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CHRISTOPHER SLADE: In 1997, world famous fashion designerGianni Versace was gunned down in the street.
911 CALLER: He was entering his house.We just heard gunshots.We ran outside.He's on the steps of the house.Who would have done something like that?
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: It was the culmination of a 3-month,2,500-mile rampage.
GEORGE NAVARRO: I quickly realizedthat this was much, much bigger than anythingwe had ever dealt with.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: As the clock ticked, the body count rose.
ROBERT SHOEMAKER: He was like right there.Boom.
JENNIFER WIBERG: It was horrifying.
CRAIG PLANTANIA: Even 16 years doesn't change things.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: And with it, the question,why had Andrew Cunanan, a good-looking and popularyoung man, embarked on this devastating killing spree?
ANTHONY DABIERE: To think that Andrewkilled Gianni Versace was just about the mostpreposterous thing that anybody could ever tell you.[MUSIC PLAYING]
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: 1997, Miami, Florida,a city enjoying a renaissance after a period of decline,the neighborhood of South Beach leading the way.A new reputation as a flamboyant and glitzy playgroundfor the clubbers, fashionistas, and playboysof any sexual orientation was developing.
JOHN PACENTI: Innocence and South Beachdo not go hand in hand.I mean, it was a place where people hooked upand it was a wild scene.
GEORGE NAVARRO: 1997, Miami Beachwas a very up and coming place.South Beach had been discovered in the early '90sand people were starting to flock to Miami Beach.It was like the place to be.
ROBERT KRAFT: People were paying big moneyfor rooms that were once $1 a night that were hundredsof dollars a night, so it was a big change in this area.
TONY MAGALDI: It became the mecca for modeling.It became the mecca for designers coming downfrom New York, from Europe.And this is where this was happening.It was right here.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: Miami was made desirableby one man in particular, Gianni Versace.
WENSLEY CLARKSON: Versace was a household namein the fashion industry.He dressed everyone from the opera stars to the film starsto royalty.He was without doubt the most famous fashiondesigner in the world.
JOHN PACENTI: Gianni Versace was famous for his fashion design,but here in Miami Beach he was famousjust for being for Versace.I mean, where he went, people took notice.He was part of the glamor and glitzthat was becoming South Beach.
TONY MAGALDI: Gianni was a regular.Whenever he was in town, he was here about every dayto get his newspapers and then a cup of coffee.The Versace mansion is about four blocks away,about a three-minute walk.Everybody that came, they always wantto see the house, and the house that Versace built.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: One such onlookerwas 27-year-old Andrew Cunanan.8:40 am, July the 15th, 1997.South Beach was waking to another perfect morning.Within half an hour, one of the world's most brutal spree
CHRISTOPHER SLADE [continued]: killers would claim his highest-profile victim yet.
TONY MAGALDI: The day is a day you'd never forget.
CRAIG JACKSON: It's early morning, Miami Beach.There are joggers about.A few news vendors have set up stalls.
TONY MAGALDI: Versace had come in for his newspapers.And I said good day and he said good dayand he left and went home.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: 8:55 AM.Cunanan had spotted his prey.
CRAIG JACKSON: He's already decided what he's going to do.He's got the gun in his pocket.He's not drunk.He's not high on drugs.He's just high on what he's about to do.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: Before Versacereached the safety of his home, the killer made his move.
CRAIG JACKSON: Versace was allowing himselfinto his own gated quarters.He snuck up behind him and shot him at point-blank range.
911 DISPATCHER: 911 emergency.
911 CALLER: Yes.A man's been shot.Please, immediately.Please.It's Gianni Versace.We just heard gunshots.We ran outside.He's on the steps of the house.Who would have done something like that?
JOHN PACENTI: Well, it was something like somethingout of the movies, you know.He was just-- he was gunned down right on his steps.There was blood everywhere.
GEORGE NAVARRO: Mr. Versace was laying there on the steps.There was magazines that he was holdingin his hand on the floor.We had bullet casings.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: In the chaotic aftermath,Cunanan escaped.
GEORGE NAVARRO: Once Mr. Versace was shot,the killer fled northbound on Ocean Drive.
ROBERT KRAFT: He came running right behind me.He went right across the street into the parking lot.
TONY MAGALDI: Policemen on a bicycle came right by-- Ihadn't even moved from where I was standing--and asked if I had seen Mr. Versace.I said, yeah.He just left.And I said, why?And he says, something terrible happened.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: It didn't take longfor the celebrity murder in Miami to become breaking news.
ROBERT KRAFT: This whole area wasfilled with the satellite TV dishes, dozens of them.I've never seen anything like it before or since.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: And it soon beganto emerge that Versace was victim number five of a killingspree that had begun three months earlierat the opposite end of the country.
GEORGE NAVARRO: I quickly realizedthat this was much, much bigger than anything we had everdealt with in Miami Beach.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: Despite the global spotlight,days after the Versace murder Andrew Cunananwas nowhere to be found.How did an infamous rampage killerend up in Miami on that hot summer day?And how did a boy from a San Diego suburbgrow into America's most wanted man?
CHRISTOPHER SLADE [continued]: [MUSIC PLAYING]Miami, Florida, and the brutal slayingof fashion designer Gianni Versace has rocked America.He is the latest victim of a three-month, five-state bloody
CHRISTOPHER SLADE [continued]: rampage.What had driven Andrew Cunanan to commit his killing spree?And as the Miami police tracked himin the aftermath of the Versace murder,would they catch him before he killed again?9:41 PM, August the 31st, 1969.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE [continued]: National City, California.Andrew Cunanan was born the youngest of four.Indulged by his parents, Cunanan was brought upin modest surroundings to a Filipino fatherand devoutly religious mother in a crime-ridden suburb of SanDiego County.
ANTHONY DABIERE: They were not of terrific meansby any stretch of the imagination.Pete Cunanan, his father, was a stockbroker.His mother, Mary Ann Cunanan, shewas a bit of a doting mother.
WENSLEY CLARKSON: It was only whenhis mother Mary Anne inherited some money from her fatherthat the family were able to afford to move slightlyupmarket to an area that wasn't as dangerous, wasn't as dirty.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: From the start, his father in particularencouraged the young Andrew to be status-conscious,and instilled in him a sense of self-confidence thatwould last a lifetime.Andrew Cunanan's first day at high schoolwas not in rough National City, but in one of California'swealthiest seaside communities.
MATTHEW RIFAT: Like many immigrant parents,they wanted their son to have a better life than theyhad had in the home country.And they were willing to sacrificeand be sort of submissive and subservient to Andrewso that he could have the lifestyle that theywould wish for their progeny.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: The esteemed Bishop's wasone of the country's top college prep schools,and a breeding ground for future movers and shakers.
MATTHEW RIFAT: I remember Andrew at Bishop's.I remember hearing his laugh, and we immediately hit it off.He was really kind of a card.
WENSLEY CLARKSON: He was determinedthat his classmates who came from rich familieswouldn't know how poor his own family was.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: Cunanan's school feeswere in fact stretching his parents' finances to the limit.
WENSLEY CLARKSON: And that meant that hecreated more and more stories about himselfand tried to give the impression that he camefrom the sort of high-upper-class familythat, of course, he didn't come from.
MATTHEW RIFAT: Andrew lived in a bit of a fantasy world.For example, he pretended like he was Sebastianfrom Brideshead Revisited.He'd carry a teddy bear around campus.This need to conceal and to act basically and be on stage allthe time continued through the end of our friendshipat Bishop's.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: Cunanan's charisma and good lookswere powerful, and he wasn't afraid to use either.
CRAIG JACKSON: He had the ability to charm.And he became quite a manipulative young man.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: The warning signsof the man Andrew Cunanan was to become were already there.
CRAIG JACKSON: These psychopathic tendenciesstarted at that early age, because hebecame adept at being a shallow face, a different personafor what the situation required.
MATTHEW RIFAT: Andrew had a gay veneer.That was part of his persona.So the effeminate or androgynous even perhapslook that he had was all designedto convey the impression, I think, that he was gay.
MATTHEW RIFAT [continued]: If you think about Andrew taken to his logical conclusion,Liberace comes to mind.Elton John comes to mind.He was basically the center of the universe on campus.He was a giant explosion of personality.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: But soon, the stage at Bishop's wasn'tenough for Andrew Cunanan.After graduation, Cunanan gravitatedtowards the predominantly homosexual neighborhoodof Hillcrest in San Diego.
ANTHONY DABIERE: The Hillcrest area is very lively.It's a great place to be gay, and at the timewas a sensational opportunity for anybodycoming from anywhere else in the country to be out and proud.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: Hungry for the high lifeand worshipping fame and celebrity,he began dating wealthy older men who provided for him.
ANTHONY DABIERE: Andrew loved that freedomand reveled in the opportunity to parade young men, old men,all sorts of companions.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: Andrew Cunananhad years of successfully negotiatinghis way through Californian high societythanks to the patronage of his sugar daddies and well-meaningfriends.
WENSLEY CLARKSON: Andrew Cunanan actually usedbeing gay as a way to climb the social ladderthrough his ability to seduce or be seducedby older men in powerful jobs.
ANTHONY DABIERE: He seemed to have quite a bit of money,oftentimes would pull a nice fat wad of cash out,buy drinks for everybody at the bar.He didn't hold a job to the best of our knowledge.He had a nice car that he would drive around.He wore very nice clothes, always put together well.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: For almost 10 years,he had enjoyed being a fixture in the San Diego gay community,a charmer who talked big and partied hard.
ANTHONY DABIERE: Andrew was a showman.He had a story for everything.He had a hellacious laugh.It's somewhere along the lines of a belt of a hyena, perhapsgetting poked in the rear with a pin.We'll give it a ha ha ha ha ha ha ha haha ha ha ha, but a lot more crazy than that.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: But as he headed towards his 30s,Cunanan was faced with more beautiful younger men fightingfor their place in the social spotlight.
CRAIG JACKSON: As Cunanan progressed into his late 20s,he realized he was slightly over the hill for the gay partyscene.
WENSLEY CLARKSON: Cunanan's fall from gracebegan really when he was dropped by one of his richestbenefactors.Now people were rejecting him.They were turning their back on him.They were starting also to not believe all of his lies.
ANTHONY DABIERE: He had this underlying insecurity,compounded by an act that he had that wasn'tworking for him anymore.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: Cunanan was feeling increasingly isolated.He may have had a wide social circle,but he had few true friends.To make matters worse, Jeffrey Trail,someone he was particularly close to,had moved from San Diego to start a new lifein Minneapolis.
ANTHONY DABIERE: Jeff was well liked in the community.He was witty, a bit dry humor.I could see where he and Andrew were close friends.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: Closely following Trailto the North Star state was another of Cunanan's ex-lovers,David Madson, the one he called the love of his life.
ANTHONY DABIERE: Dave was an architect.He had a nice demeanor.It was All-American, Kellogg's cornflakes box grin, quite an easy-going, good guy.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: Cunanan felt abandoned.He saw the friendship between Trail and Madsonas the ultimate betrayal.The happier they seemed, the angrier Cunanan became.He wanted a confrontation.Cunanan prepared to leave San Diegoby holding a final get-together with his friends, an event that
CHRISTOPHER SLADE [continued]: has since been dubbed The Last Supper.
ANTHONY DABIERE: Andrew had a very unique personality.He was quite a grandstander.He was one to leap up from the tableif anybody should join the table,introduce them with first and last names.He was a gregarious individual.He would always insist on being placed in the front room, whichlooked out onto the street, so that he could see and be seen.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: The usual life and soul of the partywas uncharacteristically subdued.
ANTHONY DABIERE: It was not a typical showman's dinner table.He didn't leap up.He didn't chase people around.He was soft-spoken, thoughtful, contemplative perhaps,befitting of the occasion.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: Cunanan claimed he wanted a new start.Instead, it was the beginning of the end.April the 25th, 1997, Minneapolis, Minnesota,and Cunanan arrives from San Diego for a weekend
CHRISTOPHER SLADE [continued]: stay at Madson's apartment.Madson picked him up from the airport.
CRAIG JACKSON: Many people were concerned and warned Madsonthat Cunanan didn't seem himself.He said that he just needed to sort himself outand needed a place to stay.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: Jennifer Wibergwas the caretaker of Harmony Lofts in Minneapoliswhere David Madson lived.
JENNIFER WIBERG: I actually encounteredDavid Madson and his friend that he introduced me to,who was Andrew.Andrew was non-responsive.David seemed rather irritated that he was being so aloof.I saw this kind of huffy guy with an attitudethat I can't see how or why anyone would ever
JENNIFER WIBERG [continued]: have been impressed with him or wanting to hang out with him.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: Sometime on Sundaythe 27th of April, something had finally pushed Cunananto the point of no return.Bitter with betrayal and driven by jealousy,a vicious argument ensued between Jeffrey Trail,David Madson, and Andrew Cunanan,with fatal consequences.
WENSLEY CLARKSON: Cunanan found a claw hammer in that apartmentand started bludgeoning Jeffrey Trail.Following this attack, Cunanan calmlyrolls Jeffrey Trail's body up in a rugand pushes it unceremoniously behind a sofa,as if no one would find it.
JACK LEVIN: Some spree killers whoare killing in a state of frenzy aren'tinterested in hiding the evidence.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: After two days holed up in the apartment,and with no apparent plan of what to do next,Cunanan fled the gruesome scene with Madson.
CRAIG JACKSON: Cunanan's spontaneous murderof Trail happened so quickly that Madsonwas unable to comprehend what had happenedor to even intervene.That's the kind of thing that psychopathsare able to do with their powers of persuasion.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: A few days later, Jennifer Wibergreceived some worrying news.
JENNIFER WIBERG: Tuesday I came homeand there were two messages on my voicemailfrom co-workers of David Madson.And they were very concerned because he had notshown up for work and people were looking for him.Knocked on the door, David, David.Are you in there?Are you in there?
JENNIFER WIBERG [continued]: And no sounds.So I did have a master key and I opened the door.It was horrifying.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: She didn't know it at the time,but what she had discovered was the beginning of oneof America's most famous spree killings.Jeffrey Trail had become Andrew Cunanan's first victim.May the 2nd, Rush City, Chisago County.
ROBERT SHOEMAKER: I was on the phone in the morningand I got a call from my dispatchers.They told me to meet two fishermen.They were scouting an area to put a tent so they could comeup to fish the next weekend.And when they looked down by the lake,they saw what they thought was a body.
ROBERT SHOEMAKER [continued]: This is the crime scene.The fishermen stopped right about hereand just pointed down toward the lakewhere they said the body was.He was like right there.Boom.So we didnt' know who we had hereuntil we put out a teletype to surrounding agenciesthat we had an unidentified deceased white male.And Minneapolis Police called us back shortly thereafter
ROBERT SHOEMAKER [continued]: and said that they were looking for a person thatmatched that description by the name of Dave Madson.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: David Madson was now victim number two.Police on the scene pieced together how events unfolded.
ROBERT SHOEMAKER: They drove their car down the hilltogether, and David was still alive at the time.They turned this way and then backed in hereand had a conversation in this area for some time.At some point in the conversation,David must have realized that he was in some sort of troublewith Mr. Cunanan, and so he jumped out of a carand ran this direction.
ROBERT SHOEMAKER [continued]: Andrew Cunanan shot him in the back.He fell face down onto the ground, at which timeAndrew Cunanan turned him over and shot him.
ANTHONY DABIERE: You think you know somebody.The person we thought we knew was long gone.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: Less than a week after leavinghis ex-lover dead in Rush City, Cunanan's rampagegathered pace and took him 450 miles southeast to Chicagoand to the door of 72-year-old property millionaire LeeMiglin and his most vicious slaughter so far.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE [continued]: [MUSIC PLAYING]Andrew Cunanan's killing spree hadbegun in Minneapolis, where he hadbludgeoned to death his first victim, Jeffrey Trail.60 miles north and former lover David Madson
CHRISTOPHER SLADE [continued]: had lost his life on the banks of Rush Lake.Now, Cunanan's rampage would take an even darker turn.May the 3rd, Chicago, Illinois.Lee Miglin was a wealthy property developer,well respected and well recognized in the city.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE [continued]: No one is sure what drove Cunanan to his door,although some speculate that they had met yearsbefore in California.Whatever Cunanan's motivation, revenge, retribution, or simplyrobbery, at some point over that May weekend Miglinsuccumbed to what his elderly mother described
CHRISTOPHER SLADE [continued]: as a worse death than Christ.
CRAIG JACKSON: Cunanan overpoweredMr. Miglin, tied him up, put a sheet over him,and tortured him.
WENSLEY CLARKSON: This was a very cruel death,in fact in some ways much crueler than the deathof his two friends earlier.
CRAIG JACKSON: The way that kidnapped and killedMr. Miglin is quite different from how spree killers oftenkill their victims.This was not an indiscriminate shooting.This took thought, and he took pleasure from thisand he engaged in overkill.He'd now crossed the Rubicon and was killing for the pleasure.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: Lee Miglin had becomeAndrew Cunanan's third victim.And now, the FBI had entered the chase.Three dead bodies had earned Cunanan the label "armedand extremely dangerous."He continued to evade capture, despite the traceon Miglin's car phone.
WENSLEY CLARKSON: Cunanan takes off in Miglin's Lexus.Police are able to establish the movement of the carthrough its phone, which Cunanan started using.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: A countrywide APB had beenissued for Cunanan's arrest.Radio news reported that the killer was travelingin Miglin's distinctive Lexus.Cunanan needed another vehicle at any cost.May the 8th, Pennsville, New Jersey, 765 miles from Chicago,
CHRISTOPHER SLADE [continued]: a resting place for hundreds of Civil War soldiersand a hiding place for a spree killer on the run.
CRAIG PLANTANIA: Finn's Point was so secluded,miles and miles off of the main highwaythat drove through that area.
SCOTT MAUGER: Finn's Point Cemetery is normallyvery quiet and peaceful.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: Cemetery caretaker William Reesehad worked at Finn's Point for 15 years.
CRAIG PLANTANIA: Bill and I did a lot of stuff together.We hung out together, performed Civil War reenactments and longdrives, long talks.
SCOTT MAUGER: Bill was a very special person.He was kind, a very dedicated person also.He was very faithful.He would be here right at 8 o'clock in the morning.And he would spend a full day here.Bill was just a part of this.Bill was there for us and we were there for Bill.
SCOTT MAUGER [continued]: We were more like siblings than we were workers.
CRAIG PLANTANIA: Enormously funny, and a laughthat was infectious beyond words,and his face lit up when he laughed.
SCOTT MAUGER: It was a cool dark day that I remember.And it was-- you know, when I leftI don't know why I had a feeling,but I had a feeling there was something wrong.
CRAIG PLANTANIA: I was sitting in the living roomand my wife and kids were on the couch.It was near evening.Bill's brother Bob called.And I answered the phone and Bob said,
CRAIG PLANTANIA [continued]: I don't know how to say this, but Bill was shot and killed.And then just kind of went numb.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: Cemetery caretaker William Reesehad become Cunanan's fourth victim.
WENSLEY CLARKSON: As William Reese is locking upfor the day, Cunanan stops his car,jumps out, and asks William Reese if he could possiblyhave a glass of water, because he's not feeling very well.William Reece invites Cunanan in.But withing seconds, Cunanan's pulled out Jeffrey Trail's gunand shot William Reese dead with just one bullet.
CRAIG PLANTANIA: Where Bill was murderedwas in the basement of the house.
SCOTT MAUGER: I haven't been into the buildingsince this happened.I don't think I could go back into that buildingafter Bill was shot and killed there.
CRAIG PLANTANIA: Even 16 years doesn't change things.Bill was not just a victim.He was not just a cemetery caretaker.He was loved.He loved the family.He loved people.
CRAIG PLANTANIA [continued]: Bill was a human being.Huge void in the family.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: Andrew Cunananhad gone from killing friends to murdering strangersin cold blood.
CRAIG JACKSON: This time, there was no torture.This time it was a quick death.It's like Cunanan was trying to use different modusoperandi to perhaps challenge the agents whowere chasing him.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: No one knew whereCunanan would strike next, what was driving him,and who would be his next victim.May the 12th, 1997, Andrew Cunananhad arrived in Miami, Florida.He was getting ready to shock a generation.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE [continued]: Miami was the perfect place to harbor a chameleonlike Cunanan.
JACK LEVIN: You know, every killerwho commits multiple homicide has a comfort zone.Most spree killers don't travel.They stay within their own community,because they know that place.They understand it better, and they'reable to get away with murder.
JACK LEVIN [continued]: There are exceptions.Andrew Cunanan was no multiple personality.But he had a skill that very few people do have.And that is he could change his appearanceto look like dozens of other people.
WENSLEY CLARKSON: Cunanan is America's most wanted man,yet he hides in plain sight.He makes no attempt to disguise himself.He makes no attempt to hide out in the latest car he's stolen.
CRAIG JACKSON: It's hard to say if Cunanan was askingto be caught, but I certainly think hewas asking to have a showdown.He was asking to have his day of glory.He'd paid for a month's rent in advance,staying at the Normandy Plaza, a once swish hotel in the '50s.And he was living in plain sight around the beaches of Miami.
CRAIG JACKSON [continued]: He needed some funds, and he decided to go to a pawn shopwhere he would exchange one of the gold coins he took from Mr.Miglin's house for $200 cash.He was obliged to provide two pieces of ID.The only ID he had was his real name and the real addresswhere he was staying at the Normandy Plaza, which he gave.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: Yet again, Cunanan had taken a riskand got away with it.The pawn shop passed on the formsas required to the Miami Police, wherethey lay on a desk unnoticed.
GEORGE NAVARRO: There was really nobody looking for him here.Nobody thought he was here.He really was here out and about like a normal citizenminding his own business for at least two months that we know.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: Andrew Cunananlived and loitered in Miami until the middle of July.Now he was ready to claim the most famous victimof his notorious spree.During Cunanan's heyday in San Diego,he was often heard boasting about his time spentwith famous fashion designer Gianni Versace.
ANTHONY DABIERE: Andrew had always talked about celebritiesthat he rubbed elbows with and he couldn't wait tell usabout his chance encounter and meeting, fashion designerGianni Versace.We laughed.And we said, well, good for you.Isn't that something?Another tall tale.
ANTHONY DABIERE [continued]: Did he really meet him?Did they hang out in a limo and club it all night?Maybe yes, maybe no.
CRAIG JACKSON: It could be seen perhapsthat Cunanan targeted Versace because it was an argument.It was an element of self-loathingagainst being homosexual and the gay community that he'd nowturned against.There was also the belief that Cunanan thought he had HIVand he wanted to take it out on a symbolism
CRAIG JACKSON [continued]: for the homosexual culture.Versace would be an ideal target thatwould bring everything together in one tumultuous storm.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: At 8:55 AM, Andrew Cunananshot dead one of the world's most famous fashion designersat point- blank range.Cunanan was now the most wanted man in the worldand a massive police hunt had begun.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE [continued]: The clues weren't hard to find.William Reese's truck had been left in a nearby car park.
GEORGE NAVARRO: We discovered that the clothesthat the witnesses had described was laying on the groundnext to the truck.And he went out the fire exit and got into a taxi caband fled before we were able to secure that garage.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: The impact of the Versace slayingcontinued to grow.
JOHN PACENTI: It was a big deal that this was not justsome random celebrity.This was going to be international news.This was going to turn the city upside down.And it did.
ROBERT KRAFT: When I ran by that day,I looked over to the east here.And I just saw these news satellite dishesall over the place, maybe I'd say dozens of them.I managed to kind of run by and see the blood on the steps,because everybody talked about the blood of the steps.And it stayed there for a long time.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: Played out in the spotlight of rolling news,the global media soaked up the breaking story.
GEORGE NAVARRO: We quickly shut down the citybefore Andrew Cunanan was able to leave,so we were fairly convinced that he was still in Miami Beach.
JOHN PACENTI: It was a huge manhunt.Everything stopped in Miami.Everything was focused on this man hunt.And everybody descended upon South Beach,international news.And we basically stayed at the police station 24/7.
TONY MAGALDI: It was just crazy.I mean, it became a media circus.I mean, the police were coming in, asking questions.It was so much activity on Ocean Driveand the cameras and the people and there was still the fear.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: The warmth of the Miami streetswas replaced by cold dread and panic.
ROBERT KRAFT: Well, we didn't know what happened.We don't know why it happened, if it was randomor the guy knew him.
TONY MAGALDI: There was a lot of uncertainty.People were worried about, is there a killer on the street?He was shot.Are they going to come shoot other people?It was scary.
ROBERT KRAFT: We all had the news on.Then all of a sudden I hear that he'skilled other gay people in different cities.A lot of the gay people felt that theywere in danger from him, that he'll kill others.
TONY MAGALDI: You know, people were justlike on edge the whole time.
WENSLEY CLARKSON: By murdering one of the most famous peoplein the world, Cunanan was now goingto be headline news in every sense of the word.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: As the world watched on,could Cunanan be caught before he killed again?[MUSIC PLAYING]In 1997, a vicious spree killer had been terrorizing Americaon a 2,000-mile, 3-month bloody rampage.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE [continued]: Andrew Cunanan had just claimed his fifth victim,gunning down the world-famous fashion designer GianniVersace on the steps of his South Beachmansion in broad daylight.
ANTHONY DABIERE: You couldn't picksomebody more important to a person like Andrew.And yet, at his own hand, he saw his demise.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: But eight days after the murder,the trail had gone cold.
GEORGE NAVARRO: Putting his face out there was a difficult task.I remember we came up with a photo lineup of about sixdifferent Andrew Cunanan and we put it outon a poster for the media to help assist uswith locating him.And that's how the leads came in.
JOHN PACENTI: It was just a massive man hunt.And it was almost unfathomable that they could notfind this guy.Yet, he was such a chameleon and blendedin so well, that there was more than oneor two times that I thought I saw him.Was it him?I don't know.
ANDY LINBURG: The day I saw Cunanan,the beach was really kind of empty, nobody around.And this one guy was sitting on the railand he was just sitting there staring at me for a good 15minutes, 20 minutes.It was kind of eerie in a way, so I opened my windowand I said, you have a frickin' problem?
ANDY LINBURG [continued]: And he just looked at me and then he walked away.And when I went home that night, I looked on Channel 7 newsand I looked and I saw.And that's when I knew it was him.His head was shaved, so he didn'tlook like the picture in the paper,so that's why I didn't recognize him.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: Wednesday the 23rd of July,1997, Ocean Drive, Miami.Time was running out for Cunanan.Caretaker Fernando Carreira had stopped by
CHRISTOPHER SLADE [continued]: to check on a vacant Indian Creekhouseboat moored 2 and 1/2 miles from Versace's mansionon Ocean Drive.He had stumbled across an unwelcome house guest.This was where Andrew Cunanan had sought refuge.
CRAIG JACKSON: I don't think that therewas any attention you're now going to move out of Florida.He stayed hiding in a broken houseboatthat he'd found whilst the owner was away.He was almost making his last stand.But I don't think he had much faith that the police wouldcatch up with him, because he had a very low opinion of lawenforcement.
CRAIG JACKSON [continued]: They were clearly inferior to him,and they'd not done a very good job of catching up with himso far.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: As Carreira ran to alert the authorities,a shot rang out.
GEORGE NAVARRO: When that call came in,it was a shots fired call.Everybody just knew this had to be it.
WENSLEY CLARKSON: The authoritiesrespond incredibly quickly this timeand are swarming all around the houseboatwithin minutes of being alerted to it by the caretaker.
JOHN PACENTI: I was there on the islandwhen they finally cornered him at the houseboat.And when I got there, there was, Idon't know, hundreds and hundreds of people there,hundreds and hundreds of reporters,police all around this houseboat.
WENSLEY CLARKSON: After a stand-offof a couple of hours during which there'sno reaction from Cunanan, they decideto lob tear gas into the vessel.
TONY MAGALDI: It was live media coverage 24/7 almost.Everyone was glued to the news.It was crazy to watch.
ROBERT SHOEMAKER: We were watchingthat on TV, kind of sitting in the conference room watchingthat on TV as it unfolded, because we didn't know how itwas going to end at that time.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: The nightmare ended, caught on 1,000 camerasin the full glare of the media spotlight.
GEORGE NAVARRO: Myself and an FBI agentwere the first ones inside.He hadn't shot at the caretaker.He had killed himself.
CRAIG JACKSON: Cunanan's death, he shot himselfbefore the police could get to him.And he shot himself wearing a pairof shorts in a double bed with a single gunshotto the right side of his head.He was in control over how he would go.Nobody else was going to take his life or take his liberty.And he chose a very Hollywood, glamorous, almost homoerotic
CRAIG JACKSON [continued]: way to die.
RICHARD BARRETO: The reign of terror brought upon usby Andrew Cunanan is over.
JOHN PACENTI: I'm exhausted.The adrenaline has been pumping for hours,and I'm realizing that the story that we've basicallybeen living with is over.
JACK LEVIN: I think he was on a suicidal rampage to begin with.I think Cunanan had intended from the beginningto kill himself.But first, he was going to get evenwith all those wealthy men and those conceptsof wealthy men like Versace.
ANTHONY DABIERE: The kind of thingsAndrew wished for, the kind of places that he put himself,the kind of stories he told us, theywere stories of somebody else's life, somebodythat I guess we'll never know.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: Cunanan's death brought with ita mix of emotions for those who had beenaffected by his brutal spree.
CRAIG PLANTANIA: We were not unhappythat Cunanan committed suicide and that we did nothave to go to trial and listen to the lies and the other kindsof things.
JENNIFER WIBERG: Andrew Cunanan was a man thatcaused misery for many people.
ANDY LINBURG: Everybody was pretty relievedthat he wasn't on the loose anymore.
ROBERT KRAFT: I'm thankful that the taxpayers are notkeeping him alive in prison.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE: Andrew Cunananhad journeyed from being his father's precocious protegeto the class clown with a fabricated family backgroundto the enigmatic life and soul of every party he attendedand finally to one of the most brutal spree killersin American history.Andrew Cunanan had to be the center of attention.
CHRISTOPHER SLADE [continued]: In his school yearbook next to his picture,he prophetically wrote, "apres moi, le deluge," simply put,"after me, the storm."Yet the question remained.Why did Andrew Cunanan have murder in mind,and what drove him to his killing spree?
MATTHEW RIFAT: Andrew was over the top in every way.He was over the top in his affect, his personality.And he was over the top when it came to killing.
JOHN PACENTI: Well, Andrew Cunananwas a unique spree killer.He created a false identity.He had created a false image in his mind.And when that shattered, he shattered.And he kind of left pieces of himselfas he went from murder to murder to murder.
CRAIG JACKSON: He couldn't handle the factthat he'd once been the glamorous doyenof the gay party circuit and now he was alone,putting on weight, slowly losing his hair, and possibly had HIV.He was clearly very angry, but he wasn't to blameand other people were going to pay the price.
JACK LEVIN: By killing a well-known celebritylike Versace and then committing suicide,Cunanan was assured of having his place in infamy.And that's exactly what he wanted.[MUSIC PLAYING]
Killing Spree: Andrew Cunanan, Miami Murders
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In 1997, Andrew Cunanan went on a killing spree that left 5 dead, including fashion designer Gianni Versace. Andrew Cunanan lived in a fantasy world and always created stories to make himself sound more interesting. This documentary examines his childhood and life in San Diego, each of his murders, and his possible motivations.
In 1997, Andrew Cunanan went on a killing spree that left 5 dead, including fashion designer Gianni Versace. Andrew Cunanan lived in a fantasy world and always created stories to make himself sound more interesting. This documentary examines his childhood and life in San Diego, each of his murders, and his possible motivations.