The killing of Versace

In order to fund his expensive tastes, he became a prostitute – falling into a pattern of relationships with wealthy older men who bankrolled his pursuit of “a life like Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”, according to American broadcaster John Walsh, host of America’s Most Wanted. “He’s living in million dollar homes in La Jolla [San Diego]. He’s travelling to Europe, to France, to Italy, to Spain,” Walsh said. “He’s going to these social events that he never would have had a chance to go to otherwise.”

But by the time 1997 rolled around, he was likely to have been undergoing a crisis of confidence. Cashing in on his looks and charisma was a game of diminishing returns. He’d gained weight, and his most recent rich lover, Norman Blachford, had dumped him a year earlier. Perhaps it was frustration about his waning power that prompted the senseless, violent rage

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