this day in crime history: july 15, 1997


On this day in 1997, fashion designer Gianni Versace was shot and killed outside his home in Miami Beach, FL. Versace’s killer, Andrew Cunanan, had gone on a killing spree that started three months earlier in Minneapolis. Versace was Cunanan’s fifth and final (known) victim. Cunanan committed suicide on July 24th on a houseboat in Miami. His motive for the killings remains unknown.

Further reading:

FBI: Serial Killers – Andrew Cunanan Murders a Fashion Icon

Crime Library – Andrew Cunanan: After Me, Disaster

Wikipedia – Andrew Cunanan

7 thoughts on “this day in crime history: july 15, 1997

  1. What a headache everyone in Brooklyn (NY) had over this news. Pictured, a guy that looked like a wise-guy, with a beautiful woman on each arm. “Johnny Versace, gunned down”, the news said, and every cop in the bar was trying to think and talked about “what Mafia family was he with?”.


  2. John D.:
    Cunanan sure liked to travel…MN to FL…for a “spree”.

    Shame we’ll never know the motivating factor to his insanity.
    (a half BILLION…?!?…makes me wish I had been a cousin)

    Good post.

    Roll sage out there.


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