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World Leaders Gather For Nelson Mandela's Memorial; Freezing Temperatures Have Officials On High Alert; One American Released From North Korea, Another U.S. Citizen Still Being Held; Snowden: NSA Spied On "World Of Warcraft," Other Games; Woman Goes On Trial In Newlywed Husband's Fatal Fall Off A Cliff In Montana

Aired December 9, 2013 - 20:00   ET


ANDERSON COOPER, CNN ANCHOR: Jake, thanks very much.

Good evening, everyone.

As one official here in Johannesburg put it, the world is coming to South Africa to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela, the father of modern South Africa. It is the single largest gathering of heads of state and gives just in a few hours. Among them, President Obama, and three ex-presidents for the United States arriving this morning, president -- former President George W. Bush and Hillary Clinton sharing Air Force One, former Presidents Clinton and Carter flying separately, along with presidents and princesses and kings from nearly 100 countries.

And no less significantly, ordinary people from all across South Africa, all converging on a soccer stadium here in Johannesburg. It is built were we're told, for 90,000, may not be big enough and certainly too small to contain all the people who want to thank the man who led them to freedom.

Now, how many other figures can you say that about? That they led a country to freedom and showed the world a better way.

I had the privilege today of spending time with Bono, the band U-2. He knew Nelson Mandela over the years and they were very closely. That's been the voice for justice here since the late 1970s.


COOPER: When you first heard that he had died, what went through your mind?

BONO, U-2 BAND MEMBER: B Stubborn until the end, you know? It was like he was playing this -- he was trying to outstare God, and finally, God blinked.

COOPER: His leadership was in part to get a ability, of not only his consensus, but also his ability to overcome the natural anger and resentfulness he would have in prison for over 20 years. He saw the need he had to overcome that. He had to put it aside.

BONO: Yes, he refused to hate, not just because he had not experienced rage or lived with rage, but that he thought, I think, love would do a better job of liberation, of emancipation. Because, you know, what sort of country would they inherit if people were further embattled against each another? I mean, this is the vision, I guess, of the future, being be able to see the future before it exist. I mean, that is probably his gift, isn't it?


COOPER: We'll have more with Bono and Christiane Amanpour and others here from Johannesburg. But first, I want to toss back to John Berman in New York -- John.

JOHN BERMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Anderson, thanks. What a terrific interview and what an amazing scene it will be there in just a few hours.

As for all of you at home, please repeat these words as we play this next video. It is not even winter yet.




BERMAN: Now, that is not the sky falling outside Dallas, that is sheets of ice, one guy said the apocalypse was starting. He was wrong, so far at least, but he was not alone. People across the country are slipping, sliding, getting snowed under or just plain freezing. Others are cooling their heels, stuck in airports, facing a wall of flight delays and cancellations.

In a moment, Chad Myers on what is calling all this and what is next. But first, here is "360's" Randi Kaye.


RANDI KAYE, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): In Texas, the trouble it ice and lots of it. At this apartment complex in Plano, look out below.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Holy freaking molly.

KAYE: Huge sheets of ice put passersby in the danger zone.


KAYE: And where it is not ice, it is snow creating problems.

In Nevada, the search is on for two adults, James Glantin and Christine MaCantee, along with Glantin's two children and MaCantee's niece and nephew. They all went to play in the in the snow Sunday, and still have not returned. Search and rescue teams are looking for their jeep. The children range in age from three to 10-years-old.

Freezing temperatures have officials on high alert. In the Midwest, wind chills are 40 below zero. Even Dallas/Ft. Worth is in a deep freeze. About 20,000 customers are without power. And the airport, it is a mess. More than 2600 flights were cancelled Sunday nationwide, about 400 of them at DFW. This man from Canada is documenting it all on You Tube.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Dallas Ft. Worth international airport. Times are getting desperate.

KAYE: And if you think getting around by car is the answer, think again. In Arizona, 300 vehicles got stuck in an enormous chain reaction. And in Pennsylvania, a 50-car pile-up left one motorist dead. It took them so long to clear the road there that some stranded drivers had pizza delivered.

This pile-up late Sunday night in Yonkers, New York, involved multiple cars. Forty people were injured, none serious.

Out west in Milwaukee, more than 100 cars got caught up in yet three more pile-ups.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It was bad out like you can barely see up the road, just swerving through car, dodging cars, and we ended up in the ditch.

KAYE: From state to state, plows are out in full force trying to prevent more deadly chain reactions.

Randi Kaye, CNN, New York.


BERMAN: Our thanks to Randi for that. So, that is the what.

Now Chad Myers with the why. And yes, what's next.

Chad, we saw the multi-car pile-ups in Randi's piece there, the danger not really going away anytime soon for those of us on the east coast, does it?

CHAD MYERS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: NO, because snow is coming tomorrow morning. More snow like you need that to come after the ice that might develop tonight. Watch out for the black ice. And it is cold tonight again, especially in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and if you get into the Midwest and most people don't know this. But if you get the temperature down to ten, even a salted road will re-freeze. Because the salt just can't get it melted any colder than that. The salt water that is salt on the ground will literally refreeze, Philadelphia, Baltimore, D.C. , you are in for snow.

Snow in D.C. tomorrow morning 6:00 a.m., it stills a lot of the day, probably four inches on the ground. Philadelphia, probably three to five. New York City, a little bit less than that. It is the low pressure that came from the same place that the last one came from. It is coming down from the Southwest and it is going to move right over the northeast. Now, the good news is, it is not going to bring ice. And it is going to move pretty quickly. So, it is going to be out of here in no time. So, only four inches of snow, five inches of snow, and not ten or 12 and not the ice, because we don't have warm air on top. The last storm we had that air because the warm air was on top.

John, look at this. This is the U.S., and here is the northwest, here is Arizona, here is Texas, this is all snow on the ground this year, that is what it looked like last year, no snow on the ground, really, whatsoever, John.

BERMAN: But in the east coast is coming back for mote.

Chad, what about out West? What about the case of the tragic case of the family missing in Nevada, extremely cold conditions out there. Any good news, good news perhaps for them?

MYERS: You know, it was 16 degrees below zero. I figured that -- and that is like a more than 100 degrees below your body temperature as that cold there get straight out of this, out of the north. And they're up here in the northwest parts of Nevada. The only thing that I can hope for, for this family is that the tank of gas was full and they can use that gas to keep themselves warm. And that authorities can find them before that gas finally runs out. If there is one thing you should learn from the lessons of these people, never let your tank below half a tank in the winter, you may need it for the electricity, for the power, for the heat in that car.

BERMAN: Chad Myers, that is terrific advice, thank you so much. Thanks for the forecasts as well. More pain here on the east coast.

Now let's go back to Anderson Cooper in South Africa -- Anderson.

COOPER: John, thank you very much, we'll have more news from the United States.

And people are coming here to the Mandela compound behind me. This is the former house of Mandela's ever since his death was announced. They were solemn at times, joyful at times. This is after all the act of remembrance, someone who helped them open their eyes, to see a world beyond sometimes. Even for tonight, these eyes were sometimes full of tears.


COOPER (voice-over): More than four days on, South Africa is a nation mourning and a nation celebrating. Those who knew him best are re- telling stories not always about the icon but about the friend.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He really was like a magician. With a magic wand. Tell turning us into this glorious multi-colored rainbow people.

COOPER: There were multiple memorials, but impromptu ones are everywhere. This giant poster board has been it up outside Mandela's home in the Soweto section in Johannesburg, where he lived.

Why did you want to be here today?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We're here to remember, just to be where he was, you know, when he came out. Just to be with the people. You know, I think that is what is most important today is being among the people that love him the most.

COOPER: These three young South Africans were babies when Mandela was released from prison in 1990, but they say the lessons he taught then still applies to them today.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He was the beacon of change. He came just at right at the right time. And there was so much we learned from the man. He had to draw on so many personal sacrifices. And he still came out and he taught all of us, black, white, all across to reconcile, and just think about our future and where we want to go.

COOPER: Outside, another Mandela home in Johannesburg, there were flowers, notes and music.

Well, the memorial is tomorrow, and for many people, Mandela's house here in Johannesburg has been the place to go, to congregate and to bring their love for the man they know as Madiba.

In Tuesday's official memorial, more than 90 heads of state will join at least 90,000 people at the FNB stadium in Johannesburg. It is the site of Mandela's first major speech after being released from prison. Now it is the site where people will say good-bye.


COOPER: Well, memorial service gets underway at 11:00 a.m. local time. Covering it with me will chief international correspondent, Christiane Amanpour, who joins me now. She is the host, of course, "Amanpour" at CNN international. She is joining us along with Brianna Keilar who is joining at the White House.

What struck you as you been walking around, talking to people here?

CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR, CNN CHIEF INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, just thing. One of those notes out there says thank you, Madiba. Without you, we probably wouldn't have been able to get married. So, that is obviously, a multi-racial couple there, who could never have had a family or being together under the old regime. So, that is just stunned example.

But I think what is so incredible is that people are joyful. I think everybody expected the country to fall apart once Mandela died. But it really is a celebration, and I think that is a such great motif at has been. You talked about music and we recalled that music was something that has sustained him in prison. And it kept his name alive in the worst and darkest hours of apartheid. And people all over the world were having, you know, celebrations and big parties for his birthday, through music. I And think we'll see a lot of that at the memorial today.

COOPER: Yes. It will start out with the national anthem I think by the kids of young choir. And the choir, Bono will be there as well. I'll have more with my conversation with Bono later in this hour.

Brianna, the American delegation, including, I mean, a lot of former presidents from president George W. Bush, Mrs. Bush, former secretary Clinton, all aboard the Air Force One with President and Mrs. Obama. I want to know about the security in a moment, but what do we know about the group altogether on Air Force One? How exactly does that work? Do they all hang out together?

BRIANNA KEILAR, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: You know, actually they did, Anderson. We're told by a White House official that the Bushs and the Obamas and secretary Clinton were in the private conference room there at air force one, around the table, hanging out and actually exchanging stories about their encounters with Nelson Mandela. It would have been a fascinating conversation, because between sort of the three contingents there, having these experiences with Mandela that spanned three administrations. But then, after that, you know hour it is on a long flight, even if you really don't like the person you're traveling with, I think you need a little down time, a little alone time. And so, the Obamas retired to their cabin, the Bushs took the medical office right behind their cabin and secretary Clinton retired to the senior staff cabin.

COOPER: And President Clinton and former president Carter, they're coming separately on different flights. So many world leaders. It is going to be very interesting, not only from a security standpoint, but just logistically. I mean, you have world leaders who do not communicate with the United States.

AMANPOUR: Yes, you do. And I think that is extraordinary.

And by the way, these guys are making a 17-hour flight all the way from the west. It shows you how much they want to be here. The president of Brazil is here, she will speak. President Obama will speak. The representative from the highest official from China will speak. And remember, China has a huge influence now in Africa, almost taking over America's involvement in terms of economic development.

COOPER: And the dalai lama could not get a visa --

AMANPOUR: Yes. He is always very sensitive. And if the Chinese leaves you becoming, there is no way the dalai lama is going to becoming --

COOPER: Raoul Castro is also going to be there.

AMANPOUR: Raoul Castro who, you know. Mandela was very close to Fidel Castro in so many global freedom fighters who stood up for him when everybody was no. We spoke to the American ambassador here, Patrick Gaspard, who told me about all the story of when he was a young man, activists, anti-apartheid, in the United States getting arrested, active on campus and all that. There has been a big role.

COOPER: And he is now the ambassador to South Africa.

So Brianna, former presidents Clinton and carter, they are also going to be here. How does this work just logistically? I mean, they all have secret service details? How confident are American authorities about security here?

KEILAR: Well, I think they confident, Anderson because if they were not, quite frankly, President Obama would not be coming. But for President Obama, this is a little bit of a repeat. He was in South Africa just this past summer. And at that time, Nelson Mandela's health was so poor that it was really touch and go. So you have had secret service in touch with their counterparts for some time now.

A preliminary plan was in place here. And I actually also spoke today with former administration officials to presidents Clinton and Bush who were instrumental in planning their trips to the funerals for Israeli prime minister Rabin and also to the funeral for Pope John Paul II. They say within four to six hours of Nelson Mandela passing away, there already would have been a support plane en route to South Africa. You would have secret service very quickly casing out the areas where President Obama would be. But that said, Anderson, it is still, they tell me, a monumental undertaking, especially because some of the security issues are sort of outsourced to the host country and that can be very nerve rocking to secret service.

COOPER: Well, we'll be there to cover it all starting at 3:30 eastern time in the United States, Christiane and I. I hope you join us for that.

Let us know what you think, you can follow me at twitter, of course, @andersoncooper. Tweet us using #ac360.

Coming up next, more of my exclusive conversation with Bono.


COOPER: Hey, welcome back. I'm live in Johannesburg.

Sometimes meeting one of your heroes can be a disappointment, sometimes, but not for Bono, who wrote a touching tribute in "time" magazine to his one-time hero and long-time friend, quote, "he had humor and humility at his bearing," Bono wrote. "He was smarter and funnier than the parade of world leaders who flock to see him. Laughter, not tears was Madiba's preferred way."

Bono recounts the damage done to his eyes by years apart, labor in the limestone mind, he could not actually form tears. In 1994, he had surgery to fix it and then Bono writes his old friend could finally cry. Now, he writes, so could we.

There is more of our exclusive conversation.


COOPER: Do you remember the first time you met Mandela?

BONO: You know, I worked for him way longer than before I met him. I think it was in Dublin, in the Four Seasons hotel. It was not a very auspicious meeting. We had many, many meetings over the years.

COOPER: What was he like? BONO: A lesson in humility, humor, and of course patience, but would always make you laugh.

COOPER: One of the things I find extraordinary about him, as a young man, you know, the white regime used divide and conquer, to keep black South Africans apart, to emphasize, well, you're a Zulu, (INAUDIBLE), whatever your ethnic background may be. And he early on started to see the importance of being an African, not just the group he was born into.

BONO: Oh, you're really -- this is the piece we should really dwell on because in his passing, who are the figures now for this for South Africans? And why is that so critical? Well, the only thing that can stop Africa's dramatic rise to be dominant continent over the next century, is tribal tensions, none, you know, Africans can trade within Africans really low. And all of this must be tackled by a sense, this as Africans tell me, of togetherness.

COOPER: And Mandela talked about poverty, which is obviously an issue very close to your heart. I think he said, you know, without the eradication of poverty, there can be no true freedom.

BONO: Yes. you know, over -- it is not the gesture of charity. It is an act of justice.

COOPER: That's what you said?

BONO: Yes. And this, like slavery, like apartheid, he said, poverty is not natural. It is manmade and so it can be overcome by the actions of human beings. They said yes, to some generations, forge a chance to be great. You can be that great generation.

I mean, I've been working for this man since I was a teenager, and he has turned my life upside down or right side up. You know, working on this struggle as a justice struggle, not about charity, justice. Same with HIV AIDS. You know, later when he lost his son to that disease, it became a very big deal for him. And so been working for it. It is strange, you know, his partner and -- archbishop Tutu, the arch as he call him.

COOPER: Is that what you call him?

BONO: Yes. He is amazing, if I don't do what he says, Mandela is very persuasive, but the arch is an extra level. If I don't do it, he says if you don't do that I will personally see to it that you don't get to heaven. The arch, I can't wait to see him tomorrow. I love him so much. And think of these two men, they came out of the same neighborhood. It is extraordinary. And you know, that God's provision for this country, because you can't explain how this tinder box did not go off, it is a miraculous.

COOPER: People, especially young people don't remember what apartheid truly was like, some say, don't remember the reality of what life was like here for the majority of the population, the black population.

BONO: That is true. And it is worth remembering. And perhaps this is why this moment carries with it such gravitas, there is a lot at stake. I think it is worth South Africa is being reminded that its DNA means one community moving out of the way for the other. That they are somehow their progress is inextricably linked.

COOPER: Is there an image of Nelson Mandela that you have in your mind's eye? I think of him leaving prison in 1990, leaving those prison gates with his arm up, Winnie Mandela by his side. That extraordinary moment when the world saw him for the first time? Is there -- you knew him personally, is there an image you had in your mind?

BONO: There is so many. But I think -- open face, open mind and big laughing mouth. And more that than the fist in the air actually, for me.

COOPER: And you know, people say why are we paying so much attention to this man's passing? Why is this so important? What do you say so somebody who may not understand, who hadn't been here, who doesn't remember?

BONO: He represents in a way, the fist turning into a hand shake. That -- I think that is why he is so important to understand right now. in a strange way, he was not Dr. King, he was not Gandhi, he was a Boxer. He was a fighter. And that he wanted to stop fighting to make peace with his enemy and risk is everything to do so. That he gave up his wife, and his family. He put everything on the line. He won everything with that. Except as he says himself, the only thing the enemy took from me was my marriage. But now, if you spend time with her, she is another one.

COOPER: Did you believe that this fight would in the end prevail? That justice would prevail in South Africa? I mean, in '79, in '80, in '85, when you were working on the apartheid, you knew right was on the side of South Africa, but did you know that justice would be on their side?

BONO: Yes, we couldn't. I thought it was extraordinary that there was support for apartheid. And this was probably worth remembering. Our -- a lot of governments, our governments in different phase is kind of supported apartheid. You know? And it is -- so it looked like they had a lot of support. But I think we all knew that, you know, freedom, you know, and justice and -- is a human right and no human wrong could contain that.

COOPER: So is it sadness you feel today?

BONO: Both. I'm feeling -- I did feel a bit at sea there for a bit. But now I'm seeing the people in the streets outside the house, they're dancing. I'm thinking oh, yes, the African way, Irish of course, full of Melancholy is the pope, the old skinning and stuff that the Africans celebrate the life.

COOPER: Thank you so much.

BONO: Thank you.


COOPER: And we've certainly seen a lot of celebration here. We are going to have more from South Africa ahead. We are just hours way from the Mandela memorial ceremonies, a major event for this country and around the world.

Also ahead, one American freed from North Korea, another still in prison. I'm going to talk to the sister of Kenneth Bae who is still being held captive. We are going to get her thoughts on the released of the 85-year-old American, Merrill Newman.

Plus, a newlywed on trial, accused of killing her new husband pushing him off a cliff. The jury it seated. The latest developments on that ahead.


COOPER: The 85-year-old Korean War veteran, Merrill Newman, is now letting the world know about his ordeal when he was held captive inside North Korea. The Korean War vet is home now arriving in San Francisco this weekend after a visit to North Korea turned into more than a month in captivity.

North Korean state media reporting that Newman have been deported after entering the country with their words, "wrong understanding of it" and perpetrating again their words, "hostile acts against it." That act was apparently to reminisce a little too much into the wrong person about his time the war and inquiring whether he could speak to any surviving North Korean counterparts.

Newman through a statement explains and I quote, "The North Koreans seemed to misinterpreted my curiosity as something more sinister. It's now clear to me the North Koreans still feel much more anger about the war than I realized. The benefit of hindsight I should have been more sensitive to that."

He disavowed that so-called confession and apology that the North Koreans made him videotape, saying he was threatened with a long prison sentence if he did not cooperate. He is fortunate to be home. There is no doubt about that.

A tour operation and missionary named Kenneth Bae was also accused of hostile acts against the regime. Like Newman, he also entered the country entirely lawfully on a visa. Unlike Newman he was detained more than a year ago, was tried, convicted and sentenced in May to 15 years hard labor. He is still there in prison.

His sister, Terri Chung joins us now. Terri, I certainly cannot imagine what is going through your mind right now. I know you're clearly happy for the Newman family. Still obviously deeply concerned about your brother, do you have any expectation that the North Koreans might release your brother Kenneth at the same time they released Mr. Newman?

TERRI CHUNG, BROTHER IMPRISONED IN NORTH KOREA: You know, we were happy for the Newman family, but it was a bittersweet moment for our family to see the happy reunion and something that we have been fighting for, for the past 13 months. And Kenneth still remains in prison in North Korea. So that was a sad moment for us in that way.

COOPER: I know you recently got a letter from Kenneth. What did he say?

CHUNG: He reiterated his desire to just be home and be reunited with us. And you know, he knows the holidays are coming up and he had hoped to be home by the end of this year. It's something that we have been praying for by the end of this year. He reiterated that he would need help from the U.S. government to bring him home. That it is not something that we can just do on our own.

COOPER: So he believes he wouldn't be released without some kind of intervention by the United States. Do you have -- I mean, have you been following this with the United States? Has the government been in touch with you? Is there a sense there may be some sort of attempt to send an emissary there?

CHUNG: Nothing that we're aware of specifically, I'm not sure if something is being planned or if we're not just being told because of the sensitive nature. But from where we sit it is very frustrating. It has been 13 months, so you know, I'm not sure what it is going to take. But we do want to see Kenneth home now. It is far past time.

COOPER: How is your brother's health? I know your mom was able to visit him not long ago when he was actually hospitalized. How is he doing, do you know?

CHUNG: I think he has been hospitalized for the last three months and that has contributed to his better health. But he has chronic conditions, I think he has a severe back injury, doesn't allow him to stand for more than 30 minutes at a time. So I think that is part of the problem, along with some of his other chronic conditions.

COOPER: Well, I know you're aware that there are things seen globally. And it is very possible that the regime in North Korea is watching it. What do you want them to know about your brother? What do you want everybody to know about your brother? What kind of a man is he?

CHUNG: Kenneth is a man of compassion and love. One of our friends described him as an ambassador of peace and light in the world. He was there in North Korea to make a living as a tour operator to support his family, three children and his wife. He was also there because he felt compelled to help and he thought he could bring economic development through tourism. And he had no ill will towards the country and the people in North Korea.

And he still bears no ill will, which is something he has made clear in his letters and during my mom's visit to North Korea. So he is somebody who just has a heart of gold and compassion and a people lover, somebody who really wants to -- the love for the people of North Korea. And that is why he was there to contribute in some way to make a positive contribution. COOPER: Well, Terri, I am so sorry that you and your family are going through this, and wish it gets resolved quickly. I wish you the best. Thank you, Terri.

I want to get you caught up on some of the other stories that we're following tonight. Susan Hendricks has the 360 News and Business Bulletin.

SUSAN HENDRICKS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Anderson, residents of Newton, Connecticut are pleading for privacy on Saturday, the one-year anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. Twenty students and six staffers were killed in that attack. CNN will honor that request and won't be in Newtown on the anniversary.

The Senate voted unanimously to renew the 10-year ban on guns made mostly of plastic that can't be picked up by metal detectors. The bill now goes to President Obama for his signature.

America and British spies have infiltrated the online video game "World of War Craft" and others according to the newest documents jointly released by NSA leaker, Edward Snowden to "The Guardian," "New York Times" and "ProPublica." "World of War Craft" is the most popular role playing game ever with more than 7 million subscribers.

Princeton University has started vaccinating thousands of students to try and stop an outbreak of meningitis b. The vaccine has only been approved for us in Europe and Australia, but the CDC is allowing limited use of the vaccine at Princeton, where eight people have fallen ill.

And scientists extracted the oldest human known DNA from bones found in Northern Spain. Scientists say the 400,000 year old remains belonged to an early human life species that could be an ancestor of both Neanderthals and another group called Denosobran, really a fascinating find there.

JOHN BERMAN, CNN ANCHOR: We should all look so good at 400,000 years old.

HENDRICKS: It will make you feel young.

BERMAN: All right, Susan, appreciate it.

Coming up next, crime and punishment and a horrible end to a honeymoon, however this murder trial comes out. It is just getting under way. The bride that is accused of pushing her husband off a cliff. We'll have details straight ahead. Now back to Anderson.

COOPER: And we'll also have more here in South Africa. My conversation with David Turnley, a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer who took pictures of Nelson Mandela and his family for more than 30 years, his thoughts and some of his amazing photographs when we continue.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK) COOPER: We're going to have more for you here in South Africa including amazing photographs from a photographer who was close to the Mandela family. First, John Berman has other news from back home -- John.

BERMAN: Thanks so much, Anderson. Those photos truly are stunning, but first from us, crime and punishment, the trial begins for a woman accused of killing her husband just eight days after their wedding. This is Jordan Graham just a short time ago leaving court in Montana after the first day of the murder trial that could go send her to prison for the rest of her life.

Just before this was filmed, Graham listened to her best friend testify for the prosecution, one of the first witnesses to be called in this case. Back in July, Graham pushed her new husband, Cody Johnson, and then he fell off a cliff in Montana's Glacier National Park. That is when investigators say she told police.

In the opening statements today, the prosecution and defense painted two very different pictures of Jordan Graham, one, as a calculating murderer and the other as a young and naive woman who made a terrible mistake and got scared.

Now earlier today, 12 jurors and 2 alternates preceded, eight men and six women, now it will be up to them to decide whether this was murder or the worst accident imaginable. Kyung Lah has the story.


KYUNG LAH, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Jordan Graham, slipping into court before dawn on day one of her highly publicized murder trial. The 22-year-old Graham is charged with pre-meditated first degree murder of her husband of just eight days. Their young marriage began with such promise or so it seemed. This was June, Jordan Graham and Cody Johnson's wedding, their first dance, a custom song composed for them by Elizabeth Shay.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I used words like you helped me to climb higher for a better view. You're my safe place to fall. And so now when I hear those words it is a little creepy.

LAH: Creepy, she says, because of what followed. Prosecutors believe Graham was having second thoughts about her new husband. Eight days after the wedding, prosecutors say Graham texted her best friend, "Well, I'm about to talk to him." Her friend replies, "I'll pray for you guys." Graham then text, "But dead serious, if you don't hear from me at all again tonight, something happened."

In a police interview, Graham says she got in a heated argument with her new husband to where he tried to hold me down. Prosecutors say they tried to cool off, going after dark to the Glacier National Park. In a police interview, Graham says the couple hiked this steep trail where the fight continued.

She says he went to grab my arm and my jacket and I said no, I'm not going to let this happen to me I'm going to defend myself. So I kind of let go and I pushed and he went over. When prodded by the officer, Graham says the push was two hands on the back. The 25-year-old Cody Johnson fell 200 feet face first to his death. His new bride could have called park rangers, but instead, she left.

LEVI BLASDEL, JOHNSON'S FRIEND: She went home and she fabricated this lie. And she lied to all the friends and all the family.

LAH: Multiple friends say Graham lied to them, saying Johnson was simply missing. Prosecutors say Graham then lied to investigators several times and even tried to cover up the crime by creating a bogus G-mail account from a made-up friend named Tony, writing fake e-mails to support her lies to police.

Police say she led friends and family to the cliff and then fainting surprise suddenly discovered Johnson's body. Then, came the funeral, and behavior that raised serious red flags. Friends say Graham was unemotional and was actually paying more attention to her phone than the eulogies.

(on camera): Was she texting during the funeral?

CAMERON FREDRICKSON, JOHNSON'S FRIEND: She was on her phone and was texting on a mobile app.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I knew right there something was not right.

LAH (voice-over): After multiple police interviews, Jordan Graham eventually told police the truth. Prosecutors say Graham planned the murder and had raised the possibility that she may have blindfolded her new husband before pushing him off the cliff.

LAH (on camera): You believe this was an accident?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You know, I'll stand on what we discussed in court.

LAH (voice-over): Graham's attorney has blasted the prosecutor's claims, calling the cliff push a terrible accident. Graham's lies? Post-event mistakes he told the court. He calls the murder charges, a gross case of overcharging. The defense says Graham was just 21 at the time of her husband's death, that she is naive, deeply religious and not capable of murder.

Just about the only place where both sides can agree is that something so bizarre and tragic happened at all.


BERMAN: In this wedding video just eight days, eight days before -- the death of Cody Johnson. Kyung Lah joins me now. Kyung, the prosecution is now calling witnesses who say that they believe Graham was regretting getting married. So how is the prosecution using this to try to prove their case about what happened on that cliff?

LAH: Well, state of mind is going to be the key for prosecution. What the prosecutor was saying is that they're going to make sure that the jury understands this is a young woman who regretted her choice. She was distraught. She was texting multiple people. She was having suicidal thoughts. She had a problem. Her problem was her new husband.

And so she wanted to take care of it and so she calculated this plan, John, that is what the prosecution is going to say. The defense is going say, yes, she regretted it. But this is not a calculating person. This is simply a young woman who was lying to try to get out of a serious mistake -- John.

BERMAN: This is quite a case, just the first day, Kyung Lah, thank you so much, really appreciate it. Now let's go back to Anderson in South Africa.

COOPER: John, thanks. Up next, from here in Johannesburg, my conversation with the Pulitzer Prize winning photographer, David Turnley. He spend three decades inside Nelson Mandela's inner circle capturing some most important moments, the struggle and shares his memories next.


COOPER: Well, everyone here in South Africa, of course, has memories of Nelson Mandela and what he meant to this country. But hardly anyone has had the extraordinary access of David Turnley, a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer, author of "Mandela, Struggle and Triumph."

He has taken pictures of Mandela and his family for more than 30 years and was invited to photograph some of the most important events in Mandela's life including the day he was released from prison. I spoke with David Turnley earlier.


COOPER: When you first came here in 1985 in this community in Soweto, the humiliations, the day to day humiliations that people faced, it is sort of hard to imagine now.

DAVID TURNLEY, "MANDELA: STRUGGLE AND TRIUMPH": In South Africa, where we're standing, in Soweto right now, in 1985, there was a state of emergency, which meant there were absolutely no jurisprudence for people of color in this country, none. You could be arrested at any given moment, taken and detained with no charges and held for infamous amount of time.

The way this system operated was that they would in every neighborhood like this, they would find someone that they could effectively buy as a stooge, as an informant, who would recount to the local police authorities every single teenager and every single adult in the neighborhood that would attend any kind of political rally.

Those people would get picked up in the middle of the night. This happened systematically, you could go to any family's house in this neighbourhood and it would have happened to somebody they knew. You could go to somebody's house, and given the fact there was no due process, communities would take on a kangaroo court justice and deal very tough with these informants.

COOPER: The importance of Mandela and of Winnie Mandela also in this community at that time?

TURNLEY: Together, they both just emanated such sort of strength, humanness, compassion, but also a sense of being of the people. They have always been of the people.

COOPER: You took really an iconic photograph, in 1990, the day that Nelson Mandela was released. What was that moment like when the gates opened and you saw Nelson Mandela?

TURNLEY: Well, the first thing is in the photography, you know, you're always working sort of in reverse of what can go wrong and my biggest concern was that I would get one frame and focus. That I would have time before that break and in fact, I always thought I only had two or three frames, I had actually 26, they were all in focus.

In those days it was film. The next thing you're doing is unrolling it to make sure it is back in the canister and light has not been exposed to it and putting it in your front pocket. So I put that in my front pocket, jump in the car, raced to follow the motorcade 45 minutes into Cape Town to be in front of the city hall, to find --

COOPER: You ended up inside city hall in the meeting room with Desmond Tutu and Jesse Jackson and others who were waiting for Mandela. That is hustle.

TURNLEY: Yes, serendipity was on my side. I actually believe in that and this is where I do get actually quite emotional because you could hear the crowds outside, of course they didn't know we were inside. And Archbishop Tutu picks up the phone and he says Tata you have to come, if you don't, they going to tear the place down.

The door opens, and in walks 6'3" Nelson Mandela, the room was euphoric as you can imagine. He was in complete command. He just seemed to know everybody's names and then Archbishop Tutu takes a glass, and then when you want somebody to be quiet when you make a toast, he was literally this close to Madiba, I have to tell you what your life has meant to me. And I could never repeat to you the eloquence of what he said, the whole room was just sobbing.


COOPER: David Turnley, remarkable photographer. We'll be right back.


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