The two big stories of the day, and weekend, both originate in California. First up on Monday's edition of AC360 were the unfolding details in the kidnapping case of Jaycee Dugard. Dan Simon was at the Garrido home and shared still pictures of the interior of the tents that are in the backyard of the property. He also interview several people who had business dealings with Jaycee and Garrido.After the break Anderson Cooper interviewed Cheyvonne Molino, whose daughter was friends with Jaycee's two daughters, Angel and Starla. This woman said the girls were clean and they were well groomed. She did not believe that the young girls lived outside in primitive conditions. When Ms. Molino seemed to be going down the path of defending Garrido AC quickly called her on it by saying "Just one second....this is a man who allegedly kidnapped an eleven year old girl, repeatedly raped her for 18 years, and fathered two kids with her. So I wouldn't go too far down the road of defending this guy." Ms. Milino then backed down on her defense of Garrido and started in on Garrido's wife, saying she was a monster. When pressed by Anderson for details she really had no hard examples or facts.
The 'Digging Deeper' segment for the night was with Lisa Bloom, Juliet Francis (Clinical Psychologist) and Steve Hassan (mind control expert). The discussion centered around Stockholm syndrome, reacclimation and legal ramifications. Reynolds Wolf was next up with on-site reports on the California wild fires. There was talk of the two firefighters who lost their lives fighting the fire and of those who have chosen not to cooperate with the mandatory evacuations.
Erica Hill was at the 360 Bulletin desk with details of the hurricane that is approaching Baja, news of those horrible murders in the mobile home in Georgia, Disney buying Marvel comics and the rescued fishermen.
In the second report EH said the top US commander in Afghanistan said success there is achievable, with a revised strategy. The White House said Cheney is wrong on his facts about interrogation methods. Chris Brown told Larry King (interview airs Wednesday on LKL) that he doesn't remember hitting Rihanna and doing things like that is just not who he is. What a load of crap. If he thinks he's going to turn public opinion around by not taking responsibility he is a fool. And the former Miss CA is suing the pageant for dethroning her.This next report is just so sickening. Rumors are flying that Britain brokered a deal with Libyan to obtain oil for the release of the Lockerbie bomber. Tom Foreman reported that if it is true it is a mockery of justice and eventually the facts will be uncovered.It's hard to know if the news of the H1N1 virus is much ado about nothing or as scary as the media is making it out to be. College campuses are being hit hard right now and seem to be breeding grounds for the germs.
Dr. Gupta joined AC to answer viewers questions about the flu and the immunizations.
No 'The Shot' clip for you tonight, it was a hoax about Michael Jackson still being alive.
Here's a picture from the Inauguration that Julie found on Flickr today. It shows a lucky, and beautiful, make-up lady working on our favorite anchor.
So there you have it for a Monday edition of 360. Great mix of news and lots of it too. I keep wondering if Anderson will pop up in California to cover the wild fires, but with the Afghanistan trip looming maybe not. ~Phebe
All Things Anderson is a blog dedicated to CNN's AC360 and its host Anderson Cooper.