During Versace’s stay, Cunanan also met Eric Gruenwald, now a Los Angeles lawyer, at Colossus.Cunanan, in the company of a silver-haired gentleman, was still gushing over his Versace encounter.
In the end he reached an exclusive pinnacle that provided him with the celebrity he had always sought: he became America’s most wanted fugitive.More than a dozen law-enforcement bodies, including the F. I., were seeking to question him not only about Versace’s murder but also about four others that took place between April 27 and May 9.It took more than 12 hours for police to announce that they had finally found the body of Andrew Cunanan in a second-floor bedroom. revealed that within 48 hours of Versace’s murder Cunanan had contacted an associate on the West Coast, asking for help in obtaining a false passport to leave the country.) Yet even as police were searching the houseboat, sightings of the suspected notorious killer who had brazenly taunted police were being called in from New Hampshire and other states. At the time of his death, however, Cunanan had been charged only in the killings of Madson, Reese, and Miglin.They said that he had shot himself in the mouth and left no suicide note. F or nearly two months before Versace’s murder, I had crisscrossed the country from San Diego and San Francisco to Minneapolis and Washington, D.Now the emperor lay dead, gunned down almost Mob-style on the steps of his lavish Mediterranean villa, shot in the head and face in broad daylight.
The prime suspect, dressed in nondescript shorts and a baseball cap, came in close for the kill and then coolly walked away along Ocean Drive.
He tracked possible sugar daddies with care and would say with a pout that he didn’t know whether to fly to New York or Paris for dinner.
He could describe the texture and delicacy of the blowfish he claimed to have eaten at an 0 Japanese lunch.
Or he could say of a work of art what year it had been painted, who had owned it through the centuries, what churches it had hung in. Cunanan’s story is a singular study in promise crushed.
Wherever he went, he craved the limelight and aspired to the top, whether through charm or falsehood.
The shocking Mob-style execution of fashion designer Gianni Versace appears to have been the crescendo of a cross-country murder spree that landed 27-year-old Andrew Cunanan on the F. In Miami’s pagan, over-the-top South Beach, particularly among the large gay contingent, Gianni Versace had been a tanned, adored idol.