Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders (Google eBook)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Dec 17, 2001 - True Crime - 736 pages
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The #1 True Crime Bestseller of All Time—7 Million Copies Sold

In the summer of 1969, in Los Angeles, a series of brutal, seemingly random murders captured headlines across America. A famous actress (and her unborn child), an heiress to a coffee fortune, a supermarket owner and his wife were among the seven victims. A thin trail of circumstances eventually tied the Tate-LeBianca murders to Charles Manson, a would-be pop singer of small talent living in the desert with his "family" of devoted young women and men. What was his hold over them? And what was the motivation behind such savagery? In the public imagination, over time, the case assumed the proportions of myth. The murders marked the end of the sixties and became an immediate symbol of the dark underside of that era.

Vincent Bugliosi was the prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial, and this book is his enthralling account of how he built his case from what a defense attorney dismissed as only "two fingerprints and Vince Bugliosi." The meticulous detective work with which the story begins, the prosecutor's view of a complex murder trial, the reconstruction of the philosophy Manson inculcated in his fervent followers... these elements make for a true crime classic. ?Helter Skelter ?is not merely a spellbinding murder case and courtroom drama but also, in the words of ?The New Republic?, a "social document of rare importance."


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Review: Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

User Review  - Elizabeth - Goodreads

I just can't give this any more then 2 stars. I've always heard that Helter Skelter was a fantastic read but I found it really dry and dull. I guess growing up with a mom that loved those Sunday ... Read full review

Review: Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

User Review  - Icefire - Goodreads

Read it years ago, and reread it recently, it expresses the fear that came over LA during those crazy times. I was just a kid then, but remember the murders clearly. Bugliosi has some bias showing, but overall, an accurate portrayal and good read about Manson. Read full review

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Vincent Bugliosi, prosecutor of Charles Manson and author of Helter Skelter, Outrage, and other #1 best-selling books, lives in Los Angeles, California.

Curt Gentry (1931-2014), an Edgar winner, was the author of J. Edgar Hoover: The Man and the Secrets, Frame-Up: The Incredible Case of Tom Mooney and Warren Billings, and co-author of Helter Skelter with Vincent Bugliosi.

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