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Voices of 9/11; The Power of Prayer; Witness to Terror

Aired March 31, 2006 - 20:00   ET


PAULA ZAHN, CNN ANCHOR: Good evening, everyone. Thank you all for being with us.
Tonight, a side of the story you haven't heard before -- moments of a national tragedy frozen in time, and now available for all of us to hear.


ZAHN: The "Eye Opener" -- just released tapes reveal startling new details about 9/11.


FIRE DEPARTMENT OF NEW YORK DISPATCHER: Listen. Lie on the floor. Everybody, wet the towels. Put it over your head. Lie on the floor, OK?


ZAHN: Emergency workers overwhelmed by desperate calls for rescue.


911 OPERATOR: One hundred and sixth floor. Can't get to the stairway. Can't get to the elevator.


ZAHN: And by the shock of reality.


FIRE DEPARTMENT OF NEW YORK DISPATCHER: Oh, God. It's an awful thing. It's an awful, awful, awful thing to call somebody and tell them you're going to die.


ZAHN: Tonight, the untold story of America's darkest day.

"Beyond the Headlines" -- mean street, a shocking series of attacks on the homeless. Now, in an exclusive interview, a witness to a killing steps forward.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I seen him standing there with baseball bats. ZAHN: Can he help bring a killer to justice?

And "Mysteries of the Mind" -- the power of prayer. What does the very latest science reveal about the healing effects of faith?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: God is in me. God is taking care of me.

ZAHN: Can prayer really overcome illness?


ZAHN: Also, a story you have never heard until tonight -- what exactly was happening behind the walls of the Vatican exactly one year ago tonight? We have eyewitness stories of Pope John Paul's final hours -- that coming up.

But we start here in New York . Here we are, four-and-a-half years after 9/11. But in the city tonight, some of the scars are wide open again -- the wounds painfully fresh, all because of words we hadn't heard until today.

Listen to the tape I'm about to play for you. It has on it the voices of 911 operators on that awful morning, after hijackers had crashed two airliners into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.


FIRE DEPARTMENT OF NEW YORK DISPATCHER: Yes, we have somebody that just fell out of the window.

NEW YORK POLICE DEPARTMENT DISPATCHER: We heard that it was a plane that crashed into the building.

FIRE DEPARTMENT OF NEW YORK DISPATCHER: I know. But there was somebody that fell out of the window from there, too.

NEW YORK POLICE DEPARTMENT DISPATCHER: Oh, my God. You're getting hit with everything over there.



NEW YORK POLICE DEPARTMENT DISPATCHER: There's no caller. He's disconnected. But I wanted to give you additional information on it.





FIRE DEPARTMENT OF NEW YORK DISPATCHER: Oh. NEW YORK POLICE DEPARTMENT DISPATCHER: ... floor. He says that there are people getting sick from the smoke that's coming in. There's a lot of people. He's thinking that they're trapped.


ZAHN: Tragically, as it turned out, they were trapped, and they died.

What you have been hearing and what we have all been listening to today are audiotapes of the 911 operators here in New York on the morning of September 11, 2001. It took more than four years, a lawsuit and a court order to get these tapes released.

They only tell part of the story. But it is a part of the story we have never heard before. And it stops you cold.

With more now, here is Mary Snow and tonight's "Eye Opener."



FIRE DEPARTMENT OF NEW YORK DISPATCHER: Fire Department dispatcher 461. The address of the fire?


MARY SNOW, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The calls began almost immediately after the first plane hit the World Trade Center, at 8:46 a.m. Tuesday morning, September 11.


FIRE DEPARTMENT OF NEW YORK DISPATCHER: You saw an explosion at the Twin Towers?


SNOW: In the tapes released today, we only hear the 911 operators. The callers' voices have been edited out. Sometimes, we hear the operators giving instructions to people trapped in the burning towers.


FIRE DEPARTMENT OF NEW YORK DISPATCHER: Everybody, wet the towels. Listen, lie on the floor, OK? Everybody, wet the towels. Put it over your head. Lie on the floor, OK?


SNOW: At other times, the 911 operators are talking among themselves, sharing their confusion, frustration, and heartbreak.

(BEGIN AUDIO CLIP) FIRE DEPARTMENT OF NEW YORK DISPATCHER: Oh, God. You be trapped, something like that. We have got the 83rd -- the second World Trade Center on the 83rd floor, five people were trapped, were unconscious. I don't know what they're doing.

And it's an awful thing. It's an awful, awful, awful thing to call somebody and tell them you're going to die. That's an awful thing. I hope -- I hope they're all alive, because they -- they sound that they went -- they passed out, because they were breathing hard. They are like snoring, like they're unconscious.


SNOW: Even though the whole country was watching, the operators themselves couldn't see television. Their confusion is evident.


FIRE DEPARTMENT OF NEW YORK DISPATCHER: A plane hit the building, and there has been another plane that hit the building. I don't know if it's the same building.

FIRE DEPARTMENT OF NEW YORK DISPATCHER: You know, I'm not there. I can only go by what you're telling me.


SNOW: Today, some families of the victims demanded to hear the rest of the 911 conversations.

SALLY REGENHARD, MOTHER OF SEPTEMBER 11 VICTIM: It is ludicrous to think we're getting half the truth today. We're getting half of a conversation. We're getting an operator speaking. And there -- there is no interaction of conversation.

SNOW: Sally Regenhard's son Christian died in the World Trade Center. She was part of the lawsuit that won the release of the 9/11 911 tapes.

REGENHARD: I'm one of the 40 percent of family members who have never had a recovery, not one single piece of DNA.

SNOW: Sally hoped to recognize her son's voice on one of the 130 911 calls that were released today.

REGENHARD: Even if they were not identified by name, maybe this -- the people they were speaking to didn't understand their name. Maybe there was such confusion that it was garbled. But, you know, a mother will always know her child's voice. And every parent has the right to at least try to listen to these tapes, if they want to, and to hear it.

SNOW: Leo Andreacchio had the very opportunity Sally Regenhard so desperately wants. His brother Jack was one of 28 people identified on a 911 call. And, so, his family has the right to listen to the full call, but Leo isn't going to. LEO ANDREACCHIO, BROTHER OF SEPTEMBER 11 VICTIM: I don't want to hear his voice on the line on the 911 -- 911 call, because, on that call, he's like, you know, begging for help. And there is nobody there to help him. Here was a kid who brought down so many people, who got them out of the building. And there was nobody there to get him out.

SNOW: So far, only one full call has been released by the parents of an identified victim. Chris Hanley was one of the first people to reach 911.


FIRE DEPARTMENT OF NEW YORK DISPATCHER: Fire Department 408. Where's the fire?

CHRISTOPHER HANLEY, SEPTEMBER 11 VICTIM: Yes, hi. I'm on the 106th floor of the World Trade Center. We just had an explosion up here.

FIRE DEPARTMENT OF NEW YORK DISPATCHER: OK, 106th floor? What building are you in, sir, 1 or 2?

HANLEY: That's 1 World Trade.




HANLEY: Yes. There's smoke. And we got about 100 people up here.


SNOW: Hanley sounds calm, any urgency only betraying itself with his last words.


FIRE DEPARTMENT OF NEW YORK DISPATCHER: All right. Just -- just keep some windows open, if you can open up windows and just sit tight. It's going to be a while, because there's a -- a fire going on downstairs.

HANLEY: We can't open the windows unless we break them.



FIRE DEPARTMENT OF NEW YORK DISPATCHER: All right. Just sit tight. We are on the way.

HANLEY: All right. Please, hurry. (END AUDIO CLIP)

SNOW: Yvette Washington-Montagne was working as a 911 operator on September 11. She's one of the few people who has heard the other side of these conversations. The memory haunts her.

YVETTE WASHINGTON-MONTAGNE, 911 OPERATOR: You're getting calls from people. They're telling you: "I'm going to jump. I'm not going to stay here, because you're not going to come for me in time. I don't want to die without trying to fight for my life."

You trying to pray with people, because you don't want them to hear the fear in your voice.


DISPATCHER: OK. Just sit tight.

DISPATCHER: Just sit tight. We will get to you.

DISPATCHER: That's all we can tell you. Just sit tight.

DISPATCHER: OK. Just sit tight.


SNOW: On the way, but, for the 2,749 people who died, too late.

Mary Snow, CNN, New York.


ZAHN: More than eight hours of conversations were made public today. Everybody was listening. And, in a written statement, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani said, the tapes bring to mind just how many lives were lost, but they also happen to be a reminder that so many were rescued and evacuated.

We move on now tonight. Freed American hostage Jill Carroll is said to be emotionally fragile a day after her release. The freelance reporter spent three months as a hostage, until her captors freed her, unharmed, yesterday.

But, just today, some new video surfaced of Carroll during her captivity. On the tape, she says some pretty startling, positive things about her captors.

Chief national correspondent John King has been studying the tape and talking with experts about what is really going on in that video.


JOHN KING, CNN CHIEF NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): This is journalist Jill Carroll before her release, a video now on radical Islamic Web sites that, for Iraqi insurgents, is a public-relations gold mine. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

JILL CARROLL, FORMER HOSTAGE: There are a lot of lies that come out of the American government, calling mujahedeen terrorists and other things. I think it is important for the American people to hear from me, the mujahedeen are only trying to defend their country.


KING: But did she mean a word of it?

WALTER ZEINS, FORMER NEW YORK POLICE DEPARTMENT HOSTAGE NEGOTIATOR: Well, that's a question of, you know, to -- that she can only answer. But you have got to understand something. She wants to get out of there. And she's going, you know, cross her T.'s and dot her I.'s of everything they tell her to say.

KING: Jill's father, Jim Carroll, told her employer, "The Christian Science Monitor," that his daughter told him in a long conversation Friday, recording the video was a final demand before her release.

Jim Carroll said, her captors "obviously wanted maximum propaganda value in the United States. After listening to them for three months, she already knew exactly what they wanted her to say, so she gave it to them, with appropriate acting to make it look convincing."

This video, immediately after her release, was recorded at an Islamic political party's headquarters. Carroll made a point of noting she was not harmed by her captors.


CARROLL: Never threatened me in any way.


JACKIE SPINNER, FRIEND OF JILL CARROLL: She is still looking for sympathy for the people who held her captive. And I think that says -- speaks volumes about Jill and her mission in Iraq.

KING: Sorting her views from anything she was forced to say will be one of the many issues in Carroll's debriefings by U.S. intelligence experts. And it would not be unusual for her initial statements to change over time.

ZEINS: We have had incidents where people just become empathetic towards the hostage-taker. So, you know, the bottom line to it is, there is a very strong possibility she might have fallen into the Stockholm syndrome. But, again, let time take its course in this particular debriefing.

KING: If nothing else, Jonathan Alterman and many others who study the Iraqi insurgency see a significant change in tactics. JON ALTERMAN, MIDDLE EAST PROGRAM DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR STRATEGIC AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES: That the insurgency has gone from a sort of mindless killing of anybody they can get their hands on, just to show they can do something, to a more self-confident series of choices about how they're going act.

For their audience, which is an audience of Iraqis, having an American say, I was treated well, I was treated with respect, is -- is priceless.

KING (on camera): I want you to listen here to Jill Carroll's characterization of President Bush.


CARROLL: He knows he built a mountain of lies. And I think he needs to finally admit that to the American people and let the American troops go home.


ALTERMAN: But what -- what it also tells me is that you're not just dealing with a bunch of -- of -- of unsophisticated gang members doing anything to get anybody to pay attention. These are people with goals, people with skills, and people who are making choices about what things get them further along to their goals.

KING (voice-over): Jill Carroll will tell her story soon. Her father says she wasn't trying to help her captor,s but had been taught to fear them.

John King, CNN, Washington.


ZAHN: Now let's get the latest on Jill Carroll's condition tonight from senior international correspondent Nic Robertson in Baghdad.

Good evening, Nic.

What do we know about where she is and when Jill Carroll might be coming home?

NIC ROBERTSON, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, Paula, throughout the day, we knew that Jill was in Baghdad. We knew that her parents wanted her home. We knew she was getting medical checks. We knew she talking with U.S. officials here.

But we have just heard from journalists who are waiting in Ramstein, Germany, they have been told now to expect a photo-op at 8:00 a.m. in the morning, German time. Now, it's, at this time, about 4:00 in the morning in Baghdad. In Germany, they have not been told this is definitively Jill Carroll that they are going to be seeing, but they have been woken up in the night and told to expect this. It looks very likely that Jill Carroll will be at that photo-op in Germany at 8:00 in the morning. And if that is the case, that means she must be going wheels up from Baghdad, flying out of here, in the very near future, if not right around now -- Paula.

ZAHN: And, Nic, you're reporting that she was seen by doctors today. Any update at all on her -- either her physical or emotional condition?

ROBERTSON: Well, I think, in her conversations with her -- her very close friends that she has seen here, she has indicated that she has put on some weight while she has been with the insurgents, that they have told her to eat, and she -- she has for -- essentially, out of fear, done everything that she has been told. She has eaten when she has been told.

And she has been -- and she has put on weight. We really don't have a good analysis at this time, though, of her mental condition. We're not being briefed on that at the moment -- Paula.

ZAHN: Certainly a woman who has been under a great deal of stress for many, many months.

Nic Robertson, thanks so much for the update.

And a quick note for all of you out there: CNN will bring you live coverage of the events in Germany. That will unfold at 1:00 a.m. Eastern Saturday morning. Of course, for those of you living on the West Coast, you know that's 10:00 p.m. Pacific time.

We are going to move on to new developments in a series of beatings in Florida that stunned the entire nation. For the first time, we're going to hear from an eyewitness. What did he see that the cameras didn't show? And did he even bother to report what he saw?

What's next for the preacher's wife who police say actually confessed to killing her husband?

And another debate tonight: Does prayer work? Well, a new scientific story is really raising some eyebrows. You will see.

First, though, on to our countdown of the top 10 most popular stories on -- more than 15 million of you logging on today.

At number 10 -- President Bush and the leaders of Canada and Mexico wrapped up their summit in Cancun today. As you probably know, immigration reform was high on the agenda. The meeting also focused on trade and terrorism.

Number nine -- more protests in Paris tonight, after French President Jacques Chirac promised to sign a controversial labor law which makes it easier to fire young workers -- numbers eight and seven when we come back.

Please stay with us. (COMMERCIAL BREAK)

ZAHN: Authorities say she has confessed to killing her husband. But no one has said why. Who will be asking her questions this weekend?

What would you do if you were walking through a park and saw someone being beaten with a baseball bat? Well, the answer seems pretty obvious. We hope you would call 911. But you're about to meet a man who was in that same situation and simply didn't make the call. And he just happens to be a witness to a notorious series of crimes, some of which were caught on chilling videotape.

Our John Zarrella takes us "Beyond the Headlines."


JOHN ZARRELLA, CNN MIAMI BUREAU CHIEF (voice-over): Unforgettable, chilling images caught on tape by chance by a silent witness, a surveillance camera overhead, two teenage boys attacking a homeless man with baseball bats. The man in this attack, Jacques Pierre, survived.

Two other homeless men were attacked that same night. One died from his wounds. Neither of those other attacks was so profoundly recorded. But, in the beating of the man who was killed, Norris Gaynor, who lay sleeping on a park bench, there was a witness, a human witness.

ANTHONY CLARKE, EYEWITNESS: What made me stop is because I seen them standing there with baseball bats.

ZARRELLA: In an exclusive interview, Anthony Clarke told me about his witness to the murder in the early morning hours of January 12, and the decision that haunts him. He was walking through this park after a night out on the town. He heard talking, stopped to listen.

CLARKE: I don't know how much time passed, probably like five or six seconds. Then, I saw the individual with the -- I call it the afro -- that's how I can remember him, the little afro -- strike the individual on a bench.

ZARRELLA: Clarke is describing Thomas Daugherty, the only one of three teenagers involved in the attacks who has long hair. Clarke picked him out of a lineup.

(on camera): So, you only saw the one teenager with the bushy hair strike the -- Norris Gaynor?

CLARKE: Yes. Yes.

ZARRELLA (voice-over): Clarke says, the other two teens were on either side of Daugherty. The one on the left had short hair and a bat. Based on the video and other witness statements, that would be Brian Hooks. He, according to Clarke, was goading Daugherty. CLARKE: Was telling him, like egging him on to, you know, go, go. You know, I don't know exactly what words he was saying, but he was egging him on.

ZARRELLA: William Ammons, the one on the right, had something else in his hand, Clarke says.

CLARKE: I couldn't make it out. And while the guy with the bushy hair was hitting the individual, he pointed it at him, but, like, in a pointing motion, his arm, and I didn't hear anything.

ZARRELLA: Police say Ammons told them he shot Gaynor with a paintball gun. His attorney says that doesn't make him a murderer.

MICHAEL ROTHSCHILD, ATTORNEY FOR WILLIAM AMMONS: The medical evidence does not suggest that, you know, injuries that caused the death were in any way inflicted by a paintball gun.

ZARRELLA: At some point, Clarke says, the three teens looked over and saw him. To make sure they didn't come after him, Clarke pretended to have a weapon.

CLARKE: This is when I -- I went like this. I went over this way and put my hands like this in my -- in my pocket, like in my -- up under my shirt, like I had something. And then they walked by. And, then, I walked this way and walked to my truck.

ZARRELLA (on camera): So, they were literally just a few feet from you?

CLARKE: When they passed me.

ZARRELLA: When they passed you.

So, you got a good look at them?


ZARRELLA (voice-over): To get to his truck, Clarke had to walk by the park bench where Norris Gaynor lay dying.

CLARKE: I don't remember -- remember if he was motionless. I just remember I seen the blood, and I was just focused on that. You know, I was focused on the blood. And, then, that's when I pulled myself on out and started walking this way, towards my vehicle.

ZARRELLA: It was here, Clarke says, he made a decision not to call 911.

(on camera): You didn't make the call.

CLARKE: No. I know I -- I think about it all the time, you know? But, no, I didn't make the call. I didn't -- I didn't call the police. I didn't call emergency anything. So...

ZARRELLA: Why? CLARKE: I don't know, man. It was -- I don't know. It was -- I don't know.

ZARRELLA (voice-over): It was about 30 hours after witnessing Gaynor's beating that Clarke called police. Clarke himself had an arrest warrant hanging over his head for driving with a suspended license and a parole violation. He was facing jail time.

But a month after coming to police about Gaynor's beating death, prosecutors testified on Clarke's behalf in that case, and it was dismissed.

Michael Gottlieb, who represents Thomas Daugherty, says -- quote -- "In essence, the state bought his testimony" -- end quote.

If he had only made the call, Clarke says, would Norris Gaynor still be alive?

CLARKE: The guilt made me come back to the scene, you know, and wish I did it all over differently, if I could do it again.

ZARRELLA: John Zarrella, CNN, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.


ZAHN: And we have one more thing to add.

We were finally able to reach the family of Norris Gaynor, the homeless man who was killed. His mother, Georgia Gaynor, has this to say about Anthony Clarke -- quote -- "Thank God he came forward, because these boys shouldn't be out on the street."

A murder case in Tennessee has also captured some national attention. Her husband was shot dead. She ran away. And, when she was caught, police say she confessed to murdering him. What next for the preacher's wife?

Plus, a surprising study about the power of prayer -- can you believe its conclusions? What about the people who don't?

First, though number eight on our countdown -- a series of earthquakes shakes western Iran. The strongest one hit earlier today. Government officials say, at least 66 people were killed. More than 1,400 were injured.

Number seven -- scientists say disease and very warm water temperatures are killing ancient coral reefs in the Caribbean. The estimates are that one-third of the coral near Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands has already died.

Stay with us -- numbers six and five coming up.


ZAHN: The Tennessee preacher's wife accused of killing her husband is facing a tough weekend of questioning, not by investigators, but by doctors.

Mary Winkler remains in jail tonight. And her state of mind is a top concern. You might remember, she was arrested a week ago. Police say she actually confessed to killing her husband. But they haven't yet revealed a motive. Still, there are some hints that are just beginning to emerge tonight.

Here is national correspondent Susan Candiotti with tonight's "Outside the Law."


SUSAN CANDIOTTI, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): This weekend, psychologists are expected to begin examining Mary Winkler. Defense attorneys say they need to know whether she understood the consequences when police say she shot her husband in the back. Competency could be a defense.

LESLIE BALLIN, ATTORNEY FOR MARY WINKLER: Her condition is pretty fragile right now. We're -- we are concerned about it. Also, in a case like this, where Mary Carol's mental state at the time of the event is an issue, we want to have a forensic psychological examination done.

CANDIOTTI: Her own lawyers call Winkler an emotional wreck.

Winkler made two court appearances this week, both times, her head down low, apparently trying to avoid eye contact during crowded hearings.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Is it your desire at this point to waive your right to a preliminary hearing?


CANDIOTTI: Close friends say her courtroom demeanor is a far cry from the woman they know.

Another friend who cried during a jailhouse visit with Winkler said the mother of three kept her emotions in check.

PAM KILLINGSWORTH, FELLOW CHURCHGOER/TEACHER OF MARY WINKLER: I expect her to be very upset. But she just -- she was very calm. She was worried about the needs of, it seems like, everyone else.

CANDIOTTI: By waiving a preliminary hearing Thursday, the defense prevented prosecutors from reading her alleged confession into the record.

STEVE FARESE, ATTORNEY FOR MARY WINKLER: We feel it does no one any good to hear bad things said about the mother of children. We don't feel that it does anyone any good to hear gruesome things about their late father.

CANDIOTTI: Why Winkler might have pulled the trigger is still a mystery. Police and prosecutors won't say. And after getting their first look at Winkler's alleged confession to police, the defense will only tell CNN it confirms the couple had problems.

BALLIN: She is sad. She is bewildered. She is lost.

CANDIOTTI: The couple's conservative church community says, it is baffled. To most people, the young minister and his quiet wife were picture-perfect.

BILL SMITH, WINKLER FAMILY FRIEND: I don't know of a couple who, from the very start of their relationship, loved each other more and, after 10 years of marriage, loved each other more and more.

CANDIOTTI: The Winklers' three young children remain in the care of their paternal grandparents, a family rooted in three generations of ministers. Winkler's in-laws met with her in jail.

SMITH: And they loved her. They hugged her. She hugged them. She was so remorseful and so sorrowful of what she had done. And they assured her that she was forgiven.

CANDIOTTI (on camera): For now, Winkler's lawyers say, even they cannot get a clear picture of what happened between the seemingly loving couple. When they try to get details from Winkler, in their words, they can't get her to focus.

Susan Candiotti, CNN, Selmer, Tennessee.


ZAHN: And we have also learned that a grand jury is expected to take up this case in June.

There is a new scientific study out about the power of prayer. What did it find and how will it affect people who are sure that prayer saved their lives?

Also coming up, a powerful untold story. Exactly what happened during Pope John Paul's final years or hours, that is, exactly one year ago?

Moving on now to number six in our countdown. In Liverpool, England, today, Secretary of State Rice, that is, defended the war in Iraq. But she admitted that the U.S. had made, quote, "thousands of errors." Her visit sparked protests from several anti- war groups.

Number five, a Watergate figure takes aim at the president, direct aim. Former Nixon White House Counselor John Dean today told a Senate committee that the domestic spying program is worse than the Watergate scandal. Dean was testifying in support of the Democratic Senator Russ Feingold's resolution to censure Mr. Bush.

Number four straight out of the break. We'll be right back.


ZAHN: In tonight's "Mysteries of the Mind," does prayer really have the power to heal? Well, just today, the latest and largest study ever on the effect of prayer and healing was released, a $2.5 million experiment at six major medical centers in the U.S. It actually studied patients recovering from heart bypass surgery. And the question they posed was would a person heal faster, with fewer complications, if people actually prayed for them?

Well, the answer might test your faith, because those patients actually had more problems healing than patients who had no one praying for them at all. It is said to be the most scientifically accurate study yet.

But just ask millions of Americans who devoutly believe that their faith has guided them through a very serious health crisis. It's a story for our chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and one of the "Mysteries of the Mind."


SANJAY GUPTA, CNN CHIEF MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): It has been 50 years since 61-year-old Kate Williams had been to church, or even knelt down to pray. Then she was diagnosed with cancer.

KATE WILLIAMS, CANCER PATIENT: I felt so empty. I needed something to grab on to, something to hold on to that would take me through this.

GUPTA: Now after all these years, Kate trusts faith to ward off her cancer as ardently as she does her treatments. And it could be working for her.

WILLIAMS: God is in me. God is taking care of me.

GUPTA: Studies show religious involvement appears to have health benefits, including reducing anxiety, depression and substance abuse, and increasing longevity.

Still, those associations are admittedly vague. For patients like Kate, a more important question remains. Can something as intangible as faith help treat the ravages of cancer? Studies show prayer, meditation, and other calming practices like yoga ward off stress, which can exacerbate conditions like cancer. They also activate a measurable relaxation response in the brain.

DR. HERBERT BENSON, PRESIDENT, MIND/BODY MEDICAL INSTITUTE: There is decreased blood pressure, heart rate, rate of breathing.

GUPTA: And so, many doctors agree that faith is essential to healing. Still, others believe that raising patients' expectations could do more harm than good.

ANDREW NEWBERG, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA: I think we'll have to be very careful about saying that people should go out and pray in order to prevent themselves from having an illness or to get better. I've always said that it should never come to the fact that you tell your patient to take two prayers and call me in the morning. That's just not going to be something that is going to work. BENSON: To say what we can do for ourselves and what medicine can do for us are separate and can work alone is a mistake. They must be balanced.

GUPTA: Kate Williams says her faith gives her solace and a strength she wouldn't possess on her own.

WILLIAMS: I still don't know if I am cancer-free. I feel that I am. But I also feel that whatever happens, I'm going to be fine.

GUPTA: Old-fashioned faith could be a new elixir.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, Atlanta.


ZAHN: But in spite of what the doctor just said, there are of course questions about prayer and healing that are not likely to be decided anytime soon. One of the things I was struck by is something that one Catholic nun said. She said God's way of working with people is a mystery.

This weekend, it will be a year since the death of Pope John Paul II. What was it like inside the Vatican during the beloved pope's last days? Stay with us for some extraordinary untold stories.

Also, what's former President Bill Clinton up to these days? Well, you'll get to see, because he happens to be the guest at the top of the hour on LARRY KING LIVE.

Number four on our countdown. Iran says it has successfully test-fired a missile that can avoid radar and can hit several targets at once by using multiple warheads. Iranian state media says the missile can reach Israel and U.S. bases in the Middle East.

We'll be back with number three straight out of this break. Please stay with us.


ZAHN: Pope John Paul II died a year ago this Sunday. We all remember the crowds keeping vigil in St. Peter's Square, praying and waiting as the pope neared death.

But it is actually taking us a year to learn the full details of the story. Our faith and values correspondent Delia Gallagher has talked with the people who were actually inside the Vatican and in some cases inside the room with the pope during his final hours.

Their stories will make up a special two hour "CNN PRESENTS," this weekend, the last days of Pope John Paul II, the untold story. And in one of the most moving parts of those two hours, Delia takes us to the pope's death bed.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) DELIA GALLAGHER, CNN FAITH AND VALUES CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): While a vigil was taking place below his window, behind it another vigil, one we are only learning about now. Archbishop Dziwisz, the pope's private secretary of nearly 40 years, had summoned friends and colleagues to say their emotional farewells.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): It was so moving, especially for the people who cleaned and took care of the house. These people were crying like little children outside the bedroom. When they came to his bedside, they did not let it show.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (through translator): The greatest blessing was when Archbishop Dziwisz called me.

GALLAGHER: Longtime friend Mother Teccla (ph) was one of those who got the call.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (through translator): It was 10:00 a.m. on the 1st of April. He said, "Mother Teccla (ph), come say good-bye to the holy father."

GALLAGHER: Bishop Bacardo (ph), who coordinated the pope's travels, was there as well.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): The pope was in bed like any person on the eve of his death. And around him were his doctors and his household staff.

GALLAGHER: Cardinal Szoka, the head of Vatican City, also paid his respects.

CARDINAL SZOKA, HEAD OF VATICAN CITY: What went through my mind is that here is a pope, a person that I knew and that I loved very much, and I saw that he was dying. There were three doctors along one side helping him to breathe and so I went on the other side of the bed and I knelt down, kissed his hand.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (through translator): I remember everybody around him praying and I remember this enormous Bible that a priest was reading.

SZOKA: I said to him in Polish, "Holy father, the whole world is praying for you."

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): I got on my knees near the bed, I kissed his hand and it was such an emotional moment. So many images came to mind, words and moments came back to me.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (through translator): I knelt down and the pope was lying on his right side with his hand under his cheek. He was praying. It is called the prayer of the soul.

SZOKA: His eyes were wide open and he looked right at me and he nodded to indicate he knew who I was.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (through translator): His eyes were like two stars. He spoke but I couldn't understand anything besides thank you. It is almost like he was saying we will see each other again. It was such a beautiful thing, so joyous.

SZOKA: I have been a priest more than 50 years and every time I visited a sick person when I leaving, I give them a blessing. So I got up and without thinking this is the pope, I gave him a blessing. And when I did, he blessed himself. When I left, I thought, "Gee, what did I do?" You know, I gave the pope a blessing. I should have asked him to bless me.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (through translator): I didn't believe he would die because I saw him so alive. He was so focused on what I was saying, and how he looked at me. I just couldn't imagine, how could they say it was going to die? Maybe it was an anticipation of the life beyond, that I saw.


ZAHN: What an incredible look at those last hours. Be sure to tune in this weekend for Delia Gallagher's entire two-hour documentary, "The Last Days of Pope John Paul II: The Untold Story." That's again on Saturday and Sunday at 7:00 p.m. Eastern.

We have much more to come tonight. Why is one of the world's most famous supermodels in trouble with the police again? What did she do this time? You know that face, don't you? Wait until you find out about the record. We're going to find out more after Erica Hill and the "Headline News Business Break."


ZAHN: "LARRY KING LIVE," coming up, just about 14 minutes from now. So the king was hanging out with another ex-president again, Larry.

LARRY KING, CNN ANCHOR: Comes and goes, goes with the territory.

ZAHN: So what does the former president have to say? Bill Clinton?

KING: We talk about a lot of things. We talk about immigration and his global initiative, and whether he wants to be commissioner of the National Football League and the story about a disagreement with his wife about the Dubai Port Authority. Lots of interesting things to cover with a guy who is never dull, the former president Bill Clinton. He'll be the first half hour of the show.

And then the second half hour is four top radio talk show hosts, two conservative, two liberal, and we'll just -- I'll just referee.

ZAHN: War of the words with Larry King tonight. Thanks so much, see you in a couple of minutes from now.

KING: Thanks Paula, have a great weekend.

ZAHN: You too. Coming up in the world of high fashion, there's only one question tonight, what was she thinking? Jeanne Moos has the wild story of the supermodel, the housekeeper, the hurled cell phone and the police.

Plus the basic question about this weekend's hottest movie, is "Basic Instinct 2" worth seeing? You be the judge after our report.

Before that though, let's move on to No. 3 on our countdown. Remember this guy? Joey Buttafuoco? I remember him. Well, will he stand trial in California for illegally possessing ammunition? Authorities say he violated his probation by having the ammunition in his home. Let's go back to 1992, that's when you might remember the Buttafuoco's teenage girl Amy Fisher shot his wife Mary Jo.

No. 2 and No. 1 on our list when we come back.


ZAHN: All right, if we're going to be honest here, we all admit that from time to time we all lose our tempers. Just ask supermodel Naomi Campbell. Well, she happened to be arrested yesterday for allegedly assaulting her maid with a cell phone. Tonight, Jeanne Moos asks what was she thinking.


JEANNE MOOS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): They say Naomi Campbell is the best in the business at doing the walk. But instead of a fashion designer, there was a cop at her elbow this walk.

All these flashbulbs because the supermodel allegedly bashed her maid with a phone, a fashion bashing.

Naomi was charged with assault, then released. Photographers parked themselves outside her Park Avenue address the morning after her arrest. What to wear to stake out an alleged cell phone abuser?

(on camera): I came prepared. Naomi is not going to get me.

(voice-over): The alleged attack was enough to make an already paranoid New Yorker suspicious that any BlackBerry or cell phone could become a weapon.

(on camera): Don't hit me. Even if she throws a cell phone out the window, I'm OK. Don't hit me.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Oh, my gosh, what?

MOOS: Don't hit me.


MOOS: With the cell phone. Naomi Campbell. And yours is a big one.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I know. Let me call you right back, OK? Oh, I just got it.

MOOS (voice-over): Naomi has been accused of hitting assistants with phones in the past. In 2000, she pleaded guilty after being accused of striking the plaintiff twice in the head with a telephone while grabbing her by the neck.

This time around, the exact model of the alleged weapon is murky.

(on camera): It's been variously described as a Nokia cell phone, or a BlackBerry in a crystal-studded case.

(voice-over): Naomi says she doesn't know how her maid got injured. "She is sadly mistaken if she thinks she can extract money from me by concocting lies by recycling old stories." A bloody shot of the maid's clothing in a tabloid...

(on camera): Look.

(voice-over): Had jaws dropping.



UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And she thought she -- she thought she took a pair of her jeans.

MOOS: Jeans from Chip & Pepper. The supermodel reportedly became enraged when her jeans went missing. The same jean designers previously did a t-shirt with "Naomi hit me" on the front, "and I loved it" on the back.

Not since Martha Stewart donned a poncho has a perp's outfit caused such a stir.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: What is this huge thing she has on? What is she hiding under there?

MOOS (on camera): Handcuffs.

(voice-over): When Naomi Campbell says, can you hear me now, you better listen.

Jeanne Moos, CNN, New York.


ZAHN: Of course we were all wondering about that fur cape on a 67-degree day.

But there is also this. Campbell has asked her lawyer to file theft and extortion charges against her accuser, saying the real reason behind the woman's claims is that Campbell had fired her. Campbell is due back in court on June 27th.

There is a big question in Hollywood this weekend. Fourteen years after Sharon Stone's "Basic Instinct" got moviegoers very hot and bothered, is the sequel hot, or just a bother? Check that out.

But first we go to number two on our countdown. The investigation into what caused yesterday's deadly accident in the Persian Gulf off Bahrain. A boat carrying 137 people capsized during a party on board; 57 people drowned. The vessel was less than half a mile from shore when it flipped over.

At number one, our top story, the chilling audiotapes of 911 dispatchers responding to callers trapped inside the World Trade Center on 9/11. We'll be right back.


ZAHN: So do you think mere curiosity is enough to make a hit movie? Well, we may find out with the opening of the sequel to "Basic Instinct." Here's Sibila Vargas.


SHARON STONE, ACTRESS: Do I make you uncomfortable?

SIBILA VARGAS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Fourteen years after Sharon Stone made more than a few people uncomfortable with her scandalous leg crossing scene in "Basic Instinct"...

STONE: It's nice.

VARGAS: The actress is hoping you'll find her hotter than ever as the psychopathic seductress Catherine Tramell in "Basic Instinct 2."

STONE: Is this where we're going to do it?

VARGAS: And with more than a decade since Stone's show-stopping moment, the question is: Are fans ready for round two?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Is she going to cross her legs or uncross her legs? That's really the big question.

VARGAS: Are you curious to see that leg-crossing scene or eh?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: That's all right. I think I'll pass.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: She's like 60, 70 now. So a little past my age range.

VARGAS: Well, for the record, Stone is actually 48 years old.

STONE: This is what the 40s looks like, and it ain't so bad.

VARGAS: "Newsweek's" Sean Smith told me Stone's cinematic follow-up comes with a history as dramatic as the movie itself.

STONE: How do you picture it, doctor?

VARGAS: In 2001, the actress sued the producers because they had failed to make the sequel by an established deadline.

SEAN SMITH, NEWSWEEK: She sued them for $100 million, saying in addition to the money that she wasn't paid, that she had gotten in shape and had done these costume fittings and had turned down other roles, and so she had lost all this potential income.

VARGAS: Ultimately, they settled out of court, but not before a handful of leading men like Viggo Mortensen had turned the role down.

SMITH: Aaron Eckhart was offered $6 million and still didn't want to do it. The studio wanted Benjamin Bratt, but Sharon was concerned that he was too young and that he would make her look too old.

VARGAS: Early reviews have panned the sequel, and Smith jokingly refers to Stone's performance as being so over the top that it elevates a bad movie into a must-see diva extravaganza.

SMITH: She makes "Mommie Dearest" look small. At 48, to look like that and to move like that and to act like that is pretty remarkable.

VARGAS: Of course, for skeptics who think otherwise, there's always this alternative.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Want to see sexy? All right! Uh-oh.

VARGAS: Sibila Vargas, CNN, Los Angeles.


ZAHN: Oh, baby, oh.

Thanks so much for joining us. Have a great weekend. See you Monday night. "LARRY KING LIVE" starts right now. Good night.


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