Dominick Dunne (1925 Hartford, Connecticut, USA - 2009 Manhattan, New York, USA)


Written by Dominick Dunne

Another City, Not My Own, 1997

What engrossed Gus so completely on the television set in his suite at the Mirage Hotel was a freeway chase going on in Los Angeles at that very moment. A. C. Cowlings was driving his friend O. J. Simpson, the former football star now wanted by the Los Angeles Police Department for the double murders of his former wife and her friend, in the direction of Mexico, after Simpson had failed to turn himself over to the authorities, in a deal arranged by his lawyer, Robert Shapiro. Gus, enthralled, moved off the chair and onto the floor and walked on his knees to be closer to the screen. His mouth was hanging open in shock at what he was watching. A man in a white Bronco with a gun held to his head. On the lam from two murders. People on the side of the freeway holding placards that said go, juice, go, cheering on a fugitive. […]

"You go ahead, June. I have to see this. Tell them I’ll be down shortly," replied Gus, not taking his eyes off the screen. "I want to see Al Cowlings drive the white Bronco through the gates at the house on Rockingham and let O. J. out."

"It’ll be on the news later," said June.

"I want to watch it live," he said. "I want to see it happen while it’s happening. I’m having the same feeling I had when I watched Jack Ruby shoot Lee Harvey Oswald live on-camera after Jack Kennedy was assassinated."

 

© 1997 Dominick Dunne; New York: Crown Publishing Group

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