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Aired April 18, 2011 - 19:00   ET



JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL, HOST (voice-over): Tonight, earth-shattering developments in the Long Island serial killer case. Is an underground sex chat forum the playground for this demented murderer? Sources say several members hatched a revenge plot on one of the now-dead call girls. Will these Internet posts be the clue that cracks this sick case?

And secrets from the hours before Michael Jackson`s death. A stripper says M.J.`s doc called her the morning the King of Pop died, complaining he wanted to sleep. Could Conrad Murray have been snoring while Michael Jackson took his last breath?

Also, a country music star desperately pleas for the return of her cousin. Cops say the beautiful missing 20-year-old was snatched by her own driveway by a man wearing camouflage and led into the woods. Her family racing against time, frantically searching for any clues before it`s too late.

Plus, was Hollywood superstar Nicolas Cage on a rampage? Cops say the former A-lister was drunk and belligerent in New Orleans. Witnesses claim he was violently pushing his wife and screaming in the streets before cops arrived. This isn`t the first time we`ve seen bizarre behavior from Cage. Has this Hollywood heavyweight totally lost it? I`m taking your calls.

ISSUES starts now.



RICHARD DORMER, SUFFOLK COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT: This is a very disturbing type of incident. Eight bodies plus two in Nassau County possibly. Very disturbing and, you know, people should be concerned.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: Tonight, a strange, dark twist in the desperate search for the Long Island serial killer and any new victims. The investigation has now unveiled an X-rated underground of sickos allegedly plotting to harm one of the prostitutes who was ultimately found dead on Long Island. Is this just a bizarre coincidence? Or could this be connected to the serial killer?

"The New York Daily News" reporting Amber Lynn Costello -- you see her right there -- one of the four Craigslist prostitutes found dead on Long Island, was the subject of a revenge plot spearheaded apparently by an angry john, a customer.

Someone writing posts on under the name -- are you sitting down, people? -- Humiliatrix69 vowed to hurt Amber. He was upset, claiming after he paid $200 for sex at her house, he was then robbed by baseball-bat wielding thugs who suddenly showed up at that house to shake him down. Amber vanished from that very house one night when she left with a john.


KIMBERLY OVERSTREET, AMBER LYNN COSTELLO`S SISTER: This is the last place, and I`ve been here for so many times with her. I just can`t believe (UNINTELLIGIBLE).


VELEZ-MITCHELL: Is making enemies just par for the course in this violent world of sex for sale? And did it cost these women and others their lives? So many questions tonight. Who was this john who picked up Amber the night she vanished? Could he be the serial killer?

As cops try to find out who dumped at least eight sets of human remains on the beaches of Long Island and possibly two others in a neighboring county, it is becoming clear that the answer to these murders could be hiding in the deep, dark world of the sex trade.

Call me. What`s your theory? 1-877-JVM-SAYS, 1-877-586-7297.

Tonight, we are going to talk to a courageous sex worker who is coping with the fear that exists in this scary world every day. She is joining us live.

But first, straight out to investigative reporter Michelle Sigona.

Michelle, you have been doing some deep digging into this Web site. What can you tell us tonight?

MICHELLE SIGONA, INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER: This appears to be a place where prostitutes, johns, escort services, people from the public can go to, and they sort of have a sense of keyboard -- keyboard courage. To be able to go on there, hide under different names, and to be able to post information about, you know, possibly some sort of service that they got or some services they`re giving, receiving, things of that nature. And it`s pretty much an ongoing forum, and that`s where some of this information was uncovered.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Tell me. I don`t get it. Who were the people on this Web site? Are they customers? Are they prostitutes? Are they pimps? Are they all three?

SIGONA: It appears at this point that it is all three. And not just them but anyone can pretty much go on there and, you know, develop a particular name and just kind of get to work. And sort of see...

VELEZ-MITCHELL: You mean, like Humilatrix69?

SIGONA: Exactly. And, you know, but of course, as you know, Jane, from covering so many of these stories, investigators, they really want to figure out who that person is, it`s easy. You know, all they have to do is to be able to obtain a subpoena, a warrant to be able to go in, to be able to dig up, you know, exactly who filed for that particular name, that address, and then it all leads back to somewhere.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, I assume that, since the FBI is now involved, that they did that, that they found out that -- who this individual who was threatening one of the prostitutes who later turned up dead is.

Amber Costello, that`s who we`re talking about, the prostitute who was last seen leaving with a john September 2 of last year from her West Babylon, New York home. Her remains were found three months later 34 miles away on Long Island`s Oak Beach.

The alleged revenge plot against Amber showed up on just eight weeks, eight weeks -- let`s see, I think that`s two months -- before she vanished.

If anybody from this Web site wants to come on, by the way, and talk about this, they`re welcome. We want to be fair.

Now, when you go on this site, the first thing that you see is this statement, that is dedicated to the discussion of adult entertainment on Long Island.

"The New York Daily News" reports in July of last year several posts popped up from aliases like Humiliatrix69, Italyrider, and someone named Morrie. Humiliatrix69 was upset because, after paying for sex at Amber Costello`s house, allegedly, he was then allegedly robbed by a group of men who suddenly showed up at the house. Afterwards, Humiliatrix69 wrote, "I have friends who can take of this blank."

Three days later, someone named Morrie responded, "A friend of ours told me today that you won`t hear from these two girls any more."

OK. And now one of the girls has turned up dead. So, of course, we`re wondering, could one of these people who`s writing this stuff be the serial killer?

Casey Jordan, criminologist. What do you think? Is there a connection?

CASEY JORDAN, CRIMINOLOGIST: It is absolutely something that the police need to look into. It`s a new angle that no one had considered before. But Jane, the truth is, that the world these girls live in is extremely high risk.

And, unfortunately, there are sex workers, whether it`s because of their boyfriends or their pimps or their handlers, that there are people who pull that con. They usually do it on business men, married men, somebody who`s not going to report it to the police. That when it goes to the house and the sex acts might start, people bust in, and they rob them, and they`re out and they take pictures. And "If you dare tell the police that we robbed you, we`re going to tell everyone what you were doing."

So unfortunately, there are some people who engage in that act, and it is true that there are some customers who will seek revenge if they are victims.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Now, we know that a lot of sex workers up and down the East Coast are very concerned, worried, certainly worried to go on an Internet site and advertise. They`re worried, since the four girls that have identified as dead prostitutes advertised on Craigslist.

I want to bring in Stacey Swimme. And thank you so much for joining us. I know it takes some courage to come on the air tonight. You are a self-described sex worker yourself, and you`re also the co-founder of Sex Workers` Outreach Project USA. Why are you going public to talk about this case, Stacey?

STACEY SWIMME, SEX WORKER: Well, with people being killed, I think that, you know, the most important point here that`s being missed is that this is the result of a shadow economy, people being forced to work in a black market and not having equal rights that people have in other occupations.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Now, let me ask you about this whole idea of revenge being exacted against prostitutes. Obviously, that happens. Obviously, prostitutes are in danger of being beaten up. We all remember that scene in "Leaving Las Vegas," where Elizabeth Shue is, like, pummeled by these young guys who -- who basically hire her and get her into a hotel room, and that`s how they get her sick jollies, beating her up. But that happens in real life.

And isn`t it true that sometimes a john who`s dissatisfied, for whatever reason, will try to take revenge?

SWIMME: Sure. That is a potential. But these people would be deterred if they -- if they didn`t think that these were people who were easy to target because they`re criminals.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Now, you say you`re a sex worker. Frankly, you look like a very attractive accountant or a librarian to me. Is this how you normally dress when you`re doing your sex work?

SWIMME: I`m not sure that that`s really a relevant discussion here. I came to talk about people who have been murdered and found dead on a beach.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, one of the reasons why I thought it might be relevant is that we have a tendency to stereotype women, and we have a tendency to stereotype sex workers. And...

SWIMME: Absolutely.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: ... as far as I`m concerned, women don`t just wake up one morning and say, "I`m going to be a prostitute." A lot of times they`re driven there by economic necessity and by trying to escape abuse, et cetera, et cetera. Correct?

SWIMME: Sure. Sure. Absolutely. People come into this business for all sorts of different reasons, almost always motivated by economics. That doesn`t necessarily mean that it`s desperation.

But, you know, regardless of what brought us into the industry, the fact that we`re treated as criminals, we cannot depend on the police for equal protection, and we have to keep what we`re doing a secret from the people who care about us the most, those are the facts that make us vulnerable, not the fact that we exchange sex for money.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, you`re a very articulate spokeswoman for the women that you represent. Stay right there.

All right. More on the Long Island serial killer in just a bit. We`re taking your calls. John in California, I know you`re on the other side. Hang in there. We`re going to get to you: 1-877-JVM-SAYS.

Plus, Hollywood star Nicolas Cage arrested for domestic abuse. He was reportedly very drunk. Has this Oscar winner gone off the deep end? This is his mug shot.

But first, a break in the Long Island serial killer case. Will an underground chat forum lead to a serial killer?


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: So much time has passed that it just seems like it`s impossible to -- to really, you know, think that she`s still alive.




DORMER: Whoever was targeting these individuals was doing it because it`s their business. And so that`s why I said we don`t have somebody running around Suffolk County with blood dripping from a knife.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: As we hunt for a serial killer on Long Island, the "New York Daily News" reporting that one of the dead prostitutes, Amber Costello, advertised herself as a southern girl named Carolina, who was short, sexy, and a lot of fun.

On, somebody named Humilatrix69 said he didn`t have a very good time with Amber after not getting what he came for, i.e., sex, and for being robbed by two men who burst into her home. He wrote, "I could seriously do some time for the things I want to do to this provider and her boyfriend." Later he posted he didn`t mean that he wanted to kill her.

But weeks later, after Amber`s remains are found, the same Humuliatrix69 writes, "Karma is a you know what."

Lisa Bloom, attorney with, you`ve been listening to all of this. What do you make of this new twist of this Web site with people who are angry and seek revenge on a woman who later turns up dead, possibly from -- well, definitely from a serial killer?

LISA BLOOM, ATTORNEY: What jumped out at me, Jane, is that very last comment: "Karma is a bitch." This is after he knows that she`s dead. OK? So before anything happened, maybe you can say, he`s just angry; he`s just blowing off steam, making his comments on the Web site. Although I think the comments are very, very serious.

But after she`s dead, he has the nerve to say, "Karma is a beep bitch"? It`s almost like he`s dancing on her grave.

And by the way, talking about the sex worker who was just on a moment ago, I believe 100 percent that prostitution needs to be legal in this country. One day it will be.

But in small places like Nevada in a couple of counties where it is legal, those prostitutes do not suffer the violence that everybody else suffers in this country. They have much better health; they get screened regularly. That`s the way it should be. We`ve got to stop the violence against sex workers, and the way to do that is to legalize prostitution.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: And let me tell you something: I agree with you. But if they don`t, what they really need to do is to prosecute the johns. Because we have a two-tier system of justice where the prostitutes are prosecuted, and the johns are not. And that`s not fair, and it`s sexist and it has to end.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: Now, you talked about this brazen Humiliatrix69, even after one of the prostitutes is found dead, having the nerve to write something nasty. Well, this killer is brazen. He gets in the face of his victims, and he taunts them. For example, he called the sister of one of the victims, Melissa Barthelemy, who was one of the dead prostitutes found on Long Island, and he had the nerve to use the cell phone of the woman he murdered.

Her devastated mother describes what this sicko, undoubtedly or quite possibly the serial killer himself, said.


LYNN BARTHELEMY, MELISSA BARTHELEMY`S MOTHER: He was basically torturing her and she kept asking where her sister was, and he just wouldn`t tell her. She would ask, you know, if she was alive. He wouldn`t answer. I mean, we always had hope until that last call when he told Amanda that he killed her.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: This serial killer made seven calls, using the phone of one of the young woman, the prostitutes that he murdered. That is brazen.

Want to go to John from California, who`s been very patient. John, your question or thought, sir.

CALLER: Yes, Jane. I have a couple theories on this Long Island serial killer. First of all, I don`t think it has anything to do with prostitution. I think that`s just a matter of convenience for him, because they`re easy to get to.

But I think it`s all about numbers, like the BTK or whatever. And I think if they got to look back further with these girls to people they`ve been with about to track them down, because there`s a common denominator there. They just have to find it.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, I think that the common denominator of the four women who have been identified so far is that they advertise their services on Craigslist. And I`ve got to say, Casey Jordan, I don`t -- I don`t know of any way that he could have randomly chosen, statistically, it would be highly unlikely that he would randomly choose four women who just happened to be prostitutes who just happened to advertise on Craigslist.

JORDAN: You`re correct. And I think that -- that everyone separates out those first four bodies that were found in December from the more recent human remains that have been found in the last few weeks, which is a whole different mystery. But focusing on the identity of the women that we know, I find it interesting -- and I really hope the police are planning on following up with this.

But I understand that Amanda Barthelemy, the younger sister of Melissa, who received those torturous, unbelievable, horrible phone calls, probably from the killer, she hasn`t been played any voice samples from any suspects yet. And I`m wondering who Humiliatrix69 is. If the police know, perhaps they can get a voice sample from him, play it for Melissa, see if she recognizes it.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: And who do you want to get the sample from, very quickly? Tell me.

JORDAN: Humiliatrix69. I want to know if the police can find out his identity.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Brilliant idea. Brilliant idea.

OK. I want to go to Stacy Swimme again, a sex worker and co-founder of Sex Workers Outreach Project.

You heard Lisa Bloom say that we need to legalize prostitution, and I say, well, at the very least we need to prosecute fairly. I heard you were shaking your head. Why?

SWIMME: Well, the idea that criminalizing our clients is somehow going to keep us safer is just inaccurate. You know, the idea that we can decriminalize the providers and arrest the clients, just seems to me...

VELEZ-MITCHELL: No, no. If you decriminalize it, you decriminalize it. But what I`m saying is, until you decriminalize it, you`ve got to prosecute it in a nonsexist manner. You`ve got to go after the customers.

SWIMME: The problem with putting the fear of arrests into our clients is that you`re totally undermining our screening practices that help us choose the good clients from the bad clients. So if you say that...

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Got to leave it right there.



MICHAEL JACKSON, POP STAR: I love you so much. I love you so much.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: Tonight a bizarre new twist in the Michael Jackson manslaughter case. Could his doctor`s involvement with strippers help convict said doctor in Michael`s death?

Prosecutors say Dr. Conrad Murray made and a total of 11 calls the morning of Michael`s death when he was supposed to be watching him. One of them was to girlfriend and stripper Nicole Alvarez from inside the ambulance as paramedics were trying to revive Jackson.

Another stripper, Michelle Bella, told detectives Murray left her a message earlier that morning saying he was exhausted and wanted to get some sleep. Was Dr. Murray getting some Z`s while Jackson lay dying? Or was Dr. Murray so distracted by all these women, strippers, and all the phone calls he didn`t notice his VIP patient was unconscious?

Straight out to Jen Hager, legal editor for

Jen, what are the bombshells in these phone calls?

JEN HAGER, LEGAL EDITOR, RADARONLINE.COM: The bombshells, Jane, are, first of all, Sabe Ambling (ph) received a phone call from Dr. Conrad Murray at 11:51 on the morning that Michael Jackson died. This phone call lasted for about three to four minutes. The two of them conversed, and at some point Dr. Murray dropped the phone, probably because he became aware that Michael Jackson was in distress. Sabe (ph) testified at the preliminary hearing that she heard muffled noises. That phone call, again, was made at 11:51. There are cell-phone records for that.

Dr. Murray instructed Michael Jackson`s security aide to call 911 at 12:21 p.m.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: So you`re saying there`s a huge gap between the time that he`s on the phone with this woman, drops the phone, she hears like a muffle and a scuffle and uh-oh, something`s hit the fan. And the time that 911 is actually called.

HAGER: Absolutely. There is a huge gap. And prosecutors are going to be admitting this evidence into the trial, which is slated to begin on May 4. Jury selection is going to begin, and jurors are going to see the women that were in Dr. Conrad Murray`s life around the time that Michael Jackson died.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: And of course, he says it`s all irrelevant and prosecutors are bringing strippers in to prejudice the jury against him. And the fact is, if they were on the phone with him at the time that Michael Jackson is basically dying, they`re very relevant, Jen.

HAGER: Absolutely they`re relevant. And not only that, Jane, on the ambulance ride over from Michael Jackson`s estate over to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Murray called Nicole Alvarez in the ambulance, and they had a two-minute conversation. Nicole Alvarez testified at the preliminary hearing also. So jurors are going to have to take all of this into consideration clearly.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: But let me ask you this. The prosecution says it`s possible that Dr. Conrad Murray was asleep. If he`s making all these phone calls from 8:30 on, how -- why do they have time to go to sleep?

HAGER: It`s very likely that he might have gone to sleep. There are huge gaps of time that are unaccounted for. And there`s also cell-phone calls and text messages that are being made when he should be have -- he should have been watching Michael Jackson. That`s all he should have been doing. He was under Propofol at that point.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Thank you, Jen. Excellent report.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: A country music star desperately pleas for the return of her cousin. Cops say the beautiful, missing 20-year-old was snatched from her own driveway by a man wearing camouflage and led into the woods. Her family racing against time frantically searching for any clues before it`s too late.

Plus, was Hollywood superstar Nicolas Cage on a rampage? Cops say the former A-lister was drunk and belligerent in New Orleans. Witnesses claim he was violently pushing his wife and screaming in the streets before cops arrived. This isn`t the first time we`ve seen bizarre behavior from Cage. Has this Hollywood heavyweight totally lost it? I`m taking your calls.


KAREN BOBO, MOTHER OF HOLLY BOBO: Holly, I love you so much. Please, please try to get home to us. And if anybody knows anything about her, please, please help us find her. She`s just so precious, you just don`t even know.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: That poor woman. A mother`s heart wrenching plea for her daughter`s safe return after a shocking, horrifying, really incomprehensible abduction: fear now swirling through a small town in Tennessee since Wednesday`s disappearance of Holly Bobo, the cousin of country music singer, Whitney Duncan.

And here is Whitney`s Warner Music Group hit video "Right Road Now" from




VELEZ-MITCHELL: Country star Whitney made an emotional plea for Holly`s safe return this morning on "Good Morning America". You`re going to hear that plea in a moment.

Holly`s 25-year-old brother is believed to be the very last person to see her alive. He says he watched from inside their home while a man in camouflage approached his sister as she was leaving for class and led her to the nearby woods. He says he didn`t think anything of it until he went outside and saw blood splattered on the driveway. That`s when he called 911.

Now her family`s desperately searching for answers.


DANA BOBO, FATHER OF HOLLY BOBO: It might have been somebody close, somebody that kind of knew her routine and when Holly left and when she left; when my daughter left to go to school. It`s what I`ve got in my mind and I don`t know what to do.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: Nearly 1100 people from this very close-knit community are combing the woods for evidence and for Holly. Now investigators announce they have nearly 250 tips and they have uncovered new clues in the 20-year-old nursing student`s disappearance. Look at this beautiful young woman.

Straight out to Levi Page, host of "The Levi Page Show" on blog talk radio; Levi what is the very latest? What evidence do cops have at this point?

LEVI PAGE, HOST, "THE LEVI PAGE SHOW": Well, we know, Jane, that there was a lunch purse of this missing Holly Bobo found eight miles from her home. Now police can learn two things from this. They can either learn the direction the abductor was going with Holly Bobo or they could learn maybe that someone put that there -- that lunch purse there -- to throw them off the track of her abductor.

We also know that the TBI recently held a press conference in this case yesterday and they wanted the public to be on the lookout for people around them. They wanted the public to look at their neighbors, people around them and see if there`s any change in their mood, behavior, if they are under any stress. They want them to look at people around them and their vehicles and all-terrain vehicles to see if they`ve changed the tires, cleaned inside the vehicle or even put the vehicle up for sale or reported it stolen. Because we know that there was blood found at the home outside the home and if she was bleeding, that means that maybe --


VELEZ-MITCHELL: Have they done a test yet to determine if it is Holly`s blood?

PAGE: We don`t know. It`s at the TBI headquarters in Memphis and they are testing that blood now. We don`t know the results.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: All right. Holly`s cousin, country music star Whitney Duncan fought back tears as she spoke to ABC`s "Good Morning America". Listen to this.


WHITNEY DUNCAN, COUNTRY MUSIC SINGER: The family right now is trying to be strong. You know, it doesn`t seem real. That`s the last phone call you ever expect to get, you know.

And it`s a close family so we`re just trying to hold it together.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: Casey Jordan, criminologist from "In Session", how could Holly`s kidnapping essentially be connected -- could it be connected to her cousin`s fame in some way shape or form?

CASEY JORDAN, CRIMINOLOGIST: Again that`s something the police considered initially. Was it a fan who perhaps kind of sublimated Holly instead of her cousin? But I think they`ve dismissed that and think that it`s completely unrelated.

There`s a bunch of different scenarios. Most of which are unlikely. Could be a completely random thing but given what we know about these sorts of abductions, most likely scenario is that somebody that she knows but doesn`t really know. A secret or obsessive admirer, somebody who has been watching her from afar and really wants to get to know her; maybe feels shunned by her in their own mind. That` is the most likely scene that we see in these sorts of cases about 80 percent of the time.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Wow. Well, here`s my big issue: community kidnapper. Despite the home being in a fairly remote area, investigators say this is a very tight-knit community and people are familiar with each other`s routines. So could Holly`s abductor be lurking right in the group that`s right there in the community?


MARK GWYN, DIRECTOR, TENNESSEE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION: We feel like that the person that is responsible for Holly Bobo`s disappearance lives in this area just because of the terrain and where she was abducted from. You would have to know where you were going, the entrances, the exits in order to do this. So, we feel like the person is right here in the community.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, you just heard it right there in the community. Cops say they`ve not ruled anybody out in this case. Now, Steve Moore, former FBI agent, when somebody disappears, the last person to see them alive is always the first person cops try to eliminate as a suspect. In this case, the last person to see her was Holly`s brother. So what are your thoughts vis-a-vis the brother?

STEVE MOORE, FORMER FBI AGENT: I have some concerns about his actions that need to be explained. I`m not saying that he had anything to do with this. But if you see your sister talking to somebody who you don`t know in a very remote driveway, the average brother would come down and find out who that is. There`s some things that just don`t ring true.

I don`t have all the facts but the first thing I would do if I was working this is get a team on the brother, a team on the boyfriend and a team on the forensics. I would want everybody`s car run. I want everybody`s car run through it. There`s so much that needs to be done right at the beginning.

Evidence is like an ice cream cone. If you don`t do something with it right away, you`re going to lose it.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Lakisha, Indiana, your question or thought, ma`am?

LAKISHA, INDIANA (via telephone): Hi Jane. It`s nice to talk to you again. First of all, I want to say to Holly`s mother or father, my prayers go out to you; the Robertson family and the Patton family prayers go out. I know it`s hard on her family.

But I wanted to know if the cops had talked to her classmates and her friends and the people that she hanged out with; questioned them people, found out if she had anybody that wanted to harm her or hurt her or had some type of grudge against her.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well Lakisha, those are very good questions.

Look at this beautiful young lady. She really is stunning and so obviously is her famous cousin. But from what I`ve heard about this young woman here, she is not a girl who`s likely to hang out with a dangerous crowd or the bad kids, as it were. She is described as a homebody, shy, and she`s called, quote, "a good Christian girl", end quote; quiet and studying to be a nurse.

Levi Page, I don`t even know if she had a boyfriend. What do you know?

PAGE: Well, we do know that her brother Clint, 25-years-old says that she was being led away. He thought that she was being led away with her boyfriend so we know that she does have a boyfriend. We also do know -- I don`t know if the police have talked to any of her classmates or people that she went to school at UT Martin but we do know that they have been speaking to the media and they have all said that this is a very nice girl who liked to sing. She participated in talent contests. She loved animals; had all sorts of pets.

And another thing that I want to point out that is interesting is, in the beginning we were hearing media reports that the brother said she was led away. We know that the investigators have publicly stated that there were no drag marks around Holly Bobo`s home. So did the brother say she was dragged or was that a misrepresentation by the media? I think that`s interesting to find out.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, yes. But let`s not jump on this brother`s case just yet. Although certainly Casey Jordan, if he just wanted to clear the air and, again, they haven`t ruled anybody out because they are just getting started on this investigation. He could certainly offer to take a polygraph just to set the records straight, could he not?

JORDAN: Absolutely. And I`m sure the reason he`s not making statements is because the police have told him not to. But the truth is Jane, I`ve studied cases where it looks like a girl has been taken, kidnapped, killed through a random home invasion when in fact it turned out to be retaliation for something -- usually drug-related -- due to another member of the family, a brother, a boyfriend, something like that.

I don`t want to rule out that possibility. It would be rare but it`s certainly a possibility that the police are going to consider.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Yes, but once again, I do not believe that this missing young lady is involved herself in anything untoward -- I have never read a more clean-cut bio and we hope and pray that she`s found ok. Let`s do everything we can to keep this story alive. Let`s hope a good tip -- a good solid lead comes in soon.

Thank you, fantastic panel.

Coming up next, cops say Hollywood superstar Nic Cage was drunk and violent over the weekend. You won`t believe this one. Has this troubled movie star finally lost it 100 percent? I`m taking your calls on this, 1- 877-JVM-SAYS.



ALAN DUKE, CNN ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR: He grabbed her arm and that would constitute the domestic abuse battery charge that he`s now facing. The other part of the charge is the public drunkenness and also disturbing the peace.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: Tonight, Nic Cage ignites a brand-new scandal during a wild night in New Orleans; and they are used to wild nights over there. Here is TMZ video of the actor and his wife, Alice, arguing inside a tattoo parlor Friday. By the way, I love New Orleans; it`s one of my favorite places on the planet.

That`s Nic in the spot shadow right there. Police were called when the fight spilled out onto the street where Cage reportedly pushed his wife. Witnesses heard the couple arguing about which house they had rented in the French Quarter. But you know, I was in the French Quarter recently and I did get confused in that very regard.

His wife reportedly tried talking him out of entering the wrong home because he was allegedly drunk. Look at this hall of shame mug shot, closed eyes and all. Cage was charged with, yes, public drunkenness, domestic violence and disturbing the peace.

In case that`s not enough drama for you, Cage tops it off with a jailhouse visit from none other than "Dog the Bounty Hunter". That`s right. Dwayne "Dog" Chapman, himself, posted Cage`s $11,000 bond. Wow. Hollywood script writers, take note, this is good stuff.

Straight out to Kim Serafin, senior editor, "In Touch Weekly"; Kim, Cage`s wife Alice is she going to press charges? What is her role in all of this?

KIM SERAFIN, SENIOR EDITOR, "IN TOUCH WEEKLY": Yes. I mean, as you mentioned, this happened. He was allegedly pushing her or pulling her by the arm, allegedly punching cars. The reports are that she does not want to press charges.

But, yes, you look at that fight, that video that is going around of them in the tattoo parlor, where clearly they are fighting and then of course, this spilled out on to the streets. They were fighting over this house. He said it was their house they were renting. She said no.

It doesn`t look really good. And of course, this comes on the heels of several other incidents where we`ve seen videos of Nicolas Cage outside a Romanian nightclub last year when he was filming the sequel of "Ghost Rider" and getting very violent and screaming.

There was another incident just last month in New Orleans where he was drunk at a bar in New Orleans during Mardi Gras; had to be escorted out by police. This comes on top of money problems, with the IRS; so a lot of things not going right for Nicolas Cage, unfortunately.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: And that is a portrait, that mug shot there, somebody whose life is not just going right. And it just -- once again it shows you, you can be rich and famous and yes kind of good looking -- sort of good looking -- but still you can make your life a total mess.

Cage, by the way, famous for his on screen outburst of this movie meltdown montage has become a huge viral hit. Check this one out.




VELEZ-MITCHELL: All right. The very trait that makes Cage appeared unbalanced in real life also make him a very interesting actor.

But Lisa Bloom, you`re an attorney. When you cross the line into alleged domestic violence, then it`s not so funny. It`s not so creative. It`s not so artistic. It`s just thuggish.

LISA BLOOM, FOUNDER, THEBLOOMFIRM.COM: Right. Yes. And I assume those videos were not from the weekend in New Orleans. I mean it`s great that you guys managed to find them.

Look, this is serious business. And I don`t know about you Jane but I`m so tired of these A-list celebrities acting arrogant on the streets and causing the police to have to arrest them. This is ridiculous. Why not behave like an ordinary citizen? When police tell you to do something guess what, you have to do, just like the rest of us.

You don`t get to say to the cops, "Hey, why don`t you arrest me," because if you say that, that`s what is going to happen. And you`re using up police resources that could be better used for other things. I`m sure his high-priced lawyers are going to get him off. You know, we`re not going to hear much more about it. It`s all going to be swept under the rug. But I just get really tired of these guys.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: I do too. And between Mel and Charlie and Nic, I think we have to have a new diagnosis. Here I`m writing it down. How about superstar tantrumitis (ph)? Here`s my big --

BLOOM: I love it.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: -- issue: offstage rage. If this were the first public temper tantrum, it wouldn`t be such a big deal. But there`s a pattern emerging. Remember this Cage conniption fit from last December? Check this one out.


NICOLAS CAGE, ACTOR: See this in my eyes. Not a liar. Not a liar. That man is not a liar. Respect him, respect me.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Look at this. Get out of the car.

CAGE: (EXPLETIVE DELETED) No, I`ll die in the name of honor.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: This is the one Kim Serafin was referring to in Romania and he was just really bizarre, Kim, with that one. Sort of speaking incoherently? Was that alcohol as well.

SERAFIN: Look, it was outside of a nightclub so one may assume that, I suppose. Yes. I mean look, we`ve seen people or plenty of actors and one day they are crazy and next day they`re back onset, working. Reported Nic Cage is back on set; he`s filming a movie in New Orleans. That`s why he`s there. Everything seems different (ph). Everyone says he`s professional.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: On the other side -- your calls.



CAGE: I think it`s kind of hilarious, you know, actually. Clearly not taking itself too seriously.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: Something Nic Cage ought to take seriously, domestic battery charges. He`s facing that tonight after a tumultuous night out with his wife, Alice. Cage arrested Friday night after a nasty fight that started inside a New Orleans tattoo shop.

Does anything this guy does surprise us anymore? Not for me.

Brian in Canada, your question or thought, Brian?

BRIAN, CANADA (via telephone): You know, first of all, this isn`t the first time, you know, he`s been in this kind of a thing. (INAUDIBLE) Ghost Rider, they`re the ones to call --

VELEZ-MITCHELL: I think whatever Cage is on, that caller is on too. Cage told a very bizarre story about psychedelic mushrooms and his pet cat during an infamous interview on David Letterman on CBS. Check this out, because it`s weird.


CAGE: I had a cat and my cat used to sneak into the refrigerator and he would steal the mushrooms. And I said, no -- his name was Lewis. I said, Lewis, you can`t do that, you can`t do that, that`s not right. He ate them voraciously, he just loved them. It was like catnip to him. So I felt, well like, what the heck, I better do it with him.

And I remember lying in my beds for hours, and Lewis was on the desk across from the bed for hours, staring at each other.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: Maybe it`s the psychedelic mushrooms. Cage is an Oscar winner who used to be worth tens of millions of dollars. In the last couple of years, he`s been a financial mess. Why would a box office superstar face tax liens and foreclosures? Well, some say it`s his over the top spending.

I mean, we`re talking about castles, islands, a dinosaur skull among the things that he`s bought. I don`t know how many houses, Rolls Royces. In 2009, he sued his accountant, Lisa, and the accountant fired back saying he kept warning Cage that he would go broke if he kept up his lavish spending.

BLOOM: Well, it is obviously a guy out of control, and there he is, glamorizing mushrooms and he had the drinking problem over the weekend, and many times in the past. I mean this is a guy who`s got to get control of his life.

He`s accused of shoving his wife in public, taunting the police. And for a guy who makes his living on camera, he`s got that terrible the mug shot. That really shows to how much he`s lost it, I think.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Yes. Kim Serafin, this is on Oscar winner; 15 years ago, he won for leaving Las Vegas, and he`s a great actor in that. But what kind of roles is he taking now? Are they called paycheck gigs?

SERAFIN: Well, of course, something like "National Treasure" was a huge hit, but that was back several years ago. "Ghost Rider" not, you know, critically acclaimed, but certainly a hit; other movies, not so much. So he obviously has to make money, he does -- by his own admission -- owe the IRS, $14 million --



VELEZ-MITCHELL: $14 million he owes the IRS?

BLOOM: Amazing he`s not in prison Jane.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: No wonder he`s getting drunk. I mean, wow. That`s got to hurt. When you used to make how many -- how much millions did he make a picture, Kim?

SERAFIN: Like $20 million a picture. Yes. He was worth -- an Academy award winner. And as you mentioned a great actor, which is why, again, I think he gets a pass for a lot of these things. People kind of chalk it up to, oh, he`s that crazy actor who bought a dinosaur skull and named his child --


BLOOM: You don`t get a pass for domestic violence.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Hang on, ladies; we`re back with a little bit more.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: Charlie Sheen`s going to court tomorrow to try to win back custody of his twin boys, and here`s a shocker: Charlie may actually have a chance. Sources say Charlie`s ex-wife and the mother of twins, Brooke Mueller, has checked into rehab for drug abuse, this after some extremely suspicious behavior last week, like refusing to take a drug test and hocking some pricey items at a pawnshop.

The former "Two and a Half Men" star will sic his lawyers on Brooke tomorrow. Charlie apparently wants not only full custody of the boys, but he wants to stop paying $55,000 a month in child support. Will this be another win for Charlie Sheen? Win -- get it? I`ll have all the fast- breaking details tomorrow.

Also tonight, is ex-cop Drew Peterson sending sexually charged letters to a single mom behind bars? Nancy Grace talks to Peterson`s attorney in an exclusive interview. That is up next.