If you’ve got a strong stomach, and I mean one made of steel, then have I got a Book for you!
For quite some time I’ve been seeing VULGAR FAVORS: THE ASSASSINATION OF Gianni Versace by Maureen Orth on the table at a local bookstore. When I heard it was soon to be a series on FX, I picked it up and flipped through it. I read enough to decide I wanted to read the whole sordid tale.
I remembered the case: in 1997, Andrew Cunanan, a serial killer, had been on a murder spree through several states. His last victim was Princess Diana’s favorite designer, Gianni Versace. She and Elton John went to his funeral. I recalled there had also been several murders before Versace, and people were delighted when the rampage ended, but that was about it.
Yet what interested me as I scanned the book in the bookstore were the passages about Cunanan’s having been a world-champion pathological liar. We’ve all known a few of those, sure, but this looked like the most extreme example of one on record. The psychology of such people rather intrigues me, since it’s always a given that no lie lives forever, so why would anybody in their right mind bother to tell a pack of them in the first place? I purchased the book – and have been unable to put it down ever since.
Cunanan, apparently, came from a middle-class home but wanted to look rich. Very, very rich. And since he wasn’t, from childhood on he told one utterly ridiculous tall tale after another after another after another about his totally false, self-invented high-class background that did not really exist…
Andrew Cunanan was a piece of work even long before he started killing people. The lies he told are just the beginning of the level of muck he mired himself into, and they’re the most incredible collection of whoppers I’ve ever heard, so that’s saying something. I don’t want to add spoilers here, but if you can stand the more sordid elements of this story, of which there’s also an eyebrow-raising collection, and enjoy a read that can shock you to the gills, check out the book. Suffice it to say that VULGAR FAVORS is a very apt name for it.
Here’s the trailer:
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