April 15th, 2008
09:29 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 4/15/08

Tonight, we start in Eldorado with new details from inside the reclusive polygamist compound. Hundreds of children are in state custody and their mothers say they’re being persecuted for practicing an unpopular religion. We also have new pictures taken by members of the sect that show authorities entering the compound in armored personnel carriers and carrying automatic weapons.

The Pope landed at Andrews Air Force Base this afternoon where he was greeted personally by President Bush. It's the first time ever an American president has traveled out to Andrews to welcome a foreign leader and it's the first papal visit since the sex abuse scandal exploded. Find out what the Pope said about that.

We’ll have an up close look at Sen. Barack Obama and who he is and how he became that person. This is the first in a series of in depth pieces on all three candidates.

Finally, Heisman trophy winner Herschel Walker and his battle with mental illness. The NFL superstar says he doesn't even remember winning the Heisman trophy because he was too busy struggling with a mental disorder. It’s called dissociative identity disorder and Dr. Sanjay Gupta will have all the details.

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  1. Jolene

    I realize these women sound like they are programmed but I'm sure this whole ordeal is overwhelming to them. I find it interesting that they are putting trust in the media, though.

    April 15, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  2. Chuck in Alabama

    Evening all!!

    April 15, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  3. Betty Ann

    Thank GOD those children were rescued from the abusive cult.
    This is a scary and dangerous situation.

    April 15, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  4. Brian Persaud

    Is Ms.Hill taking her vacation now? She's usually the first to comment 🙂

    April 15, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  5. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    These woman were probably" married" themselves at 14. They are just feeling society coming down on their lives and are no doubt going to go underground and hide for good.

    April 15, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  6. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    more then 100 kids......DANG!!!!!!

    so I guess it is happening up here in Canada too

    April 15, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  7. Megan Dresslar

    I agree with Megan O., Anderson......

    April 15, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  8. Rose from Southern Calif

    If i heard right the authorites had somebody working inside the compound as a undercover?

    April 15, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  9. EJ - Ohio

    I think the tanks were because they had no idea what to expect (especially with trying to remove 400 kids).

    They didn't know if they would be in danger or not... so better safe than sorry I guess.

    April 15, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  10. Ara

    I am against this whole issue – but looking at some of the women, does make feel that there could be a few exceptions to the norm. Some of these Mom's may really care about their kids.

    April 15, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  11. Brandi down the bayou.

    I believe the American Psychology Associations guidelines for determining child abuse recommends that the child be removed from both parents when it is a parent who is accused of being the abuser. The children are more likely to give honest responses without the parents present.

    April 15, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  12. Krisse, Berkeley, CA

    I don't get how something like this exists in the United States.

    I am all for religious freedom, but where is the line?

    April 15, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  13. carmen

    These women are all dressed alike and have the same hair style. I am sure their pain as mothers is real, but their sameness is frightenng.

    April 15, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  14. Tony

    Hello Erica from Portugal!
    You look gorgeous tonight.
    I love the 360 webcam.

    April 15, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  15. Jessica

    Hey guys! Are you going to do a story on the pope's visit?

    April 15, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  16. AJ from Minneapolis

    Welcome back AC!! The polygamist women seem so weird and brainwashed..They act like they dont want any help from the government....

    April 15, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  17. Lesli

    Although I understand what David is saying, I cannot understand why there isn't supervised visitation for these children and the family.

    April 15, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  18. pati mc., camp hill, pa

    OMG Terri – I was thinking the exact same thing. Somehow I feel this does not bode well.

    April 15, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  19. Brian Persaud

    "Its not real common". Is that the defense? Even if thats true, one time is more than enough. I don't see the point in interviewing these wives, they have so many mental issues, its not like they have their own views to share.

    April 15, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  20. Lilibeth

    Those women...I feel sorry for them for they are so brainwashed. The authorities did the right thing in taking the kids away from that compound...they're just trying to protect them.

    April 15, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  21. Alexander

    Hey there bloggers, and hello there, Erica. How are you doing? I'm looking forward to an interesting program tonight.:)

    April 15, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  22. Zenta, New York, NY

    Good evening, Anderson!

    April 15, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  23. MartaK-Florida

    the women don't HAVE last names in those cults. The reporter said he couldn't get any of them to tell him their last names. That's why none answered. You're not a "person" if you're a female in those cults. You're property....and broodmares.

    April 15, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  24. Michael

    Great to see you Anderson.... Looking good as ever!

    April 15, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  25. EJ - Ohio

    They probably welcome the attention of people who are not treating them like property – people who actually want to know how they are thinking and feeling.

    I'm glad at least 6 of the women chose not to come back.

    April 15, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  26. Claire in Birmingham, AL

    Welcome home Anderson!

    This whole thing with the ranch is incredibly creepy. It's way too rehearsed between the members, everyone says the same thing almost verbatim. It's just....weird.

    April 15, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  27. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    Seem these women seem to be nothing like Kathleen

    Anderson I hope you did not catch anything on your plane. I heard a volcano erupted in Columbia.....guess it was upset you left but we needed you back here

    April 15, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  28. Rose from Southern Calif

    Do authorites know who called to say she was being abuse?

    April 15, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  29. Lesli

    Remember – last night that woman Catherine – was concerned about her children seeing guns. She didn't even mention tanks. What gives with the tanks – they must have worried this could turn into another Waco Tx problem.

    April 15, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  30. Megan Dresslar

    Hi Anderson, Erica and bloggers!
    Welcome back Anderson ! Missed you!

    April 15, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  31. Terri

    They were just being prepared...remember Waco

    April 15, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  32. Michael in Lafayette, IN

    Hundreds of lawyers for the kids, lawyers for the families, lawyers for the state....this is going to be expensive for the state of Texas.

    April 15, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  33. Brian Persaud

    They have every right to bring in all that protection in, the authorities would have no idea what exactly the compound could be equipped with. If they are crazy enough to allow children to be raped, they may be crazy enough to challenge the police.

    April 15, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  34. Sarah, Atlanta, GA

    Hey Anderson, sounds like a great program tonite. A tank seems a little excessive.

    April 15, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  35. MartaK-Florida

    As much as I abhor how these polygamists live and the allegations, I believe these mothers when they say the police lied to them and tricked them when they removed the kids. Police do that to regular people on the outside too.

    April 15, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  36. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    The mothers of these children were victims themselves growing up in the sect. I don't think all the mothers should lose their children. Each case should be reviewed and a witch hunt avoided.

    April 15, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  37. pati mc., camp hill, pa

    Hi Anderson!

    Good to see you back in NY. Love the new tie. 😉

    Gary is making me nervous, please assure us that he is safe and is not being constantly harrassed. Poor Gary, and he is like the nicest guy ever!

    April 15, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  38. Lilibeth

    Welcome back to NY, Anderson. Those images in the compound in El Dorado are unreal...

    April 15, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  39. Ara

    Great to have you back AC! Looking forward to the show tonight

    April 15, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  40. Terri

    Hi Anderson, Erica and bloggers

    April 15, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  41. Andrea from Canada

    Hey Anderson! Looking forward to this evening's show!

    April 15, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  42. Minou, New York City

    body armor, weapons? that seems excessive to me. were they really expecting those people to have a secret arsenal stashed away somewhere?

    April 15, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  43. EJ - Ohio

    Anderson is here – the party can start

    April 15, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  44. carmen

    Good evening all.... yeah the pope, at last a politician of a different kind.

    April 15, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  45. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    Was a tank really needed???

    April 15, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  46. Rachel from Toronto

    welcome back anderson! we've missed you a lot!

    April 15, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  47. Brian Persaud

    Great to have you back Coop! Looking forward to the pope segment, this polygamy story is just too depressing.

    April 15, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  48. Rose from Southern Calif

    Hi, Anderson and bloggers...

    Ready to talk about Eldorado, The pope and and Obama plus Mr. Walker not at the same time, of course.

    April 15, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    Hello Anderson, Erica and Bloggers.

    Look who is back in the NYC studio....welcome home Anderson!

    Looking forward to a great Tuesday show

    April 15, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  50. anderson cooper

    good evening everyone. It's nice to be back in New York and back on the blog!

    April 15, 2008 at 9:52 pm |
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