October 23rd, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 10/23/09

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An newly released affidavit shows that the balloon boy's mom has confessed to police that the entire incident was a hoax. Plus, a supporter of self-help guru James Arthur Ray speaks out. Hear why she supports the man under investigation after three deaths at his sweat lodge ceremony.

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  1. Cessy, Chicago IL

    HAHAHAHHAHA.... Anderson is lovin' this Jeff Toobin original response!!! Hilarious! Get AC back Toobin!!! Let the producers show his work out photo again! shhhhh....

    October 23, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  2. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    @ Anderson

    Why do you like to implicate on Jeffrey Toobin? Lol...

    October 23, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  3. Nicole

    balloon boy's parents should be held responsible and should go to jail

    October 23, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  4. Jacqueline, NY

    Anderson!!! You're so cruel! LOL! Awwwww, Jeffrey.

    October 23, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  5. Emily


    Telling their 3 boys to lie to authorities!!
    A very fine example!

    I don't think that they should go to jail, however, I don't think that the 3 boys should stay with them either!!!

    October 23, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  6. Kelly - Harrisburg, PA

    Leave Jeffrey Toobin alone!

    October 23, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  7. Lucy

    Poor Jeff... he he..

    October 23, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  8. Jacqueline, NY

    A hoax, uh! I hate say it, but didn't I tell ya so.

    October 23, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  9. JJ

    Why not relegate this balloon story to TMZ and let your program deal with serious news.

    October 23, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  10. Jackie Bokath

    I thought "Annie" on All My Children exploited her daughter! This takes the cake!

    October 23, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  11. Victoria Alameda

    James Arthur Ray is someone who seems to garner great trust. So people followed him to their detriment unfortunately

    October 23, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  12. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    Poor children growing up with parents such as lunatics!

    October 23, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  13. Cliff


    The balloon boy's mother's name, Mayumi, is pronounced ma-you-me.

    It is not pronounced (april) may-u-me.

    It's a Japanese name, but still easy to pronounce. Indeed, someone on CNN surely knows the pronunciation.

    October 23, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  14. David, Indiana

    @Isabel Happy Friday, missed you the last couple nights.

    @Carrie Ann me too, I wanted to believe it wasn't a hoax too. Mrs Heene does sound genuinely upset on the phone.

    It's a great question by Randi Kaye, why couldn't Arson investigation specialists be found until four days before Willingham's execution and now 9 of them have come forward? The gov's office shld've responded to the appeals lawyers notice that there was an arson finding that contradicted the court finding.

    October 23, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  15. Steve - southern Illinois

    I was way wrong thinking that the balloon boy's parents might be innocent. I'm sorry.

    October 23, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  16. Bruno Hernandez

    i keep wondering what have the flight attendance said about this? go find them anderson cooper, their the key to the truth unless they were sleeping too *yawn*

    October 23, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  17. Dave

    If one pilot naps, the other stays awake and handles the flying and communications. Legal or not, it is commplace in cockpits of all airlines and the military. I think it is a safe and effective practice to combat fatigue and ensure alertness in preparation for landing when on a long duration flight. It seems logical that this may have occured on this flight with one huge, glaring error, the other pilot fell asleep after allowing the first pilot to take a nap.

    October 23, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  18. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    The game is a plus up age.

    October 23, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  19. Patty A Banks Palmdale,CA

    Surprise,surprise!! so balloon boy was a hoax!...they had to know this hoax would be discovered as a hoax!! this twisted man wanted any attention he could get, even bad attention that hurt his family & he probaly thinks even jail time would make him that much more marketable

    October 23, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  20. Lucy

    OK so the pilots are MIA - but there are 144 passengers and flight attendants. I bet more than one passenger (and hopefully the flight attendants) were wondering what was happening. Can't wait to hear how this turns out.

    October 23, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  21. starr, formerly known as vincent

    Hi Erica. TGIF.....i have noted several bloggers, who feel that separate attorneys may mean "separation" for the Heenes.

    October 23, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  22. Martina Ilstad Germany

    Every thing is well over her,thank you

    October 23, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  23. Monica M. Williams

    Reality supercedes show:

    Kind of surprised to learn Mama Heenie sang like a canary regarding the balloon drama so quickly. I expected her to stick faithfully by her husband and the story. Maybe the gravity of jail and her children’s future without her weighed on her decision. If so, I’m rooting for her.

    Look for mom to sell her story to Lifetime, write a book, appear on Oprah and redirect her life as an advocate against abusive relationships.

    Yes, this story needs a happy ending.

    October 23, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  24. Nancy

    Anderson, Monopoly was created for adults during the depression as a diversion.

    October 23, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  25. Emily

    Randi Kaye is doing great reporting on that story....I still really want Gov. Perry to talk!!! Does NOT look like that's going to be happening any time soon!

    October 23, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  26. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    About ballon story....

    What will happen to the parents? They will be processed by the State, right? What is the penalty for this type of situation?

    October 23, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  27. niwat, chicago

    The brouhaha balloon story just keeps getting better, Mayumi's acceptance of the prevaricated hoax doesn't surprise me a tad.

    Have a great weekend everyone.

    October 23, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  28. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    I never knew you had championship Monopoly! Lol...

    October 23, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  29. Martina Ilstad Germany

    honest now its really enough,dont put sooo much attention on this sick family
    The family song will not get out of my minde.

    October 23, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  30. Jennifer - AZ

    It's the defense lawyer's job to do his best to search for evidence that the client is not guilty. No matter what things seem, it is too often that we are wrong. If he was not able to put his personal opinion aside, he should not have been on this case.

    October 23, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  31. Victoria Alameda

    Go Randi. That is the. Stranges defense attorney. He judge his one client and found him guilty. Then defended accordingly

    October 23, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  32. Cessy, Chicago IL

    Great follow up report, Randi!

    October 23, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  33. Bruno Hernandez

    thats a creepy lawyer. it sounds like its guilty until proven innocent not the other way around.

    October 23, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  34. Emily

    @Erica, interesting that the parents have separate attorneys; it appears each evening that there is more and more to this family – or the parents!

    October 23, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  35. Jerry

    Who was watching the fuel situation? Over fly by 150mi. outbounnd. 150Mi. back . 3OO extra miles.

    October 23, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  36. Cessy, Chicago IL

    what brought the Henne's to have separate lawyers?

    October 23, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  37. starr, formerly known as vincent


    What an excellent job you have done with this story.

    You're interview with the Defense atty was also penetrating.

    We, as a country, really need to re-think the death penalty in some cases.

    PS: Randi-Kaye beautiful blouse on the live shot!

    October 23, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  38. Tim

    This goes back to a previous broadcast. I thought I heard that there were 9 appeals, but the trial lawyer (David Martin), handled the first 8 of these appeals.

    October 23, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  39. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    Human life is as valuable .... is very sad to hear such a story!

    October 23, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  40. Caroline, Los Angeles

    Some lawyers also are completely without a conscience too.

    October 23, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  41. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    For these and others that the death penalty is so controversial and questionable!

    October 23, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  42. Emily

    I agree with you re. hoaxes becoming "fads" today...shows like "Punked" etc. however, to use your children in such a way is really selfish and poor parenting!

    There has always been hoaxes, thanks to April 1st (Orson Welles' "War of the Worlds' being the #1 to my mind), however to plot something like this with 3 little children?!!!

    October 23, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  43. Tommy J

    What is the deal with a flight recorder box that can only record up to a half an hour of audio before the flight is grounded? You can purchase recorders on eBay for $12 that record for 2 hours. When we have witnessed hijackings lasting 2 or more hours, how can we justify this loss of important evidence? Tommy J. WA

    October 23, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  44. Paul - Castro Valley, CA

    I'm not a psychic Erica but I get a feeling that couple will have separate everything soon.

    October 23, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  45. Alex Schwartz

    Regarding that NW flight, there is something wrong with that news. If the plane was at aprox 500mph and lost contact for an 1 hour, it woudnt be only 150 miles away, but aprox 500 miles away. Since jet planes usually flies around 500mph it looks like they werent out for an 1 hour but 10-20 minutes, which in my opinion is not that long.
    Can someone get the facts right?

    October 23, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  46. Alex Valiao

    Good evening!! 🙂 Sleeping or debating (for the sake of argument) equates to negligence for the pilots in both counts. Advancements in technology has one side effect - complacency for mankind.

    October 23, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  47. Dave

    Someone in the FAA and control tower needs to answer as to why the airforce did not get off the ground immediately.

    October 23, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  48. Caroline, Los Angeles

    Tragically, there are stupid lawyers out there, just as there are stupid auto mechanics.

    October 23, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  49. Jessica

    Oh no... Not this guy again!

    October 23, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  50. lisal .canada

    oh i really wanted to believe that at least the launching of the jiffy-pop saucer-ship was accidental by one of the children and things got out of hand.

    not only is the apparent desire to be in the reality-tv world driving a lot of people to do things to excess - but most of the main characters in tv and movies are admired for their ability to break to rules to achieve their objective.

    this is glorified in every manner in which we, as a society, absorb information – and we wonder why people think this is what is real and choose to act it out. like a Pavlov demonstration – it's usually rewarded.

    October 23, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
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