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.

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Upcoming episodes

Sep 26th
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Marriage of Inconvenience, A

In 1976, James Sullivan inherited a multi-million dollar liquor distribution empire from his uncle. Newly rich, he married Atlanta socialite Lita McClinton and the two moved to an ocean front mansion in glamorous Palm Beach. There, Jim was determined to work his way into the town¹s exclusive high society. But when Lita proved an impediment to his social advance Jim began to carry on numerous affairs. By 1985, Lita could take no more. She returned to Atlanta and filed for divorce. The morning of her divorce hearing, Lita opened the door to a man holding flowers and was shot. Circumstantial evidence pointed to Sullivan as the man behind the murder but, despite several indictments, was never convicted. For 13 years the case languished until 1998 when police arrested one of the hitmen who in turn accused Sullivan. A murder warrant was issued for Sullivan but when police went to serve it, Sullivan vanished. (Atlanta, Palm Beach)
Sep 26th
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Scandal In Hunt County, A

Susan Cummings was the daughter of billionaire arms dealer Sam Cummings. Her lavish estate in Virginia¹s exclusive Hunt Country was a refuge for the shy woman and her beloved polo ponies. The estate was also the setting for a story book romance between Susan and Roberto Villegas, a former groom from Argentina turned polo player. Eventually though Roberto began to chafe under Susan¹s controlling ways. Susan alleged that Roberto was abusing her and her horses. The final chapter of their saga began when Susan called 911 ­ she told police that she had just shot and killed Roberto in the kitchen. Susan's version of events was that Roberto had attacked her with a knife. But other evidence indicated Villegas was murdered. The sensational trial that followed was a clash between hard evidence and social class. In the end, Susan was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to a mere 60 days in jail and a $2500 fine. (Middleburg, VA)
Sep 26th
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Miami Vices

Stan Cohen was a Miami success story, a hometown boy who made millions in the rough-and-tumble South Florida construction trade. At forty, rich and charismatic, he met and married Joyce McDillon, a beautiful 24-year-old divorcee struggling to support her young son. After eleven years of marriage, Stan Cohen was at the peak of his profession and Joyce had blossomed into an exotically beautiful socialite. But Joyce had developed an addiction to cocaine and a habit of spending money quicker than Stan made it. In the early morning of March 7, 1986, Stan was shot three times in the head with his own gun as he slept in his Miami mansion. Joyce claimed to have seen a shadowy figure run down the stairs but the evidence mounted against her. Finally, in 1991 after the arrest of a burglar who claimed Joyce hired him to kill Stan, police arrested Joyce. When the trial concluded the jury found Joyce guilty of conspiracy to murder her husband, Stan Cohen. (Coconut Grove, Miami)
Oct 3rd
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Unbridled Greed

JT Lundy was just another bluegrass good-old-boy until he married Cindy Wright, heir to a fabulous fortune that included an interest in Calumet Farms, the most famous horse farm in the country. The money machine at the heart of the meinvigorated Calumet was a stallion named Alydar. After nearly winning the Triple Crown in 1978 Alydar was put out to stud for Calumet. Alydar was bringing in a million dollars a week in fees and Lundy had no trouble getting loans to finance his lavish lifestyle. But it all caught up to him in 1990. A bank called in a $15 million loan and less than three weeks later, Alydar suffered a terrible accident. After complications from surgery Alydar died. And his insurance policy paid Calumet Farms $36.5 million in death benefits. Lundy paid his Texas creditors, but Calumet’s financial woes continued. Lundy resigned as president in 1992 – his dreams had foundered. Those wrecked dreams became nightmares when a federal grand jury indicted Lundy on bank fraud, conspiracy and bribery charges in 1999. What’s more, investigators suspected Lundy had conspired to kill Alydar. (Lexington, KY)
Oct 3rd
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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.
Oct 3rd
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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.
Oct 10th
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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.
Oct 10th
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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.
Oct 10th
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Tailspin

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.
Oct 17th
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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.