Dominick Dunne

Dominick Dunne

About the show

No one knows the dark side of the rich and famous better than Dominick Dunne. The consummate insider and relentless crusader, Dunne chronicles the arrogance that leads the rich to believe they are above the law. A best-selling author and celebrated columnist for Vanity Fair, Dunne will rivet you with his selection of notorious cases that uncover the lowest depths of high society.


Upcoming episodes

Feb 28th

Billionaire Boys Club

Joe Hunt and his 20-something group called themselves the Billionaires Boys' Club and ran the hottest investment group in the greed-driven, go-go world of Beverly Hills in the 1980's. But the club was a financial house of cards, and when it began to collapse Hunt resorted to desperate measures that culminated in the disappearance of a wealthy Beverly Hills businessman and the kidnapping and murder of an Iranian millionaire. When Hunt's top lieutenant turned against him, Hunt was arrested and charged with both murders. (Beverly Hills)
Mar 2nd

Mystery In the Hamptons

In 1980’s New York, no couple epitomized the yuppie good life more than Joe and Diane Pikul. Diane was a spoiled Mid-western belle who dreamed of the life in the big city. Joe was from a blue-collar neighborhood in Massachusetts and worked his way through college. He later became a successful financial analyst on Wall Street, and he and Diane became millionaires. Throughout the 80’s, the Pikul’s were living the dream. But four days after the stock market crash, Diane was killed in her Hamptons summer home. Diane’s murder would reveal the dark side of a decade of greed. Despite his job as a high-powered analyst, Joe was addicted to alcohol and cocaine. Driven by the stress of the stock market collapse, and Diane’s threats of divorce, Joe Pikul snapped. Clues finally led the police to arrest him. And in custody he confessed to the crime.
Mar 3rd

Maternal Instincts

Dean MacGuigan loved Pati Margello, but his mother, a multi-million dollar DuPont heiress, didn’t approve of their relationship. A drug addict, scam artist and hooker, Pati didn’t exactly fit in with the glamorous DuPont image. In an effort to protect Dean’s trust fund and get him away from Pati, his mother dispatched Dean’s stepfather, Christopher Moseley to put an end to their relationship. When Pati’s body was discovered in the seedy Del Mar Resort Motel in Las Vegas, her murder would be traced through the hands of three hired killers and back to the DuPont millions.
Mar 4th

Brothers In Arms

Drawing on Dominick’s Dunne’s extensive coverage of the trial this episode looks back at the saga of Lyle and Erik Menendez who were convicted of killing their parents in their Beverly Hills mansion. Dunne sheds new light on the case with startling insight – he takes the viewer behind-the-scenes of the lives and trials of Lyle and Erik. The show also features new interviews with lawyers and family members.
Mar 5th

Evil Deeds

The great grandson of cosmetics king max factor, andrew luster was in his 30’s, attractive, rich and very social. But beginning in 1996, luster started drugging women with ghb, and then sexually assaulted them at his seaside home. After his arrest, three of his victims came forward with their stories. Then during a two-week break in his trial, luster disappeared, forfeiting the $1 million he and his family had put up for bail. On jan. 21, 2003 he was convicted in abstentia and sentenced to 124 years. Wherever he is, police are sure he isn’t far from money or the beach.
Mar 6th


On Easter Sunday, 1992, Dale Ewell, a Fresno, CA millionaire, his wife, Glee, and their daughter were killed at their home after returning from a long weekend at the beach. Authorities believed Dale and Glee’s son, the only surviving heir to the $8 million estate, arranged the murders. For the next three years, Fresno detectives conducted a cat-and-mouse investigation of Dana. They staked out his house and monitored his phone calls. In March of 1994, Dana was arrested on charges of masterminding the murders.
Mar 9th

The Waitress and the Millionaire

Wealthy 70-yr-old TV Exec, Stephen Beard is murdered in Austin, TX. His wife, a 32-yr-old former Country Club Waitress, is arrested two years after he dies and is accused of conspiring with her female lover, Tracey Tarlton to kill her wealthy husband. At trial, Tarlton turns on her lover and Beard is sent to prison for life.
Mar 10th

Blood Money

On the morning of July 9, 1985 in Naples, FL, the car carrying millionaire tobacco heiress Margaret Benson, her daughter Carol Lynn, and her 21-year-old adopted son Scott exploded; only Carol Lynn survived. The police focus their investigation on Steven, Benson's eldest son, who was only yards away from the explosion. He stood to inherit nearly $10 million of the family’s fortune. In August, 1986, after a sensational murder trial, Steven Benson, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
Mar 11th

Island Obsession

In this episode of Dominick Dunne’s Power, Privilege and Justice the body of Australian businessman and jetsetter, Dale Pike, washes up on a Miami beach in 1998. A series of clues lead investigators to piece together the story: Pike had flown to Miami to meet with Enrico Forti, a man he believed was attempting to defraud his father, who ran a resort hotel in Ibizia, Spain. After a month-long trial Forti is convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life without parole.
Mar 12th


Andrew C. Thornton III, gets caught up in his unopened parachute and dies on impact in the driveway of an astonished Tennessee homeowner. The plot thickens when cops discover $15milion in cocaine strapped to his body. This episode of Dominick Dunne’s Power, Privilege and Justice examines the parallel life that Andrew Thornton led. Thornton and his two friends from childhood – all three from privileged Kentucky society families, – emerge as the kingpins of “The Company” - a drug smuggling ring. They used their positions of power (two are cops, one works in the governor’s office) and their soldier-of-fortune skills to run weapons to Columbia where they were exchanged for drugs. They were enormously successful until their association with Las Vegas mobsters made them vulnerable to federal investigation and they were ultimately busted.