The murder of Gianni Versace
Gianni Versace, the world-famous designer who created the Miami Vice look, had elegant homes around the world. But the multi-million-dollar mansion called Casa Casuarina on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach was his favorite. At 8:44 a.m. Tuesday, July 15, 1997, serial killer Andrew Cunanan, 27, shot and killed Gianni Versace, 50, on the steps of the villa. The manhunt for the killer ended eight days later, 41 blocks north of the crime scene. As police closed in on him, Cunanan shot himself to death aboard a shuttered houseboat. Investigators never knew exactly why Cunanan murdered Versace and at least four other men in a spree that took him from Minneapolis to Chicago to South Beach.