Or he could say of a work of art what year it had been painted, who had owned it through the centuries, what churches it had hung in. Cunanan’s story is a singular study in promise crushed.Wherever he went, he craved the limelight and aspired to the top, whether through charm or falsehood.The third victim, esteemed in Chicago political and social circles, was much older and very rich, a type Cunanan was known to research carefully.Real-estate tycoon Lee Miglin, 75, also professed to have been happily married for 38 years.That alley was directly across 13th Street from a four-dollar-a-day municipal parking lot, where witnesses reported seeing the killer enter and apparently change clothes beside a 1995 red Chevy pickup truck, which proved to be the one that had been stolen from William Reese. A garage attendant told me she had found the ticket for the truck, which showed that it had been parked on the third level since June 10.Drivers pay as they leave, and only after about six weeks does the garage begin to question whether the driver is ever coming back.
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.
He knew very well that the act of murdering Versace, the Calabrian-born designer whose flamboyant clothes virtually defined “hot,” who tarted up the likes of Princess Diana and Elizabeth Hurley but whose gowns also made Madonna and Courtney Love more elegant, would instantly catapult him to where he had always fantasized being: at the center of worldwide attention.