Read the true story of the manhunt that inspired The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, the latest chapter of the acclaimed FX series.
On July 15, 1997, Gianni Versace was shot and killed on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion by serial killer Andrew Cunanan. But months before Versace’s murder, award-winning journalist Maureen Orth was already investigating a major story on Cunanan for Vanity Fair. Culled from interviews with more than four hundred people and insights gleaned from thousands of pages of police reports, Vulgar Favors tells the complete story of Andrew Cunanan, his unwitting victims, and the moneyed world in which they lived . . . and died.
Orth reveals how Cunanan met Versace, and why police and the FBI repeatedly failed to catch him. Here is a gripping odyssey that races across America—from California’s wealthy gay underworld to modest Midwestern homes of families mourning the loss of their sons to South Beach and its unapologetic decadence. Vulgar Favors is at once a masterwork of investigative journalism and a riveting account of a sociopath, his crimes, and the mysteries he left along the way.
“The breadth and thoroughness of [Maureen] Orth’s research are often staggering.”—The New York Times
“Fascinating . . . ripe with chilling detail.”—Entertainment Weekly
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Vulgar Favors is a gloves-off examination of a sociopath whose life was almost impossibly extreme. Andrew Cunanan killed five people—including Gianni Versace—over three months in 1997. The sex, drugs, and unchecked narcissism that led up to his crimes and suicide were at least as tabloid-worthy as the murders themselves. Vanity Fair contributor Maureen Orth spares nothing in investigating and compiling this utterly riveting account. It paints a picture of a tragically disturbed man whose delusional obsession with wealth and glamour brought him a notorious seat in the limelight.
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Mind-boggling. Blood-curdling. Brilliant.
What a book, what a journey, what a character. The story of Andrew Cunanan, his life and his murders, is so complicated and captivating, at times absurd and outrageous, but it is ultimately very sad. After watching American Crime Story, I felt an inexplicable urge to learn more about Cunanan, his personality and his background, the circumstances and the choices that would lead him to committing the crimes that would tear apart the fabric of so many lives. There are a lot of details that bear deep significance yet cannot be explained. There is a lot of intrigue, mystery and drama that is typically reserved for the best works of fiction, except all of this is based on the facts of real life. Indeed, sometimes destiny - or chance - can be the most talented story writer, but it does take a special person to meticulously gather and process variegated opinions and facts and present them into a fantastically well-written book that challenges your mind and soul.
This book has definitely gotten me ready for "The Assassination of Versace: American Crime Story"
Sadly, Orth is revealed as a bigot towards gay men and the gay community. The writing is illustrative of the derogatory view of gays held by many in the last century. She also is quite naive about drugs – without accuate knowledge and as if she’s talking to a 3rd grader. She is not a good writer. The nature of the material is of interest, but save your $10. It’s better to watch the 2018 TV Series.