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Monday night, by 7 p.m., our show was all "set." We knew who the guests were, what segments we were doing and in what order. Yes, we had intended to start with Michael Jackson (search) — the case which is consuming the attention of many and which every other cable news show on every other cable network was covering.
At about 7:30 p.m., things changed. I received an e-mail from a source in the marina in Georgia. I was working on the show and the e-mail popped up on my screen. "Something" was going on. I responded immediately by e-mail and, so that I did not miss an opportunity, also immediately called. I was told a body was going to be removed from the marina waters in the next few minutes. I asked, "Are you sure"" The response was that that was the information he had heard. Since "hearing" is often different from what is reality, I was not convinced, but certainly immensely interested. This person had given me 100 per cent correct information in the previous day. I said, "Keep me posted." I knew from experience that "bodies" can turn into "logs" in the dark of waters, so I could not be certain.
In the meantime, I immediately e-mailed my producer in New York and sent out e-mails to several others who have been working on the Cindy Lynch (search) story. We needed confirmation. I also put in calls to Chet Lynch, his lawyer, the police etc. My New York producer called me in response to my e-mail and said, "What do you want to do about the show?" I said, "I don't know. We don't know if it really is a body or not." We immediately called all our sources. In the meantime, the order and content of our show was now completely unknown. We had gone from certainty to uncertainty.
As it turned out, about an hour later we got the sad news — yes, it was a woman's body. We all assume it is Cindy Lynch, but of course won't know until today.
We had to make quick decisions on the show - do we start with the discovery in the marina? We had covered the disappearance very closely and felt an obligation to the story and to carry it out for those who were interested.
But, remember, it was after 8 p.m. and we had no live guests to talk about the Cindy Lynch case and bring us up to date on the search. The producers scrambled and called the many people we have talked to about her disappearance. If you watched the show, you will know that, by the time 10 p.m. rolled around, we had several guests. The producers are really good at "crashing" a story.
Usually before the show, I know the guests and the segment times (our interview times vary with every guest in every segment.) This allows for preparation. Last night, instead, during every commercial break, I had to ask my New York producer: What topic are we doing next? Who is our guest? And how much time do I have with the guest? The only guest who I was certain about was my last one — Dan Senor — to discuss Iraq.
I was quite "surprised" to hear as the show was starting that two of my guests were relatives of the missing and now probably discovered Cindy Lynch. Frankly, those are the guests I hate to interview — what do you say to the family at a time like this? At that late notice I had no options and did the interview as best I could.
Of course I know both the Jackson and Lynch stories quite well having covered them — so it is not that much of a challenge. It is just a bit chaotic, but not that chaotic.
I've attached some behind the scenes video of my interview with Chet Lynch. Click on the link in the video box above to watch it.
Finally, here are some randomly grabbed e-mails about the disappearance of Cindy Lynch. As always, there is no intended agenda by the emails — they only reflect what some are saying:
E-mail No. 1
I can tell you this Cindy Lynch did not take her life, If she was reading her Bible and praying, when you believe In the Lord the way Cindy did you do NOT take your own life.
E-mail No. 2
I knew Cindy personally. My brother and I used to get our hair cut by her.
As long as we knew her, I never once saw her drink. I think she was not an alcoholic. She never seemed angry or depressed or anything towards her customers. I believe there is more to this than what meets the eye. I would like to encourage everyone to pray for Zade and all of Cindy's family and personal friends.
E-mail No. 3
I lived aboard near Nashville for 9 years. Can tell you of multiple times friends have fallen into the water both from the dock and the boat… Most accidents happening by having a drink or food in one hand, stepping on a slick, wet, constantly undulating boat swim platform from a slick, wet moving dock... and it happens in the blink of an eye... it happened to me and I almost drowned... all before I even realized it... all innocent... If you live on a boat you will fall into the water... sooner or later. Hopefully you will not hit your head or get trapped either under the boat or dock... I recall hearing of a similar case here on my boat dock years ago... don't know the details but a female drowned here under similar circumstances.
Enjoy your show.
E-mail No. 4
I am a native Savannian and was raised on the water where Mrs. Lynch was found today and that is "Bad Water" The currents are very fast there. You have several water ways emptying into the Wilmington River at certain areas not to mention there is allot of boating action there with the shrimp boats and pleasure boats. I am very sorry about Mrs. Lynch, but her family is not from this area and would not understand the waterway as a local would.
E-mail No. 5
I don't know what blinking eyes could indicate. But when you were interviewing her husband; I noticed his eyelids blinking nonstop, could it be nervousness? If you look at the interview tape you will see what I mean.
E-mail No. 6
I've notice during interview with Chet that he has a tendency of blinking his eyes a lot, but he didn't seem to blink as much when you were in Savannah retracing the last step of his wife. Does this seem strange to you?
E-mail No. 7 — Note: This e-mail falls under the "hostile" category:
Obviously, your panelists are ignorant of the realities of being married to a drunk b_tch. The husband acted as any normal man would have given he was married to a drunk, adulterous, b_tch. He was probably happy just to have some peace and quite. I would not have called the police either. And, her friend who gave a statement is probably just as bad.
E-mail No. 8
I don't know the details of this case but I do understand the husband's reaction completely. My now ex husband started going off for a couple days at a time. At first I had an intense reaction. Pacing the floors till I couldn't stand it and called the police to see if there were any accidents reported. People only do that so many times and then it's like he's gone again. I guess he will be back or not. Thank God I never had to face him being found dead, but I can completely understand that lack of concern when they are missing. Again. As usual. As for not telling her customers: Mine started off on weekends and it was just me that worried. Then he quit showing up at work. So I wouldn't jump to conclusions based only on the husband's attitude.
E-mail No. 9
No southern woman I know could sit in a car in 19 degree weather (or close to that temp) for 83 minutes unless she was dressed for snow skiing. Did the people who saw her say she was running the motor? Thus some heat? Could someone have stuffed a rag in that muffler? Will they check her body for carbon monoxide? Have they checked the "loaner Lexus" for this? Would carbon monoxide poisoning explain her "low tone" and "confused state" as she talked to her friend? Her husband said her "cape" was in the car the next morning. Her teeth should have been chattering after 83 minutes, unless the heat was on.
P.S. I also don't know many "good ole Georgia boys" who drink Perrier water (it's taste, next to good GA water, might mask something added to it) ask Zell Miller or Shawn H. Just something I wondered about, please ask your experts.
Thanks, love your show
E-mail No. 10
I have no idea how this Williams guy thinks but I remember how I was thinking when I went through my separation and divorce 25 years ago. I would have been ecstatic if the woman I was married to at the time had just disappeared. In fact, I prayed for it.
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