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>> well, scotland yard is not saying a lot. basically they have said they have new information and are now reviewing it for its credibility and relevance. what we are understanding about the source of the information from the british press association is that apparently it comes from the parents-in-law of a former british soldier. now, what's interesting, also, is that the sunday "people" has an article they've just now published and they say this came basically out of the court-martial of a british soldier recently and that the parents-in-law of a soldier not named in the trial basically said that he had told their daughter that the military forces had somehow covered up the death of princess diana. this is according to the sunday "people" magazine here. this is apparently the source of all this and what police are now doing is looking into these reports to see whether the reports are in fact credible. hopefully we'll have some
details when the police come out with more information on this. >> mark saunders is a royal biographer and the author of books such as "diana and the papparazzi." diana's secret london and "diana in focus." he joins me by phone from windsor, england. thanks for joining us. i want to get straight to it. what are your thoughts on this report and this stunning allegation? >> to be honest, two factors i find particularly worrying. the first is the source as you mentioned from the sunday paper. the sunday paper people have very, very good contacts and both within the royal family and within the military. they don't normally run things like this unless they really know what they're doing. secondly, of course, there is the rich history, long history of the military and intelligence service in this country. it is still sketchy. still not entirely sure what the
facts are. but it does seem worrying and we are anxious now to hear what scotland yard has to say about it. >> we heard scotland yard saying they're scoping the information trying to see if it is credible. have we heard rumors like this before of the possibility diana was actually murdered? >> not necessarily. what we've had before i've always said we've had a lot of nonsense coming from people and it's in their interest to come into the -- to know whether the princess diana was murdered. the allegations that came out, they were just dismissed as utter rubbish. it was simply unbelievable. and actually completely wrong what they were suggesting. but this is somewhat different. the original source you said was from a court-martial and extending past and i understand the special investigation branch of the military police were the
people who passed on in some form of dossier to scotland yard. so it seems to be, it seems to be more serious. but it certainly does seem to be of great concern to a lot of people, both scotland yard hasn't said anything. some form of statement will come out. >> of course, the inquest was concluded back in 2008 blaming it on the gross negligence of the following cars and the driver of that mercedes. how extensive do you think the inquest was? could they have missed something? >> oh, no. i was involved in some way. i mean, other than the peripheral really. everybody who had anything to do with diana in the last ten years was spoken to. it really was a massive investigation because it was in the interest of everybody, the palace, the government, the
media, everybody wanted that inquest to be as deep as it possibly could be and because we wanted the truth basically. i think that we had the truth. you have a driver who was intoxicated, drink and drugs. you had people not wearing seat belts. you had the pursuit by the papparazzi. all of those factors are the facts that happened. the idea that the military in some way murdered diana, i think, is nonsense. i just don't believe that for a moment. what i think we might get out of this latest allegations is that there was some form of surveillance which was going on. i still think it's madness to suggest that she was murdered or assassinated or anything like that. that is just not -- i just don't believe that for one moment. >> hum. it is interesting that you have
the involvement in the inquest and it is interesting to hear your perspective. all right. mark saunders, thank you. >> federal investigators are moving ahead with their investigation into the crash of the u.p.s. cargo plane in alabama. the pilot and copilot both died in wednesday's crash in birmingham. last-mile-per-hour an ntsb board member investigators are working through the data on the flight data and cockpit voice recorders. so far the data appears normal and the auto pilot was engaged until the last data was recorded. he said investigators will also investigate the flight crew's background. >> as we do with any investigation, we are conducting a 72-hour history. we do this for all of our investigations. go back for the previous three days and try and get a picture of the flight crew's mental and physical condition before the accident. investigators have already said that there is no evidence
of engine failure aboard the plane before the crash. parts of the southeast getting lashed with more rain. this is what it looks like in wilmington, north carolina. take a look here. roads turning into rivers. heavy rain is expected all weekend with flooding now a big concern. and overnight thousands of people are trying to get out of the way of a wall of flames there. take a look here. this is the beaver creek wildfire raging near the sun valley resort in the town of ketchum. people have been told to grab their essentials, their packs, and leave now. about 600 firefighters are trying to get a handle on the fire, but so far it is still growing at this hour. when resident robert cole says he has never seen anything like this. >> i've seen a lot of disasters in my lifetime like tornadoes down in oklahoma where i've come from but never any fires that threatened my home like this. >> unbelievable. >> i just hope like hell they're safe and i hope that they don't come down -- when i heard about the evacuation earlier it made
me scared. >> making matters worse, a red flag warning signaling high winds in effect for the area. straight to tracy weaver she is with the saw tooth national forest and joins us now from twin falls, idaho. tracy, first off, what is the situation? set the scene if you would. >> the situation is much like we saw yesterday when we saw nearly 30,000 acres of growth in the fire, explosive fire and behavior. our weather conditions are the same as they were yesterday. very dry. very warm. windy. unstable atmosphere with dominated columns. it is frightening to see. it is backing down off the ridges and then raising back up the side. right along where it was very visible to people. >> we mentioned the red flag warning signaling high winds in the area. how is that factoring in for the firefighters battling the blaze right now? >> well, red flag warning and
the indicator of unstable air, very dry air, lead to the perfect fire storm basically so that we see that type of explosive growth that we saw yesterday so our crews are working hard, trying to keep the fire from getting into these communities and make it a good fight into the sub division that the fire already entered. >> we hope people are heeding those warnings in the communities nearby to get out and evacuate. last we heard there was only one home destroyed in the fire and it's already covered 98,000 acres. can you add to that? have any of the numbers changed? >> no. we have not left any further structures at this time. the firefighters are making a valiant stand and have done good firefighting and the people have been cooperating, which is super important. >> okay. tracy weaver, thank you so much
for that. well x more bloodshed in egypt. hundreds are dead with fighting now even taking place in the house of worship. just ahead, the bizarre details about the murder and kidnap case that made headlines last week. the kidnap victim and accused murderer exchanging more than a dozen telephone calls before the murders. we'll be right back. u can take y all your important legal matters in just minutes. protect your family... and launch your dreams. at legalzoom.com we put the law on your side.
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safe haven. a moss okay -- mosque in centra cairo. you can see very chaotic situation there. security forces kicked and fought their way inside the mosque and forced everybody out. witnesses say police fired weapons at the mosque itself and it has been an especially few days there in egypt. more than 700 people are reported dead in street battles between the military and crowds of egyptians who want their elected president morsi back in office. things have obviously quieted down there. the curfew is in effect. can we expect more street fighting tomorrow do you think? >> certainly. one thing that is expected to happen is a protest march expected by supporters of the ousted president morsi. the morsi supporters in fact have called from protest marches for every day of the coming week, so judging by what's been
going on in the past couple of days where as you've said since wednesday there have been more than 700 people killed and that's by official accounts, the muslim brotherhood for their part is saying the death toll is probably much higher yes we do expect there will be additional clashes and most probably additional casualties and if you see what happened today where you had that standoff going on in that mosque you are absolutely right. that place was used as a safe haven for people. they were locked up in there for about 24 hours. before that it was being used as a field hospital during a demonstration that went on here on friday. so certainly the atmosphere right here now in cairo is very charged and volatile. both sides here are in this conflict, in this crackdown, and show no signs of backing down, pamela. >> both sides digging in their heels trying to promote their own narratives. i know reporters like yourself have a lot of obstacles to deal with there. thank you so much for your hard work in reporting, fred. we appreciate it. meantime we are learning bizarre new details about the kidnapping case of 16-year-old hannah anderson including
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on numerous social media posts saying she never told her parents about dimaggio's crush on her because he was her dad's best friend. joining us now psychologist wendy walsh joins us from los angeles. attorney holly hughes joins us from atlanta. good to see you both again. thanks for coming back to talk with us about this. i want to start with you. let's get your reaction to the 13 calls hannah dimaggio exchanged that we're learning about now and the letters from hannah found in dimaggio's home. what do you think about that? >> i'm actually not surprised. i've always had suspicions the degree of his manipulation, his grooming, and his abuse of this young girl may have started long before this incident and she may have been sort of encaptured by his magic spell if you will because it's very easy to manipulate and dupe a young, teenage girl like that. >> obviously we don't know what's in those letters yet but certainly it raised some questions. and i want to talk to you, holly, from a legal perspective. we've seen hannah posting on
social media sites about her ordeal. clearly, this has been an outlet for her. what do you think, though, from a legal perspective is that wise? >> at this point, pam, there's not going to be a trial. this defendant is dead. so ordinarily what we lawyers would say, you know, as a prosecutor, which i was for many years, i wouldn't want them posting on social media websites because you don't want a clever defense attorney to try and impeach them later on. well, when you went on facebook, you said it was two miles that you hiked and now you're saying in court it's four miles. so you're just a liar. and they would be able to cast doubt or do what we call impeach you with inconsistencies. but since there will be no court proceeding and no trial, i think this is just her way of dealing. when i was growing up we didn't have social media like this. this is how children from the time that they've come out of the womb talk to each other. it's how they express their feelings. they're just going to go out there and post it. >> right. there has ban lot of scrutiny on
her for doing that but you have to think she is 16 years old. she's been through a traumatic ordeal. and she's just trying to figure out how to cope, move forward, and wants to feel like she is talking to people her own age, probably. i have a 15-year-old daughter and i asked her opinion. would you be out on social media a couple days after i died? she said yeah probably because it's a way to have sort of know that people care about you is what she said. it's a way to stay connected with your friends so it is a kind of psychological support. >> absolutely. let's talk about wendy what happened before this tragedy. hannah, dimaggio went to hollywood together we've learned. her parents let a 16-year-old girl go to hollywood with a 40-year-old man though dimaggio was considered the best friend of the dad do you think the parents dropped the ball at all here? >> i don't want to blame the victims. i just want to send a message to parents out in the world today. the most dangerous place for a child to live in america tends
to be in a home with a nonbiologically related male. be careful who you expose your kids to. >> a lot of people have learned from this ordeal. thank you so much to both of you. coming up in ten minutes a special report. anderson cooper's kidnapped the rescue of hannah anderson airs at 6:30 p.m. eastern time. we are back right after this. especially today, as people are looking for more low, and no calorie options. that's why on vending machines, we're making it easy for people to know how many calories are in their favorite beverages, before they choose. and we're offering more low calorie options, including over 70 in our innovative coca-cola free-style dispensers. working with our beverage industry and restaurant partners, we're helping provide choices that make sense for everyone. because when people come together, good things happen.
this past week meant the party is over for lots of school kids across the country. because it was back to school. we report on one town in central oklahoma where a few weeks ago nobody knew if anything would be left of the school to open. >> there are a lot of emotions when it is time to go back to school especially when part of that school isn't there anymore. >> i don't know how we survived this. >> reporter: i first met dylan ellis three months ago in the days immediately following the ef-5 tornado that wrecked moore, oklahoma and left 24 people dead. the word hero got thrown around a lot during those days but ellis was nothing short of one. >> i see her start to go up. i jump on her. lay on her. and then grab on to the bottom of these lockers inside the ground. and then once it's over i push her out of the way and then all of the debris starts to hit me. >> reporter: how did you think so fast and know what to do? >> i just thought of her as my family. what would i do if they started
to go up? didn't think. just did it. >> reporter: like most of the students who survived the tornado ellis had a lot of time over the summer to think about what happened. excited, nervous, anxious those are just some of the feelings he said he has had about starting 8th grade and after everything that happened he says he is just ready for things to be back to normal again. >> going to be a process to get back but it's going to eventually get the way it was. >> this first grade teacher wishes it was that easy. her school briarwood elementary took a direct hit from the tornado. she laid on her students and even played music to them as debris rained down on them. >> the ones that i had last year, i saw them this summer and they would tell me i don't want to go to school ms. mayes. that breaks my heart because they kind of lost their innocence. >> reporter: as she welcomes new students to their temporary buildings this year, she says the most difficult part for her
will be making them feel that they're safe. >> a thunderstorm might scare me, but there is so much love in the world and that's what we're going to teach the children, too. that's the strength we have to draw on. >> the recovery and rebuilding in moore, oklahoma is not without criticism. while the schools that were damaged during the tornado are being rebuilt they're being done without safe rooms or shelters. like so many other states, in tornado alley, in oklahoma the safe rooms and shelters aren't required in schools. nick valencia, cnn, atlanta. >> i'm pamela brown at the time warner center in new york. it has been a pleasure filling in for don lemon. anderson cooper's special report kidnapped the rescue of hannah anderson is next. ♪ norfolk southern what's your function? ♪
good evening. i'm anderson cooper. for nearly two weeks the story of hannah anderson has captured the attention of the nation, a story of betrayal by a devoted family friend, a thousand-mile cross country pursuit by hundreds of law enforcement agents, and a dramatic shoot outin the dense idaho wilderness. tonight the inside story. hear from friends, family, and the people who helped save an innocent young girl. miguel marquez reports, "kidnapped, the rescue of hannah anderson." >> reporter: what began with fire became murder and man hunt. >> the level of intensity in this investigation is