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welcome back. how was london? [ female announcer ] when people talk, great things happen. hello. i'm alison kosik in for fredricka whitfield. thanks for joining us. these stories are topping our news this hour. in hiding after being wrongly linked to a shocking crime. brothers of kidnapping suspect ariel castro are now speaking out exclusively to cnn. a break in the mysterious case of an 8-year-old girl found stabbed to death in her california home. investigators have arrested her 12-year-old brother. shocking details ahead. in washington, top irs officials knew as far back as 20
11 that agents were singling out non-profit groups. what the white house response has been so far. but first, martin savidge' exclusive interview with the brothers of kid naps suspect ariel castro. martin joins us live from cleveland. martin, this is the first time pedro and onil castro have spoken out. what did they tell you? >> they have so much that they have to say. it was really difficult to figure out where do we begin this conversation. we talk about it all. we talk about the first moments which they were taken into custody. they say for 36 to 48 hours they had no idea why they were even being held. but most of all what they wanted to talk about was the fact that they are so grateful, so glad, so happy that these three young women have finally been freed from the grips of the horrible home on seymour street an also what they wanted people to know
was that they this in no way had had anything to do with the crimes of their brother but they're afraid now that they'll be forever condemned. listen. do you worry now that people will always suspect that you actually did have a role? is there absolutely. yes. and the people out there that know me, they know that onil as stroe ast rch o has nothing to do with that, would never even think of something like that. i was a very liked person, individual. i've never had any enemies. no reason for anybody to think that i would ever do something like that. it's a shock to all my friends. they couldn't believe it. >> same. i couldn't never think of doing anything like that. if i knew that my brother was
doing this, i would have -- i would not -- in a minute, i would call the cops. because that ain't right. but it's going to haunt me down. because people going to think, yeah, pedro got something to do with this. and pedro don't have nothing to do with this. if i knew, i would have reported it. brother or no brother. >> reporter: one of the things that's really very strong that comes out of this interview, both those brothers are close friends to felix dejesus, the father of dina dejesus, one of the women who was held. these two brothers consoled him. they talked with him during those years which he was looking for his daughter, fearing for his daughter. then this find out when they were in jail that their brother allegedly had been holding gina the whole time inside that house that they had been inside, they
were shattered and absolutely devastated. continue to be so but they're also under extreme pressure. they can't go home they say because of the death threats made against them. >> martin, how eager were they to speak publicly? how did this interview come about? >> it was extremely difficult. getting in touch was not a problem. i have a lot of contacts here. i used to work in cleveland and there a lot of people who still like me here so that was key. these are men who aren't accustomed to talking to a television camera. their families worried somehow what they said would be misconstrued. when you sit down and talk with them. you know it is coming from the heart. you can see it in their faces and hear it in their voices, they want to get this out because they cannot stand the tout that anyone believes they could have been connected. there is so much more and we'll have that for you. >> be sure to watch martin's full exclusive interview with
ariel castro's two brothers tomorrow at 7:00 a.m. eastern on cnn's "starting point." an arrest in the death of 8-year-old layeila fowler. dan simon has more. what was the brother telling police two weeks ago when the investigation started? >> reporter: such a dramatic turn of events. originally the brother said that he was home alone with the sister, that the parents were at a baseball game. that much we know is true. but then the brother says that he heard an intruder around that he noticed his sister had been stabbed. he said that he saw this intruder run away from the house. so there was an assumption by the authorities here and by everyone in the community that they were looking for what the brother described as a 6'0" tall man and somebody who had a
muscular build. somebody with gray hair. obviously this community was on edge. talking about a community of only 7,500 residents. when the sheriff came out yesterday and announced that the brother himself was arrested for the crime twlb was a great deal of shock. >> detectives arrested leila's 12-year-old proer brother at th valley springs substation on charges of homicide. citizens of the county can sleep a little better tonight. this is still an active investigation. we know you may have many questions. i will not be providing any information about this investigation at this time. >> reporter: the maybe question today is why, what was going on in this young man's life to make him react in this way allegedly. were there some psychological problems? and also, what evidence do authorities have on the
12-year-old who is not being publicly named yet? was there dna evidence? some type of confession? those answers will come later. >> a very shocking turn in that case. dan simon, thank you. a three-day standoff ended in new jersey with a suspect dead and three hostages freed. police got a call friday to check on the woman who lived in the trenton house with her boy friend and five children when officers arrived the boyfriend grabbed three of her kids and held them hostage upstairs. police burst in early this morning killing the boyfriend gerald tyrone murphy. the mother and her 13-year-old son were already told. police believe they were killed two weeks ago. the womanwoman's fifld child wh 19 was hiding in the basement. remains in a report have been identified in waynesville,
indiana. officials are calling it a quadruple homicide but no arrest has been made. in washington, growing outrage from republicans over how the irs treated tea party groups. top irs officials knew as far back at 2011 that agents were singling out non-profit conservative groups and making it harder for them to get tax exempt status. it's all in a new treasury department report expected to come out this week. >> this is truly outrageous. >> reporter: the obama administration is facing growing anger from republicans over the irs' treatment of conservative groups. >> i don't care if you are a conservative, a liberal, a democrat or republican, this should send a chill up your spine. >> starting as early as march 2010, organizations with tea party, or patriot, in their names were among those singled out for extra scrutiny. subjected to long delays and
mountains of paperwork when applying for tax exempt status. >> it contributes to the profound distrust that the american people have in government. >> reporter: some irs officials knew about this practice as early as june 2011. according to an irs inspector general's report expected to be released this week. but then irs commissioner douglas shul man said this to congress in 2012. >> yes, i can give you assuranced. we pride ourselves on being a non-political nonpartisan organization. there's absolutely no targeting. >> reporter: the irs says officials like shulman didn't know about it at the time of his testimony. >> we certainly find the actions taken as reported to be
inappropriate. >> reporter: after being pressed about the issue, white house spokesman jay carney released this statement -- if the inspector general find that there were any rules broken or that conduct of government officials did not meet the standard required of them, the president expects that swift and appropriate steps will be taken to address any misconduct. members of congress are promising more investigations. >> but the irs can target the right, one year target the left. we want to make sure that never happens in america. >> athena jones joins me live. when they talk about extra scrutiny for tea party groups what kind of measures are we talking about here? >> well, there are all sorts of examples. most of them have to do with these groups feeling like they were being buried in paperwork. i had a chance to speak to the co-founder of a group called tea party patriots, one of the nation's largest tea party organizations. she said at one point the irs asked to seefb all of the
postings on their facebook fan page. that means all of the comments posted by more than 1 million facebook paifans. thousands of pages of information to be handed over. that's just one example. >> athena jones, thanks. three women freed from a decade of horror in cleveland are asking for privacy today. you're going to hear from a father who lost his own little girl in a brutal abduction. plus, o.j. simpson is back in the spotlight this weekend back in court. what he's fighting to get. and a woman lost her nose an her ears at the hand of her family. her emotional story of what drove her to survive. [ male announcer ] this is bob,
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were when you heard that these women were found alive. >> well, my first thoughts were that it was a mistake. the reality is that when children are taken by predators to have one turn up alive ten years later is almost unheard of. we can name the kids on one hand in fact. to have three turn up smul tapessly all being victims of the same individual is akin to winning the kidnap super lottery. >> you know, every single day we hear these just horrible details. they're so disgusting and so cruel, women being tied up, abused and raped. how can these families recover from this? >> it is not going to be easy for anybody but i think that the two younger girs are going to have an easier time. their families still embrace them, they never gave up hope. it seems like the other girl, michelle, was the brunt of had his wrath, of his sadism. terrible things went on with
that gisrl. i understand law enforcement took her off of the missing person list for a month because they couldn't even verify with her family she's the one missing. i think she'll have the hardest road to recovery. they'll need to notice on their psychological needs, find a good counselor to help them trust, heal and embrace their family and faith. >> we heard from gina dejesus' mother that she never gave up hope. what can people take away? >> we've already seen headlines of parents of other missing children saying they have renewed hope. i think it demonstrates that families will never give up hope on their own missing children as long as there's no proof that the children are dead. i've seen it time and time again. it is something we experienced in our own situation and it was only after they offered their
own proof that we finally believed and understood we would never see polly alive again. >> a 12-year-old boy arrested in the stabbing death of his 8-year-old sister. what's your reaction? >> it's so terribly sad. this family has lost twice. first they lost their precious little girl an now they've lost their son to this horrible heinous crime that he committed. i guess on the bright side is that the community doesn't have to worry that there's a predator out there arbitrarily murdering little girls. at least they have the peace of mine of knowing that their kids can now go to school without fear of being harmed. >> marc klaas, thank you for your time. >> sure. thank you. summer vacation. are you ready to spend big and do some shopping? some retailers think you may want to do summer on the cheap this year. i'll explain.
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really just pockets of the country? >> it is pretty good all over the country. 90% of cities in the u.s. priced are up from last year. that's good. new york, of course it is always hot. but miami, you are a southern florida woman -- miami's real hot. they are building between miami and ft. lauderdale there must be 100 cranes in operation building. but it is interesting -- years ago miami, you'd see these huge massive condo projects. now they're scaling back, building condos but not as big but the average starting price is $700,000. >> whoa. that is really steep. i didn't know that. >> but you know, i saw a weekend getaway from you in miami just up the street in news cafe, the versace mansion on the market -- $100 million. >> i think i'll have to pass. maybe just walk on by when i visit. alan valdez, thank you. if you need a little
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now to a cnn worldwide exclusive. when ariel castro was arrested on charges of kidnapping and raping three women for over a decade in his cleveland home of, police also arrested his two brothers, showing their faces to the world. in many mind of many, all three men were monsters but last friday police released pedro and onil castro saying neither man had anything to do with it. now for the first time since their release, both men sat down and talked exclusively with cnn's martin savidge about their mother and their ordeal.
they are grateful the three women and the 6-year-old girl are final i free and safe but they say they're haunted by missing clues, haunted by the media and receiving death threats for something they say they did not do. >> do you worry now that people will always suspect that you actually did have a role? >> absolutely. >> yes. >> and people out there that know me, they know that onil skas stroe castro is not that person, has nothing to do with that, would never even think of something like that. i was a very liked person, individual. i have never had any enemies. no reason for anybody to think that i would ever do something like that. it is shock to all my friend. they couldn't believe it. >> same. i couldn't never think of doing
anything like that. if i knew that my brother was doing this, i would have -- i would not be -- i would not -- in a minute, i would call the cops. because that ain't right. but yeah, it's going to haunt me down because people going to think, yeah, pedro got something to do with this. and pedro don't have nothing to do with this. if i knew, i would have reported it. brother or no brother. >> you can see much more of martin's exclusive interview including hearing the one strange rule they say ariel castro demanded his brothers follow when inside his home. plus you'll also hear what they say happened when they confronted ariel about the mysterious little girl that looked so much like him. more on tomorrow's cnn's starting point. tomorrow marks four weeks since boston marathon bombings
and survivors are trying to get their lives back to normal. paula newton reports on how boston is moving on. >> reporter: even in cambridge, the place that the tsarnaevs called home for years, more talk of terror gives way of what you would expect here. how are those bruins and red sox doing? the red sox at fenway park. what koob bcould be a better tor this city so determined to carry on in for victims and their families going to sporting events like this has been part of their rehabilitation, their recovery. with undeniable courage, heather abbott is back at fenway park. it was a red sox game on the day of the marathon that brought her to boston. after the game she was grabbing a bite to eat at the race finish line. then there the bombs went off.
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too many afghan women know this suffering. a recent poll ranked afghanistan as the most dangerous place in the world to be a woman. aesha dared to run away from the abuse. she as caught and imprisoned, and then returned to her in laws, that's when they mutilated her face and left her for dead. but somehow she survived and found her way to help. she was brought to a nato military base where she was trea trea treat. and then she was moved to a woman's shelter in kabul. nine months later, her haunting image appeared and now she was even more of a target for the
taliban. so she had to leave the country. a u.s. foundation agreed to bring her to california for a new face and a chance at a new life. >> are you in america? >> yeah. >> are you going to get your nose. >> yeah. >> but because of the years of trauma she had endured, she was deemed not ready to take on the additional burden of massive an difficult surgeries. so see was moved across the country to new york where a team of women began to give her some counseling, some life skills and the education that she's never had, starting with her abcs. >> this is the first project we get to do together. sometimes we felt like we were with a 3-year-old, a 7-year-old, 15-year-old, 45-year-old depending on what she was feeling at the moment and needed to communicate. her behavior could be erratic. she could be having fun and we
know wanting to social and talking, then lock being the door an throwing the covers over her head another minute. her behavior was impulsive an very difficult at times. >> reporter: even though she made some progress in therapy, aesha was still emotionally empty because what she wanted most was a family to call her own. and soon she met an afghan family from maryland. aesha won them over and persuaded her to take them in. now for the first time in her life she was choosing her own path and she seemed happy. >> i like here because i am going to the school. i put my purse like this.
when she's going to the playground twlb is the swing and she loves to swing. >> reporter: after seven months with this family, aesha would have the first of many surgeries to start rebuilding her face. >> i'm okay. i'm happy. i'm not scared. >> i'm pretty sure once she gets all her surgeries, she'll have a lot of fun. >> reporter: this is aesha after ha first surgery. she would look worse before she would look better and she had surgery, after surgery, after surgery. she still has more surgery to
go. after doctors finish her nose they'll be able to recon instruct her ears. but to live in the united states an to be independent, she needs at least to learn how to read and write. as it stands, she's got the education level of a young child. >> so she stays at home, she do her jewelry. then she watch movies or some series. this is her life now. >> she's in her own world. she's going through these things. you know? >> he we talked with her about that after this process you have to come back to your real life. it will be not so easy. >> reporter: on this swing, aesha doesn't worry about her future and she's soaring free
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very real. that's a dangerous job. "cnn newsroom" with don lemon comi coming up in a few minutes. >> how do you top that? >> you have a lot coming up. >> we have a lot of very serious news coming up. tomorrow marks four weeks since the boston marathon bombings. boston doesn't have surveillance cameras mounted around the city to monitor people, so police use store mounted cameras and cell phone video to help i.d. the suspects. are we living in a time where streets should be monitored 24/7 for safety, or does it compromise our values. we'll talk about that. >> also, 25 years later, still the worst drunken driving crash in school history. a school bus hit by a truck with a drunk driver behind the wheel. 27 people killed that day. that helped propel mothers against driunk driving. we'll hear from a mother of one
of the victims, and this really qualified if you're talking about golf as trash talking. you don't usually hear about trash tacking in the sedate world of golf, but tiger woods and his fellow rival sergio garcia are trading shots and they're not the ones used with golf clubs. we'll be talking about it. >> so that's interesting. is this coming to blow snz. >> i think it's coming to blows with their words. >> okay. all right, well, i'll be watching. sounds like you have a lot coming up. >> good to see you. >> good to see you, don. here's a question for you, what do o.j. simpson, joed aarias, and the winner of the kentucky derby have in common? they're all part of our week ahead, coming up next. hmm, it says here that cheerios helps lower cholesterol
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and it gives you the tools to create custom emails that drive business. it's just one of the ways constant contact can help you grow your small business. sign up for your free trial today at constantcontact.com/try. o.j. simpson is fighting for his freedom. he'll be in a las vegas courtroom this week, seeking a new trial, and that tops our look at the week ahead. simpson has been locked up since 2008 after being convicted of kidnapping and armed robbery in a bizarre dispute over his memorabilia. starting monday, simpson's lawyers will argue he deserves a new trial because his legal representation the first time around was so bad. also monday, aurora, colorado, shooting suspect james holmes is expected to enter an insanity plea. he faces charges for killing 12 people in a shooting spree last
july. >> on wednesday, the ja "odi ar murder trial resumes with the g aggravation phase. jurors will decide if she gets the death penalty after being convicted of first degree murder. >> on wednesday, we'll get a consumer price index. >> on saturday, the 138th running of the preakness steaks in maryland, they'll go to the second leg in the coveted triple crown. no horse has won the triple crown since 1978. >> that will do it for me. happy mothers day to all of the moms out there. "cnn newsroom" continues right now with don lemon. have a great week. you're in the news room. i'm don lemon. thank you for joining us. let's get you up to speed on the headlines. we're following news of gun fire in the streets of new orleans. police say at least 11 people have been shot, but their injuries not life threatening.
the youngest victim is 10 years old. the shooting happened at frenchmen and north villary streets. at least 100 people had gathered for a parade. police are looking for three suspects now. to indiana i investigators with working a crime scene with four bodies were found. all of them had been shot to death. three men in the living room. a woman in a bedroom. detectives are treating it as a quadruple homicide. but they don't have anybody in custody, and for now, no suspects. the case of a murdered california girl has taken a startling turn. police in calaveras county have arrested lyla fowler's 12-year-old brother on homicide charges. the 8-year-old girl was home alone with her brother last month when she was found stabbed to death. her original told police he had seen an intruder leaving the home. sparking an intense manhunt through the rural california community. we're going to go live to vy