Book review – Vulgar Favors: The Assassination of Gianni Versace by Maureen Orth

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Vulgar Favors: The Assassination of Gianni Versace


CW: murder and drug use

You see that sticker on the book? About the FX series? Yeah, that’s the only reason I read this book. I loved that season of American Crime Story. If you haven’t watched it, I highly recommend it. It has its issues — like Darren Criss, a white man, playing a mixed-race man and the title is very misleading — but that’s for a review of the show, not this book.

It’s damned exhaustive. It’s over 500 pages. And, it’s very broad. It covers the killing spree of Andrew Cunanan,Β not the assassination of Gianni Versace. Versace’s death came at the end of Andrew’s spree and it was the last few chapters of the book. It also is very difficult because Cunanan killed himself, so anything about motive or what people say about him and his life cannot be fact-checked. It’s also dated when talking about the gay scene in the late-90s, however, I didn’t find it insulting and it was as sensitive as it was.

But, I enjoyed it. It was an interesting read, even as it branched out into random theories and a lot about the gay BDSM scene. Trust me, I read some weird shit that people do and are into.

I think that this book is very misleading, though. It’s about Andrew Cunanan. That’s what it is. You learn about his victims; Jeff Trail, David Madson, Lee Miglin, William Reese, and Gianni Versace. However, the book is all about Cunanan. He’s the star of the show.

So, I did enjoy this book. It was interesting to read. However, I wouldn’t read it again. I will rewatch the show, though, until the day I die.

Talk to me!
Have you read this or watched the show?
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3 thoughts on “Book review – Vulgar Favors: The Assassination of Gianni Versace by Maureen Orth

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