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unprecedented when you look at the timing of loretta lynch and the fact that she's been hanging out there for a long time. >> so no new attorney general, no human trafficking bill, no way forward as far as we know. dana bash, thanks so much. >> thanks for joining us. >> "legal view" with ashleigh banfield starts right now. hello, everyone. i'm ashleigh banfield. welcome to "legal view." we're going to begin with breaking news on capitol hill where secret service director joe clancy just might wish he were back on presidential detail after his grilling over the past couple of hours by outraged lawmakers. just a few weeks on the job and charged with reforming the scandal-ridden secret service agency, mr. clancy was confronted about the latest allegation of misconduct by secret service agents on march 4th. and sheepishly, he confessed.
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he did not even know about what happened until several days later. >> you're in charge. >> yes, sir. >> this is an administrative problem you've got, among other things. why did you not get word from your subordinates about this incident for five or six days? >> yes, sir. not knowing all the facts, first of all, you're right, mr. chairman. at the least of the description of these events, i should have still been informed of what transpired that evening. anytime you have a senior level on the president's detail who is alleged to have even come through a secure area as he did that evening, i should have been informed. and we're following up on that. and there will be accountability. >> there will be accountability. cnn's investigation correspondent chris frates joins me from washington. i'm sure your jaw dropped during
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that live testimony on capitol hill. were you surprised and are many other people surprised by that straight-up admission? >> reporter: well, i think so. it was not a good day, ashleigh, for director clancy. he didn't have a lot of answers. he says, i didn't hear about this for five days and then i only heard about it there awe an nomination e-mail, not from my staff. that doesn't paint him in the best light. and then lawmakers asked him, what happened? were secret service agents drinking? he didn't have a lot of answers for them either saying that the department of homeland security independent inspector general is looking into that. and then he got hammered for not doing an investigation of his own. so this was a really tough day for director clancy. he did shed a little bit of light on what happened that night. there were some reports that the secret service agents who were driving the vehicle crashed into a barricade around a working incident. he told us that it wasn't necessarily that the car crashed into that barricade, rather it
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kind of nudged the orange cone out of the way and went around the barricade. and so we got a little bit more detail which tracks with some of the law enforcement forces i was talking to last week that this wasn't necessarily some secret service agents careening into a barricade but rather kind of moving around a working investigation. but in any case, ashleigh, this is a very tough day for director clancy. remember, he was in front of the lawmakers who set his budget. and this was one of the first times he's gone in front of them. not a great way to start the relationship. >> well, he's got another committee hearing behind closed doors later this afternoon. so the day won't get much easier. chris frates, thank you for covering that for us. other breaking news on the robert durst case, for the second time in 24 hours, the millionaire was in a new orleans courtroom. and while the details of today's hearing were different, the burning question for robert durst was still the same -- how
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soon is the black sheep heir to a new york real estate empire to stand trial in los angeles on a charge of capital murder? it does not get more serious than that. it's not going to be as soon as durst's lawyers say they prefer. they say they want to get there. but a judge today has set another detention hearing on gun charges for next monday. that's six days from now. in the meantime, durst was picked up on saturday. you'll remember one day before the bombshell conclusion of an hbo miniseries on his life. susan berman was on the eve of being interviewed by new york police officers who had reopened the file on a disappearance of durst's wife which was back in 1982. if you're not keeping up, don't worry. it is a complicated case. we'll lay out the owl sordid story in just a moment. but first, i want to bring in
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cnn's chris welch who's at the new orleans courthouse. it's so complicated in terms of all the things that mr. durst is facing. i don't want to say not the least of which because it seems small in comparison to first-degree murder. but this is a felony weapons charge and a drug charge that he's dealing with in your jurisdiction, where you are right now. how long is it going to take to wrap that up to get to the bigger business of murder in l.a.? >> reporter: well, that's the big question, ashleigh. if you talk to -- if you were to talk to robert durst or talk to robert durst's attorneys, they would tell you, we want to get out of louisiana, out of new orleans as quickly as possible. they were saying the same thing yesterday when he waived his right to fight extradition for those charges, those first-degree murder charges from california. but today he faced the judge regarding those charges that were brought by the state here in louisiana yesterday. now, what we found out today, he's not leaving the state anytime soon. it's going to be at least
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several days before he does. after the hearing today, his attorneys came out, spoke to the press. here's what they said in a very brief statement. >> we want to contest the basis for his arrest because i think it's not based on facts. it's based on ratings. so we will continue to fight for bob. we want to get to california as quickly as we can so we can get into a court of law and try this case where it needs to be tried. we'll contest the facts there and we'll try to contest them here. thank you. >> reporter: that was robert durst's attorney, dick deguerin. he of course saying they want to get back to california so that they can contest those first-degree murder charges. in this hearing today, he in fact brought up this documentary "the jinx". the whole hearing started when the government argued for a detention hearing to be set for monday. dick deguerin then said, that
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seems like an unnecessary amount of time. they argued for that to happen this friday so he could get out of here by the weekend. they said, this case -- the case in california is based not on facts but on a television special, on ratings alone. so they want to get out of here. but then again, turned back to the government, the government presented an argument for holding that hearing on monday. they say they need time to collect evidence from other jurisdictions from prior smaller convictions and the judge then sided with the government and said that hearing will be on monday for his detention. >> they've got their work cut out for them because there's a shopping list of those other incidents and they're not all minor either. they go all the way to another murder allegation. first of all, i was astounded to hear dick deguerin, that lead attorney, a well thought of attorney say, we're going to get to contest that warrant from l.a. here in louisiana because he believes that that warrant for murder was issued because of a tv show and not based on facts.
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that is a huge allegation to make against the l.a. county authorities who have issued that murder warrant. but what about mr. durst himself? what is he like in court? today it was an old man who they talked about needing pain medication. now a day later, any difference? >> reporter: we heard that argument yesterday from his attorney making the case that he needs those pain medications. i have to say, he almost seemed a little more peculiar today. we talked yesterday about the glass enclosure that he was kept in away from the other inmates that also participated in this hearing today. and before the hearing began in that glass enclosure, he appeared to be sort of chuckling to himself in this enclosure. for a second, i had to do a double take and see if there was someone across the glass screen, maybe one of his attorneys speaking with him. there was no one there. he was chuckling at times, eyeing the media. when he was brought out, when it was his turn to face the judge, he was again shackled, let out by a belt by the bailiff, faced
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the judge. but eyeing the media. just very interesting behavior by a 71-year-old. >> i think that's the understatement of the last 33 years, that this is an interesting character. he is bizarre, to say the very least. chris, thank you very much. keep us posted on what this warrant means. clearly those lawyers are working hard in louisiana to stop the process in l.a. while chris gets back to work in that courthouse, eccentric doesn't even begin to describe robert durst. hear what his dead wife's brother and a former homicide detective have to say about the millionaire suspect. and i'll also speak with a handwriting expert about those letters that may very well see their way into court and be presented in front of a jury, a jury that has to determine if two letters were written by the same hand, that man's hand. it recognizes pedestriansligent driand alerts you.ems.
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robert durst's words may be used against them. and i don't just mean those mum blgs in mumblings caught in the bathroom on that documentary "the jinx." i'm talking about ob handwritten letters that durst acknowledges sending his friend susan berman. that's the one on the bottom with his name in the upper left-hand corner. but it has obvious similarities to the note above it. the note that directed authorities to berman's cadaver. see how it just says beverly hills police on it? it was an anonymous note that they got. durst saw for himself in the closing moments of his hbo interviews and had to answer to
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these. >> what i see as a similarity is the misspelling in the beverly. other than that, the block letters with block letters. how else would you write a block letter than that? i mean, it's almost like a typed thing. with two typewriters it's going to look the same. >> so you wrote one of these but you didn't write the other one? >> i wrote this one but i didn't write the cadaver one. >> can you tell me which one you didn't write? >> no. >> wow. can you tell me which one you didn't write? he's looking right at them and says no. while that hangs in the air if a second, i want to introduce someone who may know better. his name is bart baggette and he's testified in a number of trials about handwriting. thank you for being with me
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today. your first impression when you see those two letters side by side? >> my first impression is like everybody's first impression. it is strikingly similar. the es are the same. if i was working with the d.a., i would definitely press the issue of the handwriting is a critical piece of this story. >> so when we look at it with the untrained eye, we just see that they look similar. but when you see it, you're not just looking at the formation of the letters. you're seeing other things. when we keep that picture big, point out to me what it is that you're looking at differently? >> one of the things that -- thank god people like robert and other people think we don't exist because they're like, oh, that's just typewriting. but handwriting is from the unconscious mind. you see the way the es are formed. one e has a wavy line. we have the 1527, that's the most critical thing i've noticed from the evidence. if you look at the 1527 and you
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overlay them, the spacing is the same as well as the alignment. and so the -- a lot of us write 2s and 7s like that. but do we all put them with the exact same spacing and the same wave? i don't think so. >> so i was looking at the word canyon between these two letters. unfortunately on our upper letter, you can't see the address fully. there's actually the word canyon written in both. and they look absolutely identical from the angle of the letter to, like you said, the spacing between them. so see canyon on the right? it looks as though it's written in two different words. and if we go to the other letter, look at the word canyon specific with that "y" and the "n." right down below. >> i thought the "n" was unique because it curves and has a concave to it, which is
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abnormal. you're looking for unique characteristics the rest of the population doesn't have. so the "n," the "b" is very unique. the 2, all those things are in iself maybe some of us have some of them. but do we all have them together in the same spacing, same rhythm and same cadence? even printing, which is a little bit harder rule of evidence to be conclusive, i think there's so much evidence that says this is the same writer, it's uncanny. >> spacing and cadence, it's fascinating. can i ask our control room to put those two envelopes next to each other up and down? if you look at the word beverly and everyone pointed out it's spelled wrong. the same way in both letters, the space between the final "e" and the "y" on both those letters, is there anything there? it looks like there's a lag before you get to that final "y" in both of them. >> that's a great observation. and that's exactly what you would do. if i had a couple of hours with
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lots of handwriting samples of him, we would look at every case between an "e" and a "y" and look at the spacing. people unconsciously space letters similar, especially in cursive writing when they're connected. what you pointed out -- i see california all the time in my case work. people write the c-a corrected, sometimes not. what you're pointed out is an unconscious hesitation. when a d.a. calls an expert like me, we'll have the opportunity to have looked at dozens of other samples of his printing and i think we'll find a match. >> you going to get a call on this case? >> i might. i work in l.a. now that i've been on your show, they may think i'm tainted. >> there's that possibility. i've always been fascinated by your insight. bart, thank you so much. good to see you. >> thank you. eccentric doesn't even begin to describe robert durst. coming up next, his dead wife's
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for 33 of robert durst's 71 years, he's been at the very least suspected in the deaths or presumed deaths of people close to him. but he's never been held to account potentially until now. and i want to stress potentially. here's cnn's kyung lah.
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>> reporter: robert durst in his mug shot in new orleans, an image three families have waited years, decades to see. the millionaire heir was nabbed in the lobby of a marriott pacing back and forth caring a .38 revolver, staying under a fake name. a law enforcement official says it appears durst was preparing to three to cuba. are the walls coming in on robert durst? >> i would think so. >> reporter: this is the brother of kathleen mccormick. she wrote in her journal that she feared her husband, she was planning to divorce him. january 1982, they have a fight and she vanishes. durst takes four days to report her missing to now-retired nypd homicide detective mike struck. struck never nails his prime suspect. >> it keeps coming back to the fact that we never found her body. we never had a crime scene.
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>> reporter: no evidence? >> no evidence, no crime scene. >> reporter: the case grows cold until 2000 when investigators reopen it. this time, the millionaire flees new york to this rundown apartment in galveston, texas, hiding out, cross-dressing and posing as a mute woman. for months, he's speaking to virtually no one except this woman, susan berman. new york investigators decide to interview her. but before she could be questioned, around christmas 2000, someone shoots berman execution-style in her beverly hills home. the killer sends police this anonymous handwritten note obtained and shown in the hbo docu-series "the jinx." it lists berman's address and one word, cadaver. what did you think? >> i said, bob is eliminating the witnesses and people who have knowledge of kathy's passing. >> reporter: in "the jinx," a new stunning revelation by the
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stepson of susan berman. in a storage box, the stepson comes across a letter durst sent to berman shortly before she died. durst's handwriting, the killer's note to police, they bear remarkable similarities. down to the misspelling of beverly. in the final episode of "the jinx," robert durst is presented with a close match between his handwriting and the killer's. on camera he appears unfazed. he then walks away to the restroom, his mike still on. the camera records as he talks to himself. >> there it is, you're caught. what the hell did i do? killed them all, of course. >> reporter: durst's attorney pledges his client will be vindicated. >> bob durst didn't kill susan berman. he's ready to end all speculation and have a trial. >> reporter: kyung lah, cnn, los angeles. >> i want to talk more about that galveston case with the lead investigator on that case,
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cody kazless who was featured in the hbo documentary "the jinx." detective thank you so much for being here today. first of all, here we are 15 years later and you're right back at square one effectively. it isn't your case. but can you see the same things playing out right now that you had to deal with back in 2000? >> thank you for having me. yes, it's like deja vu. his attorneys are practically saying the same thing they said before my trial when he was taken into custody in pennsylvania and extradited back to galveston, texas. >> because he had jumped bail. >> because he pled for six weeks after jumping bail. >> caught with a disguise, caught with a fake id, caught paying cash, right? >> correct. he had rented a car, shaved his head, rented a car as my victim, morris black, in mobile, alabama. was posing as morris black at the time of his arrest and had false names, false bank accounts, set up in false names. and his attorneys come on and
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say, he's eager to get back to galveston and -- >> and this time around, on saturday he's with a fake name, he's with a fake driver's license, he's paying cash at a hotel again. it is bizarre and uncanny the similarities. do you think he was headed to cuba as some are surmising, trying to escape the possibility of what's happening now? >> there's no doubt in my mind he was trying to flee. why would you rent a hotel room under a assumed name and pay cash? >> what went wrong in texas? the man cut morris black into ten pieces and tossed him into galveston bay in black garbage bags and that jury didn't think that he was a murderer? >> several things went wrong in that trial unfortunately. one, the defense attorney was able to successfully turn him into the victim. and the jury was already starting to feel sympathy for him way before deliberations.
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they were able to paint him on the run, scared to go to new york which was -- >> on the run from a d.a. they said was overly aggressive? >> from an investigation -- >> they don't have that this time around, they don't have a boogeyman like jeanine pirro back at that time. do they have it in the documentary? >> i don't think so. the docu-drama, he volunteered to do it. he wanted to do it. so they don't have that this time around. >> are you working with l.a.? are they talking to you? >> i'm not associated with their investigation at all. >> will you be? >> i wish them all the luck in the world. >> it is so fascinating. thank you so much. i could talk to you for hours. this case is just sort of stuck in my craw for i'm sure longer -- not as long as it's stuck in your craw. thank you so much. coming up, los angeles police say a long investigation
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side wearing a very nice ten-gallon hat, he says he doesn't believe it's coincidence the authorities in los angeles are choosing now to charge robert durst with a 15-year-old murder, unsolved yet, of his friend susan berman. but the question then becomes, what exactly did the authorities have on durst? what aren't they telling us? what do they have that they might not have had before but suddenly have now? cue the lawyers, danny cevallos and joey jackson. before i even get to that, because that was what was burning a hole in my show before i got to air. and then dick deguerin went on tv in a live news conference moments ago and said the words that he's going to contest the arrest warrant. while he's cooling his heels in a jail in louisiana, dick deguerin is going to contest the arrest warrant in los angeles saying it's based on tv ratings, not based on fact. where does he get off saying
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this? >> the reality is it's a defense attorney's job to contest everything and warrants have to be predicated upon probable cause. you go to a judge, you give that judge sufficient information to swear out a warrant. what is the information? it better be, according to their lawyers, something other than a letter which experts can agree or disagree is in fact durst's. and it better be better than some ramblings on a -- >> having your taillight out is probable cause. saying "i killed someone" or at least killed them all, you don't call that the most probablist of causes? >> that's a different concept than probable cause who have made an arrest. and it usually goes back to what we call the rule that's usually understood as the body of the crime. and people believe that means an actual human body. but it's about the idea that i cannot stand here and confess to
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a crime unless there's some other evidence beyond that confession. >> that corroborates -- >> right. if i stood here and confessed to the kennedy assassination, that alone -- you need something else. not just a body but some corroborating evidence. >> i hear both of you and i appreciate both of you like you'll never believe. but i'm so not convinced at all. i'm looking at a letter that is unbearably uncanny and which experts will say, that's the same man. we just had bart baggette on and he said it's the same man. couple that with the evidence of, kill them all -- >> which may not be admissible -- >> we don't know that yet. >> we don't. that's up to the attorneys to contest. but i would certainly hope for the sake of the prosecution, remember this, the police had difficulty tying durst to los angeles, in fact. they had some indication that he was in california but whether he was in los angeles was far from determined.
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so now you step back one moment and you look at a letter, reasonable experts can disagree as to whether the lettering is comparable, as to whether the wording is comparable -- >> and it's up for the jury to make that choice. >> the jury makes that determination. so you have that and then you pivot into -- it's a confession or ramblings? >> this is critical, in those filings in los angeles, the authorities in los angeles say lying in wait. they have evidence of him lying in wait. i don't know that we'd ever heard that before. that's big because lying in wait can mean first degree, that can mean death penalty. >> what that does is lying in wait bumps it up from just your garden variety murder -- and i'm being glib because there's no such thing. but that's statutorily one of those aggravating factors -- >> danny, don't throw that in the charging document unless you've got some good -- >> or unless it meets the statutory definition of murder, which that does. lying in wait meets the statutory definition. what do they have that justifies
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that? >> and it has to be more than just those statements because of the rule. >> well, i cannot -- >> body of the crime. >> our attorneys are sitting outside that courthouse right now itching for every single scrap of filing that comes out on this case to find out what they've got and whether they can nail down a conviction that they couldn't in galveston. thank you both. coming up next, a scare in the air. a man charging at the cockpit taken down by other passengers. it was a plane leaving washington, d.c. this wasn't your average unruly passenger. he was saying certain things while charging the cockpit that would make everyone sit up and take notice right away.
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denver-bound flight from washington, d.c. passengers immediately jumped in and then they tackled this out-of-control man. >> [ inaudible ]. i'm sorry. i'm sorry so sorry. >> don't move. you're okay. we're going to get you off this plane. >> it was a united airlines flight, flight number 1074 that took off around 10:15 p.m. from dulles international. but it did not get to denver because the pilots had to make a u-turn. they had to return back to d.c. mary schiavo joins me to talk about this. i'm feeling and seeing two different things about this story. number one, a man yelling jihad, jihad, charging the cockpit. but then you see a man saying,
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i'm sorry, i'm sorry, does that make any difference? >> what will happen to the man, it will make a difference. they will have him evaluated for his mental condition, physical condition, to see what was going on. but he endangered a flight and the passengers did what passengers do since september 11, 2001. they know that the cockpit door is locked and secure, that the pilots aren't coming out. and they know they have to defend themselves and maybe defend hundreds of thousands of people on the ground. that's what passengers do since 9/11/2001. that's the good part. >> my assumption is that when you have this kind of a scenario and these kinds of words being yelled is that a very deep dive of investigators go into his background to find out if he has any online behavior, any activity, any alliances and that kind of thing. if they don't turn up any of that, what happens then? >> well, then he's going to be charged with endangering a flight. he probably will not be charged as a terrorist but he will be charged with endangering a flight which has very, very
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serious penalties. it can be a fine. it can be several years in prison. if anyone was killed in the process, it could actually carry the death penalty. so it's a very serious charge. if he's mentally unstable, he will be sent for evaluation and of course then the charges -- he would probably, his lawyers would, enter a plea of not guilty by reason of lack of mental competence. but people don't see what goes on behind the scenes. everyone else on the plane will have to be interviewed and evaluated to make sure that this was just a lone actor, that there weren't other people on the plane that were going to also be part of a plot. that greatly inconveniences everyone else on the plane and law enforcement there, hundreds of hours that will go into making sure this is just one man. >> which is why the penalties are so incredibly steep. great point that you brought up about everyone else having to undergo these interrogations. mary, thank you so much. >> thank you. coming up next, the manhunt for the boston marathon bomber
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backyard in watertown, massachusetts, and he was the first witness to testify today in tsarnaev's trial. four days after the attack, he noticed something odd. the cover on his boat was loose and he told the affiliate what he did next. >> i got, i think, three steps up the ladder and i was -- i rolled it up and i can see through the shrink wrap, i didn't expect to see. i look in the boat over here on the floor and i see blood. >> a lot of blood? >> a good amount of blood. then my eyes went to the other side of the engine box, the engine box is in the middle of the boat. there was a body. >> and at that moment, what did you do? what were you thinking at that moment? >> oh, my god. >> people are calling you a national hero. >> if the people that were killed can get something from --
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>> well, if the people who were killed can get something from what you found and what you testified today, it may take a huge load off. rosa flores was live at the trial. she's outside the courthouse now in boston. such a dramatic moment, really just laying the foundation for all of this and how it played out. and then he was followed by dzhokhar tsarnaev's friend on the stand. what on earth did the friend have to add to this story? >> reporter: you know, this was a real surprise, ashleigh. everybody was kind of wondering where is the prosecution going with this individual? his name is stefan silva and he's pled guilty to possession charges of an arm. and so they're going into the history that they met when they were in eighth grade, they were smoking pot together. and then they talk about a gun and about dzhokhar tsarnaev asking him for the gun and then
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keeping that gun and not returning the gun, ashleigh. and so that's the cliffhanger. we know that the gun is in the courtroom. they're not explaining exactly where this gun was recovered, how it was recovered. and so we're still learning some of those details but i've got to tell you something else. they showed a picture of dzhokhar tsarnaev's room. and in the room, everybody is holding back to see what exactly this means. but there is a flag and we've been using the resources here at cnn to try to figure out exactly what this flag is. but what our sources are telling us is that this appears to be a flag that has been adopted by jihadi groups. and so it's a black flag d. you've probably seen it -- with arabic writings. that's the other big cliffhanger. and of course the cross-examination, they're trying to poke holes into this guy who, you know, has pleaded guilty to possession of a
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weapon, who has a plea agreement. i could go on and on. but it gives you an idea as to what's going on. and then the -- >> go ahead, rosa. >> reporter: the other tidbit of information that i wanted to tell you about is something that we have not seen before. you've heard about the manifesto where there was actually carvings on that boat. and i wanted to read it to you because it's very telling. the carvings say, stop killing our innocent people and we will stop, end quote. so that's completely new. we knew about carvings but we didn't know what those carvings actually said. so there you have it. that's what those carvings reveal. >> rosa flores live for us, thank you for that. it's been just so revealing, the stories that have come from the stand, material we've never heard from before, including the officers having a gun thrown at them, hitting them in the biceps while they were in a gun battle with tamerlan tsarnaev before he
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was killed by his own brother. coming up next, $500 million worth of art stolen. biggest art heist in u.s. history. and one of the biggest mysteries of all time. [announcer] if your dog can dream it, purina pro plan can help him achieve it. ♪ driving rock/metal music stops ♪music resumes music stops ♪music resumes
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many americans happily celebrate st. patrick's day today. the holiday holds pretty bitter
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memories for the isabella stewart garden museum in boston because on this date 25 years ago, thieves pulled off the biggest art heist in u.s. history. empty frames now occupy the places where 13 extraordinary works by recommembrandt and our masters were stolen. no one has come forward, nothing. our randi kaye has a preview of tonight's cnn special on this enduring mystery. >> reporter: inside these walls, priceless works of art. but also a mystery that has lasted for 25 years. on march 18th, 1990, $500 million worth of art stolen from a boston museum. the biggest art heist in history. >> this is the krcreme de la cre
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of art recovery. >> reporter: how did they get away with so many pieces? and where are the paintings? >> once they leave, they're never heard from again. >> reporter: in his only television interview, hear from the security guard who let the thieves in. was this an inside job? >> i opened up the door. they're obviously going to be looking at me. >> reporter: who else are investigators looking at and will the artworks ever be recovered? >> whoever has them is waiting for the right time. >> reporter: it's the $500 million question, who pulled off the greatest art heist in history? >> who did it? >> i can't tell you. i wish i could tell you. >> is there something new the cops have that 25 years later they're going to make a break here? >> the fbi says they believe whoever did this was part of a criminal organization. not naming them publicly.
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part of a criminal organization based in either new england or the mid-atlantic region. and the fbi did tell us just this week that they did have a credible sighting of the monet painting in the home of one of the men who very much resembles one of the sketches of the thieves back from 25 years ago. that monet has never been found, neither have the other 12 works of art -- >> they had a sighting, they didn't get a warrant and go in? >> no. >> why? >> we believe it was a family member who reported the sighting. but we haven't been told why that wasn't recovered. but also, i should point out, they're offering immunity to anyone who brings these paintings forward, full immunity. and there's also the statute of limb takings. it's been 25 years now. the statute of limb tagss itati expired. >> everything? >> on the theft, for sure. but you could still be charged with possession of stolen property, possession of the stolen art. >> who can buy this stuff? it's famous?
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>> that's a good question. you can't, because anybody trying to unload it, they know this is the stolen -- >> man, i can't wait. saw your original documentary. tune in tonight at 9:00 p.m. as randi asks the $500 million question, who pulled off the greatest art heist in history? thanks for watching, everyone. "wolf" starts right now. hello. i'm wolf blitzer. it's 1:00 p.m. here in washington. 5:00 p.m. in london. 7:00 p.m. in jerusalem. 8:00 p.m. in moscow. wherever you're watching from around the world, thanks very much for joining us. right now, israelis are voting on the future of their country in a critical election that has global implications. the prime minister, benjamin netanyahu, potentially his job is on the line right now. we'll go to jerusalem in a few moments for the very latest. but here in washington, an astonishing admission today from the head of the u.s. secret service. joe clancy was grilled on
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capitol hill over yet another scandal at his agency, this time over allegations senior agents drove their car to the white house after a night of partying and may have even interfered with a possible crime scene. under questioning -- and it was intense -- clancy admitted it was five days before anyone told him about the incident. and he only found out about it through an anonymous e-mail. >> you're in charge. >> yes, sir. >> this is an administrative problem you've got, among other things, why did you not get word from your subordinates about this incident for, what, five or six days? >> yes, sir. not knowing all the facts -- first of all, you're right, mr. chairman. there's no -- at the least of the description of these events, i should have still been informed of what transpired that evening. anytime you have a senior level on the president's detail who is alleged to have even

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