The murder of Gianni Versace on July 15, 1997, stunned the nation, but it didn’t take long for law enforcement to figure out who killed the beloved fashion designer.
As fans remember the iconic artist on the 20th anniversary of his death, we did some investigating of our own to learn more about the chilling homicide.
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At the age of 50, Gianni was shot by Andrew Cunanan, a serial killer who had murdered at least four people over a three-month period, starting in April 1997.
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The gay gigolo's first victim was his friend, Jeffrey Trail, who he beat to death with a claw hammer. Four days later, he shot architect David Madson, leaving Jeffrey’s body at David’s apartment while dumping David near Rush Lake in Minnesota. He then stabbed a prominent real estate developer named Lee Miglin and stole his car before killing cemetery caretaker William Reese in order to steal his car.
Gianni was shot by Andrew on the front steps of his Miami mansion as he returned home from a morning walk following a trip to Milan, Venice, and Paris. The murderer used the same gun to commit suicide on a boat eight days later after sparking a massive manhunt.
The scene of the crime. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
On an episode of Dateline that aired in April, Gianni’s partner, Antonio D’Amico, spoke about the killing for the first time. "I heard the shot. My heart just stopped to beat,” he revealed. “So I ran out and then I saw Gianni laying down on the stairs in blood.”
The designer’s death will be the focus of American Crime Story’s upcoming third season. Edgar Ramirez will play the visionary, while Penelope Cruz will star as his sister Donatella. Glee alum Darren Criss will portray Andrew.
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