August 31, 2009

Larry King Live Tonight!

Posted: 05:36 PM ET

art_garrido_justiceAn EXCLUSIVE  interview with Katie Calloway Hall, who was abducted and raped by Phillip Garrido in 1976. Garrido is now charged with abducting Jaycee Dugard at age 11, holding her captive for 18 years and fathering two children with her. Find out what Hall has to say about Garrido and why she knew he would strike again.

And why did Jaycee Dugard wait 18 years before revealing her real identity? Why did she help Garrido with his printing business? Did she have some form of Stockholm Syndrome? Larry talks to Dugard's stepfather and people who came into contact with her during her years in captivity.

That's all tonight at 9pmET/6pmPT. Don't miss it!

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LKL WEB EXCLUSIVE: Another Garrido Victim's Story

Posted: 05:00 PM ET

Katie Callaway Hall was abducted and raped by Phillip Garrido in 1976.  He was convicted and served time for that crime.  This is the same man who allegedly kidnapped Jaycee Dugard and held her captive for 18 years.  Katie will be our exclusive guest on Larry King Live tonight.  Below, she shares some of her terrifying experience, and how she is still working to overcome it.

art_garrido_justiceIn many ways, the capture of Phillip Garrido has closed a chapter in my life.  I don't have to hide anymore.  I don't have to live every day of my life wondering if he is looking for me.  I am finally free from the fear I have lived with since the day I learned he was paroled.

With all the joy I should feel, I want to scream from the depths of my soul.  Scream because my fears turned out to be justified - he struck again.

I trembled for about four hours after I heard the news.  I always knew he was capable of this, but he should not have been able to do it.  Phillip Garrido was not scheduled to be released from prison for abducting and assaulting me until 2006, but he was free long before that.

By 1988 he was out on parole.  I did not come by that information easily.  Despite being told I would be notified upon his release, I wasn't.  I had to find out myself, calling from prison to prison, before I finally got in touch with his parole officer.

Soon after I learned of his release, a man came to my table.  I was working in a Tahoe casino.  He said he wanted a drink, and started asking me about myself.  I suspected right away it was Phillip Garrido, but I couldn't be sure.  I had blocked out so much about that cold night in November 1976.

Katie-HallNovember 1976.  I was sitting in my car in a supermarket parking lot.  A man tapped on my window and asked for a ride.  I agreed.  Soon after, I was cuffed, bound, gagged, and taken to a warehouse.  I remember there were large carpets hanging from the ceiling.  Most of the details about what happened to me after I entered that warehouse have been repressed.

My recollections begin around 3 a.m.  Someone banged on the door.  I remember thinking, "oh my God, his friends are coming."   Garrido said, "Do I have to tie you up or are you going to be good."  I told him I would be good, but thought to myself "if that's the police, I have to try something."

I barrelled my way out of the warehouse completely naked.  I could see the officer and Garrido standing there.  They both looked at me like I was crazy.  I couldn't see the officer's car.  I thought "oh God, he's not a real cop."  My state of mind was such that I couldn't fully embrace what I was seeing.  Finally, I saw his police car.

Garrido said I was his girlfriend.  I screamed, "no I'm not - help me, help me."  The officer told me to back in and put my clothes on.  When I went inside, Garrido must have convinced the officer we were both on drugs, because he let Garrido go back into the building alone.  I had already put some of my clothes on.  Garrido came back in and begged me not to turn him in.

I managed to maneuver past him, half dressed, and told the police to keep him away.  By then other officers had arrived.  I was in shock.  They told me to go sit in the back of a police car.  They asked whose car was abandoned outside the warehouse.  "It's mine."  They asked if I was brought there against my will.  I told them I was, that he had handcuffed and bound me.  An officer shined a light on my wrists, saw the sores from the handcuffs, and arrested Garrido.

12 years later - at my table in the casino I was working in - I was pretty certain I was looking at the man who changed my life.  He was the right height and had the same hair color.  He put some money down on my wheel.  He tried to engage in small talk, but I was guarded.  After he got his drink, he cashed out, leaned towards me, and said "I'll see you again Katie."

I will never know if that man was Phillip Garrido, but I think of what he did to me every day.  It's become a part of me.  When you're victimized like that, your personality changes.  For years, I walked around like a zombie.  I had to tell everyone I met what had happened to me - because I didn't feel like myself.  It was as if I had to explain why I wasn't "normal."

That's what I hate most about what Garrido did to me.  I was a good person.  I lived right, and treated others well.  He changed my life in an instant.  I don't feel like I can ever be that person again.  Being victimized is something that only a victim can understand.  I hate that he did this to me, and I doubt I'll ever get over it.

My heart goes out to Jaycee and her family.  The only thing I can think of worse than what happened to me, is it happening to my child.  I can't imagine what Jaycee is going through.  He had me for 8 hours.  He had her for 18 years.  I was an adult, with instincts that helped me deal with the situation.  She was a child.  This is going to be with her for the rest of her life.  I can only wish her the best.

Filed under: Jaycee Dugard • LKL Web Exclusive • Phillip Garrido

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Kidnapping Suspect's Father: 'I Believe My Son Killed'

Posted: 12:27 PM ET

Editor's Note: Larry King Live will have the latest developments on the case tonight at 9pmET/6pmPT.

From New York Post

art_garrido_justiceHis own dad thinks he's not only a sexually perverted monster, but a murderer, too.

Manuel Garrido, 87, sullenly acknowledged yesterday that he believes his son Phillip - charged in the horrifying child abduction and rape of Jaycee Dugard - is also the killer in a slew of unsolved cases involving prostitutes and other young women.

"He was a sex addict - that was his problem," Manuel Garrido told The Post. "I believe my son killed the prostitutes."

Meanwhile, authorities combing through the Antioch, Calif., house and property where Garrido and his wife, Nancy, lived - keeping a secret hell-hole compound of shacks and sheds to conceal Jaycee and the two daughters fathered by Phillip Garrido - started to board up the home yesterday afternoon.

Officials fear that disgusted neighbors will try to burn the place down, sources said.

The Garridos have been charged in the abduction and rape case involving Dugard, who was kidnapped at age 11 from a bus stop near her South Lake Tahoe home and turned into a sex slave for 18 years.


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Joe Jackson: 'Someone Should Pay'

Posted: 12:10 PM ET


art.jackson.lkl.cnnThe patriarch of the Jackson family wants justice served against whoever contributed to Michael Jackson’s sudden death on June 25 — and hinted ominously that it may be others besides the legendary pop star’s doctors who could be liable.

“Someone should pay,” Joe Jackson, 80, told NBC’s Jeff Rossen during an exclusive interview that aired Monday on TODAY. “Not just someone, but all of ’em should pay that’s involved.”

Asked if he was referring to his son’s doctors, Jackson said, “I didn’t say doctors. Everybody else that’s involved.”


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Chris Brown: I Don't Remember Doing it

Posted: 07:05 AM ET
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Chris Brown: "Everything Comes With Consequences"

Posted: 07:00 AM ET

Editor's Note: Tune in to Larry King Live tonight at 9pmET/6pmPT for the full interview with Chris Brown.

By Amy Huggins

LOS ANGELES (CNN) - He looks so young. And he is. At 20, Chris Brown is not old enough to buy a beer without breaking the law. But he got himself into a world of legal trouble when he assaulted his then-girlfriend Rihanna in February.

Chris-Brown-LKL“We have to be like 10 yards away from each other,” Brown softly tells CNN’s Larry King in an exclusive interview to air Wednesday night – his first television interview since his arrest.

Brown still loves Rihanna. He tells King he’s still in love with her. Even tougher for him is looking at the photo. You know the one—the image that might haunt, and define Brown forever. “When I look at it now, it's just like, wow, like, I can't - I can't believe that - that actually happened.”  He adds he does not remember performing the violent acts that have changed his life.

Yet Brown pleaded guilty to felony assault on June 22. The deal keeps him out of jail.  A second felony charge, making criminal threats, was dropped.  He was sentenced to five years probation and six months of community labor.

What does it mean? “It means he walks the straight and narrow for five years,” Brown’s attorney Mark Geragos tells King. “I've grown to love this kid like a son or a nephew.  I have a high degree of confidence - I'll say it now so that you can play it back if he ever does anything - but a high degree of confidence that he's not going to do anything like this in the future.”

Brown agrees, saying “everything comes with consequences.  They want me to pick up trash remove graffiti.” He calls the sentence fair. “I'm a hard worker.  It's something I'm willing to do.”

Why did it happen? How did it happen? They are questions Brown and his mother, Joyce Hawkins, have been asking.  “Chris has never, ever been a violent person, ever,” Hawkins tells King.

She said her husband was abusive – and Brown knew it. “I used to be scared to go to bed,” the singer recalls. He’s not blaming that for the attack on Rihanna. Still he says, “nobody taught us how to love one another.  Nobody taught us a book on how to - how to control our emotions or our anger.”  He adds, “I wish I could have changed that night.”

Rihanna calls Brown’s mother “Mom”. The two have spoken and seen each other periodically since the incident. The court order that prevents her son from seeing Rihanna does not extend to Joyce. “(I) let her know that I was very, very baffled, what had happened, and apologized for my son, along with I'm so sorry what happened to you.  And I didn't know what - I didn't know what else to say, and I gave her a hug, and she hugged me, as well.”  Hawkins then cries.

“I just need to prove to people I can be a role model,” Brown says. “That's not who I am as a person, and that's not who I promise I want to be,” the singer laments. It’s been a couple of months since he saw Rihanna, and admits the separation has been “difficult.”

He’s sad when asked about her dating other men. “I definitely would be affected by it, but, at the end of the day, I mean, we're not together, so, if she's happy, I'm cool.” Would he be with her now if things had been different that night? Brown says only, “We’ll always be friends.”

And as much as Chris Brown wants to move on, he‘s left with this: “I made a mistake, and I - and it was just something I have to live up and own.”

To watch a clip from the interview CLICK HERE.

Want to hear more about Chris Brown’s relationship with Rihanna, what happened on the night that changed both their lives, and his response to other reported incidents of violence in his past?

Watch Larry King Live tonight at 9!

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Michael Jackson's heart attack was 'kept secret', claims singer's friend

Posted: 04:53 AM ET

By Andrew Gregory via

The Los Angeles County coroner ruled that Michael Jackson's death was a homicide.Michael Jackson’s fatal heart attack was kept secret for three hours in a bid to cover-up the real cause of his death, it was claimed yesterday.  Dr Steven Hoefflin, a friend of the singer, revealed the latest twist after speaking to medics involved in Jackson’s case.

He confirmed: “They say he had lividity, which means his blood had already sunk to the back of his body.  “This indicates Michael’s heart had stopped hours earlier.”

Experts at the coroner’s office also reportedly believe Jackson was moved after his heart attack as they discovered disruptions in the pattern of “livor mortis” on his body.

Purple marks show where blood has settled in a lifeless body, which usually takes at least five hours to become apparent. Forensic pathologist Dr Cyril Wecht, not involved in the Jackson case, said: “If someone carried the body from one room to another, the livor would be ‘broken’ where contact with the body was made.

“If one person held his ankles and the other held him under his arms, there would be corresponding white interruptions of livor mortis in those spots.”

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REPORT: Evidence Piling Up Against Michael Jackson's Dermatologist

Posted: 12:43 AM ET

By Michelle Tauber via
art_arnold_klein_cnnMichael Jackson's longtime friend and dermatologist Dr. Arnold Klein may have helped the singer obtain drugs, according to a new report.

According to the warrant and affidavit for a raid last Friday on Mickey Fine Pharmacy in Beverly Hills, Calif., investigators were searching for records of medication Klein allegedly prescribed to himself...

A list of items seized during the search filed Thursday evening in California federal court shows investigators seized "60 prescriptions, 29 patient profile print-outs, three copies of DEA Forms 222 (Order Forms) and copies of inventories of controlled substances."

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We Killed Michael Jackson

Posted: 12:01 AM ET
Where were all the weeping fans, the artists who hail him as their hero, the radio DJs who can't stop playing his music? Where were they 10 years ago?
Oh right. Everyone thought Michael Jackson was a freak – a plastic surgery addicted child molester. His last studio album "Invincible," released 2001, failed to garner true hit single because radio stations refused to play the songs. Music critics tore him to shreds. He was blackballed. People made fun of him, he was considered a washed-up, has-been, crazy person.

The success of "Thriller," which as sold over 110 million copies worldwide and counting, can never be matched. ("Invincible," for the record managed to sell respectful 13 million copies worldwide to date. No artist can keep up that kind of string of hits. But, he put his heart and soul into every new recording he did, but judgment had already been cast before anyone heard the music.
He was a desperate man in pain and everyone threw stones at him. Now it's fashionable to be a Michael Jackson fan. Radio stations now play his music on heavy rotation. His albums are flying off the shelves.

Urban Outfitters even carries a commemorative vinyl collection that hipsters can frame and put on their walls. Suddenly the entire world has rediscovered Michael Jackson.

He's dead damn it. Imagine what this kind of love would have done for him while he was living? Maybe then he wouldn't need drugs to sleep.

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August 30, 2009

Never Before Seen Kennedy Photos

Posted: 06:32 PM ET

Photographer Dennis DeSilva has photographed Ted Kennedy for decades.  From official portraits, to Hyannis Port, Dennis was kind enough to share several of his photos with the LKL blog.  Some of the photos he gave us, have never been published before.

To see the entire gallery, CLICK HERE

(Note: some of you have told us the gallery is not working.  We are trying to address this as it does work on some computers.)


Filed under: LKL Web Exclusive • Ted Kennedy

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