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Strange Case of Eric Massa; Prius Gone Wild; Guiding Young Men to Success; Homicide in Hollenbeck; "Dating Game" Serial Killer
Aired March 9, 2010 - 23:00 ET
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ANDERSON COOPER, HOST: Tonight the strange story of Eric Massa got even stranger. Why did the Congressman resign? Some of his own answers include cancer, inappropriate language, a White House plot, Rahm Emmanuel in the shower and a staff tickle fight. What's the real reason? We'll "Keeping him Honest" tonight.
Also ahead, a runaway Toyota on a busy freeway, speeding over 90 miles an hour. Tonight, the frantic 911 calls and they'll hear from the man who was at the wheel and almost died from it "Up Close."
And later, he fancied himself a lady killer, it turns out he was. Bachelor Number One on that old show "The Dating Game"; it turns out he was responsible for murders, one, two, three and more. "Crime and Punishment" tonight.
First up, think of all the ways the politicians get into trouble. There's taking bribes, there's drunk driving, there's infidelity, you can run the list. Rack your brain. Go ahead.
But chances are you will never ever come up with tickle fight. That's right, tickle fight. That's just one of the things that Congressman or former Congressman -- I should say, Eric Massa, a New York Democrat admitted today on national television. Tickle fight with staffers at a home they shared.
There is, however, a very serious side to this story. Massa quit yesterday saying in part the White House forced him out over his opposition to health care reform. And for a brief moment today, it looked like some conservatives might try to make him their hero because of it.
But in the end even talk show host, Glenn Beck didn't quite know what to make of this guy or perhaps as Hunter Thompson once said, when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. So why did Massa resign?
Joe Johns tonight is "Keeping Him Honest."
JOE JOHNS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): They're calling him everything from a hero to a moron to a liberal and a deviant scum bag. Much of the confusion comes from the various stories he's offered for quitting. SHAWN HOGAN, STEUBEN COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CHAIRMAN: The story changing day by day and it seems to change minute by minute.
JOHNS: So "Keeping them Honest", we went to lay out Massa's explanations.
First, he said he was quitting for health reasons.
FORMER REP. ERIC MASSA (D), NEW YORK: I had a heck of a cancer scare.
JOHNS: That's the explanation he offered Wednesday to a key supporter back in his home district.
HOGAN: He said that he had a reoccurrence of cancer and that he couldn't fight cancer, be an effective Congressman and a candidate all at the same time. He did not mention any ethical problems to me.
JOHNS (on camera): Did he say ethics violation? That brings us to story number two. On Friday, Massa admits in fact he was the subject of an ethics investigation. There was a complaint about what he did or did not do to a male staff member.
At first he said it was about language. Quote, "I know that my own language failed to meet the standards I set for all around me and myself. I fell short and I believe now as I have always believed that it is not enough to simply talk the talk, but rather I must take action to hold myself accountable."
Then on a Sunday radio show, he said it was about something else. There was a wedding party. He said he had too much to drink and he says reacted to a suggestion that he, a married man, should have been chasing after a bridesmaid.
MASSA: And I grabbed the staff member sitting next to me and said well, what I really ought to be doing is tracking you -- and then, tousled the guy's hair and left.
JOHNS: Then reports surfaced, it was more than that. Massa may have groped staffers along the way but he fervently denies it was sexual.
MASSA: Now they're saying I groped a male staffer. Yes, I did. Not only did I grope him, I tickled him until he couldn't breathe and then four guys jumped on top of me. It was my 50th birthday.
JOHNS: Massa's story number three. He says he was targeted and all but forced out by fellow Democrats because he opposed the health insurance reform bill on grounds it didn't go far enough.
MASSA: I was set up for this from the very, very beginning. If you think that somehow they didn't come after me to get rid of me because my vote is the deciding vote in the health care bill, then ladies and gentlemen, you live today in a world that is so innocent as to not to understand what's going on in Washington, D.C. JOHNS: Three explanations of why he quit: health, a messy ethics investigation and pressure from fellow Democrats claiming they opposed him because he was the deciding vote on health care, which clearly is not true.
Joe Johns, CNN, Washington.
COOPER: So let us know what you think of all of these explanations as Congressman Massa has given. The live chat is up and running at AC360.com.
We're going to talk to David Gergen and Arianna Huffington in just a moment and try to make sense of this -- this Congressman Massa.
Later, David Letterman and the blackmailer, the truth comes out in court today. We should tell you what the blackmailer got and what both men had to say about it.
COOPER: Well, it seems so now fitting that "Alice in Wonderland" is number one in the box office. Congressman Eric Massa's departure from Congress and what he's been saying about it today have a real kind of "Beyond the Looking Glass" flavor to them. Listen.
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MASSA: Now they're saying I groped a male staffer. Yes, I did. Not only did I grope him, I tickled until he couldn't breathe and then four guys jumped on top of me. It was my 50th birthday.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
MASSA: When four guys jump on you to wrestle you to prove that you're 50 years old. Anything can be called anything, Larry. And what it's all about is innuendo, it's all about using the language to destroy people. You know, I don't get to know who my accuser is, I don't get to know what the accusation is, I don't get to know any of that.
And in fact, I never will because there is no ethics investigation because I'm not a member of Congress anymore. I can't fight -- I can't fight that, represent my district and run for a reelection and the health care bill and oh, by the way, I may have cancer.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
COOPER: Eric Massa that was both on Glenn Beck on Fox and "Larry King Live" tonight. Joining us now: Arianna Huffington of the Huffington Post; and senior political analyst, David Gergen. David, what do you make of this? In mean, on the one hand today, he seems to be saying that he's taking responsibility for groping or tickling or whatever horseplay he was doing with a couple of members of his staff. And on the other hand, he's sort of intimating that he was pressured out or this is politically motivated. What's your take?
DAVID GERGEN, CNN SENIOR POLITICAL ANALYST: Well, Anderson, people say that Washington politics is a freak show. And Eric Massa is writing a whole new chapter.
I don't think we really know exactly what happened here. What's really important is that he made an explosive charge that he was forced out of Congress by an orchestrated effort by Democrats.
Today on Glenn Beck when he was pushed and pushed on that, he didn't deliver the goods. He finally said I wasn't forced out, I forced myself out. That's the big story here right now, I think.
COOPER: Yet clearly, Arianna, there were some conservatives earlier who were hoping that he would somehow reveal some shady doings, some corruption either on Capitol Hill or the White House. And it's really kind of amounted to nothing right now.
ARIANNA HUFFINGTON, "HUFFINGTON POST": Indeed. And to his credit, Glenn Beck acknowledged as much at the end of the show when he apologized to his audience for wasting an hour of their time.
In fact, you know, other than I never thought anything would make me feel sympathetic towards Glenn Beck but having to interview Eric Massa for an entire hour made me really feel for him. And it was clear that not only didn't he deliver, but his story in becoming more and more preposterous.
COOPER: I -- I mean, I think Glenn Beck is an enormous talent in what he does, but he's clearly seemed kind of clutching at straws at some point today, you know, kind of saying like -- and as you said, he just turned to the camera and finally said you know what? I think I've wasted your time.
I just want to play a quick side from him on Beck earlier today.
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MASSA: I never translated from my days in the Navy to being a Congressman.
GLENN BECK, FOX NEWS: All right.
MASSA: But I did not -- let me just be very clear --
BECK: You know what, tickle fights in the Navy. I've never been in the Navy. I don't know about tickle fights in the Navy.
MASSA: Let me show you something.
BECK: You're going to show me tickle fights? MASSA: I'm going to show you a lot more than tickle fights. Can you imagine transporting back to this today? It looks like an orgy in Caligula.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
COOPER: David, you were in the Navy. What do you make of the whole tickle fight explanation?
GERGEN: I don't remember any tickle fights.
And listen, I don't know whether this fellow needs media help or mental help. It's probably both. I think he's sort of a mess. I don't know, I think he's addled by all of this. In some ways -- he's become a political corpse. The best thing we can draw and put a sheet over him and move on.
I think the critical thing is he does not have the goods in making this wild charge about the Democrats forcing him out.
COOPER: Arianna is that -- is that your take, as well, that at the end of the day this is just some temporary side show?
HUFFINGTON: Oh, absolutely. I mean, I'm sure there may be another chapter to this when his accusers may come out and speak or write a book about it.
COOPER: Or sue him civilly maybe.
HUFFINGTON: But when it comes to -- or sue him, any of these things may still happen. Because so far we've only heard his side of the story or rather his multiple sides of the story.
But he is not really going to have any effect on the health care battle. It only means that Nancy Pelosi now needs the 216 votes rather than 217, but he was not the defining vote as he tried to make the world believe.
COOPER: Yes. We're going to leave it there.
Arianna, thanks for being on, Arianna Huffington and David Gergen as well.
GERGEN: Thank you.
COOPER: Up next and "Up Close" tonight, one man describes his frantic battle to stop his runaway Toyota -- excuse me -- as the federal government steps in to investigate.
Also tonight, "The Dating Game" killer, Bachelor Number One had a very dark secret. Take a look at this.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Bachelor Number One --
RODNEY ALCALA, SERIAL KILLER: Yes?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: What's your best time?
ALCALA: The best time is at night, nighttime.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Why do you say that?
ALCALA: Because that's the only time there is.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The only time. What's wrong with morning, afternoon?
ALCALA: Well, they're ok, but nighttime is when it really gets good, then you're really ready.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
COOPER: Yes, creepy then, it's even creepier now with bachelor one. It turns out he was a convicted serial killer, he was just sentenced tonight. We'll tell you what punishment he's going to get on "Crime and Punishment."
COOPER: "Up Close" tonight, a terrifying ride inside a runaway Prius. Federal investigators are looking into a new report of sudden acceleration involving a Toyota model. Now, the company has recalled millions of its cars due to the problem, as you know. And so far the only Priuses that have been recalled are those with braking problems.
But on Interstate 8 outside San Diego, a 2008 Prius went out of control. The 911 tapes were released just a short time ago. Listen.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: How fast are you going?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: 80 something.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You're going 80 miles an hour?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Maybe more now.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: 81? And it's still stuck?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
COOPER: Today the driver described what it was like trying desperately to stop the car.
Here's Ted Rowlands.
(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) TED ROWLANDS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (on camera): We're with Jim Sykes, this is the gentleman who was in his 2008 Prius down here San Diego County when it went out of control, saying that, the accelerator, Jim, apparently just sort of took on a life of its own. Explain, what happened.
JIM SYKES, PRIUS OWNER: That's exactly what happened.
I was actually heading east on our Interstate 8 in San Diego. And I pushed the gas a little extra, in fact, very hard to pass a car that was coming on the freeway. And as I did that, it just -- the gas pedal felt kind of weird and it just went all the way to fast.
ROWLANDS: Then you called 911?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: This is 911, do you have an emergency?
SYKES: My car can't slow down.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You can't slow it down?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: What kind of car are you in? I heard a Toyota, what color is it?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Blue.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: What kind of Toyota? What kind of Toyota?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: A Prius?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And what's going on? Is your accelerator stuck?
SYKES: Yes, yes.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes?
SYKES: Yes. Yes.
I was actually going around cars and came close to hitting one semi truck and I was speeding up faster at that time, I was in the 80s somewhere. And I kept hitting the brakes, I kept hitting the brakes and it wasn't slowing down at all. It's just accelerating.
ROWLANDS: What was the sensation like?
SYKES: It was an odd sensation. I felt it in my foot. And I pushed the pedal and it just kind of felt like it just moved on its own. It's the only way I can describe it. It moved on its own and it took over. It was pushing harder than I was.
I'm trying to control the car.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Ok, have you tried to put the car in neutral?
SYKES: Can you try that?
ROWLANDS: You didn't try to put it into neutral?
SYKES: No, I was afraid to try to go to hit it into neutral. I was holding on to the steering wheel with both hands 94 miles an hour in a Toyota Prius, that's fast.
ROWLANDS: Why didn't you turn it off -- turn the car off earlier?
SYKES: Because it wasn't safe. Those are very windy roads and I didn't know if I turn the -- if hit the button if the steering wheel would lock or if the wheels on the car would lock.
ROWLANDS: Is there any doubt in your mind that the floor mats had nothing to do with what happened?
SYKES: The floor mat had nothing to do with yesterday's event, period. The floor mat didn't move. I won't drive that car again. But I mean, I have no problem with Toyota, but just I won't drive the Prius, there's obviously a problem that needs to be corrected.
ROWLANDS: And Jim Sykes' Toyota Prius right now is at this Toyota dealership in El Cajon, California just outside San Diego. Toyota released a statement saying they are sending a technician here to take a look at the car and to help out in any way they can.
Meanwhile the U.S. Department of Transportation is also sending inspectors here to not only look at the car but also to meet with Jim Sykes to hear about his ordeal.
Ted Rowlands, CNN, El Cajon, California.
COOPER: Can you imagine that? That's scary stuff.
We are following several other important stories. Stephanie Elam joins us with the "360 News and Business Bulletin" -- Stephanie.
STEPHANIE ELAM, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: Hi, Anderson. Well, a Pennsylvania woman has been indicted on charges she conspired to support terrorists and kill on foreign soil. If convicted, Colleen Larose also known as "Jihad Jane" seen here in an old mug shot faces life in prison.
Women who have one or two drinks a day don't gain as much weight in midlife. That's compared to those who don't drink at all. That's according to a new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine. But researchers warn an alcohol diet is dangerous and could be linked to various medical problems.
And Lindsay Lohan has filed a $100 million lawsuit against e- Trade. She claims the talking e-Trade babies in this TV ad that aired during the Super Bowl and the Olympics were modeled after her. The babies make reference to milk-aholic Lindsay. The actress has undergone treatment for substance abuse. And e-Trade's spokeswoman declined to comment on the lawsuit.
ELAM: It seems to me maybe a little hard to prove there.
COOPER: Might be a tough one to prove.
COOPER: Although, not coincidental probably that they did know Lindsay, who knows?
ELAM: Yes but I just think it's going to be a hard one for them to actually get people on their side about.
Up next: "Building up America" one child at a time; middle and high school students giving valuable skills to succeed. See who's helping them to make any difference.
COOPER: Our series "Building up America" is about people who are changing lives, fixing problems, making their communities stronger.
People like Kyle Anderson, the man you're about to meet. He's giving back to his hometown and it's a city where it is much harder to be a kid today. He's also paying a personal price.
Education contributor, Steve Perry has this story.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Listen to the lyrics.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: On your next paycheck --
STEVE PERRY, CNN EDUCATION CONTRIBUTOR (voice-over): For these young men, it's more than a song. These are words to live by.
The idea is to help them and get them in a place where they can work it out. But this story is really about this man, Kyle Anderson and the successful professionals he has convinced to give up their time and commit to helping these young men.
(on camera): What are you expecting that's going to come from your interaction with them?
KYLE ANDERSON, GREATER HARTFORD MALE YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAM: I pray that -- it's something that I do with the women and men who volunteer in this program -- will turn on a light bulb for one individual. We have the overachiever, the underachiever and what I call on-the-fence achiever.
And we're not doing anything different from what the school system, what you're doing in the classroom or what your parents are saying, but it's coming from a community group of folks.
PERRY (voice-over): Anderson calls it the Greater Hartford Male Youth Leadership Program. He started it about three years ago. Today, about 100 young men from local middle and high schools are mentored by dedicated adults who want to put them on to a solid path.
(on camera): Because this is a tough community, why is it doing so poorly?
ANDERSON: That question once bothers me, Steve because when I was growing up in this community, my next door neighbor was the first African-American judge in the State of Connecticut.
PERRY: But this community's changed.
ANDERSON: But you're still working good folks that live here.
ANDERSON: And the thing is I still think that we can make a difference.
PERRY (voice-over): In monthly workshops the young men pick up valuable skills to succeed. They dress professionally --
ANDERSON: What's our rule? Are we tucked in?
PERRY: They are financially responsible and today they learn about careers in Music and TV. Another day they might have a workshop in public service.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: All right.
PERRY: They lead; business, government and community leaders, positive role models who Anderson hopes will inspire the boys to become leaders themselves.
(on camera): So what percentage of your time would you say you spend working with other people's children?
ANDERSON: A week or sometimes it may be -- I may be dealing with about 20 hours, maybe more than that. It may be 40.
PERRY (voice-over): This is also a story about real sacrifice; the pull between home and so many other kids who need guidance.
(on camera): And I have to look to men such as you to help me figure this out. Because, you know, I looked up and I see Kyle Junior --
PERRY: -- and that's an old picture. That's a long time ago.
PERRY: How does it work where you're the leader in the community and the father at home?
ANDERSON: That's a challenge, Steve. It's a challenge. So I think that's why I may end up in divorce court.
PERRY: And now you've got a teenager, though. How does he feel about the level of responsibility that you have outside the house?
ANDERSON: He's confused by it. Because of the whole divorce situation, he's confused by it. And it hurts him dearly.
PERRY (voice-over): Across the country, people like Kyle Anderson serve their communities.
ANDERSON: Getting it done. Getting it done.
PERRY: "Building Up America" one child at a time, but not without sacrifice.
Steve Perry, CNN, Hartford, Connecticut.
COOPER: Trying to work it out. You can join the live chat happening right now at AC360.com. Tell us what's on your mind.
Still ahead, a mother in mourning; her sons cut down by gang violence. Will she get justice for her kids? Our series "Homicide in Hollenbeck" after the break.
Also tonight, he was much more than a dating show contestant.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Number one, would you say hello to Cheryl, please?
ALCALA: We're going to have a great time together, Cheryl. (END VIDEO CLIP)
COOPER: What Cheryl did not know was that guy, Bachelor Number One, was a brutal criminal who's now been identified as a serial killer. He learned his punishment tonight. Details, plus you'll hear from his fellow contestant on "The Dating Game" when we continue.
COOPER: You may not realize this, but there are more than 21,000 gangs in America. And they exist in small towns and in big cities all across the country. The toll they take on lives and communities is staggering.
We found that out firsthand five years ago with our reports from the Hollenbeck division in Los Angeles. And since then, gang killings are down in L.A. but the power of the gangs on the streets remain.
All this week, we return to Hollenbeck to see what's happening now, talking to gang members and relatives and cops. Sadly, we discovered that the code of silence is still thriving and that killers are literally getting away with murder because their fellow citizens are too scared to come forward. They're scared of retribution or simply being labeled a snitch.
Well, tonight: the story of one mom who lost two sons to the streets and who is still waiting for justice.
COOPER (voice-over): Soledad Brock often visits the Oddfellows Cemetery in Hollenbeck.
SOLEDAD BROCK, MOTHER MOURNING TWO SONS: Give me the serenity, God, to accept the things that I'll never be able to change.
COOPER: This is the final resting place for her two young sons. Ronald Brock was a Marine; Angel, a gang member. They looked almost like twins, but their lives took two very different paths. Both, however, were gunned down in the same year at the same house where they grew up in Hollenbeck.
BROCK: People tell me, you know, it's time for me to move on and to forget. But I don't think anybody understands that your whole life was gone seven years ago.
COOPER: Seven years after their deaths, five years after we first reported their stories, detectives say they have solved one of these Hollenbeck murders, but there is a surprise twist in both cases.
The Hollenbeck area covers 15 square miles east of downtown Los Angeles. There are 34 gangs here with some 6,800 members. Some of the gangs have existed for generations in this area, and the lure of gang life is strong.
RICHARD MOYA, FORMER GANG MEMBER: People are out there and they have a special order.
COOPER: Former gang member Richard Moya once considered his gang his family.
(on camera): Why be in a gang? What's the appeal?
MOYA: It's not the appeal. It's more like the bond; it's more like the friendship. It's more like the comfort, something that you probably don't even get within your own household.
COOPER (voice-over): But Moya says for every friend you get in a gang, you create far more enemies.
Some are able to resist the temptation of joining a gang. Ronald Brock took a very different path than Moya and his brother, Angel. After boot camp, after September 11, Ronald wanted to defend his country though his mother worried he might die overseas.
BROCK: I honestly didn't want him to go.
COOPER: Before his deployment, Ronald came home to visit his girlfriend. He was planning to propose to her.
But that weekend Ronald arrived at his mother's home, he was confronted by gang members just outside the house. Moments later, there were gun shots. One of those bullets was fatal. Ronald Brock was just 19 years old.
DET. DEWAINE FIELDS, LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT: And we know that Mr. Brock or we believe that Mr. Brock was not armed when he was killed.
COOPER: Thirty-year veteran detective Dwayne Fields supervises the Hollenbeck gang unit. He says Ronald's brother, Angel, was the actual target.
(on camera): Ronald Brock was just at the wrong place, wrong time?
FIELDS: Wrong place, wrong time. He was in his brother's gang neighborhood, where his home is. His brother was a gang member. He had his head shaved because he's United States Marine Corps, and United States Marine Corps shaves their heads. And most of the thugs out here, most of the gangsters out here have shaved heads.
He was a male Hispanic. Unfortunately, he's in Los Angeles with a shaved head. And they thought that he was a gang member. And there's no evidence whatsoever to lead me to believe that he was. Wrong place, wrong time, mistaken identity.
COOPER: And what's been tough about solving that?
FIELDS: Witnesses. Witnesses.
COOPER: No one's coming forward?
FIELDS: No one's coming forward.
COOPER: Did they think he was his brother?
FIELDS: I believe so.
Looks like we -- they may have a jailhouse informant.
COOPER (voice-over): Seven years after Brock's death, detectives are still looking for his killer.
FIELDS: Let's go over to the house, see if we can find --
COOPER: Detective Fields needs an eyewitness or another gang member to identify Ronald's killer.
(on camera): Some people, you know, say -- they don't -- people aren't -- the community, you talk to people and they say, look, people don't come forward and talk to police because they're scared. They're scared of retaliation. Is that a valid fear?
FIELDS: Sure, yes. And I think that's in any community. I think that anybody that reports a crime kind of worries about that.
But 29 years in this job, I've only lost one witness in 29 years. And I've dealt with hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of witnesses. So it's not as common as someone might think.
Most of these gangsters are cowards. They're not going to do anything.
COOPER (voice-over): But gangs only need to make a few examples to send a message.
Take the case of Bobby Singleton, a homeless man who was murdered to prevent him from testifying against a gang member.
(on camera): Singleton's body was found under this L.A. bridge. He'd been shot in the head and in the neck five times. Police said it was overkill, designed to send a message, a warning to others never to speak to police.
(voice-over): Soledad Brock was still grieving for her son Ronald when seven months after her son was killed, her other son, Angel, who was in a gang, was killed in a barrage of gunfire.
FIELDS: He was approached by a couple of different gang members, rival gang members, he and another fellow and a major gunfight ensued. The problem with that one, Anderson, was even though we know how many guns were involved -- we had .9 millimeter, .45, 7.62 rounds, 30 caliber carbine rounds. I mean, it was a gunfight.
The problem with it is, is we know how many guns were there, how many were involved, we don't know who pulled the trigger first.
COOPER (on camera): It's possible Angel shot first?
FIELDS: Possible. Possible he was hit by friendly fire. He was shot in the back of the head.
COOPER: So the only way you can solve that now is if somebody who was involved in it?
FIELDS: We arrested the guys involved in it.
COOPER: Did the guys who were arrested, did they talk?
FIELDS: No. We had witnesses on that case finally come forward and say these are -- what they did is said, "We saw these two individuals, rival gang members, approach with guns in hand, but didn't see the actual shootout itself."
COOPER: You think they actually did see the gunfight but didn't want to --
FIELDS: Probably. Probably.
COOPER: -- say who pulled the trigger.
(voice-over): Letting go in Hollenbeck is hard. A gang-related funeral nearby, a reminder that violence is never far away.
Soledad Brock's sons now lay side by side. But nobody has been held accountable for the murders. Two days before he was killed, Ronald Brock learned his girlfriend was pregnant.
BROCK: He would've been a really great father.
COOPER: His daughter is now seven. Her name is Ronnie Angeline Brock, named after her father and uncle.
BROCK: She looks like him, like the way she smiles and the way she talks, the way she walks, everything.
Thank you, God, for not letting me go. Thank you for always being there for me.
COOPER: Each morning, Soledad Brock says a prayer for justice and a prayer for her sons, Ronald and Angel, and for the little girl who will grow up never knowing either of them.
COOPER: We should point out that Ronald Brock would have been 20 (SIC) years old today. It was his birthday. He was a Marine who wanted to serve his country, and he was shot to death by a coward in Hollenbeck.
Tomorrow, our series continues with the cold-case murder and the fear of an all-too-familiar motive. Here's a preview.
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FIELDS: I believe that the gang thought that he must have had some information, because his home boy was still in jail and he wasn't. And I believe that they killed him behind that. They killed him for nothing.
COOPER: So Gabriel was killed by his own gang, you think?
FIELDS: I believe so.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
COOPER: A gang member killed by his own gang. "Homicide in Hollenbeck", all this week on 360.
Coming up next, "The Dating Game" serial killer.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Bachelor Number One, I am serving you for dinner. What are you called? And what do you look like?
RODNEY ALCALA, CONVICTED SERIAL KILLER: I'm called the banana, and I look really good.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
COOPER: Cheesy and creepy, yes. Even creepier when you realize he's actually a convicted murderer. He's just been sentenced as a serial killer. I'll tell you if he's going to be put to death, and we'll interview one of the contestants who sat next to him.
Also tonight, the children of Haiti: tonight, the fight for Patricia, a little girl rescued from the rubble in Haiti. It was thought she was an orphan, but now a couple has come forward claiming to be her parents. But are they really? That story ahead.
COOPER: "Crime & Punishment" tonight: a truly creepy story. This is a clip from "The Dating" -- "The Dating Game" back in the 1970s. Bachelor Number One, the guy you see there, was just convicted of five murders.
Bachelor Number One is a serial killer, it turns out. And he had already had a violent record when this episode aired. He didn't just appear on the show; he actually won the date.
In a moment, I'll talk live with another contestant who sat next to him that day.
But first, here's Tom Foreman.
TOM FOREMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Back in 1978, "The Dating Game" was a popular TV show. And in his only appearance, the 35-year-old photographer was a hit.
JIM LANGE, GAME SHOW HOST: Please welcome Rodney Alcala. Rod, welcome. FOREMAN: He was, in game show fashion, charming, funny, and suggestive.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: What's your best time?
ALCALA: The best time is at night, nighttime.
FOREMAN: Flash forward. This is Rodney Alcala now, convicted of murdering four women and a 12-year-old girl in separate incidents around Los Angeles around the time of that show, when he acted like just another guy.
ALCALA: We're going to have a great time together, Cheryl.
PAT BROWN, CRIMINAL PROFILER: Serial killers are tremendous actors.
FOREMAN: Pat Brown, a criminal profiler, watches that show and sees nothing unusual because, she says, that's what Alcala wanted.
BROWN: Serial killers are predators and, yes, they act like an animal that is trying to get his prey, and the rest of the time it's trying to blend in so we don't notice him.
FOREMAN: At least one person noticed something. Bachelor No. 2, Jed Mills, still recalls how Alcala seemed dark, slimy, and obnoxious, treating others like objects until he wanted something.
ALCALA: I'm called the banana, and I look really good.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Can you be a little more descriptive?
ALCALA: Peel me.
FOREMAN: Investigators have long pursued Alcala, even before he appeared on "The Dating Game." He'd been convicted of kidnapping and raping a young girl. He was convicted twice in the killing of Robin Samsoe, that 12-year-old on her way to ballet class. Twice the case went to retrial before finally this latest conviction for her and four other murders.
(on camera): And over the years, investigators have raised many questions about possible connections between Alcala and other murders. But time and again, they have not come up with enough to charge him.
LANGE: Say hello to Rodney Alcala. Rodney Alcala.
FOREMAN: At the end of that game show, Alcala even won the girl. Published reports show, however, say they never went on that date. And perhaps that's just as well.
Tom Foreman, CNN.
COOPER: Well, just a couple of hours ago, a California jury sentenced Rodney Alcala to death for his conviction on those five murders.
Let's dig deeper now with Jed Mills, who had the misfortune of sitting next to Alcala on the episode of "The Dating Game." He says he'll never forget his encounter with the serial killer.
Jed Mills, a veteran TV and film actor, joins us now.
Jed, so you were on "The Dating Game" back in 1978. What do you remember about Rodney Alcala?
JED MILLS, FORMER "DATING GAME" CONTESTANT: I remember that he was very strange and obnoxious. Imposing and trying to be smiley and friendly at the same time, not giving you a chance to speak when he was speaking. Very -- very imposing.
COOPER: You said he was sort of creepy. What was creepy about him?
MILLS: Well, he was -- his aura. His -- he was -- he would be very quiet, and then he would all of a sudden jump in on a conversation that I was having with the other gentleman on the show and impose his very opinionated opinions on what we were talking about in a very loud voice and very close up in our faces.
And then he would back off suddenly and be quiet again until that moment when he found another -- where he could wedge himself into it very abruptly and very rudely.
He wasn't friendly. He wasn't someone who was forthcoming in terms of how are you? How are you doing? But much more -- much more controlling, very controlling.
COOPER: And he was a winner of this episode, but I guess the contestant refused to go on the date with him. Do you know why?
MILLS: Well, only what I hear from when I did another -- another interview. And they told me over at first -- "Inside Edition" that she found him too creepy. And that when she met him and sort of talked with him and spent a little bit of time with him, she decided not to go on the date, which may have been the best decision of her life.
COOPER: What went through your mind when you learned that he'd actually been convicted of raping a child before he was a contestant and since then has been convicted for murdering five people?
MILLS: Well, as creepy as I thought he was, I had no idea that he was a murderer, rapist guy. But I just knew that he -- had an aversion to being next to him.
What went through my mind was more what I felt. It was very bizarre, appalled sort of. They told me on the telephone when they called me to be interviewed on "Inside Edition" that he was a serial killer and had killed seven women and raped and killed a 12-year-old girl. And it was horrible. It was -- it was like a nightmare come true after 32 years. COOPER: Yes. Jed Mills, appreciate you being on. Thanks, Jed.
If you want to take another look at Rodney Alcala on "The Dating Game," you can go to AC360.com and watch the entire clip. It's not only cheesy, but it's very creepy.
Coming up next, a baby rescued from the rubble in Haiti. She was thought to be an orphan, but now a couple in Haiti says this child belongs to them. We're going to unravel the mystery of baby Patricia ahead.
COOPER: In New York today, an emotional tribute to the 101 U.N. workers killed in the Haiti earthquake, the single greatest loss in the U.N.'s 64-year history. Hundreds of staffers joined the victims' families to honor their memory.
Nearly two months after the quake, so many lives still remain in limbo. So many families were ripped apart in the chaos.
Weeks ago we reported on the rescue of a baby pulled from the rubble, barely alive. Tonight: a remarkable twist in her story.
Here's Elizabeth Cohen.
ELIZABETH COHEN, CNN SENIOR MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT (on camera): I was at this hospital in Port-au-Prince about seven weeks ago when I witnessed an incredible rescue of a tiny baby. She was just 2 months old when she was pulled from the rubble. She'd been there alone for five days.
(voice-over): She was found cradled in the arms of a dead woman rescuers believed was her mother. The baby girl was near death, barely breathing. Doctors with Project MediShare at the University of Miami fought to stabilize her so they could fly her to a hospital in the United States.
Doctors thought the baby was an orphan and told the driver they'd name the baby after her if she made it to the plane on time. She did. The driver's name was Patricia.
Several hours later, baby Patricia landed in Florida, seemingly on the verge of a new life.
(on camera): But it turns out this story is far from simple.
A couple from Haiti has now come forward, claiming that baby Patricia is their daughter. They say she's no orphan and that her name isn't even Patricia. It's Jenny and they want her back.
We're told the parents live here in Canape Vert (ph) in one of these tent cities. I'm going to go try to find them.
Wow, what does that mean? What do those words mean? It's beautiful.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Every time I think about Jenny, I want to go crazy. I want to lose my mind.
COHEN (voice-over): This man, Junior Alexis (ph), and his wife, Nadine Devilme (ph) say they're the parents, separated from their daughter in the chaos that followed the quake. This is what's left of their home.
Photos of their daughter were destroyed. This is what they have left.
(on camera): And these are all her vaccinations, doctor's notes.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: These are the doctor's notes.
COHEN: OK. So you say this is your baby?
NADINE DEVILME, CLAIMS PATRICIA IS HER DAUGHTER (through translator): Yes, Jenny's my daughter.
COHEN (voice-over): But the baby is now in Florida foster care and the couple must take a DNA test to prove they're the parents before they can get her back.
The International Red Cross administered the test today, and it will take an agonizing week or two before they get the results.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: She said, "I have a lot of problems." She says, "I can't sleep, and it's giving me a lot of problems."
COHEN (on camera): I've told their story to many people, and some people say this is just a couple in Haiti that wants to get to the United States. They're claiming a baby that's not theirs. What do they say to that?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: "We don't know about that," he said. "We just have a baby that they took. They're helping us, they took the baby, but we're here and we're happy that they're helping the baby. But it's a help, but we need our baby."
COOPER: Elizabeth, are the parents being kept apprised of how their daughter's doing, if it is their daughter?
COHEN: Yes, Anderson, the couple has been -- being kept abreast. They've been appointed a lawyer. The state of Florida has appointed a lawyer to represent the baby. That lawyer has seen the baby several times. He told me and he told the parents that she is doing very well.
And you saw that black-and-white photocopy they have. That is actually via the Red Cross. That's a photo of the baby from when she was at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Her ribs have not completely recovered. She has some broken ribs, but they say she's doing quite well.
COOPER: So it'll be a couple weeks before we know, right?
COHEN: Right. It will be a couple of weeks until the DNA test results are back. And it's interesting. I spoke with a Florida state official. And he said that, you know, they have to do this DNA test. But he said he is very confident that these are the parents.
COOPER: All right. Well, let's hope -- hope for good news on that. Elizabeth thanks very much.
COOPER: Tonight's "Shot" is a thank you to some hard-working American servicemen and women. Just hours from now, the U.S. Navy hospital ship, the Comfort, will begin its journey back to Baltimore.
The ship dropped anchor, you'll remember, off the coast of Port- au-Prince on January 20. Since then, its medical staff has treated 871 patients. They performed 843 surgeries. Many of them were life- saving.
At the height of the recovery effort, they were receiving one patient every six to nine minutes. The ship's ten operating rooms were running at full capacity.
Now, we told you about some of the amazing recoveries that we saw onboard the ship. You may remember Anna Zizi (ph), the elderly woman pulled from the rubble a week after the quake. She had a serious leg injury. She needed surgery.
We helped put out the word that she needed help. A medical group responded, and a Coast Guard chopper took her to them. After surgery on her broken leg, Anna Zizi (ph) recovered on board the Comfort, and her survival is truly amazing.
Then there was Kimberly, a 12-year-old girl with a serious brain injury. The American military asked Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a neurosurgeon, to operate on her. They were short on brain surgeons at the time. Sanjay did that surgery.
It was successful, and Kimberly spent weeks recovering onboard the Comfort. At the time, she didn't even realize the hospital was a ship. She was later reunited with her family.
And who can forget 5-year-old Kenzie Charles? Kenzie's parents thought he died in the quake. They didn't know that he was alive until a UNICEF worker showed them photos of Kenzie. Kenzie had been taken to the Comfort for medical treatment, where he was eventually reunited with his father.
So some things go wrong in natural -- natural disasters, but some things go right. And what the men and women aboard the USS Comfort achieved has been remarkable; hundreds of men and women, Americans doing their duty, helping other people. I didn't get the chance to board the Comfort when I was in Haiti, but if I had, I would had told them what I will tell them tonight as they leave Port-au-Prince. Thank you for representing our country so well. Thank you for saving so many lives. Thank you and Godspeed.
LARRY KING, CNN HOST, "LARRY KING LIVE": Tonight, Eric Massa is here. His first primetime interview since suddenly resigning from Congress, admitting that he groped a staffer. He's called the leader in his own party a liar and the White House chief of staff the son of the devil's spawn.
But Massa says he didn't jump. He was pushed out of office over his opposition to the health care bill.
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ERIC MASSA, FORMER REPRESENTATIVE, NEW YORK: And I was set up for this from the very, very beginning.
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