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 Museum – Versace Murder

Wikipedia – Andrew Cunanan


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

  1. Reblogged this on Brittius and commented:
    Johnny Versace. I remember, the photograph of Versace in a suit jacket with a beautiful woman on each arm. I asked,
    “Who is, Johnny Versace, what crime family does he belong to?” Everyone at work was looking over the newspapers and speculating which crime family Johnny Versace was a member of. Then we find out, that he was a clothing designer. His name was pure Italian-American stuff of crime lore, and he was only a mild mannered designer of apparel.


  2. John D.:
    I didn’t think that Cunanan gave that stolen pistol a blow-job THAT soon after killing Versace…

    The creepy part is never knowing WHY he did the five murders.
    None of them didn’t seem to be related to one another.
    Such a randomness to all of it.

    Good story (and links)

    Roll safe out there.


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