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eers and applause ] is "nightline." >> tonight, cruise ship chaos. the luxury liner battered on the high seas as it barreled powerful storm. >> oh my god. >> the ship braving 30-foot waves, hurricane-force on board, some reporting injuries. >> we thought we were going to die. >> questions over the captain's controversial decision to set sail. plus the home-grown terrorist who evaded the fbi for 18 years until someone in his inner circle
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good evening. thanks for joining us. a dream vacation quickly turns into a nightmare for thousands of passengers on one of the cruise ships. the luxury line over its way to the bahamas gets caught in a powerful storm. monster waves and battering the ship causing injuries and frayed nerves. just hours ago it docked safely back at home. now questions over why they setirst place. here's abc's linsey davis. >> reporter: after four harrowing days at sea, the "anthem of the seas"t back to shore. >> whoo-hoo! >> reporter: families waiting, cheering, welcoming their loved ones home. the 4,500 now passengers -- >> glasses breaking everywhere. >> reporter: -- ready to be on dry land. >> worst experience. only the movies. >> reporter: the luxury cruise
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waves and hurricane-force winds gusting up to 120 miles per hour. ceilings came apart. vases destroyed. in a pile. panicked passengers crowded the stairs trying to get back to their rooms. once inside filming their cabins. it was all captured in these dramatic videos recorded by passengers. >> oh my god. eyebred watched as waved crashed against his window. >> we thought we were going to die. we all thought this was going to be it. disaster movie. one of those, i don't know, towering infernos. this was even crazier. i was living in this hollywood it's probably the biggest scare that i've had so far in my life. >> reporter: we talked to shara strand via skype.d she called her mother in case she didn't survive. >> just wanted to call and say i loved her. >> reporter: the harrowing
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media. some passengers reporting the ship listing at 45 degrees. in our rooms. we can't leave. >> reporter: but now a lot of that fear is turning to anger. peter alupa says he's furious they even set sail with the coast. >> he was actually playing chicken with our lives, in retrospect. we didn't have any idea thestorm. >> reporter: he says the boat wag listing so much his third-deck cabin was under water. >> our portal was like a washing deck. >> reporter: but the "anthem of the seas" captain said he didn't realize the magnitude of the defending his atlantic. >> the whole thing was no bigger than this. it was up here. and it just exploded. >> reporter: in a video broadcast internally to allpassengers' staterooms monday, captain clause andersen, who ordered everyone on board to
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never experienced anything like estly have not seen a low pressure that was not ear what we actually experienced. >> reporter: tonight the company apologized to its passengers. royal caribbean releasing, our ship and our crew performed very well to keep everyone safe during severe weather. despite that fact the event, exceptional as it was,ur planning system we are addressing. what happened this week showed that we need to do better. the terrifying ordeal aboard "the anthem of the seas" months after the ship's maiden voyage. launched with much fanfare, the s a state state-of-the-art ship, the third largest in the world. with all the attractions like bumper cars and indoor skydiving. the floating resort set sail last saturday from new for the bahamas. it got caught in the storm off the coast of south carolina next day.
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saw it coming days in advance. even theservice put out a hurricane force wind warning 24 hours in advance. >> reporter: the storm suddenly gained strength. >> a lot of our maritimeoughout history have taken place during the winter. we get these massive, really intense cyclones that develop over the ocean in the winter to be trifled with. >> reporter: the ship was forced to turn around and made its way slowly back to new york. nthem of the seas" didn't sustain any major damage in the storm. according to the cruise line, at least four people suffered minor injuries and the ntsb saysering an investigation. weather can be deadly on the high seas. the "el faro" saidhurricane joaquin. the storm battered the ship till it sank, killing all 33 people on board. this is the ntsb video of its final resting place threehe surface.
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they fully supported the search and the investigation. it's not the only massive ship to be undone by hit this cruise ship near spain in 2010, smashing through windows. a direct hit on unsuspecting diners. wave killed two and injured 14 others. the company said the incident was unforeseen because the weather was not really that bad. happened on this ship during a bad storm off new zealand in 2008. everything that wasn't nailed down slid around out of control. 42 people were hurt, manybones. the company said it was a rare occurrence that was fully investigated. then there was this cruise liner "oceanos" sinkingst of south africa in 1991 after rough weather and flooding left the ship adrift. all the passengers were evacuated by south african rescue helicopters before the ship went down.
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seas" passengers will get a full refund and 50% off of a future booking. it may not be enoughoesn't give you a lot of comfort when you're idling in the ocean for 12 or 15 hours with the wind and the waves. >> reporter: charlotte lipman's father asher treatedse for her 10th birthday. not the caribbean vacation they had in mind but one she'll be telling her friends about for a long time. >> the waves were almost crashing onto our terrace ande eighth floor. way. even if you weren't moving you automatically -- like your body like fell. >> reporter: "anthem of the seas" has a sold-out cruise departing for bahamas on saturday. royal caribbean tells us they're planning to set sail this weekend as scheduled. for "nightline" i'm in the new jersey. next, he terrorized the country for 18 years, evading capture by fbi and local
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(elephant noise) enough talk. give us a plan. he was a feared and mysterious killer known simply as the bombing campaign killed three and injured more than 20 people. his calling card a manifesto railing against technology in the modern world. it w to his capture. tonight for the first time on television, we hear from the
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she sat down with me for scovery id presents homicide. >> the computer went off this money at yale's computer science >> reporter: the most wanted in america, the unabomber, a ghost targeting universities and airliners. thus the name. the here's been almost as much money spent on the unabomber investigation as all serial murderers put together. >> reporter: but in the end his capture would also come down to this woman. speaking out tonight in her first television interview. >> the longest fbi investigation our country. but how was it that you, a college professor, was the first to suspect ted kaczynski could be the unabomber?eason is the fbi began to release information. >> reporter: more on her in a moment. nearly 30 yes, there is ago there wasn't much information
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1987 when computer store owner gary wright became the victim of the unabomber's 12th bomb. >> as i drove into the rear parking lot i piece of wood. i went over to pick it up. i bent down. and i put my hand on the very end of it.ely something happened. there was a big blast of pressure. and i was knocked about 20 feet backwards into the parking what happened? >> when it went off there was about 200 pieces of shrapnel that went through my body at various points. arrived -- right here. and she saw somebody kneeling down, pulled something out of a bag, and set it on the ground. and they were lookingbout four feet apart from one another. >> reporter: now investigators
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police sketches of the elusive miscellaneous oustached man. >> a white male with high school education, might appear to be a nice guy with no apparent predisposition to violence three bombs later it's the unabomber himself who gives the fbi more to work with by contacting the media and demands two newspapers print a longen or the killings will continue. >> as we know, in inn so many cases of serial killers, pridet goeth before the fall. >> reporter: the new york types and "washington post" published the manifesto. >> it is blackmail pure and simple to which the "times" were they justified in doing so? >> reporter: history might say yes. college professor linda patrick reads the information the fbi releases and thinks she recognizes ideas from letters her husband david kaczynski and his family received from his brother ted.
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have these suspicionsng to share with this man, who you love -- >> yes. but it was really important with dave about it. >> when she said, i think maybe your brother's the unabomber. i thought, well -- this is not anything to worry about, ted's never been violent, iim violent. >> reporter: linda's suspicions kept growing. >> they had posted the first few pages of the manifesto on the mputer. in the lobby of the library. so dave went with me. and then as dave read the first page, i was sitting at his his jaw dropped. >> i thought i was going to read the first page of this, turn to linda and say, "i told you so." on an emotional level ity brother's voice. >> reporter: david's older brother ted had once had a promising future.
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earned a ph.d. in math of michigan. but it's when ted kaczynski as math proper soar at uc berkeley he gives up on pain stream build himself a cabin in montana and retreats from the world. >> he began to write very hostile, angry, resentful letters to our a hard time understanding where the resentment came from. >> reporter: david and the family had long suspected ted suffered from some kind of mental illness. david says, they had been in denial. >> how long do you think he was challenged with mental illness? >> it's pretty clear that by the time he was a the university of michigan, he was suffering from some pretty serious delusions. >> reporter: the family makes the wrenching decision to contact the fbi.bout the families that were bombed. there was one in which the package arrived to the man's
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she was almost in the room when he opened the package. luckily she left and his wife left. and then he died. and there so i spent those days thinking about those people. >> reporter: on april 3rd, 1996, a nine-man s.w.a.t. teamed kaczynski at his cabin in lincoln, montana. they find containers with bomb materials, notebooks containing almost 40,000 pages of writings.n which he typed his manifesto. >> the fbi has arrested a man in lincoln, montana -- >> are you the unabomber? >> the three of us were together, linda and myself and my mother, watching the arrest of my brother on tv. i've never seen a street person that looked worse off than ted looked at that ere tattered. apparently he had not bathed in weeks or months.
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on his kaczynski goes on trial in sacramento, california. january 1998. it's clear the key issue in the trial would not be ted but his sanity and whether he would be spared the death penalty. >> my major argument against the death penalty for my brother is the fact that he's diagnosed with a serious mental ranoid schedules izophrenia. >> i would like to say our reaction to today's plea one of deep relief. most important, my mother and i wish to reiterate to the surviving victims our deep sorrow and regret. to to reach out to you in whatever way possible -- >> reporter: one of those david reaches out to is victim number 12, gary wright. >> i picked dialed the number. and i hear a voice on the other
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wright house at the wrong time.r that. i was like -- i mumbled, i'm david kaczynski, i think maybe you know who i am. i'd love to talk if you're open to it, i'll try callingouple of days. >> first he just said, i want to call and apologize on behalf of my family. that was the first thing. i said, well, david, i have to ing. that everybody has people in their family they probably want to apologize for and it may not be at the same level. i know people want to apologize for me and you really don'tthis. that's not your responsibility. >> what a gift. >> yeah. it was like a gift. >> reporter: and in ensuing years david and the man his brother tried to murder are the country speaking out against the death penalty, advocating instead for reconciliation, mercy, grace. >> i think on some level,ecognize it or not in ourselves, there is this hunger for reconciliation. word.
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understands how grateful i am to her. linda saved lives. she saved ourlf-respect. and ultimately perhaps contributed to saving ted's life too. >> the series homicide" on discovery id. steve harvey had his flub during miss universe -- >> i have to r: but tonight he's the one doing the laughing. [screaming] bold nissan rogue, with intuitive all wheel drive.
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ly tonight, steve harvey isn't in the best position to be throwing shade about performance flubs, just saying. on his game show one family's answers were so couldn't help but laugh. and neither could the internet. >> tell me another way people say mother. >> mommy. >> mommy.orter: it's the "family feud" fumble gone viral. >> you got two strikes. >> reporter: ma, mommy, mama already taken. sheila comes up with this.out -- mom-mee. >> you want mom-mee, not steve harvey might have had fun with the answer but it only got the patterson family a big red "x." sheila explains onica." >> so basically my nerves got the best of my trying to come up with something else.
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full "family feud" episode airs february 23rd. >> y'allter: here's hoping they had better luck with the other question. it was albert einstein who said, anyone who has never made a mistake has new. thank you for watching abc news. "world news now" is coming up soon with overnight breaking news. tune into "good morning ame always we're online on
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