The Nightmare closet

Andrew Cunanan

(Killings between April 1997 and July 1997)

Cunanan was born on August 31, 1969 his father, in the Philippines, denies his son's homosexuality, saying he was "an altar boy" with a good Catholic upbringing. His mother referred to him as a "high-class homosexual prostitute." In high school, he was openly gay. His friends said he was a toy for old, wealthy men.

Friends said he changed the last six months he was in San Diego. Some friends felt he had some sort of break down after being rejected by his lover and his best friend. His friends attended an extravagant going away party for him in April at California Cuisine when he said he was moving to San Francisco. He didn't go to San Francisco, though. He bought a one-way ticket to Minneapolis, where he stayed with a former lover, David Madson, 33. He arranged a fling with an old friend, Jeffrey Trail.  His friend Jeffrey Trail was his first murder in a three-month killing spree beginning April 27, 1997, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


There was no modus operandi detected as such. In the beginning, he killed his former lovers who he felt were having an affair behind his back. The others that were killed may also have had connections with him, but nobody knows for sure. They were killed differently with different weapons.


One of his victims was Gianni Versace, the Italian designer. FBI found Andrew, as he left his name signed on the pavement in front of Gianni's house. FBI felt that it was his way of craving for attention, saying "Look at me. I'm the one that did this." He led authorities on a massive manhunt for his killings. He killed himself eight days after killing Gianni Versace by shooting himself, obviously to avoid capture.

Andrew Phillip Cunanan, a soft-spoken intellect who had a flair for languages and discussed world affairs, was a handsome and boastful young man who associated himself only with the social elite. He earned many dubious distinctions; one is of killing the famous fashion designer, Gianni Versace and the other is being listed by the FBI on their Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list.  He was the first person from San Diego to get into (un)prestigious list.