A popular true crime series will feature a serial killer who got his start in Minnesota.
Deadline is reporting the Emmy-winning show American Crime Story has been picked up for a third season, and will tell the story of 27-year-old Andrew Cunanan. In the late '90s, he went on a nationwide murder spree that began in Minnesota and ended after he killed fashion designer Gianni Versace in Miami.
According to the FBI, Cunanan, a college dropout from California, was a "highly intelligent" man who spoke two languages. He sought to live a "life of riches and comfort," and to do so he'd work odd jobs and prostitute himself, where he's engage in "longer-term liaisons with older homosexuals who would shower him with gifts and cash."
Cunanan's spree began in late April 1997 when he killed two of his long-time associates in Minnesota. First, Cunanan "bludgeoned" Jeffrey Trail, a former naval officer, to death with a hammer in Minneapolis, and then days later fatally shot David Madson, an architect, and dumped his body in Minnesota's East Rush Lake, the FBI said.
He then traveled to Chicago, and murdered real estate developer Lee Miglin. He drove Miglin's car to New Jersey, where he killed William Reese, a cemetery caretaker. Reese's truck got him to Miami.
Two months later, Cunanan murdered Versace, shooting him in the back of the head at his Miami Beach home. Eight days after that – on July 23, 1997 – Cunanan killed himself in a houseboat in Miami, ending a nationwide manhunt.
The Hollywood Report says the series will be based on Maureen Orth's book, Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History, which goes into "chilling detail" about how Cunanan met Versace and why police and the FBI failed to catch him, as well as details about victims' families and "controversial findings" in Versace's autopsy report.
It's not clear when this season of American Crime Story will premiere, but reports say it's expected in 2018. Season two of the series, which is focusing on Hurricane Katrina, is set to premiere on FX next year.
The first season of the show –The People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story – won 10 Emmy Awards this year.