Peter Lance, author of HOMICIDE AT ROUGH POINT, debunks Doris Duke's claim that she accidentally killed Eduardo Tirella. – NY Post
In the fall of 1966, Eduardo Tirella, close confidant of billionaire Doris Duke, informed the possessive and vindictive heiress that he was leaving her employ as chief designer and art curator to return to Hollywood where his career as a set designer was just catching fire.
Minutes later, she crushed him to death under the wheels of a two-ton station wagon as they were leaving Rough Point, her Bellevue Avenue estate in Newport, RI, the storied resort.
In a murderous quid-pro-quo, the local police quickly ruled the incident "an unfortunate accident" and Doris began giving a fortune to Newport, restoring 70 colonial-era homes that quickly turned it into a tourist Mecca. In 2018, Lance, who started his career as a cub reporter for The Newport Daily News eight months after Tirella's death, began a re-examination of the case and proved that the mercurial tobacco heiress got away with murder.
In a riveting, doggedly researched book with 105 illustrations -- including never-before seen forensic files -- Lance, a five-time Emmy winner, rewrites history and finally restores the reputation of Eduardo Tirella, a gay Renaissance man and war hero whom Duke went to great lengths to erase from the history of her troubled life.
Praise for HOMICIDE AT ROUGH POINT:
"In his meticulous new tome, Lance tells the untold story of how Doris Duke, the richest woman in America got away with murdering a gay man, her designer and art curator Eduardo Tirella." - Diane Anderson-Minshall, CEO Pride Media in The Advocate.
"This book has rocked the world of publishing, it's rocked the world of journalism and true crime junkies are talking about it from Coast to Coast." - Frank Morano WABC RADIO
"A page turning look into the world of elite influence, true crime and a systemic coverup that has rocked a New England summer resort city" - Bartholomewtown Podcast
"HOMICIDE AT ROUGH POINT is a page-turning epic for our time. Proof that when a narcissistic billionaire assumes, they can get away with murder, there's a reporter out there willing and able to expose them."
-Nicholas Pileggi, author of Goodfellas and Casino
"HOMICIDE is the best true crime book I've read in years; solving the horrific cold case murder of Eddie Tirella, a gifted Italian-American war hero who didn't deserve to die. Peter Lance is the most tenacious reporter I know. A must read!"
-John A. "Junior" Gotti
Did not like the author’s writing style. Too focused on why he is important to the story. Skipped large sections as they were uninteresting and irrelevant to the story.
I was excited for this book and vigilantly awaited its release because of my genuine interest in Doris Duke and her life.
I was greatly disappointed when I realized the book was only facile tripe haphazardly organized in an effort for the author to self aggrandize. He couldn’t follow the outline of a story if it was drawn on the inside of his eyelids.
The tangents waxing poetic about his career and firsthand knowledge of the inner workings of Newport were sporadically placed and unnecessarily verbose.
The most disgusting was the authors inability to separate his political views from his work as a whole. Leave it to the politicians-people read books as an escape.
Don’t waste the money on this book. I made it through half and I can’t take anymore…!