Assassination of Gianni Versace: Did Andrew Cunanan really meet Versace before ...

Season two of American Crime Story is airing on the BBC and will look at Andrew Cunanan’s killing spree in 1997 during which he murdered five men.

His final victim was the iconic Gianni Versace, who he shot dead on his doorstep in cold blood.

Cunanan’s reign of terror and violence only came to an end after the killer took his own life using the gun he’d murdered some of his victims with.

The show is based on Vulgar Favours by journalist Maureen Orth, who covered the case at the time.

In the show it appears that Cunanan met Versace before he killed him. We look at the factual accuracy and whether this did happen in real life.


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It’s hard to verify this, however there are a number of accounts to suggest that a meeting could have taken place between the two.

However, Cunanan was also known to be a compulsive liar and created many fantasies which he would pass off as fact.

Orth says in Vulgar Favours: “I also had learned that he had met Versace several years earlier and that he was suspected of killing four other people, including his best friend and the only man he ever said he loved.”

Versace was indeed in San Francisco to design the costumes for Richard Strauss’ opera production Capriccio in October 1990.


Darren Criss as Andrew Cunanan in The Assassination of Gianni VersaceBBCDarren Criss as Andrew Cunanan in The Assassination of Gianni Versace

The opening of Capriccio led to lots of parties being thrown in his honour including one at the nightclub Colossus with Versace

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