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Inside gay killer Andrew Cunanan: Bishop's School, older friends, Gay Pride parade

Victim Jeffrey Trail, Vanity Fair report, La Jolla Playhouse sequel

Cartoon by J.D. Crowe in the Reader at the time.
Cartoon by J.D. Crowe in the Reader at the time.

Schoolboy charm

A 1988 graduate thought she recalled Cunanan going up to one of her male friends, grabbing one of his pectorals, and saying something like, "Oooh, very nice. You've been working out. Give me a call if you ever decide to become gay."

She added that nobody was offended and that Cunanan was just joking but cited the story to show "how open, and apparently comfortable, Andrew was with his orientation, even in high school."

By Matthew Lickona, July 31, 1997 | Read full article

Andrew Cunanan's apartment (shared with Eric Freeman) on Robinson Avenue. "I called Bad Habits, and the clerk who answered the phone said, 'My good friend is very close friends with Andrew's roommate.' I made contact with Eric Freeman, who told me that Andrew delivered briefcases full of cash."

Cunanan’s Curse

I think, with Cunanan, money and unbridled materialism runs throughout his whole world. I mean Versace was one of the most grand materialists of all. He lived this incredibly opulent lifestyle. How can you spend $70 million dollars in one year, which is what he declared was his personal expenses the year before he died. I think the whole idea of this kind of ease... Andrew never wanted to work. He wanted the big house in La Jolla.

By Matt Potter, April 22, 1999 | Read full article

From Most Wanted production at La Jolla Playhouse, starring Daniel Torres as Cunanan.

Insatiable

This year's July 15 anniversary inspired a big story in the New York Times but just a small note in the Union-Tribune. The U-T, of course, never liked the story, taking months to fully report it, even after the national media jumped aboard as the body count grew. Maureen Orth, the Vanity Fair contributor who wrote 1999's best-selling Vulgar Favors, reported that Cunanan, a Bishop's School graduate, was seen at lavish parties thrown by David Copley.

By Matt Potter, Aug. 2, 2007 | Read full article

Andrew Cunanan. His friend Norman Blachford was mentioned in a May, 1996 Burl Stiff column.

La Jolla Gentlemen and the Party Boy

One of Cunanan's patrons has been identified as Lincoln Aston, who once owned the Pepita Way house that Blachford now has title to. Records show that in 1995, Aston sold the house to a third man, who sold it a year later to Blachford. As reported by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Aston was regularly seen with Cunanan, who “was apparently supporting himself by dating and living with rich men.”

By Matt Potter, May 22, 1997 | Read full article

Jeffrey Trail (left) and Michael Williams. And then Trail said something strange. "He told me, 'You know, I've got to get out of here. They're going to kill me.' "

Friends Remember Cunanan Victim

"I've known Jeff two years. He was almost like a brother to me," says Williams, a restaurateur who owns and runs the Grill 2201 on Adams Avenue with Mark. "Jeff had it together. He had a good background, he had good standing in the navy. When we first met, he was a lieutenant stationed at the Naval Amphibious Base in Coronado." He had courage too, Williams says. "Jeff did an interview with abc's 20/20 on gays in the military.”

By Bill Manson, May 29, 1997 | Read full article

Someone drives by, and a shirtless man with a military haircut leans out the passenger window and shouts, "Free Andy!" This is answered by someone in front of Big City Bagels who shouts back, "Go, Andy, Go!"

Anyone but Cunanan

"It's funny. The most infamous homosexual in history now. Maybe we'll finally - and this would be so funny - maybe now we'll get some kind of macho personification." Nelson's cracking himself up. He notices I'm not yucking it up with him and adds, "Seriously, anyone who comments on this is going to be seen as homosexual. I think that's the number one concern. People in the closet are very afraid of being identified nationwide."

By John Brizzolara, July 31, 1997 | Read full article

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Cartoon by J.D. Crowe in the Reader at the time.
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Schoolboy charm

A 1988 graduate thought she recalled Cunanan going up to one of her male friends, grabbing one of his pectorals, and saying something like, "Oooh, very nice. You've been working out. Give me a call if you ever decide to become gay."

She added that nobody was offended and that Cunanan was just joking but cited the story to show "how open, and apparently comfortable, Andrew was with his orientation, even in high school."

By Matthew Lickona, July 31, 1997 | Read full article

Andrew Cunanan's apartment (shared with Eric Freeman) on Robinson Avenue. "I called Bad Habits, and the clerk who answered the phone said, 'My good friend is very close friends with Andrew's roommate.' I made contact with Eric Freeman, who told me that Andrew delivered briefcases full of cash."

Cunanan’s Curse

I think, with Cunanan, money and unbridled materialism runs throughout his whole world. I mean Versace was one of the most grand materialists of all. He lived this incredibly opulent lifestyle. How can you spend $70 million dollars in one year, which is what he declared was his personal expenses the year before he died. I think the whole idea of this kind of ease... Andrew never wanted to work. He wanted the big house in La Jolla.

By Matt Potter, April 22, 1999 | Read full article

From Most Wanted production at La Jolla Playhouse, starring Daniel Torres as Cunanan.

Insatiable

This year's July 15 anniversary inspired a big story in the New York Times but just a small note in the Union-Tribune. The U-T, of course, never liked the story, taking months to fully report it, even after the national media jumped aboard as the body count grew. Maureen Orth, the Vanity Fair contributor who wrote 1999's best-selling Vulgar Favors, reported that Cunanan, a Bishop's School graduate, was seen at lavish parties thrown by David Copley.

By Matt Potter, Aug. 2, 2007 | Read full article

Andrew Cunanan. His friend Norman Blachford was mentioned in a May, 1996 Burl Stiff column.

La Jolla Gentlemen and the Party Boy

One of Cunanan's patrons has been identified as Lincoln Aston, who once owned the Pepita Way house that Blachford now has title to. Records show that in 1995, Aston sold the house to a third man, who sold it a year later to Blachford. As reported by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Aston was regularly seen with Cunanan, who “was apparently supporting himself by dating and living with rich men.”

By Matt Potter, May 22, 1997 | Read full article

Jeffrey Trail (left) and Michael Williams. And then Trail said something strange. "He told me, 'You know, I've got to get out of here. They're going to kill me.' "

Friends Remember Cunanan Victim

"I've known Jeff two years. He was almost like a brother to me," says Williams, a restaurateur who owns and runs the Grill 2201 on Adams Avenue with Mark. "Jeff had it together. He had a good background, he had good standing in the navy. When we first met, he was a lieutenant stationed at the Naval Amphibious Base in Coronado." He had courage too, Williams says. "Jeff did an interview with abc's 20/20 on gays in the military.”

By Bill Manson, May 29, 1997 | Read full article

Someone drives by, and a shirtless man with a military haircut leans out the passenger window and shouts, "Free Andy!" This is answered by someone in front of Big City Bagels who shouts back, "Go, Andy, Go!"

Anyone but Cunanan

"It's funny. The most infamous homosexual in history now. Maybe we'll finally - and this would be so funny - maybe now we'll get some kind of macho personification." Nelson's cracking himself up. He notices I'm not yucking it up with him and adds, "Seriously, anyone who comments on this is going to be seen as homosexual. I think that's the number one concern. People in the closet are very afraid of being identified nationwide."

By John Brizzolara, July 31, 1997 | Read full article

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It does a disservice to Cunanan's victims to even acknowledge his existence. He is not representative of the gay community. He is dead and than is good.

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