ANDREW CUNANAN: LATEST "LONE NUT" ON AMERICAN LANDSCAPE
Already Convicted By Mass Media For Gianni Versace Shooting . . .
IS CUNANAN ALSO LINKED TO O.J. SIMPSON CASE? (He was in
California, the same state where the Ron & Nicole Murders
What About the Death of Vince Foster?
Cunanan WAS IN AMERICA AT THE TIME.
THE VICTIM: Gianni Versace was raised in a tough neighborhood in
southern Italy, in an area dominated by the Calabrian Mafia.
Later, during his professional life, Versace "would become
inflamed with rage at suggestions that he had links with the
Mafia." (Electronic Telegraph, "Boy Raised Among the Brothels
Who Became a Fashion Star," by Caroline Davies, 7/16/97) But,
notes a separate article in the Electronic Telegraph (ET), "There
have long been reports that Versace, whose family comes from
Calabria in southern Italy, had been financially involved with
the Mafia. It had been rumoured that he borrowed mob money to
expand his business, and had been paying 'protection money.'"
("FBI Hunt Gay Serial Killer After Versace Shot Dead," 7/16/97)
Of perhaps more significance, brother Santo Versace, part of
Gianni's organization, was convicted for bribing Italian tax
inspectors. Gianni Versace was not charged in a scandal
implicating several prominent Italian fashion designers. Did
Gianni Versace cooperate with authorities, name names, and in
consequence get off the hook? "At the site of the shooting [of
Versace]... police collected two cartridge cases and a dead
pigeon." (ET, 7/16/97) A dead pigeon... as in "stool pigeon?"
And why did the shooter (whoever he was) "shout a curse in
Italian before firing?" (ibid.)
According to Electronic Telegraph, police were checking out
reports of a "fracas" said to have occurred at Versace's mansion
two nights before his death. Given the immensity of the house,
with complaining neighbors at some distance, it must have been
quite a "fracas."
THE FBI: The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was called in
soon after the Versace killing. According to one of the
previously cited ET articles, this is "an indication that the
killing may have involved a contract made abroad, or in another
The evening after the killing, the FBI was asked about Andrew
Cunanan's *modus operandi*. This is a good question. Reading
between the lines, the question can be taken to mean, "Isn't the
*modus operandi* in the Versace case quite a bit different from
Cunanan's alleged *modus operandi* in past killings? Doesn't
that tend to show Cunanan did *not* shoot Versace?" In fact, an
article by David M. Herszenhorn in the New York Times notes that
the FBI agent acting as spokesperson "seemed taken aback" by the
question. The FBI spokesperson then tried to explain the
discrepancy in *modus operandi*: What is Cunanan's *modus
operandi*? "He kills people," stammers FBI. ("Four Other Deaths
Linked To Same Elusive Suspect," 7/16/97)
Why would the FBI be trying to foist off the Versace killing
onto Cunanan? The answer is mundane: FBI, like Maynard G.
Krebbs, is terrified of one word -- "work." Really getting to
the bottom of the Versace case would not be too easy, and
besides, if Mafia is involved, it could also be dangerous. Why
not just "round up the usual suspects?" So FBI, through its
"spin control" department, persuades a lapdog press (itself lazy
and disinclined to do any real digging) that "Crazed Cunanan did
THE SUSPECT: And what about "Crazed Cunanan" himself? For one,
he is probably laughing at what liars the press and the FBI are.
But Cunanan may be more than he appears. Described as a
"high-class homosexual prostitute," the question nonetheless
lingers: where did he get all that money? Cunanan is described
in the New York Times article as "moving $75,000 in and out of
bank accounts in the first few months of this year alone."
Cunanan is also linked to another high-profile slaying, that of
Chicago multimillionaire real estate tycoon Lee Miglin. At the
time of that murder, I was suspicious of the random motive
ascribed to it. I am doubly suspicious now.
The immediate question is, will Andrew Cunanan be captured
alive, and if captured alive, will he be allowed to talk
publicly. More than two years after the OKC bombing(s), "Lone
Nut McVeigh" has never spoken publicly about what he knows. Will
Cunanan, if he lives, also be kept under wraps?
+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +
For related stories, visit: