Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

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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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This is a well researched book. - Goodreads
It is hard to read, and equally hard to put down. - Goodreads
Awesome writing by Bugliosi. - Goodreads
This book was hard to read, but hard to put down. - Goodreads
Interesting story but I didn't like the prose. - Goodreads
Great Insight on a horrific event! - Goodreads

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User Review  - Charles Crouch - Goodreads

I can't tell if this made me want to be an attorney or join a cult. Both are made equally fascinating in the surprisingly lively language and gonzo-esque structure. Free of the typical moral panic and sensationalism endemic in the true crime genre. A thoroughly enjoyable and factual book. Read full review

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User Review  - Lj - Goodreads

Just recently skimmed this again. I actually read it in high school, scared the begees out of me. The sheer brutality and the lack of human compassion of the murders. Good book for those who want to know the horror, inhumanity and the insanity of Charles Manson and his followers. Read full review

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Vincent Bugliosi (1934—2015), was the prosecutor of Charles Manson and author of Helter Skelter, Outrage, and other #1 best-selling books.

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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