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this is "nightline." >> tonight, the versace murder. one of the world's foremost designers. >> i have a beautiful life. what i desire is more. >> gianni versace gunned down by a maniac on a nationwide killing spree. questions lingering 20 years later. >> when you heard he was accused of killing versace, what went through your mind? >> i wasn't surprised at all. >> how this supposedly brainy and charming man came to be a ruthless killer. >> he used his body to get money. >> and how police tracked him down. plus -- >> it's an honor to be with you. >> two world titans finally meeting face to face. president trump pressing putin on election meddling. announcing a cease-fire in areas of syria. the marathon meeting lasting more than two hours. so what was said behind closed doors? and ivy league.
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jay-z and beyonce's 5-year-old daughter spinning out rhymes in her father's new album. why some fans are finding an empowering message to women in blue's freestyle. ♪ boom shaka lacka but first the "nightline" 5.
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good evening. thank you for joining us. it's been nearly 20 years since the murder of world-renowned designer gianni versace, and still questions linger about any connections to his killer. on the surface it was a seemingly random run-in with one of the fbi's ten most wanted. but is it possible the two had met before? here's my "nightline" co-anchor juju chang. >> reporter: it was a cold-blooded crime sprooe that captivated the country. >> murder in miami. >> reporter: a legendary fashion designer, an icon of style and glamour, known and adored around the world. >> gianni versace was murdered in broad daylight this morning. >> reporter: and the charming party boy turned serial killer who executed him in broad daylight. >> andrew cunanan makes the top ten fbi list. >> reporter: what led andrew cunanan to gianni versace's front door? two decades later people are still trying to connect the dots. >> i have a beautiful house. i have a beautiful life.
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but that is the media. what i desire is more. >> gianni versace was at the pinnacle of his career in 1997. >> reporter: little did he know that 'killer at the center a nationwide manhunt on the top of the fbi's ten most wanted list was about to cut that career short. >> if you talk about fate, you had a man on the east coast of miami beach who loved america because he thought it was safe. on the west coast you've got a dirt-bag street hustler who's making his way across the country. >> reporter: andrew cunanan grew up in san diego, the youngest of four children. >> he was the chosen one. he was the prince. he had an iq of 147. he was the kid that was going to succeed out of all their children. >> he was my father's pride and joy. he really was. >> he got everything that he needed. my dad gave him a sports car. and actually, he had the master bedroom. >> he went to a boarding school, the bishop's school. that school was status. that school had the children of
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diplomats, had the children of the rich and powerful. his life as a gay man i think began when he was at the bishop's school. >> in high school he's voted the most likely to be remembered. >> reporter: he graduated and went off to college but later dropped out. >> andrew was extremely bright, but he didn't use his brain for a profession. he used his body to get money. >> he started living by having very wealthy elderly men support him. >> and he became a pro at it. >> he was flown to paris for dinner and aspen for skiing. $800 an ounce caviar. cases of champagne. >> andrew thought he was using his victims, and to a degree he was. but they were using him too. >> reporter: the turning point came after his last big break-up. >> he was dumped by his latest sugar daddy. >> he could not stand rejection. >> reporter: not long after cunanan left san diego. he bought a one-way ticket to minnesota to visit an old friend
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and an old flame. that's where the blood trail began. >> the two people who knew him best were the first two victims, jeffrey trail and david madsen. >> he beat jeff trail to death with a claw hammer, which is a very, very physical and personal type of homicide. >> david madsen was supposedly the love of his life. >> david was andrew's life. he said many, many times that he would give up everything and move out to minneapolis for david. >> did madsen leave him? >> madsen left him. he was devastated by it. >> i think david madsen came to symbolize all the rejection that cunanan had had those last few years. >> reporter: after allegedly holding madsen hostage for two days, cunanan drove him outside minneapolis to an isolated lake. >> david madsen was marched out on the banks of that lake and shot three times. once in the back, twice in the head. >> reporter: cunanan left minnesota, beginning a cross-country killing spree, murdering two more men along the
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way. almost immediately investigators put together the pieces and began a nationwide manhunt. >> every time a serial killer gets away with murdering someone they feel more and more invincible and godlike. "i can kill anyone." >> reporter: the first big break, cunanan was using a stolen car phone during his getaway. >> the cops are beginning to track him because it's pinging off of cell towers. >> they had tracked him as far as philadelphia. and it got leaked to the press. >> they presume andrew cunanan has used the car phone in the lexus twice in the past 24 hours. >> unfortunately, he heard it on the news radio that we were tracking a cell phone. >> andrew cunanan heard that radio transmission and ripped the phone out of the car, which then meant they lost their ability to track. >> now he's got a new vehicle. he's on his way south. >> authorities admit that by now cunanan could be anywhere. >> reporter: he made it all the
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way to miami. >> he was hiding in plain sight. >> reporter: after nearly two months without a murder cunanan was ready to strike again. his target -- gianni versace. july 15th, 1997. a sunny morning and the iconic fashion designer was walking back to his house after picking up a newspaper. >> as he's walking up the stairs, what we know now to be andrew cunanan comes up behind him and shoots him twice in the head at point blank range. >> so i run out the door, and gianni was laying there. i check his artery. nothing. he was gone. >> oh, my god. there's blood everywhere. please help me. please! >> tell me your location. >> i'm in front of the versace house. 1100 block ocean drive. please, dear god. >> i never saw his face. i don't want to look at his face. this is the man who killed my friend. >> reporter: cunanan got away
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again. >> he disappears. he's gone. he's underground. now the fbi is hunting for him. everybody's hunting for him. >> south beach was -- >> shooting occurred on the front steps of his ornate mansion -- >> reporter: versace's murder kicked off a media frenzy. >> hundreds of tourists and local residents continue a pilgrimage to the home of gianni versace. >> reporter: that's me 20 years ago on one of my first big assignments for abc news. there was also a frenzy of speculation over whether versace and cunanan could be connected. >> our best witness, i would say, was his partner. he said that they never knew each other. in my heart i feel something must have happened at some point between the two. >> he supposedly met him at some sort of backstage or private cocktail party. it was very, very brief. and you know, it's very possible that they did have some sort of intimate relationship. >> so when you heard he was accused of killing versace, what went through your mind? >> i wasn't surprised at all. >> reporter: eight days after the shooting investigators track cunanan to a local houseboat. >> shots fired inside of the
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houseboat. >> subject, he may still be inside. >> i had a pretty good feeling that this is the break we needed. >> kind of reminded me of the o.j. -- you know, the chase and all that. the world was witnessing this as it was happening. >> i have a visual on the front door. >> i went up the staircase that's where we found andrew cunanan lying on the floor in the bedroom. next to on the bedstand, his signature glasses. the gun was consistent with someone who had shot themselves in the mouth. >> reporter: andrew cunanan took his motive to the grave. 20 years later it's still unclear what drove him to murder. >> even if he had lived, i'm pretty sure he would have lied about why he killed gianni versace. >> reign of terror brought upon us by andrew cunanan is over. next -- president trump and vladimir putin in their historic first face-to-face meeting. and later --
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>> i'm delighted to be able to meet you personally, mr. president. >> reporter: in their first face to face it was president trump who made the first move with cameras capturing the smiling and the small talk, even a back pat. then it was down to business. >> we're going to have a talk now. and obviously, that will continue. but we look forward to a lot of very positive things happening for russia, for the united states. >> reporter: when the doors closed, the white house says president trump addressed the big controversy head on, out of the gate raising concerns about russia's meddling in the 2016 campaign. though just a day earlier he still refused to fully accept u.s. intelligence that russia was to blame. >> nobody really knows. >> reporter: secretary of state rex tillerson, who's known putin for years, was in that room. >> the president pressed president putin on more than one occasion involving russian involvement. president putin denied such involvement, as i think he has in the past. >> reporter: but after putin
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asked for proof tillerson says the discussion was tabled. >> i think, again, the president's rightly focused on how do we move forward from what may be simply an intractable disagreement at this point. >> reporter: the russians tell a different story. tillerson's counterpart sergei lavrov was in that room too. he claims trump heard putin's denial and accepted it. the white house says that is not the case. after more than two hours of talks both sides agreed it is time to move on. >> so it seems that there was nothing that was going to be a consequence of any of those election interferences. that's a win. >> reporter: trump and putin did manage to find some common ground on syria, where the u.s. and russia have clashed for years. the leaders announcing a new agreement with the help of jordan for a cease-fire in southwest syria. >> a cease-fire has been entered into. and i think this is our first indication of the u.s. and
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russia being able to work together in syria. >> reporter: both sides said the festering crisis dominated the discussion. past cease-fire deals have been short-lived. but despite few details about how this one might be different, some see it as reason for hope. >> i think in today's meeting it seemed like you were having grown-ups discussing important foreign policy issues. that will be very reassuring to the people meeting for the g20 for the days to come. >> reporter: in moscow russians viewed the meeting as a positive. >> it seemed like they established some personal contact and they seem quite alike. >> friendly between themselves. they might find good decision for countries as well. >> reporter: but overshadowed by that putin-trump meeting today, another major face to face, the president sitting down with mexico's enrique pena nieto. >> do you still want mexico to pay for the wall?
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>> absolutely. >> reporter: not far from those meetings the demonstrations roared. protesters being hosed down with water cannons. >> i don't think the three fascists who arrived yesterday have the right to be in my city, namely trump, putin and erdogan. >> reporter: while inside officials described the warmest meeting between an american and russian leader in years. putin and trump described as having positive chemistry. this meeting went on more than four times longer than it was supposed to. at one point someone sent first lady melania trump inside to find out what was going on to try to get them to wrap up and they went on for another hour after that. later cameras capturing these images of the first lady chatting and smiling with vladimir putin, seated right next to him for dinner. could it be a trump-putin budding bromance? >> it looks like a very friendly meeting. this was a lot of patting and a lot of handshakes, and it was all very jolly. >> it suggests that putin's
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approach to dealing with trump is much more that he wants trump to feel very good about that relationship. he doesn't want trump to feel in any way bruised or slighted by the way putin's treating him. >> reporter: other american presidents have tried to make nice with soviet leaders, and it didn't go so well. john f. kennedy's first meeting with nikita khrushchev in 1961 famously went badly. >> when john f. kennedy met with nikita khrushchev at exactly this point in his presidency, khrushchev just had him for lunch and kennedy said afterwards this was the worst day of my life. >> reporter: this time the stakes for russia are high. already under sanctions for invading ukraine and meddling in the u.s. election, congress preparing to do more. while in poland this week the president also turned up the heat. >> we urge russia to cease its destabilizing activities in ukraine and elsewhere and its support for hostile regimes including syria and iran.
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>> reporter: but even as they sat down for that first meeting, questions about possible collusion during the campaign loomed large. trump himself has offered mixed messages about whether he's met putin before. >> i have no relationship with putin. i don't think i've ever met him. i never met him. i don't think i -- >> you would know it if you did, wouldn't you? >> yeah, i think so. so i don't think i've ever met him. >> reporter: but he's also told a very different story. not once -- >> vladimir putin have you ever met the guy? >> i met him once. >> reporter: not twice. >> putin even sent me a present. beautiful present. >> reporter: at least three different times. >> i was in moscow recently and i spoke indirectly and directly with president putin. >> reporter: today both men made clear that handshake was a monumental step and both signaled there could be many more to come. the president hasn't been bashful about his interest in working with russia. >> i like that putin called me brilliant. >> they said you should disavow what putin of russia said. i said i'm not disavowing that he called me a genius.
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are you crazy? >> wouldn't it be nice if we could actually get along with russia? >> putin has been preparing for this meeting his whole life. putin reads that he will get more out of the relationship with trump if he presents it as a broadly positive relationship. >> reporter: even some in the president's own inner circle privately raised concern about the optics of a cozy trump-putin relationship. there were those sharply scrutinized photos of that chummy oval office meeting with top russian diplomats the day after the president fired his fbi director james comey. the president, who has insisted the allegations of collusion with the kremlin are fake news, shows no sign of allowing any of that controversy to get in his way in building new bridges with russia. for "nightline" i'm cecilia vega in hamburg, germany. and next -- jay-z releasing his daughter blue's freestyle rap as a bonus track on his new album. ♪ boom shaka laka this 5-year-old already has a
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finally tonight, in this family the rapper doesn't fall far from the tree. she's already rap royalty. blue ivy carter has the pedigree, and now she's proving she's got the chops.
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♪ ♪ in my whole life the 5-year-old daughter of beyonce and jay-z is featured freestyling on an extended version of his new album "4:44." ♪ boom shaka laka ♪ boom shaka laka >> the tot worked the internet into a frenzy friday as fans tried to decipher her lyrics. tweeting "nobody knows what blue ivy was saying on that freestyle but it's provocative and it gets the people going." a hidden feminist message perhaps? blue ivy said she never seen a ceiling in her whole life. give her a grammy now. supporters even owning their own moniker. tweet blue ivy fans' base has been dubbed the ivy league. i love it. the pint-sized artist has popped up on a number of her parents' hits throughout the years. she made her musical debut crying in her father's song "glory." ♪ the most amazing feeling i feel ♪ >> and at 2 a mom's aptly titled "blue."
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her most famous appearance in beyonce's music video "formation." ♪ will this young carter go further, go higher? we'll see. as it says in the good book of isaiah, "and a child shall lead them." thank you for watching abc news. and as always, we're online at
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