Transcript for Killers and Sex: Barbara Walters' Toughest Questions
You have what I call killer questions, and sometimes they are literally to killers, but often they are questions that it's hard to believe you have the guts to ask. Are there questions you're shocked you asked yourself? There was a question that I wanted to ask Vladimir Putin. I put it in as my very last question. Walters: I'm going to ask you a terrible question. Did you ever order anyone killed? Nyet. Geddie: Let's talk about the killers first. I have interviewed a lot of alleged and convicted killers, probably none as hated as mark David Chapman, who killed John Lennon. Why did you kill John Lennon? I thought by killing him I would acquire his fame. Bring me back to December 8, 1980. So I'm sitting there. And this limo pulls up. "Do it, do it, do it, do it." I guess that was me inside. And I pulled the .38 revolver out of my pocket. And I fired at his back five steady shots. Geddie: What about the Menendez brothers? The Menendez brothers had killed their parents and then wanted us to feel sorry for them because they were orphans. Tell me as clearly as you can why you murdered your parents that night. Just before the shootings, my dad told me to get to my room and that he would be there in a minute. And he was going to come up, and there was going to be sex. And it was like an explosion in my mind. Do you feel remorse? Tremendous remorse. I'm just a Normal -- I'm just a Normal kid. Oh, Eric. You're a Normal kid who killed your parents. I know. Geddie: What about Robert Blake, who was accused and acquitted of killing his wife? Robert Blake is what I would call a piece of work. He was a child star. He has a way with words Robert, are you innocent? Of course -- of course I'm innocent. What if you are found guilty? What do I care? How do you kill a dead man? What are they gonna do to me that they haven't done already? Are they going to take my testicles and make earrings out of them? What are they gonna do to me? I also remember muammar qaddafi, the dictator of Libya. There was a question I wanted to ask, and I didn't know how to do it. Can I ask you something very directly which may seem rude? We read that you are unstable. We read that you are mad. Does it make you angry? Interpreter: Of course it irritates me. Nevertheless, I consider or do believe that the majority of the ordinary people in the four corners of the globe do love me. One of the most emotional interviews I did was with a woman named Jean Harris, who had been a former headmistress at an all-girls school and had shot the man she loved, who was known as the Scarsdale doctor, Dr. Tarnower. She was sentenced to 20 years, and I interviewed her in prison. Do you still love him? Yes. Do you think about him? Oh, don't do that. I shan't, I shan't, I shan't. Let's talk about your life a little bit here, all right? I think about him constantly. It's one of the reasons I don't care if I get out, actually. I can't imagine what it would be like out there without him. Oh. Isn't that stupid? Geddie: Now let's talk about the killer questions that just killed people's egos and images. You got Sean Connery into a bit of trouble with a question you asked him. I had read somewhere that Sean Connery was not above hitting a woman if -- if he felt she needed it. Okay, you did an interview in which you said, "It's not the worst thing to slap a woman now and then." As I remember, you said, "You don't do it with a clenched fist. It's better to do it with an open hand." Yeah. Remember that? Yeah. Yeah. I didn't love that. I haven't changed my opinion. You haven't? No, not at all. You think it's good to slap a woman? No, I don't think it's good. I think it must -- you don't think it's bad, though? I don't think it's that bad. I think that it depends entirely on the circumstances and if it merits it, yeah. What would merit it? Well, if you have tried everything else, and women are pretty good at this, that they can't leave it alone, eh? They want to have the last word, and you give them the last word. But they're not happy with the last word. They want to say it again and get into a really provocative situation. Then... I think it's absolutely right. Geddie: Have the tough questions gotten easier to ask? And I'm thinking specifically about sexual orientation. You can be much blunter today in questions. You can ask more questions about sex than you could, certainly, when I began. Are you bisexual? Yeah, of course I am. You've also said that you are bisexual. I love women. I love men. Do you feel now like a pioneer? Yeah, I do. I know that when I leave this place, I will have done something. I will have actually changed people's minds. There have been the rumors that question or talk about your sexual orientation. I think that sexuality is something that each individual should deal with in their own way. You know, you could stop these rumors. But, Barbara, for some reason, I just don't feel like it. Geddie: What about drugs? Are you surprised at how many people you have to ask about substance abuse? I had no idea that it was as common as it turns out to be. You started pushing drugs. Why? Well, I wouldn't say pushing. I was marketing them. We didn't invent drugs. We were told that if you took them, you would be wiser. And I never thought I abused them. I found out later that I did. What about the drinking and drugs, cocaine? I really, really enjoyed it, cocaine especially. Are you sober now? Now, yeah, I am. Yeah. I have Have a few beers, you know. Yeah. You recently said, "My mom wasn't the greatest person. She drank. She probably did drugs and stuff." She just didn't want me to, you know, have to go through that. So, does that mean that you feel, "I'll never touch drugs. I'll never do that?" I'm never going to do any of that stuff. Do you drink too much?
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