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Versace Killer Andrew Cunanan's Yearbook Quote Foreshadowed His Murderous Rampage

His choice of words will send chills down your spine.
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Serial killer Andrew Cunanan—the man who murdered fashion designer Gianni Versace and four others—made a rather lasting impression on his classmates at the prestigious private school he attended from 1981 to 1987. During his senior year at Bishop's School in La Jolla, California, the student body voted Cunanan "Most Likely to Be Remembered," a designation that later proved far more accurate than anyone could have imagined.


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Andrew Cunanan in a 1987 high school yearbook from the Bishop’s School. The caption on the photo reads "Most Likely to Be Remembered." The handwritten words on the photo are from a fellow student in 1987.

But perhaps the most disturbing revelation that has surfaced in the time since Cunanan's killing spree and subsequent suicide is the yearbook quote he chose to run alongside his senior portrait: "Après mois le déluge."

The French phrase, which is attributed to King Louis XV, literally translates to "after me, the flood." However, in a historical context, it has been interpreted as "after me comes disaster" or "after me, the deluge will come." When Louis XV stated "après mois le déluge" in 1757, it was an ominous reference to the disaster that he would leave in his wake after he died.


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Daren Criss (left) plays Andrew Cunanan (right) in the FX series.

This week's episode of American Crime Story: The Assasination of Gianni Versace focuses on Cunanan's time at Bishop's, specifically highlighting the day he and his friends received their yearbooks. What Cunanan meant by it, we'll never know. But one thing we do know? The devastation and disaster he left behind can still be felt more than 20 years after his death.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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