If he were still alive today, Jess Kimball would have lunch with Dominick Dunne, a man who inspired her. In short, although they never met, Jess views Dominick Dunne as a mentor.
Jess Kimball, of Fatal Distraction, Fatal Enemy, and Flight 12: A Jess Kimball Thriller is alone in the world. Her son, Peter, was kidnapped as an infant when Jess was in college. She’s looking for her son while working as a victim’s rights advocate, crusading for justice, working as one of the country’s top journalists at Taboo Magazine.
- In a sense, Dominick Dunne was also alone in the world. He lost his Hollywood career and his marriage, and three of his daughters (two died in infancy.) Though he came from a large family, his route to success was self-propelled.
- Dunne grieved the loss of a child to crime. His daughter, actress Dominique Dunne, was killed at age 22. Allegedly strangled by an ex-boyfriend. For Dominick Dunne, this was not only heartbreaking, but also, a heartbreaking failure of the justice system.
- Dunne was passionate about the hunt for justice. During the trial of the man accused of killing his daughter, Dunne kept a journal. His writings were published in Vanity Fair Magazine. The article was called “Justice: A Father’s Account of the Trial of his Daughter’s Killer.”
- Dunne traveled in pursuit of journalistic excellence and justice. He covered the trials of O.J. Simpson, Michael Skakel, the Menendez brothers, and many others.
Dunne would have been a fascinating man to know. From his award-winning service in World War II to his career in Hollywood and celebrity friendships (Humphrey Bogart, Elizabeth Taylor, and Dennis Hopper, to name a few), there would be plenty for Jess to discuss over lunch.
If you could ask Dominic Dunne one question, what would it be?