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Homicide at Rough Point

Homicide at Rough Point

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Peter Lance, author of HOMICIDE AT ROUGH POINT, debunks Doris Duke's claim that she accidentally killed Eduardo Tirella. - NY Post

In the fall of 1966, Eduardo Tirella, close confidant of billionaire Doris Duke, informed the possessive and vindictive heiress that he was leaving her employ as chief designer and art curator to return to Hollywood where his career as a set designer was just catching fire.

Minutes later, she crushed him to death under the wheels of a two-ton station wagon as they were leaving Rough Point, her Bellevue Avenue estate in Newport, RI, the storied resort.

In a murderous quid-pro-quo, the local police quickly ruled the incident "an unfortunate accident" and Doris began giving a fortune to Newport, restoring 70 colonial-era homes that quickly turned it into a tourist Mecca. In 2018, Lance, who started his career as a cub reporter for The Newport Daily News eight months after Tirella's death, began a re-examination of the case and proved that the mercurial tobacco heiress got away with murder.

In a riveting, doggedly researched book with 105 illustrations -- including never-before seen forensic files -- Lance, a five-time Emmy winner, rewrites history and finally restores the reputation of Eduardo Tirella, a gay Renaissance man and war hero whom Duke went to great lengths to erase from the history of her troubled life.


"In his meticulous new tome, Lance tells the untold story of how Doris Duke, the richest woman in America got away with murdering a gay man, her designer and art curator Eduardo Tirella." - Diane Anderson-Minshall, CEO Pride Media in The Advocate.

"This book has rocked the world of publishing, it's rocked the world of journalism and true crime junkies are talking about it from Coast to Coast." - Frank Morano WABC RADIO

"A page turning look into the world of elite influence, true crime and a systemic coverup that has rocked a New England summer resort city" - Bartholomewtown Podcast

"Homicide at Rough Point is a page-turning epic for our time. Proof that when a narcissistic billionaire assumes, they can get away with murder, there's a reporter out there willing and able to expose them." - Nicholas Pileggi, author of Goodfellas and Casino

"HOMICIDE is the best true crime book I've read in years; solving the horrific cold case murder of Eddie Tirella, a gifted Italian-American war hero who didn't deserve to die. Peter Lance is the most tenacious reporter I know. A must read!" - John A. "Junior" Gotti

Praise for Peter Lance's HarperCollins Mafia bio DEAL WITH THE DEVIL:

"The perfect mix of thorough research and gripping storytelling." (NPR)

"[A] thrilling account. . . This scrupulously investigated tale. . . will have true crime fans on the edge of their seats (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

"A meticulously researched and frightening account of the long term relationship between the FBI and vicious Mafia thug Gregory Scarpa Sr. . . Stunning revelations." (Booklist)

Author: Peter Lance
Publisher: Tenacity Media Books
Published: 02/23/2021
Pages: 438
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.79lbs
Size: 9.00h x 6.00w x 1.13d
ISBN: 9780996285599

About the Author
Lance, Peter: - Peter Lance won five Emmys for his work as a producer and correspondent for ABC News and WNET. Among his Awards are The Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and The Sevellon Brown Award from The New England Associated Press for Newport's Back Yard. Mid-career he worked as a writer, producer and/or show runner on multiple dramatic television series including Crime Story, Miami Vice, and Wiseguy. In addition to his four books for HarperCollins, 1000 Years for Revenge, Cover Up, Triple Cross and Deal With The Devil, published between 2003 and 2013, he's written pieces for Playboy and contributed for years to The Huffington Post. His 8,000 word investigation into the killing of gay designer and art curator Eduardo Tirella by billionairess Duke. was the lead non-fiction piece in the July/August 2020 edition of Vanity Fair. In 2021 Lance expanded that initial investigation into HOMICIDE AT ROUGH POINT, a 438 page book with 60 pages of annotations and 110 images including, never-before-seen forensic documents, proving definitively that the vindictive, possessive tobacco heiress got away with murder. The 130,000 word book is available in Hardcover, Trade Paper, Kindle and Audible editions with Lance narrating his first-person account of the probe.

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