Lee Miglin Wiki: Who Was This Andrew Cunanan Victim and How Did He Die?

The Lee Miglin and Andrew Cunanan relationship was depicted in a recent episode of American Crime Story. You may be wondering how true the show is to real-life events. Who was Lee Miglin? How did the murder take place? Was there a motive for the murder? This and more will be answered in this Lee Miglin wiki.

Lee Miglin’s Life and Death

Lee Miglin was born in Westville, Illinois on July 12, 1924. He was one of eight children born to a coal miner.

He eventually came to live in the Chicago area with his wife, Marilyn. They had been married for 38 years at the time of Miglin’s death. They two had two children together, Marlena and Duke.

Miglin was a respected real estate developer. Before his death, he and his business partner were looking to develop a 125-storey skyscraper in Chicago, which never came into fruition. His wife was a successful perfume and cosmetics entrepreneur.

Lee Miglin was the third victim of serial killer Andrew Cunanan. He was slain on May 4, 1997 in his Chicago home.

Miglin’s body was found in his garage. His throat had been slit, he had been stabbed and beaten, and his wrists, feet, and head had been bound with tape.

Marilyn was out of town when the death took place. When she arrived back home, she knew something was wrong. The front gate had been left open, there was beard stubble in the sink, and there were dishes left in the kitchen, which was all very unusual.

In addition, she found a handgun in the bathroom. After this, she called police.

According to police, Miglin’s jacket, wristwatch, and $2,000 had been stolen from his home, along with his car. Cunanan used the vehicle to drive to New Jersey, where he murdered his fourth victim.

Police ultimately ruled Miglin’s murder a crime of opportunity. However, there has always been speculation that Miglin and Cunanan were sexually or romantically involved. Miglin’s family has denied such a connection.

There has also been speculation that Miglin’s son introduced his father to Cunanan.

American Crime Story

The story of Cunanan’s murderous spree landed on television in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. The show begins by depicting Cunanan’s murder of his fifth and final victim, Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace.

The show also includes an episode that portrays Lee Miglin and Cunanan as lovers.

Andrew Cunanan’s Victims

Cunanan died from a self-inflicted bullet wound to the head on July 23, 1997, at the age of 27. He killed all five of his known victims three months before his death.

He had a habit of becoming very friendly with older, wealthy men. Cunanan used these wealthy individuals’ money to impress acquaintances in his circle of gay friends.

His killing spree began on April 27, 1997 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Cunanan murdered Jeffrey Trail, a former U.S. naval officer and a propane salesman, with a claw hammer.

He then rolled Trail’s dead body in a rug at an apartment belonging to David Madson, who was his next victim. These events took place after Cunanan and Trail had gotten into an argument.

Madson had once been Cunanan’s lover. His body was found on May 3, 1997 in Rush City, Minnesota, with gunshot wounds to the head and back.

Cunanan’s next victim was Lee Miglin. This murder got Cunanan on the list of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted fugitives.

His next victim was William Reese, a caretaker working at a cemetery in New Jersey. Cunanan shot Reese to death and stole his pickup truck. He then headed to Miami, Florida.

Cunanan’s final victim was Versace, whom he fatally shot on July 15, 1997 in front of Versace’s mansion.

Eight days later, Cunanan shot himself in the head.