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December 31, 1997 | MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Five months after fashion designer Gianni Versace was murdered on the steps of his oceanfront mansion, police on Tuesday closed their investigation into the sensational crime--concluding that San Diego hustler Andrew Cunanan was the killer and that he had acted alone. The 27-year-old Cunanan, a suspect in four other killings, took his own life with the same pistol he had used to slay Versace after hiding out for 10 days in a houseboat following the July 15 slaying.
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January 13, 2004 | From Associated Press
A play about Andrew Cunanan's 1997 killing spree, being developed by La Jolla Playhouse, is drawing opposition on both coasts. Some members of South Florida's gay community and a friend of Cunanan's in California oppose the production. Cunanan, a 27-year-old reputed gay escort and drug user, was linked to five murders across the country, including the slaying of fashion designer Gianni Versace. He killed himself in Florida in 1997. "Cunanan was sick and do you celebrate that?
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March 24, 1999 | VALLI HERMAN-COHEN, TIMES SENIOR FASHION WRITER
Investigative reporter Maureen Orth had a two-month lead on one of the biggest news stories of 1997--the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace on the steps of his south Miami Beach home. As a special correspondent for Vanity Fair, Orth had been writing an article on suspected serial killer Andrew Cunanan and his four victims when she heard the news--and quickly became part of it.
NEWS
April 25, 1999
Maureen Orth, author of "Vulgar Favors" ("A Killer Scoop," March 24), marvels that when she asked to interview people who knew Andrew Cunanan, they asked for money, becoming "part of the news for hire circus. . . . Everybody had their hand out." How shocking! That someone would want money! Hey, Maureen, how much did you score for the book and movie deals? PERCY WOLF Burbank
ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 1998
On Jan. 14, Liz Smith indicated that "model and wannabe actor Shane Purdue" is not only going to play Andrew Cunanan in an upcoming movie about Gianni Versace but that he has been rumored to be the father of Sandra Bernhard's child. Now that's a resume to be envious of. KEN MARCUS Los Angeles
NEWS
December 23, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The houseboat in Miami Beach where suspected serial killer Andrew Cunanan took refuge and killed himself last July has sunk. The two-story boat sat on the bottom of Indian Creek with water lapping halfway up its street-level front door after a leak developed overnight. Cunanan, 27, was wanted for the slayings of fashion designer Gianni Versace and four other men.
NEWS
April 25, 1999
Maureen Orth, author of "Vulgar Favors" ("A Killer Scoop," March 24), marvels that when she asked to interview people who knew Andrew Cunanan, they asked for money, becoming "part of the news for hire circus. . . . Everybody had their hand out." How shocking! That someone would want money! Hey, Maureen, how much did you score for the book and movie deals? PERCY WOLF Burbank
NEWS
August 13, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
The fugitive owner of a houseboat in Miami Beach where fashion designer Gianni Versace's alleged killer, Andrew Cunanan, was found dead last month has been arrested on charges of fraud and tax evasion, prosecutors said. Torsten Reineck, wanted by German authorities since 1992, was taken into custody at Frankfurt's international airport when he landed Monday evening. It was not immediately known whether Reineck, 49, returned to Germany voluntarily or under an extradition-style police escort.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 1997 | ROBERT W. WELKOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The father of suspected cross-country killer Andrew Cunanan came to Los Angeles this week to begin making a documentary about his son's alleged one-man crime rampage, which authorities believe included the slaying of Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace and triggered one of the biggest manhunts in U.S. history.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 2004 | From Associated Press
A play about Andrew Cunanan's 1997 killing spree, being developed by La Jolla Playhouse, is drawing opposition on both coasts. Some members of South Florida's gay community and a friend of Cunanan's in California oppose the production. Cunanan, a 27-year-old reputed gay escort and drug user, was linked to five murders across the country, including the slaying of fashion designer Gianni Versace. He killed himself in Florida in 1997. "Cunanan was sick and do you celebrate that?
NEWS
March 24, 1999 | VALLI HERMAN-COHEN, TIMES SENIOR FASHION WRITER
Investigative reporter Maureen Orth had a two-month lead on one of the biggest news stories of 1997--the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace on the steps of his south Miami Beach home. As a special correspondent for Vanity Fair, Orth had been writing an article on suspected serial killer Andrew Cunanan and his four victims when she heard the news--and quickly became part of it.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 1998
On Jan. 14, Liz Smith indicated that "model and wannabe actor Shane Purdue" is not only going to play Andrew Cunanan in an upcoming movie about Gianni Versace but that he has been rumored to be the father of Sandra Bernhard's child. Now that's a resume to be envious of. KEN MARCUS Los Angeles
NEWS
January 4, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A gym bag that Andrew Cunanan left behind at the outset of a killing spree contained steroids, which are known to cause violent behavior when abused, a newspaper reported. Five vials of injectable testosterone--often used illegally by athletes to build muscle--were found at the apartment of Jeff Trail, according to the Star Tribune in Minneapolis.
NEWS
December 31, 1997 | MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Five months after fashion designer Gianni Versace was murdered on the steps of his oceanfront mansion, police on Tuesday closed their investigation into the sensational crime--concluding that San Diego hustler Andrew Cunanan was the killer and that he had acted alone. The 27-year-old Cunanan, a suspect in four other killings, took his own life with the same pistol he had used to slay Versace after hiding out for 10 days in a houseboat following the July 15 slaying.
NEWS
December 31, 1997
At year's end, the most engaging question in Washington was what the president would name his new puppy. That's what happens when the political parties deadlock, unemployment plummets and the stock market keeps humming. In California, the most widely reported mega-event--El Nin~o--turned into a bust, for the time being. But at least it could be blamed for any disturbing or otherwise unfathomable phenomenon. It was that kind of year--strange, off-kilter, full of let-downs--the year of Dolly the replicated sheep, Mir the uncontrollable space station, Hale-Bopp the comet that seduced Left Coast cultists, Deep Blue the computer that bested a master, "Ellen," the sitcom that dared to speak its true name.
NEWS
December 23, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The houseboat in Miami Beach where suspected serial killer Andrew Cunanan took refuge and killed himself last July has sunk. The two-story boat sat on the bottom of Indian Creek with water lapping halfway up its street-level front door after a leak developed overnight. Cunanan, 27, was wanted for the slayings of fashion designer Gianni Versace and four other men.
NEWS
January 4, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A gym bag that Andrew Cunanan left behind at the outset of a killing spree contained steroids, which are known to cause violent behavior when abused, a newspaper reported. Five vials of injectable testosterone--often used illegally by athletes to build muscle--were found at the apartment of Jeff Trail, according to the Star Tribune in Minneapolis.
NEWS
July 20, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Services
Andrew Cunanan, the chameleon-like suspect in the killing of designer Gianni Versace and four other men, may be eluding authorities by masquerading as a woman, authorities said Saturday. "Investigators are exploring the possibility that Andrew Cunanan may be dressing as a female," police spokesman Al Boza said in a release. "He may have shaved all of his body hair to enhance this appearance."
NEWS
October 2, 1997 | ELIZABETH KASTOR, WASHINGTON POST
So much can be changed: A name thrown aside, the body altered with a scalpel or a set of weights, an accent elevated, personal history revised with a few plausible stories. There is a brand-new you inside, waiting for its cue. From the pioneers to Gatsby to Ivana Trump, the idea of reinventing oneself has exerted its magnetic force on the American imagination.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 1997 | ROBERT W. WELKOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The father of suspected cross-country killer Andrew Cunanan came to Los Angeles this week to begin making a documentary about his son's alleged one-man crime rampage, which authorities believe included the slaying of Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace and triggered one of the biggest manhunts in U.S. history.
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