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tv   Anderson Cooper 360  CNN  May 8, 2012 10:00pm-11:00pm EDT

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nobody said wait a minute. >> there was laughter and i heard a few amens in the recording. >> they knew what i meant. they knew i wasn't advocating violence against the youth harr has nothing to apologize for. >> he's always -- he always has a little levity. that's why we all laugh. because we know our pastor. >> we know there's no way then that he was advocating violence and that's why no one walked out. >> i don't think he needs to change his words at all. >> yet, when your words go outside of this church and on the internet they sound hateful to some people. >> i know they did. i listened to them myself and i thought is that what you meant? of course not. >> but don't expect to see any changes at the berean baptist
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church. pastor sean harris' sermons will continue to go out to the world wide web as they always have, but more carefully worded. >> also tonight, the lives of two young girls are haing in the balance right now. 12-year-old alexandriaain and her sister kyliyah. authorities are asking for help finding them and their kidnapper. new developments in the case ahead. now's the time to move from to where you want to go. look up. with u.s. bank let's get the wheels turning. use our streth & stability to open new opportunities. to lend, and lift ...every business...every eam... to new heights of prosperity. good things are happening. just look up. with u.s. bank.
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crime and punishment, new developments in the search for two young girls and their accused kidnapper. this man, adam mayes, he's considered armed and dangerous. 12-year-old alexandria bain and her 8-year-old sister kyliyah are believed to be with them. mayes may have cut their hair. the manhunt is now focused on union county, mississippi, where the girl's mother and one sister were found dead. jo ann bain and adrienne were
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discovered in a home linked to mayes. he is said to be a long-time family friend of the bains. they have arrested his mother and ex-wife. martin savage joins me now. what's the latest on the search for the two girls? >> i think the biggest development has to be the arrests that were made or announced today of the wife or ex-wife, depends on who you talk to, of adam mayes. 31-year-old theresa. she apparently has confessed to authorities that she drove in essence the get away car that transported the bain family across state lines from tennessee where they were abducted to mississippi. the other person who was arrested was mayes 65-year-old mother and she told the authorities on the day that the bain family disappeared she saw her son in her yard digging and
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of course in her yard over the weekend that the shallow graves and bodies were found of jo ann bain and her eldest daughter. >> any leads on where adam is? >> there's a lot of questions about where he could be, but right now it seems by watching the actions of law enforcement, both on the federal and local level, that they are focused right around gun town that is where he lived in northern mississippi. it appears they do not think at this point that he's gone far away. alerts have been spread across the country. but the primary focus and man power and there are several hundred police officers and various federal and local agencies that are involved here. more than a dozen. they all seem to be focused there in northern mississippi so perhaps he's gone to ground somewhere else. >> police believe the girls are with him? >> they do. they believe they're alive. they won't tell us why they believe the 8-year-old and the 12-year-old are alive. they say their appearances are altered, it's possible their hair has been cut or their hair
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has been dyed. they also believe that adam mayes has done the same thing to himself. they have a photograph that authorities have put out that showed him in an altered perspective. they believe this is his way to stay on the run. >> what do you know about adam mayes is and the bain family? >> they had a relationship, meaning mayes and the bain family for years. and a close one. and a very good one. you know, the girls would stay at his place and he would go on trips with the family. it seemed that they got on very well, but something happened in the realm of 11 days ago where these has gone from two close families to something very horrific. >> martin savage, appreciate the latest. thanks. >> you're welcome. bobby booth is adam mayes' sister law. i spoke with her earlier right before the broadcast.
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b bobbi, you say your sister knew that adam had killed jo ann bain and her daughter and knew where the bodies were buried? >> that's true. the investigators -- i called the investigators on saturday. because the statements she were making were concerning me because my sister is -- i don't know how to put this. she's a slow learner and she's very dependent and i just felt like the comment she was making were scary. so i called the sheriff's department and they stated that they were already aware of everything she was saying. so it made no sense to me why it took so long to tell who the bodies were. >> what else did your sister tell you? >> the main thing she told me was just about the bodies, and she did say that adam had threatened to kill her and she
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was scared to death. >> if adam is guilty of these crimes do you have any idea why he'd do this? >> no, i don't. i have known adam for at least 25 years. and he's always been weird and unusual. he's just a different type of person altogether. the whole family is. but i never dreamed he would do something like this. >> adam used to date jo ann bain before he married your sister theresa and you say that theresa suspected the two were having an affair? >> yes, sir. she suspected that for quite a while. and there's actually question as to my sister has made numerous statements as to the paternity of those children. >> so according to the arrest warrant, your sister admitted to helping drive joann and her three daughters to where the bodies were found. any idea why your sister would do that? >> her attorney called me today and my sister had already made
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the statement that adam had threatened to kill her as well. >> so you're saying that's why she was involved, because she feared for her own life? >> right. he -- yes. he is a very aggressive -- he has beat her several times. very aggressive person. >> i want to show our viewers a picture of your sister with the three daughters of jo ann bain. were the families close? >> yes. >> what else can you tell us about adam that -- i mean, authorities believe he still has the other two daughters. >> he likes to drink a lot. he does a lot of drugs. he's just a loner. he's never had like a legitimate, steady job. he's never lived out on his own. he's always been with his mom and dad. just -- you know, he didn't finish school.
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he's not trustworthy. but like i said, i just never pictured this. >> what's in your gut? what do you think went on here? >> i think there's an affair of some type. i just don't know what. >> so you think he was having an affair with jo ann bain? >> yes. >> does it make any -- i mean, is there any explanation though why he would kill her or why he'd kill a daughter? >> no. i have no clue why anybody would kill a person. >> do you think adam is the father of the children? did your sister think that that adam was the father of the children? >> my sister has stated that she felt he was, and he had made those statements to her, yes. >> so if adam or anyone that knows him or his whereabouts is watching this right now, what would you say to him? >> adam, do the right thing and just let the children go. this has gone on way too far.
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and we need to figure out what's going on and it's not fair to the children. >> well, i appreciate you coming forward. thank you for talking to us. >> thank you. i hope i could help. again, adam, if you're watching or anybody who knows where adam is, get those kids to safety. >> and the manhunt is underway. serious questions tonight about millions of dollars in donations to a clarity for disabled vets. learning the hard way that the money never made it to those in need, but what the vets got instead instead of the cash it is just baffling. we're keeping them honest next. [ camera clicks ] ♪ it's hard to resist the craveable nature of a nature valley sweet & salty nut bar.
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keeping them honest tonight. an update on a lot of charity with a lot of explaining today. we introduced you to americans who felt duped after they learned that the money they donated to help wounded veterans never made it there. they didn't use a penny of it to directly benefit the vets or cover the costs of much-needed services. this group passed along a baffling array of items leaving the vets unit to figure out how to use them at all. here is part two. >> reporter: over the past few years thanks to the generosity of americans a charity called the disabled veterans national foundation has raised nearly $56 million, yet according to its own tax forms not one dime of that money has been used for direct services to military
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veterans. >> you're the one from cnn -- >> reporter: meet precilla wilkewitz, president of the veterans foundation. we found at a small vfw office in baton rouge. >> this is a veterans of foreign wars and we have agreed to talk to you and answer -- >> reporter: nobody has agreed. so here's the questions raised over three years and none of the money has gone to any veterans, ma'am. >> reporter: while wilkewitz is the national liaison for the veterans of foreign wars it's another group that she's president of that we wanted to discuss. cnn has been trying to get an interview. since we began tracking the fund raising. we got angry phone calls and emails and now a slammed door. but no answers. and when you see just how this charity operates you'll understand why.
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>> we're paying down the start-up costs. >> reporter: wilkewitz likes to boast about the charitable gifts they give away. they do give away stuff. stuff actual veterans groups say they don't really need. it's called gifts in kind on tax forms. instead of giving away some of the $56 million in cash raised over the past three years, dvnf gives away stuff it got for free. in 2010, the group filed this tax form claiming it provided more than $838,000 in gifts in kinds to u.s. vets, a charity in arizona. u.s. vets showed us what actually was sent. 20 pairs of men's football pants. more than 100 chefs coats. 125 chefs aprons. a needlepoint designed pillow case. two pages worth of stuff that the director told us we don't need.
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and take a look at what showed up at the st. benedict's veterans center in birmingham, alabama, where j.d. simpson takes homeless vets off the streets. simpson says the modest shipment included some useful items. 2,300 disaster blankets, good for a couple of days use. and some cleaning supplies. but it also included this. >> they sent us 2,600 bags of cough drops and 2,200 little bottles of sanitizer and 11,520 bags of coconut m&ms. didn't have a lot of use for 11,520 bags of m&ms. >> here's what they posted on their website. >> we posted what they say they needed desperately. >> reporter: for the veterans who now need our help.
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>> great sound bite. >> reporter: did they ever ask you what you wanted? >> no. >> this is a lot of the stuff that came in on the last truck. the bandages, the lotion, hand sanitizer. >> reporter: it's unpacked. >> it's unpacked. >> reporter: because we -- >> we don't have no use for it. these shelves should be filled with this, not that. >> reporter: do you ask yourself where's the money? >> i ask myself that after i ask myself what the heck are these people doing stealing from our veterans? i don't care how you look at it. three people have sacrificed -- these people have sacrificed for our country and there are some people out there that are raising money to abuse them and that makes me mad. >> reporter: executive director j.d. simpson became even more angry when these showed up. more than 700 pairs of surplus navy dress shoes. >> not a lot of use for these unless you can stand in a
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personnel inspection. >> reporter: this is part of the yard sale that they use to raise real funds for the things they really need. not shoes like these. here's -- precilla wilkewitz won't tell us why she sent vets shiny new shoes. >> hello. >> reporter: and dvnf won't tell us anything. but what they continue to tell you, the american public, is to keep sending in those donations. >> so drew, all the money seems to be going directly to the company raising the funds. is that their business model? simply raise money for themselves? >> the direct mail company that actually gets the donations is called quadriga arts and on its website it says it raises funds for more than 500 charities and nonprofits. we got an e-mail that says the company -- it says it will not
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discuss any specific client relationships. we couldn't even get a phone call from the company or its lawyers. we did get angry calls from a p.r. guy they hired. in the end we couldn't get any interviews or any good answers. >> drew griffin, thanks. that's incredible. we invite precilla wilkewitz any day, any time, you have some questions to answer. we received this from the disabled veterans national foundation. over the past four years the disabled veterans national have changed the lives of thousands of veterans. we help prevent evictions and homelessness and we help those with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. we are trying to bring hope to those who bravely served or country. again, we offer an invitation, any time, we'll be there.
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i'm tom foreman with the news and business bulletin. breaking news from north carolina. cnn projects a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage will pass. amendment 1 also effectively bans civil unions.
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same-sex marriage was already illegal in north carolina. the measure will add an amendment to the constitution defining marriage as between one man and one woman. a graphic video of a california homeless man's violent arrest was played in court. kelly thomas could be heard yelling for help as the police officers beat him. and yahoo ceo scott thompson apologized for the resume padding scandal that rocked the company. he claim he held a computer science degree which he did not earn. he did not address how that error occurred. anderson? thanks very much. and we have a daily chance to show us up. president obama at a speech and one wrote hey kimmel i can hear everything with these.
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seriously, do these like like the ears of a man not listening? the ridiculist just ahead. the hot dog lady that offered something spicy to her customers. four walls and a roof is a structure. what's inside is a home. home protector plus from liberty mutual insurance, where the cost to both repair your house and replace what's inside are covered. so your life can settle right back into place. to learn more, visit today. [ thunk ] sweet!
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oldest profession, soliciting customers from her hot dog truck. i won't say she enjoys a handful of weiners. here's the way it worked, she would allegedly charge customers to put relish on her foot longs and then later, she would -- you can see where i'm going with that. today she was released from custody and she shouted i'm sexy and i know it to waiting reporters. according to our affiliate wabc, scalia pled guilty to prostitution but that's apparently what she doesn't think. >> i pled guilty to a stripper, not prostitution. prostitution is sex. listen, showing you cleavage is indecent exposure. prostitution is sex. sexual acts. >> sister theresa, stripper. law enforcement officials allege she got caught in a sex for cash deal with an undercover police officer who visited the hot dog
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stand and later went to her home. so how did she find customers allegedly interested in more than a toasted bun you ask? well, apparently by handing out business cards and advertising stripping services. what else would you expect to find a at a hot dog stand? she said she's not a prostitution, and the whole thing is an overreaction. >> i gave them a little happiness and then he asked me for a [ bleep ]. i had 20 cop cars there with handcuffs on me. >> look, who knows. condoms, condiments, maybe there was a misunderstanding. according to wabc, scalia intends to resume business with her hot dog and lap dance business. she said i'll be out there in a bikini top and g-string this summer. it will be hot dogs and blank. she uses a word i'm not going to repeat on a family program. all i can say is summer is fast approaching so if you find yourself at a hot dog stand on long island, take a good look
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around. in addition to business cards for a lap dance you might see a sign that says as seen on the ridiculist. thanks for watching. thursday, we hope you watch the google plus hangout. get more details and pose a question for all of us, isha and randi, jack gray. post your questions on the google plus page. "erin burnett outfront" starts right now. breaking news. a long-time senator loses his challenge. we know more tonight about how the cia foiled an al qaeda
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