With characteristic hyperbole, he embellished it for Gruenwald, adding, “I said, ‘If you’re Gianni Versace, then I’m Coco Chanel!
’ ”Doug Stubblefield, a research analyst and close friend of Cunanan’s, recalls that during Versace’s visit he was walking on Market Street on his way to another gay dance club when a big white chauffeured car pulled up alongside him. Cunanan’s little buddies have been interviewed,” he told me, “and they say the two people he most admired in San Francisco are Mr. Harry de Wildt.”After Versace’s murder, the words of Chicago police captain Tom Cronin, a serial-killer expert I had interviewed, rang in my ears: “Down deep inside, the publicity is more sexual to him than anything else.
He could describe the texture and delicacy of the blowfish he claimed to have eaten at an 0 Japanese lunch.In the end he reached an exclusive pinnacle that provided him with the celebrity he had always sought: he became America’s most wanted fugitive.More than a dozen law-enforcement bodies, including the F. I., were seeking to question him not only about Versace’s murder but also about four others that took place between April 27 and May 9.The Miglin family has vociferously denied that Lee or his 25-year-old son, Duke, a fledgling actor in Hollywood who has a bit part in this summer’s ever met Cunanan.The fourth dead man, William Reese, a 45-year-old caretaker of a Civil War cemetery in New Jersey with a wife and son, is considered by clinicians who study serial killers a “functional homicide.” Unlike the other victims, Reese was probably murdered simply for his 1995 red Chevrolet pickup truck.Now the emperor lay dead, gunned down almost Mob-style on the steps of his lavish Mediterranean villa, shot in the head and face in broad daylight.The prime suspect, dressed in nondescript shorts and a baseball cap, came in close for the kill and then coolly walked away along Ocean Drive.That night, October 21, an eyewitness recalls, Cunanan was smugly pleased that Versace seemed to recognize him.“I know you,” Versace said, wagging a finger in the then 21-year-old’s direction. ” And Cunanan replied, “Thank you for remembering, Signor Versace.” It is not clear that there really was anything to remember, or that Andrew Cunanan had ever been near Versace’s house on Lake Como.Inside, he claims, were Cunanan, Versace, and San Francisco socialite Harry de Wildt. Right after one or two of these homicides, he probably goes to a gay bar in the afternoon when the news comes on and his face is on TV, and he’s sitting there drinking a beer and loving it.“Andrew called out, and we had a conversation on the side of the street,” Stubblefield says. I have never had the pleasure or displeasure of meeting Mr. You hide in plain view.”Antonio D’Amico, Versace’s longtime companion, who raced to the door of the Miami mansion within seconds of hearing the gunshots, about a.m.