Lunch with Dominick Dunne

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.

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  • 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.

Dominick Dunne

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?

Meanwhile —

Caffeinate and Carry On!

Diane Capri

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8 Responses to Lunch with Dominick Dunne

  1. Lucy Pearson August 14, 2014 at 8:37 am #

    I always watched Dominick Dunne’s tv program.

    • Diane August 17, 2014 at 12:19 am #

      True crime stories are fascinating, aren’t they, Lucy?

  2. JenAnderson August 14, 2014 at 10:50 am #

    My question would have been what do you think happened to Natalie Wood?

    • Diane August 17, 2014 at 12:20 am #

      I’d love to hear the answer to that one too, Jen.

  3. lovely August 14, 2014 at 11:53 am #

    I really like what you guys are usually up too. This type of clever work and
    reporting! Keep up the awesome works guys I’ve added you guys to my personal blogroll.

    • Diane August 17, 2014 at 12:20 am #

      Many many thanks!

  4. jen August 14, 2014 at 4:14 pm #

    my one question to mr. dunne would be: which question does he think is the most important question to ask (and have answered) in any investigation?

    • Diane August 17, 2014 at 12:20 am #

      A wise use of the question opportunity, Jen. I support this.

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