Fact-checking The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime StoryBefore Andrew Cunanan shot designer Gianni Versace on the front steps of his Miami home in July , Vanity Fair contributor Maureen Orth was already steeped in the mind of the serial killer. At the time of the murder, Orth had spent two months reporting for Vanity Fair on Cunanan and the events that might have led to him to kill four other people before finally targeting Versace. Even before law enforcement announced that Cunanan was a suspect, Orth and the fact checkers at Vanity Fair had a hunch they knew exactly who had pulled the trigger at Ocean Drive. Vanity Fair critic Richard Lawson and senior writer Joanna Robinson have launched a episode companion podcast, Still Watching: Versace, filled with exclusive interviews, insights, and a detailed examination of not only the series itself but the cultural impact of the crime. In Episode 2 of the podcast, Orth details the genesis of her book and the challenges of getting inside the disturbed mind of a killer. Instead, in her effort to create a sensational story, she presents second-hand hearsay that is full of contradictions.
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Do NOT read on if you haven't watched until the end. The show, which has just finished airing in the US on FX and is continuing in the UK on BBC Two, is filled with crazy and, frankly, unbelievable things — except for the fact that many of them actually did happen. However, its veracity has been called in to question. The Versace family issued a statement in early January declaring that the show was "a work of fiction" , suggesting that some dramatic licence had been taken on the show. However, co-creator Ryan Murphy responded with: "It is not a work of fiction. Versace is based on a non-fiction book by Maureen Orth that has been discussed and dissected and vetted for close to 20 years.
The Versaces slam writer Maureen Orth's allegations about the late designer's medical conditions.
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The season premiered on January 17, ,   and concluded on March 21, The season received positive reviews from critics, with praise for most of the performances. The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story was picked up on October 18, , and was announced as the third season of the series , following the season about Katrina. In June , it was announced that Katrina would not begin production until early and that Versace would air in early , replacing Katrina as the show's official second installment. On October 2, , American Horror Story veteran Matt Bomer was announced as the director of the eighth episode, making it his directorial debut. In December , after the first public screening, it was revealed that Versace would have nine episodes,  despite being originally reported to consist of ten episodes.