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Tonight on AC360: Inside the Doomsday Preppers movement
February 5th, 2013
06:31 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Inside the Doomsday Preppers movement

We’re learning new details about the hostage rescue in Alabama. Law enforcement officers were able to see inside the underground bunker where a 5-year-old boy was held hostage for nearly a week by slipping a camera into the hideout, an official tells CNN. An FBI rescue team in Midland City raided the bunker Monday and when it was over the boy named Ethan was free, his kidnapper Jimmy Lee Dykes was dead.

The FBI team practiced the rescue operation nearby with a mockup bunker, law enforcement sources said.

The chief negotiator for the local Sheriff’s office told the Southern Poverty Law Center's Hatewatch that Dykes was a "survivalist type" with "anti-America" views.

What drives some people to build underground bunkers in America?

Gary Tuchman talks to a peaceful man in Utah who is proud to call himself a survivalist.  He built an elaborate $65,000 bunker stocked with supplies, money and weapons.

Tune in tonight at 8 and 10 p.m. ET to AC360° for an up close look at his hideout.

Update: Watch Gary's report here:


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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Ed

    Saves those who come for him time, he's already made himself a prisoner! Cover up his air hole and move on.

    February 6, 2013 at 8:50 pm |
  2. Cheryl Reese

    Why did he build it so far from his house? Is he that certain he's gonna have advanced notice?

    February 6, 2013 at 2:09 pm |
  3. Cary Bennett

    I don't get it.....if these folks hate the government so much or are so afraid of the government, why don't they go live somewhere else???????

    February 6, 2013 at 1:27 pm |
  4. John B

    I love the "crepe pan" visible in the bottom left corner of the photo. He's clearly stocked with all of the essentials. Crepes suzette, as the world ends...

    February 5, 2013 at 9:20 pm |
  5. Kara

    How much of the necessary antibiotic, antiseptic, antiviral and pain medications has he stocked up on? Has he ever witnessed a family member die from a simple infected wound? You won't survive the apocalypse with bullets if gangrene takes your trigger finger.

    February 5, 2013 at 8:57 pm |