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Christian Cheerleaders; Viagra Blindness; Aruba Update

Aired July 14, 2005 - 20:00   ET


PAULA ZAHN, CNN ANCHOR: And that's exactly where we start tonight. Hi, everyone, appreciate your joining us.
Tonight, the London bombings, could there be an American connection? New details in the British bombing bring the faces of terror into sharper focus.


DAC PETER CLARKE, ANTI-TERRORIST BOARD: Who supported them? Who financed them? Who trained them?

ZAHN: And what's the connection between the suspects and a man who spent time in North Carolina?

In the Natalee Holloway disappearance a fateful decision in Aruba. Where does the case go from here?

And can a pill that revolutionized sex also cause permanent damage?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What I found really made me angry.

ZAHN: Is there a link to Viagra? One man thinks so. A PAULA ZAHN NOW exclusive.


It is exactly one week to the day since the bombings that killed 54 people in London. That's right, 54. The death toll just keeps on climbing, and the investigation is turning up one surprise after another. And, even now, an American connection. For the first time, we've seen what three of the four suspected suicide bombers look like. We also know all four of their names.

Matthew Chance has those new details and more.


MATTHEW CHANCE, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): It's the face of the man police say was responsible for the London bus bombing, just one of the explosions that shocked the British capital a week ago. Identified as Hasib Hussain, he's just 18. Photographed by security cameras at Luton train station on the day of the attacks, he's wearing a backpack, which police believe concealed his bomb.

CLARKE: The question I'm asking the public is did you see this man at King's Cross? Was he alone or with others? Do you know the route he took from the station? Did you see him get on to a number 30 bus? And if you did, where and when was that?

CHANCE: Police appeals for information from the public have also taken to the streets. They're distributing leaflets asking for any information about the bombers and their accomplices. They're also confirming the identity of another suspect, Shehzad Tanweer, 22 years old, from Leeds. Pictured here as a schoolboy back in 1995. He's believed to be responsible for the Aldgate bombing which killed seven.

The third suspect, Mohammad Sediq Khan, who's 30, has been linked to the Edgware Road explosion. These are his wedding pictures. He was a primary schoolteacher and a father of an 8-month old son.

And police say there's evidence a fourth suspected bomber, named by U.S. officials to the CNN, is Jamaican-born Germain Morris Lindsay, was killed in the explosion between Russell Square and King's Cross.

SAJJAN GOHEL, TERRORISM ANALYST: The investigation, so far, has uncovered the bombers, the individuals behind the terrorist attack. Now the focus is to find out who recruited them, how they were recruited. The individuals that helped coordinated the activity, finance it, provided the logistic, these are the handlers. These are the most important people because they put the cell together. And as they are out there, they are in a position to still continue with recruitment. And we still don't know how many more cells they've established.

CHANCE: As British police continue their sweeps of residential areas in Leeds and Aylesbury, to the north of London, U.S. law enforcement officials tell CNN the FBI is investigating an Egyptian national, Magdy El-Nashar, in connection with the London attacks. The network responsible for the London carnage, say police, will eventually be picked apart.


ZAHN: As Matthew Chance just mentioned, what may be the most shocking news of today, one of the bomber's possible accomplices, Magdy El-Nashar, apparently studied chemical engineering right here in the United States.

David Mattingly joins us now from the University of North Carolina in Raleigh.

Good evening, David. So what do we know about El-Nashar tonight?

DAVID MATTINGLY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Paula, what we know is that he attended classes here only for a very short time, only one semester in the spring of 2000. El-Nashar, according to university officials, was here only briefly. He was a graduate student. They won't tell us exactly what he was studying. They may not be able to find out that information. But he was enrolled in chemical engineering, again, after that one semester.

We spoke to one fellow Egyptian student who knew him at the time, briefly. He said that he had plans to go back to his native Cairo and to apply for study in the U.K., which apparently he did. We learned today from the University of Leeds that he had received his doctoral degree in biochemical engineering from that school. And he started there in October of 2000, right after he left here in North Carolina.

But what officials on both sides of the Atlantic are unable to say is exactly what role, if any, he played in the bombings at this time -- Paula.

ZAHN: Well that's what I'm a little confused by, how there's any connection at all to the bombings between El-Nashar and the other four.

MATTINGLY: Two different sources have told us two different things. One says that his name came up in a cell phone that had been recovered during the investigation in England. Another told us that his name came up during the investigation of a property.

So investigators have his name, they have all these questions and they're checking everything out. The FBI here taking the lead on what he did while he was here in North Carolina, if anything, and what that may have led to at other places.

ZAHN: Fascinating and equally frightening.

Thank you, David Mattingly.

We go back to England now where the bombing investigation is active and very dangerous. In Leeds, the suspects' home town police today evacuated about 200 homes, a mosque and a school. They wouldn't say why, but a bomb disposal truck was seen in the area.

As Nic Robertson discovered, the townspeople were already shocked and nervous.


NIC ROBERTSON, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice- over): A new reality is settling across Britain, the reality young men born here are turning to terrorism. Shehzad Tanweer was born in Britain to Pakistani parents, educated in English schools and university, played British sports cricket and soccer, dressed like his English friends. But is now said by police to have been one of London bombers.

MOHAMMAD BUTT, FAMILY FRIEND: These people are just like us. They're just normal people. So if they are normal people, then they can be anywhere, can't they? It could be anybody and that worries me.

ROBERTSON: Mohammad Butt is friends with Tanweer's family. Now he worries that if Shehzad could blow himself up in a terror attack, would he see it if his own English-born children began to harbor radical views?

(on camera): Does something like this make you worry more about your own kids that you think... BUTT: It does. It does. It just really makes me worry, because my sons are nearly 18. And it makes me worried to see, you know, what could be done, you know. You really want to keep an eye on your children.

PROFESSOR PAUL ROGERS, COUNTERTERRORISM EXPERT: If it is a one- off, if it's an isolated incident, then people will breathe a huge sigh of relief. If it isn't, if it's the start of something bigger, then I think there are very serious problems ahead.

ROBERTSON (voice-over): Tanweer, and the other suspected bombers, Hasib Hussain and Mohammad Sediq Khan, are confounding not just their families and neighbors, British intelligence experts who apparently never saw the attack coming.

(on camera): They were, as the British call them, home grown suspected terrorists. So-called clean skins with no radical track record. They avoided detection by blending in with the community.

(voice-over): The three men used to meet here at their local mosque in Leeds northern England.

ROGERS: If within that you have just isolated people, it's extremely difficult, even for the community itself, let alone the intelligence people, to get a handle on it.

ROBERTSON: Marc Sageman helps track terrorists for intelligence agencies the world over. He says the problem is in Muslim communities all over Europe.

MARC SAGEMAN, TERRORISM EXPERT: A lot of the second or third generation have become very radical, reject their own culture and become radicalized collectively as groups, little groups, disconnected from al Qaeda central. And some of them go on to do terrorist operations.

ROBERTSON: Unlike Europe and communities like Tanweer's, he says the United States may be less prone to the home grown sleeper cell threat.

SAGEMAN: I don't see that much of a threat in the United States. Countries built on immigration have its population that integrates foreigners themselves.

ROBERTSON: But the London bombings do have some parallels with a completely separate but recent case in the U.S. of a second generation Lodi, California Pakistani. Tanweer went to Pakistan late last year, and police here have called on Pakistani officials to find out what he was doing. In the Lodi, California case, the young Pakistani is suspected of training at jihad camps while in Pakistan.

PETER BERGEN, TERRORISM ANALYST: He's a second generation American-Muslim living in the United States. And this is very similar to what the profile of the people that we're seeing in Britain. Now there is no evidence this guy was planning a suicide attack. But he's already lied to federal investigators about his presence at a Pakistani military training camp.

ROBERTSON: The back streets of Tanweer's community may not look like the U.S., but as one senior U.S. intelligence official said, when he learned the London bombers were previously unknown, we better wake up. We, could be next.


ZAHN: And that was Nic Robertson reporting for us tonight. A report that sends chills down all of our spines.

Our next stop is Aruba where there are major developments in the case of Natalee Holloway, the Alabama teenager who's been missing now for 45 days. This afternoon, a panel of three judges ruled there is enough evidence to keep Joran Van Der Sloot in jail. He happens to be the 17-year-old son of an Aruban judge and was with Holloway, and admitted it, finally, the night she disappeared. The court also said that the young man's lawyer must be present when authorities question him.

But in another ruling, the panel of judges said prosecutors can not rearrest the two men you're going to see here, the Kalpoe brothers. They, too, were with Holloway just before she vanished. They were jailed for questioning last month, then released 10 days ago. So the question tonight is where does the case go from here.

Vinda De Sousa joins me from Aruba, and in Houston tonight is Natalee Holloway's uncle, Paul Reynolds.

Great to have both of you back with us again.

Vinda, I know the family has maintained all along they never thought Joran Van Der Sloot was telling the truth. I know they are happy he remains in jail tonight. But there are a bunch of independent attorneys out there who say that this is clearly just a circumstantial evidence case, and there is no hard evidence linking Joran Van Der Sloot to Natalee Holloway's disappearance. Your reaction to that.

VINDA DE SOUSA, HOLLOWAY FAMILY ATTORNEY: Good evening, Paula. If with hard evidence they mean to say that there is no body, I must say that there is -- in order to bring a person to trial on murder charges, you don't need a body, per se, in order for the suspect to be convicted. If there is enough other evidence and the person can be brought to trial and can be convicted.

What we must see here is the fact that Joran Van Der Sloot has been lying from day one. He has been changing his statements over and over and over again. That, in combination with the fact that he was the last person to be seen with Natalee, is enough to make him a reasonable suspect and to have enough probably cause to detain him, to have him in custody for the next 60 days.

ZAHN: So do you think he was solely responsible for Natalee Holloway's disappearance? DE SOUSA: Paula, you know I'm not going to speculate. The investigation is still going on in full force. Whether or not he is the sole responsible for Natalee's disappearance needs to be seen, remains to be seen. The fact is that there is more than enough probable cause to keep him in custody for the next 60 days.

ZAHN: Paul, I guess you had sort of a mixed decision from the judge here today with the judges not deciding to rearrest the two Kalpoe brothers. How does that affect the ongoing investigation?

PAUL REYNOLDS, NATALEE HOLLOWAY'S UNCLE: Well we're certainly glad that Joran has been -- continues to be detained. We do not understand, I do not understand, you know, why the Kalpoe brothers were let out. They obviously lied. Whether that's obstruction of justice or interfering with an investigation, whether or not they committed any other crime, certainly those are crimes that they have committed. And to let them out and let them go free doesn't make any sense.

ZAHN: So where do you think that leaves the investigation tonight -- Paul?

REYNOLDS: Well it seems to me it leaves out two very important parties are left out of the investigation. I think they need to continue to be questioned and find out what their motives were for lying and to see what they know and why they were covering up for Joran or this activity.

ZAHN: I know you also have some strong feelings that this whole search effort has been compromised. What are you most concerned about here?

REYNOLDS: Well of course for the last two weeks I've been talking about the fact that the police would not allow EquuSearch access to the Van Der Sloot's property. Certainly...

ZAHN: And we should explain, Paul, before you go any further, this is the independent group that came in, a group that volunteered to do this work, an experienced group. And you say they've been denied access on key parts of the island?

REYNOLDS: Right, the Van Der Sloot's private property, which I think is a very important area to be searched.

And then tonight, in talking to EquuSearch, I have found out that last week, I think it was last Wednesday, that two tourists were scuba diving and found two bones, which they turned over to the police a week ago. The police have done nothing with that. They did not notify EquuSearch, the search team who had forensic divers on the island at that time. What a perfect opportunity for them to go investigate that site.

But their response as to why they've done nothing with those bones in over a week was because the person that could examine them was unavailable, on vacation or out of the country or something of that nature. Unbelievable! I just hate to think that the entire investigation is being handled in that same manner.

ZAHN: Paul, we haven't been able to independently confirm what you're saying tonight. But what would be the motivation of the Aruban government to hold back in the investigation of these bones, above and beyond the fact that they say the guy that does this kind of work is on vacation?

REYNOLDS: You know it's hard to say. When you keep saying things like that, you know we've talked in the past about inexperience. But sometimes you have to wonder if it's a design and you know we're not sure who's making these decisions, but it's certainly hindering the investigation.

ZAHN: And just a real quick answer, Vinda, to this, do you think we'll ever know what happened to Natalee?

DE SOUSA: We're certainly hoping and praying that we find answers and that's where the investigation is directed towards. The Aruban authorities want to make sure that they get to the bottom of this for everybody's peace of mind, but first and foremost, for the family.

If I may react to...

ZAHN: You just said very quickly here, we're running straight into a commercial break.

DE SOUSA: OK. The fact that the bones were handed over to the authorities and nothing was done with it and somebody being on vacation, we must understand that the forensics are carried out -- the investigation of forensics are carried out in the Netherlands. There is a Dutch Bureau of Forensics investigation...

ZAHN: Yes.

DE SOUSA: ... and everything is turned over to them.

ZAHN: It's all a very complex process. Vinda De Sousa, Paul Reynolds, thank you both for being with us tonight, appreciate your time.

Now in a rush to keep up with this story, we shouldn't lose sight of the young woman at the center of this mystery.


BEAU BARRON, FRIEND: She was a little bit more outgoing than everybody else. She was just always a fun one to be around.


ZAHN: Coming up, some new details and what you didn't know about Natalee Holloway.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK) ZAHN: Still to come, you have seen her picture over and over again, the young woman at the heart of an international mystery, what is she really like?

And a little bit later on, a PAULA ZAHN NOW exclusive, a man who used Viagra and claims there's a devastating side effect.

First though, just about 20 minutes past the hour, time to check in with Erica Hill at Headline News to update the other top stories.

We definitely got the green memo again today, didn't we?

ERICA HILL, HEADLINE NEWS: I think we did, yes. We must be on the same brainwave. Great minds think alike.

We start off with Hurricane Emily. It seems like every week there's a new hurricane to tell you about. The Atlantic storm entered a dangerous new phase today when sustained winds reached 115 miles an hour. Now the storm could reach Jamaica by early Saturday. You're looking at the projected path there. Eventually crossing the Yucatan Peninsula into the Gulf of Mexico. Emily is the second major hurricane of the season.

NASA says shuttle Discovery could launch on Sunday, but only if a fuel gauge problem turns out to be minor. Otherwise, a July shuttle return to space is looking less likely. There of course hasn't been a flight in two-and-a-half years.

Chief Justice William Rehnquist is back home after two days in a Washington-area hospital. He is 80 and undergoing treatment for cancer.

A major media split is our market mover tonight. Here's Valerie Morris.


VALERIE MORRIS, CNN BUSINESS NEWS: Five years after going to the alter, Viacom and CBS are splitting up. Viacom is breaking its businesses up creating two separate, publicly traded companies. One will retain the Viacom name and oversee the cable networks MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central.

The other company will be called CBS. It will be home to the CBS and UPN networks, as well as ShowTime and Paramount theme parks. Rumors about the Viacom breakup have been circulating for months as the company's stock has languished. Viacom shares have lost nearly half their value in five years.


HILL: And finally for you tonight with the headlines, the first of what could be thousands of trials involving the painkiller Vioxx got under way today. The family of a Texas man claims his fatal heart attack was triggered by Vioxx, and that Merck, the manufacturer, knew the risk but hid it from the public. Vioxx was taken off the market last September because of those concerns.

And, Paula, that's the latest from Headline News at this hour. Back over to you.

ZAHN: Hey, thanks, Erica. Hey, you know what, we like you so much, we'd like you to come back in a half-hour or so. You think you could manage that?

HILL: You know what, I think I can pencil you in.

ZAHN: Good, well we're going to put it down on our little digital clock here. Thanks.

HILL: We'll see you then.

ZAHN: See you in a little bit.

Should we be worried tonight about another well-known drug? Coming up, a PAULA ZAHN NOW exclusive, a man who used Viagra and says he suffered a frightening side effect.

But next, her life, her dreams, and details you may have missed in the Natalee Holloway mystery.


ZAHN: Welcome back.

A few minutes ago, we learned about the latest developments in the Natalee Holloway case, but the investigation isn't the only part of the story. Tonight we want to focus now on the young woman at the heart of this mystery. Who is Natalee Holloway and what was she really like?

Here's Tony Harris with our "People in the News" profile.


TONY HARRIS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): They are voices on a wall.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The Lord is faithful. He has already worked faith and miracles.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Natalee, you are in our thoughts and prayers every day.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We miss and love you. Come home soon.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I pray that God will use this to be glorified in each of you.

HARRIS: Words of love and hope, prayer and faith, message from classmates, parents, strangers, all touched by a young woman who, for them, remains as vibrant as the day she left.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Natalee, we miss and love you and hope and pray for your safe return.

HARRIS: Before she became the heart of an unsolved mystery, Natalee Holloway was simply an 18-year-old high school student living in an affluent suburb of Birmingham, Alabama.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We only have one high school, and of course the high school is kind of a binding thing in a small community. So everybody rallies around the high school. If you don't know everybody, you know somebody that knows somebody.

HARRIS: Natalee's parents divorced when she was young. In 2000, her mother remarried and moved to Mountainbrook when Natalee was 12.

MARCIA TWITTY, AUNT: I remember getting out of the car and seeing Vaz (ph) and then there's this just precious little blonde headed Natalee. And you know she's really little, so you know six years ago she was really little. And you just can't help but when you see her you just smile. And she was real shy.

HARRIS: But Natalee's shyness didn't stop her from pursuing her passion, dance.

BETH HOLLOWAY TWITTY, MOTHER: She first started dancing when she was maybe 4. She began in the eighth grade really becoming focused on getting on a dance team.

HARRIS: Holloway's ambitions didn't stop there, National Honor Society, member of the Student Government, not to mention a straight A student.

B. TWITTY: I think that's she's a well rounded young lady who cannot only have this fond and enjoyment of life, yet still have the serious side of accomplishments and achievements.

BARRON: I don't think she was too concerned about setting an example as much as she was about just being herself. She was more just like this is me, and if you don't like it, then that's too bad.

HARRIS: Her family says it was unusual for her to be late for anything. A trait that would later trigger warning bells.

M. TWITTY: You know Beth never really worried about Natalee not being on time for something. She was just very responsible, you know.

HARRIS: And a stickler for organization.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: In eighth grade, she used to have a box of chapstick, full of lip balms of about a hundred different flavors. And one time, jokingly, we took one of the flavors. And she called the next day looking for her mocha chocolate chapstick or something. She new exactly what flavor was missing.

HARRIS: Despite her intense discipline, Natalee still knew how to be an 18-year-old girl.

BARRON: She was a little bit more outgoing than everybody else. She was just always a fun one to be around. And she was always laughing and having a good time.

HARRIS: An 18-year-old with an usual interest in a place over the rainbow.

BARRON: She had all these, like, figurines of like "Wizard of Oz" characters and stuff. And like paintings and everything, which I mean I guess that was her thing.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: That was her favorite movie when she was younger. So for her birthday, her mom recently got her a "Wizard of Oz" cake. And that was just kind of a joke because she's so old but she had a "Wizard of Oz" cake for her birthday.

HARRIS: One of the many moments shared by mother and daughter.

B. TWITTY: There wasn't anything that Natalee couldn't come to me and tell me or ask me about, nothing.

M. TWITTY: They're very close. They kind of belong together. I know you've seen that picture of them. They just kind of go together. You know how sometimes moms and daughters, dads and daughters, moms and sons, they just go together, they just go together.

HARRIS: By the time of her graduation this past spring, Natalee Holloway seemed in control of her destiny, a full scholarship to the University of Alabama. Her eyes fixed firmly on the future.

M. TWITTY: She could do law school, she could do pre-med. It was just a really good fit for her. Sororities, she was really looking forward to going to that. And the school has everything Natalee wants.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We went to go visit Alabama during the school year, and we just talked about how you know we couldn't wait until next year, that it was going to be really fun.

HARRIS: But before heading to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Holloway and 124 of her classmates would first celebrate their recent graduation with a trip to Aruba, something she'd been looking forward to for months.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This was her reward for working so hard and getting a scholarship to Alabama.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Everyone was going on that trip, all of our good friends and everybody was just so excited, we couldn't wait to get down there.

But a senior class trip to paradise would be the last time anyone would see Natalee Holloway.


ZAHN: Coming up next, the surprising details about Natalee Holloway's and tantalizing (INAUDIBLE) about Natalee Holloway's last known whereabouts. (COMMERCIAL BREAK)

ZAHN: Natalee's trip to Aruba with her high school classmates was to supposed to be a award for all of their hard work. But the memories of a week in the sun were quickly overshadowed by a night that changed all of their lives forever. Once again, here's Tony Harris.


HARRIS (voice-over): The island of Aruba: the vacation spot where 18-year-old Natalee Holloway and more than 100 of her high school classmates travelled this May to celebrate their graduation.

BYRD: We went out on the beach every day, hung out together. Our grade's really close. And everyone hung out together the entire time.

BEAU BARRON, FRIEND: There were days, just wake up -- I don't know -- around like 10:00 -- and then just go hang out on the beach all day long. And if you wanted to, you could take a cab into the city and go look at the shops and stuff like that. If you wanted to, go hang out in the casino.

ELIZABETH GLEICK, PEOPLE: They were certainly drinking on this trip. These kids were of legal drinking age in Aruba. So they weren't breaking any laws in Aruba. They were running around. They were going to clubs. They were having a good time in the hotel. It was very much a typical senior class trip.

HARRIS: But the morning of May 30, the day the group was supposed to return home to Alabama, something was wrong. Natalee Holloway's bags, passport and money were found in her home, but Natalee was missing.

BYRD: We immediately knew something was wrong. Because she was the first one to wake up. And when her roommates knocked on my door and said that they didn't know where she was, we went straight to the chaperone and they immediately started working on it.

HARRIS: Natalee's mother was returning to Alabama from a trip to visit family when she got a call from chaperones saying her daughter was missing.

GEORGE "JUG" TWITTY, STEPFATHER: My wife calls me and panics, because that's not Natalee. It's a mother's intuition that something's wrong. And so immediately she panicked. And we started trying to find ways to get down here and see if we can find her.

GLEICK: She was calling the police. She was calling the FBI. She was mobilizing everybody she knew. And within hours, she was on private plane to Aruba.

HARRIS Beth Twitty began to scour the island for her daughter.

B. TWITTY: She was here on a senior trip. GLEICK: The first thing she wanted to make very clear to the people investigate this case, was that this was not some kid who had run away. This was a disappearance against Natalee's will. She wanted to make sure that they all knew what kind of daughter she had.

D. HOLLOWAY: I came down here for one purpose, that purpose was to find my daughter.

HARRIS: Natalee's father, Dave Holloway, also flew down to join the search.

D. HOLLOWAY: This island is approximately 100 square miles. And we had the thought that you know, coming up in here, that hey, we would find her easy. And we have learned that just through our efforts and ground searching, thousands of people walking the beaches inland, looking in most of the obvious areas and still nothing.

HARRIS: Royal Marines joined a massive search effort. The Aruban government gave workers a day off to help look for her. Beth Twitty went door to door handing out fliers and prayer cards in a desperate quest for her daughter.

B. TWITTY: I think that's just therapy for me. Just knowing that I'm in -- I'm getting my face, I truly feel that I'm carrying Natalee's heart with me.

GLEICK: She has been just a woman on a mission. She's been really fierce and really determined and kind of single-handedly keeping this case alive.

HARRIS: The family's hopes were raised with the arrest of two security guards. But it proved to be a false lead. Then, 11 days after Natalee's disappearance, Aruban authorities arrested three suspects. Two brothers, 21-year-old Deepak and 18-year-old Satish Kalpoe. And the son of an Aruban judge in training, 17-year-old Joran Van der Sloot.

GLEICK: He was on the scene. He was -- he's a young man who was hanging out and liked meeting pretty girls.

HARRIS: In fact, Natalee's mother had already spoken with Van der Sloot the night she arrived in Aruba after hearing he had been seen with Natalee.

GLEICK: She went to his house in the middle of the night and she confronted him and tried to have a conversation and she says he was just unbelievably arrogant and wouldn't talk to her.

HARRIS: Police say Joran met Natalee at a Holiday Inn where she was staying.

JAN VAN DER STRATEN, ARUBA POLICE COMMISSIONER: They met each other in the casino...

QUESTION: That day? Or a previous day? Or...

VAN DER STRATEN: The day before.

HARRIS: Aruban authorities say the pair then met again later that night at a local bar Carlos and Charlies. After 1:00 am, according to police, they left with the two brothers.

GLEICK: All of her friends really said that she is not the type to get into a car with a stranger. She was not a party girl. She was just a really regular girl.

HARRIS: What happened next, remains a mystery. Initially, all three suspects told police they had dropped Natalee off at the Holiday Inn. But police say, the brothers changed their tune, saying they had left her with Joran at a beach.

NADIRA RAMIREZ, KALPOE BROTHERS' MOTHER: I asked him, Satish, are you sure you didn't do anything?

No, momma, we gave that girl and Joran a lift. They don't even know Natalee. They don't even talk a word with her.

HARRIS: Joran told his mother he was with Natalee that night. But he says he left her on the beach and did not harm her.

ANITA VAN DER SLOOT, JORAN'S MOTHER: He says, I dropped the girl at the beach. I walked with her. I left her, because she wanted to stay there.

HARRIS: But after more than a month, Natalee Holloway still has not been found. Her mother, while not giving up the search, has theories.

GLEICK: She thinks that it's possible that somebody gave Natalee some sort of date rape drug and either kidnapped her or that Natalee died as a result of that drug.

Whatever happened, she does not believe that Natalee ran away. It was against Natalee's will.

HARRIS: The two brothers were released. Joran remains in police custody. But the mystery still remains. What happened that nigh? Where is Natalee Holloway? The teenager's parents vow not to leave the island until they find out.


ZAHN: Although it's become increasing clear and even the family has told: Maybe it's not certain that they'll have the kinds of answers that they want.

Tony Harris reporting for us tonight and of course, we're going to keep you updated on any new developments in this case.

Coming up next, a "PAULA ZAHN NOW" exclusive: A man who used a popular prescription drug and claims he experienced a dangerous side effect. Now, he's taking on a major pharmaceutical company about Viagra. Later: Cheers you probably never heard in school.


ZAHN: It's a drug that has improved the sex lives of millions Americans, especially older ones. Not surprisingly, it's also one of the biggest-selling prescription drugs on the market. You've heard of it: Viagra. But tonight, one man is speaking out about what he claims is a devastating side effect of a drug that promised him a better life.

Tom Foreman talked with him exclusively.


TOM FOREMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: In a house on the outskirts of Houston, every minute, every day, Jim Thompson remembers his loss.

JIM THOMPSON, VIAGRA VICTIM: When it first happened, it was dreadful.

FOREMAN: ... Remembers the morning he looked in the morning, after months of minor eye troubles...

THOMPSON: Fuzzy vision. Seeing flashing lights and things like that.

FOREMAN: ... And found he was going blind.

THOMPSON: I had the impression I was standing in fog up to my chest, because I couldn't see anything below that level.

FOREMAN (on camera): This through here is just a blank? This area?

THOMPSON: From this side, over and from here, down to here and over to here: This is all blacked out.

FOREMAN (voice-over): Jim's doctor told him he had suffered a rare type of mini-stroke that cuts off the blood supply to part of the eye, killing it and the damage was irreversible.

FOREMAN (on camera): You even have difficulty now, walking through your own garden.

THOMPSON: Yes. I have to be careful so that I don't trip over, because -- when I look -- I did it now -- when I look straight ahead, I don't see the ground with both eyes.

FOREMAN: Jim was devastated. He was in generally good health. The only medication he was taking, after successful treatment for early-stage prostate cancer, was Viagra. He says his doctors told him, although the impotence affects blood flow, it could not cause blindness.

But now Jim wants something astonishing from Pfizer, the maker of Viagra...

THOMPSON: I want them to admit that their drug is dangerous. That there's a problem with -- that some people are going to take this drug and they're going to end up blind.

FOREMAN: Can this be true? Can this highly successful drug be making people lose vision?

Ronnie Penton says: Yes. He's the lawyer who helped Jim file the first suit ever against Pfizer over this and he says, he's collected more than a hundred complaints.

RONNIE PENTON, JIM THOMPSON'S ATTORNEY: The majority of the men complain of vision and blindness ranging from everything from blurred vision to loss of visual acuity in certain planes; to total blindness in certain planes.

FOREMAN: The Food and Drug Administration has heard 43 complaints like that about Viagra and other impotence drugs. And although the FDA says there's no proof of a connection, Pfizer has agreed to include information about the complaints on Viagra's label.

But Pfizer is also making it clear: Out of 13,000 clinical tests, not one Viagra user suffered any permanent vision loss. Pfizer has long said Viagra can cause temporary, minor vision problems, but Dr. Michael Berelowitz says those have nothing to do with serious, permanent loss and nearly 30 million men have used Viagra.

DR. MICHAEL BERELOWITZ, VICE PRESIDENT, PFIZER: We should stay with what we know right now and that is that this very, very rare condition seems not to occur with people who take Viagra any more than the same people who do not.

FOREMAN: And Pfizer points out: Older men, the most likely to use Viagra, are also the most likely to suffer from other conditions that can lead these blinding mini-strokes.

FOREMAN (on camera): You're a man in his 60s. You've had some high blood pressure. You've had some high cholesterol. All of these could cause the problem you had.

THOMPSON: No. I have ruled that out in my mind, because it just was too tightly connected to the timing of taking the drug.

FOREMAN: How many of these do you have?

THOMPSON: I've got 27 boxes.

FOREMAN: Just like this one?

(voice-over): Jim Thompson is no doctor, but he knows once he loved reading, now his books are packed away.

(on camera): You just can't read well enough to enjoy them anymore?

THOMPSON: No. It's no fun anymore.

FOREMAN (voice-over): Once he loved gardening, now he hires the work out. And once he thought he was taking a drug that was perfectly safe. He doesn't think that anymore.


ZAHN: And that was Tom Foreman reporting for us tonight.

The other impotence drugs under FDA review are Cialis and Levitra. Experts say the sudden vision loss cannot be reversed.

Coming up, have you seen or heard or seen anything like this before...


SO, that brings us to our question tonight: Should school spirit be mixed with the Holy Spirit?


ZAHN: So, you may think this next report is something to cheer about or you might be shocked. But there's one thing for sure, cheerleading has changed a lot since most of us were in school.


ZAHN: For Katie Fisher, captain of the Arkansas Baptist varsity squad, the first day of cheerleading camp is action-packed. One of 270 cheerleaders, she will spend four days learning stunts, cheers and tumbling at a camp determined to infuse school spirit with the holy spirit.

Organized by the Fellowship of Christian Cheerleaders, or FCC, some parts of this camp are the same as any others with games, excitement and competition.

But when a cheerleader falls mid stunt, the girls immediately begin to pray. And during the camp's evening services, many are visibly moved.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: When you come here, you're at a Christian camp. You're cheering for your squad, your school, but ultimately you're cheering for God. And everything that you do is in God's glory.

ZAHN: In the past decade, high school cheerleading, once more popularity contest than sport, has had a serious makeover. The focus now, gymnastics and potentially dangerous stunts worked in into athletic dance routines.

STEPHANIE FRANKS, FCC NATIONAL REPRESENTATIVE: I think that cheerleading is going to be a professional sport. It's already taking strides to become that way. And so with that, we're going be in the public eye a lot more. And I think that people are going to sit up and take notice.

ZAHN: Camps like this are partly the result of people already taking notice and deciding that certain forms of cheerleading are a little too hot to handle. In Texas, a lawmaker introduced legislation restricting sexually suggestive cheering.

AL EDWARDS, TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES: If you're an adult, you're been involved with sex ever in your life, you know it when you see it.

ZAHN: Katie and the girls from Arkansas Baptist agree, they disapprove of these squads from the United Cheerleaders Association's uniforms and dance moves.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: She's about to shake her butt.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Her expression is totally seductive.

ZAHN: Katie's coach says Christian camps fill a need, providing advanced cheerleading instruction without the provocative moves.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: If we were to attend a secular camp, there are movements and the music, and would just have to just rework everything when we got back to school.

ZAHN: The girls practice their new cheers repeatedly, trying to nail each stunt in the hopes of winning the camp's championship tournament. And while FCC prides itself on teaching complex cheerleading skills, staffer Stephanie Frank says the heart of the organization is its evangelical mission.

FRANK: Christianity is not about the religious or the customs or the -- going to church on Sunday and singing in the choir, it's about the relationship that you have with Christ. So we're doing it at these camps. We're evangelizing these cheerleaders.

ZAHN: The counselors openly discuss their faith.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: First off, it's not your day to complain. It's the Lord's day.

ZAHN: A practice known among Christian evangelicals as witnessing.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: To walk out of an accident as (INAUDIBLE) 5 miles an hour head on, is definitely like a miracle from God.

ZAHN: Much like her counselors....

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And in Revelation 3:15...

ZAHN: Katie believes in the power of publicly declaring her faith, frequently taking the lead in the teams nightly devotions.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: As a captain on the squad, I do feel like I have a responsibility to teach the other girls and witness to them. ZAHN: According to Coach Hopkins, a focus on Christian values teaches the girls how to deal with defeat.

HOPKINS: The road that we're walking down, this great, wonderful thing we call life, is full of bumps and bruises. And you have got to learn how to handle failure in all aspects.

ZAHN: The Arkansas Baptist cheerleaders believe they're faith makes them different from other girls they're age.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: If you look at the typical 17-year-old teenagers, they're not going to be glorifying God in everything that they do. I mean, some of them, they -- they cuss, and some of them drink and smoke and all of that kind of stuff. And none of the girls on our squad, I can put almost 100 percent positive, that none of those girls do that.

ZAHN: As for cheering with someone of a different religion.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I've done it before. But that doesn't mean I'll support them in that kind of thing. I'll be nice to them. And I'll try to witness to them. And try to set an example of Christ to them.

ZAHN: On the last day of camp, the girls from Arkansas Baptist make it through the semifinals into the camp championships. But another team takes first place.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We were a little nervous. But we just told everyone to stay calm and to go out and do it for the glory of God.

ZAHN: Katie is personally honored with an invitation to return to the camp next year, this time as a counselor.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I'm very excited about that. And I think I'm really going to strongly consider doing it.

ZAHN: And the cheerleaders are sent on their way with one final thought.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You can use cheerleading as ministry. You can change the world with cheerleading.


ZAHN: And the founder of these camps calls this impact cheerleading, because the idea is to have an impact on their communities through cheerleading.

We're going to take a short break. And we're going to have some breaking news on the other side about the future of the Supreme Court. We'll be right back.


ZAHN: Before you go tonight, we have some breaking news to share with you. According to the Associate Press, Chief Justice William Rehnquist has just issued a statement that says, quote, "I'm not about to announce my retirement. I will continue to perform my duties as chief justice as long as my health permits."

That's it for all of us. Thanks so much for joining us tonight.



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