Helter Skelter: The True Story Of The Manson Murder Paperback – Dec 4 2001
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One of the best crime stories ever written. — Chicago Sun-Times Showcase
[A] social document of rare importance. — The New Republic
About the Author
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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It was so quiet, one of the killers would later say, you could almost hear the sound of ice rattling in cocktail shakers in the homes way down the canyon. Read the first page
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I lived in the city of Granada Hills in 1969, about a 15-minute drive from the Spahn ranch and I still vividly recall those excruciatingly hot days after the Tate murders when the whole Los Angeles area seemed to freeze in its tracks, paralyzed by fear and shock. It wasn't an easy feeling to live with then--and it sticks with you. Whenever I revisit Mr Bugliosi's classic work, or the respectable miniseries it produced, those feelings come rushing back in waves. As horrific as the crimes were, the pall it cast over the entire era is almost as criminal. The sixties were much more than the sum of its parts and I, for one, am grateful to Mr. Bugliosi and others who defended our rights. This hardcover edition is most welcome--all classics deserve to be rescued from paperback as well as Norton has rescued this one.
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The book, however, would be more compelling by far if Bugliosi understood the meaning of the word "humble." In every facet of the investigation, in every recorded moment of the trial, he is right, and anyone who didn't have his ability with details and organization is wrong. I suppose the problem with exceptionally gifted people is that they often have little patience for those who operate at lesser levels.
Bugliosi's descriptions of the trial and the Everest-like proportions of evidence that needed to be sifted through, make it clear that it all he could do--with the help of LAPD, LASO, and other jurisdictions' police departments--to get his fact investigation taken care of. Certainly, had he not had different police detectives working for him, he never would have been able to present the case as he did. Yet he seems to think that the Manson Family defense attorneys should have been able to keep up with him and realize the significance of everything just as he did. He gives barely a nod to the fact that it was one's first trial, another had never won a trial before, all of them were working hard in a situation where they were probably under threat of their lives, and *none* of them were getting paid much if anything for their work.Read more ›
I've never read a book quite like HS since. Bugliosi and Gentry have written a taught and gripping blow-by-blow account of the two seemingly unconnected streams of events, the Tate/La Bianca murders and Manson's cult, how they horribly intersected and the breathtaking resolution.
Bugliosi's reminiscences provide both the personal anguish that the investigation caused him and his family and the urgent immediacy that gripped him and the community to see that justice was finally done.
Unforgettable and unflinching, "Helter Skelter" forces us to look into the eyes of evil and learn more about ourselves.
See also my reviews of the "Helter Skelter" TV movie and the audio book version.
I decided to read Mr. Bugliosi's book--from beginning to end. And yes, as the first page says, "The story you are about to read will scare the hell out of you..." absolutely did.
The most fascinating was the trial. What happend 'during' that trial and 'afterwards' left my blood running cold.
This is a horror-filled, factual-account of what happend in human history, and it should be taken seriously. The fact that ONE man, Charles Manson, could have SO many people under his 'influence'--of their OWN accord--is mind boggling. What's worse, they 'killed' FOR him! The body count still climbed to over 40 AFTER he was put in prison...from the 'Family'.
In MY opinion, if it weren't for Vincent Bugliosi, Manson, and the 'girls' would have been found 'not guilty'. Mr. Bugliosi was at the right place at the right time....and he ABSOLUTELY was THE SOLE reason 'why' Manson went to prison.
Thank you Vincent Bugliosi! Well done!
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Kind of boring at first but once it get's into the trial part-The book starts to pick up.Published 3 months ago by Bogus Tripper
This was exactly what I needed to do my paper and research, glad I could find it. Great explanations of history!!Published 3 months ago by Leesa Maree
I read this as a teen and to this day this man scares me. The book was shocking in its time but a must read.Published 11 months ago by Janet Stewart
A well documented tale of the LaBianca & Tate murders by The manson familyPublished 15 months ago by pixiedust
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The author is amazing. The perspective of this book is fantastic as it is the crown prosecutor's. I had no questions left after reading this book. Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2012 by Kle Sage
I found this book very interesting and disturbing. It's all the details you would want to know about the Charles Manson case. Read morePublished on Sept. 11 2007 by Melanie
i hate to say that i am an obsessor of the Manson Murders. but only because i think that it is a very interesting concept. Read morePublished on July 23 2007 by My real name attribution
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