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Title:
Three month fever : the Andrew Cunanan story
Author:
Indiana, Gary.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Cliff Street Books, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xviii, 254 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Language:
English
Personal Subject:
ISBN:
9780060191450
Format :
Book

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Summary

"It was suddenly chic to be 'targeted' by Andrew...It also became chic to claim a deep personal friendship with Versace, to infer that one might, but for a trick of fate, have been with Versace at the very moment of his 'assassination,' as it had once been chic to reveal one's invitation to Cielo Drive in the evening of the Tate slayings, an invitation only declined because of car trouble or a previuos engagement. Versace's friends no less than Andrew's friends were helpless not to make hay off the carcass, for the narrative itself excluded from existence all relevant persons who failed to appear, to put their two cents in...and because the narrative had the force of a psychic avalanche it provided the seque ferom the previous marrivtie, extricated the public eye form the previous keyhole, the Andrew narrative, in effect, solved the JonBen#65533;t Ramsey murder case, as that case had finally wrapped up the O. J. Simpson case, which in turn had closed the Menendez case, the Andrew mystery would ultimately be solved by the death of Princess Di..."

-- from Three Month Fever

In Three Month Fever, his first book-length work of nonfiction, Gary Indiana presents the 1997 killing spree of Andrew Cunanan as a peculiarly contemporary artifact, an alloy in which reality and myth have been inseparably combined. The case generated an astonishing sequence of news reports in which the suspect became a "monster," "serial killer," "high-priced homosexual prostitute," "pervert," "master of disguise," "chameleon," and so forth. In reality, this figure of dread bore little resemblance to the scary sociopath of legend.

In following Cunanan's "trail of death," Indiana presents a riveting, fully realized portrait of a very bright, even brilliant young man whom people liked. He had charisma, great looks, and money that he spent very freely on others. He was a sympathetic listener with a phenomenal memory for names, faces, and virtually anything he read or saw. But he didn't fit in anywhere, and he couldn't solve the problem of how to live.

He was trying to do better, to come from a better place, to have a better background. He made up stories about himself that made him feel more like other people or made him seem more interesting than he thought he was.

He wanted to be loved for himself. The two people he thought might love him for himself didn't, and he ended up killing them. This was probably the last thing he wanted to do.

Andrew was compulsively social, and as long as he could establish some intercourse with the outside world he could function, even if he had to conceal the ugly secrets he was accumulating. He could hang out in gay bars in Chicago while on the run, come to New York and live in a bathhouse, go to movies, pick people up. Even after the killing in New Jersey, his crimes were below the threshold of most people's awareness.

But in Miami he found himself trapped, the very places where he expected to "blend in" were informed about who he was and what he looked like. It was isolation he could not deal with--and that led to his total disintegration and the death of Gianni Versace.

Three Month Fever is a tour de force in which Indiana reveals how Andrew Cunanan fell apart over time and what he might have sounded like in his own mind. Rarely has a writer immersed himself in the mind of a killer with such startling effect. Gary Indiana has created a new form of true crime that is as insightful as it is riveting.


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Booklist Review

Indiana's take on gay serial killer Cunanan is, he says, a pastiche made out of police reports, interviews, commentary, and imaginative realization of principals in the events reported. Parceled into many brief chapters, it is also a pastiche resembling the montage construction of a movie--a nightmarish film noir. Cunanan was the coddled youngest of five children, considered bright because of an eidetic memory and therefore sent to a private high school, affordable because dad was embezzling. There Cunanan acquired well-heeled friends and manufactured a grand pedigree for himself. A college dropout after dad skipped the country to avoid prison, Cunanan came out gay, flashy, and big-spending. To finance the act, he maxed-out credit cards, illicitly dealt prescription drugs, and eventually hooked up with a wealthy, much older man. Meanwhile, only increasingly extreme bondage scenes gave him sexual satisfaction, although he was neither a prostitute nor promiscuous. In fact, he was never anything, really, and when his pretentions became obnoxious, and the old man dumped him, he quickly, murderously cracked up. Except for sniping at the news media and occasionally stating when he is interpretively out on a limb, Indiana stays aloof from the story. His novelistic depiction of the glitzy-sleazy world of gay high-rollers is as impressive as his eerie evocation of Cunanan, making his somewhat experimental book a distinctive alternative to Vulgar Favors, Maureen Orth's Newsweek-excerpted, more Versace-obsessed tome (Indiana is skeptical about how well Cunanan knew his designer-victim), which was unavailable for advance reviews. (Reviewed March 15, 1999)0060191457Ray Olson


Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
1 Flight Datap. 1
2 Satan's Brewp. 45
3 Happy Talkp. 71
4 Three Month Feverp. 147

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