May 8th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 05/08/09

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Tonight, we'll have the latest on the Wesleyan University student shot and killed by an alleged stalker. Tonight the suspected gunman is being held on $15 million dollars bail. We're learning more about his life and the alleged threats he put on paper.

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  1. Renee

    @ Anderson: Next time you do this segment ask about all of the Catholic priests that are married in Latin America. They are married there and are ministering. It is an accepted fact.

    May 8, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  2. Anthonia-california

    Everyone falls in love, but if he knew he was going to be with the woman he's known for 10 years, then why bother being a PRIEST in the first place!

    May 8, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  3. Nancy

    Priests should be allowed to marry. Pastors of other faiths marry and have still completely committed their lives to god and have done wonderful works for their communities and communities around the world!

    May 8, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  4. Michelle

    Was not Peter married, along with many
    of the followers of Jesus ?

    May 8, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  5. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    Check out EWTN website for information on Catholic priests if they should be married . The program Marcu Grodi's coming home program.It entails inforamtion on noncahtolic chtristians who are oradainded priest in the catholic church .

    May 8, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  6. Maren in Oregon

    The tenants of the Catholic Church are well known and not subject to revision. Celibacy has nothing to do with ones ability to administer God's love to a congregation. However, if that one thing makes it difficult for the priest or nun to express God's love in full, then they ust leave. The Church will not change.

    May 8, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  7. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Love on, priest. I certainly do not have a problem with priests marrying nuns either.

    May 8, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  8. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Any religious institution that outlaws love for its leaders (or congregants) is obviously flawed at a deep level.

    May 8, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  9. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    I do think that Catholic Priests should be allowed to marry and have children...I'm not a mom but the way its been explained to me is that there is nothing greater than the love for a child...and Catholics believe that God is our father...so wouldn't it help a Priest know the love for his own child so that he can at least start to understand God's love for us?

    May 8, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  10. Esma

    The Catholic Church needs to upgrade and accept love as something normal, why don't they freak out this much when they know that some of their priests molest dozens of children? I can't think of much that would be a greater sin than destroying a child's life like that.

    May 8, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  11. Brent

    People don't fail to bring charges for stalking, states do. It is a crime against the state and we need to get serious about bringing charges against criminals or expect more creepy behavior. This is not Johanna's fault she is dead. It is his... and ours.

    May 8, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  12. Lori from IL

    I think Priests should be allowed to marry -

    This action by the Catholic Church makes no sense — Priests can molest young boys and either nothing happens or they get moved to another perish — but if a Priest kissing a women, he gets stripped of his Priesthood?

    May 8, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  13. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I say let the priests marry if they want to. God did put men and women on earth for a reason so why disallow them to be human?

    May 8, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  14. Isabel

    Institutions have rules and those rules must be followed.
    If they are correct or not, this is another discussion.

    May 8, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  15. Renee

    Cute couple! Of course these priests should be allowed to marry! Being married is not against God.

    May 8, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  16. Isabel

    The waiver of sex, to marriage and the possibility of having children is for that the priest can dedicate himself completely to the church.

    May 8, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  17. Isabel

    If the Church should be modernized in some aspects is another discussion. I even agree that issues of anti-conceptional methods and safe sex should be rethinking, but Padre Alberto wrong, and more, he sinned, when he disrespects the current rules.

    May 8, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  18. jacqueline, NY

    That's very creepy! I've had stalkers. And one on the net, but I am not sure who it is. Every time I think I've figured out who it is, I suddenly think it's someone else I know. Whoever it is he is pretty clever and knows himself around the net rather stealthily. Very creepy.

    May 8, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  19. gayle mccauley Malden,Mass.

    My ex husband stalked me and he had a gun.I also had a restraining order on him. I literally looked over my shoulder for years. It takes any feeling of confidence right out of you and it's terrifying.After he went into recovery he came to his senses.Thank God for that.

    May 8, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  20. Isabel

    If Priest Alberto wants to love a woman and to relate to her, he can choose other ways of being present in the Church, but it is wrong to disrespect of the rules of the Church.

    May 8, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  21. Nattada, Houston TX

    Happy mother's day to all the mom and to you, too, Erica.

    May 8, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  22. angel manners

    At least it was a woman...

    May 8, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  23. LisaL - Canada

    so many religions with so many rules to bear. at the risk of severe oversimplification, everyone should have someone with whom they can really connect – really share. it is the experience of sharing and understanding that forms the basis of friendship. sometimes friendships are subject to rules – sometimes rules and situations change. the point is that in a truly flexible relationship, the situation is less important than the bond.

    May 8, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  24. Isabel

    I disagree with Priest Alberto. The choice of the path of religious life, as priest, is optional. The celibacy and chastity is part of this life.

    May 8, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  25. Lori from IL

    Happy Mother's Day Erica -

    I lost my mom over 3 years ago - and would like to remind everyone that still has their mom to be sure to acknowledge them on Sunday....and not just onSunday.

    May 8, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  26. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    My prayers are with her family and she is at peace now at least she can't get hurt like that again. They should also warn against internet dating sites and other unsafe targets for something like this .

    May 8, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  27. starr formerly known as vincent

    Happpy Birthday David Gergen!!

    @Eric- Happy Mother's day to you!

    May 8, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  28. Isabel

    @ Erica Hill

    Happy Mother’s Day to you!
    Happy Mother’s Day! to for us all!

    May 8, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  29. Jasmine-Spokane, WA (Spokandyland)

    @angel manners you have time to stalk people when you are bored.... a lot of these people are unemployed too. It's not just creepers now. People find someone and they get a fascination with a person and they get monomania.

    May 8, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  30. Samantha M.

    What triggers the idea or motive or obsession to stalk these people? To what extent will these people plead insanity?

    May 8, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  31. Anthonia-california

    Being stalked is creepy, but if she knew she was being stalked, why didnt she report it?

    May 8, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  32. Caroline, Los Angeles

    This is so whacked. The priest calls himself a failure for falling in love!

    May we all be so blessed to fail so well to love and be loved. Sheesh!

    May 8, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  33. Martina Ilstad

    happy weekend and an early mother dayto all moms.

    May 8, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  34. Mary

    Erica, Happy Mother's Day to you??
    Moms Rock!!!! Anderson, I hope you put some thought into a mother's day gift! Something simple that will let her know how much you appreciate her. Being a mom is a tough job!

    May 8, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  35. Renee

    Happy Mom's Day to everyone. Men of the blog, don't forget the card! The card and the note is the best part!

    May 8, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  36. Heather - Spokane, WA

    When you hear people say that they do not take no for an answer it kinda makes me think about stalkers because thats pretty much the same saying that they have

    May 8, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  37. Michelle

    I have read that the Catholic Church originally allowed
    priest to get married, but the rules were changed sot the
    church could inherit property instead of the wife. Is this

    May 8, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  38. Nancy

    Hi Erica!

    Thank you for the Mothers Day wishes! and the best is wished to you too!

    May 8, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  39. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Hi Erica,
    Happy Mother's Day to you on Sunday! and to mom's bloggers too!

    May 8, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  40. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    Women are always being threatened and i would think the retraining order would help the stalkers to stay away .Is this any goood to get or is the law enforcement not willing to help in these cases?

    May 8, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  41. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    It is really creepy...though I think that's reason we call them stalkers. It was good to hear the tips to know how to make it stop...

    May 8, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  42. David, Indiana

    Evening Anderson, Erica, everyone. 2500 firefighters, a five mile long fire expanding in two directions for some reason I'm catching the numbers more tonight. Glad to hear the onshore winds are blowing the fire back on areas its already burned. Hopefully that helps slow it down or keeping it from that brush and chapparal.

    Yes sounds encouraging on the economy and that's good, banks handling stress, less jobs being lost, that's good. Hope if investors are making money then those funds can be put into companies that are ready to ramp up production.

    Nice discussion with Ali Velshi and David Gergen.

    May 8, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  43. Nattada, Houston TX

    Another bright star fell down from the sky by doing nothing wrong at all, just bright and shine. How sad. May she be in a better place than here and rest peacefully.

    Stalker is insane and unreasonable.

    May 8, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  44. Lauren--NY

    Happy Mother's Day, Erica!

    May 8, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  45. Nancy

    Stalkers are obviously not of sound mind. Trying to talk to them is a waste of breathThey have depraved minds and the best protection is letting the authorities know what is happening and taking whatever percautions necessary to insure your safety.

    May 8, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  46. Isabel

    @ David Gergen

    There is a possibility the unemployment rate to reach two digits until the end of the year.

    Isn’t the economy improving? Aren’t the projections positive for the second half? Why the unemployment rate does not follow that way?

    May 8, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  47. Caroline, Los Angeles

    David Letterman did that with one of his stalkers. He talked with her and tried to help her. I guess I'm too softhearted but I always thought that was kind of him.

    May 8, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  48. Lori from IL

    Stalkers/stalking is just plain creepy - but very interesting segment, Thanks 360.

    May 8, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  49. jacqueline, NY

    It's Mr. Gergen's b'day? Happy Birthday, Mr. Gergen!

    May 8, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  50. Dulcie - Denver

    I'm fortunate to have landed a permanent job last December. I moved from private sector accounting to public sector. A big change, but a great job.

    May 8, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
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