Conspiracy Nation -- Vol. 10  Num. 76
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Already Convicted By Mass Media For Gianni Versace Shooting . . . IS CUNANAN ALSO LINKED TO O.J. SIMPSON CASE? (He was in California, the same state where the Ron & Nicole Murders occurred.)

What About the Death of Vince Foster?


THE VICTIM: Gianni Versace was raised in a tough neighborhood in southern Italy, in an area dominated by the Calabrian Mafia. Later, during his professional life, Versace "would become inflamed with rage at suggestions that he had links with the Mafia." (Electronic Telegraph, "Boy Raised Among the Brothels Who Became a Fashion Star," by Caroline Davies, 7/16/97) But, notes a separate article in the Electronic Telegraph (ET), "There have long been reports that Versace, whose family comes from Calabria in southern Italy, had been financially involved with the Mafia. It had been rumoured that he borrowed mob money to expand his business, and had been paying 'protection money.'" ("FBI Hunt Gay Serial Killer After Versace Shot Dead," 7/16/97)

Of perhaps more significance, brother Santo Versace, part of Gianni's organization, was convicted for bribing Italian tax inspectors. Gianni Versace was not charged in a scandal implicating several prominent Italian fashion designers. Did Gianni Versace cooperate with authorities, name names, and in consequence get off the hook? "At the site of the shooting [of Versace]... police collected two cartridge cases and a dead pigeon." (ET, 7/16/97) A dead pigeon... as in "stool pigeon?" And why did the shooter (whoever he was) "shout a curse in Italian before firing?" (ibid.)

According to Electronic Telegraph, police were checking out reports of a "fracas" said to have occurred at Versace's mansion two nights before his death. Given the immensity of the house, with complaining neighbors at some distance, it must have been quite a "fracas."

THE FBI: The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was called in soon after the Versace killing. According to one of the previously cited ET articles, this is "an indication that the killing may have involved a contract made abroad, or in another state."

The evening after the killing, the FBI was asked about Andrew Cunanan's modus operandi. This is a good question. Reading between the lines, the question can be taken to mean, "Isn't the modus operandi in the Versace case quite a bit different from Cunanan's alleged modus operandi in past killings? Doesn't that tend to show Cunanan did not shoot Versace?" In fact, an article by David M. Herszenhorn in the New York Times notes that the FBI agent acting as spokesperson "seemed taken aback" by the question. The FBI spokesperson then tried to explain the discrepancy in modus operandi: What is Cunanan's modus operandi? "He kills people," stammers FBI. ("Four Other Deaths Linked To Same Elusive Suspect," 7/16/97)

Why would the FBI be trying to foist off the Versace killing onto Cunanan? The answer is mundane: FBI, like Maynard G. Krebbs, is terrified of one word -- "work." Really getting to the bottom of the Versace case would not be too easy, and besides, if Mafia is involved, it could also be dangerous. Why not just "round up the usual suspects?" So FBI, through its "spin control" department, persuades a lapdog press (itself lazy and disinclined to do any real digging) that "Crazed Cunanan did it."

THE SUSPECT: And what about "Crazed Cunanan" himself? For one, he is probably laughing at what liars the press and the FBI are. But Cunanan may be more than he appears. Described as a "high-class homosexual prostitute," the question nonetheless lingers: where did he get all that money? Cunanan is described in the New York Times article as "moving $75,000 in and out of bank accounts in the first few months of this year alone." Cunanan is also linked to another high-profile slaying, that of Chicago multimillionaire real estate tycoon Lee Miglin. At the time of that murder, I was suspicious of the random motive ascribed to it. I am doubly suspicious now.

The immediate question is, will Andrew Cunanan be captured alive, and if captured alive, will he be allowed to talk publicly. More than two years after the OKC bombing(s), "Lone Nut McVeigh" has never spoken publicly about what he knows. Will Cunanan, if he lives, also be kept under wraps?

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