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New York Murder Suspect Arraigned; Two Americans Survive Deadly Chile Bus Crash; President Clinton Fights For Fit Nation; Man Uses High-Tech Prosthetic Arms; Universal Dream Themes Among All Humans; Family Recalls Two Week Struggle For Survival In Snowy Woods; Couple Follows Dream
Aired March 23, 2006 - 20:00 ET
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HEIDI COLLINS, CNN ANCHOR: Good evening, everybody. And thanks for joining us. Paula has the night off.
Tonight, the latest developments in a high-profile murder case, and the surprising connection to your privacy.
COLLINS (voice-over): "Outside the Law" -- setting the stage for a dramatic trial, a grieving family.
ALEJANDRA ST. GUILLEN, SISTER OF IMETTE ST. GUILLEN: Imette was a good person, a kind person.
COLLINS: A prime suspect who pleaded not guilty today, and startling evidence -- did a cell phone leave an electronic trail?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The cell phone network is tracking you whenever your phone is on.
COLLINS: And is that a threat to your privacy?
The "Eye Opener" -- bionic man, bionic miracle. You won't believe how science fiction is becoming science fact.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We can pick up that electrical signal and use that to go into a computer in the arm.
COLLINS: How is a fighting spirit and amazing technology rebuilding broken bodies?
And "Mysteries of the Mind" -- the fascinating world of dreams. Why do we all have the same top 10?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Everyone has dreams about being chased. It is the most common negative dream theme around the world.
COLLINS: And what do our dreams tell us about ourselves?
COLLINS: And, tonight, we begin with dramatic new details on the case police have built against Darryl Littlejohn. He's the prime suspect in the brutal murder of Imette St. Guillen, a 24-year-old graduate student in New York.
The case has made nationwide headlines for weeks. And, today, Littlejohn was arraigned and the indictment against him unsealed.
Allan Chernoff has been working the story all day and has tonight's "Outside the Law."
ALLAN CHERNOFF, CNN SENIOR CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): A grieving mother and sister arriving to seek justice for the murder of Imette St. Guillen. Maureen and Alejandra St. Guillen sobbed inside of the courtroom, as they saw Imette's accused killer for the first time, a handcuffed Darryl Littlejohn.
Through his lawyer, Littlejohn pleaded not guilty to murder one and murder two, murder in the first and second degree. The charges carry a maximum penalty of life in prison.
Following the 10-minute hearing, Imette's sister said her family has faith justice will be done. Then she broke down.
ALEJANDRA ST. GUILLEN, SISTER OF IMETTE ST. GUILLEN: Imette was a good person, a kind person. Her heart was full of love, a love she willingly shared with her friends and family.
She had a passion for life and a thirst for seeing the world and learning new things. With Imette's death, the world lost something very special, far too soon.
CHERNOFF: Minutes later, Littlejohn's attorney expressed his condolences.
KEVIN O'DONNELL, ATTORNEY FOR DARRYL LITTLEJOHN: That my heart and prayers go out to the family of Imette St. Guillen. I can't imagine what they're going through.
CHERNOFF: Littlejohn worked as a bouncer at the bar where the 24-year-old grad student in criminal justice spent her final night, before police found her tortured body wrapped in a blanket at this isolated Brooklyn lot.
RAYMOND KELLY, NEW YORK CITY POLICE COMMISSIONER: Imette's hand and feet were bound and her mouth gagged with a white athletic sock. She had been sexually abused and asphyxiated. Plastic packing tape covered her eyes, her nose and her mouth.
CHERNOFF: The police commissioner says his detectives have extensive evidence tying Littlejohn to the crime: witnesses who say they saw Littlejohn escort St. Guillen out of the bar, mink and rabbit hairs from two of Littlejohn's jackets on the blanket around St. Guillen's body and on the tape over her mouth, and records locating Littlejohn's cell phone near the crime scene.
KELLY: A cell phone used exclusively by Littlejohn had been in close proximity to where her body was found. CHERNOFF: And, most importantly, forensic analysis, identifying Littlejohn's blood on the plastic ties around St. Guillen's wrists.
Littlejohn is a career criminal, but he has no history of sexual assault.
(on camera): The investigation into Imette St. Guillen's murder isn't nearly completed. The police say their forensic lab has finished only 20 percent of its work on the case, meaning there could be much more evidence against Darryl Littlejohn by the time he stands before a jury.
Allan Chernoff, CNN, Brooklyn, New York.
COLLINS: As we just mentioned, one piece of evidence against Darryl Littlejohn comes from cell phone records. Police say they traced his phone to the area where Imette St. Guillen's body was found.
But how? Well, you may not know this, but just about any cell phone, yours included, can be pinpointed, even if you never make a call.
Technology correspondent Daniel Sieberg takes us "Beyond the Headlines."
DANIEL SIEBERG, CNN TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT: Consider your cell phone your own personal tracking device, like it or not.
BRUCE SCHNEIER, SECURITY EXPERT, COUNTERPANE: The cell phone network is tracking you whenever your phone is on. Whether there is a human being receiving some data, saying where your phone is, you have no idea, because the phone company has that data. And it is what they're doing with it afterwards.
SIEBERG: Authorities must have a court's permission to track anyone through cell phone locations. But once that access is granted, it's nearly fool-proof.
(on camera): So, how exactly does it work? Well, here's the easiest way to think of cell phone tracking. In order to make or receive a call on your cell phone, your wireless provider has to know where you are.
You see this flashing little light up here? You can think of that as your personal locator beacon. In a sense, it's communicating with the cell towers that are all around you all the time, as you move around. And they can find you a few different ways.
SCHNEIER: Well, the cell phone always has to know what cell it is in. Otherwise, it can't send phone calls. Your average phone, when it's walking around, is in view of two or three different cells. And what the phone company can do -- and this is very easy -- is to compare relative signal strengths and figure out where the phone is, probably to a couple of hundred feet. They triangulate from the radio signal.
The third thing is satellite positioning system. And phones that are equipped with that system can be pinpointed within a few feet.
SIEBERG (voice-over): It's that ability to be so exact that has made it such an invaluable tool for law enforcement. Following last year's failed suicide bombings in London, British investigators used cell phone tracking to find a suspect who had fled to Italy.
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LARRY KING, CNN ANCHOR: Simpson, the passenger in the car, has a gun at his head.
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SIEBERG: It was used to track O.J. Simpson's car phone while he was avoiding police along the L.A. freeways. And it was even used as far back as 1993, when police shot and killed drug lord Pablo Escobar in Colombia.
But, as productive as cell phone tracking can be, privacy advocates are concerned about how all this data is accessed.
KEVIN BANKSTON, STAFF ATTORNEY, ELECTRONIC FRONTIER FOUNDATION: I think there's a substantial worry that location information about cell phone users is being released without a court order. This is actually an open legal controversy.
SIEBERG (on camera): If you don't like the idea of being tracked with your cell phone, well, you really only have a few choices. If you use Verizon or Sprint phones, in some cases, you can set the GPS chip, so it only works when you use 911.
If you use Cingular or T-Mobile, you're out of luck, because they use the triangulation system. Or you could just turn your phone off.
Daniel Sieberg, CNN, Atlanta.
COLLINS: Tonight, two Americans are in a hospital in Chile, after recovering from a terrifying bus crash that killed a dozen other U.S. tourists. The devastating crash happened in northern Chile's rugged mountains.
John Zarrella has the latest tonight on the tragedy.
JOHN ZARRELLA, CNN MIAMI BUREAU CHIEF (voice-over): Two Americans are in intensive care in a hospital in Chile. The bodies of the other 12 Americans who died when a tour bus plunged off the side of an Andes Mountain road are being prepared for return to the United States.
The victims were on a shore excursion from the Millennium cruise ship. Celebrity Cruise Line, which operates the Millennium, made it clear that they had not authorized or sanctioned this tour operator.
DAN HANRAHAN, PRESIDENT, CELEBRITY CRUISES: We encourage our guests to take our shore excursions, because we have thoroughly checked out the providers, and we have a lot of confidence in the providers. What we cannot do is tell guests how to -- what to do on their own time. So, our guests do oftentimes go off on their -- on their own excursions.
ZARRELLA: Late Thursday, the Chilean government added its voice, saying the operator, Andino Tours, had not been legally cleared to carry tourists.
In Monroe Township, New Jersey, where many of the victims lived...
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I can't believe (INAUDIBLE)
ZARRELLA: ... there is a feeling of shock and deep sadness. At the community center, the names of the victims were read.
EILEEN MARCUS, COMMUNITY MANAGER: It has been confirmed that the following residents of The Ponds passed away on the bus accident in Chile, Marian Diamond, Hans and Maria Eggers.
PHYLLIS MAGIER, FRIEND OF VICTIMS: These were people who were absolutely in love with life and just wanted to go and do and see and grow and enjoy.
MARILYN BRICKEL, FRIEND OF VICTIMS: These are the people I went down in the -- the river with in China, and to the top of the wall, and on the helicopter and on everything.
ZARRELLA: The victims were all part of a group from the B'nai B'rith Jewish organization on a 14-day cruise. The tourist bus was returning to the Millennium when it went off the edge, falling more than 250 feet, about 30 miles from the Pacific port city of Arica.
The driver, who survived, told authorities he swerved to avoid an oncoming truck. We were able to reach by phone some passengers on board the Millennium who took an Andes Mountain tour on a bus authorized by the cruise line.
MORTIE FRANKEL, PASSENGER ABOARD THE MILLENNIUM: If this particular driver decided to swerve off to the road because of this other oncoming vehicle, he doesn't have a chance in the world, because there is nothing there to protect him. It's just an open cliff.
If I had known that it was going to be that kind of a trip going through those mountains, I would have stayed home. ZARRELLA: The bodies of the 12 victims may be flown out of Chile as early as Friday. The Millennium is now continuing its voyage and is scheduled to return to Fort Lauderdale April 2.
John Zarrella, CNN, Miami.
COLLINS: Ten years ago, an eighth-grade girl vanished without a trace. Incredibly, this is what she looks like today. So, where has she been? What happened to her? We will hear her story coming up next.
Later, what is eating Bill Clinton? Would you believe he's actually more concerned with what you're eating?
And remember the old TV show about a bionic man? Who could forget? Tonight, we are going to meet a real one.
Now our countdown of the top 10 most popular stories on CNN.com. Nearly 20 million of you went to our Web site today.
Coming in at number 10 -- new research shows the polar ice cap is melting faster than we thought. And that will raise sea levels around the globe. Scientists say the melting is even causing earthquakes in Greenland. The studies appear in tomorrow's issue of the journal "Science."
And number nine -- an American man and his girlfriend are under arrest in connection with the bombing of hotels in Bolivia's capital earlier this week. Two people were killed in those explosions.
Numbers eight and seven when we come back.
COLLINS: He doesn't want your vote, but he does want your attention. What is Bill Clinton's new cause? We will show you in just a little bit.
We came across an incredible story this week, a story that gives hope to any parent whose child has run away or vanished without a trace. Near Pittsburgh, a girl who had been missing for 10 years turned up alive and well on Tuesday. She has been reunited now with her parents. And although they have divorced, they never quit hoping and praying for a miracle. It turns out she had been living two miles away from her father's house. His little girl is now a 24-year-old woman, who seemed absolutely thrilled to be home again. And she has quite a story.
TANYA NICOLE KACH, MISSING FOR 10 YEARS: Everybody, this is my dad.
COLLINS (voice-over): This isn't just a story about happy reunions. The way Tanya Nicole Kach tells it, this is also a story about lies, a terrible 10-year-long string of lies.
It begins in 1996, when she was an eighth-grader from a broken home going to a suburban Pittsburgh middle school, and, she says, going through a rough time. She began a romantic relationship with the school's security guard.
KACH: And I thought I had found someone who loved me, and said he would take care for me. So, I -- you know, and I -- I thought that I wasn't loved at home. And he says: "Don't worry. I will take care of you. I love you."
COLLINS: So, at age 14, Tanya says she ran away with a 37-year- old man and did not find what she expected.
KACH: I was in a room, a bedroom, for 10 years.
COLLINS: Tanya says she knew what was happening to her wasn't normal, wasn't right.
KACH: There were times when I would -- I would threaten to leave. And there were times he threatened to kill me.
COLLINS: But did she ever think of telling anyone?
KACH: I did, but I thought I would be on the streets, because I didn't think anybody cared, because he would tell me: "Your case is dead. It is cold."
COLLINS: But it wasn't cold, or dead.
Tanya's parents made sure of that. She was still listed in a national database of missing children, when, this week, she told her story to the owner of a convenience store, who then told the police.
JOSEPH SPARICO, STORE OWNER: I didn't believe it at first. But, then, I -- she says, if you go on the Web site for missing children, you will see my name.
COLLINS: The man she was living with, Thomas Hose, has now been arrested. He was not charged with kidnapping, but with having sex with a minor. And, through his attorney, he denies any wrongdoing.
JAMES ECKER, ATTORNEY FOR THOMAS HOSE: I'm not admitting to you at any -- in any way, way, shape or form that she stayed with him or lived with him. That's something that we will find out at a -- you know, at a trial. But I certainly know that she was not kidnapped, physically abused in any way.
COLLINS: Both Hose's attorney and law enforcement say, the story is more complicated than Tanya indicates. Tanya Kach says, all she wants to do now is finish school, do volunteer work, and spend time with her parents.
JERRY KACH, FATHER OF TANYA NICOLE KACH: I got my girl.
KACH: My dad loves me. (END VIDEO CLIP)
COLLINS: Thomas Hose could make bail tomorrow morning and be released from jail. He has been suspended without pay from his job as a school security guard.
Well, Bill Clinton wants you to do something. Would you believe it doesn't involve politics and it could save your life? We will also meet a man whose story used to be the stuff of science fiction, a real bionic man -- those stories coming up.
But, right now, it is time for Erica Hill at Headline News.
ERICA HILL, HEADLINE NEWS CORRESPONDENT: Hey, Heidi.
At least 10,000 people marching today in Milwaukee for what was called "A Day Without Latinos." Several Latin-owned businesses also shut down to protest legislation that would make undocumented workers felons. The proposal has also triggered protests in other cities.
A congressional report finds, the army did not have enough armor trucks for Iraq, even though extra armor was ordered in the 1990s. Many of the deaths in Iraq have been caused by roadside bombs.
In Florida, a small plane crash just short of the Melbourne airport -- all three people on board were killed.
And Barry Bonds now saying he will sue for the profits of a new book that claims he used steroids. The book, "Game of Shadows," was released today.
And not the last we are going to hear about it, Heidi, I don't think.
COLLINS: No, he wasn't on steroids.
COLLINS: All right. Erica, thanks. We will talk to you again soon.
Bill Clinton campaigning again, but not for votes -- so, what does he want? And how could it help you live longer?
And we will bet you have never seen anyone like this. What can he make of an artificial arm -- what he can make his artificial arm do, that is, simply by thinking about it? You will be amazed.
First, though, number eight on our CNN.com countdown -- the first night of freedom for three Christian aid workers held captive in Iraq. U.S. and British forces rescued them this morning, ending their four- month ordeal. An American colleague who was held hostage with them was found dead earlier this month.
And, number seven -- in Texas, the Alcoholic Beverage Commission is sending undercover officers into bars to arrest people who are drunk, even if they haven't left the building. The crackdown is aimed at reducing drunk driving -- six and five coming up next.
COLLINS: In tonight's "Vital Signs," two-thirds of us in this country are overweight. One-third of us are obese. And more kids than ever are just too heavy. It is a nationwide problem.
And our senior medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, is passionate about changing it. In fact, he's touring the nation's colleges for a series of town hall meetings to educate and search for solutions. And there he is. Today, in fact, he was in Philadelphia at Drexel University with a very special guest, former President Bill Clinton.
Joining me now from Philadelphia for tonight's "Vital Signs," Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
So, tell me, Sanjay, what was this all about? What happened in the town hall discussion today?
DR. SANJAY GUPTA, CNN SENIOR MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, you know, Heidi, I mean, you're a parent. I'm a parent. People are talking about the obesity epidemic in our children -- in our children, among the entire country. We don't place enough of a premium on staying healthy. And that is really what this is about, getting off the television screens and actually talking to people face to face.
President Clinton has made this his biggest domestic initiative. And as he does so well, he boiled it down to a few simple things to try and inspire people to do more.
Here is what he said.
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WILLIAM J. CLINTON, FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: We have got adult onset or type 2 diabetes showing up in young people, which means that, unless it is reversed -- and, believe it or not, it can be reversed -- you can actually even get off the medication with proper diet and exercise -- so, you can do this.
But, if we don't do it, we're looking at people in their 30s losing their limbs, becoming blind.
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COLLINS: Obviously, Sanjay, this is something he feels really needs some serious attention. What exactly does he propose, though?
GUPTA: Yes. I mean, he does feel very personally about this is as well, as you might imagine, after his heart surgery. And he goes on to say that children that are being born today, Heidi could have a shorter life span than their parents, which just boggles my mind. One student asked him -- actually, I thought it was a good question -- if he had unlimited resources, what would he do to try and target the problem. And here is what he said.
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CLINTON: First, to go into the schools to change the diets, to change the vending machines, or get them out altogether, and increase the exercise levels there.
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GUPTA: And you talk about personal responsibility vs. governmental responsibility, vs. the fast food industry, vs. big business, vs. schools, Heidi, the one thing that comes out of these town hall discussions is everybody bears some responsibility.
And it is important. It is worth it. I mean, we're living shorter lives. We are living more miserable lives. And we are becoming one of the most obese nations in the world. This is his biggest domestic initiative, as a result of all that. I -- you know, it is amazing to actually see these people talk about potential solutions.
COLLINS: And good to hear as well.
All right, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, thank you.
GUPTA: Thank you.
COLLINS: Now, former President Clinton has had a lifelong love affair with food. And he has paid for it, too, with heart trouble.
So, it makes him the perfect spokesman for the cause of getting Americans in shape.
Here is Candy Crowley.
CLINTON: ... see an apple critter.
CANDY CROWLEY, CNN SENIOR POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Bill Clinton's political genius is this: He relates to people's problems, and they relate to his.
DR. ARTHUR FRANK, MEDICAL DIRECTOR, GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY WEIGHT MANAGEMENT PROGRAM: Americans in general are getting heavier and heavier.
CROWLEY: How much he ate and what he ate were the stuff of campaign legend.
CLINTON: Hey, this is pretty good.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Why don't you step up?
CLINTON: Can we get a plate to take with us?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: OK. Go ahead.
CROWLEY: Etched in pop culture during a 1992 "Saturday Night Live."
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PHIL HARTMAN, ACTOR: See, right now, we're sending food to Somalia.
HARTMAN: But it is not getting to the people who need it, because it is being intercepted by warlords.
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CLINTON: I always battled my weight, all the way through school. You know, I was probably in the last generation of Americans where people widely thought a fat baby was a healthy baby.
CROWLEY: On the campaign trail, food isn't just sustenance. It is politics, a way to find affinity with voters on their turf.
CLINTON: Here is a commercial. We're going eat some of these hound dog hot dogs.
CROWLEY: It's as American as apple pie, bite after bite, campaign after campaign, city after city.
CLINTON: I came to Vermont determined to get my cholesterol down.
CLINTON: With low-fat Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia.
CROWLEY: A penchant for fast food and a sometimes approach to exercise didn't help.
CLINTON: I'm really out of shape, though.
CROWLEY: This is a guy who would jog and stop off for a powdered doughnut, who ate ice cream while the fruit stayed in the cup.
FRANK: Food is all over, and it is tasty, and it is entertaining, and it is comforting. But it is dangerous.
CROWLEY: It was no easier between campaigns. Antipasto, marinated meat, cheese, crab-stuffed mushrooms, and battered shrimp were the appetizers in a multi-thousand-calorie lunch with German Chancellor Helmut Kohl.
CLINTON: That's the problem. It all looks good.
CROWLEY: His weight yo-yoed within the range of 30 pounds, more or less.
CLINTON: Four miles per doughnut? Don't say that.
CLINTON: I told him I'm more than 20 pounds lighter than I was the last time I was in here.
CROWLEY: He struggled with elevated blood pressure and cholesterol, but he always seemed fine.
In fact, by 2004, the former president was looking great, trim, healthy. That September, doctors found that his heart arteries were 90 percent clogged.
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CLINTON: You know, some of this is genetic. And I may have done some damage in those years when I was too careless about what I ate.
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CROWLEY: After a quadruple bypass, Clinton was ordered to slim down. He has swore off junk food. He exercises regularly. He looks for his fill elsewhere.
CLINTON: If this isn't good for my heart, I don't know what is.
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CLINTON: Thank you.
CROWLEY: The former president is a man on a mission now, declaring war on childhood obesity. It is something he relates to.
FRANK: When you have a prominent person who is dealing with it, it -- people feel a little bit more comfortable in taking it on: I -- if he can do it, I can do it.
CROWLEY: No telling how many lives might be saved by one near- death experience. Candy Crowley, CNN, Washington.
COLLINS: French fries and a jog, I loved that.
Well, do you remember your dreams from last night? Did you know that almost everyone's dreams are about the same things? Stay with us and see if you're dreaming what scientists say you are.
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KEITH OPPENHEIM, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Jesse Sullivan is rewired. And all he has to do to move his robotic arm is think.
I'm Keith Oppenheim in Dayton, Tennessee. Meet the bionic man -- coming up.
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COLLINS: Before that, though, number six on our CNN.com countdown -- a mystery in Tennessee tonight, people there investigating the killing of a popular minister and the disappearance of his wife and three daughters.
Number five -- a story we told you about earlier, just minutes ago. Chilean officials who are investigating the bus crash that killed 12 American tourists say that bus was not authorized to carry passengers. The victims were on a side trip while on a cruise in South America -- number four coming up after this.
COLLINS: You're about to see something truly amazing, a man who lost his arms in a terrible accident, who now has an artificial limb that is literally connected to his brain. This breathtaking new technology combined with his remarkable spirit are letting him do things amputees have only dreamed of doing until now.
Keith Oppenheim has tonight's "Eye Opener."
JESSE SULLIVAN, USES PROSTHETIC ARMS: I'm not going to do everything that I once did, but I can do some of the things I once did.
OPPENHEIM (voice-over): Jesse Sullivan is using his arms, taking out the trash, painting a flower box, raking the lawn, even clipping the hedges. At his home in Dayton, Tennessee he can use his artificial limbs to do all kinds of things just as long as he keeps them dry.
(on camera): Why can't you work out in the rain?
SULLIVAN: That computer -- well, you can see the computer board down in there. They told me not to get this wet.
OPPENHEIM (voice-over): Jesse Sullivan is bionic, a real life version of what was once science fiction on a TV show called "The Six Million Dollar Man," the story of an astronaut who learns to control high tech artificial limbs after a terrible accident. The script for Jesse Sullivan's story is not so different. A former linesman for a power company, Jesse was electrocuted in May of 2001.
SULLIVAN: For some reason I made contact with the live wire in the grain.
OPPENHEIM (on camera): How much electricity did your body take in?
SULLIVAN: Seven thousand, two hundred volts -- 7,200.
OPPENHEIM: What happened to your arms?
SULLIVAN: Cooked them.
OPPENHEIM (voice-over): Jesse's arms were amputated. He woke from a month-long coma to discover his limbs gone, his life changed.
SULLIVAN: That was when it really set in because I grieved over my arms like a death in the family. That's what when it really hit me that they're not coming back. This is it.
OPPENHEIM: Despite the loss, Jesse adapted.
(on camera): How do you open the hook on this arm?
SULLIVAN: Simply by shrugging my shoulders forward. Like so.
OPPENHEIM (voice-over): He learned to use conventional prosthetics by moving his back and pressing tabs with his chin. But his doctors at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago believed they could rebuild him better, that instead of moving artificial arms slowly with his body, Jesse could move them faster with his mind.
DR. TODD KUIKEN, REHABILITATION INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO: We haven't spent $6 million yet but we hope to.
OPPENHEIM: Dr. Todd Kuiken explained, Jesse underwent surgery and was essentially rewired. Because of the accident, live nerves that would have gone straight to his arms and hands were severed and left hanging.
Doctors redirected those nerves from his shoulder to pectoral muscles in his chest. The concept, Jesse merely thinks that he wants to move his arm or hand, and with the rewired nerve endings, his chest muscles contract.
KUIKEN: Every time you contract a muscle, it emits a little electrical signal. So we can pick up that electrical signal from the muscle and use that to go into a computer in the arm and tell arm what to do. SULLIVAN: Up. Open. Close.
OPPENHEIM: Jesse's brain now thinks that when his pectoral muscles move, his arm, wrist and elbow are moving. And check this out, because the nerve endings are in his chest, his brain tells him that's where he can feel what is missing.
KUIKEN: So what does it feel like when I touch you right here?
SULLIVAN: You're touching me with a thumb, first two fingers and the palm of the hand.
KUIKEN: And over here?
SULLIVAN: That's the little finger, side of the hand.
KUIKEN: In Tennessee, Jesse's wife Carolyn helps him put on what doctors call his take home arms. The left limb is a bionic arm with three motors. Because it responds to his brain, Jesse can bend his elbow, turn his wrist, and open the grip-like hand virtually at the same time. But the bionic man is striving for more. Several times a year he comes back to Chicago ...
SULLIVAN: Open, down. Back up.
OPPENHEIM: ... to test drive a sixth motor arm with even more freedom of movement. It is the first brain-controlled prosthesis to move simultaneously at the shoulder, elbow and wrist.
It was made with parts from around the globe: a hand from China, a wrist from Germany, a shoulder from Scotland, and components from Boston and Chicago. Jesse takes pride his brain is in control of everything.
SULLIVAN: All I have to do is want to do it and I can do it.
OPPENHEIM: For now, the newer arm is too fragile and too expensive to endure what Jesse might do with it in Tennessee.
KUIKEN: We told him when we first gave him his take home set to, you know, go out and use them. And he brought it back and he had ripped the shoulder off, broken 12 stainless steel bolts trying to pull start the lawn mower. So he took us quite literally. But that's fine. You know, our challenge is to make them stand up to what he wants to do with them.
OPPENHEIM: For Jesse, the challenge has been to not give up. Even when his new limbs are, at this point, for research purposes only.
SULLIVAN: It is weird looking, but ...
OPPENHEIM (on camera): What it can do.
SULLIVAN: What it can do. It can -- you know, it has given me a freedom that I can be able to do this. This is a big deal. OPPENHEIM: That's a big deal, isn't it?
SULLIVAN: To me that is a big deal.
OPPENHEIM (voice-over): Jesse likes to say he's no hero, that he's just taking part in the research so he will live a better life.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: One, two, three.
OPPENHEIM: Yet it seems this man who imitates science fiction may make a real contribution to humanity. And what he learns could have an impact on other accident victims who will use bionic arms of the future.
Keith Oppenheim, CNN, Chicago.
COLLINS: That is amazing. And one more thing -- doctors at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago say Jesse Sullivan is one of four research patients who have had surgery to make it possible to control their artificial limbs just by thinking.
Well, did you know that most people's dreams are about the same? Compare your dreams with a top ten list that is coming up. Are your dreams on it? Find out in a minute.
And a family's incredible story of survival. How did they feel when they heard that the searchers had given up all hope of finding them alive?
Now number four on our CNN.com countdown, A St. Louis radio talk show host gets the ax for using a racial slur while he praising Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Dave Lenihan told his listeners it was a slip of the tongue and he immediately apologized.
Number three, coming up next.
COLLINS: Each night this week we're taking a close look at the science of sleep and dreams are the focus tonight. How many times have you woken up from a nightmare and felt terrified or alone? Scientists have learned something startling that might make you feel a little less alone the next time that happens. It turns out, we all dream the same dreams. Once again, here is senior medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta with tonight's "Mysteries of the Mind."
GUPTA (voice-over): Each night as we dream, what we experience may seem uniquely personal. But how unique are our dreams really?
PATRICIA GARFIELD, AUTHOR: Whatever we have in common with other human beings, I think in part form what I have called the universal dream themes. GUPTA: Author and psychologist Patricia Garfield has spent most of her career studying dreamers and dream cultures around the globe. She says that people who may be worlds apart in their waking life share a common culture while sleeping.
GARFIELD: It's both universal and particular in the sense that everyone has dreams about being chased, for instance. It is the most common negative dream theme around the world of any age, bar none. Little kids dream more often about wild animals after them. Adults dream more often about wild people after them.
GUPTA: Garfield says it is the particulars that vary from culture to culture.
GARFIELD: I did a study of children in India. And there were -- in their dreams many vultures were attacking the dreamer, compared to American kids who had more super heroes and no vultures at all. But if they had seen the movie "Jaws," there were many shark dreams.
GUPTA: According to her research, the other most common universal dream themes include flying, transportation trouble, natural disasters, menacing spirits, falling, and being naked in public.
GARFIELD: Dreams of falling, or drowning, which often occur when we feel disappointed by someone or our emotional ground has fallen out. The dreams if being naked are frequently when we're feeling particularly vulnerable. Dreams of taking a test, being back in school, being examined, that kind of dream often occurs when we feel we're being tested right now by something.
GUPTA: Testing us in perhaps more ways than we realize.
GARFIELD: Our dreams are more negative than positive in general. It is because, I believe that we're attempting to solve our problems. And we always have new problems so, you know, there is -- we have to keep coping in the best way that we can.
GUPTA: Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, reporting.
COLLINS: And join Sanjay Sunday as he explores how we sleep and how the lack of it affects our health. "Sleep" is a Dr. Sanjay Gupta special, it airs 10:00 p.m. Eastern Sunday right here on CNN.
One of the most amazing survival stories we have heard lately comes from Oregon. A family trapped by snow in the middle of nowhere, how did they get by? How do they get out? Their stories coming up after Erica Hill and the "Headline News Biz Break." Erica?
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COLLINS: All right Erica, thanks. "LARRY KING LIVE" gets underway at the top of the hour. Our own Ted Rowlands is sitting in for Larry. Ted, nice to see you. Who are you going to be talking with tonight? TED ROWLANDS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well we have a busy show. Heidi, at the top of the hour we're going to start talking about Darryl Littlejohn's court appearance today in Brooklyn.
We have his attorney here, there's a lot of evidence against him seemingly, according to prosecutors. We'll ask the attorney how he plans to defend his client.
Also, Owen Lafave is going to be with us. He is the ex-husband of Debra Lafave. You remember her, the Florida teacher who was accused of having sex with a 14-year-old in Florida. In fact, she admitted that. Charges were dropped. We'll get his reaction and then we'll also check in on that search in Milwaukee for those two young boys. We'll talk to very, very worried family members as that search expands and continues. Heidi?
COLLINS: That's an awful story. Ted, glad you're doing it. Thanks a lot, see you at 9:00.
A family's camping trip turned into a snowy nightmare in Oregon. How did they survive in the wilderness for 17 days>
Meanwhile, here's number three on our CNN.com countdown: a fire on the cruise ship Star Princess leaves one American passenger dead, 11 other people injured. It happened this morning while the ship was traveling to Jamaica. More than 100 cabins were damaged. The cause, still unknown.
Number two straight, out of the break.
COLLINS: Maybe you heard the miracle in Oregon Tuesday. A whole family was rescued after two weeks being trapped in the snowbound wilderness. How did they live? How did they get out? Tonight, we have amazing new details that are just coming out about this family's struggle for survival. Kareen Wynter takes us "Beyond the Headlines."
KAREEN WYNTER, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): An Oregon family's heartfelt reunion, following their mysterious disappearance in this mountainous terrain on March 4th, when they embarked on what was supposed to be a day-long road trip in their R.V., and turned into two weeks of a desperate fight to survive in the frigid coastal wilderness.
MARLO STIVERS, MOTHER: I never got see the ocean. And we had the day off, so we was going to go out there and spend the night.
WYNTER: Marlo and Pete Stivers, their two children, and their kids' grandparents set out for a scenic ride. But just hours into the trip, they took one wrong turn in a remote area ahead of the snowstorm.
M. STIVERS: By the time we knew it, it was already past our bellybuttons. We were like, OK, we're going to have to calm down and everybody is going to have to, you know, not eat so much and we just rationed it and thank God his mom saved all of that food.
WYNTER: Leftover items from a Y2K stockpile ended up saving their lives. Water, blankets, fuel and propane -- they even had a TV with them, and were stunned to watch their own rescue mission.
PETE STIVERS, FATHER: We'd seen that they was looking for us. We're like, well, we're right here, you know, looking at the TV.
WYNTER: The Stivers spent the next few days keeping 8-year-old Gabrayell, and 9-year-old Sabastyan's minds off the search.
GABRAYELL STIVERS, DAUGHTER: Me and my brother played games. We went outside a little bit. And we had a lot of fun.
WYNTER: More than a week after being stranded, the Stivers say their hope, along with their vital supplies, began to dwindle. They had to drink melted snow and their fuel was running low. Then on their 15th day in the woods, everything changed. The family saw on TV that the search had been called off.
M. STIVER: It was like hitting rock bottom, just, boom, and we got a little -- you now, really upset and couple of people went outside and just screamed at the top of their lungs and paced in the snow, and ...
WYNTER: Pete and Marlo grabbed a pistol, left their four family members inside the R.V. and set out to hike for help.
G. STIVERS: I cried because I thought that they wasn't going to make it. And I was kind of upset but I said, momma, I'll just pray for you and I gave her a big old hug.
WYNTER: The Stivers spent 24 hours in the cold, fearful of mountain lions, whose tracks they saw in the snow all around them.
P. STIVERS: We had plastic sacks over our socks inside our shoes. She would lead, then I would lead, then she would lead, then I would lead, just so we'd follow in each other's footsteps, you know, because the person in front would get real tired, real fast, you know?
WYNTER: The next morning, the couple spotted a forestry worker and cried for help, jumpstarting a massive search and rescue. The Stivers were eventually reunited with their family, thankful their two week ordeal didn't turn tragic.
M. STIVER: I will never forget this experience. No, it's stuck with me for good.
Kareen Wynter, CNN, Ashland, Oregon.
COLLINS: The Stivers promised their children a shopping spree at a toy store to keep their spirits up during the ordeal. Smart. And the kids have not forgotten, of course. They've been reminding their parents ever since.
We like to bring you stories each week about people who trade in their careers for their dreams. Tonight, we meet a married couple who turned their hobby into a full-time job. Here is Jennifer Westhoven with tonight's "Life After Work."
JENNIFER WESTHOVEN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: This husband and wife team took aim at a second career. Gil and Vicki (ph) Ash own and teach shooting at the Optimum Shotgun Performance School in Houston.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Pull.
GIL ASH, SHOOTING INSTRUCTOR: Each year we teach 1,500 to 2,000 people how to shoot moving targets with a shotgun.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: As soon as you see that bird, everything is going to the break point.
ASH: We were among the first group of traveling competition shooters in this country. Everywhere we went, we either won or placed in the top five. People are always asking us, how you to this? Our reputation as teachers began to grow.
Nice shot. Nice shot. Good lateral move.
WESTHOVEN: While competing, the Ashs were also involved in a different type of shooting. They ran a commercial photography business, but after 18 years, the couple traded in their cameras for shotguns.
ASH: Photography was getting ready to go through the digital phase, and I didn't want to spend a quarter of a million dollars every year keeping up with the new digital trinkets. And the other part of it was, as a photographer, you're really not in control of your own time.
WESTHOVEN: These days the Ashs manage their own time. They wrote a book, produced three DVDs and are the shooting editors for "Sporting Clay" magazine.
ASH: We're passionate not only about teaching people to shoot but we teach them how to learn from failure. Sporting clays is very a difficult game and it has got a lot of built-in failure. It's whether or not you're able to take responsibility for the failure, learn from it, and move on, that determines how successful you're going to be.
Jennifer Westhoven, CNN.
COLLINS: At the top of the hour on "LARRY KING LIVE," a man who is angry that charges have been dropped against his ex-wife for having sex with a 14-year-old student. And here is number two on our CNN.com countdown, as story we reported earlier. A Pennsylvania woman who vanished ten years ago is reunited with her father. Police say Tanya Kach was living with a man she met in middle school and that she wasn't allowed to leave his house for years. That home was just two miles away from where Kach's father lived.
Number one on the countdown after this.
COLLINS: And here it is, number one on our cnn.com countdown. A possible major development in the Natalee Holloway investigation, reports of Aruban officials having a new witness. And they also are planning to conduct another search. Natalee Holloway disappeared May 30th of last year.
Well, that's it for tonight. Thanks for watching, everybody. I'll see you tomorrow night. "LARRY KING LIVE" starts right now.
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