|Birth name||Andrew Philip Cunanan|
|Born||August 31, 1969
National City, California, United States
|Cause of Death||Suicide by gunshot|
|Date||April 25, 1997 ‚Äď July
|Location(s)||Minneapolis and Rush City, Minnesota, Chicago, Illinois, Pennsville Township, New Jersey, Miami Beach, Florida|
|Weapon(s)||Taurus semi-automatic pistol (.40)|
Andrew Phillip Cunanan (August 31, 1969 ‚Äď July 23, 1997) was an American spree killer who murdered at least five people, including fashion designer Gianni Versace, during a three-month period in 1997, ending with Cunanan's suicide, at age 27. On June 12, 1997, Cunanan became the 449th fugitive to be listed by the FBI on the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list.
Cunanan was born in National City, California, the youngest of four children to Modesto Cunanan and Mary Anne Shilacci. Modesto Cunanan could not attend his son's birth, as he was serving in the US Navy in the Vietnam War at the time.
In 1981, his father enrolled him in The Bishop's School in the La Jolla neighborhood of San Diego, California. At school, Cunanan was remembered as being bright and very talkative, testing with an I.Q. of 147, but he was often bullied. As a teenager, he developed a reputation as a prolific liar, given to telling fantastic tales about his family and personal life; he was also adept at changing his appearance according to what he felt was most attractive at a given moment.
When Cunanan was 19, his father abandoned the family. That same year, his mother found out about his homosexuality; during the ensuing argument, Cunanan threw her against a wall and dislocated her shoulder.
Before the murders, Cunanan was involved in petty theft and drug dealing.
The first known murder was that of his friend Jeffrey Trail, a former US naval officer and propane salesman, on April 25, 1997, in Minneapolis. The next victim was architect David Madson, who was found on the east shore of Rush Lake near Rush City, Minnesota, on April 29, 1997, with gunshot wounds to the head. Police recognized a connection, as Trail's body had been found in Madson's Minneapolis loft apartment.
Cunanan next drove to Chicago and killed 72-year-old Lee Miglin, a prominent real estate developer, on May 4, 1997. Following this murder, the first of a non-acquaintance, the FBI added him to its Ten Most Wanted list. Five days later, Cunanan, who took Miglin's car, found his fourth victim in Pennsville, New Jersey, at the Finn's Point National Cemetery, killing 45-year-old caretaker William Reese on May 9, 1997. While the manhunt focused on Reese's truck, Cunanan "hid in plain sight" in Miami Beach, Florida, for two months between his fourth and fifth murders. He even used his own name to pawn a stolen item, knowing that police routinely check pawn shop records for stolen merchandise. Finally, Cunanan murdered fashion designer Gianni Versace, on July 15, 1997.
Police searched the houseboat where Cunanan died in order to piece together a motive for his killing spree. However, Cunanan left behind few personal belongings, surprising investigators, given his reputation for acquiring money and expensive possessions from wealthy, older men. Police considered few of the findings to be of note, except multiple tubes of hydrocortisone cream and a fairly extensive collection of the fiction of C.S. Lewis.