April 9, 2010


Posted: 07:00 PM ET

It’s NOT Politics as Usual!

Tough-talkin' Jesse Ventura!

Disgraced Democrat Governor Rod Blagojevich!

And Republican Ron Paul!

They take on the hot issues - and each other!

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"Survivor" Producer Free from Custody in Wife's Death

Posted: 04:57 PM ET


LOS ANGELES - A producer with the popular CBS reality series "Survivor" has been released from custody in the death of his wife whose body was found dumped near the couple's hotel in Mexico. 

The body of Monica Beresford Redman was found Thursday in a sewer at the lavish Hotel Moon Palace, where the couple had been staying with their 2 children.

State prosecutors say the body showed signs of possible strangulation, but they were waiting on the results of an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Her husband, 38-year-old Bruce Beresford-Redman, has not been charged with a crime but was detained Thursday for questioning, according to Bello Rodriguez, the outgoing attorney general for Quintana Roo state, where Cancun is located. He was released from custody just after midnight Friday and remains under investigation, Quintana Roo state investigator Veronica Acacio said.

He must also remain in Mexico until the investigation is completed, Acacio said.

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April 8, 2010

Mexican police: 'Survivor' producer detained in wife's death

Posted: 07:00 PM ET

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(CNN) - The body of the wife of an American reality TV show producer was found at a Cancun, Mexico, hotel Thursday morning, a Mexican police spokesman said.

Bruce Beresford-Redman, a producer on CBS' "Survivor," was detained as a suspect in her death, according to regional police spokesman Adrian Cardena.

Monica Beresford-Redman was reported missing by her husband on Tuesday, police said.

Her body was found in a sewer on the grounds of Cancun's Moon Palace resort hotel at 9 a.m. Thursday, Cardena said.

Beresford-Redman built a career as a widely acclaimed Hollywood reality television show producer. He helped develop the popular 20-season CBS show "Survivor," in which contestants compete against each other in a variety of extreme outdoor scenarios.

He was nominated for three Emmys as a producer on the show, but was last credited as a producer in 2004.

He also worked on NBC's "The Contender" and "The Restaurant," as well as MTV's "Pimp My Ride," according to entertainment media company IMG.

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Teen girls plead not guilty in bully suicide case

Posted: 04:14 PM ET

By the CNN Wire Staff

Program note:  Dr. Laura Schlessinger joins Larry tonight to talk about bullying, how to stop it and what you need to tell you kids.  She will also open up about her own experience with being verbally and physically bullied as a child.  If you have questions about bullying for Dr. Laura, let us know below…

Hadley, Massachusetts (CNN) - Attorneys for three Massachusetts teenage girls accused of bullying a 15-year-old girl who committed suicide entered not guilty pleas on their clients' behalf Thursday.  

The three girls, all 16, were arraigned Thursday, although they did not appear in court.

They are all charged with civil rights violations resulting in bodily injury, criminal harassment and disturbing a school assembly.  Two also are charged with stalking, and the other is charged with assault with a dangerous weapon.

They were released on their own recognizance but ordered not to have any contact with the family of Phoebe Prince and to appear for booking procedures by next Wednesday.

Phoebe, who had moved from Ireland to South Hadley Massachusetts, with her family, hanged herself in January after enduring what prosecutors described as months of bullying.

Three other teenagers also are charged in the case. Sean Mulveyhill, 17, Kayla Narey, 17, and Austin Renaud, 18, entered not guilty pleas through their attorneys on Tuesday.  They also must stay away from the Prince family and are to report to Massachusetts State Police barracks for booking before Friday.

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April 7, 2010

Inmates: Mom said she 'knocked out' Caylee with drugs

Posted: 07:30 PM ET

(CNN) - A woman who befriended Casey Anthony in jail told investigators that Anthony confided she would "knock out" her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, so she could go out at night while the child slept, according to a police report.

The inmate, identified in the document as Maya Derkovic, of Ocala, Florida, told police in a jailhouse interview that she used to talk with Anthony through the jail's ventilation system. She said Anthony told her she regretted having a child so early in life, and gave three different versions of the events surrounding Caylee's disappearance.

Another inmate, Robyn Adams, of Altamonte Springs, Florida, told investigators that Anthony said she used chloroform on Caylee to help the child sleep, the police report said. The mention of chloroform is significant because investigators found evidence consistent with human decomposition and traces of chloroform in the trunk of a car that belonged to Casey Anthony after Caylee disappeared in June 2008.

Caylee's body was found six months later, in a trash bag and wrapped in a blanket in a vacant lot near the home of Anthony's parents.

Hundreds of pages of jailhouse letters and investigative documents released Tuesday afternoon provide a glimpse into the mind of a young woman who seemed to have a darting attention span and who found Jesus in jail, wrote about a troubled relationship with her family and dreamed of what life would be like when she went free.

They'd go on RV vacations, Anthony wrote Adams in a letter dating from 2008, when the two were being held at the Orange County jail in Orlando, Florida. She'd dye her hair red or blonde so nobody would recognize her. She'd write a book, maybe turn it into a movie.


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March 31, 2010

School bullying activist: I know the terror Phoebe felt

Posted: 05:16 PM ET

By Jodee Blanco, Special to CNN

Editor's note: Jodee Blanco is an activist against and authority on school bullying. She conducts anti-bullying programs and wrote "Please Stop Laughing at Me ..." and its sequel, "Please Stop Laughing at Us ..."

(CNN) - Once again, the nation is outraged that school bullying has claimed another victim. As news spread about the indictment of nine teens who are accused of relentlessly bullying 15-year-old Phoebe Prince to suicide this year, parents everywhere asked: "How could this have happened? Where were the adults?" 

I couldn't help but wonder why it always takes a tragedy to get the world's attention. The suffering of millions of students all across America, some of whom are being bullied as badly as Phoebe and who have been crying out for help day after day, semester after semester, should be enough. Why are their voices not heard? What message are we sending these lonely, frustrated kids: that they might as well suffer in silence, because no one's going to take notice unless someone ends up dead?

I know what Phoebe felt as she walked the halls as a freshman at a Massachusetts school, listening to the jeers and whispers, praying she could make it to homeroom or math class in one piece.

I know the terror that descended over her like a dark cloak every time the bell rang, signaling the beginning of the school day. And I also know that as much as she must have hated her classmates for what they were putting her through, it was what they were denying her that hurt even worse: someone to sit with at lunch, the invitations to hang out on weekends and after school, the girl talk and giggles exchanged between trusted friends, the simple joy of fitting in. Before long, it pokes holes in your soul, and you can feel self-loathing start to fill in those empty spaces.

I know because, from fifth grade through high school, I was the target of relentless bullying for much the same reason Phoebe and so many other students are: simply for being "different."

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March 24, 2010

TONIGHT'S SHOW: Last-minute stay of execution

Posted: 06:49 PM ET




(CNN) - The Supreme Court granted a temporary stay of execution late Wednesday for a condemned Texas inmate who is requesting DNA testing of evidence in his case.

The order was handed down less than an hour before Henry "Hank" Skinner, 47, was scheduled to be executed by injection for the New Year's Eve 1993 killings of his live-in girlfriend, Twila Busby, and her two sons, Elwin Caler, 22, and Randy Busby, 20, in Pampa, Texas.

The Supreme Court granted the temporary stay while it considers whether to take up Skinner's broader appeal. It was not immediately clear when the court might consider the case, but there was no indication a decision would be made before Thursday.

Skinner's attorneys maintain that DNA testing of the evidence could establish his innocence and determine the real killer.

"Since his arrest in the early morning hours of January 1, 1994, Mr. Skinner has always and consistently maintained that he did not commit the crimes for which he was convicted," defense attorney Robert Owen wrote this month in a 30-page letter to Texas Gov. Rick Perry, seeking a 30-day reprieve of Skinner's execution.

Skinner's attorneys maintain that DNA testing of the evidence could establish his innocence and determine the real killer.


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March 19, 2010

Casey Anthony seeks funds to pay for murder defense

Posted: 09:30 PM ET


A judge Friday ruled that the public must pay court costs for Casey Anthony, the young mother charged with murdering her 2-year-old daughter.

Circuit Judge Stan Strickland made that ruling one day after hearing testimony about Anthony receiving $200,000 from ABC News for family photos and videos of the defendant and the child she's accused of killing, Caylee Marie.

That money, though, is gone, Anthony's attorneys told the judge.

Strickland, in a one-page order, wrote that he has reviewed Anthony's financial paperwork and concluded that she truly is indigent.

His order requires the state to pay all costs associated with her defense except for lawyer fees. That would include such major ticket items as experts, investigators and her lawyers' travel expenses. She has lawyers from Chicago and New York as well as Kissimmee and Orlando.

In court Thursday, her attorneys testified about where the money went. Jose´ Baez testified that he had received $89,500 while putting in about 2,500 hours of work. Andrea Lyon, a professor at DePaul University in Chicago, testified that she is representing Anthony for free but had been paid $22,500 for expenses.


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March 16, 2010

Tips pour in after release of serial killer's photos

Posted: 07:21 PM ET

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(CNN) - Dozens of tips have poured in after California authorities released more than 100 photos of women and children on Thursday that are believed to have been taken by a serial killer who appeared on the "Dating Game."

Police determined Friday that two female minors in the pictures, taken in the 1970s, are alive and well. They have received tips on a handful of other women who could be dead or missing, according to Patrick Ellis, a detective with the Huntington Beach Police Department.

"We've received several calls saying that someone in a photo could be so-and-so who's been missing or found dead," Ellis said Friday. "The response has been overwhelming, and that's what we were looking for."


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Tonight on Larry King Live!

Posted: 07:00 PM ET


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An exclusive interview with Candice Moncayo – allegedly attacked by the same man suspected in the murder of Chelsea King.   How did she get away? And why she hopes her case will lead to stricter laws against sexual predators.


Chelsea King’s parents on their push to create ‘Chelsea’s Law’ – which could track sex offenders via GPA.  Could it prevent others from suffering the same fate?


Amber Dubois’ mother speaks out for the first time since her daughter’s body was found.


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