Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson

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Simon and Schuster, Aug 6, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 495 pages
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Based on new interviews with previously undiscovered relatives and filled with revelations and unpublished photographs, this is the most authoritative account of the life of Charles Manson.

The most authoritative account ever written of how an ordinary juvenile delinquent named Charles Manson became the notorious murderer whose crimes still shock and horrify us today.

More than forty years ago Charles Manson and his mostly female commune killed nine people, among them the pregnant actress Sharon Tate. It was the culmination of a criminal career that author Jeff Guinn traces back to Manson’s childhood. Guinn interviewed Manson’s sister and cousin, neither of whom had ever previously cooperated with an author. Childhood friends, cellmates, and even some members of the Manson Family have provided new information about Manson’s life. Guinn has made discoveries about the night of the Tate murders, answering unresolved questions, such as why one person on the property where the murders occurred was spared.

Manson puts the killer in the context of his times, the turbulent late sixties, an era of race riots and street protests when authority in all its forms was under siege. Guinn shows us how Manson created and refined his message to fit the times, persuading confused young women (and a few men) that he had the solutions to their problems. At the same time he used them to pursue his long-standing musical ambitions, relocating to Los Angeles in search of a recording contract. His frustrated ambitions, combined with his bizarre race-war obsession, would have lethal consequences as he convinced his followers to commit heinous murders on successive nights.

In addition to stunning revelations about Charles Manson, the book contains family photographs never before published.
 

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I expected more from this book. While I didn't know much about the Manson Family murders and this book does a good job explaining the motive and everything that happens, there is far too much detail ... Read full review

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I went into this with a bit of caution. I truly loved "Helter Skelter", the Bugliosi book on Charles Manson and wasn't sure what someone else could add to the story. I'm glad I read it though, while ... Read full review

Contents

Nancy and Kathleen
9
Moundsville and McMechen
23
Kathleen and Charlie
33
McMechen Again
47
Prison
57
Berkeley and the haight
77
Charlie in the Summer of Love
94
A
113
Thwarted Dreams
220
Tate
241
LaBianca and Shea
260
Death valley
285
unraveling
308
Charlie is Famous
333
The Trial
357
The Wrong Man in the right Place at the rightTime
385

Charlie and Dennis
148
The ranches
172
The Bible and the Beatles
194
Acknowledgments
401
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About the author (2013)

Jeff Guinn is a former award-winning investigative journalist and the bestselling author of numerous books, including Go Down Together: The True Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde; The Last Gunfight: The Real Story of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral and How It Changed the West; Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson; and The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple. Guinn lives in Fort Worth, Texas.

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