The Family

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Da Capo Press, 2002 - True Crime - 540 pages
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In August of 1969, during two bloody evenings of paranoid, psychedelic savagery, Charles Manson and his dystopic communal family helped to wreck the dreams of the Love Generation. At least nine people were murdered, among them Sharon Tate, the young, beautiful, pregnant, actress and wife of Roman Polanski. Ed Sanders’ unnerving and detailed look at the horror dealt by Manson and his followers is a classic of the true-crime genre. The Family was originally published in 1971 and remains the most meticulously researched account of the most notorious murders of the 1960s. Using firsthand accounts from some of the family's infamous members, including the wizard himself, Sanders examines not only the origins and legacy of Manson and his family, but also the mysteries that persist. Completely revised and updated, this edition features 25 harrowing black and white photos from the investigation. "One of the best-researched, best-written, thoroughly-constructed, and eminently significant books of our times…. A masterpiece."—Boston Phoenix
  

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Brilliant insight into Charles Manson's 'family'. - Goodreads
The writing style was uneven and at times boring. - Goodreads
Concept/Ideas: 5/5 Writing Style: 4/5 Whoa, whoa whoa. - Goodreads
Thank you Ed Sanders for writing this book. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Todd Kalinski - Goodreads

A strange read, to say the least. Ed Sanders' distinct style is quite evident throughout. The work does end before Charles Manson went to trial. Victor Buglisoi's Helter Skelter would fill in the remains. Read full review

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User Review  - Rafi Snowden - Goodreads

Read this many years ago. It's a haunting story. You can see how kids can go way wrong. It's fascinating, but I don't recommend reading it if you're prone to nightmares. If you read this you should ... Read full review

Contents

A Poor Risk for Probation
3
Out of the Slams in the Year of Flowers
12
Topanga Canyon and the Spiral Staircase
22
Visiting the Hog Farm A Chance for Benevolence Lost
25
Back to the Zone of Flickers
26
The First Visit to the Spahn Movie Ranch Spring 1968
32
Meeting Dennis Wilson
34
The Witches of Mendocino and Some of the Family on the Haight JuneAugust 1968
39
Caninoclapophobia at Spahn
346
Rostau Trunked
347
A Movie in MLand Goler Wash in 1970
349
Plans for a Horrifying Escape
354
Up Goler Wash with Ron Hughes June 11
356
A Crucifixion Tableau in Front of Judge Older
360
A Trial Begins in the Hall of Justice June 15 1970March 31 1971
363
A Trip with Abbie Anita and Phil June 18
367

Sleazo Inputs
43
Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski through 1967
48
Rosemarys Baby
53
Sharon and Roman in Married Life 1968
55
The Hunger for Stardom
58
The Spahn Movie Ranch Late SummerEarly Fall 1968
66
Death Valley Fall 1968
84
Abigail Folger and Wojtek Frykowski
94
From Death Valley to Canoga Park Boredom and Stress in the High Desert
95
Back to Death Valley
97
Helter Skelter and Rock and Roll a Difficult Mix
99
A Rival Guru Comes to the Barker Ranch
102
The White Double Album and the Keys to Truth
104
Bill Vance and the Gerard Agency
113
Beausoleil Also Cultivating the WilsonMelcher Fame Funnel
115
Waiting for Melcher in a Miffed Mode
116
Meanwhile Back in Sleazoville
121
A Whirl of Polanski Projects in the Spring of 1969
122
The Spahn Movie Ranch AprilJune 1969
124
Manson Records in Santa Monica Gunmania at the Spahn Movie Ranch Spring 1969
131
Meanwhile Helter Kept Skeltering
138
Stealing the NBC Video Equipment
143
Linda Kasabian Arrives
146
Kasabian Ingratiates Herself Through Cultic MoneyFoist
152
Melcher Hears about Crowe and the Dune Buggy Battalion Gets Ready July 1969
155
Getting the Fear
162
Films of Violence
163
Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate in Europe Abigail Folger and Wojtek Frykowski on Cielo Drive in the Spring and Summer of 1969
169
The Death of Gary Hinman
177
The Anvil into Tartaros
189
Death on Cielo Drive
203
Fear Swept the Poolsides
222
The Second Night
230
The Search
243
A Swirl of Theories
250
Voodoo a Reward and Moloch
253
Berserk The Spahn Ranch August 1031 1969
258
The Great Spahn Ranch Raid
262
The Killing of Shorty Shea
271
Rommel The Barker Ranch September 1969
273
The Burning of the Michigan Loader
279
The Capture of Manson September 20October 12 1969
283
The Breaking of the Case OctoberNovember 1969
298
FlowerWaifs with Knives December 1969early 1970
323
How I Became Involved
328
Moiling Months of Investigation early 1970
332
Secret Film Evidence? March 18
338
The Spahn Ranch in 1970
341
Beausolis Second Trial
343
Maxwells Silver Copycat
370
A Witchy Shirt
372
Fear of the Family Among Rockers
379
A Jury is at Last Selected
382
This Case Might Finish Hollywood July 15
383
I Mention Manson is a Racist in an Underground Newspaper
384
Revving up for Testimony
385
Lunching for the Films July 22
386
X Day
388
Trembling Testimony
390
Manson Comes Up with Questions for Kasabian
394
The Photo I Couldnt Bear to See
396
A Benefit Not To Be
397
Volunteers
398
The Intrusion of Nixon August 3
400
Blowing my Chance for the Films
402
Guenther Whiteley and Gleason
404
McQueen Threatening Manson
410
Jesus until the Eyes August 17
412
A Purchaser for the Porn and Sadie Continues her Illness August 28
415
When I Call Nixon I Get Put Straight Through September 47
418
Getting to Lennon
422
Manson Tries to PencilJob Judge Older
423
Conspiring to free Manson
428
A Priest who Befriended Charlie
431
Family Fatigue
434
Larry Larsen Private Investigator
435
The Strange Disappearance of Ron Hughes Late November
436
Manson Orders Davis Pitman to Surrender
438
A Strange New Direction December 7
440
Sharon Tates Postcard in the Wilderness
444
1971 Guilty
445
Hideous Ends Hideous Four Sentenced to Die
449
The Schisms Begin
453
Justice for Donald Shea
454
Continuing My Investigation While Writing the Family
455
A Visit to Moonfire Ranch April 2
466
Waiting for the Film April 4
467
Crossing Wires with John Lennon
470
The HinmanShea Case 19711972
472
Lieutenant Deemer Seeks to Solve the GaulSharp Murders Spring 1973
479
1974 The Order of Rainbow
480
An INS Agent Investigates 1974
483
The Year Squeaky Fromme Went After President Ford 1975
484
Hard Time AHealin The Family Breaks Up 19761988
492
The Case That Wont Go Away Late 19881989
507
The 1990s and Beyond
529
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Ed Sanders, poet, biographer, essayinst survivor of the 1960s Mimeograph revolution. Author of TALES OF BEATNIK GLORY

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