Sondra Forrester knew Brenda Heist as Lovie when they were friends in Florida, and lived together at one point. Heist's family believed she died after mysteriously vanishing 11 years ago, but Forrester wasn't aware of her past. In an interview with Anderson Cooper, Forrester reveals what Heist's life was like during the time she abandoned her family.
Lititz Borough Police Detective John Schofield has been working on Brenda Heist's case for 11 years – since she vanished from her family and her life in Pennsylvania. He says Heist claims she was homeless, but a friend of hers tells a different story. Anderson Cooper spoke with Schofield about the shocking revelations pertaining to her whereabouts for over a decade.
Some Western businesses are evaluating where their products are made after more than 500 people died in the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in Bangladesh. Thousands more were rescued from the debris of the crumbled building. Workers are still sorting through the wreckage and uncovering more deceased workers with each layer of concrete in the nine-story building.
Anderson Cooper talked about the incident and the repercussions with Christiane Amanpour, Ari Fleischer, Jeffrey Toobin and Amy Holmes in a special edition of AC360. The bottom line is that cheap clothing sold in the U.S. can mean unsafe conditions with little compensation for laborers abroad.
Amanpour, who interviewed the Prime Minister of Bangladesh on her CNNI show, says corruption is rampant."This factory was basically a land grab by a well-connected guy who then built more floors," she says. "It goes to the heart of the fact there's no organized labor there. All of us in the West, we like really cheap fashion and this is what's happening."
A woman who was declared dead has resurfaced 11 years later. She left her family and started a new life in Florida. CNN's Gary Tuchman reports.
Lee Heist Jr., the son of the woman who surfaced after disappearing 11 years ago, looks back on the day she left. "I remember we walked home from school, it was only a couple of blocks away. And she wasn't there. We assumed that - my sister and I assumed she was grocery shopping or something," he said.
He tells Anderson Cooper he's experiencing mixed emotions right now knowing she's alive and where she's been for over a decade.
Brenda Heist told police she abandoned her family and life in Pennsylvania more than a decade ago to escape her problems. She hitchhiked to Florida with a group of homeless people.
Tonight Anderson Cooper spoke to Marvin Salazar, who knew both a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and a victim of the blasts.
In middle school he played soccer and walked home from school with Dzhokhar. Marvin has also spent time with Krystle Campbell, the 29-year-old woman who died in the attack. They worked together at a local restaurant for two years.
Marvin is raising money for Karen Rand, Krystle’s best friend. Karen is still in the hospital.
You can donate here: https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/f782/karenrandbostonmarathonbombingvictim
CNN's Tom Foreman reports on the history of Otis Elevator Company and how they impacted architecture in big cities.
CNN's Jeffrey Toobin and CBS This Morning's John Miller discuss the case that's sending chills through law enforcement.
CNN’s Kyung Lah traces the final hours of the hunt for cop-killer Christopher Dorner, and the calls made to 9-1-1.
Some donors who promised reward money for the capture of Christopher Dorner are backing out because the manhunt ended in a standoff. However, CBS’ John Miller and Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine agree that if the reward is not paid, it could jeopardize future manhunts and the authorities' credibility: "Nobody deserves this reward...they should pay it anyway," said Miller.