Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History
By Maureen Orth
(Dell, Mass Market Paperback, 9780440225850, 560pp.)
Publication Date: June 13, 2000
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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.
Maureen Orth's award-winning work has appeared in Newsweek, Vogue, New York, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and Esquire. Currently a special correspondent to Vanity Fair, she lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, NBC News Washington Bureau Chief and Meet the Press moderator Tim Russert, and their son, Luke.
"Breathless...a page-turner...Orth's exhaustive research and wealth of details make vulgar favors as hard to turn away from as a top-drawer horror movie....It will hook you from the first page and never let you go."
--San Francisco Chronicle
"[An] exhaustive deconstruction of Andrew Cunanan's five murders...the breadth and thoroughness of Orth's research are often staggering."
--The New York Times
"Fascinating... ripe with chilling detail...it paints a disturbing picture."
"A fascinatingly detailed account."
"Orth tells this twisted story with grace and courage."
--Fort Worth Star-Telegram