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BBC Reporter Still Hoping to Publish Book About Nightmarish Scientology Experiences

Famous for his 2007 and 2010 BBC Panorama reports on the Church of Scientology, John Sweeney took today to the pages of UK’s The Independent to bang a loud warning gong against the (subsequent) symphony of Cruise-Holmes divorce settlement dispatches. Although Holmes may not have been followed by Church affiliated personnel in the streets of New York, he writes that he was:

They spied on me. I know that for a fact because the man who led the spying team – Mike Rinder, the head of the church’s secret police, the Office of Special Affairs – defected to us in 2010 and told me so on Panorama…

Private investigators whom I believe were working for the church chased me around the streets of LA, invaded my hotel at midnight and put me under surveillance at breakfast. Strangers spied on my wedding and knocked on the doors of my neighbors.

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Remembering Dominick Dunne

ddunne.jpgIn its November issue, Vanity Fair, where Dominick Dunne contributed countless articles since the mid-1980′s, has a detailed tribute to the tireless journalist and chronicler of Hollywood life and high profile court cases, written by executive online editor Michael Hogan, who first met Dunne while working as the assistant to editor Wayne Lawson.

Wrote Hogan:

“What makes his accomplishments all the more astonishing is how low he was just three decades ago. Before he became one of the most instantly recognizable magazine writers in the world, Dominick Dunne’s only claim to fame was his epic, humiliating failure.”

The must-read article highlights Dunne’s work throughout his life, particularly his propensity to identify with the victims of horrible crimes as he covered the trials of Claus von Bulow, the Menendez brothers and O.J. Simpson — an affect arising out of his experience with the murder of his own daughter Dominique, whose killer John Sweeney was convicted of a lesser charge of manslaughter:

“Dominick’s article about John Sweeney’s case was published in the March 1984 issue of Vanity Fair under the title ‘Justice.’ Even today, you can feel the rage pulsating behind his carefully chosen words.”

Hogan also talks of Dunne’s various feuds with family and friends over the years, from his own brother John to the Kennedy family, who seemed to haunt Dunne even to the day of his death last month.

“Dominick died on August 26, but fate had prepared one last humbling joke for him. The night before, Ted Kennedy had beaten him to the punch. The man who, in Dominick’s estimation, had ‘lived recklessly, performed brilliantly in Congress, and often failed miserably in life’ was all anybody could talk about.

Even in death, Dominick was being tormented by the family he resented most. It was the kind of story that would have amused the hell out of him–if only it had happened to someone else.”

Read more: Our Man DominickVanity Fair

Earlier: Vanity Fair Columnist, Prolific Author Dominick Dies

Vanity Fair Columnist, Prolific Author Dominick Dunne Dies

dunne.jpgSadly, news that journalist and author Dominick Dunne had died last night has been eclipsed by the story of Sen. Edward Kennedy‘s passing.

However, having just learned of Dunne’s death, we thought it only right to pay tribute to him here. Dunne’s Vanity Fair column, which focused on the glamorous and seedy parts of celebrity, including the high profile trials of OJ Simpson, the Menendez brothers and Phil Spector, was always our favorite thing to read in the glossy society mag.

According to the Associated Press, Dunne, who was 83, had battled bladder cancer for some time. He had traveled to places like Germany, the Dominican Republic and Bavaria for different cancer treatments — even claiming that he was at the same clinic as Farrah Fawcett in Bavaria, although they did not cross paths.

Update: Mediabistro.com broke news of Dunne’s cancer in March 2008. “I’m undergoing treatments now,” Dunne said at the time. “I’ve got cancer of the bladder — urinary tract — not very attractive…I just knew there was something wrong. I came back and they found this. I’ve taken the first of six treatments and then I go in the hospital and they go in and see how much they got.”

Dunne started his career in television and film, and only started writing at age 50 after being run out of Hollywood. He started by writing novels, including “The Two Mrs. Grenvilles.” He started to write for Vanity Fair in the 1980′s after meeting Tina Brown at a dinner party. He started his gig by covering the trial of the former boyfriend accused of killing his daughter Dominique, John Sweeney.

His work for Vanity Fair and his many books are his legacy. He will be missed.

Related: So What Do You Do, Dominick Dunne, Author, Vanity Fair Special Correspondent?

via the AP

Dominick Dunne Asked Anthony Pellicano for a Favor

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Dominick Dunne’s been in town for the Phil Spector trial, staying at the Chateau Marmont. Kim Masters somehow ran him to ground met him at a Morons’ gathering and got him to spill his own story of revenge. Dunne wasn’t content to just track John Sweeney, the sleazeball who murdered Domininque Dunne in 1982; he had a plan:

He reached out to Pellicano–who was then not at all the famous character that he became–to help him put a contract out on Sweeney’s life.

Dunne says that Pellicano talked him out of it, but tracked the guy around for a while for a fee, and then when Dunne’s earnings dipped, offered to keep an eye on the jerk for free.

Gradually, Dunne’s violent feelings of grief faded, and Pellicano got into troubles of his own.

Sweeney’s changed his name to John Maura and Dunne is to be commended for his restraint.

FBLA, if the need should ever arise, is more likely to pull an Ellie Nessler.

(photo from <a href="dunne.jpgNew England Times)