‘Assassination of Gianni Versace’ Episode 2 Fact vs. Fiction: What ‘American Crime Story’ Got Right

Last week’s premiere of Ryan Murphy’s newest American Crime StoryThe Assassination of Gianni Versace, was a bloody affair, with serial killer Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss) capturing down famend Italian clothier Gianni Versace (Édgar Ramírez) within the very first scene.

This week’s quieter episode two, “Manhunt,” was about what preceded that occasion, with author Tom Rob Smith and director Nelson Cragg specializing in Versace and Cunanan’s life previous to the homicide. Here’s how the episode measures as much as actuality.

Gianni Versace’s HIV

assassination of gianni versace episode 2 fact vs fiction what american crime story got right -'Assassination of Gianni Versace' Episode 2 Fact vs. Fiction: What'American Crime Story' Got Right Édgar Ramírez as Gianni Versace, who was overtly homosexual, within the first episode of ‘American Crime Story’ Season 2. Jeff Daly/FX

The ten-minute opening scene—which options Versace receiving remedy for HIV three years earlier than his homicide—is probably probably the most hotly contested “fact vs. fiction” second of the collection.

According to investigative journalist Maureen Orth, whose e-book Vulgar Favors is the premise for American Crime Story, Versace was HIV-positive when he died. “I was told on the record by the lead detective on Miami Beach that he had heard from the medical examiner who did the blood work that he was [HIV-positive],” Orth stated in a latest interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “And it also goes along with other people who told me that he was very weak at one time and he needed Antonio [D’Amico, his boyfriend] to help him walk, and they came over to his house when he was having breakfast and he had 27 bottles of pills in front of him.”

The Versaces vehemently deny the analysis, and denounced the FX collection as “a work of fiction” as a result of of that. “Orth makes assertions about Gianni Versace’s medical condition based on a person who claims he reviewed a postmortem test result, but she admits it would have been illegal for the person to have reviewed the report in the first place (if it existed at all),” the household stated in an announcement.

Meanwhile, Murphy and collection author Tom Rob Smith stood by Orth’s “heavily researched and authenticated non-fiction bestseller” in a counter-statement. Smith instructed the Hollywood Reporter, “To me if you look at just the facts of his illness, he did get very sick at that time, and he did recover at the time of the new [HIV/AIDS] drug therapy. So it does seem to fit that.”

The second Versace sister

1516865462 711 assassination of gianni versace episode 2 fact vs fiction what american crime story got right -'Assassination of Gianni Versace' Episode 2 Fact vs. Fiction: What'American Crime Story' Got Right Penélope Cruz as Donatella Versace, coping with the aftermath of her brother Gianni’s demise in ‘American Crime Story.’ Jeff Daly/FX

While talking to his physician relating to his HIV analysis, Ramírez’s Versace tells the story of his older sister, Tina Versace, who died on the age of twelve from a tetanus an infection. This, we all know, is true. Though the Versaces not often talked about her, Versarce’s youthful sister, Donatella, did acknowledge Tina, who she by no means met, in a 2007 New Yorker interview, saying “Sudden death is frequent in my family.”

In American Crime Story, Versace says he was despatched away to dwell along with his aunt and uncle whereas they tried to nurse his sister again to well being. He didn’t study of her demise till he snuck away to go to dwelling once more. This account is backed up by 2010 biography of Versace by Wall Street Journal author Deborah Ball, who interviewed Versace’s siblings and pals. However, New Yorker author Lauren Collins states that Tina died lower than 24-hours after a physician prescribed her the improper treatment for a skinned knee. 

Andrew Cunanan on the run

1516865462 709 assassination of gianni versace episode 2 fact vs fiction what american crime story got right -'Assassination of Gianni Versace' Episode 2 Fact vs. Fiction: What'American Crime Story' Got Right Darren Criss as Andrew Cunanan in Episode 2 of ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace,’ “Manhunt.” Jeff Daly/FX

The actual Cunanan spent two months in Miami earlier than he murdered Versace on July 15, 1997. At this level, he was already on the FBI’s Most Wanted List, after killing his third sufferer, actual property developer Lee Miglin, in Chicago. (More on that in a while within the collection.)

It’s unattainable to know precisely what Cunanan did or stated in these months, however there are some particulars American Crime Story pulled from info. Cunanan’s car, for instance—a 1995 purple Chevrolet pickup truck—is straightforward sufficient to get proper, as Cunanan stole it from William Reese, his fourth homicide sufferer, in New Jersey. 

Miriam Hernandez

1516865462 491 assassination of gianni versace episode 2 fact vs fiction what american crime story got right -'Assassination of Gianni Versace' Episode 2 Fact vs. Fiction: What'American Crime Story' Got Right FROM LEFT: Peggy Blow as Miriam Hernandez and Darren Criss as Andrew Cunanan in ‘American Crime Story.’ Jeff Daly/FX

The entrance desk employee who books Cunanan a lodge room within the collection (performed by actress Peggy Blow) is an actual individual, Miriam Hernandez. As the supervisor of the Normandy lodge the place Cunanan lived whereas in Miami, she labored intently with the police to assist discover him after Versace’s homicide.  “He was a very good guest,” Hernandez stated in a 1997 interview with CNN. “You felt good with him. He spoke sweetly. I was never afraid. How can I be afraid of a person who is gentle, who treats me nice, who is educated?”

He used a faux passport to examine in, although the identify used was not revealed to the press by request of the police. The story of Cunanan switching rooms to an ocean view can be true, although in response to CNN, Cunanan requested the swap after every week’s keep, somewhat than lower than a day, as Criss’s Cunanan does. “He loved the room,” Hernandez stated.

Ronnie Holston

1516865462 304 assassination of gianni versace episode 2 fact vs fiction what american crime story got right -'Assassination of Gianni Versace' Episode 2 Fact vs. Fiction: What'American Crime Story' Got Right Max Greenfield as Ronnie in ‘American Crime Story.’ Ray Mickshaw/FX

There’s no proof that the true Cunanan ever befriended an HIV-positive drifter whereas on the lodge, as Criss’s Cunanan does with Max Greenfield’s character, Ronnie. (Greenfield, higher recognized for the New Girl, is unrecognizable.)

However, Ronnie Holston was an actual individual: a 43-year-old retired florist who lived on the Normandy Hotel in 1997. According to Holston’s interview with CNN, he one requested Cunanan the place his truck was from, Cunanan ignored him, and that was the extent of their relationship.

Later, Cunanan incorrectly listed his lodge room quantity as Room 205 whereas signing a pawn store ticket. The room belonged to not Cunanan however to Holston, who claimed he had no thought why the killer would checklist Room 205 as his personal.

The sub store

1516865462 267 assassination of gianni versace episode 2 fact vs fiction what american crime story got right -'Assassination of Gianni Versace' Episode 2 Fact vs. Fiction: What'American Crime Story' Got Right Criss as Cunanan, after checking right into a Miami lodge in ‘American Crime Story’ Episode 2, “Manhunt.” Jeff Daly/FX

It’s true sandwich store worker acknowledged Cunanan from America’s Most Wanted and known as 911, and that the police missed him by minutes. “Kenny got here into the workplace trying scared and stated man he noticed on America’s Most Wanted was ordering a tuna combo,” store supervisor George Leone instructed the Daily News in 1997.

The pawn store

Cunanan did use his actual identify and tackle whereas promoting a coin at a Miami pawn store on July 7, 1997. This info was despatched to the police, as is required by regulation to examine for stolen items. The Miami police had that pawn slip for 5 days earlier than the Versace homicide, and, regardless of his standing as FBI Most Wanted, nobody acknowledged his identify. This embarrassing slip-up later prompted the Miami police to computerize the town’s pawn outlets.

The Assassination of Gianni Versace airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on FX.


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