8. Gianni Versace Murdered
When: July 1997
In 1997, Gianni Versace, the man who made baroque prints and an element of flash a part of everyone's wardrobe, was shot and killed outside his home in Miami. The police concluded that the designer was murdered by serial killer Andrew Cunanan, a high-class male prostitute who was already wanted for four other murders. Cunanan was found later after committing suicide, and it looked like the case was closed.
But if it was just a simple case of murder, it wouldn't be in such ratchet company. Years later, two high-ranking mob informants came forward claiming that Versace was laundering money for the Italian mafia through the $1.4 billion business he was head of at the time of his death. The informants claimed the murder was, in fact, an execution, and was carried out over debts owed to Godfather Paolo De Stefano. And finally, the mysterious dead turtle-dove that was found next to Versace's body was a calling card from the assassin, not the freak accident that the investigation initially chalked it up to be.