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Eugenio Ercolani and Marcus Stiglegger

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781800348363

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781800348363.001.0001

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Reality and Fiction: The Birth of Cruising

Reality and Fiction: The Birth of Cruising

(p.17) Reality and Fiction: The Birth of Cruising

Eugenio Ercolani

Marcus Stiglegger

Liverpool University Press

In this chapter the real events that inspired Cruising are described and give the novel its context. In the 1960s detective Randy Jurgensen set out to investigate a series of brutal murders within the gay leather scene. This essay explores Jurgensen’s investigation and brings us to journalist Arthur Bell’s article on a very similar series of killings, which were the impulse for Friedkin to finally direct the film.

Keywords:   Gay subculture, New York City, police work, undercover, serial killer, harassment, sexual violence, William Friedkin, Arthur Bell

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