The words "survivalist" and "bunker" have been swirling in the media lately after the kidnapping of a school boy by an Alabama man who is supposedly a "doomsday prepper." As we previously reported, Jimmy Lee Dykes held the 6-year-old for more than 30 hours in the underground structure.
But the vast majority of purported "survivalists" building "doomsday bunkers" to ride out an attack on humanity that could end the world as we know it are peaceful individuals who are nothing like Dykes. Take Peter Larson who recently gave CNN a tour of his $65,000 bunker nestled in Utah's mountains.
CNN's Gary Tuchman describes Larson as a family man. He's a man who has a normal neighborhood home with a mountain view. But a few hour drive away into the mountains is where Tuchman has created a 50-foot long, 10-foot in diameter bunker that resides 20 feet under ground.
Stairs lead down to Peter Larson's bunker. (Image: CNN/YouTube screenshot)
Why is Larson preparing for apocalyptic situations? In part, Tuchman reported, because he thinks economic collapse could bring civil disorder but it's more than that.
"There will be a nuclear holocaust. Someone is going to pull the pin," Larson said.
Peter Larson (left) and CNN's Gary Tuchman in Larson's Utah bunker. (Image: CNN/YouTube screenshot)
In addition to the expected staples -- canned food, blankets, firearms, etc., -- Larson's bunker is outfitted with an air-filtration system that pumps air in from the outside. He also keeps cash and gold on hand for when it's time to start rebuilding society.
"You've got enough bullets to start an army here," Tuchman said.
"Um, yeah," Larson said.
Showing his storage underneath beds, which includes a stock of firearms. (Image: CNN/YouTube screenshot)
Larson, a Mormon, explains that according to his faith, he believes in the last days there will be some hard times.
"...we feel like these are the last days," Larson said.
How will Larson reach the bunker in time in the event of an impending disaster? He tells Tuchman essentially that he believes God will give him a sense of when it's time to go.
"...I spend a certain amount of time with Heavenly Father reminding him that I need about 24 hours notice," Larson said.
Tuchman also asks a question many have of survivalist preppers: if the whole world is destroyed, would you really want to live that kind of life?
Larson responded saying, "sure" and noting that he doesn't think all of man-kind would be destroyed.
Watch CNN's tour:
As for the cost of Larson's bunker, compared to some others a $65,000 price tag isn't too expensive. Check out these luxury bunkers that some buyers have put down $7 million for in Kansas.
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