April 11th, 2008
06:56 AM ET

Morning Buzz

Morning folks...

What a week? The events unfolding down in Texas at the YFZ (Yearning for Zion) Ranch has captured the headlines and our attention this week, that if for sure.  The latest... Authorities said in a press conference that when they raided the compound "nearly 60 men surrounding the temple of a polygamist sect in Texas dropped to their knees, prayed and wept openly - but never violently resisted..."  Officials wrapped up nearly a week long investigation, where they say a 16-year-old girl had called social workers and recounted being beaten, choked and sexually assaulted by the 49-year-old man who had fathered her child after their "spiritual marriage" last year. David Mattingly is still on the ground and will have the latest for us tonight...

AND since this story has captured OUR attention this week, we are planning an hour special tonight!!!POLYGAMY: HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT –AC360 will take you inside the world of Polygamy... 

Dan Simon introduces us to the "Lost Boys" - boys who either escaped or were cast out of the FLDS to allow the older men to have more wives....  Gary Tuchman takes you inside a polygamous home where 32 bedrooms are filled with somewhere between 10 to 15 wives and more than 30 children...  Randi Kaye follows the money..how do these sects survive? Is it with YOUR tax dollars?  AND we will give you a little history of the FLDS and the Mormon church...so be sure to tune in!!! 

BUT before i leave you, I would be remiss not to mention a big breaking story...remember the pregnant Marine? Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach? Well, U.S. Marine Cpl. Cesar Laurean, the main suspect in the killing of the  20-year-old has been CAPTURED in Mexico after three months on the run....BUT if he fights extradition, it could take up to two years to get him back to North Carolina...We will give you latest tonight...

ALSO, a line of severe thunderstorms, tornadoes and even snow pounded the nation's heartland on Thursday, flooding nearly 200 roads in Missouri, closing schools in Arkansas and ripping the roofs of dozens of houses in Texas. So we will get you up to date on a few other stories tonight, too!

Thank GOD it is Friday...




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  1. Rick Lucas, Las Vegas, NV

    With the state of our family law courts and the disdain with which they treat fathers; I am not sure where a child is better off?

    In the YFZ compound with a father; or outside the YFZ compound; in what is left of the American family, without one?

    Our society (via the family law courts) have labeled fathers "disposable".

    Bear witness to the disintegration of the American family as we know it.

    April 11, 2008 at 8:21 pm |
  2. Rick Lucas

    With the state of our family laws courts and the disdain with which they treat fathers; I am not sure where a child is better off?

    In the YFZ compound with a father; or outside the YFZ compound; in the real World, without one?

    Our society (via the family law courts) have labeled fathers "disposable".

    Bear witness to the disintegration of the American family as we know it.

    April 11, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  3. Carol, California

    Please don't take this the wrong way – I am NOT blaming the victim but, the same question always comes to mind when I hear the story about Maria Lauterbach.

    If she claimed this guy raped her, and she had a protective order against him, and she said she was afraid of him...................... why was she at his house?

    I've never heard any news reports ask this question.

    April 11, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  4. Anna

    I hope you will be going beyond the sensational and focus on how the children will be supported in their long and difficult path to recovery from the extended physical, emotional and mental violence and abuse they suffered in that horrifying ranch.

    Why and how is this happening in America? This violence, known an documented for years, has been somehow tolerated by the communities around this type of groups. Germans did the same with the extermination camps. What are the responsibilities of silent communities and societies when we, the human race, do absolutely nothing for decades?

    April 11, 2008 at 1:22 pm |
  5. Darryll

    I find it interesting that a few news reports I've seen on this refer to 40 and 50 year old men having sex with 14 – 16 year old girls. Sorry news crew that ain't sex, that's rape! I just hope the state doesn't wimp out and give them a fine or something innocuous like community service.

    April 11, 2008 at 1:03 pm |
  6. Michael, NC

    I think all of us bloggers watch too much CNN, especially AC360. I can't get enough of it. It is the BEST way to get great current events coverage and hear the opinions of citizens around the world. It really opens my eyes to all the different vantage points. I too am excited about the special, I am pretty sure I saw the coverage you are discussing a year or two ago as well. I am sure they will update it and build from it.
    Sounds like a great show, can't wait to hear the voices of the blog.

    April 11, 2008 at 11:47 am |
  7. Michelle

    Will we be seeing the entire Michael Ware interview
    with the General. I have not see it on CNN.com yet.

    April 11, 2008 at 11:30 am |
  8. Savannah Martens

    I mean I feel for the girl.

    April 11, 2008 at 8:53 am |
  9. Savannah Martens

    This is a downright outrage; and to know that this is taking place in Texas( I live in Pearland, Tx) is monumental. I felll for the girl and I am glad the issue of polygamy is getting reviewed and noticed by the public. I hope that girl can move on with her life and find peace.
    Savannah Martens
    16 years old Dawson HIgh School

    April 11, 2008 at 8:52 am |
  10. Hannah

    It's interesting to here what actually occurred at the ranch when the police went in and raided the place. At least the men just dropped to their knees and prayed and didn't do anything stupid or drastic like what happened in WACO. But it is sick to hear what was going on there this whole time with th spiritual marriages and the bed in the temple. Hopefully more will come out on the day to day goings on there.

    I am glad that they caught Cesar Laurean. Goes to show no matter what you do you can run but you can't hide! It will always catch up to you. I hope he gets convicted and sentenced to life.

    April 11, 2008 at 8:42 am |
  11. marcy

    either way a great special to watch .... for those people who really want to know what it is like there, not just the cult stuff but the beliefs, the way of life and how it is when you literally turn your back on everything you have ever known. Great special...just wondering if it was going to have new footage.


    April 11, 2008 at 8:36 am |
  12. marcy

    is this the same POLYGAMY: HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT –AC360 special from a few years ago, an updated special, or a new one?!

    needless to say I watch entirely too much CNN!

    Marcy Mobile, AL

    April 11, 2008 at 8:35 am |
  13. Myta Santiago, Philippines

    Good morning AC360 crew and good morning America! It's evening here in the Philippines, but what the hey....

    I'm looking forward to tonight's (my tomorrow) hour special. Kudos to Mr. Mattingly for giving us up-to-date information on polygamy.

    Have a happy friday everyone!

    April 11, 2008 at 8:28 am |
  14. Nicole

    Wow, a lot going on in the world. It's funny, now that I"m 21 I feel so much more invested and engaged in world events. I am definitely maturing. I wonder what Britney Spears would say about all this....

    Hey, MiniCoop, do you even care about blogging seriously? I mean isn't it just a way to seem "hip to the peons", or do you actually enjoy this? LOL.

    April 11, 2008 at 8:06 am |
  15. Bev C, Town of Tonawanda

    I am glad they caught the "Marine" (he has disgraced the word) who killed his fellow pregnant Marine. However, it's too bad it wasn't in this country, i.e. death penalty. But then, he gets to spend the rest of his life to rot in jail. Of course, he is "innocent" until proven guilty but, with Lance Cpl Lauterbach's remains and those of her child found in a fire pit in his back yard- ywhat would you think?? And his wife – she knew where he was in Mexico and had to have known about what happened in her back yard.

    April 11, 2008 at 7:35 am |

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