As the bullets flew in Isla Vista on Friday, some good samaritans put their own lives in danger to save the life of a woman who had been shot. Gary Tuchman has the story some of the heroes who stepped up during the tragedy.
Richard Martinez lost his only son in the Isla Vista rampage. He has gone through more in the last few days than most people can imagine. He spoke to Anderson about his son's love of basketball and how he was a fierce competitor while remaining a gentle person. He also called on lawmakers to take action to prevent another tragedy.
On Friday at 9:17 pm, the killer sends out his frightening 137 page manifesto by e-mail. Moments later a killing spree would begin. Less than two hours later six people will be killed, 13 others wounded and the killer would take his own life. Kyung Lah looks at how the Isla Vista killing spree unfolded.
AC360 is not showing the killer's photo or using his name. Anderson discussed this decision with former LAPD psychologist Kris Mohandie and "Columbine" author Dave Cullen.
Anderson looks back at the lives lost in the killing spree near University of California, Santa Barbara.
Family and friends gathered today for a vigil honoring those who were killed in the rampage.
U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan are set to end at the end of the year. Now, President Obama is laying out his plan to leave nearly 10,000 troops there through 2015. That is contingent on the new Afghan government signing off on a security agreement. Even if this plan does win approval, President Obama admits Afghanistan "will not be a perfect place." National security analyst Peter Bergen has the latest.
Editor's Note: In 'Love & Death in Paradise,' Randi Kaye tells the story of the mysterious death of John Bender in one of the world's most lush and beautiful rain forests. For ac360.com, Randi tells the inside story of reporting from this unique location.
We flew over it before we got inside it. Imagine, an 80,000 square foot home perched high above the Pacific Ocean. It is nestled into 5000 acres in the middle of the Costa Rica rain forest. It’s made of steel and cement, and designed by a man named John Bender. He died inside this home years ago and his wife is now on trial for killing him. We spent several days inside this home and on the property with Ann Bender. She is on trial now for a second time, accused of murdering her husband in the dead of night here in their home. It was supposed to be their paradise, their future, but their lives took a terrible turn. Walking the property you can imagine what their life once was. There are beautiful gardens filled with orchids and incredible indigenous plants. There are also some monkeys, left over from the animals that were part of this refuge. The Benders lived with a three-toed sloth named Lili, and a wild black hawk named Toth. They even had a pet Jaguarundi. Armed guards walk the property that is also filled with some of the most beautiful waterfalls I have ever seen. The home was just as incredible from the ground as we expected it would be seeing it from the air. We came here to try and find out more about what really happened the night John Bender died from a single gunshot to the head. Was it murder or suicide? Hope you’ll tune into our special tonight called “Love and Death in Paradise.” It airs tonight. I hope you’ll find it as unforgettable as we all did while shooting this special hour for CNN.
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