>> oh, yeah. and cops were always welcome at the extravagant parties thrown by lou at angels landing. 4 >> they'd bring me pictures, "do you -- can you identify these people?" what'd you feel about these stories? dupixent is the first treatment of its kind that continuously treats moderate-to-severe eczema, or atopic dermatitis, even between flare ups. i had the officers go out and get photographs, pull arrest records. >> i was a teacher's pet. >> i kept thinking nobody is going to really think it's as bad as it was. no. >> we wanted his fingerprints immediately. >> he related to us how lou castro and the others had moved to a residence in columbia, tennessee. sports cars? spans 15 years. and at the center of it all -- the man who called himself lou. to go to the hospital. ma, ma, you can show more skin. in the basement. [ sniffling ] cody, i don't think you need to put any words to it. slam dunk, "dateline" continues did you know that every single flush flings odors onto your soft surfaces? everybody says you could have left then, you could have left then. >> he said your mom is right. >> and your dad was part of another family back when but -- >> i mean i still visited my dad and i still loved my dad, but that's just not where i was going to live. >> she was wonderful. >> no. and trish -- who was married to brian and had a baby daughter -- took care of the home. >> reporter: so it's "thank goodness we have lou at the helm here," huh? >> reporter: an ntsb investigation into the catastrophe found no mechanical problems with the plane, leaning toward a theory that bad weather had contributed to the crash. ends monday. >> right. and mouse. i was so angry with her. while all of the deaths were deemed to be accidents really he wondered how could any family be so unlucky? >> it didn't smell right. >> reporter: in late 2003, after the drowning death of 26 year old trish hughes, the mood at angels landing was grim. ... Dateline. >> perez was a plane emechanic in the navy. >> and then, you're, what, goin' back to school and -- >> yep. aleve pm. coming up, investigate horse. one evening he was brandishing an assault rifle. what if he's right and he is a seer? jealous? who are you? >> reporter: kinda flashy or ostentatious? >> yeah, well -- and also, how do you say no when the entire thing is about you? >> and turns out the authorities were very, very interested in what you had to say? >> that's scarier. >> reporter: more vehicles? >> saying you guys really need to look at this guy, lou castro? while the officers suspected lou castro was somehow involved they had no hard evidence on which to arrest him. i thought about killing myself, but i didn't think about leaving. >> sarah says you raped her hundreds of times. i thought about killing myself but i nvr thought about leaving. >> reporter: they had pulled trish's body from the pool, and taken photographs. how did it feel to see him in court? only activia has billions of our live and active probiotics. i loved him quite a bit and so i can did it. >> she had hit the gravel troubling head on a rural road. but he was believed to be dead. i like guarantees. >> was he shaky that law the forcement was at his door? i am hundreds off years old. >> yes, sir. and with this plan, your rate is locked in for your lifetime, so it will never go up. >> he said we really needed to go. i never have been able to stand that thought. >> he tried another fingerprint ploy. >> reporter: you were the little girl who got a horse for your birthday? >> reporter: the new home for all three was a ten-acre mini-farm north of wichita. Was that what he said so he could abuse them? >> young woman telling the story what she saw and took part unas a little girl, you got murder case? so he seemed to have plenty of time. so you're really an extended family? hard to say but were you. i mean, it was like living with an aunt and uncle. and something else happened. i never had a bruise. and trish -- who was married to brian and had a baby daughter -- took care of the home. i can remember lou taking us to baseball practice when my sister was little, picking her up from school and stuff like that. >> that took some guts to do it. >> that's extremely unusual, especially in this day and age because usually everybody has a trail. plus, get $250 back when you buy an eligible phone. 100,000 ordered to evacuate as santa ana winds fuelling fires. >> but nothing could have prepared him for what came next. >> reporter: lou and trish, not blood relatives, determined the burial place for mona and lindsey -- a surprise to lisa, who again raised an eyebrow when she saw her sister's and niece's obituary in a south dakota newspaper. >> reporter: one thing was for sure, goodwyn wasn't going to let this go. >> reporter: in 2007, wichita detective ron goodwyn was investigating and keeping count of the mysterious deaths. it would delay tariffs and it requires china to buy u.s. agricultural products. they took off from rapid city. dark threats involving the. >> i did. we were reluctant to talk to his girlfriend because, again, we did not want to tip off lou castro or anybody else. that's why xfinity mobile lets you design your own data. i wanted more that's why i've got the power of 1 2 3 medicines with trelegy. >> car dealer? >> the state and i will ask you it to hold him responsible and, find him guilty. what if they don't believe me?" really? i lost my mom and sisterer. >> yeah, i was a suck up. one thing was adding up, the death toll of commune members. >> yeah. >> take one minute and make sure you and the baby jump in and go in one. tlrs 55-year-old won't be eligible for patrol for more than 80 years. he believed castro was involved in much more serious crimes, hvy duty stuff. the medical examiner determined trish's death was due to a freakishly bad accident. >> you had your dad back home. and he loved his daughter immensely. that inx plicable head-on tragedy and trigs hughes's drowning. >> reporter: cody traveled back to rapid city, and once again saw lou, who seemed distraught. on the guy. so help heal your skin from within, and talk to your eczema specialist about dupixent. in severe cases, pneumococcal pneumonia can put you in the hospital. >> and now she's going to take him on? >> reporter: as they coped with the loss themselves, emily and sara had a flashback, and pieced together another incident when tragedy struck the family about two years before. >> was he telling them stories or jokes or -- >> uh-huh, laughing. he'd been close to trish and lou thanks to his mom, mona. hello. she would come around when somebody was going to die. >> we still did not know who he was. Enjoy your visit. it's hard to explain but i loved lou. >> reporter: and a year later in 2009, castro did what they feared, he took off but just as the investigators thought lou castro might have slipped away they got their first big break. i was 12 and felt like i was being divorced. and the girls were close, despite a 7-year age gap. it is initially ruled a suicide. can you help us pour the foundation too? it was like being so special and being around this thing that nobody else gets to do. >> he said something really big is about to happen. she could say, "hey, let's get in the car and drive somewhere." and something else was troubling. okay, jonathan, i'm listening. to avoid bigger charges, more serious charges over many years and he was determined to get to the truth. awesome. Angels Landing is one of Zion National Park's most famous hikes and is worthy of everyone's bucket list. that's simple. >> how did he handle them. me to go live on the moon because that just wasn't something that could happen. you need come home. >> oh, they were mesmerized by him. >> i never told them anything. Aired: 02/21/2020 >> and i just started researching all these deaths to try to figure out, you know, how much of it was related to this individual. sandra, are you in school? he tells me that if my mom would have only been on the plane, that he says, you know "i would have taken your sister and we would have left." >> going to a dealership and buying a corvette was like going, to a toy store and picking out a model car. You'll also risk a spell of vertigo if you get too near the edge and glance into the void. wow, that's clean! >> reporter: your dad must have been all ripped up, huh? he didn't know how or why. >> yes, because i'm dad ea's girl. >> the last time we sat down with sarah and emily, they were trying to move on. >> probably close to. >> reporter: sara was still in touch with the family commune, now living in tennessee. The accident was reported by another hiker by cell phone. five so far. >> after they finished, i contacted the manager and asked if i could collect the dishes and glasses they had used at that table. he had to practically carry me into the house because i was terrified. and she said that mona and lindsey had left on a plane, and the plane had never reached its destination. keep what you watch with you. stop the cycle of odors in your car with febreze car vent clips. >> now looking back she had to have known. Change. >> right. i got three horses. literally in this case, homicide, the hand of another. like people that we've already died, he could see those people too. leave with a plan. >> reporter: as investigators dig in to lou's past, he starts to seem like a ghost. >> explaining his weapon, he. >> had you ever heard that name? >> no. >> he is a sexual pred itter willing to do anything to get his way and do what he wants to do. it was here that trish met and married brian, the auto mechanic, and they had a daughter. but she said does lou seem special to you? >> raised my suspicion he was hiding from law enforcement. >> reporter: and the smoke kept, billowing when goodwyn learned about the death of trish hughes. >> correct. >> half a million? dupixent is a biologic, and not a cream or steroid. i never thought of leaving. >> reporter: so in december 2009, nearly seven-years after the wichita investigation began, detectives goodwyn and snyder and the fbi agent sullivan got their first break -- the email from daniel. >> no idea. >> they faxed that to me that day. he moves through several states to satisfy his own sexual appetite. he tried to make me jealous of her, yes. er >> what was that thing he put together you got pulled into? how much guts does she have? >> that's kind of flattering to. summed up their case against 55-year-old daniel perez. >> i was just pretty much just tired of me carrying all that information myself. >> maybe. i mean he didn't -- there was no way that he could explain to his son that his sister and mom are gone. >> they may not have a goodwin riding up to them with a posse. that was the first time i had ever seen him cry. >> one day when i was out on a day off i just happened to see lou castro with a female in an suv vehicle. you've all just had lunch a few hours before. the only fda-approved 3-in-1 copd treatment. that didn't make any sense to emily. >> and she's crying hysterically. >> and there's people coming and going,. it can never be cancelled, call now for free information. a single beach sandal floated on the water's surface. she was the disciplinarian? and i had just lost my mom and i couldn't stand the thought of losing my dad. what was that thing he had? i had everything i wanted. >> every day. >> but inb your mind you were protecting him? so call now. >> the officers charged him and searched the it property. his hand was necessary to complete this act. >> reporter: cody's mom mona was something of a flower child. he would just go and pick one out, say, "all right. >> reporter: and what'd your dad think? >> i wasn't going to leave what i considered my family. i found out enough that i believed that it should be in somebody else's hands that can do something with it. and -- we didn't really do chores. Uploaded by >> no. >> right. it seemed really cool. yes. >> you said that. tell me more. Thank you. and we'd like to put a fire pit out there, and a dock with a boat, maybe. call, click, or visit a store today. but you're able to put the picture together for them? so what did she say? but i decided, you know, this was something i have to do and the chips will fall where they fall. so, i mean, we were close, but we fought like siblings. mr. perez, i've heard you described as cult leader, child rapist. >> reporter: and daniel, their inside man, delivered the mother load. are you crazy? >> reporter: may have been distraction or turn away from trouble. i mean i got everything i wanted. he said it's okay. about three hours it was back with a vurblgt. >> this is the only count that had the testimony of one individual. there's no way." When Lou Castro puts together a makeshift family at Angel's Landing, he tells his followers that he is an angel that can see the future; but when a detective starts to investigate the commune, he then uncovers deadly and devastating secrets; and if someone trys we'll let you know. and hit the town with these girls. nobody knew. >> beyond emily's account, they put on an expert witness for the small bruises on the head consistent with finger pressure. >> that she must have lost her mind. were you pleased at the it prospects int tennessee? >> reporter: whatever that meant, in 2003, after trish's death in the swimming pool, emily and her sister sara weren't the only ones trying to make sense of it all. so criminal accusations that he had uncovered through the midwest would be heard by the jury. they recounted that lou castro, whose real name was daniel perez had brain washed them into believing he was a sear and that he took on the personality of dark, manipulative angels that could predict somebody's death. >> reporter: what did the investigators make up happened. >> reporter: and then, he was dead? >> they believed he was neither low castro and joe vanegas. i remember i didn't tell them anything. -they're very tasteful. but -- eventually it kind of seemed like a new adventure and that that's what mom really needed to do. emily wrote a letter to lou while he was serving time for id fraud. how do you keep feeling your best all summer long? >> that's the picture that's come together but not reality. >> was he happy with what you showed him? >> reporter: as you look back now emily what do you think went on with your mother? >> he would rape me. did you tell her her time had come? >> yes, it would. >> reporter: one friday in february of 2001, mona and her boyfriend decided to take daughter lindsey on an exciting birthday trip to nebraska. >> he did it somehow, some how, he found a way to aumter. nobody saw the abuse and i have, spoken to people who were there and i guarantee you nobody knew. >> arthurer was mean and daniel was kinder. >> reporter: emily got the baby out of the pool but, because she was just a wisp of a thing, try as she might -- emily could not lift trish's body out of the water. >> how often? we saw a pattern. there should have been credit records, driver's license record, and all sorts of records and we could find none. call your doctor if worsened breathing, chest pain, mouth or tongue swelling, problems urinating, vision changes, or eye pain occur. >> uh-huh. Investigators were suspicious of the mysterious deaths happening there. >> and in the email, he told us what he thought was happening. and -- i was usually one of the top of my class. it happened suddenly. things i want to do and he wrote me back and chewed me out for not caring about hum. -not this. but none of the findings in any of the cases, including brian's, concluded there was foul play. >> reporter: what did you think of your nemesis here? it wasn't your hand pushing her beneath the water. >> no. >> he cried and wanted to know why i never told him. >> reporter: emily being the princess didn't always sit well with sister sara. >> he enjoyed the pain. >> that was the plan for the afternoon? >> reporter: his mom, mona, and trish took turns cooking for what was the beginnings of the commune. they trickled out their storaides, fearful they might be implicated. ask your doctor about once-daily trelegy and the power of 1 2 3. there was lou, his fiance and their daughter. >> except psychologically. >> so you go off to the car dealership with lou? 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