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naked in las vegas hotel suite. and of course that was going to hit the press. las vegas though not on the tour list this time around. >> oh, no, keep it clean. >> i still love the harpoon. i was cleaning it and it went off. yeah. >> it could be an accident. >> it could have been. >> comet on. >> that will do it for us. thanks for watching "around the world." >> "cnn newsroom" with wolf blitzer starts right now. his home was a prison for the women he abducted. now the suspect, ariel castro, is behind bars after his first court appearance today. plus, new details emerging right now about the horrifying conditions the women lived through. and guilty of first-degree murder, the jury has to decide now if jodi arias will live or die. she says give me the death penalty. also, the first hearings in the boston bombings beginning up on capitol hill. the top priority, did someone
miss any warning signs? what lessons can be learned. this is "cnn newsroom." i'm wolf blitzer in washington. an alleged kidnapper and rapist goes to court in a case that has shocked people around the country. this is ariel castro's latest mugshot. earlier today castro stood before a judge to hear the charges against him. he didn't speak during the hearing, but the prosecutor had plenty to say. he told the judge that castro turned his home into a prison for three young women. >> -- charges based on premeditated, deliberate and depraved decisions to snatch three young ladies from cleveland west side streelts to be used in some self-satisfyi, s self-serving way to see as sought fit. held these women for a decade,
and third close to a decade and a little girl believed to have been born to one of the women while in captivity. also in captivity they withstood repeated beatings, they were bound and restrained and sexually assaulted. they were never free to leave this residence. >> horrifying details. and there's a lot more. castro didn't enter a plea. he faces four counts of kidnapping, three counts of rape. bond was set at $8 million. $2 million for each of the four victims. police say he lured them one by one into his car and held them captive for a decade. ariel castro is accused of kidnapping amanda berry, gina dejesus and michelle night from the same neighborhood in 2004. police say the women survived a horrifying ordeal. the prosecutor says now the tables have turned and ariel castro is the captive. pamela brown is joining us now from cleveland on more of
today's awful, awful hearings, those details that keep emerging, pam. the prosecutor has some tough words for castro that he didn't say in the courtroom either. >> that's right, wolf. some very pointed words directed at castro. we heard from the prosecutor saying basically summing up the torment that these three women and the little girl went through over the past several years. prosecutor saying that the women were bound and restrained, beaten, sexually assaulted, never allowed to leave the home. he went onto say that castro kidnapped these women to use them in a self-gratifying self-serving way. the prosecutor just talked about how the victims, two of them endured this for more than ten years, another victim enduring this for a little bit less than ten years. but basically painting a picture, wolf, of what these women have gone through in talking about how now the tables have been turned, that now
castro is the one held captive. >> you know, it's hard to believe a human being can act like this especially, pam, as you've done and i've done, you've read the actual police reports. and you've been digging into some more of the details of what these women went through. fill us in on what else you've learned. >> yeah, wolf. just to think of the stark contrast between ariel castro today, he was despondent, expressionless, never raised his head one time during the hearing. and then you read the details coming out of this initial incident report about how he chained the girls in his basement, lured them into his car, kidnapped them, chained them into his basement and that michelle knight she was pregnant five times she told authorities and that castro would hit her in the stomach, starve her for weeks so that she would have a miscarriage. and also in this police report we're learning that michelle knight telling authorities that she was forced to deliver amanda
berry's baby in a plastic baby pool inside the home. she was told by castro that if the baby died that he would kill her. at one point the baby stopped breathing and knight reportedly performed cpr. we're learning in this report that none of the women over all this time ever received any medical attention at all. but, wolf, there was a part of this report that really gave you chills when we learned about those dramatic moments following the 9-1-1 call from amanda berry. the report talks about how the officers -- police officers, went into the home where the two other victims were and that michelle knight ran out and threw herself into the arms of the officer. and then gina dejesus ran out of a bedroom and also threw herself into the arms of the officer. you can just imagine the sense of relief. i don't know if any word can articulate what they were feeling in that moment after so many years in captivity. wolf. >> pam brown in cleveland for us, thank you.
today, amanda berry and gina dejesus are back at home. they're spending time with their families. but michelle knight is still in the hospital. it's unclear what knight is being treated for but she's listed in "good condition." her mother says she hasn't gotten to see her yet. here she is describing what it felt like after realizing her daughter was alive. >> i'm thrilled. and all i want to do is hug her and say i love you and i'm glad it wasn't you that died. and it really hurts because, you know, i haven't seen her in so long. and i can't wait to see her. because she was my daughter and my best friend. >> knight's grandmother told the cleveland plain dealer that many family members and police believed knight wasn't kidnapped back in 2002 but instead ran away on her own. her grandmother says knight was angry about losing custody of her son. her mother says she never
believed she ran away. and so she searched for her for years. one man who played a big role in bringing the women home after their escape on monday was e is the cleveland city councilman matt zone. he'll join me live later today in "the situation room" 5:00 p.m. eastern. much more on cleveland coming up later this hour, but there's another story we're following. a big one. will the convicted murderer jodi arias live or die? jurors go back to court in three hours for the next phase of her trial. the 32-year-old woman was stoic in court yesterday. her eyes briefly filled with tears as the clerk announced that the jury had found her guilty of first-degree murder for killing her ex-boyfriend travis alexander. shortly after that verdict arias spoke out in a shocking interview with a phoenix station. let's listen. >> just a couple minutes ago you heard the verdict from the jury, what are your thoughts?
>> i think i just went blank. just, um -- i don't know. i just feel overwhelmed. i think i just need to take it a day at a time. >> is that what you expected? >> it was unexpected for me, yes, because there was no premeditation on my part. i can see how things look that way. but i didn't expect the premeditation. i could see maybe the felony murder because of how the law is written, but i didn't -- the whole time i was fairly confident i wouldn't get premeditation because there was no premeditation. >> in that same interview arias makes it clear she wants death. let's play that portion of her comments. >> i said years ago that i'd rather get death than life and that still is true today. i believe death is the ultimate freedom. so i'd rather just have my
freedom the soonest i can get it. >> so you're saying you actually prefer getting the death penalty to being in prison for life? >> yes. >> the same jurors who convicted jodi arias of first-degree murder will now decide her fate. casey wian has been following the trial for us from the start. he's joining us now live from phoenix. casey, explain this next relatively brief phase, what's called the aggravation phase of the trial. >> that's what gets underway in a couple of hours from now, wolf. and that is where prosecutors now have to prove to that jury, they have to decide unanimously that this murder was particularly cruel, that jodi arias tried to inflict a lot of pain and cruelty on travis alexander while she was killing him. one of the witnesses expected to be called, perhaps the only witness expected to be called in this phase of the sentencing phase is the medical examiner who conducted the autopsy on
travis alexander. the postmortem photos of travis alexander are likely to be discussed and displayed in court. i've seen them. they're very, very graphic. very, very difficult to look at. and what's going to be key is sort of the timeline as to how these injuries unfolded. he had 27 stab wounds in his body. he had his neck slit from ear to ear and he had a bullet hole in his head. how those wounds unfolded, what order they unfolded will be key for the jury to decide how much he suffered and whether this was an unusually cruel and horrific killing. once they decide that, if they unanimously decide it was, then it moves onto the penalty phase. that's when the jury will decide whether he gets -- jodi arias gets death or life in prison. that's when these mitigation witnesses, these friends and people who defend jodi arias will be brought to the stand. if that doesn't happen, the
judge will then decide between life in prison or 25 years to life, if the jurors don't find aggravated circumstances today unanimously, wolf. >> the nature of cruelty or being cruel, if you slit someone's throat from ear to ear, you stab someone 27 times and then you take a gun and you shoot that person, that sounds on the face of it common sense that sounds horribly cruel. how could anyone say that isn't cruel? >> it certainly does. what the defense is expected to argue is that travis alexander -- maybe these wounds did not happen in that order. maybe he was shot first and that he was basically incapacitated and that these stab wounds and slashings were not something he was maybe particularly aware of, that he was already incapacitated. but there's been evidence presented that this killing, this process, lasted over a minute. i think to most people they would think that that is very cruel. but it's going to be interesting to see what the jury says and
how the defense is going to be able to explain how they think it's not an extremely cruel killing, wolf. >> i know this next phase is going to be relatively, relatively short, a few days. thanks very much, casey, for that. here's what else we're working on this hour. the dow and the s&p opened with record highs. will the trend continue? we're watching the markets. plus, the highly contentious issue of what to do with the body of the bombing suspect tamerlan tsarnaev apparently has been resolved. and elizabeth smart says it's a dark hard journey after being abducted as a child, but forgiveness is possible. we're going to hear from her. that's ahead. and a lot more news right here in "cnn newsroom." we're at the exclusive el chorro lodge in paradise valley, arizona where, tonight, we switched their steaks with walmart's choice premium steak. it's a steakover! this was perfect. it was really good! one of the best filets i've had. see, look how easy that is to cut. these are perfectly aged for flavor and tenderness. you're eating walmart steaks.
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let's get back to the jodi arias trial. prosecutors are now pushing for the death penalty. they'll have to prove that she killed her ex-boyfriend, travis alexander, in especially cruel manner. that happens in what's known as the "aggravation phase" of her trial that begins in just a few hours. arias came out in an interview yesterday shortly after the verdict making it clear she wants death.
joey jackson is a criminal defense attorney, a legal analyst for our sister network hln, he's joining us from the cnn headquarters in atlanta. a lot of questions, joey, but first of all, is she likely to get what she wants, death? >> i think she very well could, wolf. that's predicated upon the brutality of this crime and not only the brutality of this crime but also the days she spent testifying or test-a-alying as the jury would say because they rejected her theories about the victim, travis is a sexual deviant, travis tortured me and beat me. i think that was resoundingly rejected and it doesn't resonate with the jury. so based upon that as well as the cruelty this jury could determine, she could very well be on her way to death. >> i covered these kind of trials for a long time, murder convictions. how unusual is it? i think it's pretty extraordinary to me someone is convicted of first-degree murder. and then within minutes sits down for a television interview. what's going on here? >> i'm in accord with that, wolf. it's very bizarre.
but what confounds me is these interviews have to be planned. you need a camera crew, approval by the authorities in the facility, so you would think that the lawyers would certainly either, a, know about it in which case they would never allow it, you would think. or, b, a client gone rogue. in either of those scenarios to express herself in any way much less the way that she did right after being convicted, it's really as i mentioned confounding and certainly doesn't help her cause for staying alive. >> a lot of people have said to me maybe she's using some reverse psychology. she's telling the jurors, kill me, i want to die. and they hate her so much they're saying, all right, we're going to let her live in a prison cell for the rest of her life. that would even be more miserable for her. you buy any of that? >> well, interestingly enough, i happen to be of the view, wolf, that it's reverse psychology. she's been determined to be very manipulative. she's very intelligent, if you listen to her testify for 18
days. so quite frankly anything she's selling i'm not buying. and i don't know that the jury buys it either. what will be critically important is when she takes the stand if she does whether or not she's going to beg for her life or whether she'll just say kill me. and so we'll have to see if she says that how the jury will interpret it then and what they'll ultimately do. but i happen to think she is playing the jury. >> on this definition of murdering someone in an especially cruel way, if it's shown -- and you may know this already, that she took the gun and shot him before she stabbed him 27 times or slit his throat from ear to ear, would that be a proper definition of cruelty? if she did all those other things, the stabbing and slitting of the throat after she shot him with the gun? >> sure. you know, interestingly, wolf, this is something that's been the subject of much debate throughout the course of the trial. was he shot first, was he shot last, and many observers would say what does it matter he's dead. but it matters and it's very
relevant to the issue of cruelty. and of course the prosecution alleges it happened after. she stabbed and cut which is vicious within itself but then thereafter for good measure she shot and killed as if to say take that. and i think anyone would say that that is unusually cruel. >> joey, thanks very much. joey jackson, our legal analyst for our sister network hln always giving us some good insight. appreciate it very much. i want to go to texas right now, austin, texas. there you see the president of the united states. he's walking down the stairs. he's going to be received, we believe, by the governor of texas rick perry. should be waiting there at the bottom of the steps. is that the governor right there? yep, that's him right there the governor rick perry and the president of the united states. the president coming into texas, going to be speaking in austin, which is where they landed just now. going to be speaking about jobs, job creation, he's got a couple of executive orders he's going to be releasing. look, there's been some tension as all of us know between the president and rick perry on
various issues over the years. most recently on guns and immigration, very sensitive issues. but nice of the governor to show up. the president of the united states comes to his home state, arrives in austin, texas. there's the governor ready to receive him. the governor obviously wanted to be president of the united states, ran for the republican presidential nomination, didn't exactly work out well for him. he has not necessarily, by the way, ruled out the possibility he'll seek that republican nomination once again in 2016. we'll see if he does or doesn't. but we see the president there chatting on the tarmac in austin, texas. he'll be heading over to do an event there in the capital of texas. and then he'll move on. all right. there they are smiling. nice gesture on the part of the governor to show up, welcome the president to his home state. they're going to get in the limo, they're going to drive over to the event and that will be that. stocks, by the way, they're
hovering near record highs. dow up almost 20 points since the start of the year, by the way, the dow, nasdaq and s&p 500 are up between 13% and 15%. that's very impressive. another good economic indicator, first time unemployment claims fell last week to the lowest level in five years. very good indicator indeed. also, the number of homes that foreclosed last month hit a six-year low. reality track reports foreclosures were down a whopping 23% compared to last april. we're seeing this decline because places that were hit hard during the housing recession, they are now recovering. the states that still have the highest foreclosure numbers include nevada, florida, georgia, ohio and illinois. families across the country, they are holding out hope, hope that their missing loved ones will be found. in georgia this college student disappeared without a trace never returning to his dorm room. [ female announcer ] research suggests cell health
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jamal is 19 years old last seen april 25th on his school campus. since then not a word, not a clue as to where he might be. his family understandably is frantic. cnn's alena has more. >> family members search the quiet streets of georgia hoping to find clues that will lead them to 19-year-old jamal keys, a student at college near macon. he's been missing since april 25th. >> he's patient. he's loving. >> his sister says jamal had no enemies and was looking forward to wrapping up his first year of college. >> he didn't seem like anything was wrong. he was anticipating returning back to be with us for the summer. >> but the family became concerned when they called jmall april 21st. >> everything seemed fine up to the point when we realized his phone was going straight to voicemail that sunday.
and then we got worried. >> and that's when they called authorities. campus police tell cnn surveillance video shows keyes leaving his dorm april 25th. >> sometimes we see students tend to stay with friends or other family members while they're studying. we hoped that was the case in this situation. but as i said earlier, we'll continue to follow all leads. >> a friend told police he had given him a ride the day he went missing dropping him off near a convenience store. it is unclear if he ever made it to the store. several searches of the area near the store have turned up empty. now his family is left to wonder what happened. >> we still don't know. >> the family says they hope someone will see keyes' picture and help bring him home. cnn, atlanta. >> hope so too. it's a question that many people are asking right now, why did the abducted women in cleveland stay with their captor? why didn't they run away when he left the house? up next we're going to hear from a woman who was held captive by her own husband and she says
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appearing in a packed ohio courtroom today, ariel castro, the man suspected of kidnapping three women and holding them prison in his home for nearly a decade. he was arraigned on kidnapping and rape charges. he's now being held on an $8 million bond. castro kept his head down during the entire proceeding earlier this morning. he never spoke a word. he didn't enter a plea. another new development in the case today, a high ranking law enforcement source says officials have recovered an apparent suicide note that castro is believed to have written back in 2004. the source says the note refers to a relative abusing him in the past. prosecutors say castro beat and sexually assaulted the three women and restrained them with ropes and chains. but they say the women weren't always tied up.
so many people are wondering why they didn't try to escape earlier. cnn's anderson cooper put that question to a woman held captive and tortured by her polygamist husband. here's what she said. >> everybody asked why do women stay. and it's so many different reasons. it's not just one. i mean, it's threats. i'm quite sure the women were threatened. i was threatened. he probably threatened them, the child, even probably threatened family members if they left. >> law enforcement source says there were beatings, that he would do trial runs where he would leave, pretend to leave and if they looked like they were trying to get out, he would surprise them and beat them. >> exactly. and that happened to me several times also. >> really? >> oh, yeah, definitely. with victims like that, they go through a survivor mode, you know what i mean? i think it's called stockholm syndrome where they kind of relate to the captor, you know, and try to please him. really they're just trying to stay alive. >> it happens pretty quickly from what i understand. people kind of accept their new
circumstances. >> now, that's a psychological trauma. they do. and they see there's no hope and really go into a depressed mode and a post-traumatic stress disorder. so, you know, i'm surprised and glad that the girls made it out alive. you know, a lot of women do not make it out of situations like this. >> thankfully these three women did survive. joining us from los angeles is a licensed clinical psychologist. david, thank you very much for coming in. what's your take on why these women didn't try to escape earlier? >> well, look, i think when you're put into a situation like that, the fear is overwhelming. you're getting constantly beaten, bones are being broken, teeth are being lost. you heard anderson talk about this, when you try to leave, oftentimes you're put to the test and beaten for any of those attempts. so your sense of hope that you'll get out of something like this diminishes over time. >> on monday as you know amanda berry took the lead on the escape. why does that tell you -- what
does that tell you about the mindset of her and the fact that the other two women were apparently too afraid to follow her and to try to escape that day? >> you know, wolf, that's a great question. and she is truly a hero. you and i both have kids. and i think, in my heart, i truly believe that what happened is this child gave her a new resolve. it renewed her hope. and one thing for sure she was not going to let her child die in a house like this. and i think that's why you saw her make that attempt to save her child. >> take us through the psychological stages. you've studied this, of a kidnapped victim. >> when something like this happens to you, it is overwhelming. you can't believe it. you're in denial, you're in shock. but as the beatings continue and as you start to find that there's no hope of getting out of here, you start to kind of accept this. and so very oftentimes people learn that if i can appease the person who's keeping me captive, i'll stay alive. and that's the dynamic that you
start to see happen. they start to please the person who's abducted them and they start to kind of not really want to rock the boat because oftentimes they know that's going to bring them a lot of pain and punishment. >> there's no indication, at least i haven't seen any, that any of these three women identified with the alleged captor. so what causes some victims to have what we all know as the so-called stockholm syndrome, others don't necessarily get it, but some do where they begin to identify with the captors? >> yeah. these cases are very rare, wolf. what we know is that usually cases of trauma, they make us regress emotionally. and so if you think back to that earlier stage in life, that first year of life, attachment and bonding with the caregiver kept you alive. they fed you. on the other hand we also suspect that this is a process of rationalization. you're in a situation where you're constantly beaten and traumatized. and this is too much to take. so the brain kind of makes that switch. it starts to say let's look at the brighter side.
i'm being fed. i haven't been beaten in seven days. i think i can do this. and this is a process of survival mode just trying to stay alive. but, again, when you look at the stats, only about a quarter of people who are abducted actually endure the stockholm syndrome. >> interesting point. david, thanks very much. david swanson joining us from l.a. the first hearings on the boston bombings began actually this morning. one former senator says it was possible to prevent the attack. stay with us. man: how did i get here? dumb luck? or good decisions? ones i've made. ones we've all made. about marriage. children. money. about tomorrow.
the standoff over where to bury the boston bombing suspect tamerlan tsarnaev is now over. police in worcester, massachusetts, say tsarnaev's body is now entombed. but they're not saying where. and it's -- it had been at a funeral home in worcester since the attack on the boston marathon a few weeks ago. here's what police had to say.
>> as a result of our public appeal for help, a courageous and compassionate individual came forward to provide the assistance needed to properly bury the deceased. his body is no longer in the city of worcester and is now entombed. >> tsarnaev's mother said by telephone from russia she does not know whether her son is buried and she does not know if he is -- where he is buried. up on capitol hill here today here in washington the first congressional hearing into the boston bombings. the house homeland security committee opened the hearing earlier this morning. >> the attacks in boston shook this nation and brought back memories of that day in september 2001 that changed our lives forever. i'm confident that we will emerge from this tragedy stronger than ever before. anyone who thinks they can execute an attack on this country and change our way of life greatly underestimates our
spirit and our resolve. >> joe johns is following this story for us. joe, what are the lawmakers hoping to learn at this hearing? >> wolf, this was an overview with the boston police commissioner ed davis' star witness and exploring what was done right and what was done wrong and probably why. the single most important questions got asked and answered near the beginning of the hearing, the chairman of the homeland security committee you saw mike mccaul asked if russian intelligence had issued a warning to the united states about tamerlan tsarnaev. davis said no and that's important because if boston police had been told about the guy, they might have kept an eye on him. listen. >> you knew of a russian intelligence warning that this man is an extremist and may travel overseas and the fact he did travel overseas and come back into the united states, would that may not have caused you to give this individual a second look? >> absolutely. >> there's more to this story of course. the fbi, which wasn't
represented at the hearing today, says it checked out the russian warning, didn't find anything derogatory about tsarnaev and then asked russia for more information. when russia didn't give them anything else, they dropped itd. the other thing to say about this the fbi has a list of procedures it has to go through in dealing with one of these initial investigations. so legally there's a question whether they had the legal right to do anything more than they did. some time down the road perhaps, wolf, we will hear more about that. the hearing's over by the way. >> couldn't they have at least consulted with local law enforcement about this guy? i can understand that they can't necessarily put him on any list if they came up empty handed, but before they came to that conclusion, why didn't the fbi at least ask the police in boston you know anything about this guy? should we be checking him out? anything like that? >> that's an absolutely reasonable question. and all we know is what the fbi says. and what the fbi says is that they checked him out, nothing found, closed the investigation. the investigation is what other steps the fbi might have been
able to take. by the way, it's pretty clear from speaking to sources at the fbi that they felt they had a pretty good working relationship with ed davis and gave him a lot of cooperation and got a lot of cooperation in return otherwise. >> yeah. i hope they learned some lessons. they also heard from the retired now senator former chairman of the senate committee joe lieberman made an appearance on capitol hill. what did he say? >> he kicked off the hearing. something he said sticks in my mind. he says in his view it might have been difficult, but he does believe the boston bombings might have been prevented. so that's something else to sort of stick in the bucket and think about for a while. a lot of other people as well have said that, wolf. >> in fairness to the fbi and everyone else, all of us are a lot smarter with 20/20 hindsight than at the time. all right, joe, check out see why the fbi never bothered apparently if we believe wlat police chief said and i believe the police chief why they never even consulted about tsarnaev
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in utah a teenager accused in the death of a soccer referee could be charged as an adult. the district attorney's office in salt lake city -- salt lake county, i should say, says it intends to charge the teen with homicide by assault. the referee seen here was punched in the face during a match last month. he suffered serious head injuries, died a week later. more fallout today from following the house hearing on the deadly attack in benghazi, libya, that killed four americans at the diplomatic outpost. republicans are calling for a select house committee to look into what the administration knew and when they knew it. the house speaker john boehner also called on the white house to release specific e-mails from the days immediately after the september 11th attacks.
>> we learned that on september 12th, the day after the attacks and four days before susan rice's tv appearances, a senior state department official e-mailed her superiors to relay that the libyan ambassador, she had told the libyan ambassador that the attack was conducted by islamic terrorists. the state department would not allow our committees to keep copies of this e-mail when it was reviewed. and i would call on the president to order the state department to release this e-mail so that the american people can see it. >> yesterday, a high level foreign service officer testified about the final time he spoke with the now-slain ambassador christopher stevens. gregory hicks also said an inflammatory anti-muslim video out there on youtube initially cited as cause of the alleged protest was a nonevent in libya. he testified that everybody at
the u.s. mission thought it was a terrorist attack from the beginning despite subsequent obama administration claims. we're going to have much more on the benghazi investigation coming up in "the situation room" during both our 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. eastern hours. federal prosecutors today formally charged eight people for their part of a worldwide cyber crime ring. a u.s. attorney in new york said the suspects took out nearly $3 million from manhattan banks in a two-hour period. they used stolen pin numbers and debit cards. >> good morning, everyone. this was a 21st century bank heist that reached through the internet to span the globe, but instead of guns and masks, this cyber crime organization used laptops and malware moving literally at the speed of the internet the organization made its way from the computer systems of international corporations to the streets of new york as well as major cities
around the world. >> the feds and the secret service, they are still working on naming everyone in a global high-tech ring of thieves believe to have stolen a total of $45 million from banks in several countries. it's a fascinating advance in medicine. scientists have developed prosthetic hands that are letting amputees do things they could never do before. and a pennsylvania man now has two of them. here's dr. sanjay gupta. >> march 1, 2008, that was the day that life as jason coger knew it, changed. the husband and young far was riding his four-wheeler when he came in contact with a downed power line. next thing he remembers, waking up in the hospital three days later. he was alive, but both his hands were gone. they'd had to be amputated.
he didn't let that new reality get him down. his focus immediately making life with prosthetics as five years now after the accident, koger is embracing another first. he's the first double-hand amputee in the world to receive prosthetic hands that can be controlled with a mobile application. this is part of a new wave in prosthetic technology. the eye-limb ultra revolution are now available to the masses. the uk-based developer say it is the closest thing to a real human hand. unlike most conventional prosthetics, this hand boosts five individually powered fingers, including a totally rotatable thumb. the new app technology allows for movements that many of us take for granted, like this, a tripod grip to pick up a pen.
the skin over the prosthesis helps double amputees like jason use the app, and he can even customize grip patterns to use tools like his electronic drill. dr. sanjay gupta, cnn reporting. >> amazing, amazing tng. elizabeth smart certainly knows the horror of being a captive but says she can't even imagine what it was like for women held for nine years in cleveland. up next, we'll ask her if it's possible to fully recover. ♪ [ agent smith ] i've found software that intrigues me. it appears it's an agent of good. ♪
the dramatic rescue of three women held captive in ohio is certainly shocked the nation and indeed the world. elizabeth smart knows firsthand the nightmare of being kidnapped and then held captive. she has some advice now for the women and their loved ones. here's cnn's stephanie elam. >> it is just more confirmation and more proof to me that happy endings do exist. >> reporter: elizabeth smart, who says she's thrilled for the three women freed in ohio, knows firsthand about happy endings. in june of 2002, when she was just 14 years old, smart was
kidnapped from her bedroom by brian david mitchell. he held her hostage until she was discovered walking down the street with mitchell five miles from her home some nine months later. >> how do you even digest that kind of time? >> i don't think you even can. i was only gone for nine months and i felt that was an eternity. i can't imagine nine, ten, 12 years. it's unbelievable, but i think it says just a world about the courage and the strength of each of these women. >> reporter: women who despite their strength, may be overwhelmed by all of the attention, says smart, while at the same time trying to process their emotions. >> it's a different route for everybody. for me, my family, my religion, the support of my community, have all been a huge factor in my recovery. it can be very -- it can be a very dark, hard journey, but time passes and just take it day by day. >> reporter: is it possible to
fully recover? >> i would say i recovered. i'm recovered, but at the same time, i would certainly hope today i'm a better person than i was yesterday. >> reporter: and despite what was taken from her, smart can forgive. >> forgiving someone doesn't necessarily mean you have to invite them to your home for sunday dinner. you can forgive them and have nothing more to do with them and move on with your own life. >> reporter: it's a message from her mother that smart would share with the rescued women. >> this man has taken so much of your life, there's not words strong enough to describe how wicked and evil he is, but the best punishment you could ever give him is to be happy, because by dwelling on the past and by holding on to the pain and the hurt that you've had to g through, that's only allowing him to steal more of your life away from you, and he doesn't deserve that. >> reporter: stephanie elam, cnn, salt lake city. >> she's one impressive young woman, elizabeth smart. thank you for that report. carnival cruise back in the
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that's it for me, see you 5:00 p.m. eastern in "the situation room." brooke baldwin picks it up from here. she's live in cleveland. wolf blitzer, thank you so much. good to see all of you. i'm brooke baldwin live here in cleveland for special cnn coverage of two major stories unfolding this hour. first, very soon, jodi arias will be walking into a courtroom for a mini trial to decide whether she lives or dies. we will take you there to phoenix. but first, here in cleveland as we learn more about the horrors that these three young women endured during their nearly ten years of captivity in that house right there. let me fill you in, i walked around the back of this home and talked to a home owner. we couldn't go anywhere near this home. it's actually still considered part of the crime scene, but i sat there with him and looked at the pictures he took. we know these young women were freed on monday, and he said the