April 18th, 2008
09:15 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 4/18/07

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  1. Spiffy, Los Angeles

    Yeah, the hair is kinda wild isn't it? I've never seen a French braid done up with that kind of variation in the front.

    April 18, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  2. Brian Persaud

    Yay! The segment I've been waiting for all week 🙂

    April 18, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  3. Chuck in Alabama

    Considering the way she was treated during the earlier debates, I think Obama deserved the 45 minutes of torture he got.

    April 18, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  4. Brandy Southern, Indiana

    The after shock did more damage to our place than the main one did. but the main one was scary as it woke us up and the kids where screaming. We are about 45 -50 miles East of West Salem.

    April 18, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  5. Whitney B in Ontario, Canada

    Hilary calls Obama "My opponent"
    We all know who she's talking about. Would just saying his name sound too harsh or attacking? I think talking about him impersonally by calling him "my opponent" sounds worse!

    April 18, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  6. EJ - Ohio

    "only in american can thing go on on like this. this cult this so sick keep use children . too make us feel that where the one doing bad thing ."

    Joeann – yeah right – This sadly goes on all around the world. (Even more so – around the world)

    April 18, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  7. Megan Dresslar

    Thank god! you are so brave during earthquake began!

    April 18, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  8. MaryBeth

    I just had a very disturbing thought: all these people are probably related...some how...many times removed. What kind of genetic disablities or disorders might be within this group?

    April 18, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  9. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    all this rejiggering takes a lot of you Anderson....thanks for at least stopping in to say hi

    April 18, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  10. Sherry

    After this Hearing and the DNA testing ordered - can't they use the "paper trail" that must have been filled in by either the mothers or someone in order to facilitate the Welfare cheques – in identifying whose child belongs to whom? ie. they must have listed which mother had 8 children and their names, etc?

    Also can't they be charged with obstruction of justice (both the mothers and fathers) because of being evasive in providing truthful information?

    I've survived a cult and sometimes you need to anticipate the cult mentality in how they are trying to circumvent the system.

    If there was NO money coming in, then the cult would suffer a great wound in its pocketbook. Bound to do some damage and make it less enticing.

    April 18, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  11. Maureen T

    Carolyn Jessop is an excellent example of what can happen to any of these women if they escape from the cult. I can imagine she fought some demons to get where she is today but she's on her way. I admire her for speaking the truth about the cult!

    April 18, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  12. Becca

    Carmen, I completely agree. There needs to be a system of "checks and balances" so to speak, in terms of the mental health and well being of the inhabitants of this sect. Otherwise, I do not see how the incestual and abusive behaviors can be prohibited. On the other hand, the family services that check on these communes need to be outside parties that can look objectively at the situation in the best interest for the children involved. This could be a problem as most people are horrified, (and rightly so), at the news of what goes on in the FLDS.

    April 18, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  13. Spiffy, Los Angeles

    Hi Anderson. I like your shirt and tie combo.

    April 18, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  14. Rebecca

    Erica, enjoyed your article on the kids, the contrast between dump diving & 3000.00 handbags – it's outragious!

    April 18, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  15. Bonnie

    Everytime I see the hairdos of these woman–they remind me of Conan O'Brian!!! I felt the earthquake here in St. Louis!!

    April 18, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  16. Jennifer NC

    Minou, The kids have no crayons to draw with or markers or anything. They probably don't even realize how many colors exsist in the spectrum.
    About the LDS .. I am thinking they are very intentionally distancing themselves from this situation. They probably don't want to risk any thought that they support this in any way.

    April 18, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  17. sam3dogs ( Steve A. Moore )

    Anderson, Erica, Why ared we even talking about this? These people are beyond reality and need to be rescued. The leaders of this sect should be held to the same standards as the rest of us. 200 years ago they would have been lynched and hung for the things they do and mabye an example should be made again to stop this horrendous behavior and ongoing abuse of the people under their spell.

    April 18, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  18. andersoncnn

    Good evening everyone.. sorry its taken me so long to log in.. when we're doing breaking news, its always a bit hectic..

    April 18, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  19. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    @ Brian – Erica rocked that hair style. She owned it and worked it like any confidant girl would. It is awesome 🙂

    April 18, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  20. Spiffy, Los Angeles

    AJ, they aren't coached really. They are indoctrinated. Brainwashed so to speak. After all, if the sect shuts out the outside world completely then it's pretty easy to brainwash the people.

    North Korea is the same way.

    April 18, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  21. Minou, New York City

    I so want to get one of their men in front of the camera! WHERE are they??

    April 18, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  22. Rekha Joy Raman

    I love Candy Crowly. She definitely would be my perfect role model compared to all the reporters of 360. She is very down-to-earth and humorous on the blogs.

    April 18, 2008 at 10:32 pm |
  23. EJ - Ohio

    I am proud of Carolyn Jessop. To come from that situation to what she has become today – She is a brave woman and I know she has saved many women with her story. I admire her efforts and her strength.

    April 18, 2008 at 10:32 pm |
  24. Chuck in Alabama

    Elisa, Hopefully, many of these "parents" in all of these compounds nationwide, will end up incarcerated.

    April 18, 2008 at 10:32 pm |
  25. Jacqui Chan

    Judi, from what I have heard people in this sect do not go to OBGYN's unless their is serious trouble, "no outsiders". I have heard, on Larry king, that sometimes, in an emergency, they wait so long after child birth that the infant or mother does not survive.

    April 18, 2008 at 10:32 pm |
  26. joeann

    only in american can thing go on on like this. this cult this so sick keep use children . too make us feel that where the one doing bad thing . keep always for there famliy. SEE THAT EVERYONE NEED HELP.

    mate crazy place anderson

    Sydney nsw

    April 18, 2008 at 10:32 pm |
  27. MaryBeth

    The women sound slow...like they have a learning disability or have trouble speaking. Their words seem very deliberate, like they really need to think before they speak.

    April 18, 2008 at 10:32 pm |
  28. Jolene

    @Megan: First time earthquake experience for me. Wasn't scary, just weird. Woke me up. Sounded weird. No damage or anything.

    April 18, 2008 at 10:32 pm |
  29. Steve and Vickie

    I have a question, if these people where getting food stamps, how in the world did they do it. If they don't have a birth certificate for the kids?

    April 18, 2008 at 10:32 pm |
  30. Chuck in Alabama

    Anderson, Please don't forget to mention that Hillary picked up 3 superdelegates today also....

    April 18, 2008 at 10:31 pm |
  31. ericacnn

    You all are too kind! Thanks 🙂

    Btw, Carolyn's blog really is worth the read

    April 18, 2008 at 10:31 pm |
  32. Brandy Southern, Indiana

    Hello everyone from Shaken up Indiana

    April 18, 2008 at 10:30 pm |
  33. Elisa nyc

    has anyone but me considered the fact that, even if these people have all the children taken away they are just going to make more and it'll start all over again

    April 18, 2008 at 10:30 pm |
  34. Megan Dresslar

    Did you felt earthquake or you felt so scare?
    I did felt 2 times my life when earthquake strike.

    April 18, 2008 at 10:30 pm |
  35. Whitney B in Ontario, Canada

    Maureen T – it sounds like the women are saying what the men are telling them to say.
    They almost sound like robots when they talk – they sound very removed from the situation, and they seem to know just when to turn on the emotion.

    April 18, 2008 at 10:30 pm |
  36. AJ, Minneapolis

    Everytime I hear these women speak, I come closer to believing that these women are coached, everytime they speak it seems like they memorized a speech that they were taught...

    April 18, 2008 at 10:30 pm |
  37. Brian Persaud

    Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada> Yup. Not many girls can rock the mullet...or was it a mohawk?

    April 18, 2008 at 10:29 pm |
  38. Jo Ann, Ohio

    @Ruthie Rader: That's an excellent point! None of them, adults or children, seem to have individual personalities of any kind. They all sound the same. Even their voices lack cadence. I am not saying they are, but they almost sound drugged.

    April 18, 2008 at 10:29 pm |
  39. Rose from Southern Calif

    Aruna...the so-call men are hiding under the women's long dress's. They are boy's in men clothing.

    April 18, 2008 at 10:29 pm |
  40. carmen

    Becca and Jacqueline, there should be regular inspection from family services in these communes, which is what they are and which now seem to exist outside the law

    April 18, 2008 at 10:29 pm |
  41. Bonnie

    The only pictures in that bedroom were of Warren Jeffs.

    April 18, 2008 at 10:28 pm |
  42. Janna

    You all must have missed the show when the children were first taken and didn't recognize a crayon! They play with live babies instead of dolls.

    April 18, 2008 at 10:28 pm |
  43. MaryBeth

    Megan: it was weird!! I live in Chicago and the earthquake happened right when my alarm went off. I had some vague thought of someone playing music with the bass turned up or freight trains going by...except I live in the middle of the city!!

    April 18, 2008 at 10:28 pm |
  44. Maureen T

    Why don't most of the men of this cult speak with the media? It's really strange the men don't have anything to say. The women seem to speak for them, or do they?

    April 18, 2008 at 10:28 pm |
  45. Paula, Colorado


    Hi! It's been great to see you back on this week.
    On the Texas compound case, I've thought it probable the initial phone call was a hoax. Because of the time lapse between Warren Jeffs' conviction–when they knew child abuse had taken place–and a few weeks ago–it seemed someone could do so mainly to call attention to the Mormon church, the FLDS and polygamy. I think it's sad what the women have been through. I don't see how it can be resolved without pulling them and the children away from the sect.

    April 18, 2008 at 10:28 pm |
  46. Jan Young, DVM

    Could the Texas authorities set up a non-profit fund that people could donate too? I am sure they would be amazed how many people would donate to help the children.

    Also, this should also happen in Colorado City, AZ, they would find the same thing...

    Jan Young, DVM
    Cave Creek, AZ

    April 18, 2008 at 10:28 pm |
  47. Saera El Paso, TX

    Rose- people interpret things differently
    sometimes for their own benefit,
    sometimes because that's what they've been taught,
    and sometimes because they think something isn't working or isn't right
    whatever the reason, that's how things get all screwy

    April 18, 2008 at 10:28 pm |
  48. Karen

    Hi Erica,

    At outofpolygamy.com , read the story of how Kathleen Nicoles' brother was killed at age 22 shortly after the allegations about Warren Jeff' molesting the younger boys & his own nephew.

    Thanks for updates

    April 18, 2008 at 10:28 pm |
  49. Rebecca

    it's like some creepy sci-fi movie to me... robots. I'm just astonished how peoples brains can be so manipulated! Thank God these raids are happening, and please let these kids get the help they need.

    April 18, 2008 at 10:27 pm |
  50. AJ, Minneapolis


    I dont think african americans were not allowed in the cult. Their taught young that the black peoples blackness would rub off on them, and they would be turnt to sinners & go to hell.

    April 18, 2008 at 10:27 pm |
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