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April 24, 2009

A Killer Among Us?

Posted: 05:45 PM ET

Police in California say Sunday school teacher Melissa Huckaby killed 8 year-old Sandra Cantu.  Authorities in Boston believe a clean-cut pre-med student is "The Craigslist Killer."arthuckabymugshottpd And, who can forget Scott Peterson, who was convicted of murdering his pregnant wife, Lacy, and unborn son?

Are there warning signs we should be looking for among people we know and otherwise trust?   How do you know if someone close to you has a secret, sinister life?   And what drives everyday people over the edge?  We go inside the minds of convicted killers and alleged suspects with people who once loved and trusted them, as well as profilers and psychologists.   Dr. Drew Pinsky leads the discussion as he sits-in for Larry as guest-host.

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Fmr OJ Prosecutor: Sunday School teacher defense wont work

Posted: 11:51 AM ET

By Former OJ Simpson prosecutor Marcia Clark

The details seeping out of little Tracy, California, get increasingly disturbing. Days before her arrest for the rape and murder of eight-year-old Sandra Cantu, Sunday-school teacher Melissa Huckaby allegedly tried to commit suicide by swallowing razor blades.

A year before that, a court ordered her to get mental-health counseling after she was busted for shoplifting. “If you pitched me this story I’d throw you out,” a top producer who worked on a crime drama series tells me. “It’s too far out to be believable, even for television.”

Women don’t rape and murder little girls. Just murder? Sometimes, especially if it’s their own: Casey Anthony awaits trial for the murder of daughter Kaylee; Susan Smith was convicted of killing her children by driving them into a lake; the profoundly disturbed Andrea Yates drowned her five children in the bathtub. Bad and heartbreaking all, but nowhere near as searing as the knowledge that a woman raped and molested little Sandra Cantu. The unmentionable image rattles down to the core of our brain. In my 15 years as an L.A. prosecutor, I never saw a case like this. I called a friend of mine, a former prosecutor who only handled sex crimes, hundreds of them, and his response was the same: Never.

That’s a problem for Melissa Huckaby. Assuming the police—who claim Huckaby did it and acted alone—got it right, everyone I talk to in California legal-establishment circles agrees: The best and most obvious defense will be some form of insanity.

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**NOTE: We'll be discussing this case tonight on LKL – let us your thoughts!  Do you agree with Marcia Clark?

Filed under: Crime • Larry King Live


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Bill Maher: GOP is like a guy dumped by his wife

Posted: 08:55 AM ET

By Bill Maher, host of HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher"

If conservatives don't want to be seen as bitter people who cling to their guns and religion and anti-immigrant sentiments, they should stop being bitter and clinging to their guns, religion and anti-immigrant sentiments.

It's been a week now, and I still don't know what those "tea bag" protests were about. I saw signs protesting abortion, illegal immigrants, the bank bailout and that gay guy who's going to win "American Idol." But it wasn't tax day that made them crazy; it was election day. Because that's when Republicans became what they fear most: a minority.

The conservative base is absolutely apoplectic because, because ... well, nobody knows. They're mad as hell, and they're not going to take it anymore. Even though they're not quite sure what "it" is. But they know they're fed up with "it," and that "it" has got to stop.

Here are the big issues for normal people: the war, the economy, the environment, mending fences with our enemies and allies, and the rule of law.

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Filed under: Bill Maher


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ICYMI: Dane Cook on LKL last night on 'terrible betrayal' of brother

Posted: 08:23 AM ET

Comedian Dane Cook took a somber tone and described a sense of "terrible betrayal" in discussing the recent arrest of his half brother, who is accused of embezzling millions from him.

Cook spoke about the ordeal Thursday on CNN's "Larry King Live."

"It's a terrible betrayal. But hopefully justice will be served and I can move on with my life," Cook said.

Cook's half brother, Darryl McCauley, has been accused of embezzling millions from Cook while he was the Boston-area comic's manager.

McCauley was arrested in December and charged with larceny, forgery and other crimes, according to authorities in Boston, Massachusetts.

McCauley is accused of transferring Cook's money into his own account. And in one case, McCauley is accused of forging a $3 million dollar check written on Cook's account, according to the Massachusetts attorney general's office.

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Filed under: Hollywood • Larry King Live


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April 23, 2009

Meghan McCain: I wish Karl Rove would go away

Posted: 06:13 PM ET

Meghan McCain — who said earlier this week that she found Karl Rove "creepy" — said Thursday she wished the former Bush advisor would just "go away."

"The DNC just did an ad, and it has Karl Rove, Newt Gingrich and Dick Cheney as the new faces of the Republican Party," she said on The View, adding that the party's young people like herself were looking for "new energy and new blood."

"It's very unprecedented for someone like Karl Rove or Dick Cheney to be criticizing the president," said the 24-year-old daughter of former GOP presidential candidate John McCain. "It's very unprecendented, former vice president, and obviously Karl Rove, and my big criticism is: you had your eight years, go away."

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Filed under: Karl Rove • Meghan McCain


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Thursday's LKL: Beyonce and Dane Cook!

Posted: 05:49 PM ET

lkl-beyonce-frame-grab1Tonight, Larry talks to Beyonce and Dane Cook! First up, singer, actress - and now action star - Beyonce.   Her career takes a dramatic turn with her new movie “Obsession,” and
she's telling Larry all about it!

Then, a Larry King Live Exclusive.   Comedian Dane Cook on his half-brother, who is accused of stealing millions of dollars of Cook's earnings.  Dane Cook is talking only to Larry.

Please:

1) Stay on topic.
2) Keep it short
3) No curse words

4) No links

5) Use a name (no initials or screen names)

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Rove: The President's Apology tour wraps up

Posted: 05:22 PM ET

By Karl Rove, former senior advisor to President George W Bush

President Barack Obama has finished the second leg of his international confession tour. In less than 100 days, he has apologized on three continents for what he views as the sins of America and his predecessors.

Mr. Obama told the French (the French!) that America "has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive" toward Europe. In Prague, he said America has "a moral responsibility to act" on arms control because only the U.S. had "used a nuclear weapon." In London, he said that decisions about the world financial system were no longer made by "just Roosevelt and Churchill sitting in a room with a brandy" - as if that were a bad thing. And in Latin America, he said the U.S. had not "pursued and sustained engagement with our neighbors" because we "failed to see that our own progress is tied directly to progress throughout the Americas."

By confessing our nation's sins, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that Mr. Obama has "changed the image of America around the world" and made the U.S. "safer and stronger." As evidence, Mr. Gibbs pointed to the absence of protesters during the Summit of the Americas this past weekend.

That's now the test of success? Anti-American protesters are a remarkably unreliable indicator of a president's wisdom. Ronald Reagan drew hundreds of thousands of protesters by deploying Pershing and cruise missiles in Europe. Those missiles helped win the Cold War.

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Filed under: Karl Rove • President Obama


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LKL Blog EXCLUSIVE: This Kid Can Sing

Posted: 02:43 PM ET

Shaheen Jafargholi's commentary is an LKL Blog Exclusive.  Look for his entire interview on CNN.com/LarryKing later today!

To see Shaheen's performance on "Britain's Got Talent" CLICK HERE.

Hi my name is Shaheen Jafargholi.  I am 12 years of age and I recently appeared on Britain’s Got Talent.  It was an amazing experience being on the show, and the comments I had back from the judges were phenomenal.

Since appearing on the show I have done various interviews for TV , radio shows , newspapers and magazines.  I feel so lucky to have been given this amazing chance to live my dream of having world recognition!  I cannot believe how much my luck has changed overnight.

It is such an honor to think that Larry King has requested for me to appear on his show, and also the fact that my hero and idol BEYONCE will be on there too.  To be recognized in America is so amazing and it is overwhelming to think that such famous people have commented and praised my performance.

My audition day was an amazing day.  The way it went was completely unexpected, and if I could I would re-live it every single day!  I’d like to thank everybody who had supported me and I hope they continue to. I can’t wait for the next round and I am really looking forward to seeing more of the show.

I feel as if I am dreaming because this is such an amazing experience and I hope I never wake up!

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Britain's Got Talent's star backtracks on 'never been kissed'

Posted: 09:42 AM ET

Britian's YouTube singing star Susan Boyle is backtracking on her claims that she has never been kissed. Boyle, appearing on Simon Cowell's "Britain's Got Talent" 10 days ago, told cameras she lives alone with her cat Pebbles and has "never been married, never been kissed. Ooh shame!"

But now, she has told Terri Seymour, ex-girlfriend and close friend of Simon Cowell as well as an entertainment reporter, that she meant that "as a joke...I've got a wicked sense of humor."

Susan was last spotted in a dress in heels outside her home in Scotland on Tuesday and previously ducked a question about her dating life on US television.

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Filed under: Entertainment • Hollywood • Larry King Live


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Kennedy Townsend: My Father's View on Cuba

Posted: 08:55 AM ET

By Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, former lieutenant governor of Maryland and daughter of Robert F. Kennedy.

"The present travel restrictions are inconsistent with traditional American liberties," the then-U.S. attorney general argued in a behind-the-scenes debate over the ban on U.S. citizens traveling to Cuba. I hope that this will soon be the position advanced by Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. as the Obama administration ponders its next step on Cuba - which should be to move beyond allowing only Cuban Americans to travel freely to the island and to address the rights of all Americans, most of whom are still not free to go.

In fact, this position was put forth by the attorney general in 1963, my father, Robert Kennedy. The history of his efforts to end prosecutions of U.S. citizens who challenged the travel ban, and to rescind those restrictions altogether, supports including travel-for-all as part of the "new beginning with Cuba" that President Obama commendably announced at the Summit of the Americas last weekend.

In December 1963, the Justice Department was preparing to prosecute four members of the Student Committee for Travel to Cuba who had led a group of 59 college-age Americans on a trip to Havana. My father opposed those prosecutions, as well as the travel ban itself. The prohibition only enticed more students to defy the ban, he believed, and more were likely to travel to Cuba over the coming Christmas vacation.

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Filed under: Cuba • Kennedy


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