The email came from one of Cable News Network’s producers for Anderson Cooper’s nightly show on the network.
They wanted to use excerpts from video I shot of Gus Deeds when he was helping his father campaign for governor in 2009 and appearing on stage at The Friday Night Jamboree.
I gave permission and clips appeared during the opening of Cooper’s show on Monday night. The clips were credited I was glad to provide some illustration to help tell the story of what happened when Senator Creigh Deeds was attacked by his son, who later took his own life.
The story, of course, is a sad one but also needs to be told to help illustrate problems with obtaining necessary help with mental problems in Virginia.
A podcast from Cooper’s show appears above. My full video, created from existing footage after the attack last year, appears below.
Our condolences to Sen. Deeds for the trauma and heartbreak that struck he and his family and our hope that an outcome of the tragedy is needed changes to Virginia’s mental health system.