- Mass Market Paperback: 560 pages
- Publisher: Dell (June 13, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 044022585X
- ISBN-13: 978-0440225850
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 162 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,193,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History Mass Market Paperback – June 13, 2000
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“[An] exhaustive deconstruction of Andrew Cunanan’s five murders . . . The breadth and thoroughness of [Maureen] Orth’s research are often staggering.”—The New York Times
“Fascinating . . . ripe with chilling detail . . . paints a disturbing picture.”—Entertainment Weekly
“A fascinatingly detailed account.”—USA Today
“It will hook you from the first page and never let you go.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“Vulgar Favors by Maureen Orth might be called the complete Cunanan. . . . She [has] an indefatigable hunger to know everything.”—Chicago Tribune
“A detailed page-turner.”—St. Paul Pioneer Press
“An exceptionally good account of suspected serial killer Andrew Cunanan’s spree in 1997 . . . Orth tells this twisted story with grace and courage.”—Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“Orth has an inviting, readable style.”—Oakland Tribune
“The definitive book on the July 15, 1997 murder of Versace.”—Sun-Sentinel
“An exhilarating journalistic chronicle of Cunanan’s crime and flight . . . The book is charged with adrenaline and the pages just seem to turn themselves.”—Lesbian and Gay New York
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Two months before Andrew Cunanan murdered Gianni Versace on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion, Maureen Orth was investigating a major story on the serial killer for "Vanity Fair. Now the award-winning journalist and "Vanity Fair special correspondent tells the complete story of Cunanan, his unwitting victims, and the moneyed, hedonistic world in which they lived and died, culled from interviews with over 400 people, and details from thousands of pages of police reports.
In chilling detail, Maureen Orth reveals how Andrew Cunanan met his superstar victim...why police and the FBI repeatedly failed to catch Cunanan...why other victims' families stonewalled the investigation...controversial findings of the Versace autopsy report, and more. Here is a late-century odyssey that races across America from California's wealthy gay underworld to modest midwestern homes of families mourning their slaughtered sons to the celebration of decadence that is Versace's South Beach. It is at once a landmark work of investigative journalism and a riveting account of a sociopath, his savage crimes, and the mysteries he left along the way.
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Having been raised in San Diego, I know many of the areas Andrew hung out at. So picturing him there was fairly easy. I found this book interesting as it gave me more of an insight into who Andrew was and why he did what he did. I am anxiously awaiting the FX series that will be out soon.
The author obviously did much personal investigation of the scenes, the cities, the nightlife, and the sexual mores of California's gay communities. But eventually, after a hundred pages detailing Cunanan's sordid career, the story becomes repetitive. If it keeps its shock value for some readers, they will be encouraged to read on, but I decided to skip ahead to the terrible murders with which Cunanan's name will always be identified.
At one point, his path crossed that of Gianni Versace, casually and briefly, long before their fatal encounter on the steps of the mansion in Miami Beach. Later, during Cunanan's futile years of waiting for the right man, he developed a venomous jealousy of Versace, so talented, wealthy, and famous.
When everything in his life was unraveling, when he had lost the lover he really cared about, when perhaps the effects of his drug use had reached murderous levels, he plotted to destroy the two young men who had abandoned him.
The terrible crimes are described in detail, as much as can be deduced when the five victims were all dead -- and in the end there really were five, one of them Lee Miglin, an elderly millionaire murdered with incredible savagery.
This is certainly the best true crime book I have read in years. The author begins by painting in strong colors the strange netherworld of California's homosexual population and ends with an introduction into the frenetic lifestyle of gay males living with the fear of AIDS but partying with abandon in the sunny paradise of a Florida beach community.
Many readers will be surprised by this author's description of Gianni Versace as leader of an enclave where self-indulgence was not only the norm but the expected. His own last years, however, were anything but untroubled.
Finally, I will note that this book is a severe indictment of the police work involved, including that of the FBI. But here, too, the reader will prefer to do much skipping.