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h-d1x tonight, a perilous journey to a mountain hideout. a secret meeting orchestrateda criminal mastermind. the guests of honor, a latina superstar he admires and ad star. did she cross a line?
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>>ing. so glad you're joining us. it's the story of the curious trio, the oscar-winning an superstar, and the drug lord known as el chapo.e's something to keep in mind about drugs coming into america tonight. when an addict reaches for heroin or methamphetamine, chances are they're saying hello to el chapo, one of the notorious drug lords in the history of the world. >> reporter: you are looking tery. the drug lord joaquin el chapo guzman a man little known and rarely seen. for more than 20 years, el chapo
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and as his empire expands, violence follows. his sinaloa cartel said to have ved in thousands and thousands of deaths. the man himself so dangerous and elusive no prison can hold him. and so the largest manhunt sinceer way to find him when surveillance pictures show someone is about to get there first. not the police. not the army. wait ae american actor sean penn? and who is the woman with him?a of mexican television? actress kate del castillo. her biggest role, reina del sur.th. she plays theresa mendoza. a beautiful and rapacious drug lord. with her trip, so many questions.
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did she make deals? was it professional or something more? we are here in her home in california to find out. >> quiet, please.he has been living in the midst of furor and scandal. headlines and accusations. and she says she is finally ready to give her answers on tv. >> this is the first time that he truth. >> reporter: so what is the to the tonight? >> that i am an honorable woman. and this does not define who i am. i affected a lot ofsay, i'm sorry. >> reporter: when we arrive her family is there. her dad is a big mexican tv star.e. >> i am so, so sorry that i put my entire family through it. because that was not my -- was not the point.
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gonna happen. and i would have never done anything to put them in that position.s the story? how on earth does this whole strange explosive saga begin? the woman admired in mexico for being so outspoken and impulsive. the spanish word audaz. audacious. racecars. and holding her own with the boys. te te tequila. >> reporter: she has her own tequila brand called honor. one night she says she was sitting at her computer, just free associating about her philosophy of life.s on the catholic church for making women feel guilty about their sexuality. >> i have deep pain, i have sex, i have dreams, fantasies, desires.r: she attacks the reigning government of mexico for corruption while so many people suffer. and then in one sentence she ligh an explosion. she says, unlike the government, at least the number one crime
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hypocrite. chapo guzman than in the government. >> reporter: she urges the drug lord to turn his power for good. you would be the hero of heroes. let's traffic with love. you know how to. life is a business. the only thing that changes is the merchandise, right? >> reporter: and that last line in mexico would recognize. what her character says on queen of the south. teresa mendoza. >> teresa mendoza, yes. and then i said, "ah, this looks really nice. i'm gonna tweet it."s of wine and went to sleep, of course, not knowing what was gonna happen. >> reporter: she is now working od. it's not easy to get big parts. >>things. because i'm not gonna wait for
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and life goes really fast. and of course i'm t any easier. but i need to start with a big project so i can grab attention from the big people in hollywood. >> reporter: and one day she gets a call. >> there is this people that are calling you for a big hollywood movie. back and learns the identity of the person answering her prayers. it is the lord of the drug trade. el chapo guzman., we are rs. >> and i was in shock. i was in shock. decides to fly to mexico to have a secret meeting with his lawyers. they said to you? >> bienvenida senorita. >> reporter: yeah, after that?y say, "well, seor guzma n wants you to do a movie
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of his life. and i was, "why me? why me?" i mean -- >> reporter: and why you?, because he is a fan of yours. he loved your character. but he loves your family.re honorable family. and you tell the truth. you're brave." and i'm like, "well, yeah, but we have to know exactly what he ovie. any lies," you know? we all know who he is. i'm not doing a romantic comedy about the guy. >> reporter: she says she's not sure if she'll produce a y or a movie that is tough and gritty like the biopic "american gangster." but she nance it legitimately. not a penny from him? >> not a penny from him. that's, he, i mean, they asked me.ut money?
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and i'm like, "no! no." i can hear someone saying, "okay, he's not giving you money. but he's giving you something that will earn money for you."t like that, diane. there's the godfather. there's all these movies taking about this drug lords. >> reporter: right, but your first reaction is not, "oh, my lion criminal enterprise. i am entering into a world in which i don't have bearings, first of all.d end up making common cause with one of the world's greatest criminals." >> i know. and i totally understand that.. and i'm not the first one that has risked a lot of things to go and have a good story.eporter: is there anyone so
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really was, not gonna find out who pol pot really was. >> as an actor and a filmmaker, i cannot say no. you know, it's a big opportunity to have, for the first time, being alive. being the biggest drug lord. i'm just an actor that wanted a great story. one that will help us understand organized crime.r: and since he's asked her to meet him she'll learn more about what he has to say. >> and it was for me, was really secure, because he was in jail.r: that's true. for the moment el chapo is in prison. but as you're about to see this houdini will soon make one of his great escapes. he races off to his secret and dangerous mountains and where he goes she's about to follow. famous american actor signed up for the perilous ride.
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the way, his name means shorty. about 5'6" inches tall. look closely as he seems to be going into the shower before bed.disappear? incredibly, lift up the bottom of his shower and it drops into a tunnel where a motorcycle on rails is waiting so he can drive out fast.nside the el chapo tunnel. >> reporter: abc's gio benitez showed us the stunning engineering, fortified walls, perfect ventilation running about a mile to carry el chapo n head back to his beloved sinaloa mountains. when it's over, seven prison officials will be arrested as complicit.xican people are outraged but not very surprised. >> intense manhunt now under way. >> reporter: seven were arrested. >> seven. oh, seven. come on. come on. tunnel could not have been
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>> no. >> reporter: -- with more than seven people complicit? >> no. and what a tunnel, right? just perfect. night it happens, kate del castillo says she's out with friends in los angeles. she gets a text from one of chapo's lawyers in which the rating the escape and she says, me more. >> reporter: were you glad? were you happy he escaped? >> i don't know. no.exactly that i was happy that he escaped. i was just stunned. i think most mexicans were. >> reporter: did you think, "this would be good for my project?"s devastated. in that -- i said, "oh my god, i -- my copyright just vanished."the -- to the producers. and one of them said, "no. it just got better." >> reporter: she says she's now found two producers to raise vie project. they're well-known in hollywood for their work with oliver stone. and they tell her they have
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she's says she's excited he wants to meet with her and she thinks he's coming to help her on the project. >> you know, this big hollywood e credibility. you know, about that i was -- i'm serious with this movie. >> reporter: and when they meet the fugitive el chapo up on his offer for a meeting and he, sean penn, will go with her. so she asks to meet with el chapo.yes, and this time it's directly from the man himself. "hello, friend, what a pleasure to greet you. eager to greet you personally,
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are you he sends word, she can bring whoever she wants. yeah, i mean, i was being nice because i wanted to get the story. >> reporter: if she is being pleasant, so is el chapo, who is known to have a men. his current wife a beauty queen, 26 years old. and as he awaits del castillo, we count 37 text messages to his lawyers as he tries to decide which phone he can send her to correspond that would make her happy.ike the color. and is it the right color? and do they have it in pink? i mean, this is a guy with a case.hose
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they are. can't -- i just -- >> reporter: she says the parts of the texts thao make her look bad. is he seducing you? are you seducing him? who's the cat? who's the mouse? >> right. well, again, it's out of context.ecessarily me, kate del castillo. he was probably, had a crush on teresa mendoza. >> reporter: had a crush? wait a minute. i don't know.admirer? i don't know. i'm -- okay, maybe, yes. i don't know. we'll have to ask him. >> reporter: but whatever is happening, the trip is on. >> reporter: so was it crazy? was it naive?capade? what was it? >> i think a little bit of everything.r sure. >> reporter: she says she's moving a little too fast,
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picks up that phone el chapo sent from the lawyers, the government is already watching. mountains, the mysterious king of the drug trade has embarked on a kind of cartel party planning. perhaps distributing even more of his notorious bribes to ea, perhaps sending out hundreds of his men into the woods to create a safe path for her night.eople. a lot of people. so, i mean, the risk was enormous. >> chapo guzman was incredibly or was head over heels in love. >> reporter: this is ican academic and former secretary of foreign affairs who can't believe what is happening. >> did a lot of very foolish things. >> reporter: but for all his amorousness this is the man who changed addiction around the world, reinventing the drug trade. with his planes, his submarines,
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every american town.ou have a person who uses terror, uses murder, uses corruption, uses unspeakable nce to build an empire. >> reporter: this is grainy cell phone video, reportedly of el chapo with an unhurried swagger interrogating a man tied und his legs. in america, there are seven indictments of el chapo, some of them citing murder.d him public enemy number one, like al capone. murder, torture, that -- either r his umbrella, under his direction.t. >> no, not at all. >> reporter: so what will she do about this in her film? it is going to glamorize him. he'srders. >> well, i don't know.
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soon.he's just tired. and i think he -- you know, those people have egos. >> reporter: but even as roops and dea agents are searching for el chapo, kate del castillo posts a picture on instagram with the hash tag, nothing is what it seems.of her new tequila. she heads to the airport and says she is both excited and very, very scared. coming up, the drug lord sees
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the diane sawyer special continues on "20/20." >> reporter: look again at those surveillance photos leaked by the mexican government hinting are so ambitious they would sneak in for a meeting with a dangerous fugitive -- the world's biggest drug lord.n who lives in front of cameras know she was being photographed? didn't you know you were under surveillance? to be honest i didn't think about it. he was doing by, you know, texting me. if i knew i was being followed, i would've never gone down there. because it's a lot of risk. not only my life, but everybody's life. thought you were going to get in and out and no one would know? >> yes.hing
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here's the plane el chapo sent for them. did the government miss that? >> we live in an era of drones and everything. but it's not like there's a constant beep where he is. they pop up and then they disappear. and then they pop up someplace else. >> reporter: it was also bouncing so hard del castillo says she takes a swig of his gift tequila to calm her nerves. and even though she is thinking, el chapo will be impressed she is bringing the major player from hollywood sean penn. we now know from texts, the drug lord had no idea who sean penn him. next, the group gets into a car for the long drive up the mountain.ak spanish she frantically tries to signal him that the driver of the car is el chapo's son. >> sean was like, "well, translate me when it's important.", "this is important. it's the son." >> reporter: on the drive they pass through sophisticated layers of security. ordinary looking people keep suddenly appearing, out of the woods.me out with new cell
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you know? >> reporter: finally about 10:00 or 11:00 she says they arrive at a clearing on the mountain. so dark she doesn't see who is opening her door. >> and he said, "amiga." and that how i knew it was him. because he called "amiga" and i was like, "oh, my god."ve that we were there. i was just -- i didn't know how to react. >> reporter: did he embrace you?what did he do? >> he kissed me on the cheek and embraced me. we all do that in mexico. that's the way we say hello. >> reporter: so where they meeting? multiple reports have identifiede the town of cosala, at the nuestra senora nature reserve, nestled high in the sierra madre mountains.know the reserve itself denies that they were the location. we do know when del castillo moved into light, she looked at rely seen by the
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thought.m chapo, for shorty. and, his eyes just -- just penetrate you.s that -- it -- they're just like mesmerizing in a way that you cannot just turn around. but scary. because it's really strong. >> reporter: they head into a clearing.now if it is this one but they are at a wooden table under lights. and security, we've seen pictures of el chapo's armed soldiers in the past. but del castillo says she now knows that the armed s the woods. and chapo made sure in her eyeline there were just a few people relaxed. no weapons.arriving almost out of nowhere. >> a local family maybe or
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a bunch of thing. i just saw that it was a big, i just couldn't eat. but i knew i had to. because i didn't want to be rude i think i did one taco. tacos are my thing. so i went for the taco. yeah. >> reporter: seven hours, what did you talk about?s about his family, protection of his sons, his mother. >> he talked about his mom. he wanted me to meet her. >> reporter: and she says as his talks, she's thinking 25 years ago, when he became head of the cartel, he's eyes seemed almost challenging but now she says his face appears morive up running. >> i sensed that -- that he was probably tired. >> reporter: but he confirms he is sending an ocean of drugs to s and around the world and he is the biggest. did he say, "i supply more heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana than anybody else in the world"? >> yes.
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he still loves his mom. so there's something -- there's love inside there somewhere.r: we ask, did he talk about his tentacles into the mexican government. all those bribes. the corruption. financing political campaigns, paying for his own pro't. he said, about politics, the politicians go do their job. i do mine. >> reporter: and she notices as he talks, the crime boss displays almost suburban manners. >> he doesn't even say a bad word.d him smokes or do drugs. and it was like, "oh, sean is the only one who smokes here." >> reporter: which brings us nn, who doesn't speak spanish. depends on her to translate. she says at this dinner penn
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dangerous curve.says she simply didn't know that the only reason he was on the trip was to get his own rview for rolling stone. she says when he asks her to translate that's his plan she's afraid to look alarmed or surprised because chapo and his sons could turn on the american actor. >> i was just like, "okay.me." why didn't you tell me this? it's like there was no way i was going to do that. >> reporter: penn says she knew about the article and was "nothing but excited couldn't wait for it to come out." at some point during their evening on the mountain, penn want pictures with el chapo by himself. do you have a picture? >> yes.
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>> sure.s is her picture -- the drug lord in blue shoes and the blue designer shirt. by the way, that shirt is now selling out in stores. she says afterwards they to the g tequila. >> we did finish the bottle, yeah. we all had a little bit of honor. >> reporter: did you all get pretty drunk? almost finished the bottle, i was like, "hey. it's for your dad. >> reporter: and as the party rolls on into early morning the drug lord apparently takes a look at his tv dream girl and notices that this is a woman who may many. >> because he said, "i think you have to go to bed. i think the tequila --" i was tipsy.id, "yes, i think it's time." >> reporter: tipsy, like dizzy, tipsy?a just got to you -- i was not drunk. but i was not in my entire five senses. and i was like, "oh, my god."ng -- i'm -- i'm showing you your room." >> reporter: chapo leads her down a dark path, we don't know for sure, it could be one like this in the reserve.o spend the night.
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this special0/20" continues. once again, diane sawyer. >> reporter: let's pick up again where we left off. the actress who's had a little cking as a drug lord takes her out into the dark. we think this is the path they walked toward oom. >> when we turned around and we were alone out of anybody's sight, i was waiting for him to grab me probably in a different way. you know men. i had no idea what intentions.head it was
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my head. and my partners couldn't do anything.t would you have done if he'd made a move? >> oh, my god, i -- i -- >> reporter: you must have thought about it. >> i don't know.nds were crucial for me. i thought everything. of course, i did think about it. i don't know, diane. i don't know. >> reporter: woozy, terrified, she says he did something startling. he her feet. >> i knew he -- he was not going to try to make a move or something that would harm me.ou mean? how -- how did you know? >> just the way he very gently put his hand on my elbow. >> reporter: and she says in t of like in the movies, somebody a little wobbly tried to say something a little brave. >> i actually got the guts to tell him.r never and if i don't say it right now i might not have another opportunity.this might be my
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i ask him. i said, "amigo," while we were walking. what i said on my tweet originally. you're a powerful powerful man. you can do something good." >> reporter: including, she wanted a way to acknowledge victims of organized crime. >> i was literally dying inside.if he gets mad, if he -- i don't know what i'm going to do."yes out of him. and he didn't took his eyes out of mine.ood, amiga. you have a great heart. do it." and he said, "i'm not staying here. you won't see me tomorrow. i never stay where my guests are and mine, as well. so you won't see me again. thank you so much for giving me one of the best days. thank you." >> reporter: with that, the da >> and then when we said good-bye, he -- he hugged me and
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>> reporter: she says she prettyroom where all four of the guests had beds. this is one of the rooms at the ecological reserve. we don't know if it was like hers. fell asleep. and i was like, "oh, what should i take off? nothing. what if we have to run or what if we --"ecause -- you know, i'm the only woman there. i think probably one hour later, the lawyer came in and said, "come on, up, up, up." >> reporter: and then, like one of the heroines in her the wheel, trying to outrace the storm clouds and the threat of being discovered. she says they n the mountain, past all intruding eyes. >> because mostly when they see women driving, they don't stop them. and i said, "of course, yes."r: and when they're back in los angeles, sean penn has another idea -- get el chapo to send answers to his questions on videotape for his magazine article.ll wants penn to help support her movie project,
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getting something on tape from chapo is a good backup plan.n't know if -- if the guy can be killed the next day. so maybe we can base the movie on this article.ore long, she's told about the package that's arrived. a cell phone in it. >> which i have. this is the original cell phone he sent the video in. this was the actual one that he was -- tape with. [ >> reporter: his first words, "this is for kate del castillo."s for 17 minutes, you see the master drug lord, the man they call the king of the mountains, stumbling, trying to figure out what looks good on tv. should he do it without a hat?on. he shaved his mustache. the whole thing a strange
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crow. his answers are halting as he says drug dealing is necessary for economic survival in mexico.he's just stunned that he sent this tape because she asked. >> i was being pressured by sean to get the video. so when i saw it, i was moved. i was really moved. >> reporter: you're moved by his -- >> oh, i was moved by him doing this for me.ll the risks that, you know. it's just crazy. we've never seen a video of him. >> reporter: and later, she willfter she and penn left the mountain, the government moved in on chapo with helicopter gunships and marines on the ground.rd of one report that there was an exchange of fire in villages nearby. innocent people were killed or wounded.
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much from violence says she thinks about this moment, because she worries this one's on her.ny things that happened after we left. and for that, i will always -- always be sorry.ause of the lives lost? >> yeah. there's so many innocent people that is dying, you know?k that because of me -- being there led to something like that, that's something that i'm >> reporter: coming up next, is she worried el chapo thinks she put him in jail?overnment threatening to put her in jail too?
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once again, diane sawyer. >> reporter: january 8th, 2016.
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chapo is there. a barrage of bullets. but mirrors which hide one of his secret tunnels. the tunnel leads him out through the mexican sewers. here you can see in a grainy of a manhole half a mile away, and then he tries to get out of town in a stolen getaway car. down and they nab him. no longer the guy wearing his silk shirt on the mountain, the thy t-shirt. what do you see? >> i see -- he tried to run for sure. famous perp-walk, officers push his head down and then turn it so the world has proof they got their man. found his arsenal and his personal dvd set of her show, "queen of the south." but sheconvenient. >> i don't trust the judicial system in mexico.
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to see. from the first moment the mexican government said the ability to track her trip was essential to the capture of el chapo. they told us it was just a "contributing element." so are they trying to get her in trouble with the drug lord?f the cartel think you led to the capture of their leader? >> i don't think so. i'm not a law enforcement agent or i don't work in the government. t -- you know, betray someone like that. plus, it would be stupid. i mean, it's my life >> reporter: she reminds us the capture was three months after her meeting on the mountain and in a different place. so why would the government do it? >> maybe not to endanger my life. an example because they're very angry at me. >> reporter: they want to take
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>> i think them. everybody knows it's a witch hunt. leak whatever it wants to they're more interested in >> reporter: and the mexican attorney general has openly insinuated that del castillo may have come close to money laundering. someone released an exchange of wyer about her tequila project., "and maybe, in it." and i'm like, "yeah, sure. that will be great." for me it was like, i'm just -- ldn't have received one cent. i have not received one cent from the guy. not one cent. i was just, "yeah, whatever." that was it. yeah. stupid. yes, i regret that. yes, i do. yes, i do.of mistakes in my life. you know, and -- and that was one of it. >> reporter: and she says another one of her mistakes was penn's "rolling stone" article. it appeared the day after el chapo's capture. she says it contained an hat simply wasn't true.
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mountain to see el chapo they were stopped at a military rs see the son of el chapo and wave them through. >> it's not true. we never stopped.opped by a military checkpoint or by any other person or checkpoint. never.e checkpoint so important? >> well it is humiliating for the mexican government. fomilitary. it is such a big issue and we can get in so much trouble. which i am, by the way.d out to point incident did happen, and he stands by his story. but as of tonight, del castillo says it still stings that penn has been calling himself a in the article she is called "our ticket to el chapo." "our ticket to el chapo's trust."ell, he got it right in that way.
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there if it was not for me.n't you angry at him? >> yes, a little bit, i am. but again, i'm angry at myself.i believe in people. and i didn't know sean penn. >> reporter: she was so sure she says he would help her on her big project in hollywood. >> i think he was never interested in the movie. tonight, "i like kate. she's energetic, sweet and has heart." but he says, "at no point did i express an interest in producing, directing or acting in her film." when we
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tonight, kate a powerful actress. became an american citizen. saying she loves both countries, and considers both her home.iew about to end. we notice something. >> i looked sad? >> reporter: she's told us she doesn't dare go back to mexico, afraid to be arrested and adds she never intended to hurt anyone. i. >> i need to deal with my legal problems. >> reporter: tonight, that drug ki the same mexican prison where he escaped last year. there are all these reports that he's in isolation, that he has dogs outside the door, that he has blood pressure problems. do you feel sorry for him?
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i think he's a big guy. i think he knows what he's doing.hat's his choosing this life is like. >> reporter: as he said on that videotape, even without him, the drug trade will go on. and there's something else about el chapo and kate del castillo that may surprise you. you're still in touch? >> yeah, through our lawyers.project is on. she says he's agreed. you're still going to do it? even at this price? >> yeah.know. yeah. it's cost me so much in so many ways.r: how are you going to be changed after this? >> i'm going to become stronger. my adrenaline, being to be a little bit more thoughtful. >> reporter: the internet is still having a field day mocking
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someone posted kate del castillo as a pinata and here, like ys have paris and sinaloa. >> you know what's something t mexicans, that we have this sense of humor.r: she says a dark moment, a friend sent her a reminder that theresa mendoza and kate del castillo are not girls who give up. different take on the word fear. f-e-a-r. >> it's a bad word. [ bleep ] everything and run.verything and rise. so i'm choosing the second one. >> with that, thank you for diane sawyer.
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the search for a missing man leads police to a body. now, they are searching for a killer and they say that this man is their suspect. >> we broke the story just hours ago. we were the only reporter at the scene in canton >> reporter: police got a tip from an informant that led them to the 2400 block of worley street where they found a man dead inside. they immediately issued an arrest warrant for this man. a man i'm told has a lengthy criminal history and several outstanding warrants. the victim did not live at this address but rankin did. police tell me that they know the homicide but they don't know exactly how it happened.

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