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His Murder Spree Made Headlines, But His Final Evil Act Shook The Nation

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On January 17, 2018, the anthology series American Crime Story released its second season, The Assassination of Gianni Versace, while simultaneously renewing public interest in one of the largest failed manhunts in the history of the United States.

Who was the fugitive?

Andrew Cunanan, a 27-year-old serial killer, who was responsible for murdering multiple men across the country, including the famous Italian-born designer, Gianni Versace.

Andrew CunananBiography

Versace's story got the television show treatment because he happened to be the most famous of Cunanan's victims, but the dangerous criminal had at least four other victims before ending his murderous spree on July 17, 1997.

Prior to Versace's assassination, Cunanan murdered architect Lee Miglin, gas company manager Jeffrey Trail, millionaire David J. Madson, and cemetery groundskeeper William Reese

Here's a look at Cunanan's victims, what drove him to commit such heinous crimes, and what became of him in the end:

A Teenage Pathological Liar

Cunanan was born on August 31, 1969 in National City, California to a Filipino-American father, Modesto "Pete" Cunanan, and an Italian-American mother, Mary Anne Schillaci. Pete, who was serving in Vietnam War, wasn't around when his son was born, but upon his return, he made sure that his youngest child was always well taken care of.

He enrolled Cunanan, who had an above average IQ of 147, at an Episcopal independent day school so he could receive the best education possible. Aside from his talkativeness and zest for knowledge, there were no signs that indicated Cunanan would someday inflict harm on other people.

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