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Suspected Serial Killer May Be Dressed As Woman Woman’s Garment Found In His Truck; He Has Nice Teeth, Easy Smile, Says Cop

MONDAY, JULY 21, 1997

Among the casual attire of T-shirts and shorts found inside the red pickup truck Andrew Cunanan allegedly stole from his fourth murder victim, a single article of clothing stood out.

It was something for ladies. Something that doesn’t show - perhaps a bra, maybe pantyhose.

Law enforcement types won’t share what it was, but say it helps bolster the theory that the hunted murder suspect may be dressing as a woman.

“We do have an indication of women’s clothing,” said Coleen Rowley, an FBI spokeswoman in Minneapolis. “Not a major article, a very minor article of women’s clothing. The more major articles of clothing suggest he is dressing in T-shirts, tank tops, sweat shirts - very casual, male clothing.”

She noted that since the piece is not something that shows and could not alter a man’s appearance, it “may have been something used or purchased for other reasons.”

Among the hundreds of daily calls that pour into police tip lines, some have said he is going out in drag. Among the unsubstantiated sightings: Cunanan in a sun dress at a Publix in Fort Lauderdale.

Late Saturday, Miami Beach police also issued a news release saying Cunanan may have shaved his body hair and begun disguising himself as a woman to evade capture.

Miami Beach police spokesman Al Boza advised the public that Cunanan might be out in ladies’ attire, with shaved legs. He also said to look for pretty teeth and “an easy smile.”

Cunanan was already on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List when he became the only suspect in the shooting death of fashion designer Gianni Versace on Ocean Drive six days ago. Cunanan was first accused in the death of a friend, who was found wrapped in a carpet inside a Minneapolis architect’s apartment. The architect was found dead days later, his Jeep appearing in Chicago near the home of a slain businessman.

Cunanan is believed to have stolen the Chicago victim’s Lexus and used it to drive to New Jersey, where authorities say he killed a cemetery caretaker. It was the caretaker’s pickup truck found in a garage just blocks from Versace’s Ocean Drive mansion. That truck has been a gold mine for detectives who have used the things inside to determine where Cunanan has been and what he has been doing.

Rowley also said that while Cunanan sightings are being made around the country, there are no clusters of calls in other cities that would make them credible.

“That’s another reason we think he’s still there,” she said.

Investigators are trying to determing definitively whether Versace knew his killer.

In a Newsweek article this week, the magazine reports the FBI sent a Portuguese-speaking agent to Brazil to follow up on a claim by a woman who said she took a video at a get-together at the Versace mansion two days before the murder. Cunanan is allegedly seen on that recording.

Rowley would not confirm the report, but said the FBI had dispatched several agents to other countries to follow up on leads.

Time magazine, in today’s edition, also reports that a friend of Cunanan’s told the FBI that Cunanan had a crush on a member of Versace’s entourage, possibly his boyfriend.


 

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