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due to graphic subject matter, viewer discretion is advised. >> a man's been shot. it's versace. >> who did this? how could this happen? >> we knew there were previous killers. >> who was cunanan. >> everybody was scared. >> they said he's a master of
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disguise. >> you would look at the pictures of andrew cunanan on the news and it seemed like you were looking at four different people. >> who was the phantom me nas. >> everybody's at risk. >> we have new details. >> people are being warned to stay away from this area. >> everybody converged on that scene. >> who's in there? if it's cunanan can we capture him alive? >> "city in fear." here's john seigenthaler. >> miami is known for its beautiful beaches and exotic night life. on the morning of july 15th,
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1997, a cold-blooded murder in broad daylight created a worldwide media frenzy. it led police on one of the biggest manhunts the country had seen since the search for the unabomber. >> miami beach is like a perennial vacation. it always feels like you're going home to your hoe tole even if you're not. after a 12-hour workday, it's still fun to go home. >> i've lived here over 50 years and i came from brooklyn. and it was like coming to a heaven. >> the big bad ugly world is not supposed to intrude. >> in 1997 among the rich and famous living on miami's glamorous south beach is italian fashion designer gianni versace.
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>> i think gianni loved miami beach because it represented freedom and ultimate liberation. and when he got to miami beach, i think he knew this was his new home. but the great thing about gianni is that he just didn't live here. he was an active participant. he really transformed the way we see miami beach. >> he loved laughter. he was always surrounded by beautiful people. he created excitement. yet, he was such a quiet kind of a man. excitement was all around him. >> gianni was very friendly, very approachable. easy to speak to. very uncelebrity like. he really enjoyed hanging out with people. you really would not have known he was famous. he was the regular guy hanging out at the bar. >> but neither gianni versace nor anyone living in miami is aware that more than 2,000 miles
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away a young man's murderous rage will soon have a shocking impact on their lives. san diego, california, living in the city's gay community and enjoying the company of older, wealthy men is 27-year-old andrew cunanan. >> i knew him as andrew desilva for six years he had me and most people in san diego fooled. >> this man was living in the same san diego nabd askew nan nan. zblin credibly intelligent. very articulate. traveled in circles that were very influential. >> i met him at parties. andrew led the perfect life of an american gigolo. his benefactors were very conservative businessmen and many republicans. >> people that he always had around him were people of position or had a great deal of money. if you had position or money, then andrew wanted to be your
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friend. >> all of a sudden, his last benefactor ends the relationship. you're andrew looking in the mirror and saying my god, my american gigolo life has come to the end of the road. my exlover has rejected me. >> no one is aware how much of an impact the rejx and loss of income have on cunanan. but he is about to act on a terrifying impulse. after flying to minneapolis, cunanan tries to contact jeffrey trail, a 28-year-old navy officer formerly stagsed in san diego. when trail refuses to see him, cue nan than then tracks down exboyfriend david madison and the two are spotted together in a minneapolis nightclub. >> they were sitting up at the bar and it was david madison and an drew cunanan was sitting on his lap. he's loud. makes a focal point of himself. >> april 27th, 1997, after
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several attempts cunanan successfully lures jeffrey trail to david madison's loft apartment in the city's warehouse district. >> i believe he then went into a rage. and i think that that's when the murder spree began. >> neighbors will later recall hearing shouts followed by a series of loud thuds. inside madison's apartment andrew cunanan has blue oned jeffrey trail to death. >> it started with jeff. something happened with jeff and him that's why this whole situation happened. very sad. jeff was a wonderful individual. >> may 2nd, leaving trail's bloody corpse rolled up in a carpet, cunanan takes david madison to a lake in nearby rush city and shoots him three times with a 40 caliber pistol. two fishermen will discover madison's body the following
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day. but even as minneapolis investigators begin their search for the killer, cunanan has already left the state heading east to chicago. on the morning of may 4th, police there maybe a grisly discovery in the city's luxurious gold coast district. >> a prominent real estate developer is found murdered in his gold coast garage. tonight police are trying to figure out who would brutally stab 72-year-old lee mig lan and steal his luxury car. >> according to the medical examiner and police this was a torture murder. the 72-year-old was tortured then killed here at his gold coast home. >> the coroner determines that he suffered multiple rib fractures, puncture wounds to the chest and 19 blows to the head before his throat was cut with a garden hoe. >> i just arrived from los angeles and we're all just grieving the loss of my father.
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and we don't know any details of what's happening. the police are still trying to put that together. >> chicago police later find david madison's suv parked near the miglin home. after tracing the vehicle back to minnesota and learning of the madison and trail murders, investigators begin to suspect that andrew cunanan may have randomly targeted and killed lee miglin for his car and money. chicago police conduct a city wide search for miglin's stolen 1994 lexus, but come up short. may 11th, one week after the miglin murder, cunanan strikes yet another innocent victim. this time in new jersey where he shoots and kills a cemetery caretaker william reese. >> bill was a nice guy. a nice family man. >> my entire world and my son's world began to crumble. >> he was my best friend as well as my husband. i lost both in the same day.
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>> inside the cemetery police find lee miglin's 1994 lexus and determine that the killer has stolen a red pickup truck belonging to william reese with both murders now linked to andrew cunanan the fbi puts cunanan on their most wanted list. up next, after four murders in three states, police begin a nationwide manhunt for a serial killer. so i was the guy who was never going to have the heart attack.
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may 1997, after committing a string of murders in three states, andrew cunanan now on the fbi's ten most wanted list remains a fugitive. >> all the agencies whether they be federal or local there was a
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significant pressure upon them to find cunanan as soon as possible. >> with cunanan's picture now appearing on local tv news, citizens in the new jersey area report seeing him in various locations. >> where is alleged serial killer andrew cunanan? waitresses at olga's diner nearby say they believe they saw cunanan sunday night around 8:00. >> last night around 8:00 i saw a man come running down the aisle. he went into the bathroom. and then about maybe ten minutes later the police were here. >> so far police leads are not panning out. the search for the man who's yearbook caption read most likely to be remembered, continues. >> what investigators have no one of knowing is cunanan is headed to miami, florida. >> from new jersey to miami. that's a lot of time to think. what am i going to do to leave my mark in life, to make these
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people who rejected me remember who i am? >> may 12th, 24 hours after killing william reese, cunanan arrives in miami. >> we had received information about andrew cunanan and the possibility that he could be in south florida. and we began to look for this individual. >> i just started to hear reports of him in north miami beach. they posted pictures up and wanted pictures and make everyone aware there was a possibility he could be here, but still no one was really certain. >> what made him dangerous at the time was there was enough on paper and newspapers as far as him coming in this direction. it wasn't something that was put together all after the fact. we knew that there were previous killings. >> cunanan checks into the norman di plaza hotel under an alias and using a french passport as an i.d.
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over the next several weeks cunanan blends in with the locals of south beach and remains unnoticed. >> he could have been sunning himself on the beach and he would have looked, acted like everyone else in that circle on south beach. he could be anywhere. he could be right next to you. >> july 7th, running low on money, cunanan enters the cash on the beach pawnshop and gets $200 in exchange for several 18 carat gold coins stolen from his chicago victim lee miglin. florida state law requires pawnshop owners to obtain a name, address and fingerprint of anyone selling items. once the form is completed it is faxed to police. without hesitating cunanan gives a thumbprint, uses his real name and the actual address of the norman di hotel. >> i guess you don't ask a lot of questions when somebody's pawning something.
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what did he say? >> he just came here and said to me how much you give me for this? . >> that's his signature right there? >> right. >> okay. >> the fingerprint is in the copy that i sent to the police. >> but police won't review the form for another eight days. meanwhile, the fbi search for cunanan is featured on several nationally televised news programs. >> police are searching coast to coast for a man nay suspect is a serial killer. they say andrew cunanan is responsible for the deaths of four people. >> it was the chicago murder -- >> media coverage of the cunanan search leads to a dramatic 9-1-1 call on july 11th from a man in a him sandwich shop. >> 9-1-1. >> yes, hello, this is kenny from miami subs. i think i seen this guy. >> a white t-shirt, white hat, black shorts. >> which way did he go?
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>> he's inside the store now. >> at the time police arrive at the shop, cunanan has vanished. >> this is one person that has been able to elude both local and national authorities for a significant amount of time. somewhat of a chameleon within the general population. he's hard to detect. he was quite smart. he'd probably be able to manipulate people his entire life. now he's feeling not only can i be able to beat other people, you know what, i'm going to challenge law enforcement to see if in fact they are as smart as i am. >> among those who will later claim to have spotted cunanan in the south beach area is frank. then manager of a popular club called twist. >> it was saturday night, sunday morning some time between 12:00 and 12:30. i remember him leaving twist, walking out the door of twist. i happened to be standing outside the door and in one
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second that guy and i were face-to-face. i felt my heart jump into my throat. i turned to the person next to me, i said that's a serial killer. and the person next to me was my assistant gm who had no idea what ufs talking about and thought i was casy. i wish i had instead of turned to the person in my left i would have said to the policeman who was standing less than five feet away from me, i think that's a serial killer. do something about it. >> july 15th, 1997, although cunanan sightings in the south beach area have many residents on alert, no one is prepared for the events of that morning. some time around 8:30 a.m. gianni versace walks to the newsstand a few blocks from his ocean drive mapgs. >> he'd got up in northerning and walk over to the news cafe, buy italian and european newspapers. maybe have a coffee and walk back to his house. >> i remember him leaving the
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newsstand right out here a couple of feet behind me and that was it. he went towards his home. i didn't give it a second thought. >> less than a half-hour later, versace returns home as he unlocks the gate outside his mansion, he is approached by a young man with dark hair carrying a backpack. >> i was on south beach getting ready to take some sun i heard two shots. definitely sounded like a gun. a big gun. >> coming up -- a murder in broad daylight sends shock waves around the world. >> i get goose bumps just thinking of that morning, that day. who did this? how could this happen? from generation to generation, because it offers a superior level of protection and because u.s.a.a.'s commitment to serve the military, veterans, and their families
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july 15th, 1997, just before 9:00 a.m. as famed fashion designer gianni versace unlocks the gate to his mansion on ocean drive, two gunshots ring out. >> 9-1-1 emergency.
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>> a man's been shot. it's gianni versace. he was entering his house. we just heard gun shots he's on the steps of the house. police. >> when i got to the front of the house, i saw mr. versace lying on the stairs on the outside of the gates. i immediately just turned around and called 9-1-1. there was nothing i could do there and i knew emergency had to be called. >> it's a shooting. >> when paramedics arrive at the scene, versace is barely alive. he will die minutes later on the way to miami's jackson memorial hospital. >> i saw gianni on the stairs lay down and so we run to him. and he was shot twice in the head. >> he was lying on the steps. it looked like an execution style. >> i was assigned right away to go to the crime scene which was a massive crime scene. they had several blocks cordoned
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off in south beach. i remember clearly the blood on the steps of the versace mansion and thinking who would kill gianni versace? what could possibly be the motive here? >> as the stunned community tries to make sense of the brutal crime, eye witnesses give police a description of the killer. >> a man described as a young white male dressed in a light gray or white shirt, dark shorts, white cap and wearing a backpack shot the victim and walked away. >> the actual murder happened during a shift change at miami beach police department. so they had officers coming and going. they had twice as many. it sent them on the street looking for this guy. >> i get goose bumps just thinking of that morning, that day. it was chaos. everywhere. especially not knowing where
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this person was. who did this? how could this happen? >> a lot of people were freaking out. everybody didn't really know what was going on. it was kind of like a big shock. the news started broadcasting that there was a killer running around south beach. and it was total fear. >> absolute unbelievable shock that this was a public figure in our neighborhood that was murdered in a very brutal and public way. that was the news coming to life in a way that i had never experienced before. so you're kind of dazed and confused. you have the wind knocked out of you. >> only hours after versace's murder police make a crucial discovery. in a south beach parking garage not far from versace's mansion they found some clothe stuffed urn a red chevy pickup truck. the vehicle is traced back to
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william reese the new jersey man believed to have been murdered by andrew cunanan. >> that was just found within the last 24 hours. that links cunanan to the murder scenes and so many places and has fut evidence linking him to it. it was we felt a key piece of evidence. >> inside the vehicle investigators find a reseptember indicating the truck had been parked in the garage since june 10th. they also find cunanan's passport and several items belonging to chicago murder victim lee miglin. after receiving a tip from an eye witness police descend on the normandy hotel and search the room where cunanan is believed to be staying. he appears to already be gone. >> we were surprised at how many places he seemed to turn up. it was a matter of time before they would track him down. the question was were they going to catch him before he killed somebody. >> we were all trying to piece together this puzzle of what was
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cunanan, why would he kill versace? where was he? >> at nightfall cunanan is still on the loose. police hold a press conference asking for the public's help. >> cunanan is known to be a male prostitute who services affluent clientele. cue flan nan is well educated, well-dressed, is very articulate. cunanan should be considered extremely dangerous and armed at this time. >> nobody's safe in this. that's the point we have to get across. don't any that because you're not gay that you're not a possible victim in this thing. everybody's at risk. everybody's got to help us put this guy in jail. >> but while police urge the citizens of miami to keep a lookout for cunanan, many residents doubt if they'll be able to recognize him. >> you know they said he's a master of disguise. he would have a wig on or anything now. >> you would look at the pictures of andrew cunanan on
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the news it was four pictures of four totally different people. the fact that no one really had that strong of a sense of what he looked like, it made everybody more paranoid. >> andrew is a man that's unpredictable, very intelligent. can change his appearance. this is the worst nightmare for the fbi, unfortunately. >> as soon as they identified who this guy was, ae witness stand we found out more about him, we found out there's a great serial killer in our murderst. like we don't have enough problems in south florida. we have to deal with a serial killer killing people for god knows what reason. >> coming up, with a serial killer at large, miami becomes the scene of a media frenzy. >> police are on heightened alert. the average joe on the street is on heightened alert because on heightened alert because cunanan is still on the loose. ♪ my only sunshine
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>> "city in fear." once again, john seigenthaler. >> in the days of fashion diner gianni versace was shot to death on the steps of his south beach mansion, the hunt for his killer intensified. investigators were certain andrew cunanan was still in miami. the question was would he strike again. >> after gianni versace was murdered and an drew cunanan was at large in the community, the level of fear was palpable. it was like electricity in the air. >> i definitely looked behind my shoulder when i went out and made sure that i wasn't alone. he knew when he was going to attack next and if it would be a woman. >> i didn't understand why they couldn't find him. somebody had to see him. >> i was terrified. hardly nobody wanted to come out. we lost tourists. it terrified miami for a while.
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>> people were concerned because if he had gone to south beach and killed gianni versace, clearly he was capable of murder. and, you know, and here he was in our midst. >> people actually thought that he was next to them on the beach or in a bar and their life was at risk. that he could kill them at random. >> crimestoppers. >> cunanan was sighted everywhere. you don't know if it was a true call, a false call. we were getting them everywhere. >> we're going to get a police unit to go by there. >> the police department must have gotten 100 cools an hour of cunanan sightings. i'd drive around and see somebody strange and think that was him. we were all in fear about it. >> police wanted to get the word out. they distributed 2,000 fliers. south beach is a small area. 2,000 fliers is going to blanket the whole area. they wanted to warn the people
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and b maybe get somebody to help them if they spotted cunanan. >> after the versace murder all of miami was in kind of a panic and kind of scared state. it was absolutely more elevated in the gay community because that's where he was always found. it was a disturbing time. in the nightclubs people would think he was going to walk around the corner. some of the bartenders later did realize that he has been a customer of theirs. >> he has been at all these clubs that you thought were completely safe and harmless. yet it's really freaky to think that there was a killer probably on the bar stool next to you at some point. in miami beach it really lad a profound effect. the beach is all about pleasure and relaxation and happiness. the restaurants, the clubs, andrew cunanan didn't just kill versace, he killed the party. >> all the clubs toned down. the city was in fear. and it wasn't time to celebrate.
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we didn't want to celebrate. >> how can you go out and really have a good time when something like this could happen on your very doorstep? >> with such a high profile citizen like versace being murdered media from all over the world descend on miami and begin 24-hour coverage of the story going after any angle they can find. >> police are on heightened alert, the average joe on the street is on heightened alert because cunanan is still on the loose. >> no real sign of the man suspected of killing versace. >> police say there have been cunanan sightings at various hotels and now they are speculating that he may have shaved off his body hair and may be posing as a woman. >> it was an absolutely circus. i believe one reporter from another station doing a story about dressing up in drag to show you different cunanan might look. there's a theory he might be
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going around as a woman. we thought of every angle you can think of. >> never ending helicopters and vans and interviews and phone calls and just people coming up to you constantly. >> there were points in time where there was more media many the club than they were patrons. so many of them in here and wanting to talk with anybody they could. just anybody. >> it was a city unders siege. the media had put us on the siege. it wasn't cunanan. what do we do? are we safe? i'd say, just lead your normal live and don't become a detective trying to solve the crime. the police will take care of it. >> but police have few leads in the case and no knowledge of cue nan's motive for targeting versace. >> police say this was not a random shooting so what was it? a celebrity stalking or something personal? detectives say there's absolutely nothing to suggest these two men had even ever met
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each or. >> just to kill versace to kill him we never understood if there was a connection with andrew cunanan and versace. did versace have some type of encounter with this man that went bad or something. i don't know. but we just couldn't understand why he would target versace. >> for several days after versace's murder miami beach police along with teams from the fbi searched businesses, restaurants and other shops along south beach. they also hoped that a reward will encourage citizens to help lead tome this cunanan. >> today dade county in partnership with the city of miami beach, the federal bureau of investigation, announced the creation of a $45,000 reward for the capture and arrest of andrew phillip cunanan. >> with the media scrutiny, with
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the high profile situation, it just would build and build and build in anxiety. coming up with reward money and coming up with ways to get people involved. everybody wanted this man taken into custody. everybody wanted this investigation to be solved. >> up next, a seemingly random blarery ends in a dramatic televised standoff. >> is andrew cunanan aboard that houseboat? now the stakes are really high. and its population healthier. all to become the kind of city people want to live and work in. somewhere in america, we've already answered some of the nation's toughest questions. and the over sixty thousand people of siemens
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i remember attending the funeral at st. patrick's church on miami beach. there was so much sadness. rejoicing in versace as the person having been with us, but so much severe sadness. >> i met versace at a couple parties and i didn't know him that well. it was a big shock when a figure that you've come to like love or to really admire gets killed like a princess di or someone like that, you're floored. you're just stunned. >> i felt like i lost somebody. i admired everything that he did. i thought he was a a brilliant artist not just a designer. i thought it was a great loss. >> four days later on july 22nd, milan, italy's cathedral is the scene of another emotional service attended by versace's family and many of his celebrity friends.
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>> when while despite an ongoing manhunt throughout south florida, fbi investigators and miami police are no closer to finding versace's suspected killer, andrew cunanan. >> we had information that he didn't have friends. he didn't have a support system in place that would help him. we were pretty sure that he was still here in south florida. every sighting had to be followed up. you've got to take it seriously. you don't know which one's going to be the one that's going to turn out to be real. >> there have been sightings in the neighborhood in the last few days of people or somebody resembling andrew cunanan. >> then on wednesday, july 23rd, word spreads throughout the media that there may be a break in the case. >> there was a whisper or a hubbub about the police converging and targeting a houseboat right off collins
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avenue. we sent our photographer, our special projects photographer over there. he hid in the bushes and tried to observe what was going on. and actually gave us some good early lead that there might be heightened police activity there. >> early reports indicate that the care taker of the two-story houseboat at 5250 collins avenue had noticed the front door unlocked. when we walked inside an intruder hiding upstairs fired a gun at him. >> we have new details on this story that break just about the 5:00 hour. it started out as a reported burglary and has escalated into a massive standoff right now. diana gonzalez is live at the scene. the big question is it andrew cunanan inside? >> i asked that question to one of the officers on scene and the answer was we don't know. they're operating under the asunchs that the man is inside the houseboat and he is armed. people are being warned to stay
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away from this area for their own safety. >> i remember we were among the first crews to get there and we didn't know exactly what was going on. we thought it was cunanan in the houseboat, but there wasn't a whole lot of definite information coming out. >> everybody converged on that scene. as the day wore into night it became a spectacular scene with news and police helicopters flying overhead. then of course everybody waited to see what was in there. >> is andrew cunanan aboard that houseboat? they didn't know. suddenly it's a story where the whole community's watching. we're in nonstop coverage, everybody. by and by the national media outlets all the networks are picking up this coverage. it's a story the whole country's watching. now the stakes are high not only for police who's in there if it's cunanan can we capture him alive and answer some of the
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questions about why he did it? >> what's the latest from the ground level? >> more activity from special response teams. police are asking residents to get out of the way if they want to stay safe. >> assuming the killer in cunanan dr. scott allen a senior staff psychologist with police department provides negotiators with the psychological profile of the alleged killer. >> we're thinking that he's going to try to really embellish his stature and try to have this really grandiose surrender or he's going to kill himself right on the spot or he will set up the situation. he'll come out with his firearm and compel our tactical people to shoot and kill him. >> you've got a scene where they have closed off the entire roadway. they have moved in position in front of the house. all around the house. you don't want to give anything away. >> the police department asked our helicopter to police back
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off that picture. there may be a television inside that houseboat. if the suspect is still in there as a result if he is watching this coverage they certainly don't want to tip what they're going to do. >> hoping cunanan may be watching the television coverage his friend elizabeth cote makes an on air appeal rching him to surrender. >> andrew, wherever you are, please stop what you are doing. you still have a chance to show the entire world the side of you that i and your god children know. the time has come for this to end peacefully. >> after nearly four hours with no movement or progress in the standoff, swat team members begin launching gas canisters into the houseboat. when there is still no response, commanders order the tactical unit to storm the houseboat. >> i was actually the first guy going to the door without a shield. at that time i figured this is
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going to be a confrontation. i prepared for myself that anything that could have possibly happened. i wanted to completely focus on whatever i had to deal with perhaps a hostage situation. we weren't sure if there was a victim inside or anything. >> officer flech ser the first to reach the second-floor houseboat. >> i saw the gun in cunanan's hand. he was in the bed at the time. i instinctively knew that cunanan was no locker alive. i immediately notified my team that cunanan, r was deceased. >> with the world's attention focused on miami, investigators are careful not to make any mistakes. >> when they found him dead there, he had shot himself in the mouth his face was all splattered. they couldn't properly identify
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him. and there's no forensics men around to do the fingerprinting. >> at this time we are waiting for the arrival of forensic units from the police department in an effort to try to preliminary identify the deceased. we have that information, we will release it to you. >> does it match the description of cunanan? >> there is a similarity and description of the victim that was found. beyond that, i would -- i will tell you that there's nothing else to indicate at this time that it is him. >> thank you very much. >> i had a source say all i can tell you is it's the same exact weapon that was used to kill gianni versace. it's certainly in every respect looks like andrew cunanan. >> coming up -- >> i asked the two most experienced fingerprint
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nine days after the shooting death of gianni very sa chee. a dramatic stand off between police and a man inside a houseboat has come to an end. inside police discover the body of a young man dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. residents eagerly awart the confirmation that the body is andrew cunanan. >> the search for the fugitive may have ended in dramatic violent fashion in that houseboat across the way right over there. >> the city manager was talking to me about it.
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and he said to me, it's cunanan. they know it's cunanan. but they have to wait until the morning in order to get the forensics man to take the fingerprint. i said are you crazy? you've got thousands guys from all over the world sitting here. they know it's cunanan, too. but they can't say it until you say it. >> i asked the two most experienced fingerprint technicians that we had that they come to see if we could i.d. the body by printing the hands and then comparing it with that one thumbprint that we had from that pawnshop card. the i.d. was made. i was in contact with the mayor at the time. we had the mayor, the director of the police department, you had the chief of miami beach. you had the special agent in charge of the fbi, paul phillip. i think it was about 5:00 in the
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morning that they were able to identify andrew cunanan. >> tonight, all across the nation our citizens can stand down and breathe a sigh of relief the reign of terror brought upon us by can drew cunanan is over. thank you very much. >> this was like a quick crescendo to a great symphony. remember, you had worked 15, 20 hours a day basically on this story nonstop. so essentially this was the end. it was a dramatic end. >> we felt satisfied because we accomplished our job. we brought peace back to miami at that time. >> thank god this is over. that was my overall emotion because this had been something that had been consuming the media for weeks. >> when they cornered him, we
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knew in our hearts he was there in that houseboat. and then when we found out that he had killed himts, we knew he was gone and then there was celebration. >> when i announced that this guy was dead, the crowd went nuts. and drinks were on the house. >> time to move on. it's time to see the colors. time to hear the latin salsa band on ocean drive and stop and dance. >> i felt a lot of relief. i mean the guy was definitely out of his mind. >> given the fear on the street when they heard that he was dead it was a great release. there we days and weeks
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following cunanan's suicide, investigators try to unravel the mystery behind his deadly rampage. >> police released about 700 pages of investigation several months after the case and despite the volume of that material, it answered very little questions about cunanan. >> they autopsied his body but they could never di sect his motives. it's anybody's guess. maybe he wanted to make a statement. maybe he wanted to get caught. >> i can't fathom doing what he did. it just doesn't make any sense. obviously, he wanted to go out with a bang. >> why did he ultimately pull the trigger on gianni versace, that died with him. it was one of those thins that
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you never really got the fullest answer as to why this man ultimately decided to make that cross country trek after the killing spree before and targeted gianni versace. >> whenever i think of gianni i think of the void that this man created in a lot of people's lives. >> this was a very fay nous, famous man. and he was killed in a very, very public and bloody way. >> when versace was killed miami beach lost part of its soul. it lost versace. it has never recovered since fully. i'm sure never will. >> cunanan didn't leave evidence of his motive but one theory is that unlike other serial killers he may have had several reasons to kill. jeffrey trail and david madison may have been targeted for revenge. lee miglin and william reese for opportunity and perhaps cunanan

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