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]

In 1959, Miglin married 20-year-old Marilyn Klecka. She was a businesswoman and host of several shows on the Home Shopping Network.[7] They had two children together, Marlena (born 1968) and Duke Miglin (born 1971).


  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. Archived from the original on 2018-03-11. Retrieved 2019-03-31.
  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.
  4. Martin, Andrew; Ferkenhoff, Eric (May 6, 1997). "The Mysterious Death Of Lee Miglin - Gold Coast Area Shocked By Slaying". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on January 8, 2018. Retrieved January 7, 2018.
  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. Archived from the original on 2019-03-21. Retrieved 2019-03-31.
  7. Orth, Maureen (September 1997). "The Killer's Trail". Vanity Fair. Retrieved January 7, 2018.