Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History

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,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 victimwhy police and the FBI repeatedly failed to catch Cunananwhy other victims families stonewalled the investigationntroversial findings of the Versace autopsy report, and 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.
Vulgar Favors Andrew Cunanan Gianni Versace and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U S History 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 winnin

  • Title: Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History
  • Author: Maureen Orth
  • ISBN: 9780440225850
  • Page: 388
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History”

    1. I probably would have loved this book more had it been updated. Vulgar Favors was originally published in 1999 and it shows. The way "The Gay Lifestyle" (its actually placed in quotes like that in the book)is discussed in this book is very dated and insulting. Maureen Orth seemed to be obsessed with the fact that gay men have sex with other men and that some of those men even have wives and children. She just seemed fixated on the sexual aspects of the gay community. Maybe in 1999 this was shock [...]

    2. I wish there were more serial killers like Andrew Cunanan. You always hear of killers being described as loners or introverts or just weirdos, but Cunanan broke that stereotype. He was a preppy guy who loved reading Vogue. He'd make up amazing lies about himself and his past in order to impress those around him. In the midst of his murder spree he used to go clubbing and tell his fellow clubbers that he was a serial killer. They all laughed.Vulgar Favours is a fairly in-depth account of the life [...]

    3. This is an incredibly well-researched and gripping story of a serial killer on the run. It held my interest to the very last page, even if Maureen Orth is a frightful prude and almost comically judgmental about celebrity culture and the gay lifestyle.

    4. I found this book disappointing. I originally picked up this book because it was the material for the second season of "American Crime Story". However, I had 3 major problems with this book.Problem #1: The Title.I realize about halfway through that this title is not on the original book and I can see why. The title to me is very misleading, because it makes you think that you are getting a book on the assassination of Gianni Versace. However, this is not what the book is about. The book is about [...]

    5. Very detailed and in depth look at the sick monster named Andrew Cunanan. It is well written and researched and really shines on the emotionless and drug fueled murders by this spineless creep.

    6. This book is AMAZING! The author explains, in great detail, how and why Andrew Cunanan did what he did and what were the consequences of his acts. Although, some parts were dragging for too long but overall its a great book for people who loves true crime stories and are interested in that type of stuff. Anyway, if you know who Gianni Versace was - go and read it. Right now.

    7. A Story of a Guy who could NEVER get enoughI remembered reading several articles about Andrew Cunanan when he was WANTED by the FBI. I was so interested in the story that I was happy to stumble on this book to get all of the facts by such a devoted writer (who wrote the inside scoop article for Vanity Fair). It's a very revealing story and it is TRUE which made it all the more eyebrow raising. I never knew that Gianni Versace was HIV+ and that he & his boyfriend utilized the services of male [...]

    8. This book is a true crime narrative about the ugly underbelly of gay life as told by the journalist for Vanity Fair, Maureen Orth. Orth wants the reader to know how the seamy gay culture in Southern California and South Beach, Florida led to the deaths of the five people murdered by Andrew Cunanan.To start, the cover is annoying, depicting the lavish mansion of Versace and the title, Vulgar Favors: The Life and Death of Gianni Versace, both lead the reader to believe that the book is about his d [...]

    9. An insight into the life of Andrew CunananFrom the title of this book, one might expect it to be mostly about the famous fashion designer, Gianni Versace. Think again. This book delves into the life (and eventual death) of the man who shot Versace in cold blood. It takes the reader from Andrew's early days growing up in a subsection of California, attending the prominent private Episcopal school, Bishops School, in exclusive La Jolla, and moving on to trying to live the fabulous gay life he beli [...]

    10. Many pages about a psychotic narcissist can be wearying, and Maureen Orth does a lot of pearl clutching about some fairly benign gay sex stuff.Only OK.

    11. I read this because it came up in a conversation with one of my bffs - he was reading it to supplement episodes of the Ryan Murphy-produced 'The Assassination of Gianni Versace'. I don't lean toward books of this sort - in fact, I don't think I've read one like it since Capote's 'In Cold Blood' (which I got around to reading about 15 years ago). Basically, I read it so I could talk about it with said bff. Maureen Orth's book has received some unfair criticism at this site. She has, for example, [...]

    12. It read like the Enquirer on steroids. She spent too much time being enthralled by gay porn and S/M. I found it boring and offensive in places. I admit that I read about two thirds of it but didn't finish it.

    13. Definitely not a light read, but if you are interested in crime stories, especially ones including famous persons, this is a book for you.I found the research that Maureen Orth made remarkable. She interviewed so many friends, family members, acquantainces and policemen, that she definitely needed a person to organize her notes (as she stated in the Acknowledgement section).The biggest flaw of the book is its homophobic rhetoric, but given the fact that it was written in the late 90s (although I [...]

    14. It’s well researched but the homophobia is a tad distracting. Also jumps around quite a bit which is distracting considering the timeline is important.

    15. I was gripped and mesmerized from the very beginning. Maureen Orth paints a picture of Andrew Cunanan that will shock you until the last page of the book!It was important that I read this as the upcoming season of "American Crime Story" will feature the Versace assassination. Knowing that the 10 episode season will be based on this book makes me even more excited to see it played out on the small screen. Dive into this book and be prepared to find yourself inundated with details you never knew y [...]

    16. Gianni Versace’s murder or Andrew Cunanan the serial killer were both subjects I had never heard even the slightest mention of until American Crime Story picked it up as its theme for season two. Granted I was only seven when Versace was killed but the fantastic TV show spurred an immediate interest in me to look into the case. It amazes me that I hadn’t heard of Cunanan before this show considering how big a deal this was when it happened.The book and the show follow very closely to one ano [...]

    17. I picked up this book because it was the basis for the latest season of FX's American Crime Story. The book is entitled Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in US History but it's really about the sad, misguided life of Andrew Cunanan. The book is meticulously reported and reads like an extended version of the Vanity Fair article that it was in it's original form, but it left me feeling cold. It's more of a recitation of the facts rather than an interpret [...]

    18. Picked up the reissue in the Kona Airport. After about 5 pages, I was like, when the hell was this written?!? Ah, the 90s. Those were different times Everything about lgbtq people (& people of color as well) in this book feels so so so dated - and not in the charming way like oh, Tales of the City or something written by queer people. Still, a weird, well researched true crime that I sped through. Not recommended other than anthropologically. I will probably try out the FX series though

    19. Not very well writtenThis book started out with some interest but dissolved into fantasy. There were so many typographical errors, misspellings and long dull passages. I read the book because of the TV show but the subject, Andrew Cunanan just isn't very interesting. We will never know why he murdered Gianni Versace, Versace scorned him at one point but why did Cunanan carry such a grudge? I may venture a guess that Cunanan's brain was destroyed by all the drugs he took and his his terrible upbr [...]

    20. Not as good as I was hoping. It got repetitive fast. We don't need constant examples of how Cunanan liked to lie or appear better than he was. It is established as a personality trait early on. It also seemed like the author was fascinated by the different lifestyles she was learning about and had to tell the reader all about them. She would go on about some of these for so long that it would be pages before you read Cunanan's name again. I would like to see Ryan Murphy's show based on this book [...]

    21. I decided to read this book after seeing that there is an upcoming TV series scheduled to air soon. I probably won’t watch the TV depiction as the book has given me a comprehensive look at the Cunanan/Versace case - or rather of Cunanan himself. The account of Cunanan’s time in San Diego and of the Hillcrest neighborhood was particularly interesting - as well as was the role of the FBI, law enforcement, and the local news media here in SD. Well researched and well written. Author is homophob [...]

    22. An excellent book which has served as the basis for the quite good FX show The Assassination of Gianni Versace.It's an in depth look at the crimes of Andrew Cunanan. You get his mindset, his issues, his blooming problems. It humanize his victims.d brings them to life. It deals with the mishandled investigation and the law enforcement communities problems in dealing with the gay community,An most important of all, it brings context to the show A great and worth it read

    23. This controversial book, the source text for American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, is well reported and details what is known about serial killed Andrew Cunanan and the manhunt that was impacted by multiple jurisdictions that weren’t forthcoming with information; the media; mistakes made during police investigations; the families of high profile victims Gianni Versace and Lee Miglin; and misunderstanding of gay communities. A fascinating true crime book.

    24. Well-written, detailed, both disgusting and fascinating, eye-opening when it comes to the gay BDSM scene (some truly horrifying stuff in there that shows just how crazy Cunanan was). The fact that Cunanan got away with some of this shit for so long says a lot about the vanity and fakeness of Cunanan's social circle because he spent money on his "friends," they dismissed his psycho tendencies.

    25. For mature readers, I read along with the tv series and it was more intriguing than the American crime anthology. I think it reveals the mindset of the various agencies we rely on to solve crimes and how they can be limited by fixed mindsets when it comes to fringe groups. These crimes were heinous, yet the perpetrator was able to travel, party and remain relatively below the radar due to his lifestyle. Sadly, this happens all to often, even now.

    26. I liked learning about Cunanan but there was little to no reference to favors in the entire book. What you think you’re getting is different than what you’re getting. It was well researched but misleading.

    27. Very interesting despite the author’s judgmental undertones, stereotyping, and self proclaimed psychological assessments. Can’t wait to see what Ryan Murphy does with it. Although reader beware all of the unknowns, especially around motives, will leave you feeling unresolved.

    28. It was interesting and threw up some very disturbing images of how NOT to investigate murders/ try and get hold of a serial killer. but was also a bit fictionalised and felt quite full of herself. But overall not too bad.

    29. Sooooo longgggg. 523 pages could have definitely been shortened to 300. So many extra details that didn’t need to be said. I only read the “important parts” all the extra details were just too much.

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