May 21st, 2008
09:29 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 5/21/08

We start tonight with fighting words from Sen. Hillary Clinton and perhaps a new endgame. Today she told the Associated Press she'll take her campaign all the way to the convention. She's now talking about a floor fight to seat delegates from Florida and Michigan if she loses a party ruling late next week.

Down in Eldorado, Texas, child welfare workers were turned away from Warren Jeffs' Yearning for Zion ranch. They were trying to investigate reports that children remain inside the polygamist compound but sect members said the agency didn't have a search warrant. David Mattingly was allowed in through and he's keeping them honest. You can read about what's going on in court in this dispatch.

Forty dead young men across the country. Smart, popular, promising students found drowned and at place where they fell into the water a smiley face. Is it coincidence or the sign of a team of serial killers? Randi Kaye investigates. Check out her blog for a sneak peek.

And be sure to check out our live web camera from the 360° studio. The shot features Anderson and Erica behind the scenes on the set. We'll turn the camera on at 945p ET and turn it off at 11p ET. LINK TO THE BLOG CAMERA

We'll start posting comments to this blog at 10p ET and stop at 11p ET.

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soundoff (239 Responses)
  1. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Good Wednesday evening..It's a fish flying end to a busy day...up , up and away flying the wild blue water..Night all.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  2. Sharon from Indy

    The film of the flying fish is fishy.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  3. CaseyJPS - California

    Thank you 360 Bloggers and anchors! Have a great day tomorrow!

    May 21, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  4. Marie Lussoro and Mom

    It's horrible to lose loved ones through murder. How terrible for the families to try to imagine what happened to their children . There is never closure even in the truth,but I pray that they find peace,courage, and hope to continue living gracefully.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  5. Ariston, Miami Beach I FL

    Good night guys!

    May 21, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  6. Brian Williams from Texas

    The rules have been changed before...they will change again and Obama won't be the nominee. His victory lap last night made me ill.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  7. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Good night Anderson and everyone! See you all tomorrow.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  8. Sharon from Indy

    Linda from LA, you are correct....too many similarities to ignore the alleged Smiley face murders. Thank you Kevin Gannon for taking the time out of retirement to work these tough cases.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  9. CaseyJPS - California

    Is that like one of those flying pirannhas (sp) in that movie that flew out of the water and starting attacking people in a resort? Between Smiley Faces and flying pirannhas I'll be hard pressed to sleep tonight!

    May 21, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  10. Megan Dresslar

    Good night Anderson, Erica and Bloggers (all) !
    See you tomorrow night!!!! get sleep tight!

    May 21, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  11. Jo Ann, Ohio

    These Smiley Face crimes sound like they could have been committed by a fraternity of murderers.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  12. Jolene

    Looks more like the Rocket Man shot than a fish.

    Good show, great discussion. Nite all!

    May 21, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  13. Jennifer - Michigan

    The flying fish are cool, and it's for real. Interesting to watch.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  14. Zenta, New York, NY

    Really good show tonight as usual. Have a lovely night, Anderson, Erica, and all!

    May 21, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  15. Stephanie in WV

    Good night all.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  16. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    Ian clever caption

    May 21, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  17. EJ

    I love Bill Clinton's white hair in that picture.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  18. CaseyJPS - California

    Jo Ann, Ohio>I think you're right about the high intelleigence level of the "abductor(s)." If they are persuading kids they must have good social skills and be relatively articulate (maybe my imagination is just too vivid).

    May 21, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  19. Lisa

    How often do oil execs get hauled in front of this committee or that to answer the same questions with the same answers? It really is ridiculous to hear this "news" every couple months.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  20. Rose from Southern Calif

    Eldorado, Texas where the Warren Jeff's children they will need special counseling. There is a program called A.M.A.C. means Adult Molestated As Children. Here in Califorina it is still kind of new but it does work it is a rough program thou.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  21. Brandi Ranatza

    i wish they would find that missing girl and be able to put peterson where he belongs.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  22. Zenta, New York, NY

    If it is true that these homicides are done by one person or a group, that must be scarely and I feel they are in like cult...

    May 21, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  23. Julliet

    How many states have this smily face thing shown up in?

    May 21, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  24. Bonnie

    How can they not think they are linked–smiley faces and dead bodies? Doesn't make sense that they wouldn't be connected.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  25. Jennifer - Michigan

    The smiley face murders are very erie....to think that it could be a gang of serial killers, it's crazy!

    May 21, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  26. Brandi Ranatza

    usually the sign for serial killers chosen is something representing evil or something forboding in some way, a smiley face? oh, wait, they are not all the same smiley faces, looks like the emoticons and variations thereof. hmmm...a secret group using the internet to communicate their evil schemes and do it in so many different places or actually one moving around, very interesting.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  27. Heather

    I have three questions for the Det first when did the smiley face theory first become public knowledge? Were these boys un a fraternity? Or club? And what proximity were their residences to the bars they attended?

    May 21, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  28. CaseyJPS - California

    Mike Syracuse>YIKES Mike! I'm going to go hide under my bed, as soon as I close my closet doors. I'll leave the light on tonight!

    May 21, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  29. Chuck in Alabama

    Xtina, you are right.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  30. cory,fl

    Change is good....... but tell us how you are going to change it, tell us more than speeches

    May 21, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  31. Luke

    I find it rather amusing how Obama supporters continue to insult Clinton and her supporters, seeing as how Obama will need Clinton's supporters in order to make him president. This divisive language on the part of Obama supporters (which, by the way, they constantly and rather hypocritically accuse Clinton of), will only further ensure that many Clinton supporters WON'T vote for Obama.

    There's a growing movement to write in Clinton on the general election ballot, and this movement will only grow with the continued hypocritically divisive language/accusations by Obama supporters and the media.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  32. Linda, Los Angeles

    Too much similarity not to be true.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  33. Fay, CA

    It really makes me wonder why some of Hillary's supporters are so rabidly against voting for Obama if he becomes the nominee and I'm thinking that there's more at play here than concerns about his supposed lack of experience.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  34. April in Texas

    This smiley face killer stuff is scary and erie...

    May 21, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  35. Sharon from Indy

    AC360, keep us updated about this Smiley Face serial killer. As a parent of two college kids, it is frightening.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  36. April in Texas

    Sexsism and raczim is only there if you see it when you look in the mirror.
    Last I checked we are not white america or black america but the united states of america.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  37. xtina, chicago

    Obama should tell voters what he's planning on "changing" - he wasn't known in IL as having "changed" anything!

    May 21, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  38. Stephanie in WV

    Jolene I raised raised with the slogan "change or be left behind...change is good."

    May 21, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  39. EJ

    "This smiley face thing makes you wonder how many serial killers are out there right now that we don’t even suspect."

    I think its around 25-30 at any given time. I think those were the statistics a few years ago.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
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