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Cunanan Was HIV Negative, Paper Says

August 01, 1997| Associated Press

MIAMI — Suspected serial killer Andrew Phillip Cunanan was not HIV positive when he killed himself aboard a Miami Beach houseboat, the Miami Herald reported in today's editions.

Three law enforcement sources, who asked not to be identified, said tests performed on Cunanan's body at the Dade County Medical Examiner's Office showed he did not have AIDS.

Cunanan, who killed himself July 23, was suspected in the July 15 slaying of fashion designer Gianni Versace. He is the prime suspect in four other murders in Minnesota, Illinois and New Jersey.

The revelation undermines speculation that Cunanan's rampage may have been triggered by his belief that he was infected with the virus. The AIDS information had been withheld by the Medical Examiner's Office because Florida law prohibits its disclosure.

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