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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

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

Marcus Stiglegger

Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781800348363.003.0003

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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