opposed to finding out that you're to blame and i'm going to get you. >> when president bill clinton was in office and we had a tragedy at mogadishu, they asked for more armed personnel. he denied it and he resigned because of it. he ultimately resigned and said he had made a mistake. hillary clinton's decision is to me, very analogous to what happened when he denied security for those in mogadishu. >> so, every night we take a look outside the day's top stories for something we call the "out front" out take.
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in the interview you just saw, it almost didn't happen. was he ducking our request? no. there was one reason. and one reason only. prince harry. the 28-year-old prince touched down to the to kick off a tour to cheer on wounded veterans in d.c., colorado, new york and new jersey. his first stop was capitol hill which brought all sorts of logistical nightmares with it. the building had to undergo a security sween. more than a few female staffers just disappeared from their desk all together. it was very difficult to get a free camera and actually even get to the camera. the president of the united states, people, doesn't come close to this sort of mayhem. i realize it's strange to complain about this. and this is serious, harry's name does raise a lot of money for charity. and, you know, it's not like you get to skroin a public tour group.
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but a couple hundred years ago, we worked really hard to get the monarchy out of our way. it's strange to move help and earth whenever they come back. by the way, the king and queen of sweden were also in washington today. but if it's not a prince harry or a prince albert, nobody seems to care. we'll introduce you to max next. [ female announcer ] from more efficient payments. ♪ to more efficient pick-ups. ♪ wireless is limitless. we're not in london, are we? no. why? apparently my debit card is. what? i know. don't worry, we have cancelled your old card. great. thank you. in addition to us monitoring your accounts for unusual activity, you could also set up free account alerts. okay. [ female announcer ] at wells fargo we're working around the clock to help protect your money and financial information. here's your temporary card.
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a couple weeks ago, i was on a flight home from boston when i spotted this. i mean, it wasn't a little dog on her seat. it was a big, beautiful lab riding so quietly, peacefully, sweet little max is his name. turns out max is pretty special. he's being trained to be a guide dog for the blind. and ours was a meeting by chance that inspired tonight's idea. >> sandy wilson was 12 years old when she had an idea to change not only her life, but the life of this little guy, too. meet max. max is not your typical dog. sure, he's a playful and curious golden retriever, one that loves belly rubs and games of fetch. but max is special.
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he has a very big job to do. one day, he will become a guide dog for the blind and visually impaired. shannon has devoted her life to helping him achieve that goal. >> he's so beautiful. >> reporter: from the time max was 12 weeks old, shan hon and her husband, judah have raised him. it's no easy task. service dogs need to be acclimated to many situations before they can be considered a certified guide dog. >> our job is socialization. so we get a cup get a puppy at eight weeks and we need to do everything we can to get that puppy ready to be a working guide dog. >> shannon has always worked with animals. it led her to an unexpected career in law. >> getting guide dogs access to school, and you know, public places was actually what drove me to become a lawyer. >> despite shanin's commitment to max's success, there aren't any guarantees that he will
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graduate to become a guide dog. only 60% of puppies successfully make it through. max was taking his next big step towards becoming a guide dog the day that i met him. they were taking max to his new home at the guide dog foundation for the blind in smithtown, new york. an exciting day for max, but an emotional one for shanin and judah. >> any sadness that we feel is far out weighed by the independence that you're giving somebody else. >> today, max took his first major task with barbara kaiser. barbara tells us max passed with flying colors. "piers morgan" is next.
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this is "piers morgan live." welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. tonight, breaking news. he might be the most hated man in america right now. ariel castro, his daughter has just stopped talking to cnn's lori siegel about her father's horrifying secret life. >> everything is making sense now. it's all adding up. i'm disgusted. i'm horrified. >> much more of that extraordinary interview in a moment. also, ariel castro confesses. a law enforcement source says the man accused of abducting and abusing three young women, holding them prisoner in unspeakable conditions for nearly a decade has admitted at least some of his actions. no word yet on exactly what he's told authorities during his