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this is "nightline." >> tonight this is the camper where escaped convict richard matt hid out while officials searched for his and david sweat. with matt killed and sweat in custody we're at the scene of the dramatic final showdown as new details emerge about how they evaded capture for so long. welcome. is this mountain a landing site for ufos. our nick watt has an unusual assignment making himself look ripe for alien abduction. >> and on the mend. she seems invincible belting out hits like when you're gone. but avril levine is just
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come to an end in equally unforgettable fashion. one of the escaped convicts is dead. the other is alive. reportedly opening up to authorities. how did these killers hide for so long? and is there trouble ahead for prison officials? abc's linzy janice was on the scene tonight. >> reporter: today in ma lenlone new york a community celebrating the end of the 3-week-long manhunt. convicted cop killer david sweat finally apprehended after being shot twice sunday afternoon. just a mile and a half from the canadian border. and 48 hours after his accomplice richard matt was shot and killed by authorities. the search spanning 22 days and hundreds of miles with over 1,000 officers combing the dense woods checking every car and every house. as authorities questioned sweat, new details and a new time line are emerging. so much still a mystery but
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giving us a peek into their life on the run. >> sweat actually disengaged from matt about five days ago. sweat felt that matt was slowing him down as a matter of fact. >> reporter: at just 15 miles away from where sweat was captured. abc news obtained these exclusive photos of the hideout where matt spent the final hours of his life. peeling walls, musty cushions torn curtains a teakettle on the stove. >> this is the camper where matt was hiding. >> reporter: photographer john shota lives across the street. snapping away as officers closed in. >> look inside. >> amazing he found it. he must have stumbled on it. >> reporter: nice place to sleep, huh? wow. >> kept the bugs off him. >> reporter: that's for sure. matt and sweat escaped from clinton correctional facility in
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dannemora dannemora dannemora, new york june 6. authorities say the two men had help fa sill tagtcilitateing their escape. joyce mitchell arrested and charged with helping them break free. >> matt groomed her to the point of assisting them in escape. >> reporter: mitchell pleaded not guilty. but officials say escape may not have been the only thing on their minds. >> they would kill mitchell's husband and then get in the car and drive on the theory that mitchell was in love with one or both of them. >> sweat and matt plotting for five months. mitchell allegedly smuggling them tools in hamburger meat. >> she advised us she placed them into hamburger. the correction officer was come collect that and bring that into inmate matt. >> reporter: police say the menuedmenu ed men used power tools to drill and shimmying through pipes after cat walks and pipes they
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walked 300 to 400 yard done a tunnel coming to a man health that they sawed open with their tools. the manhole they surfaced was one block from the prison walls. according to authorities mitchell was supposed to beat driver of a getaway car. instead checking herself into the hospital with what was called a panic attack. >> when mitchell doesn't show up the mexican plan gets foiled. then they head north towards canada. >> reporter: the inmates were added to the u.s. marshals' most wanted list reward set at $50,000 apiece. posters of the men distributed along the canadian and mexican borders. the escaped killers considered armed and dangerous. sweat was convicted for killing a police officer. and matt in jamil for killing and dismembering his boss' body. >> cop killer is one thing. dismembering somebody oh it's really out there. so i kind of one of those guys you keepen front of you. you don't turn your back on
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them. >> reporter: eric jensen was an inmate three years ago working with both in the tailor shop. matt and sweat housed in the honor block which meant special privileges. the inmates lived next door to each other. but the district attorney says that wasn't always the case. it sound like somebody in the prison granted their request to be put next to each other is that what you are saying? >> that's what i understand. >> reporter: after the initial escape the two men seemingly vanished for two weeks. then monday the focus shifting back upstate the definitive clue in a cabin just 20 miles from the prison. >> a confirmed lead for us. we are going to run this to ground. >> reporter: john stockwell was at his hunting camp saturday with his dog when he discovered signs of people inside the cabin. he says he saw one man running away. then police finding the men's dna on food inside. several days passed and the men separate. matt making his way to that camper. you can see a little bit of food in the cupboard. i don't know what it is.
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>> no sugar or flour or something. >> reporter: wow. >> it's food. when you are on the run for that long. anything is food. >> reporter: this would have been a welcome shelter i'm sure. you say they shot him just down here. >> down on the right. i believe. down on the right. a whole staging area down there. >> we have one guy down. >> reporter: matt making a fatal mistake friday afternoon attempting to carjack a couple driving by. >> they drove on 8 miles and real ied there was a bullet hole through the back of the camper. border patrol swat agents following the likely path of that shot into the woods. one of them spotting matt after he hurt a cough. shooting the double-murderer three times in the head when heap refused to surrender. >> a tactical team from customs and border protection met up with matt in the woods, challenged him, and he was shot dead. >> reporter: investigators found a 20-gauge shotgun on his body
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alcohol in the area leading them to believe he had been drinking. an examination of matt's body revealed bug miner abrasions consistent with living in the woods. then just yesterday, law enforcement running into sweat in constable, new york near the border. 21 veteran state police cook saw sweat jogging on the side of the road at 3:20 p.m. when sweat ran, sergeant cook chased him through the field. jeff angus watching it unfold. >> it is like a tropical forest up here. it is thick. but the border is just a few miles away. >> reporter: sergeant cook firing two shots at sweat right before he could reach the edge of that forest. >> if he would have got in the tree line didn't shoot him. he would probably got away. sweat rushed to the albany medical center where tonight he is in serious condichlgtstion.
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in his bag, they found pop tarts. >> canada is right there. if you go down the road. there is a dead end road two miles to canada. [ applause ] >> for 22 days but we can now confirm as of two days ago, mr. matt is deceased and the other ep escapee, mr. sweat, is in custody. [ applause ] >> reporter: residents applauding the massive law enforcement effort. >> we are just proud. we are happy. even knowing it was our local jay cook that got the last one. i mean it just fills you with a sense of pride. >> reporter: tonight authorities say their investigation on how the two inmates was able to escape is ongoing and it has led to a weeder erwider look at clinton correctional facility and heroin trafficking inside. sweat still recovering and authorities still questioning him eager to find out more
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details and eager to put him back behind bars. next -- can our nick watt spot a ufo on mount shasta. certainly going to try. and avril lavigne, is rewright her happy ending as she tries to bounce back from a mysterious disease that changed her life. ♪ so much for my happy ending ♪ . . powders may take days to work. for gentle overnight relief, try dulcolax
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my colleague nick watt find himself on a curious quest traveling to a famous mountain where many believe inner gee ernenery en erergy for ail aliens. several civilizations have left their mark here. as you are about to see, nick uncovers more than myths along the way. >> reporter: mount shasta california one of the world's mystical mountains. you see the space ships.
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why does shasta draw the ufo, spiritual, buddhas, and truth seekers. >> i am on a mission from god. >> reporter: it isn't the tallest mountain in america not the most beautiful along with the likes of mount fuji and an australian mountain many believe shasta is an energy vortex alien landing site portal to the spiritual world. i'm here for my new show on travel channel called "watt's world." we're here to see ashland. she has one name. i am confused what ashland promised on the phone. does she thing she is an alien? >> no. >> reporter: that patch of ground is a vortex to another side. >> the crystal city of telos where the ancient malurians ended up living after their continent was destroyed. ♪ >> reporter: we are going down.
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>> i get a sense we are down at the bottom of the vortex. i want you to look toward the light. >> still in telos. still in telos. i'm complete. >> all right. and what happened? >> reporter: there was a bit of bustling. and the spirit guide came up harlan. getting his weird spirit head. funny shape. wrapping around my head. i kept telling him to stop it. he thought it was funny. he did it a few times. >> harlan huh? >> do you know him? >> no. >> reporter: i've out-weirded the weirdo. in your head you can create anything? >> yes, you can. we weren't creating it. we were allowing it to show itself to us. that's different. >> reporter: right. but i'm not big it. maybe the ufo crowd can convince me? night falls. to increase my chances of abduction i'm camping halfway up in an apparent ufo landing zone.
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a guy called jesse just walks out of the woods. >> you're right here they're right here now. i can show you in my pictures. their heads are as big as your whole body. i have to catch the images in the smoke. it gets their energy field. >> reporter: yes, yes, yes. i see that now. i see that now. that came on all of a sudden. do you roolealize most people are going to think it is ridiculous. >> only way you can know is for it to happen to you. >> reporter: so we build a fire and until the early hours try to capture pictures of aliens in the smoke. so far i just think i have out of focus shots of you. >> yeah, ha-ha-ha. >> reporter: let's leave the camera on overnight. >> i could sleep over closer to you. i could be right there where i'm at. >> i'm sure you'll be fine. good night, man. >> okay good night. ♪
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>> it's about 6:45. the sun has come up. i wonder if we go out and if we got any time-lapse. we did not. now before the ufo crowd, before the crusties. >> you guys smoking marijuana out here? >> no, definitely not. >> reporter: came the buddhists. apparently their leader was just driving by and notice aid cheap motel for sale. what about shasta's ufo? >> you get cloud. particular cloud. circular type cloud. people associate those with ufo's, it's not clear why. not even the buddhists believe. i feel shasta is punishing me for my lack of faith. that's -- that's a slight issue. i'm looking for a sweat lodge. >> how are you? >> great.
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>> how are you? >> good. good. >> reporter: we got a bit lost. well we got very lost. according to legend the karuk people rose from the soil. >> marchasa is hub of the wheel, rest of the energies are going out like spokes. >> reporter: make walking eagle will have solid answers to my question -- why shasta? >> little people. big people. the space ships. >> reporter: you see the space ships? >> yeah yeah. >> reporter: okay maybe not. shall we? >> it's your show. >> reporter: now in there, walking eagle communes with the spirit. the wood, rock water, a bucket from a local hardware store. ♪ >> reporter: that was amazing. does it mean that mount shasta is magical. probably no one will ever prove it. i still think all of these
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people are odd. i don't believe them. but i really like them all. and thanks to them well maybe my soul is now just a little bit ajar. i feel fantastic. and i am going to sleep look a baby. i'm nick watt for "nightline" on mount shasta in california. >> he cracks me up. and "watt's world" premieres on the travel channel tomorrow at 10:00 p.m. eastern. next what brought avril lavigne to tears in her explosive interview. >> announcer: abc "nightline" brought to you by macy's.
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finally tonight, avril lavigne talking for the first time on camera about her battle with lyme disease, a mysterious debilitating illness that took down a pop star at the top of her game. we welcome abc's jesse palmer tonight line with this report. >> literally like the worst time in my life. ♪ i always needed time on my own ♪ >> reporter: avril lavigne was convinced she was dying, the 30-year-old singer bedridden with a mystery ailment. >> i was seeing every specialist. and they would pull up their computer, chronic fatigue syndrome. try to get out of bed. play the piano. are you depressed? this is what they do to foom who have lyme disease. they don't have an answer for them so they tell them like -- they tell them like you are crazy. >> reporter: her nightmare began on tour in april 2014. >> i woke up.
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i had like night sweats. and i felt like i had the flu. >> reporter: what did you first suspect it might have been lyme disease? >> probably two months having it. >> reporter: she told me fans around the world had carried her through her diagnosis. >> i sat there in my bed and i watched the videos. and like did exactly what i am doing right now. i cried through the whole thing. and i honestly i felt very -- very loved. >> reporter: avril says her regimen included antibiotics and lots of rest. >> i am grateful to know i will make a 100% recovery. ♪ there's a light ♪ >> reporter: and now she is ready to fly again. >> so i am so excited for like after this. >> reporter: for "nightline," i'm jesse palmer in new york. >> good for her. welcome, jesse. thank you for watching abc news. tune in to "good morning america" tomorrow. as always we are online 24/7 our "nightline" facebook page and good night, america.
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