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this in hour. we see more signs of the resilience in this city. boylston street is now finally open for business. the public is being allowed back to the site of the attacks. we're hearing for the first time from the suspect's former brother-in-law who is married to one of the sisters. he thinks the man identified misha may have been influenced the older brother and who then influenced the younger one. >> i'm not sure if he inspired or taught him to be radical islamist, but he surely did have influence and did teach him things that would make tamerlan go away from the people and go more into the religion and maybe that's possible that he suggested to him some radical
ideas. >> again, the full identity of this misha, what impact he may have had on the older brothers not clear. the u.s. delegation has arrived in dagestan to try to interview the parents of the suspected bombers. when the barriers came down on boylston street and the public was aallowed back in. customers are returning. the tragedy is still fresh in everyone's mind. brooke baldwin joins us from boylston street. what's the mood there? >> i think normal still isn't quite the right word. we're just across the street from where you're standing in copley square. this is the heart of the back bay, something i haven't seen in the week and a half here, traffic. we're standing, anderson, in the
middle of this memorial which was on the edge of boylston. now take a look around. we are surroundsed by people. people who are bostonians, people who just wanted to come here to pay their respects, flowers, red sox hats, running shoes and three crosses for the victims who lost their lives. just down the road is where those two blasts went off. i personally walked it this morning. we have some video we can show of workers laying down fresh concrete and working on the trees. just out of respect for the lives that were lost at that location, i just don't want to walk around down there. that's what's happening just a stone throw from where i am. walk with me this way. this is amanda. i noticed you because this is emotional for you as it is for a
lot of people down here. you live in somerville just across the river. why come down here today? >> i was in town for an audition. my husband had been here the day after and just felt it could be very moving and compelling to see what's happening now. it certainly is so touching. you're so overwhelmed. this has been such a brutal time in so many ways. i think there are so many different emotions that come out. it is overwhelming in a sad way, but a really powerful way of love. all these people who probably didn't even know some of the people who are killed or injured, but everything is pouring out. i feel like as much as we are all emotionally hung over, that the power of love here is palable. i imagine all the people who have left stuff here and who will come.
it does help some of the healing. >> i keep using the word catharsis. it seems to help people to come down here and write snej messages here. you wrote you will not be forgotten. when you see all these signs around town, now that boylston is boston, what does boston strong mean for you? >> it means something different now than what it meant before. before, it was amazing sports or educational institutions, but now just that feeling of community. i think the northeast can get rep for cold and chilly. that feeling of heart and reaching out and we're in this together. i think everyone near and far in this area, you are hit in some
way in a two or three degree separation. to reach out love, i think that's what that strength means. i am amazed at the financial generosity. >> $20 million because of the one fund boston. $20 million. it is the generosity from people here in boston. their their lifetimes are totally changed. just walk with me here. i'm going to speak quieter because they're writing and reflecting. this is in green here. i wouldn't change my hometown for anything in the world. boston is my home and it will
always be strong against adversity. boston strong. people here are writing their messages, leaving their mark. normal is not the right word to use here, even though boylston is back open and the stores are opening their doors. it is the beginning of the healing and it is the beginning of the moving forward. anderson. >> we appreciate that. bombing suspect dzhokhar tsarnaev may be moving soon from the hospital. he is listed in fair condition here in boston. some of the bombing victims' families want him out of here. ashleigh banfield joins us. what are you hearing about the possibility he may be moved? >> reporter: there are 11 victims who are still here. the updates from the hospital this morning is those 11 victims are not in serious or critical condition. the district attorney for suffolk county that covers
boston -- you have to excuse me. there are helicopters flying overhead. they land right on the roof of the hospital. there is an echo chamber. if you can still hear me, they told me the families some of the victims who are here -- >> ashleigh we're having a hard time hearing you. we're going to come back to you. ashleigh is outside the hospital where some family members want the suspect to be removed from. we continue to remember the victims of the tragedy today. an hour from now a memorial service will be held for shawn collier. family and friends had a private service yesterday. he was ambushed in his patrol car while on campus. thousands of m.i.t. faculty and
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loved ones are being treated at the same facility he's being treated at. the district attorney told me in the next couple of days he could be moved elsewhere. have a listen. >> i don't have any direction communication with the united states attorney on this, but i've been told there is some concern that this defendant is being treated at the same hospital where victims are at, so that's natural. you could see how victims and victims' families would be upset about that. there is a possibility before released the defendant into federal custody, they'll release him to another hospital. >> he could be moved to another hospital before he ends up incarcerated? >> we have a lot of great hospitals in this area. that's a possibility, i would think. >> reporter: the district attorney also told me if his
condition -- which right now is fair. if his condition is good enough, he may be able to leapfrog that medical facility and go straight to his incarceration location. this is where he may end up more than likely according to the district attorney. the massachusetts correctional institution in plymouth. it is about 45 miles south of here. it is a state facility. but they do have federal prisoners there. it should be a fascinating development once we see how they move him and if he will end up there. >> thanks very much. the wife of the bombing suspect tamerlan tsarnaev according to her attorney is going everything she can. he says she did not know anything about the bomb plot.
fbi investigators want to talk to her firsthand. for now russell is talking through her attorney. do we know why she hasn't met with the fbi to talk directly? >> we don't actually now whether or not she has met with the fbi. i was in her attorney's office this morning. she wants to cooperate and they have spoken with the fbi, but whether or not she has yet, we just don't know. >> wants to cooperate is sort of lawyer speak. sounds like they have not met directly. we have confirmed reports the that the family was receiving welfare benefits last year and they got benefits when the brothers were younger. it is going to raise a lot of anger in this place that this man who was allegedly plotting to kill americans is actually live off welfare with his wife. have the lawyers made any
statement about that? >> reporter: the massachusetts department of health and human services did release a statement to cnn this morning. both dzhokhar tsarnaev and tamerlan tsarnaev received benefits through their parents when their younger. tamerlan received benefits until 2012 when the family became ineligible. they're referring to tamerlan tsarnaev and katy russell. katy russell was the one who was working full-time. we hear she was working up to 75, 80 hours a week as a home health care aide. as we know now, her income made her ineligible as of last year. >> do we know why tamerlan tsarnaev could not find a job? this is a guy who seems perfectly capable. do we know why he wasn't
working? >> reporter: we don't. we know katy russell was working so much. i spoke to one of her friends from high school and she said she was very surprised to have learned a few years ago that she dropped out of college and became a muslim and got married and has a child. she was very much a member of this community. this friend says she wishes this community here in rhode island would rally around katy. she's not seeing much of that right now. >> there are so many questions that still remain. how could a guy who doesn't a job leave his wife and infant child, go to russsia for six months? we have much more of the boston coverage.
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welcome back. there is a lot to tell you about, but we do want to turn our attention to other stories. the ricin tainted letters, turns out the man that was accused of sending them may have been framed. that is according to him. all charges were dropped against paul kevin curtis after officials uncovered what they described as new information in the case. curtis is speaking about the ordeal and the man who plotted to get him behind bars. >> reporter: when authorities released him, he was eager to set the record straight. >> i have respect for president obama and love my country.
>> reporter: curtis was accused of sending ricin laced letters to president obama and senator and a judge. new information became available and in a bizarre turn curtis says he is a victim of a plot by a man holding a grudge against him. >> he's been showing up on my radar. do you know this guy hates you, is what people in town told me? >> reporter: information on social media was used to frame her client. >> the government was able to basically find another suspect who we believe is the true perpetrator of this heinous cross-claim. >> reporter: curtis describes how he felt. >> when you've been charged with something, you have never heard of ricin -- i thought they said
rice. >> reporter: curtis is a father, political activist and a elvis impersonator. >> this last week has been a nightmare for my family. i would like to get back to normal, which for me means being the best father i can be to my children, supporting my favorite charity, save a life foundation and entertaining through my music. >> this is such a bizarre case. victor black wel joins us live. you saw fbi agents searching a home last night. what did you see? >> reporter: we went to this home here in tupelo. there were agents there in full body hazmats searching the home. the authorities here are not saying anything about the connection the owner of that home has to this ricin
investigation. we have asked that questions. the u.s. attorneys office and the fbi for the last 48 hours or so have not said anything about this investigation. we're hoping to get more information into who sent those letters. >> victor, so we're hearing from this guy's attorney that he was framed. we don't know for a fact if authorities actually buy that, if authorities are following up on that theory. all of that coming from the attorney and the man who was falsely accused, correct? >> that's correct. when she says the government has found a new suspect, there's been no mention of a new suspect. he says that in defense of her client. the officials said they have not had a new suspect or they
believe this person who has a grudge is involved at all. chris cuomo is going to be talking to him live 1:00 p.m. eastern. one of the men accused of planning an al qaeda backed attack on a passenger train appeared to court today in toronto, canada. he plotted to derail a train headed from canada to new york by setting off explosives. his alleged accomplice appeared in court yesterday. authorities have net released details about either suspect. an eight story building collapsed in bangladesh killing more than 70 people today. they are looking for those who may still be trapped in the ruins. it is a grisly scene. you may remember a fire killed
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. welcome back to a special edition of "cnn newsroom." thousands of mourns are starting to gather for a memorial service offering police officer sean collier. he was shot four to five times in his patrol car last thursday. police believe he was ambushed by tamerlan and dzhokhar tsarnaev. also happening right now boylston street is hope for business. business owners were allowed
back briefly yesterday. we're hearing for the first time from a man who used to be married to the suspect's sister. he thinks he went from an aspires olympic boxer to a jihadist. we're not sure if misha is the nickname or if it is his name. unclear if authorities are looking into this misha character. the fbi hopes to find some answers in russia. a group from the u.s. embassy is there in moscow now. they're looking to any links that the tsarnaev brothers may have had to terrorist groups back in their homeland. nick, have you seen a sign of
the fbi teams and do we know for a fact that the parents of these two are going to be willing to cooperate and meet with the fbi? >> reporter: yes. so far we know that last night the mother did talk with the fbi. her husband, tamerlan's father, was not able to talk with the fbi last night. they did meet with both parents today. that took place at the fsb. it is a building you're not allowed to film. we spent a couple of hours outside of there. security was keeping an eye on us. all indications were they were inside the biuilding they were talking. a lawyer said they were cooperating and they did meet last night. we don't know the details of what's been said, but it does
seem there is cooperation between russian officials and the fbi. at some level the parents are cooperating by showing up and going to these meetings anderson. >> does the mother plan to come back here? she's got one dead. she has another son in a hospital. does she have any intention of coming back here and at least seeing him? >> reporter: we've heard reports of her saying he wants to come back. you've got to believe in this situation right now both parents want to be there when their son is buried. you can imagine this conversation with the fbi is a two-way conversation. the parents are going the want to know what's going to happen to their son, when can they go back? the intent does seem to be
there. do they want to come back in u.s. jurisdiction right now? those details aren't clear. >> we're trying to figure out the timeline of how he spent this six month period, the oler brother, in the region. there's a lot we don't know. you've been talking to people there. how are they responding to your presence and what have people told you? what have they said? >> reporter: that kind of depends who you ask. there's a radical mosque here that's widely viewed as being radical. most people in this city are muslims and won't go there because they are too radical. we have heard tamerlan had been there. there were thousands of young men who come here, how would we
know if or not he came here? it wasn't a flat out denial, but it was clear they didn't want us hanging out there with cameras. we were made to feel like our time there should be kept short. outside of tamerlan's house, i got a different reception. the lady there told me she remembered him going in late spring, early summer. when he came back it was sort of january to july time. she said she saw him for about a month, a month and a half. she did say he never bought cigarettes or alcohol from her. he was at that stage of being a conservative islamist. other people were sort of surprised. they saw us and said what are you doing here? that's when they were learning that tamerlan lived in their
neighborhood. they didn't know he lived there. >> interesting. i appreciate the update on that. one thing we have learned about his motive is dzhokhar tsarnaev said he and his brother became radicals all on their own. the suspect is telling investigators they looked at websites, online videos and inspire al qaeda magazine. >> it is very difficult to do. inspire has had a real impact because it was written by an american sha mere kahn. i know that has had an impact in a number of cases. for a number of years, that one magazine seemed to be a main recruiter of young muslims in this country as far as
self-radicalizing. >> i want to bring in paul cruickshank. you just heard congressman king say it is difficult to become radicalized without leadership. do you think that's true? >> we see many cases of people in the united states being radicalized just from the internet. most of those plots haven't been linked to an organized terrorist group. the younger brother is claiming an organized terrorist group wasn't involved here. that is certainly plausible. the bombs were rudimentary. bomb making experts say it is possible they could have downloaded instructions from the internet and this magazine inspire has a recipe, how to make a bomb in your mom's kitchen. there are striking parallels to right down how they glued the shrapnel in the pressure
cookers. they could have downloaded this stuff online. >> do you really believe -- i talked to bob behr, peter bergen. they think it is more difficult than you think for people to make a explosive device. you couldn't just download it off the internet and test it on your own. you need some sort of instruction. i talked to someone else that there have been cases of people that claimed they got their information off the documents. you think it is possible they could have done this on their own in massachusetts? >> i think it is certainly possible. if you recall eric rudolph, bombs filled with similar devices as the boston marathons. it is possible the people here
didn't get overseas training. they are looking at the traveling of the older brother to dagestan. this commander abu dujana was running bomb making courses for people in the countryside. they'll be looking another that very, very closely. no evidence he met this commander abu dujana. >> it is interesting that there is a mosque in dagestan in that city that is considered radical by the locals there. so again, we're trying to look into that again. a police sergeant quick thinking helps him and police officers that the shootout that occurred late thursday night and friday morning. ♪
well thousands of mourners are starting to gather for a memorial service for sean collier. his memorial starts at 12 noon. vice president joe biden is expected to speak there. there is something we learned about the gunfight that occurred in watertown. a quick thinking officer did something they don't teach at the police academy and may have saved lives. >> reporter: in a hail of bullets, this watertown police suv became the decoy taking fire, a bullet through the windshield, side and back windows shot out. according to the chief, all part of an instant decision made by one of his sergeants, literally,
in the heat of a battle. >> oh, yes. there's a serious gunfight going on. the second person on the scene, one of my sergeants, he pulled up. he gets one shot right through his windshield. >> reporter: as the two gunmen open fire, as bullets whiz past police officers, the sergeant decides to abandon the suv and use it as weapon. >> you don't plan for this. you don't train for this. he has the courage and the determination to keep fighting and he decides to put the car in gear because his car is taking fire. they're shooting right at him. >> reporter: as that police suv was just rolling down the street with nobody in, the suspects kept firing thinking the officer was inside. he was escaping. >> they think he is still in the car. they're unloading on the car
while he is able to take up a position to the side. >> reporter: the suv is riddled with bullets. the sergeant may have saved his comrades lived. he is a little concerned about how bad it is beaten up. >> at the end, he hope the chief is not mad at me. i said are you kidding me? they're going to be writing about you in the textbooks. that was brilliant to be able to think that through and do that. still ahead, we have new details from the dance teacher who lost part of her leg in last week's bombing. she tells me about crawling for people and the mystery doctor that helped save her life. ♪ this is the 2013 lexus es and the first-ever es hybrid.
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welcome back. i'm anderson cooper. investigators are trying to learn more about what motivated the suspected bombers. i've been talking to a brave survivor. her name adrianne. she lost part her left leg below the knee. her husband was injured, but not as severely her spirit is remarkable. she is determined to dance
again. listen to how she saved herself by crawling for help. >> i crawled to one of the nearest businesses. i looked at a couple of people and said could you help me? people were in a state of shock and just ran the other direction. i don't believe that they were ill intended. i just think they were just in shock. then i grabbed the door open with my elbow and crawled into forum dragging blood and asked people for help and finally received it. >> how long were you there for? >> we were there it seems like forever. >> time could have flown. my guess would have been 5 to 10. >> maybe 10 to 15. it is hard to tell. we definitely had some peeople
there and i kept saying tighter tighter. i was asking for whiskey or vodka because we were in a bar. i may as well get a drink now. >> did they bring you a whiskey? >> no they didn't. this is going to be a long process. i knew there were bombs going off. i don't know if there were more. i didn't hear them. i wasn't paying attention. i thought we were going to be here forever and losing all this blood because it was in the middle of a marathon. there were probably hundreds and thousands of people hurt. before we knew it, a doctor came pushing his way through the crowd in sicivilians clothes. >> tying those tourniquets
probably saved you. >> it probably did. i am thankful to adam for helping. >> i would other people i could say thank you to. >> you don't know who they were? >> no. i'm not sure. just good samaritans. >> at one point -- i know your mom came, your mom and dad. and you woke up the next day. >> yeah. they were there the next day when i woke up. when i went into the surgery i thought they could save my foot, i could move my toes. i could feel them touching my toes. they said wiggle your toe, do you feel your foot? i could still do it. so i thought in my forever optimism in thinking positive that i would still have my foot and woke up and i didn't. >> do you still feel? >> i do. not right this second, but i do when i have a sheet over it, i can feel that feeling of the sheet on top of your toes. i still have phantom itch, which is weird. you can't scratch it. >> you're determined to dance
again though. >> i am. >> what's your favorite dance? >> that's hard to say. that's like saying what your favorite song is. it's like on sunday mornings i want like a waltz or a fox trot or something slower, but saturday nights i want a cha cha or mambo. depends. i do them all. >> what's the first dance you want to do? >> one of the tougher ones. it's fast and beautiful and it's wonderful dance. >> how are you coping with this new reality? >> you know, it's minute-by-minute. overall i'm excited for the challenge. i look at this as someone trying to stop me from realizing my dreams. and i thought ballroom dancing was something i was never going to do in dance. it just seemed like it was a tough arena to be in. and i've conquered that. and i'm not ready to stop. so i feel like somebody has come along and said, oh, we're not going to let you do that
anymore. and now i can -- i'm going to prove them wrong. i take it day by day. i think it's -- i have moments where i just throw water bottles across the room and throw my walker and just get angry and mad that someone did this to me and someone did this to adam and that i won't be able to have the same dancing and the same movements that i had before and dressing takes longer and showers take longer. i get angry. i definitely get angry, but i try and stay on the positive side. >> she was amazingly positive. for more on how to help victims of monday's attack in boston, go to cnn/impact. we'll be right back.
well, for more than a week now we've marvelled at the strength and compassion and resilience of the people of boston. you can add generosity to that. one fund has already raised $20 million. alison kosik is at the new york stock exchange. and the donors run the big gam met operation, right? >> exactly. every day people have already given money to that fund $6.1 million raised from just people who are really concerned about the victims and their families.
$14.8 million, that came from corporations and charitable foundations. in fact, six companies have pledged over $1 million. they include boston institution john hancock, bain capital, the private equity firm once run by mitt romney, at&t, partners health care, liberty mutual, new balance, they've all pledged over $1 million to help those affected by the attack. ken fienberg, he's tapped to organize and distribute the money of this fund. he will determine who gets what. he's got a ton of experience doing that. if you remember he was involved with the 9/11 fund, with the fund that came out of the virginia tech shootings, the bp oil spill. one fund says guidelines will be out by may 6th. all funds in this fund are going to be distributed by june 30th, anderson. pretty much every big name company that has to do with boston or has new england roots, yep, they are a donor too like
the red sox, cbs, dunkin donuts, many, many others, anderson. >> all right. that's great to see. appreciate it, alison. sean collier was the m.i.t. police officer killed last thursday night. police say the bombing suspect ambushed him. a memorial for him starts in a few minutes. we'll take you there live. stay with us. into brand-new apartments... before rooftops were transformed into electrical generators... before an abandoned lot in brooklyn could become a vibrant neighborhood...
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