this day in crime history: july 15, 1997

Cunanan

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

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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.

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  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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