Lesley Stahl's Notebook

Lesley On Mysteries And Technology

Hello Everyone:

I wanted to give you a sneak preview of this week's 48 Hours Investigates - on at our new time, 10 p.m. (ET/PT) on Wednesday, Feb. 12. It's a murder mystery we're calling "Mystery in Room 813". It's a classic, and as always, based on real events.

Twenty-seven-year-old Sandra Orellana of Houston was on a business trip with Robert Salazar, 33. Her boss. Her married boss. They were staying at a Los Angeles area hotel when she fell over a balcony and died. Was it an accident? Or was it murder?

In an exclusive interview, Salazar tells Correspondent Bill Lagattuta that Orellana was in no way pushed or otherwise forced over that railing; that it was all a mishap. But one detective, who has spent years on the case, has his doubts. He believes certain details point to murder. It's a fascinating mystery, told in our inimitable journalistic-storytelling style.

And I'm hoping that all of you who missed the story I did in Bombay about the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) will get to see it on 60 Minutes this Sunday, Feb. 16. It ran only on the West Coast several weeks ago.

Friday Update: Sorry, but because of a last-minute scheduling change, my segment on the Indian Institute of Technology will air at a future date. We will update the site when we know more.

What else is up? I'm putting together a 60 Minutes piece about a soul singer, and a soul-wrenching story about people searching for their biological fathers.

AND.. I'm working on my first report for 48 Hours Investigates which I'll tell you about next week.

Finally, my husband (Aaron Latham) is about to have his debut on Broadway. He wrote the movie "Urban Cowboy"; now he's written "Urban Cowboy, The Musical," which opens in New York on March 27. I've been sneaking off to rehearsals. Don't tell. By the way, I think it's excellent!

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Lesley Stahl