But in 1997 he embarked on a four month crime spree from April through July during which he brutally murdered five men, the last being Versace.
It began in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he bludgeoned to death Jeffrey Trail, a former naval officer he'd been friends with in San Diego, concealing his body n a rolled up carpet inside an apartment belonging to Cunanan's former boyfriend and architect David Madsen.
After driving to New Jersey, he shot William Reese at the cemetery where he worked in order to steal his pickup truck and then he headed south to Miami.
Now on the FBI's Most Wanted list, the 27-year-old managed to live for two months in South Beach, residing at the downmarket Normandy Plaza hotel.
Four days later, Madsen's corpse with several bullets in the head was discovered at a lake just outside Minneapolis.