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ISSUES WITH JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL

Haleigh Cummings Mystery; Killed by Stalker; Fighting over Tiger

Aired February 10, 2010 - 19:00:00   ET

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JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL, CNN NEWS ANCHOR (voice-over): Tonight, 5,000 tips, 600 sightings, 365 days. It`s been exactly a year since little Haleigh Cummings vanished, but cops have zero signs of this little girl. Tonight, we have shocking new jailhouse tapes from Haleigh`s father Ronald. He says he knows the cop`s strategy to make Misty talk.

And outrage in Orange County. A former Hooter`s waitress gunned down by an obsessed customer, just one week after a judge denied her restraining order saying her 72 pages of desperate pleas were not enough evidence that she was actually being stalked. Now she`s dead, murdered during her lunch break by that very same crazed stalker. Did the court`s decision light the match sparking this violence?

Plus, it`s the battle of the alleged Tiger mistresses. Jaimee Grubbs speaking out. Is this woman jealous that she wasn`t mistress No. 1? Could she actually be trying to take credit for Tiger`s downfall? Meanwhile, Rachel Uchitel has landed a new job as a reporter.

ISSUES starts now.

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VELEZ-MITCHELL: Tonight, a vigil in Satsuma, Florida to mark a hideous anniversary. It has been exactly one year since beautiful 6-year- old Haleigh Cummings vanished from a Florida trailer park in the dead of night. But, tonight Haleigh`s dad, Ronald, and her former stepmom, Misty, are not at the vigil. Ron and Misty sit in jail on drug charges, both are in isolation. It would seem investigators are putting the squeeze on Misty to get her to spill the real story.

Misty Croslin was the last person to see little Haleigh alive. She says she was babysitting the little girl and claims she fell asleep only to wake up and find Haleigh gone. Listen to this.

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MISTY CROSLIN, HALEIGH CUMMINGS` STEPMOTHER: I got up because I had to use the bathroom, but I didn`t make it to the bathroom. I seen the kitchen light on and I walked in the kitchen and the backdoor was wide open. I mean, I didn`t notice about Haleigh then until I seen the backdoor and (INAUDIBLE) and she`s gone. And that`s all I know is when I woke -- when I went to sleep she was there and then when I woke up she was gone.

(END AUDIO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Tonight, Ron is questioning those tears. And investigators do not buy that story. They call Misty the key to this case. Tonight, proof police think Misty knows a whole lot more. Listen to this jailhouse phone call made by Donna Broch, a friend of Misty`s who was also arrested on drug charges.

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DONNA BROCH, FRIEND OF MISTY CROSLIN: Look, they pulled me into the office for two hours, to this room, before they even brought me to jail. They questioned me about where Haleigh is. They think that Misty`s already told me where she`s at.

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VELEZ-MITCHELL: Plus, we will show you stunning new photos of Donna and Misty, right there, hanging out. And there`s more brand new jailhouse audiotapes to play for you. Everybody arrested in this prescription drug sting says cops are squeezing them hard for information on Haleigh. Cops have followed up on almost 6,000 leads. They`ve searched acres and acres of land underwater. Are they any closer to answers? Where is this precious little girl? I want to hear from you at home. Give me a holler, 1-877-JVM-SAYS, that`s 1-877-486-7297. What do you think is going on with Misty and Ron and this whole gang?

Straight out to my fantastic expert panel. Former police officer Mark Harold.

Thank you sir for joining us.

Florida criminal defense attorney, Jayne Weintraub, always great insight. And the author of "The Good Karma Divorce," the one and only Judge Michele Lowrance, and psychotherapist Marcy Cole (ph) , also my good buddy, and joining me by phone, T.J. Hart, program and news director for WSKY 97.3 FM.

T.J. what is the very latest?

T.J. HART, WSKY 97.3 FM PROGRAM/NEWS DIR: The very latest is there are a lot of jail videos coming out and audio coming out, but it`s heavily redacted, but it`s got people very excited, hoping to find some clues. And of course, the Putnam County Sheriff`s offices and the St. John County Sheriff`s offices are going through all of these video and audiotapes to see if something can`t uncovered. Plus, they`re questioning people like Tom Croslin, Misty Croslin Cummings, Donna Broch and Ron Cummings who`s not back in Putnam County, to see what, if any information they have that they`ve not revealed so far that will lead them to Haleigh Cummings who`s been missing a year since today.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: All right, now, we`re going to play some of those tapes for you, tonight. In a phone conversation from behind bars, this sort of mysterious character, some in Hollywood might call her the shape- shifter, Donna Broch, sheds light on how she went from being an Equisearch volunteer who was going to dig up inside information and get the real story from Misty about what happened to Haleigh to becoming Misty`s buddy and then becoming her codefendant on drug trafficking charges.

Now, take a look at these mind-boggling new photos, here they are, hanging out at the beach together. They seem quite friendly. Donna says it all started when she gave Misty some pills she had for pain.

Donna`s friend also brings up a frightening rumor that Haleigh died after she got into Misty`s pill stash. Listen to this.

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DONNA BROCH, MISTY`S FRIEND: I didn`t think it was no big deal. I didn`t want them. You know what I`m saying? I didn`t need them and I didn`t want them. It`s more -- my thinking is well, if I just give these to her maybe she`ll trust me a little bit more.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: But Misty, when that girl could have possibly died from some of that...

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VELEZ-MITCHELL: But, you know, when it comes to pills and how they distribute them, it`s very hard to tell a real story from a fake one.

T.J. Hart, have cops given any weight to that rumor that Haleigh may have ODed on pills lying around at a party, given that friends claim Misty was on a three day drug bender in the days leading up to little Haleigh`s disappearance?

HART: Well, the called it once a farce, a jailhouse letter that 97.3, the SKY, received from "Nay Nay" Prevatt to her boyfriend outside the jail that talked about a sworn affidavit signed by a man by the name of Joe Pytko who described in this alleged affidavit that the child ingested pills, died, was taken to a pond in and thrown into the pond while in a bag of something. One pond was drained, but we`re not sure if it was the right pond. And then kind of playing into that scenario, right now, but the cops are being tight lipped about this, as one would imagine, trying to manage this case the best they can.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Judge Michele Lowrance, why on earth is Misty not a person of interest in little Haleigh`s disappearance, at this point? I`ve got a list, I can`t even write it down, all the inconsistencies and all the problems. You know, cops confirm they got a tip Misty was not home that night. Cops say physical evidence contradicts Misty`s sketchy account of what happened. They no longer believe it was a stranger abduction. There were published reports of a tip that she may have been to the party, as you just heard and the child may have ODed on drugs. Cops -- this is, I think, the most incriminating, phone records show Ron made 20 attempts to reach Misty by phone that night and couldn`t and her own brother knocked on the door that night and got no answer. So, how could the possibly say that she -- she`s saying she was there. It doesn`t add up.

JUDGE MICHELE LOWRANCE, AUTHOR: This is like -- well, that`s the whole point of it. in cases like this where it doesn`t add up, if you interview and re-interview, lies will come out. For the truth holds solid. Lies take 100 lies to support it. With all of these different people involved, there`s no way, if there`s any guilt, in cases like this where they could stay consistent.

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VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, I don`t know what, I will say something about liars, sometimes no matter what you confront them with, no matter how many inconsistencies you confront them with, they will say, no, I`m telling the truth and they`ll just stick to that. And that`s what I think pathological liars do. Pathological liars, as opposed to a rational person who is lying, they kind of know that they`re lying, but I believe Marcy Cole, psychotherapist, that pathological liars have this mechanism that allows them to believe anything they say and justify it to themselves as a truth. Therefore, they make excellent liars.

MARCY COLE, PSYCHOTHERAPIST: That`s absolutely true, Jane. And I think that the case of this poor, precious kid who is still missing, I think it really highlights the degree of the issue in our country of the amount of children under the care of unfit guardians and caretakers. And what I hope that this case really highlights for people, is that for people who are thinking about having kids that stop and ask themselves, am I really prepared, am I really prepared and equipped to take the responsibility on for a child. And I also think it`s a call to action for the community, for us as a community and the society as a nation, it`s not just about taking care of our own biological children, it`s taking care of the children in our community. And so, it`s about stepping up to the plate and blowing the whistle when we have a sense that there`s a child in harm`s way are reporting that to community -- (INAUDIBLE) services, immediately.

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VELEZ-MITCHELL: Marcy, your comment, very well taken, and I think there is a lot of question about why Ron, who is the biological dad, left this precious child and another child in the care of Misty, who looks like a 12-year-old, even today. She is not the biological mother, but she was supposed to be watching the child of her boyfriend.

In a phone conversation with his mother, Haleigh`s dad, Ron Cummings, says "cops are bribing Misty to talk." And what are they using? Cigarettes. Listen to this.

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RON CUMMINGS, HALEIGH`S FATHER: (INAUDIBLE) everyday with a pack of cigarettes. I said, I mean, what the hell do you mean for your cigarettes. He said, whatever will make her talk, whatever will make her talk.

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VELEZ-MITCHELL: All right, Mark Harold, you know, cigarettes, I don`t know if that`s going to get her to talk, but I will say she`s been behind bars 21 days now, and there`s a lot of evidence that she could be an addict, I don`t know if she is, but she`s been arrested for drug trafficking. Her friends say she went on a three day drug binge, she was robbed, according to published reports when she was trying to buy illegal drugs. If she is an addict, isn`t keeping drugs away from her the most important thing they could do to get her to crack?

MARK HAROLD, FMR POLICE OFFICER: Yeah, if she is an addict, there`s no doubt that she`s going through a lot, if she is, this is a hard way to do detox, in prison. But, you know, giving her cigarettes, if they think it can help her talk a little bit. You know, the trick here is to keep her talking as much as they can without crossing any lines, because there`s usually a little bit of truth in every lie and they`ve got a web cross stories, here and they can go back through them, they can try to figure out what`s true and what`s not and try to figure this thing out.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Yeah, I got to tell you, we`ve got some interesting information on drugs and her behind bars coming up in just a second, you won`t believe this. Coming up, the latest on tonight`s vigil in Satsuma, Florida. We`re also talking your calls on all of this, give me a holler 1- 877-JVM-SAYS, that`s 1-877-586-7297. What should cops do to make Mist crack?

Plus, a young woman killed by an obsessed stalker. Could a judge have prevented this horrifying murder. We will have the very, very disturbing details for you. But first, inside the Haleigh Cummings case. Inside Misty`s mind. More audio from inside the prison walls as we try to solve this tragic puzzle.

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RON CUMMINGS, HALEIGH`S FATHER: And I told Misty not to split (ph) them. I said he`s the police, but she didn`t listen to me either. I mean, she might not even go to prison. They`re just scaring her. She ain`t got no record at all.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Right.

R CUMMINGS: She ain`t even got a misdemeanor on her record. They`re just scaring her. Someone needs to explain that to her.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I don`t know why her lawyer hasn`t.

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MARLAINA SCHIAVO, NANCY GRACE PRODUCER: Then she says she`s not going to do any drugs and then she said she went to the mental health facility to get drugs from the jail, so again, Mike, she is all over the place. She is claiming, and on several instances, that she still doesn`t know anything; however, she did say she does have some information that she would give to a private investigator if he would bond her out.

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VELEZ-MITCHELL: That was NANCY GRACE producer, Marlaina Schiavo on HLM`s PRIME NEWS. What does Misty Croslin know about little Haleigh`s disappearance? Right now, Misty is behind bars on drug trafficking charges. Now here`s my personal opinion, as a recovering alcoholic, I think the best way to get her to talk would be to stop letting her go to the prison clinic to get pills. You know, she may not be getting the kind of pills she wants, but any pills will be a comfort to her. Cut those pills off. What does she need any kind of pills for?

If you`re listening to me, investigators, that`s the key. Keep her away from the pills and she might talk.

Family and friends gather, right now, for a vigil for this little girl, right around the corner from the trailer park where she was last seen.

Joining me now, from that vigil in Satsuma, Florida, WTLV reporter Jen Lindgren.

Jen, what are you seeing there on the ground in terms of this one year anniversary vigil?

JENNIFER LINDGREN, WTLV REPORTER: Well, you know, the vigil for Haleigh Cummings to keep her memory alive just wrapped up here. They just finished clearing the tables away were dozens of neighbors came and lit candles, had a balloon release to keep Haleigh`s memory alive and they also wanted emphasize to everybody in this community that it`s been a year, if you know anything about what happened to Haleigh, there`s a $35,000 reward and somebody knows this information and they want to put that reminder out there, as well.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: What`s the mood toward Misty among her townspeople?

Hello? Jen?

LINDGREN: I`m sorry, say that one more time.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: What`s the mood toward Misty, this little girl, we`re watching here on camera, from the townspeople? What do they think about her? I mean, she has altered all of their lives.

LINDGREN: Well you know, Misty`s family was actually out here today, Hank Croslin, her father. We asked him, you know, if they could talk about, you know, Misty being behind bars, what she may or may not know, because the investigators in this area seem very sure that Misty holds the key to what may have happened to Haleigh. But, the family said we can`t talk about that, we`re just here to honor Haleigh, tonight. But again, these phone calls that have come out, the recordings of the audio files between Misty made to her family members from the jail as well as Ronald Cummings made to his family members, give indication that they are frustrated about this situation and...

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VELEZ-MITCHELL: Yeah, of course. Stand by there. Yeah, Jen, we`re going to go to the phone lines.

Annette Virginia (ph), your question or thought, ma`am.

ANNETTE, VIRGINIA CALLER: Yes, I feel like that Misty knows nothing. I think she was so drug induced after partying for four days that she was completely out of it, asleep or like a semi-coma or something with -- drugged, that when they took the child, or whatever happened to the child. But her friends that she partied with, to find out who they are. They know what happened.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Yeah, and Jayne Weintraub, you`re down there in Florida, you`ve been following this case. What do you make of that, that she might have been in a blackout? Which, you know, if you`re an addict or an alcoholic, that happens.

JAYNE WEINTRAUB, CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTY: And she could have been, as the caller said, then her friends would have the key. But what`s crucial here is, if Misty has the key, now`s the time that she could use it as leverage. Now`s the time when she`s looking at a 30 year mandatory minimum for the trafficking case, to try and make a deal and negotiate whatever knowledge she has for a lesser sentence.

Now, if she has complicity in the murder, if there is a murder, because right now, all we have is a disappearance, if it is a murder and there`s complicity there, she can still make a deal. I mean, cops make deals with the shooters all the time. So, if there`s leverage, here`s the time for her.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: OK, T.J. Hart, you know so much about this case. You have some new information and I`m also very curious. Do we know if Misty had access to a vehicle that night? Because if not, if there`s something fishy going on, somebody else would have had to have been involved. They searched the area around that trailer, completely and thoroughly. And also, why was Ron son frantic to reach Misty on that night that he called 20 times? I mean, this was before he supposedly knew that the child was missing. So, why is he calling -- who calls 20 times to your girlfriend?

HART: Well, first things first. Vehicle? Yes, she had access to a vehicle and people who could have driven her. Her family was only about 100 yards away. Her vehicle is there. Also friends of hers who had been partying with her had vehicles. An old beat up car that "Nay Nay" Prevatt had. So, she had access to a ride or a vehicle or transpiration from someone that night. She certainly did.

Now with Ron Cummings, what had happened was that night before the -- before Ron went to work, an argument had broken out because Misty wanted to babysit some other kids and Ronald said no, you won`t you`ll be looking after my kids and the argument kept escalating as he went to work and also throughout the -- about 7:00 or so at night, and I think that`s when she turned off her telephone, if I recall from the records and also from other interviews, and interviews that I conducted, Ron tried text messaging, calling her and trying to reach her.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Got it. I hear you. Boy, those other people are so happy that she didn`t babysit them that night.

David, Oregon, quick question or thought.

DAVID, OREGON CALLER: Yeah, hi. I`m just wondering whatever happened to the Grand Jury system in this when all the inconsistencies were starting from the beginning. Jane, it seems like your -- your legalese pretty much you know, solved the question is to what`s going on. Why wasn`t this presented to the Grand Jury?

VELEZ-MITCHELL: All right, Judge Lowrance, 10 seconds.

WEINTRAUB: There`s nothing to present to the Grand Jury. There`s no crime.

LOWRANCE: There`s nothing to present. So far, there`s not enough to present. That`s the problem.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, didn`t they charge Casey with murder before they found little Caylee`s body? Everybody, think about that for a second. We`re coming right back with more. It`s been a year. Are cops any closer to finding little Haleigh. Much more on the investigation, the mystery, the hunt for this beautiful child.

Plus, a teen brutally beaten and robbed while three security guards stood around and just watched. It`s absolutely astounding video. Should they be punished or where they just doing their job?

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R CUMMINGS: And they went to the jail and was talking to her and Jason said, man, I`ve never seen her cry real tears. You know, she always had to jerk a tear out, remember what he said (ph), I said yeah, and he said no (BEEP) it was like pouring. And I said when, and he said when we started talking about you in lockup and (INAUDIBLE).

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VELEZ-MITCHELL: Wow, Ron Cummings says Misty has to jerk out a tear for little Haleigh. Was Misty faking it when she was crying about Haleigh`s disappearance?

OK, let`s go straight to my big issue tonight. Is Misty starting to finally crack?

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M CROSLIN: Man, I miss you guys. I`m stuck in this one little cell all the time.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I know baby, it`s hard, isn`t it?

M CROSLIN: It is. (INAUDIBLE) and they won`t even let me do anything.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: (INAUDIBLE)

M CROSLIN: I don`t know.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Did you ask them?

M CROSLIN: Yeah, they`d give it a couple days, maybe.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: That looks like somebody about to crack. Jayne Weintraub, she`s been behind bars 21 days. What do you think? How many days? Any predictions before she cracks?

WEINTRAUB: Yeah, I don`t think she`s going to, because I think if she was going to she could have all along. She`s got the key to the jailhouse, as they say, with someone who`s got the information. I don`t think she knows or she could have made a deal, so far. And I think it`s really interesting that this Donna Broch now is coming along saying, you know, that although she was a volunteer for Equisearch that she was somehow, as a defense that she was trafficking in drugs because she was just trying to get the real information out of Misty regarding Haleigh. It just doesn`t make sense, here.

And they don`t have...

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VELEZ-MITCHELL: There are so many people in Satsuma that have drug problems. It`s -- the police have said it`s become a center for prescription pill abuse. And it certainly seems that way.

T.J. Hart, you`ve got new information on these tapes. Tell us.

HART: Yes, we have some new videotape that came out of the jail. And it talks about Mist saying, "I`m not going to break. They think they`re going to break me, there`s nothing to break me on, so they need to leave me alone. Give me 20 years, that`s OK, he`ll still be around to see me," she tells her parents. And her parents` say, "Hey, we`ve got to get to the bottom of this. If we can find Haleigh it would better for everybody." She says, "Yeah, I know. Every day I sit and wonder." And dad, "Well, there`s just nothing. I`m telling you, it`s hard." And that`s it...

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VELEZ-MITCHELL: T.J., doesn`t her dad have problems, too? Vis-a-vis prescription drugs?

HART: Yes he does. He`s had problems with the pills. It was also exaggerated a little bit more by a broken leg that took place on the job. But he`d been around the pill route before and he`s been arrested for doctor shopping for prescription medication.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Oy vey. Judge Lowrance, what do they need to do to crack this teenager who looks like a child and who is keeping everybody at bay?

LOWRANCE: Well, I think, you know, if I had to read between the lines in all of this, I would start to wonder why nobody`s talking about Haleigh. I mean, we hear so much about their prescription drugs. And when we watch the coverage, it doesn`t look like the father or anybody`s really interested in what`s happening with Haleigh. Why they`re not asking the authorities what`s going on. I mean, it`s all about them.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Got to leave it right there. Yeah, it`s all about them.

Fantastic panel, thank you.

A former Hooter`s waitress murdered in cold blood by an obsessed stalker. This woman was trying to start new life, recently married. Could this killing have been avoided? We`ll have the horrifying details.

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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The manager, you know, I guess, at Hooter`s, when she was there, tried to step in in her behalf.

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JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL, HLN ANCHOR: And outrage in Orange County, a former Hooters waitress gunned down by an obsessed customer just one week after a judge denied her restraining order. Did the court`s decision light the match sparking this violence?

Plus, it`s the battle of the alleged Tiger mistresses Jamie Grubbs speaking out. Is this woman jealous that she wasn`t mistress number one? Could she actually be trying to take credit for Tiger`s downfall?

Tonight, a story from the war on women that will, I guarantee you, outrage you. A gorgeous 23-year-old newlywed gunned down in cold blood by her stalker. It happened in Orlando just days after a judge denied her desperate request for a restraining order.

Sixty-one-year-old Roger Troy stalked Alissa Blanton for more than a year. On Monday, he walked right up to her outside her work place, shot her at point blank range and then shot himself.

Alissa`s co-workers watched in completely horror.

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CALLER: We heard gunshots and like I saw someone fall on the ground. And then they are saying that they shot her in the head.

911 DISPATCHER: Somebody was shot in the head?

CALLER: Yes, I saw this woman -- this gentleman shooting this woman several times. And then I ducked my head because I didn`t want him to see me and shoot me. And then it looks like he probably shot himself because he`s lying on the ground next to her.

911 DISPATCHER: Ok.

CALLER: Oh my God.

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VELEZ-MITCHELL: Just last week, Alissa Blanton had filed a 72-page petition begging, pleading for a restraining order against Troy. It`s 72- pages, 72-pages; a detailed account of his bizarre behavior and she included copies of Troy`s scathing e-mails.

But a judge in his wisdom or lack thereof, denied the request. He decided that there`s not enough information in those 72-pages to determine whether this little lady was really being stalked as she insisted.

Your Honor set a new court date for next week in the process alerting this stalker to Alissa`s desire to keep him away from her.

Did that light the match? I wonder, if it were the judge`s wife or daughter being stalked, would a 72-page petition from them begging for protection have convinced your honor that a woman needed protection?

We invited Circuit Court Judge, Dean Moxley (ph) on the show. He will not talk to us. I want to welcome back my fantastic panel. Also joining me, Carol Wick, CEO of the Harbor House and Orlando Domestic Violence Shelter, but I want to start with Willoughby Mariano, a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel.

Willoughby, what is the latest? What was in this petition?

WILLOUGHBY MARIANO, REPORTER, ORLANDO SENTINEL (on the phone): This petition was extensive, 72-pages most of it -- the bulk of it were e-mails, harassing e-mails sent from Roger Troy to Alissa Blanton, some of them explicit, certainly foul and certainly upsetting.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Now, I understand she didn`t have a lawyer. Is that your understanding Willoughby? That she did this all herself?

MARIANO: My understanding at this point is that yes, she did this herself. She consulted with deputies however to do so, but again, not lawyers.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: I wonder if the judge didn`t take her seriously because she didn`t have a fancy-dancy lawyer standing next to her.

Here is my big ISSUE. Is this a case of judicial blinders? How could the judge ignore Alissa`s desperate plea for help?

Here are some excerpts from Troy`s e-mails included in her petition on September 6th. He wrote, "Remember this is all your fault, you refuse for a year to finish our unfinished conversation or to be truthful, something I really despise." He continues, "How is your sham marriage going? What a joke, how many more years of friend`s life are you going to screw up before you leave him or cheat on him again?"

Then the day after Christmas, Troy wrote, "You are the poster girl for beauty is only skin deep. I wish everyone knew you like I do. What a waste of humanity you are."

This is threatening stuff, this is dangerous stuff. Carol Wick, you are with Harbor House, could the judge in your opinion have ignited this explosion of violence by setting a court date and thereby, alerting the stalker that the object of his obsession was fighting back to get him out of her life?

CAROL WICK, CEO HARBOR HOUSE (via telephone): We`re always concerned when judges do orders for protection. They have an option to either deny the injunction or grant the injunction. And when they set an order for protection what they do is they alert the perpetrator that the victim has decided to end the relationship and it makes the victim in extreme danger during that time.

It happens all the time during domestic violence cases that we see and we see over 5,000 a year in Orange County. And oftentimes we have women come back to us and during that window end up being battered or attacked by the perpetrator because they`ve been alerted and yet there`s no injunction in place.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Now, wouldn`t a judge know this?

WICK: They do know that it can happen, yes.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: So why on earth would a judge then do that if he knows that history has shown that it ignites anger on the alleged -- at this point alleged stalker`s part?

WICK: Well --

VELEZ-MITCHELL: I mean, what woman is going to sit down and write 73 pages.

WICK: Jane--

VELEZ-MITCHELL: On her own -- of compiling e-mails and getting all this -- this threatening stuff together. What? Because she has too much time in her hands because she needs a hobby? No, there`s only one reason because she`s scared and if she`s scared, he`s a stalker.

JAYNE WEINTRAUB, CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY: Jane, can I say something?

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Yes, yes Jayne.

WEINTRAUB: Jane, in Florida what they have is they have forms and most of these people do not -- petitioners do not have lawyers, they go into the court`s office and they tell them that they want to fill out a Domestic Violence Protective Order Form. And that`s the way that they`re dealt with.

What we need to do is file them and have them expeditiously handled. You can`t just grant every one they have to be served (ph). Just like we have warrant duty judges on call 24/7 homicide duty judges. We need to have domestic violence judges. We need to have a judge who is ready, willing and able to hear these urgent pleas --

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Judge Michele Lowrance --

WEINTRAUB: -- so that that can be (INAUDIBLE), you can`t just grant them all.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Judge Michele Lowrance --

JUDGE MICHELE LOWRANCE, AUTHOR, "THE GOOD KARMA DIVORCE": In most story -- yes.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Did this judge screw up?

WICK: I think he did.

LOWRANCE: Well, you know I can`t -- I can`t say that but I can say this. In most jurisdictions the person who is considered the person of danger is not notified that somebody is going to court for an order of protection --

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VELEZ-MITCHELL: But here they apparently were, according to published reports in the Orlando Sentinel he was notified. He found out --

WEINTRAUB: They have to be served with --

LOWRANCE: Well, I would think that -- I think that`s outrageous.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Ok, all right.

WICK: Jane.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Let me continue on, hold on everybody stop I want to -- I want to read -- I want to you to hear the husband because this is -- this is going to -- just like a punch to the stomach.

Alissa and her new husband and some co-workers were returning to work Monday after lunch. They split up, they headed their separate ways when Troy approached Alissa she immediately dialed her husband`s cell phone frantically. By the time her husband got to his wife she had been shot several times.

Listen to this.

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ALISSA BLANTON`S HUSBAND: Baby, I love you, I love you, baby. We have a restraining order against this guy. Oh my God. Where the hell is the ambulance? Her pupils are dilated. God.

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VELEZ-MITCHELL: This -- and you know what? Marcy Cole, I think the problem is --

MARCY COLE, PSYCHOTHERAPIST: Yes.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: -- that you have men who don`t have any idea of what it`s like to be stalked as a woman.

COLE: Jane, you know, this story, there`s no question, without question it is a cultural phenomenon of violence against woman and that is an example here.

But I have to share with you also that when I was exploring this story in greater detail it also made me look at how -- how this young woman met this man ok.

And calling our attention to establishments that really exploit and showcase women`s bodies in exchange for attracting business.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Ok, you`re talking about the fact that she was a Hooters waitress and he was a customer.

COLE: Yes, I am.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: You know what? I`m sorry, I don`t think just because you have a great body and you show it off you deserve to die.

LOWRANCE: I agree.

COLE: Oh of course not. Oh my gosh of course not.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Ok.

COLE: No, no, no.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: And you know what?

COLE: Yes.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: A pretty woman it doesn`t matter whether she`s wearing short shorts or tank top --

COLE: Yes.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: A pretty woman will be a target we know that. So we cannot blame women.

COLE: Yes.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: And you know, I`m not a big fan of Hooters --

COLE: No, no, no.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: But I`m not blaming Hooters, ok, they exist. All right.

COLE: Yes, yes.

WEINTRAUB: And you can`t blame the judge because a restraining order isn`t to shield from a bullet. And whether or not in fact, the restraining order was issued would not have mattered in a case of such a lunatic that was going to go and kill her.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Right. Hold on.

COLE: Yes.

WEINTRAUB: It`s not the point about --

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Jayne, hold on you raised a good point.

WEINTRAUB: Yes.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: It`s that a lot of times these women are killed even when they get a restraining order. This is part of the problem with our war on woman in America they can get a restraining order too.

WEINTRAUB: Yes.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: And it doesn`t stop -- we have to really reinvent our society top to bottom and acknowledge that when somebody is stalking a woman and threatening her that`s a serious crime. He needs to be locked up, no restraining order, no protective order, locked up before he can kill.

Thank you so much fantastic guests.

Now we`re going to move on to a teenage girl brutally beaten while three security guards watch. And why do cops say, well, these guys were just doing their jobs.

Plus, we may not know where Tiger Woods is but his alleged mistresses are not trying to hide. The ladies are all over the media. Are they actually fighting for Tiger`s affection?

We`re taking your calls on the latest Tiger developments and they`re stunners. 1-877-JVM-SAYS, give me a call, 1-877-586-7297.

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JAMIE GRUBBS, ALLEGED TIGER WOODS` MISTRESS: I don`t have any comment, I`m not going to have any comment and so I have to live my life. And I would appreciate you guys not being on my property and not bothering me while I`m trying to be here.

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VELEZ-MITCHELL: Tiger`s alleged mistresses speaking out. Rachel Uchitel even has a new job as a TV reporter. Maybe her first assignment should be find Tiger, that`s next.

But first "Top of the Block". This is scary.

A 15-year-old girl beaten and robbed right in front of at least three security guards but instead of breaking it up these guards stood around and watched and watched. This video is horrifying. You could see this young girl thrown to the ground, punched, kicked in the face, they stomped on her head multiple times.

These punks then stole her iPod or cell phone or back pack. And all the while the security guards just stand there. This happened inside a bus tunnel in Seattle, Washington.

Police now are looking for the ten teenagers. So far four people have been arrested. Now, get this, cops say the security guards who just turned around and watched, well, they were actually doing their job. They are told not to get involved in violent confrontations.

So what`s the point of having security guards then? Go home, go to a movie, if you`re not going to do anything.

This poor girl is very fortunate to be alive and I`m very happy to report she`s recovering with only scratches and bruises. She might need therapy. I just hope they find the monsters who did this.

We will have more on this in our culture of violence on tomorrow`s ISSUES beginning at 7:00 p.m. Eastern.

That is tonight`s "Top of the Block".

Shocking insights from the woman known as Tiger`s alleged mistress number two and why she thought Tiger`s car crash was her fault. No, I did it.

And news that all this publicity has landed yet another of Tiger`s alleged girlfriends a new job.

Now, let`s start with Jaimee Grubbs. She says her alleged affair with Tiger lasted three years and she thought she was the only one other than Tiger`s wife of course. But she says the last time she heard from Tiger was a couple of days before Thanksgiving. She says, he texted her like nothing was wrong.

And you remember the voicemail heard around the world, the voice we believe is Tiger. That`s what they say anyway asking Jaimee, "Please remove your name from your greeting because Elin my wife might call." And get hip to what`s going on. And why did she release this voicemail? Listen to this.

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GRUBBS: I knew that it was going to be big but -- I mean, I didn`t think it was going to turn into what it did and I mean, it`s great that it pushed him to do some sort of apology for his actions.

WENDY BURCH, REPORTER KTLA, LOS ANGELES: Is that why you released it? Were you looking for an apology? I mean, why -- why let it out?

GRUBBS: I was looking for a lot of things. It was kind of like a very spontaneous emotional reaction.

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VELEZ-MITCHELL: And now the alleged other, other woman. Rachel Uchitel has a new job after a recent interview on "Extra". The bosses there asked Rachel to be a special correspondent. And she is special all right.

Here she is talking to "Extra`s" Mario Lopez about her mean past.

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RACHEL UCHITEL, ALLEGED TIGER WOODS` MISTRESS: I was definitely one of the four mean girls.

MARIO LOPEZ, EXTRA: Oh God.

UCHITEL: And it`s one of those things where it`s like even on our clique we really hated each other.

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VELEZ-MITCHELL: She`s bragging about being mean? Ok.

"Inside Edition", reports a Hollywood madam says she supplied woman, lots of them for Tiger. We`re going to get to that in a minute.

Joining me now, my truly fantastic panel: Lisa Guerrero, special correspondent for "Inside Edition" -- great to have you; actor and comedian, Hal Sparks, my good vegan buddy who`s performing at the Stress Factory at New Brunswick, New Jersey next week; and the one and only KTLA Wendy Burch.

Wendy, it`s good to see you.

BURCH: Sure.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: We go way back running around the streets of L.A. chasing celebrities together.

BURCH: That`s true. Good to see you Jane.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: You got this great exclusive interview --

BURCH: Yes.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: -- with Jaimee Grubbs. Kudos on your exclusive, I`m trying to get my head around.

BURCH: Yes.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Ok, she`s saying she`s mad but she`s only mistress number two, not mistress number one. What the heck is she`s saying?

BURCH: Well, it was a really interesting interview and I want to clarify that unlike Rachel Uchitel we have not hired Jaimee Grubbs to work here at KTLA. She really did this interview merely because I approached her with the attitude of why don`t you sit down with me and try to set the record straight. Because we really hadn`t heard a lot from this young woman since she released that voicemail -- that now infamous voicemail -- and did that interview with "US Weekly".

What I found was the most interesting. And she said that she did change her voicemail greeting as Tiger had asked. Then she got a text from him on Thanksgiving like, "Hey, how are you doing?" And she said, it was like nothing had happened, then the car crashed.

In her mind she thought she had caused the car crashed. It wasn`t until the next day when the reports surface that Rachel was in the picture that she even realized that Tiger was seeing other women. At that point she says, she just simply got angry, she got mad and that`s why she said she released it. She admits that she really didn`t even think it all the way through.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, you know, I find it fascinating --

HAL SPARKS, ACTOR AND COMEDIAN: And --

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Go ahead Hal because my opinion is --

SPARKS: I was --

VELEZ-MITCHELL: -- she wants to be --

SPARKS: The concept --

VELEZ-MITCHELL: -- the person who brings Tiger down and to me I`m getting the sense that she`s trying to A, to use this to stay in the spotlight and B, --

SPARKS: Hold it -- all right.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: -- she kind of wants to have that power. I`m important, I`m the one who brought this marriage down and who created this scandal not that other girl.

SPARKS: Well, I think you know, anytime you`re involved with a married person and you`re surprised they`re involved with other people. One of those other people is their wife. So this sort of false equivalency that like ok, "yes he`s got a wife but nobody else" is an absurdity beyond measure.

And you know like I said, I -- I`ve always believed that the only way this benefits any of us to look at this and understanding any of this is that we set our own ethical levels based on it. You know.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Oh God. That`s scary.

SPARKS: Because all the other details are not my business. We have to go, you know what? I`m not going to live like that.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: All right.

BURCH: Jane, can I say this really quick?

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Yes.

BURCH: You know morally wherever you stand on this and I know where most people do, I just want to point out when Jaimee Grubbs met Tiger Woods she was 21 years old. She`s just gotten her I.D. She`s gone to Vegas for the very first time. I think there is a great deal of naivete that existed in those 21-year-old --

SPARKS: She`s still an adult though --

VELEZ-MITCHELL: There`s plenty of time kids --

BURCH: When I say this --

SPARKS: All due respect yes.

BURCH: This girl just got out from reservation -- Hal listen to this -- she actually did grow up in an Indian reservation in Washington State --

SPARKS: So --

BURCH: I am just saying that this girl really was fresh off the reservation in more than one way.

SPARKS: Well, Wendy, I -- I -- but again, that`s not the most innocent place to grow up having friends that lived on those places. It`s not like you`re living in a Mormon compound. This is not a place where -- there is no caffeine and no dancing.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: I think it will be great to grow up in a -- I wished I had grown up in an Indian reservation. It sounds like a lot of fun.

SPARKS: And you don`t actually and that`s an issue we should be talking about because quite frankly the issue is really huge. But that being said, look, you`re 21, if we`re going to treat you like an adult, if we`re going to treat everybody like an adult at 21 that includes you.

And so this idea that we can all side step and go as young as to you know, that was just being silly. It -- no that either holds water or it doesn`t, it either two of everyone or it isn`t. And we`re -- and you know -- that not having responsibility for your behavior is a little lame in that regard I think.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Let me say this Lisa Guerrero, she says she sits in the shower and cries for 30 minutes. First of all that`s not environmentally correct and you get very wrinkled.

SPARKS: Exactly.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: But she`s obviously devastated.

SPARKS: And it`s like a White Snake video that`s not right, yes.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: She`s sort of devastated about this Lisa.

LISA GUERRERO, SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT, "INSIDE EDITION": Sure well, boohoo. As somebody who is covering this as a reporter for "Inside Edition" but also who is married to a professional athlete myself, I do not have any sympathy at all for these -- and let`s call them what they are, these skanks who`ve crawled out from under a rock to try to make money and try to make their name for themselves --

VELEZ-MITCHELL: All right.

GUERRERO: -- after trying to be a home wrecker. And by the way they didn`t even achieve that status --

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Hang on we`re going to be right back with more of the skanks.

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GRUBBS: I think he`s very good at playing the push and heat you want him to be. I think he`s very manipulative that way, you know. Because when he was with me I`m not a big, I don`t really drink -- I`m not a big, you know, type of party girl.

And when I was with him he never did either so you have this other women that say they met him in Vegas and he was a party animal and he got drunk. I mean, there are so many sides to him that I didn`t know that I could even tell you the person he is.

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VELEZ-MITCHELL: And that`s Jaimee Grubbs talking to Wendy Burch from KTLA who got a big exclusive with Jaimee.

You know we still haven`t seen Tiger in public since he was released from sex rehab. Where on earth is he? "US Weekly" says, you know, Elin standing by her man but attorney Gloria Allred told us she thinks that could be because she may have renegotiated the pre-nup.

Let`s listen.

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GLORIA ALLRED, ATTORNEY: I have no personal information at all about Elin and what kind of deal she has with Tiger whether she has a prenuptial or not. That`s always possible that they stay together and she`s renegotiating her deal with him.

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VELEZ-MITCHELL: Ok and Lisa Guerrero this is a bitter pill to swallow for you and especially because you are reporting that a Hollywood madam by the name of Michelle Braun (ph) says she supplied woman for Tiger. Can you give us the -- the big headline there?

GUERRERO: Sure, we sat down with Michelle Braun who is a Hollywood madam and she alleges that she hooked up Tiger as many as 12 different times with many different woman and that she made as much as $250,000 just from Tiger Woods.

She also says he had a specific type, he likes blond, petite natural women, very small bust that like to quote, unquote, "party." So we got quite a bit of information from her today.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Wendy Burch, what was Jaimee Grubbs reaction to all the women. The fact that, there have been porn stars who have alleged that had relationships with Tiger. I think would probably disturb anybody if they found out they were dating somebody who was dating a porn star.

BURCH: Yes, absolutely.

SPARKS: Not me.

BURCH: I asked her that question specifically and suspect --

SPARKS: Not any -- for the record not me.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Ok, ok.

BURCH: Ok, I`m glad you set that straight.

SPARKS: Just for the record, yes, mine is me, yes.

BURCH: She said that one of the things that disturbed her the most was the fact that there were so many other woman in all of this. She really did believe that she was in fact the only other one outside of Elin.

I think her anger was that is really why she let go of that voicemail. She also said that she didn`t think that Tiger was a sex addict until the mistress count reached the double digits.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Yes that`s got to be disturbing.

SPARKS: Yes.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Now, here`s my big ISSUE --

SPARKS: I think, again.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Yes, but let me get to my big ISSUE and then I`m going to jump in here.

This attention tug-of-war; what is Jaimee really trying to say. That she is the reason why Tiger imploded and who would really want to be the person who destroys a relationship. Let`s listen and hold on a second.

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GRUBBS: The crash happened and then I kind of, oh this is my fault and I felt really bad and then the whole --

BURCH: Wait a minute, you felt that it was your fault that crash was --

GRUBBS: Yes.

BURCH: You felt that it was because perhaps Elin found out about you?

GRUBBS: Yes, yes so I mean that was a very hard thing to bear.

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VELEZ-MITCHELL: Ok, final thoughts. Wendy, do you think she`s taking credit for the car crash?

BURCH: No, that question came up very late in the interview. It was really just me establishing the timeline. If anything she came across very sincere, very apologetic. She has some big regrets. She said her biggest one was being reeled back in after she knew he was married. After we finally got the girl (INAUDIBLE) with the guy she still stayed with him.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: All right.

BURCH: So that`s her biggest regret.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: We are out of time.

SPARKS: I`m still going to --

VELEZ-MITCHELL: But Hal I want to have you back because I you`re very interested in this story and I think --

SPARKS: I`m still doing the math on 12 time $250,000.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: -- you`ve been researching it very heavily.

Ok, you`re watching ISSUES on HLN.

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