Former Tucson, Arizona, mayoral candidate Shaun McClusky is leading a campaign to make shotguns available to needy and willing residents as a way of reducing crime in three troubled neighborhoods. Miguel Marquez spoke with McClusky and others in the city about the Armed Citizen Project and found a mixed response.
McClusky says the idea is not just to arm and train, but also to warn lawbreakers that residents are protecting themselves with the weapons. "By flyering the entire neighborhood and making the entire neighborhood aware that this program is coming to your neighborhood, the criminal elements are bound to see the flyer and say now what? Which house has a gun? Which house doesn't have a gun?"
Editor's note: CNN's Miguel Marquez reports on the investigation of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the man the FBI believes is behind the anti-Islam film that has sparked outrage.
Some time in the summer, a small theater in Los Angeles screened a movie to which hardly anyone came.
It was a clunky film filled with scenes in a desert and in tents. The characters were cartoonish; the dialogue gauche.
The actors who'd responded to a July 2011 casting call thought they were making an adventure film set 2,000 years ago called "Desert Warrior." That's how Backstage magazine and other acting publications described it.
The American-made movie, it turns out, was hardly an innocent desert action flick.
Instead, the movie, backed by hardcore anti-Islam groups in the United States, is a tome on Islam as fraud. In trailers posted on YouTube in July, viewers saw this: scene after scene of the Prophet Mohammed portrayed as a womanizer, buffoon, ruthless killer and child molester.
A man is found dead on a mountain in the Arizona desert shortly after he and his wife were expelled from a three year, three month, three day meditation retreat. CNN's Miguel Marquez reports.
Police say they have linked the suspect dubbed the 'Teardrop rapist' to 35 attacks on women since 1996.
CNN's Miguel Marquez reports on the increasing violence being carried out by rival drug cartels in Mexico.
Charles Manson casts a long shadow. No one knows that better than his grandson, Jason Freeman, who is speaking out for the first time about growing up under, what he calls, a "family curse" started by Manson and his so-called "Manson family."
"I'm personally, I'm coming out," says the 6-foot-2 kickboxer and cage fighter. Freeman, whose father killed himself in 1993, is "coming out," he says, because he wants the real Manson family to stop hiding from a name that still has the power to evoke fear.
Today, Freeman wants to understand his roots and himself a bit better, two things denied him as a child. He knew from a young age that Charles Manson was his grandfather, but it never registered till one day in eighth-grade history class, said Freeman. Our teacher " ... was talking about Charles Manson and I'm looking around like, are there people staring at me?"
Forbidden from talking about Charles Manson to his school friends lest they tease and taunt him, Freeman always felt different from the other kids. Even behind closed doors and with his own family, talk about Charles Manson was discouraged. He was not permitted to ask his grandmother, Rosalie, about Charles Manson, the man she married in 1955. It was a ghostly elephant roaming through his life.
Matthew Roberts, 44, looks strikingly similar to convicted cult leader Charles Manson and it may not be a coincidence. Adopted as an infant, he tracked down his birth mother in 1998 with questions about his family. She told him she believes Manson is his biological father.
"It's more than just possible, but probable," said Roberts. He's tried to get a DNA test to prove it either way, but Manson's sample was contaminated.
More than looks, Roberts interests and lifestyle, like music and a vegetarian diet, mirror Manson's when he was the same age. He also made comments to CNN's Miguel Marquez like,"I know what goes on in my head."
Roberts struggles with knowing that the notorious murderer could be his father, but he wants the truth while Manson, 77, is still alive. "If he is my father, then it would be nice to have laid eyes on him and been person to person with him once in my lifetime."
Dharun Ravi was found guilty of bias intimidation; cyberbullying laws didn't exist when he was arrested.