Exclusive - Robyn Doolittle Extended Interview Pt. 2

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In this exclusive, unedited interview, "Crazy Town" author Robyn Doolittle delves into Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's dark history. (4:54)

[APPLAUSE]WE'RE BACK IN, SPEAKING WITH

ROBIN DOOLITTLE, A REPORTER FROMTHE TORONTO STAR.

SHE HAS WRITTEN A BOOK, CRAZY TOWN.

SHE HAS GOTTEN AN INCREDIBLE AMOUNT OF ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS,

NOT EASY TO DO IN CANADA ABOUT THIS REALLY AMAZING STORY THAT I

THINK, AND MAYBE IT'S SORT OF THE AMERICAN SENSE OF

PRUDISHNESS AND SHAME. WE LOVE NOTHING MORE THAN TO

CREATE A TWO-DIMENSIONAL EFFIGY OF A POLITICIAN OR PUBLIC FIGURE

AND BURN IT AND USUALLY IN FRONTOF THEM.

THEN WE LIKE TO HAVE THEM ON AN INTERVIEW SHOW SUCH AS THIS TO

SAY, LIKE WOW, THAT MUST HAVE STUNG, LIKE THAT.

WHAT IS THE PROCESS? WHAT IS CANADA'S DIGESTIVE

PROCESS FOR HOW THEY DESTROY PEOPLE?

BECAUSE I KNOW WHAT WE DO AS A PART OF IT.

>> PART OF THE REASON BECAUSE YOU ASKED ME EARLIER, HOW IS IT

THAT SOMETHING WASN'T DONE EARLIER.

IN CANADA WE ARE MUCH LESS COMFORTABLE WITH GETTING IN TO

PEOPLE'S PERSONAL LIVES. SO WHEN I WAS WRITING THE BOOK I

WAS REALLY TORN ABOUT INCLUDING DETAILS ABOUT HIS SIBLINGS AND

HIS WIFE WHO ARE NOT ELECTED OFFICIALS.

THAT IS THE PART OF THE STORY ISTHAT TRULY CRAZY, THE SISTER,

SEVERAL OF, TWO SIBLINGS STRUGGLED WITH HARD DRUG

ADDICTION. HIS SISTER'S ESTRANGED HUSBAND,

MURDERED HER BOYFRIEND.

>> WHOA.

>> SHE WAS SHOT IN THE FACE BY ANOTHER BOYFRIEND.

>> HIS SISTER WAS SHOT IN THEFACE.

>> WITH HER FATHER'S GUN.

>> SO THE FAMILY, THE BULLET.

>> THERE'S A WHOLE OTHER, THE STORY OF THE FORD FAMILY IS

TOTALLY CRAZY. I MEAN THE FATHER, FOR EXAMPLE,

THE DAD GREW UP IN THE GREAT DEPRESSION, SELF-MADE

MILLIONAIRE, WORKED HIS BUTT OFFTO BUILD THIS LABEL COMPANY.

AND HE NEVER REALLY FELT COMFORTABLE, THOUGH, WITHOUT ALOT

OF MONEY IN THE HOUSE STILL. SO HE KEPT A COUPLE, 10,000

STUFFED IN A TIN CAN IN THE BASEMENT.

WHEN IT WENT MISSING, HE HOOKEDHIS KIDS UP TO A LIE DETECTOR

TEST TO SEE WHO STOLE IT. THESEARE THE THINGS, WHILE ROB FORDIS AN INTERESTING

CHARACTER, THIS HELPS EXPLAIN WHAT HAPPENED.

MAYBE I GOT SIDETRACKED THERE, DIDN'T ANSWER YOUR QUESTION.

IN GENERAL, ALL THESE DETAILS, THEY'RE HARD TO PULL OUT IN

CANADIAN CULTURE BECAUSE THAT'S THEIR PRIVATE BUSINESS.

I THINK, I HAVE TAKEN FLACK ABOUT IT IN THE BOOK.

>> WHAT IS IT LIKE AS A PEOPLE, AS A COUNTRY TO STILL HAVE A

CONSCIENCE? WHAT DOES THAT FEEL LIKE?

BECAUSE HERE WE, LIKE RIGHT NOW,IF ANTHONY WEINER GOD BLESS HIM

IS HOME WATCHING, I TOOKPICTURES OF MYSELF IN MYUNDERWEAR AND

I'M EXCORIATED. WE HAVE ELLIOT SPITZER, BUT HE'S

NOW LIKE THE TOXIC AVENGER. HE DATED A WOMAN WHO WORKED FOR

THE MAYOR AND SHE HAD TO QUIT, LIKE THAT'S HOW RIDICULOUS WE

ARE AS A COUNTRY AND A CULTURE. BUT THAT BEING SAID, THIS MAN

APPEARS TO HAVE GONE BEYOND, THERE'S A DARKNESS THERE THAT

THESE BOOKS, STORIES DON'T END WELL.

>> IN CASE IT NEEDS SAYING, ROB FORD IS UNLIKE ANYTHING THAT'S

EVER HAPPENED IN CANADA BEFORE.

>> WELL, BIEBER.

>> OKAY, POINT, MATCH. I STILL HOLD OUT HOPE FOR JUSTIN

BIEBER. ANYWAY, BACK TO ROB FORD.

>> YOU KNOW, IF THEY STOOD TOGETHER AT A REHAB CLINIC

IT WOULD LOOK LIKE THE

NUMBER 10. TERRIBLE JOKE.

>> YEAH.

>> WHAT'S NICE, LOOK HOW UNCOMFORTABLE YOU JUST GOT

BECAUSE -->> A FAT JOKE.

>> YOU KNOW WHAT YOU DID? YOU HAD THE CORRECT RESPONSE.

YOU SEE WHAT THE AMERICANS DID? THE AMERICANS ARE LIKE

THIS:AHHH, FAT GUY, SKINNY GUY, EVEN AS I SAID IT, EVEN AS IT

WAS COMING OUT OF MY MOUTH I THOUGHT WOW, THAT WAS KIND OF A

DICKISH THING TO SAY, YOU WERE LIKE THAT LITTLE TOUCH OF

HUMANITY THAT SHOULD STILL BE LEFT IN ME.

ROBYN, STAY HERE AND HEAL US.

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