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At Least 12 American Tourists Die in Chile Bus Accident; Police Continue Search For Two Missing Milwaukee Boys; Parkinson's Disease Medication Linked to Compulsive Behavior?; Obstacles for Fathers in Adoption; What do Dreams Mean?

Aired March 22, 2006 - 20:00   ET


HEIDI COLLINS, CNN ANCHOR: Good evening, everybody. And thanks for joining us. Paula has the night off tonight.
A big development in a headline-making murder investigation, and, for the first time, the suspect speaks out.


COLLINS (voice-over): "Outside the Law" -- a major break in a murder mystery that stunned the nation and ended a promising young life. But how solid is the case? Is the mystery really solved?

The "Eye Opener" -- dark miracle? Miracle drugs that soothe a devastating illness, but, for some:

JIM SWEET, PARKINSON'S DISEASE PATIENT: It's like you're having your mind hijacked.

COLLINS: Ordinary people who say they were seized by an uncontrollable urge to gamble away their homes, their jobs, their marriages.

PHIL JUBY, PARKINSON'S DISEASE PATIENT: I knew it was tearing my family apart.

COLLINS: Is there a dark side to these miracle drugs?

And the growing movement you may not know: men's rights.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It was crazy. It was something that didn't make sense. I was his father. I wanted to raise my son.

COLLINS: What is behind the bureaucracy that is keeping this father away from his own child?


COLLINS: But we begin tonight with some breaking news about a horrible accident involving a group of U.S. tourists.

They had gotten off a cruise ship to take a bus trip in northern Chile, and the bus apparently plunged into a canyon. At least 12 passengers, most of them thought to be Americans, are dead. This is the first picture of the bus from the accident scene that we have been getting in here at CNN.

The accident happened about 3:30 Eastern time, near the Chilean city of Arica. At least five people survived the bus crash. Three of them are Americans. They are said to be in critical condition.

The tourists had come to Chile aboard a U.S. cruise ship, the Millennium. It's operated by Celebrity Cruises. That ship is currently sailing a 14-night South American cruise that departed Valparaiso, Chile, on March 19, and is scheduled to conclude in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on April 2 -- so, a two-week cruise.

A written statement from the company says the passengers were on an independent excursion that was not affiliated with the cruise line. That statement goes on to say the following: "The cause of the accident has not been determined. And Celebrity Cruises is working in close coordination with Chilean authorities to assist in their investigation."

Joining me by phone from Santiago, Chile, is John Vance. He's a spokesman for the U.S. Embassy.

Thanks for being with us.

I want to know the very latest that you have on the victims in this crash.

JOHN VANCE, SPOKESPERSON, U.S. EMBASSY IN CHILE: Well, at this stage, the information we have is still quite sketchy. And you listed quite a bit of it right there.

But, apparently, we can confirm that 12 U.S. citizens have been killed and that there are several more who are injured.

COLLINS: Has anything like this happened in that area before, Mr. Vance?

VANCE: Not that I'm ware of, at least not in recent memory, and certainly not a -- in this scale.

COLLINS: And we're looking at this picture now, once again, coming into us of the actual bus itself that has gone down this apparently 280 foot ravine, or cliff, as you can see there, obviously, not a -- a very settling sight to see.

What sort of regulations are there -- when these cruise lines go and offer trips that are, as we have stated, independent of the cruise lines themselves, what sort of regulations are in place for those independent trips, if you will?

VANCE: Well, Heidi, I think that's something you would have to take up with the cruise line.

At this point, the information I have simply relates to -- to the results of today's accident, not the -- the regulations or anything behind it.

COLLINS: Do you any idea who will, then, carry on the investigation that no doubt will proceed from here?

VANCE: Well, Chilean authorities will certainly take the lead on that.

And, as you probably already know, they're -- they're up there. And (INAUDIBLE) of Chile is -- is in charge of the investigation at this stage. The embassy is in touch with all the -- the Chilean authorities, and -- and is attempting to respond to all the problems that arise from a situation like this.

COLLINS: John Vance from the U.S. Embassy for us, coming out of Santiago, Chile, thank you so much, sir, for your help tonight.

We, of course, are going to be following this story throughout.

Quickly, to recap for you, 12 passengers, most of them Americans, are dead, after getting off a cruise ship and taking a bus trip in northern Chile. You are seeing the picture there of the bus that has gone off this 280-foot, we believe, type of cliff. We are confirming here at CNN that 12 passengers are Americans. And they are all dead. As I have said, we will follow this story for you throughout the broadcast, and bring you the very latest.

For now, though, we turn to the indictment of the prime suspect in a shocking murder that has been making headlines for weeks. It has been almost a month since Imette St. Guillen's brutalized body was found in a desolate part of Brooklyn.

The 24-year-old graduate student had last been seen alive hours earlier, outside a Manhattan bar, where Darryl Littlejohn was working as a bouncer. He has been held on a parole violation, since shortly after the murder.

Today, CNN has learned a grand jury indicted him. And, for the first time, we're hearing from the suspect himself.

Allan Chernoff has been covering this investigation every step of the way and filed this report for tonight's "Outside the Law."


ALLAN CHERNOFF, CNN SENIOR CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): It was 4:00 in the morning Saturday, February 25, closing time at The Falls bar in Manhattan.

Police say witnesses saw bouncer Darryl Littlejohn escort grad student Imette St. Guillen out of the bar. The student of criminal justice was only months away from graduating. Seventeen hours later, police found her body laying here, in an isolated lot in Brooklyn. St. Guillen had been raped and strangled. Her face was covered with strips of packing tape, and her hands and legs bound with plastic ties.

MAUREEN ST. GUILLEN, MOTHER OF IMETTE ST. GUILLEN: She was a beautiful girl. She was -- I mean beautiful inside, also. She was kind. She was loving. She wouldn't hurt anyone. CHERNOFF: Forensic scientists here at the New York Medical Examiner's Office found a small quantity of blood on the ties around St. Guillen's wrists. Their DNA analysis identified the blood as Darryl Littlejohn's.

RAYMOND KELLY, NEW YORK CITY POLICE COMMISSIONER: Well, this is a very significant development, that, when you talk about DNA here, we're talking about the certainty of one in -- in a trillion. So, it is a -- a very important piece of -- of evidence for us.

CHERNOFF: More evidence: Hours before the body was found in Eastern Brooklyn, cell phone transmission towers tracked Littlejohn's mobile phone to that immediate vicinity, all facts that made Littlejohn the prime suspect.

Littlejohn showed no emotion as he denied killing Imette St. Guillen in his first interview since the murder.

DARRYL LITTLEJOHN, DEFENDANT: I'm a likely suspect, because I have a criminal background, and I wasn't supposed to be there working.

CHERNOFF: Littlejohn, an ex-con, has no history of sexual assault. Some criminal justice experts say that could present a challenge in convicting the former bouncer, because the evidence, they say, points to someone with experience in sexual attacks.

DR. N.G. BERRILL, FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGIST: It is clear that this crime was -- was -- was enacted in a fairly methodical manner. There was a -- a bunch of supplies involved. There were step-by-step progressions, I'm sure, beginning with fear, then torture, and sex abuse, then death.

CHERNOFF: But Littlejohn does have a long criminal record, including three convictions for armed robbery. He has spent nearly 19 of his 41 years behind bars. Now he will face charges that could put him in prison for the rest of his life.

Allan Chernoff, CNN, New York.


COLLINS: And we expect Littlejohn to appear in court tomorrow for arraignment.

We want to dig deeper now, though, into this case and where it is heading.

Joining me now, criminal profiler Pat Brown, attorney Gloria Allred, and criminal defense attorney Mickey Sherman.

To the three of you, thank you for being here.

Pat, I want to start with you.

How significant is it that the blood found on those plastic ties was a DNA match to Darryl Littlejohn? PAT BROWN, CRIMINAL PROFILER: I think it is the most significant thing in this whole case, because, without that, I really think there would not have been a case.

While it is not really true that he couldn't have been a serial killer just because he didn't have a past like that on record, it -- it also means that he could say: "Hey, look, there is nothing there that really points to me. All of it is circumstantial. On top of that, there is somebody else's semen on that blanket."

And, at the last moment, if he works with his attorney -- attorney, he could say, "Wait a minute, I did give her a ride, but I dropped her off somewhere," all then the evidence points, maybe, to somebody else.


BROWN: So, that DNA is absolutely necessary to this case, so they better be sure it is a darn good match to Littlejohn, and there's nothing that the attorney can then say, "Wait a minute, something squirrelly is going on with how that match was made." So...

COLLINS: All right.

BROWN: ... that is the most important thing.

COLLINS: All right, Gloria, let's play a little bit more of that interview, if we could, that Darryl Littlejohn gave earlier today.

Let's listen in.


LITTLEJOHN: There was never a question about me consenting to give my DNA. When they first approached me, at The Falls, I provided them with my real name, my real address, Social Security number, birth date, so on and so forth.


COLLINS: Gloria, does he seem credible to you? And if you believe that he, in fact, volunteered his DNA, wouldn't that be pretty strange behavior for a guilty man?

GLORIA ALLRED, ATTORNEY: Not really, because it is likely that they could have obtained his DNA, even without his consent. So, it was wise of him to say that he would provide it, because, literally, he -- he probably had no choice about. They could have obtained it with the search warrant, if they wished to. And they would have.

COLLINS: Mickey, though, you -- you still have doubts about the case against Littlejohn. Why?


MICKEY SHERMAN, CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY: People are racing through the streets of this city since this murder with, you know, torches and pitchforks, ready to hang whoever did this. So, we are -- now, it's not a frenzy atmosphere.

COLLINS: Understandably so.

SHERMAN: Oh, absolutely. So, you know, the -- the city really, really is dying to solve this crime. And I -- I just -- I'm hoping they're not cutting corners.

I mean, if they have had this man's DNA for a week, why has it taken a week? They should have been able to indict this person in 12 minutes.

COLLINS: Well, you say you don't want them to be cutting corners. Isn't it true that, sometimes, it takes a while for an indictment to come about, because they are making sure that they have enough evidence to go forward?

SHERMAN: Well, you know, they're not convicting him beyond a reasonable doubt, although we obviously have in the media, by the way. And I think that's why he did the interview, which is another story in itself.

But if, in fact, they have DNA which shows, a trillion to one, he must be the guy, I don't think they have to worry about the other little aspects of this case. That's enough.

COLLINS: Gloria, Littlejohn's attorney says he is going to plead not guilty, though, and -- and that Littlejohn has no history of violence against women. Could this be a problem for the prosecution, then?

ALLRED: Well, first of all, he does have a conviction. He pled guilty to, apparently, three counts of armed robbery.

Now, maybe that wasn't against a woman, but armed robbery is a crime against a person, not just a crime against property, but a crime against person. In addition, although he may not have a criminal record for sexual assaults against a woman, you know, we don't know what his past is, in reference to women.

That is, we don't know yet whether or not there are any acts of violence against women, even though they may never have been prosecuted, or maybe they never even amounted to a criminal act. So, there is a lot yet that is not known. Of course he's entitled to a presumption of innocence, but that doesn't mean that, ultimately, he will be acquitted.

COLLINS: Gloria Allred, Pat Brown, and, Mickey Sherman, thanks to all three of you tonight.

ALLRED: Thank you.

COLLINS: We are following a breaking news story out of Santiago, Chile: 12 Americans dead in a bus crash -- details straight ahead. This is also the fourth night that the two boys from Milwaukee have not been home. Where are they? Why did they disappear? And do police have any clues? We will get an update on that story next.

And what would change a careful, loving husband into a reckless compulsive gambler? Some patients taking drugs for a serious illness think they know.

And should men who father children out of wedlock have any say about what happens to their babies?

First, though, our countdown of the top 10 most popular stories on -- nearly 20 million people logged on today. And, at number 10, the Department of Justice today charged 50 leaders of the Colombian rebel group described as narco-terrorists. They're accused of exporting more than $25 billion in cocaine to the U.S. and other countries.

And, number nine -- this is what happened to one of Nigeria's tallest buildings, after a massive downpour. The building had already been damaged by a fire two days ago. But, today, wind and heavy rain sheared off many of the upper stories -- numbers eight and seven coming up next.


COLLINS: There is an urgent and massive search on right now in Milwaukee for two little boys who simply vanished three days ago. They were last seen playing basketball at the home of one of the boys around 3:30 Sunday afternoon. And police tonight say what happened to them is a real mystery.

Jonathan Freed has been working the story all day and just filed this report.


JONATHAN FREED, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Suburban Milwaukee is being turned upside down. Police are looking for any sign of two children, close friends, 11-year-old Purvis Virginia Parker, and 12-year-old Quadrevion Henning -- they call him "Dre" -- both missing since Sunday afternoon. They disappeared without a trace.

GARRY HENNING, GRANDFATHER OF QUADREVION HENNING: I slept in his bed, because I -- I slept in his bed. That's my boy. We just want him home. Tearing his grandmother's heart out.

FREED: When children are reported missing, you often here family and friends saying they are good kids who never get into trouble. In this case, Dre Henning's grandfather says, he has got the documentation to prove it.

G. HENNING: This is a kid that had high academics. This is a kid, homework. QUENTIN HENNING, FATHER OF QUADREVION HENNING: He's a "Yes, sir," "No, sir." He's -- he's got that Southern hospitality. He's just -- he's a real, real, real good kid.

FREED: Dre and Purvis were last seen around 3:00 p.m. On Sunday, heading to a playground at a nearby school. The families called police when they weren't home after dark.

ANGELA VIRGINIA, MOTHER OF PURVIS VIRGINIA PARKER: I hold on to this, because, when I hold on to this, I know he's coming home.

FREED: Purvis Parker's mother says her son is a quiet boy who is dreaming of becoming an artist. She hopes Purvis can hear her now.

VIRGINIA: And I want you to come home to me. I need you here. My -- my family is not complete without him. He's my only son.

FREED: Police say they have mounted a massive search for the boys.

NANNETTE HEGERTY, MILWAUKEE POLICE CHIEF: Right now, we have no substantial leads. Nor do we have had -- nor have we had any evidence there has been any crime committed.

FREED (on camera): Are you satisfied with the effort that is being made on the part of police and...

G. HENNING: Between...


G. HENNING: For -- speaking for my family, we are more than satisfied.

FREED (voice-over): Although police are not yet conducting a criminal investigation, Dre's grandfather still has a message for anyone who may have abducted the children.

G. HENNING: Don't -- don't make them suffer. That -- that's all. Just, please, don't make them suffer.

FREED: The families say, the more time passes without word, the harder it is for them to keep up hope.

Jonathan Freed, CNN, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


COLLINS: Now a look at the headlines, starting with this hour's breaking news we have been telling you about -- a spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile, tells CNN, 12 Americans have been killed in a bus accident in northern Chile.

This is the first picture of that bus from the accident scene. The bus apparently swerved off a road and plunged into a canyon. The accident happened about 3:30 Eastern time near the Chilean city of Arica. The tourists had come to Chile aboard a U.S. cruise ship, the Millennium, which is operated by Celebrity Cruises. We are expecting some new pictures coming to us soon. And, in any event, we, of course, will have a full update coming to us in just a short time.

Meanwhile, over the years, new drugs have worked wonders for millions of patients. But does a class of drugs that offers incredible hope also cause some people to totally lose control of their urge to gamble, eat, or to have sex?

And while we're talking about medical advances, what are doctors learning about what we dream and why?

Right now, though, eight on our countdown -- a security scare at the White House today, after a man tossed a suspicious item over a fence. The Secret Service later said, it was made up of papers and plastic wrapped in rubber bands. A French citizen was charged with disorderly conduct. He could face more charges.

And number seven -- in Afghanistan, a court today delayed the trial of a man facing execution for converting from Islam to Christianity. The U.S. is putting pressure on the Afghan government to release him.

Six and five are after this.


COLLINS: We want to take you back to our breaking news story that we have been following here tonight on CNN about a horrible bus accident involving Americans. That is 12 Americans confirmed dead on a bus trip that they were taking in northern Chile, after getting off of a cruise ship.

These are the very first pictures coming in to us now. You can see the accident site there. This bus apparently swerved off the highway and fell -- plunged, I should say -- 280 feet down a very steep cliff, as you can see there -- lots of concerned people roaming around, trying to collect any type of evidence or debris. I imagine there will be quite an investigation.

The accident happened about two-and-a-half-hours ago. And if you're familiar with the area, it happened in the city of Arica, Chile. Again, that is northern Chile -- 12 Americans dead. We are understanding that there are four more people in critical condition. There were originally 16 folks on that bus. We will continue to follow this situation, of course, and bring you the very latest, and more pictures, should we get them in.

Across the country now, people are gambling away small fortunes, or they won't stop eating, or their sex drives are suddenly out of control. And all of them say the drugs made them do it. Now, this isn't the kind of story you might assume. These are not street drugs. They are a perfectly legal, frequently prescribed class of drugs developed for Parkinson's disease.

And that's what makes this story so fascinating and controversial. It's pitting big drug companies and big money against people who not only are coping with the debilitating disease, but with the sudden onset of bizarre, destructive behaviors.

Here is medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen with tonight's "Eye Opener."


JIM SWEET, PARKINSON'S DISEASE PATIENT: I was just so driven to gamble.

DIANE GERARD, PARKINSON'S DISEASE PATIENT: I would eat a whole cake right by myself.

PHIL JUBY, PARKINSON'S DISEASE PATIENT: I wouldn't go to work. I would just sit there and gamble for four, five, six hours.

I knew it was tearing my family apart.

ELIZABETH COHEN, CNN MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Ordinary people suddenly overwhelmed with uncontrollable urges to eat, to shop, to gamble away hundreds of thousands of dollars -- the only thing they have in common, Parkinson's disease. But that didn't explain this strange behavior.

Phil Juby is a retired Army lieutenant colonel. He says, about a year-and-a-half after he was diagnosed with Parkinson's, his behavior changed drastically. He couldn't stay away from video poker.

JUBY: I knew it was self-destructive behavior. I would swear at myself. And I would beat on the steering wheel driving home, and I say, "I am never going to do it again."

COHEN: But he couldn't stop. In just a few years, he gambled away everything he and his wife had saved in 36 years of marriage, $300,000.

His wife, Joanne (ph), left him.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And I was so angry at Phil, for -- how could you do this?

COHEN: Diane Gerard injury was a dancer when she developed Parkinson's 10 years ago. That was hard enough. But then she started eating everything in sight, until she gained 50 pounds. She also began to shop and shop, buying expensive things she didn't need.

GERARD: I spent $1,000 on one outfit. That's ludicrous. I -- you know, it really is. And I -- I realize that. But I couldn't help it. I wanted it so badly.

COHEN: Jim Sweet was only 37 when he was diagnosed with Parkinson's. The father of two young children, he was ready to fight the disease. But Jim, too, started gambling uncontrollably and quickly lost half-a-million dollars, including his and his wife Kris' retirement account. KRIS SWEET, WIFE OF PARKINSON'S DISEASE PATIENT: The kids and I would come home from school, and we would walk in, and the TV would be gone, or their stereos would be gone, or their Christmas money would be gone.

J. SWEET: I was kicked out of the house -- I mean, rightfully so -- because I would steal or pawn anything in sight.

COHEN: He ended up living in his car.

J. SWEET: The kids would come out, you know, and give me a banana or, you know, a piece of toast or something.

COHEN: Jim landed in a Las Vegas jail for forging Kris' name on a check.

J. SWEET: Yes, I'm facing these charges, you know, possibly eight years in prison. And it -- it didn't -- it didn't matter.

COHEN (on camera): How you explain to someone who is -- who would hear your story and think, why couldn't he just stop?

J. SWEET: It is like you're having your mind hijacked.

COHEN (voice-over): None of these people's doctors could explain their strange behavior.

(on camera): What did they blame it on?



COHEN (voice-over): Then, along came Dr. Mark Stacy. A leading Parkinson's expert, now at Duke University, Dr. Stacy was stunned when, in just one week, the wives of two patients complained that their husbands each had gambled away $60,000.

(on camera): You must have been so puzzled.

STACY: Yes. I -- it is a -- it is a very bizarre type of behavior, particularly in a population of people who -- who don't like to engage in these types of behaviors. It's not really their personality.

COHEN: So, what did you think when that second patient came to you the next day and said, I just gambled away tens of thousands of dollars?

STACY: I knew that it was the drugs.

COHEN (voice-over): Dr. Stacy realized he had just increased both patients' doses of a relatively new class of Parkinson's drugs called dopamine agonists. When he took them off the drugs, they stopped gambling. Incredible as it seems, Dr. Stacy found that he had seven other patients who couldn't stop gambling.

STACY: It was not an enjoyable experience. It was an addicted "I have to do this."

COHEN (on camera): So, they were not doing it because it was so much fun. They were doing it -- why were they doing it?

STACY: They couldn't stop.

COHEN (voice-over): Dr. Stacy was mystified, until he started thinking about what these drugs do to the brain.

The drugs send dopamine to this region, one of the brain's motor centers, to help control the jerky movement typical of Parkinson's. But the drugs also send dopamine to this region, which controls compulsive behavior.

Doctors theorize that, in some people, a rush of dopamine puts it out of whack. Research suggests that about 5 percent of people who take these drugs experience a compulsive reaction. Nobody is sure why some have it, while others don't.

Diane Gerard found her way to Dr. Stacy, who took her off the dopamine agonist she was taking. That ended her compulsive eating and shopping.

GERARD: It was like being let out of prison. To hear that, hear him say, "This is not all you."


COHEN: Dr. Stacy also took Phil Juby off his medication. And Phil's repairing his life with his wife and daughter.

Kris Sweet is grateful to have her husband, Jim, off his medication. He is again the man she married.

(on camera): Are you glad you stuck by Jim?

K. SWEET: Yes. I'm glad, very glad.

COHEN (voice-over): In recent years, a number of Parkinson's experts have reported on patients who took the drugs and developed compulsive urges.

But GlaxoSmithKline, the maker of the popular dopamine agonist Requip, says there is no data establishing a connection between its drug and compulsive behavior.

Boehringer Ingelheim makes the most prescribed agonist, Mirapex. The company told us in a statement that two years ago it started warning in its package inserts about reports of compulsive gambling and that it is working with Parkinson's experts to "investigate the relationship, if any, between Parkinson's drugs and compulsive behavior."

The company suggested we call two of those experts. Drs. Matthew Stern and Daniel Weintraub at the University of Pennsylvania. Surprisingly, both doctors told us there is no question the drugs are behind the compulsive behavior.

DR. MATTHEW STERN, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA: It has become crystal clear this is a problem that everybody recognizes.

COHEN: But Dr. Stern is worried that some doctors who prescribe these drugs don't know about this possible side effect.

STERN: I think it's still an issue that most physicians are not asking their patients about this.

COHEN: And that makes patients like Jim Sweet angry.

J. SWEET: Why not just put it on the bottle?

COHEN: He doesn't want anyone else to have to go through what he did, an obsession that nearly cost him everything he had: his marriage, his children, and made the Parkinson's Disease itself seem easy in comparison.


Now, it's important to remember that these drugs help a lot of Parkinson's patients with their symptoms, with those jerky movements. But what doctors say is that it is very simple. Patients need to be on the lookout for these impulsive behaviors and their family members need to watch for it too.

And if they experience these problems, do not yank yourself off of these drugs. That would be a very bad idea. Go to your doctor who, if they think it is a problem, they will take you off the drugs gradually -- Heidi.

COLLINS: Elizabeth Cohen, fascinating story. Thanks a lot for that.

We're following a breaking news story out of Santiago, Chile. Twelve Americans dead in a bus crash. We're going to have the very latest details for you coming up in just a moment.

Also, when an unmarried woman gets pregnant, people ask if she is going to keep the baby. But what if the father wants to keep the baby? What rights does he have?

Later, what do you dream about and why do we dream in the first place?

And here's six on our countdown. Remember that anti-war blog that George Clooney denied posting on commentator Arianna Huffington's Web site? Well, now she's apologized to readers for attributing the posting to him. And she's admitted it was pieced together from previous interviews. At number five, a story we told you about a bit earlier, the search for two boys who vanished in Milwaukee. Quadrevion Henning, 12 years old, and his friend, Purvis Parker, 11, were last seen Sunday afternoon.

Number four is straight ahead.


COLLINS: What would you do if government red tape kept you from raising your own child? You're about to meet a single dad who says he fathered a child, but the mother gave the baby up for adoption before he could fill out a form to say he wanted to keep his son.

His story is uncovering a surprising fact in dozens of states now that men in his situation often barely have a chance to claim their right to be fathers before it is too late.


COLLINS (voice-over): Jeremiah Jones and his former fiancee met in college. They fell in love, got engaged, but split up just weeks after having sex for the first time because he says her parents disapproved. He tried to keep in touch, but says her parents kept her away from him.

Eight months later, a phone call from an adoption agency lawyer led to staggering news. His ex was pregnant, just three weeks from delivering, and his unborn baby was about to be put up for adoption. Jones says he didn't even know she was expecting. What he did know is that he wanted the baby.

When the 23-year-old tried to block the adoption, and claim his paternal rights, a second shocker. The adoption agency told him he missed his chance by failing to file with something called the Punitive Father Registry of Florida. Jones says he had never even heard of it.

Some 33 states have these registries, to give the presumed fathers of children born out of wedlock a chance to assert their parental rights. But according to national statistics, most men like Jeremiah Jones don't even know they exist.

In 2004, there were only 47 punitive father claims for more than 89,000 children born out of wedlock in the state of Florida alone. His son is now 18 months old, and Jeremiah has to fight for the right to be a father to the boy he's never met.


COLLINS: Jeremiah Jones joins me now along with his appellate attorney Allison Perry. Thanks for being here, guys.

Let me see if I can get this straight. You are biologically this child's father. You very much want to raise your son as your own.


COLLINS: And in order to make that happen you would have had to fill out this paperwork that you didn't even really know existed in order to have the rights, basically, to your child's life.

JONES: Yes. That's what it came down to. It was crazy. It was something that didn't make sense. I was his father. I wanted to raise my son. And in today's world where you hear so many bad stories about fathers that don't want their son, I thought it was terrible that they would not let me have my son when I wanted him. It didn't make sense to me.

COLLINS: So what is going on here? I mean, you've described this before as a well-kept secret. I mean, are you saying that it is possible that this is intentionally a well-kept secret from fathers?

ALLISON PERRY, ATTORNEY FOR UNWED FATHER: Well, it is very almost shifty, in a way, because adoption agencies and their attorneys helped craft the legislation that has led to the termination of his parental rights by inserting that the adoption agencies may notify a punitive, unwed father. And in this instance, the adoption agency notified him about the adoption, but then didn't inform him of the punitive father's registry.

COLLINS: So whose responsibility is it? I mean, if you are an unwed father, you know that you are a father at that point, is it up to you to go and do all this research or is it up to the adoption agency? Is it up to the mother?

PERRY: Right now it is all on him. It is all on the unwed father.

COLLINS: Jeremiah, why do you think so few men know about these registries and if you had a moment to give some advice to them, what would you say?

JONES: I didn't know about it. And I'm sure most everybody that is going to be listening does not know about it. My advice to them for the time being is you're just going to have to register every time you have intimacy with the woman as long as you're unmarried.

COLLINS: What is wrong with these punitive father registries? Who really benefits from them?

PERRY: Well, the adoption agencies that can rapidly place children when there is an unwed father involved who hasn't registered. Now, because he didn't register before she gave consent, he has absolutely no rights to his child. That is the bottom line.

COLLINS: What comes next for you? I mean, you have stated that this is absolutely a violation of your Constitutional rights. How far will you take this?

JONES: I do believe it's a violation of my Constitutional rights. It's a violation of my human rights. Every person has the right to parent their children, free from government intrusion, and I'll take it to the United States Supreme Court if I have to.

COLLINS: What do you think about every day when you think about your little boy?

JONES: Mostly I just think of all of the things that I'm missing, his first steps, his first words. There's just so many moments that I can't share with him, simply because I didn't register with the state to be a parent.

COLLINS: Well we wish you the absolute best of luck, that is for certain. And to the both of you, thank you very much.


COLLINS: So do you remember what you dreamed about last night? What did our Dr. Sanjay Gupta learn when he got wired up to study what's in a dream?

And what is a coyote or coyote doing in New York's Central Park? How did it get there in the first place?

But first, No. 4 on our countdown. An American doctor who moved to southern Africa to help alleviate a shortage of doctors was killed by a crocodile. His family says Dr. Richard Root was on a wildlife tour in Botswana when the crocodile dragged him from a canoe. He was 68.

No. 3 when we come back.


COLLINS: We're just getting in even more pictures now from this hour's breaking news story we have been talking about. It's the bus accident in northern Chile that killed at least 12 American tourists.

There are two more in critical condition and two other Chilean passengers in critical condition as well. They had gotten off a cruise ship for a ride through the mountains and this was the result. Their bus swerved off the road and plunged 260 feet down a mountain side.

The accident happened about 3:30 Eastern time near the Chilean city of Arica. Its mayor says two Americans and two Chileans, as we said, survived the crash but they are in critical condition.

The tourists were on a two-week cruise from Valparaiso, Chile to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Their ship, the Millennium, is operated by Celebrity Cruises. We are going to continue to follow this story throughout the hour.

So what did you dream last night? Well you may not always remember your dreams, but everybody has them. And science is now beginning to get a clearer picture of why we dream. Senior medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta is taking a close look at sleep, all week long, and focusing on dreams for tonight's "Mysteries of the Mind." (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

DR. SANJAY GUPTA, CNN SENIOR MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): What is in a dream? A memory, a movie, a solution, a picture. Sigmund Freud interpreted dreams as wish fulfillment. But by the late 1970s, modern science had tossed Freud's theories aside.

ROBERT STICKGOLD, BETH ISRAEL DEACONESS MED CTR: The dreaming process is a process of memory integration, where different memories are brought together and how well they fit or don't fit is examined by the brain.

GUPTA: Bob Stickgold is a biochemist and a dream researcher at Harvard's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dreams, he says, are efforts to fit memories together.

While most of our dreams occur in the REM phase of sleep, about 25 percent of our dreams occur in non-REM sleep, just after you drift off. And it's in this, hypnagogic stage of sleep, where Stickgold's current study is attempting to determine how the brain forms dreams, with the help of a video game. I spent three, 45-minute sessions on this virtual alpine skier, navigating through winding courses and obstacles.

GUPTA (on camera): I think I'm done.

(voice-over): That night, they wire me up with electrodes around my head, including a specially-wired bandanna to measure my brain waves during various stages of sleep.

Each time I doze off into the first stages of sleep, a computer wakes me up and asks me to give dream reports.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Please report now.

GUPTA (on camera): I was thinking about some tunnels and they're sort of dimly lit. I was going through them and then there was some fields that looked like wheat and sort of flying over the fields.

(voice-over): Eventually, I'm allowed to sleep without interruption. And in the morning, we go over the results. Then there was some fields that looked like wheat. And I was sort of flying over the fields and they looked like they had been cut into certain patterns. That's about it.

STICKGOLD: So here is one of those places where you see all of the problems of dreams. Because I can turn to you and say, Sanjay, wheat fields?

GUPTA: So were those wheat fields I was flying over really ski slopes? Who is to say? But Stickgold says 85 percent of the study subjects report at least once that they were skiing.

STICKGOLD: The whole point of this research is to help us figure out what the brain uses as its rules for constructing dreams.

GUPTA: Research that is still up for interpretation.


COLLINS: Sanjay, it's fascinating. You know, I've had this reoccurring dream about being trapped on a rooftop. My whole neighborhood has been taken over by Doberman Pinschers. And people are watching television at night and I guess just living on top of their roofs. Have no idea what that means, but I'm willing to bet it's not that common of a dream. What are some of the most common dreams that people have?

GUPTA: Well I can tell you, Heidi, sounds like your dream and my dream both are not very common dreams. But being chased, actually, is one of the most common dreams in the world actually.

And dreams are one of those things that actually do unify us around the world. Being chased, also being naked in public, having transportation troubles, these are all common dreams no matter the culture.

There is also a positive dreams like, for example, flying. Flying is a very universal dream as well. It tends to mean that you have risen above your problems, perhaps. But again dreams can be very, very common even cross-culturally.

COLLINS: Well a lot of people actually say that when they have problems, they like to sleep on it. Are brains really actually working while our bodies are sleeping?

GUPTA: Yes, they are. And I actually asked a lot of sleep researchers about this as well. Turns out your brain is doing a lot of work for certain periods of the night. Not the entire night, there are periods of the night where your brain is more at rest than other periods as well.

But example, if you go to bed with a particular problem it not uncommon that you could actually wake up with some sort of solution to the problem as well.

COLLINS: All right, I always like to sleep on it. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, thank you. And don't forget to join Sanjay on Sunday as he explore how we sleep and how the lack of it affects our health on sleep, a Dr. Sanjay Gupta special. It airs 10:00 p.m. Eastern, Sunday right here on CNN.

Well, it wasn't a Doberman Pinscher but when some people thought they saw a coyote in New York's Central Park this week, it wasn't a dream. Right now though, time for Erica Hill with the Headline News Biz Break.


COLLINS: Well Central Park attracts all sorts of tourists as you know. But even the four-legged kind? How did a coyote get there? And at the top of the hour on "LARRY KING LIVE," Mike Wallace talks about going to what CBS calls, emeritus status. Is that just a fancy way of saying retirement?

No. 3 on the countdown, Aerosmith cancels the rest of its U.S. tour. The band says lead singer Steven Tyler will have surgery this week for an undisclosed medical condition.

No. 2 when we come back.


COLLINS: Alligators, wild cats, bears, and deer, lots of deer. Just about all of us have heard at least about a few run-ins with wild animals where they probably shouldn't be. But it just doesn't happen very much here in New York City. Manhattan is an island after all. So just imagine the chaos this week when a coyote turn up in Central Park. Here's Jeanne Moos.


JEANNE MOOS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): You're looking at a tranquilized coyote after an anything but tranquil chase.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Through the fence.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That is one elusive and quick coyote that has cops going in circles.

MOOS: This year-old coyote has become a star.

ADRIAN BENEPE, COMMISSIONER, NYC PARKS DEPT: Actually very attractive, male coyote.

MOOS: Nicknamed Hal, he apparently made his way into Manhattan from woodsier areas upstate. When he was sighted in Central Park, the NYPD mobilized with tranquilizing jab sticks and dart guns. News choppers circled as Hal managed to stay just out of reach of his pursuers. And just when you thought he had nowhere to run, he took a leap.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Whoa, he's swimming.

MOOS: Swimming under a bridge, leaving land-locked pursuers in his wake.


MOOS: You'd go too if you had a cop with a gun shadowing you. And we do mean shadowing.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This guy is fast.

MOOS: Faster than Wiley Coyote. And like Wiley, this guy got his bird.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I thought it was a wolf at first, it was running after a bird.

BENEPE: The park service staff has observed at least one pile of feathers.

MOOS: At least duck, or more likely pigeon. As the hunt for Hal continued, so did the one for Vivi. Remember the Westminster Show dog, the Whippet that escaped from her cage at JFK Airport last month. Well there have been a dozen or so apparent sightings of Vivi near this cemetery in Queens. One guy even fed a dog that fits her description, Italian-bred through the cemetery fence.

One of the Vivi's owners has flown back to New York and set traps baited with roasted chicken. Maybe that would have worked on Hal.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He's like lightning.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Breaking news from Central Park, they captured that coyote.

MOOS: Hal was eventually cornered somewhere near this fence and shot with a tranquilizer dart.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I fired one dart at the coyote.

MOOS: Sedated but safe, Hal will be returned to the wild. He was never a danger to humans, just pets. And unlike that other Wiley Coyote, at least Hal wasn't a danger to himself. Jeanne Moos, CNN, New York.


COLLINS: Well stay with us for the latest on this hour's breaking story, that deadly bus crash that killed a dozen U.S. tourists in Chile.

But now here is No. 2 on our countdown. The incredible story of a missing family that was found after 17 days in a snow-bound R.V. in a remote section of southern Oregon. The parents were found first yesterday after they left the stranded vehicle to get help. Rescuers then located the rest of the family.

No. 1 is next.


COLLINS: No. 1 on our countdown. In Texas, a man running from police officers died early today after getting stuck up to his waist in mud. Officers say they tried to pull him out, but the cold weather and exhaustion led to his death.

Before we go, we want to give you the very latest on this hour's breaking story that we have been following, 12 Americans are dead in a tour bus accident this afternoon in northern Chile. It happened about 3:30 Eastern time near the Chilean city of Arica. The tourists had gotten off a cruise ship for a ride through the mountains. Their bus swerved off the road and plunged 260 feet down a mountain side.

Two Americans and two Chileans survived the crash. Some of those survivors are in critical condition. The tourists were on a two-week cruise from Valparaiso, Chile to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Their ship, the Millennium, is operated by Celebrity Cruises.

A written statement from the company says the passengers were on an independent excursion that was not affiliated with the cruise line. Stay with CNN for updates throughout the evening. We will of course be following this story as it does continue to develop.

And that is all for us tonight, thanks for watching everybody. I'll see you tomorrow night at the same time, same place. "LARRY KING LIVE" starts right now.


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