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tonight on "nightline," till death do us part. eight days after she said i do, this bride pushed her husband off a cliff. but was it murder or a tragic mistake? inside a courtroom spectacle. mary poppins, the most beloved nanny of all time. we talk to the stars of the hot new movie saving mr. banks. >> it all started with a mouse. >> reporter: we get an exclusive behind the scenes look. plus, you'll never guess who dropped in to give us a backward take on her classic line. and the prize catch. the fisherman out for a day at the beach with his family when he reeled in a great white
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shark. while his wife records the whole thing. so what happened next? >> announcer: keep it right here, america, "nightline" is back in just 60 second.
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good evening. tonight, a 22-year-old woman is on trial for a murder allegedly committed during what should have been one of the happiest periods of her life. prosecutors say jordan graham is a cold-blooded killer who shoved her brand new husband off of a cliff. she meanwhile is mounting a rather unusual defense. here is abc's ryan owens with our series "crime & punishment." >> reporter: only two people know what happened atop a cliff at one of the country's most picturesque national parks. one of them is 25-year-old cody johnson.
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he is dead. the other, his 22-year-old bride, jordan graham. >> do you want to say anything? >> reporter: the trial has become something of a tabloid sensation. and why not? it's the story of young love and an even younger marriage. just eight days that ended with a bride pushing her husband off a cliff. the story even seems to have its own sound track. listen to the lyrics of the song that was the couple's first dance. ♪ everyone on the same page ♪ and you're mine >> reporter: the song "you're mine" written by elizabeth shea at the request of a woman who prosecutors say murdered her husband a week after saying i do. how did till death do us part end up as death at the bottom of this cliff. >> when cody told me he was going to propose to jordan. i wasn't supportive of it. i didn't feel like they had a
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strong relationship. he said basically this is what he wanted to do. he, he wanted our support. but i did have conversation with him saying that, i think he should, you know reconsider. >> cody's best friend, cameron frederickson testified today. in fact for the last three days. cody's closest friend have lined up to testify against the woman they never wanted him to marry. but in their quest to prove jordan committed first degree murder, prosecutors have turned to some surprising witnesses. jordan's maid of honor. >> tell us what it was like to see her? >> even her teary eyed stepbroth stepbrother. fbi agents say, jordan shoved her husband face first off this cliff into a stream at montana's glacier national park. the medical examiner says, he found no sign of a wedding ring on cody or in the water. prosecutors belief she blindfolded him and pushed him with both hand. her motive, prosecutors say he had gotten cold feet about her marriage. after eight days she didn't love
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her new husband anymore and wasn't interested in having sex with him. kim martinez, testified against her one time best friend. she told the jury she got the text from the bride one day after the wedding. tote leap just had a meltdown. i am completely second-guessing everything right now. and these texts in the days that followed. i should be happy and i'm any just not. if i tell him how i am really feeling it is going to break his heart. prosecutors say instead of telling him how she felt, she pushed him 200 feet to his death. then they say she engaged in an elaborate cover-up for four days. while her husband any bed lody face down in the stream at the base of the cliff. defense attorneys told the jury she wove a web of lies. >> jr. dshe made statements to police. she lied, lied until she admit she'd pushed him. the prosecutor is going to use all her false statements to law enforcement to prove consciousness of guilt.
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>> the jury has seen two police interrogations where jordan insisted her husband disappeared after going on a joy ride with friends. jurors have read an e-mail, jordan allegedly sent herself from a fake account. pretending to by a friend of cody's. that e-mail read in part -- hello, jordan. my name is tony. there its no bother in looking for cody anymore. he is gone. call off the missing person's report. cody is for sure gone. jordan kept searching even reap krufting h in -- recruiting her own family how to look for a man sheep knew where to find. jordan's 16-year-old stepbrother michael broke down on the stand, when questioned by the defense attorney. >> not so much any more. she could have told us the truth but had to keep adding more lies to cover up. that provoked his sister to cry too. the first hint of emotion jordan has shown touring the trial. in fact the young bride's lack of emotion, lack of tears, has
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been a key issue inn't case. her own maid of honor testified during a prayer service they held for cody, two days after his death, she looked amazing. like she had just got done at the spa. she wasn't upset at all. other friends noticed too. everyone was crying except for his new bride. >> seeing her, fairly normal. it was really upsetting. made me think the only person who is going to feel that way is someone who has the comfort offing into what has happened. or some kind of information about what has happened. >> park rangers testified her demeanor didn't change when she told them. he asked her how she knew to locate him in a massive park. she calmly replied it was a place he wanted to see before he died. defense attorneys say their young client is shiy and misunderstood. they say what happened on the cliff was a horrific accident and nothing more.
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>> government, has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that she premeditated this and malice aforethought. >> in their opening statement. jordan's lawyer told the jury the young bride pushed her husband in self defense. that cody grabbed jordan's arm during an argument and she just pushed him away. they say all of the lies that followed were just sophomoric attempts to cover-up. because she was afraid no one would let her explain what really happened. cody's friend say they're hoping for justice. >> the biggest thing i want people to know about cody is something that i would say most people strive for. the personality and just the -- the whole person that he was. completely selfless, would always go out of his way. always be there to help you. >> in a matter of days it will be up to the jury to decide if jordan graham is a cold-blooded killer or a young widow whose eight-day marriage ended in a tragic accident. i'm amy ryan owens for
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"nightline," in montana. >> it is a fascinating case. one we will continue to cover here on abc. thanks to ryan owens. coming up here on "nightline" -- exclusive behind the scenes access to the brand new movie about the making of mary poppins with two of its biggest stars. and the original star. awarded j.d. power's most appealing midsize car, two years in a row. and right now you can drive one home for practically just your signature. get zero due at signing, zero down, zero deposit, and zero first month's payment on any new 2014 volkswagen. hurry, this offer ends january 2nd. for details, visit vwdealer.com today
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and now for the first time, the back story of this classic is being told in the form of a brand new movie from our parent company, starring the oscar winners tom hanks and emma thompson. abc's nick watt got to speak to both of them and a surprise guest. >> mary poppins is the most award winning disney movie of all time. and it was shot 50 years ago. can you believe it? >> you may come in one at a time. >> starring julie andrews who never acted in a movie before. and 50 years later she is back. in the very same stage where it all began. >> it turned out quite well. >> i would say so. i would say so. >> andrews is back for the premiere of "saving mr. banks" a film about the making of "mary pop pins."
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. >> almost the story of how it didn't happen? >> emma thompson, plays the author of the mary poppins book and was all too loathe to give her creation up to celluloid. >> they do not leave themselves to chirping and prancing. >> reporter: tom hanks is walt does nechlt t disney. first time he has been portrayed on film. >> reporter: does neap wisney w desperate to bring it to the screen. for two weeks. >> sin in the seat of a trickster, fraud, sneak. >> the office was right here. saving mr. banks was shot on the disney lot, barely changes all
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those years. being a vicious, nasty, cynical old brit. even i am getting a little bit wet around the, the, the armpits. ha-ha. >> reporter: the movie made by the company that still bears walt's name. shot here under the disney brass. >> worried that you would screw it up. i was playing somebody that didn't care. a man who had everything. meeting a woman, tom hanks describes as an old bat. i would be honored if you would take a ride on jingles. mrs. disney's favorite horse. >> no thank you. i'm hap to watch. >> walt was confused by it. he was confounded why would any body want to live their life
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like she does. >> what has you upset now? >> penguins. penguins have very much upset me mr. disney. animated dancing penguins. >> why would anybody want to do their chosen life work in, in such a negative negative. unpleasant. >> she thought films were rubbish. hated his movies. >> hates americans. >> hated america, really, yes. it smells like jazmine. >> chlorine and sweat. >> pamela traverse, you can't imagine how excited i am to finally meet you. she stonewalled disney for 20 years before finally coming to l.a. to hash it out with him, producer and music man. robert and richard sherman. >> no, no, no, no, no. we made it up. unmake it up. richard played buy jason
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schwartzman in the movie, the only one still alive. spritely 85. >> she must have hit you look a whirlwind when she came on to the lot? >> i describe it best as saying, coming out of a wonderful, yummy, warm shower. you feel very good. and happy, and up. and somebody comes in with a bucket of ice cold water and pours it on top of you. >> you can wait outside. >> what is wrong with his leg? >> he got shot. >> not surprising. >> reporter: we set up a poppins love fest here. emma, and julie never really met. richard and tom are fond of each other. >> disney magic. disney magic. seems like yesterday. >> what was the food like? >> are you still here? >> chopped liver over here. >> nick, what do you want?
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>> to get in on the conversation. >> back to the story. how could mary poppins the story come out of the cold heart of p.l. traverse? >> inside the cold heart is the wounded child. >> as we see in "saving mr. banks" her father alcoholic, mother attempted suicide. julie andrews and richard sherman have now learned her true back story. >> today i do have sympathy. but then know. >> i didn't know anything about that. >> these are actual recordings of those painstaking sessions the verman brothers sat through with the icy traverse. i his listen to those tape recordings, like poking hot forks into my ears. >> reporter: the first pl traverse experience took place the day after she had given birth.
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>> the phone rang. i picked it up. growing she said, this is p.l. travis. i never met ear anything. i understand you're doing mary poppins. going to be mary poppins. she said talk to me. i said, i'm exhausted right now. i just gave birth to a baby yesterday. she said, well you are far too pretty. which you have got the nose for it. >> don't slouch. >> it all worked. mary poppins has become a time ofless classic. extremely stubborn and sus pip shus. that came out of this. >> mary poppins, prakt skael per practically perfect. >> that's mary poppinite.
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>> a lot of people love the movie. pl traverse, never did. she never warmed to walt? >> no, she never warmed to walt. >> i almost started singing "let's go fly a kite." ♪ oh let's go fly a kite ♪ let's go fly a kite up to the highest height ♪ disney didn't want traverse at the premiere she came anyway. >> she went over to his table. a lot of work to be done. he said, pam that ship has sailed. >> reporter: here we are, 50 years later, julie andrews can still say it backwards.
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♪ a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down ♪ >> talking about saving mr. banks a movie about mary poppins and still singing those songs. ♪ go down ♪ the medicine go down ♪ just a spoonful >> nick watt for "nightline" in los angeles. >> there you go! >> our thanks to nick watt and tom, emma and julie. by the way, saving mr. banks opens in theaters nationwide on december 20th. coming up next hoere on "nightline," the sign language interpreter snagged one of the gigs in history. was he an impostor? eating healthier,tion by drinking plenty of water,
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