Everything You Need To Know About The Murder Of Gianni Versace To Get You Ready For American Crime Story Season 3!

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Ryan Murphy really knows how to pick ’em!

On Tuesday, it was revealed American Crime Story will indeed be returning for a third season, and that it will focus on the senseless and shocking 1997 murder of Gianni Versace.

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While the show’s first season knocked it out of the park with its exploration of the O.J. Simpson trial, Murphy decided to go in a different direction with the impending second installment by tackling the gross injustices of Hurricane Katrina.

Now it looks like the director will shift gears back into murder with a side of celebrity drama.

Considering Versace’s killing took place almost twenty years ago, we’ve compiled some facts about the case to refresh your memory. Let’s just say this murder has all the fixings for captivating TV — tragedy, glamour, and mystery.


Victim: Gianni was 50-years-old and the head of the Versace at the time of his death. He represented the Italian fashion world for decades after founding the company all on his own in the ’70s, which left him with an incredible amount of wealth and fame.

At the time of his murder, the visionary left behind his sister Donatella Versace, brother Santo Versace, and several nieces and nephews (Francesca, Antonio, Allegra, Daniel). The mogul also had a partner named Antonio D’Amico, a man he had been with since 1982.

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Killer: Andrew Cunanan was a serial killer who slayed a total of five people over the span of three months. Mr. Cunanan’s story mirrors those of a lot of prolific murderers — difficult childhood, self-loathing, and mental illness. The criminal was 27-years-old at the time of the killing.


Versace was killed at his gorgeous and iconic Miami, Florida mansion. The designer was walking home after running a morning errand, a task he usually left to his assistant.


Andrew delivered two swift shots to Gianni’s head which killed him instantly. A good samaritan attempted to catch Cunanan but unfortunately failed due to the high amount of tourists walking around area.


Despite a lengthy investigation, authorities have never been able to pin down the WHY in this case. The only link between the perp and the victim was that they were both gay. The pure randomness of the crime has been an ongoing source of anguish for the Versace family.

Miami Beach Police Chief Richard Barreto once said of the frustrating mystery:

“I don’t know that we are ever going to know the answers.”


Eight days after Versace’s murder, Cunanan committed suicide on a houseboat after an intense manhunt. His remains were cremated and interred somewhere in San Diego.

As for Versace, his family and his fans were left reeling for years. The fashion mastermind was honored with a massive funeral and his remains were buried in Milan, Italy.

In his will, Gianni left 50% of his fortune to his niece Allegra.

What makes it so Ryan Murphy…

Besides the obvious glamour of the case and the legendary Versace name, there are plenty other threads of intrigue to dissect.

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Following the killing, the designer’s family had to make immediate and major decisions beyond funeral arrangements like who would take on the company and Versace’s legacy. We imagine the season will cover the power struggles that emerged after the death.

Another aspect of interest is the killer’s other victims, who were also allegedly gay. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Ryan portray the gay communities affected by Andrew’s reign of terror.

So, will YOU tune into season 3 to hear the whole American Crime Story?

[Image via Instagram/WENN.]

Oct 18, 2016 5:32pm PST

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