Lee Miglin

American real estate developer

Lee Albert Miglin[1] (July 12, 1924 – May 4, 1997) was an American real estate developer, businessman, and philanthropist. He was born in Westville, Illinois. Miglin went on to become a successful real estate developer in partnership with J. Paul Beitler. They proposed building a 125-floor skyscraper in Chicago, the Miglin-Beitler Skyneedle; however, the building was never built.[2]

Miglin was murdered at his garage in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood on May 4, 1997 by serial killer Andrew Cunanan.[3][4] He was 72 years old.[5] He had been tortured with a saw and a screwdriver, his ribs had been broken, he had been beaten and stabbed, and his throat had been slashed with a gardener's bow saw.[3]

The second season of the anthology television series American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, was about the Cunanan spree where Miglin was played by Mike Farrell.[6]


  1. Westville Honors Alumni With Wall of Fame
  2. Kerch, Steve (May 11, 1997). "An Unbuilt Tower Is A Fine Legacy For Lee Miglin". Chicago Tribune. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Chuck Goudie; Barb Markoff (May 2, 2017). "20 years after Cunanan murders, Lee Miglin's son talks". ABC7. Chicago. Retrieved January 7, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. Martin, Andrew; Ferkenhoff, Eric (May 6, 1997). "The Mysterious Death Of Lee Miglin - Gold Coast Area Shocked By Slaying". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 7, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. Kastor, Elizabeth; Weeks, Linton (July 17, 1997). "Five Lives Cut Short". Washington Post.
  6. "Mike Farrell as Lee Miglin for American Crime Story: Versace on FX". FX Networks.