The Von Bülow Affair: The Objective Behind-the-Scenes Account of the Shocking Attempted Murder Case

Open Road Media
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The true story of heiress Sunny von Bülow’s coma and the attempted-murder trial of her husband, Claus—the case that inspired the film Reversal of Fortune.

On December 21, 1980, millionaire socialite Sunny Von Bülow was found unconscious on her bathroom floor. She would remain in a coma for twenty-seven years. Although her condition appeared to be the result of hypoglycemia, Sunny’s children suspected their stepfather, the debonair Claus Von Bülow, of attempting to murder his wife and abscond with her fortune. Claus went on trial for attempted murder in 1982, initiating a legal circus that would last for years.

In the greatest society trial of the twentieth century, the opulence of Newport and New York provides a backdrop for one of the most intriguing family feuds of all time. In this comprehensive account of the trial and its aftermath, Wright draws on court transcripts and interviews with those involved to present an unparalleled behind-the-scenes look into the legal proceedings as well as the Von Bülows’ private lives.

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William Wright, the author of ten nonfiction books on diverse subjects, was born in Philadelphia in 1930. After earning a BA at Yale University, he served in the US Army as a translator and interpreter of Mandarin Chinese. Later he became an editor at Holiday and the editor of Chicago magazine. In addition to The Von Bülow Affair, Wright is the author of many books, among them Lillian Hellman: The Image, the Woman; Pavarotti: My World; and Born That Way: Genes, Behavior, Personality.  
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Open Road Media
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Published on
May 13, 2014
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Pages
375
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ISBN
9781480484986
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Language
English
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Genres
True Crime / Murder / General
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