September 7, 2010

Tonight on Larry King Live!

Posted: 07:00 PM ET

The case of the “West Memphis 3” – three young men convicted of brutally murdering three little boys in 1993.

But now, 16 years later, celebrities are speaking out, saying they deserve a new trial.

Tonight, Larry speaks to Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines about why they say there’s new evidence that needs to be examined.

Find out what happened, why some say there needs to be a new trial and why others say justice has already been served.

And we want to hear from you:

Do you think the “West Memphis 3” should get new trials?

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Filed under: Crime • Justice • Larry King Live

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August 13, 2010

5 Questions – Friday the 13th Edition!

Posted: 12:11 PM ET

Investigation Discovery

Staten Island natives, Joshua Zeman and Barbara Brancaccio, directors of the documentary “CROPSEY,” answer our 5 Questions about the urban legend of “Cropsey.”

A real killer or just a campfire boogey man story? They investigated!  Below, read about the disturbing results.

Also, click here for more information on "CROPSEY," the documentary airing on Investigation Discovery and at select screenings across the country.

LKL Blog: Who, or what, is “Cropsey?”

Joshua: It depends on the context of what we’re talking about.  For us, “Cropsey” was the name that we assigned to the kind of urban legend that centered around the Willowbrook State School when we were growing up in Staten Island.  It was a name given to the escaped mental patient who lived in the tunnels and would come after us with an ax if we wandered into the grounds.  At the same time, “Cropsey’s” also a much larger, well known urban legend where a respected member of the community who goes vacationing somewhere in the woods with his wife and newborn child.  Some counselors, campers, and Boy Scouts, end up burning down the cabin.  His wife and child are killed and he goes mad with revenge.  He ends up, a year later, on the anniversary of their death, taking revenge with an ax.

LKL Blog: So when did the urban legend of “Cropsey” become a reality? 

Barbara: When Josh and I first met, we talked immediately about what happened to Jennifer Schweiger.  We both remembered that time period when we were 15 or 16 years old, the summer all our neighbors and people around the island came out to look for her.  We also knew the urban legend of “Cropsey.”  We talked a little bit about when we were kids we would always play in the area in the woods surrounding the Willowbrook State School.  Over the years from 1972, when Geraldo first broke the story, to 1987, when the institution shut down, going into the woods, playing manhunt or having these parties when we were teenagers, it was always this kind of scary, go into the woods and scare yourself.  That was also, when Jennifer disappeared, the location where she was found.  When we went back to go over all the kids who had disappeared off the island, and really make that connection, we were able to see “Cropsey” was an urban legend that really came true.

LKL Blog: Friday the 13th, the most superstitious day on the calendar, as you’re delving into this, and realizing what’s going on, and realizing it’s true, what’s scarier, an urban legend or a real life killer?

Joshua: It’s a combination.  It’s one thing when you think of it as a child, but then as an adult, now you can put the really scary details to it, knowing that it’s true, it makes it that much more scary.  When Barbara and I were making this movie, we’re adults, we may as well been 15 walking in the woods.  There is nothing scarier.  It’s like Scooby Doo!  We’re all tiptoeing, holding on to each other, completely scared.  Truth is scarier than fiction.  This could happen to you or to any body you know, and I think that’s what makes it really scary.

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July 16, 2010

ICYMI: Lawrence Taylor's Wife Exclusive!

Posted: 10:54 AM ET
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July 15, 2010

Tonight on Larry King Live!

Posted: 07:00 PM ET

Mel Gibson Meltdown!

More shocking tapes are released –

but are they the real deal?

At least one audio expert says they aren’t!


An exclusive with Lawrence Taylor’s wife!

The former NFL star pled not

guilty to raping a 16-year-old girl.

Why his wife says he’s innocent!

Take our poll: Do you think the alleged audio tapes of Mel Gibson have been edited?

And!  We want to know – do you think Lawrence Taylor is guilty or innocent?

Weigh in below!

Filed under: Crime • Entertainment • Larry King Live • Sports

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Ex-star linebacker Taylor pleads not guilty in rape case

Posted: 03:05 PM ET



(CNN) - Hall of Fame football linebacker Lawrence Taylor pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that he raped a 16-year-old girl in Rockland County, New York, a court official told CNN.

The former New York Giants star was arraigned Tuesday before Rockland County Judge William K. Nelson.

Taylor has been charged with third-degree rape for allegedly engaging in sexual intercourse with someone younger than 17 and third-degree patronization for allegedly paying the underage victim $300 to have sex.

Taylor is free on $75,000 bail.

Taylor, 51, was arrested in a Ramapo, New York, Holiday Inn room on May 6, a few hours after the alleged rape took place, authorities said at the time. Ramapo is about 30 miles northwest of New York City.

Ramapo Town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence and Police Chief Peter Brower told reporters after the incident that the alleged victim was a runaway from the Bronx and had been brought to Ramapo by a pimp.

The girl texted an uncle after she returned to New York City the next day, and the uncle notified the New York City police, prompting the arrest of Taylor and the alleged pimp, St. Lawrence said.


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July 12, 2010

Swiss Reject U.S. Request to Extradite Polanski

Posted: 09:52 AM ET

by Nick Cumming-Bruce

Switzerland will not extradite the film director Roman Polanski to the United States to face charges of unlawful sex with a minor because of a possible fault in the American application for his extradition, Justice Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf told a news conference on Monday.

“He’s a free man,” she said.

Mr. Polanski was arrested on an international warrant issued by the United States on charges dating from 1977. The director fled on the eve of sentencing in California because of fear that the presiding intended to renege what his defense lawyers said was a deal to avoid a prison sentence.

Ms. Widmer-Schlumpf said the American authorities had rejected a request by her ministry for records of a hearing by the prosecutor in the case, Roger Gunson, in January 2010, which should have established whether the judge who tried the case in 1977 had assured Mr. Polanski that time he spent in a psychiatric unit would constitute the whole of the period of imprisonment he would serve.

“If this were the case, Roman Polanski would actually have already served his sentence and therefore both the proceedings on which the U.S. extradition request is founded and the request itself would have no foundation,” the Swiss Justice Ministry said in a statement.


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May 11, 2010

Dancing alums stunned by Lawrence Taylor's arrest

Posted: 10:08 AM ET

by Scott Huver and Reagan Alexander

Like a tackle from the blind spot, Lawrence Taylor's arrest for allegedly sleeping with an underage prostitute hit his former Dancing with the Stars cast-mates out of no where.

"It's shocking right now," said fellow Season 8 contestant Melissa Rycroft. "I danced with him. He was my buddy."

"It's not the LT that I knew," Rycroft told PEOPLE at the 17th Annual Race to Erase MS gala in Los Angeles on Friday. "The LT that I knew was very sweet and caring and compassionate and he took care of all of us and I never saw a temper. I never saw him mistreating anybody."

Rycroft said she would like to see information come out that shows LT did nothing illegal with the 16-year-old girl. "I don't know how optimistic I am about that, but I can hope."

Tony Dovolani echoed those comments at the event, calling Taylor, "such a cool guy," and opted not to make any quick judgments adding, "I don't know the details, so I can't make any comments either way. I feel for the both parties because this is not a pleasant situation to be in."


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May 7, 2010

Police: Suspect in UVA student's death had previous arrest

Posted: 12:54 PM ET

Yeardley Love (R) and her sister Lexie

TUNE IN TONIGHT AT 9pmET for the LATEST in this story.  Among our guests will be actress Robin Givens, and Nicole Brown Simpson's sister, Tanya.

The suspect in the killing of a University of Virginia student was arrested in a 2008 incident in which he threatened a police officer and was shocked with a stun gun, according to a police statement.

George Huguely, 22, was arrested on suspicion of murder Monday, hours after a roommate found Yeardley Love's body in her off-campus apartment in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Huguely, who was also a UVA student until resigning after his arrest, and Love played on the men's and women's lacrosse teams, respectively.

CNN affiliate WDBJ got a police statement recounting an encounter between an intoxicated Huguely and Lexington, Virginia, Police Officer R.L. Moss.

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May 3, 2010

Tonight on Larry King!

Posted: 07:00 PM ET

Who's behind the Times Square bomb scare?

Was the car bomb planted in Times Square an international terrorist plot? NY Gov. David Paterson with the latest in the investigation!


Residents still reeling from Katrina’s devastation now face another disaster – an oil spill that threatens wildlife, the food supply and jobs! Jack Hanna and Bobby Kennedy, Jr. on how the
spill is affecting the animals and environment!

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Filed under: Crime • Environment

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May 2, 2010

‘Very Lucky,’ Mayor Says, After Bomb

Posted: 12:08 PM ET


Mr. Bloomberg was joined by Gov. David A. Paterson, Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly and other officials at the early morning press conference to give a chronology of the vehicle’s discovery, its disarming, and the investigation that has been launched. The mayor and police commissioner had returned early from the annual White House correspondents’ dinner in Washington.

At 6:28 p.m., Mr. Kelly said, a video surveillance camera recorded what was believed to be the dark green Nissan S.U.V. driving west on 45th Street.

Moments later, a T-shirt vendor on the sidewalk saw smoke coming out of vents near the back seat of the S.U.V., which was now parked awkwardly at the curb with its engine running and its hazard lights on. The vendor called to a mounted police officer, the mayor said, who smelled gunpowder when he approached the S.U.V. and called for assistance. The police began evacuating Times Square, starting with businesses along Seventh Avenue, including a Foot Locker store and a McDonald’s.

Police officers from the emergency service unit and firefighters flooded the area and were troubled by the hazard lights and running engine, and by the fact that the S.U.V. was oddly angled in the street. At this point, a firefighter from Ladder 4 reported hearing several “pops” from within the vehicle. The police also learned that the Pathfinder had the wrong license plates on it.

Members of the Police Department’s bomb squad donned protective gear, broke the Pathfinder’s back windows and sent in a “robotic device” to “observe” it, said Deputy Commissioner Paul J. Browne, the police department’s chief spokesman.

Inside, they discovered three canisters of propane like those used for barbecue grills, two five-gallon cans of gasoline, consumer-grade fireworks — the apparent source of the “pops” — and two clocks with batteries, the mayor said. He said the device “looked amateurish.”


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